Sex-crimes cop by day, improv artist by night
. Kyle Kizzier works as a detective in the Sexual Assault & Child Abuse Unit and is also one of Seattle's best improvisational comedians
. [more inside]
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]
"Hackers of the world are uniting and taking direct action against our common oppressors - the government, corporations, police, and militaries of the world
" says LulzSec (previously)
in their latest release, Chinga La Migra
. "We are releasing hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training manuals, personal email correspondence, names, phone numbers, addresses and passwords belonging to Arizona law enforcement. We are targeting AZDPS specifically because we are against SB1070 (previously) and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona.
is a new track from nerdcore rapper ytcracker (previously)
Your Sweet Justice story for the day: In February, K.C. was riding her bike home from work. While waiting at a stop light, she felt a slight bump from the car behind her, followed by laughter from within. K.C. wasn't looking for a fight, and did her best to ignore this. Disappointed with his failure to elicit a response, the driver bumped her again, this time a bit harder. This is when K.C. pulled out her police badge, and things started to get weird...
Jose Guerena, 26, was a Marine veteran and father of two. He served two tours in Iraq in 2003 and 2005. On May 5th, he was killed in his home by a SWAT team looking for narcotics [more inside]
Warfare: An advancing front
- "The US is engaged in increasingly sophisticated warfare, fusing intelligence services and military specialists" [more inside]
"I don't think the chief of police drinks water when he's having a meal."
Members of the Compagnies Républicaines de Sécurité, the French riot police, are up in arms about a new regulation forbidding them to drink alcohol during the workday. The ban is said to be a reaction to widely publicized photos of riot police drinking beer while policing a high-school student demonstration
A federal justice report on policing in New Orleans since 2009 presents damning evidence of brutality, cop misconduct and systemic abuse of black citizens post-Katrina. The city’s jails are not far behind. No limits to the law in NoLa
Should Cops Be Allowed to Scan Your Phone During a Traffic Stop? In Michigan, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a complaint
[PDF letter here
] alleging that Michigan State Police officers used forensic cellphone analyzers to snoop in drivers' cellphones during routine traffic stops
. [Before they fulfill an ACLU FOIA request, the MSP wants a $272,340 deposit up front to cover their costs of retrieving analyzer data, which is obtained without the cellphone owner's knowledge.]
Walking While Black is still more of a problem to the NYPD than Biking While White. [SLYT]
This recent incident, caught on video, demonstrates in real time the ways that law enforcement frequently ignores enforcing the law in favor of teaching a lesson to the law-abiding smart aleck. [more inside]
Constable Adam Josephs of the Toronto Police
is now known across the internet as "Officer Bubbles" for his questionable shenanigans
during the recent G20 summit protests
is now suing YouTube
for hosting videos
related to in incident.
Police scanner + Ambient instrumental music = You are listening to Los Angeles [via mefi projects]
How We Train Our Cops to Fear Islam.
There aren’t nearly enough counterterrorism experts to instruct all of America’s police. So we got these guys instead.
becoming a commonly deployed tactic by the London Met, students from the University College London are fighting back with Sukey
, launched this morning. [more inside]
On January 19, 2011, a police officer was shot in front of El Camino High School
in the LA Unified School District. First the school
was locked down
, then half the city,
as police performed a car-by-car search for a white male in his 40's in a bomber jacket. Several people were detained
. The intense manhunt lasted more than a day
So, it turns out the police officer just kind of accidentally shot himself
Activists in the UK are currently rather angry about the news that undercover cops have been sleeping around in order to infiltrate largely peaceful environmental groups - one officer even married an activist
. "Everybody knew it was a very promiscuous lifestyle," ... "You cannot not be promiscuous in those groups. Otherwise you'll stand out straightaway."
“You know what Miami gets in their crime show? They get detectives that look like models, and they drive around in sports cars. And you know what New York gets, they get these incredibly tough prosecutors, competent cops that solve the most crazy, complicated cases. —What Baltimore gets is this reinforced notion that it's a city full of hopelessness, despair and dysfunction. There was very little effort—beyond self-serving—to highlight the great and wonderful things happening here, and to indict the whole population, the criminal justice system, the school system.” —Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III,
on the effect of The Wire
on Baltimore’s reputation. [more inside]
Not in the headlines:
Swedish parlor philosophy of fair play, law and order, slooowly explained by police chief John Lind. [more inside]
On a rainy August morning in 2007, the news rippled through New Jersey’s law enforcement ranks, officer to officer, department to department. Joseph Colao was dead. Today, it’s clear Colao was more than just a doctor, friend or confidant to many of the officers. He was their supplier. The first in a three-part Star-Ledger
series on the secret world of steroid use by law enforcement officers and firefighters.
