One of the most visible members of the armed militia that took over a wildlife refuge in Oregon says his four foster sons were taken away due to his involvement in the standoff, and he blames the federal government who "must have gotten to the governor."
Robert “LaVoy” Finicum and his wife Jeanette have fostered more than 50 boys over the last decade at their ranch near Chino Valley, Arizona. The couple is licensed and has a care contract with the Catholic Charities Community... (more)
A jury last Thursday found an Oregon State Police Captain negligent for ramming a motorcyclist and kicking him in the chest. Captain Robert Wayne Edwards was ordered to pay Justin Michael Wilkens $181,170 in damages over the August 3, 2012 police chase that left Wilkens with a broken collarbone and two fractured ribs.
On that afternoon, Wilkens was enjoying a spirited ride on Crow Road in Eugene when he drew attention to himself by passing a state trooper in an unmarked black Cama... (more)
According to the latest national data released by the FBI, at least 620,000 people were arrested for simple marijuana possession alone last year – a rate of 1,700 people per day, or more than 1 per minute.
The numbers, which are under-counted as some states don’t report arrest stats to the FBI, or do so on a limited basis – illustrate that more th... (more)
Officer Eric Parker was facing up to 10 years in prison after he had responded to a call on Feb. 6 about a suspicious person walking on Hardiman Place Lane. The caller said he had seen the man before and was nervous about leaving his wife home alone.
Sureshbhai Patel, who does not speak English, had arrived in the country about a week earlier. His son, Chirag Patel, is an eng... (more)
As state legislatures convene across the country, police unions and their lobbyists have begun a nation-wide campaign to preserve -- and, where possible, expand -- "Blue Privilege" in its various guises, from efforts to criminalize video-recording police to the preservation of the officially sanctioned larceny called "civil asset forfeiture."
Police unions in Maryland are pressuring the state ... (more)
This week, Harney County Fire Marshall Chris Briels resigned after discovering undercover FBI agents posing as militia members near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, which has been the site of a standoff for weeks now. According to Briels, he found FBI agents who were impersonating militia members lurking around the town's armory. When he inquired about the undercover operation with county Judge Steve Grasty he was told to back off.
Just before this discovery was made, there w... (more)
C'mon cops--how many times do we have to tell you? Don't rip off the department evidence room, don't peddle cocaine, don't smuggle drugs to prisoners, and especially, don't blow up your meth lab in the federal science lab you're supposed to be protecting. Let's get to it:
In Simpsonville, Kentucky, a Simpsonville police officer was arrested last Thursday in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars in cash, drugs, and guns from the police department. Officer Terry Putn... (more)
"News4's Pat Collins has reaction from the community after police in Alexandria announced they'd arrested people in connection to two separate murders in popular parks. Investigators say the cases appear to be connected to gang violence."
A federal appeals court last week endorsed the arrest of a motorist who waited too long before using his turn signal. A three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals examined the case that began when Officer Brandon Brooks stopped Tracy Williams as he drove home from work on State Road 37 through Noblesville, Indiana on October 5, 2011.
Williams pulled his Chrysler 300 into the left turn lane, but Officer Brooks claims the man failed to use his turn signal until he ... (more)
Anyone with an oven and a recipe should be able to have a baking business -- but that is not the case in Wisconsin, where selling baked goods made in your home kitchen is punishable by up to $1,000 in fines or six months in jail.
Wisconsin is one of only two states (the other being New Jersey) to ban the sale of home-baked goods.
An Arizona lawmaker has introduced a bill, that if passed, would criminalize filming the police in certain circumstances.
Rationalizing that recording cops can put officers in danger by distracting them in tense situations, Republican State Senator John Kavanagh says Senate Bill 1054 would make it illegal for someone to film police within 20 feet of an officer without permission.
Queens, NY – Three NYPD cops were recently busted extorting $1,000 per week from the owner of a pizza shop in Queens. Besnik Llakatura, Denis Nikolla and Redinel Dervishaj, all New York police officers, were involved a scheme where "protection" money was coerced out of business owners under the threat of having their businesses shut down. Last month, Llakatura pleaded guilty to the charges against him. Denis Nikolla and Redinel Dervishaj are scheduled to appear in court in March, and it has been... (more)
An as yet unnamed man killed by police in Rawlins, Wyoming, on December 30, after they were called to a convenience store about a person believed to be selling drugs in the parking lot, and Burlington, Vermont, resident Kenneth Stephens, 56, shot and killed by a state trooper and a DEA agent on December 22 when he met them with a rifle as they raided his apartment, were ... (more)
Baltimore, MD — Baltimore City police sergeant Francisco Hopkins sent Maryland State Troopers on a high-speed chase early in the morning hours of New Years day. Hopkins was reportedly off duty at the time and was pulled over around 3 a.m for not having a front tag on his vehicle.
Allegedly frustrated by the fact that he was pulled over, Hopkins became belligerent with the officer who stopped him, and demanded special treatment. When it seemed like the trooper may treat him like an... (more)
So much for the Fourth Amendment. Even though a field test for marijuana returned false results twice and a SWAT team raid of Robert and Addie Harte's house turned up no drugs or paraphernalia, the cops involved have been let off the hook by a federal judge. Radley Balko runs down the details of the decision in his post entitled "Federal judge: Drinking tea, shopping at a gardening store is probable cause for a SWAT raid on your home."
Athens, GA -- On the off chance further evidence was needed that Orwell's dystopian portent has become reality, the stunning case of Officer Jay Park proves it, hands down.
In September, a University of Georgia student, concerned his underage friend had imbibed far too much alcohol and might need medical attention, contacted campus police for help. When Park arrived at the scene, his... (more)
York County, PA — A California police officer was recently busted after driving 247 pounds of marijuana all the way across the country. Yuba County Deputy Christopher M. Heath was caught in York, Pennsylvania with a shipment of marijuana that was worth over $2 million. Heath was reportedly on vacation from his job at the Yuba County Police Department at the time of his arrest.
The York County Police Department has been cautiously silent about the investigation, and they have refus... (more)
Princeton, OR — On Saturday, multiple armed 'militiamen' took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge HQ to protest the sentence handed down to two Oregon ranchers accused of arson.
The ranchers accused of arson are Dwight Lincoln Hammond, Jr., 73, and his son, Steven Dwight Hammond, 46, both residents of Diamond, Oregon. They were each sentenced to five years in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken for alleged arsons they committed on federal lands.
Riverside County, CA — Simply put, the War on Drugs is a war on people. One of the more despicable ways in which it manifests is the manipulation of vulnerable school kids by undercover cops. These "drug stings," better known as entrapment, typically prey on special needs students who have a hard time making friends.
The case of Jesse Snodgrass, a student at Chaparral High School with autism, bipolar disorder and social problems, recently gained attention again when a Riverside Co... (more)