Bernie "Whistling" Smith, a legendary, no-nonsense Vancouver cop was the subject of this 1975. Oscar nominated documentary
. [more inside]
New documents shed critical light on the treatment of the 1959 Clutter murder case, both by Kansas investigators and by Truman Capote in his classic book.
Perhaps most strikingly, it turns out that Capote changed the sequence of events whereby investigators learned of the possible involvement of Richard Hickock and dealt with that information. As Capote describes it, Alvin Dewey heard of Hickock and went to visit his parents that same night, artfully extracting crucial information. KBI documents show that instead, a group of agents went to the house five days later and recovered the murder weapon.
It took the photographer Donald Weber more than five years to make his way inside a Ukrainian police interrogation room.
For months, Weber showed up every morning at police headquarters
, where he sat on a wooden bench in a drab hallway, waiting to ask the suspects if they’d let him witness their interrogations. When they agreed
, he sat and watched from his chair in a small room as a damaged light fixture cast spider-web patterns on the wall. [more inside]
Michael Riley, writing in the Denver Post,
investigates the dysfunctional state of law enforcement on Native American reservations, and the shocking consequences for crime victims. Bill Moyer's Journal
has followed up with an excellent documentary expose entitled "Broken Justice." [more inside]
R.I.P., Arizona Parking Solutions.
Guy parks car without displaying his pass. APS
boots car. Guy dollies car into his garage
and invites APS to reclaim their boots. Or not; their choice: either way, they can't tow, he won't pay the fine, and he really doesn't need to be driving the car. This catch-22 upsets the owner. And eventually APS goes off the deep end
, booting nearly everyone's car in the community. The media becomes involved. And we become witness to a business owner suiciding his own business.
Bad Cop, No Donut!
is a weekly wrap-up of North American police brutality, misconduct and corruption. (mp3 archive
.) Unsurprisingly, not everyone is a fan.