A longitudinal study to be published in Jan 2011's Pediatrics (abstract
, PDF of article
) shows that GLBT youth are about 40 percent more likely to be punished by schools, police, and courts than their straight peers. [more inside]
The mystery police van
During Wednesdays London protest against student tuition fees
a police van was driven into a 'kettled
' crowd of protestors. Many news
reports focused on the subsequent vandalisation
of the police van
. [more inside]
Perhaps Rochester, New Hampshire isn't the most exciting place on Earth, but that doesn't stop whomever writes the police log.
• 3:12 p.m. — On Winter Street by Fisher fields, two boys battle, neither yields. But a crowd and both the bruisers, disappear before the cruisers.
• 10:32 p.m. — On Tonka Street, a woman asks a neighbor if he needs "to light up" his old Camaro every night as it shakes her trailer. His answer appears to be in the affirmative
• 4:30 p.m. — A pit bull's on the Common, when no dog should ever be
• 5:36 p.m. — Screams erupt on Lafayette, with tinkling glass. A fight? You bet.
A lesser-known signatory of Charter 08
is an artist and human rights activist named Wu Yuren
. And, like this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, he's now in prison.
His wife, Karen Patterson, is a Canadian, from Calgary.
And she believes his activism is why
he's been detained by Chinese authorities for almost five months.
When he first saw a video of a Toronto constable threatening to arrest a G20 protester for blowing bubbles
, one YouTube user was so livid, he couldn’t stop writing comments. In fact, the man, who uses the alias “theforcebewithme,” can’t even remember writing the specific comment that now has him defending a $1.2 million defamation lawsuit launched by Toronto’s now notorious “Officer Bubbles.”
Const. Adam Josephs seeks to compel the Google-owned YouTube to reveal the identity of the person who created and posted the videos as well as any information it has on the 24 other users who made allegedly defamatory remarks. [more inside]
Greater Manchester Police
every single incident they deal with over a 24-hour period to Twitter. Due to the high volume of incidents, they're posting them over three different Twitter accounts: one two three
. [more inside]
collects police patches from all over the United States, including state
, and many K-9 units
. Yes, the site design is unfortunate but the collection
is really cool
The Smoking Gun has come into possession of an unusual RFP
from the DEA: they want 'Ebonics experts' to help decipher wiretaps
The ACLU of Maryland
Anthony Graber for violating Maryland wiretap laws because he recorded a video
of a plain clothes officer drawing a gun during a traffic stop without first identifying himself as a police officer. The Maryland State Police raided Graber's parents' after learning of the video on YouTube. Another person has since been similarly charged under the same statute. [more inside]
On 1st April 2009, a newspaper seller called Ian Tomlinson was returning to his home, through the middle of the G20 protests. He was not part of those protests. He was struck from behind, by a masked policeman who had covered up his identity numbers, and fell to the ground. A few minutes later, Ian Tomlinson was dead (previously on mefi
Today, the Crown Prosecution Service
(motto 'Fair, Fearless and Effective') announced that there would be no criminal charges against the policeman (CPS statement
, Guardian coverage
). [more inside]
Is Sitting While Autistic a Crime?
Newsweek explores what happens when police encounter autistic individuals. This law enforcement training video
attempts to reduce those risks. (autoplays, 21 min - short YouTube preview here
Oakland, California, is bracing
for a possible repeat of the 2009 riot
] once a verdict
in the trial of former BART
cop Johannes Mehserle for the 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant
] comes in. [more inside]
How I Got Arrested and Abused at G20 in Toronto, Canada We are thirsty again; it's been 15 hours in police custody. Still 39 guys overcrowded. Getting very scary. Awake for around 30 hours. Had one sip of water and cheese bun.
People are detained, kept cuffed in cages for 23 hours with insufficient food, water, hygiene, and space. Many of them just happened to be in the wrong part of Toronto and had no connection to the protest.
"At this point, his 16-year-old son Joseph Kane comes out shooting with an AK-47."
A dashcam video from a police SUV shows a teenager opening fire on two West Memphis police officers before taking off in a van with his father
. Subsequent helicopter footage reveals a third occupant
of the van escaping unharmed. The Game and Fish Officer who rammed his truck
into the van most likely saved the lives of two wounded officers. Full Text
. [more inside]