Los Angeles, CA — A Los Angeles city councilwoman just proposed one of the most chilling uses of license plate scanners ever.
As an ostensible means of deterring prostitution, Nury Martinez, of the LA city council, wants to scan every single license plate, make a list, and mail out a shame letter to every person who drives through an arbitrary area deemed a prostitution zone.
You read that right. For merely driving through a designated area, Martinez proposes public... (more)
Amongst the growing acceptance and legalization of marijuana in states across the country, expect the drug warriors to not go down without a fight.
Police are already searching and confiscating food in many states under the auspices of combating THC-infused edibles, but as companies compete to be the first to develop handheld breathalyzers that can detect pot, w... (more)
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A former city councilman who won summary judgment after a police chief threatened to arrest him for criticizing a public official has settled with the police chief and the Northern California City of Cotati.
George Barich, who describes himself as a former newspaper editor, attended an April 2014 City Council meeting where he called city Planning Commissioner Neil Hancock a "liar," to which Hancock retorted, "You're the liar," according to Barich's Janua... (more)
Altamonte Springs, FL — A concerned citizen, with a knack for blindly following all decrees handed down from the establishment on high, conducted their patriotic duty of 'seeing something' and then 'saying something' last week. The resultant tattle-telling ended with police action against four little old ladies.
Lee Delnick, Bernice Diamond, Helen Greenspan and Zelda King, all elderly women above the age of 87, had their weekly game of MahJong shut down by police who were apparent... (more)
Video has finally been released of police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald on the night of October 20, 2014.
What it shows is the officer committing a "shooting of convenience," gunning a young man with a knife down not because he felt his life was threatened, but because he was too lazy to do actual police work.... (more)
A New Jersey cop is claiming in a lawsuit that he was subjected to 4 years of retaliation by the Bedminster Township police department after informing superiors and prosecutors of misconduct by fellow officers.
Kyle Pirog says that his troubles began in June 2011, when as an acting sergeant he told higher-ups that officer John Dapkins had lied under oath... (more)
Because the assailants who beat Kelly Thomas to death on the streets of Fullerton, California were swaddled in government-issued costumes and clothed in "qualified immunity," the killers went free, and the city's taxpayers will have to underwrite a $4.9 million civil settlement with the victim's family, reports the Orange County Register.
Thomas, a homeless man who suffered from schizophrenia, was beaten into a coma by a thugscrum of six police officers on the evening of July ... (more)
One of America's finest will no longer be permitted to leech off Connecticut taxpayers for the rest of his life.
State trooper Aaron Huntsman was caught on video in 2012 robbing a dying crash victim of $3,700 in cash and a $5,500 gold chain saying he would "put it in evidence" when in reality he pocketed it for himself.
Huntsman was fired over the incident and sentenced to a year in prison, now the state has moved to revoke his pension, which was slated to b... (more)
An ex-CIA director claims Edward Snowden should face the death penalty because he has French “blood on his hands.” Some experts, however, cast doubt on that claim, with one saying the Paris attacks are being used as a “good crisis” by those in power.
The exact means of communication the terrorists used to organize the Paris attacks that killed 132 people on Friday remains unknown. Despite this, prominent current and former US intelligence officials are calling for back-door acce... (more)
Buffeted on one side by a surging crime rate, and by growing public hostility on the other, the police find themselves besieged and bloodied. More than 120 police officers have been murdered this year in the capital city alone. Across the nation, violent gangs, acting with breathtaking brazenness, target police in ambushes and assassinations, stealing their weapons and killing police who refuse to take bribes.
Such is the situation in Venezuela, a country where "violence is so... (more)
Morgantown, VA — David Michael Romanoski, 48, of Morgantown was shot and killed earlier this month by police after they broke into his house in search of two robbery suspects.
Romanoski was not the suspect and was innocent.
Ten deputies arrived at the home, where Isaac Barker and Justin Knisell were believed to be living and instead found Romanoski. When deputies, some of whom were in plain clothes, entered the room where Romanoski was, one of them fired 7 rounds i... (more)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have sued Virginia police and other government officials after a request to carry out a “welfare check” on a 58-year-old man resulted in a two-hour, SWAT team-style raid on the man’s truck, a wrongful arrest, and a 72-hour mental health hold. According to the complaint, police acknowledged that they had no legal basis nor probable cause for detaining Virginia resident Benjamin Burruss, who was preparing to depart on a camping/hunting ... (more)
As we've covered before, the DOJ supports the idea of body cameras for local law enforcement agencies. It has set aside over $20 million a year in funding to help these agencies out. But it has no love for body cameras within its own agencies. There are no body cam requirements in place for FBI, DEA, ATF or the US Marshals Service.
San Luis Obispo, CA -- Surveillance video inside a California courtroom captured a bailiff assaulting Deputy Attorney General Jennie Mariah Kelly during a recess because she was "acting in an unprofessional manner." Although Kelly was arrested for resisting an officer, the District Attorney's office has not filed charges against the deputy attorney general or the bailiff.
I have to be honest: I have no idea how this whole "Ferguson Effect" became a thing. The general claim by those touting the theory is that, after the backlash over the Michael Brown shooting and several other high-profile deaths at the hands of law enforcement, police are so fearful of the general public that they are no longer taking the risks ... (more)