After Buffalo, New York created its new "traffic violations agency" on July 1 of last year, the city has seen a substantial boon to its extortion racket. With the help of new software, ticketed drivers are now receiving an average of three citations per stop and the city has already moved to suspend the licenses of 4,400 drivers, an official said.
A motorist accused of drunk driving walked away after cops in Chicago, Illinois refused to hand over video evidence of the incident. In a ruling last month, the Illinois Appellate Court said Richard Moravec was entitled not just to any dashcam videos of his arrest, but also relevant footage from the city's network of surveillance devices known as "police observational devices" or POD cameras.
In 2003, the Windy City installed remote-controlled cameras that could rotate 360 degrees... (more)
A Florida man says officers with the Ocoee Police Department opened fire on the home he shares with his wife and their 12-year-old son after mistakenly responding to a domestic violence call at the wrong residence. The unidentified man said he awoke at around 1 a.m. on Saturday to a loud banging on the door of his Belhaven Falls Drive house and asked who it was, but got no re... (more)
Claudia Castillo posted video of herself pulling over a cop for speeding a week ago on YouTube. The video shortly thereafter racked up over a million views. In response to the controversial video, which has more down-votes than up-votes and people commenting on both sides, the Miami Fraternal Order of... (more)
The Texas Court of Appeals told local police officers last month that when the US Supreme Court says warrantless blood draws from motorists are unconstitutional, that means they need to get a warrant to perform a blood draw. Hurst Police Officer Brian Charnock did not believe the McNeely ruling applied to him as he ordered Laura Ann Swan to pull over in February 2012.
Officer Charnock had received a tip that the car belonging to Swan was swerving on... (more)
Chicago police officers implicated in the wake of a political scandal within the Chicago Police Department, or CPD, have retired, dodging disciplinary action while holding on to pensions worth more than $100,000 a year, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Nearly two months ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration received a report from the office of C... (more)
A retired Philadelphia police officer is saying in a complaint made to Internal Affairs that officers with the department forcibly entered his home and assaulted him after falsely accusing him of paying for a takeout meal with counterfeit money.
Brooklyn, NY -- Fired from the department last month after failing a drug test, a former NYPD officer was arrested Tuesday for running a prostitution ring. Although he had been on the force for 11 years, the cop allegedly began pimping out prostitutes immediately after his shift ended at the NYPD.
In October 2015, police pulled over NYPD Officer Eduardo Cornejo in his personal vehicle after witnessing the off-duty cop apparently running a prostitution ring at a Long Island motel. ... (more)
Queens, NY -- After suing his fellow officers for savagely beating and falsely arresting him at his daughter's birthday party, an NYPD cop was awarded $15 million by a federal jury on Wednesday. Although he identified himself as an officer, his colleagues viciously struck him with batons and fired pepper spray into his face before bothering to check the badge and ID in his pocket.
On August 22, 2010, NYPD Officer Larry Jackson was off-duty at his daughter's birthday party in Queen... (more)
A Pittsburgh police sergeant filmed brutalizing and repeatedly striking a 19-year-old man at a high school football championship game at Heinz Field in late November, has been acquitted of all charges.
For years, police in Anaheim, California have been using extensive surveillance equipment to eavesdrop on the cell phone calls of the local population, as well as the 16 million-plus Disneyland tourists the area receives annually, new documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California say.
Published on Wednesday, the documents show that a massive and sophisticated cell phone surveillance program has existed in the department since at least 2009 ... (more)
Eden Prairie, MN — On June 15, 2015, Matthew Hovland-Knase was allegedly driving his motorcycle at excessive speeds down a two-way street. After being clocked at speeds over 110 miles per hour, Sergeant Lonnie Soppeland gave chase and pulled him over.
Hovland-Knase did not attempt to run, was unarmed, non-violent, and posed no threat to Soppeland at all when the officer jumped out of his cruiser with his gun drawn. As Soppeland exited the cruiser, he yelled, "Get your hands where ... (more)
Hartford, CT -- On September 11, 2015, journalist and police accountability activist, Michael Picard was illegally detained for lawfully open carrying and filming police on public property. During the illegal detainment, Connecticut state troopers confiscated his gun and his camera. However, the trooper who took the phone went on to make a critical mistake — he left the camera rolling while fabricating a story to falsely charge Picard.
The resultant footage provides a rare, behind... (more)
Marion County, FL — In August of 2014, multiple deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's office conducted a drug bust. During the bust, Derrick Price ran from deputies Jesse Terrell, Trevor Fitzgerald, James Amideo, Cody Hoppel and Adam Crawford. However, once he realized he could not outrun the pickup truck, he quickly stopped, put his hands up, and laid face down on the ground — completely surrendering.
Upon reaching the unarmed, nonviolent, completely compliant, and prostrate ... (more)
The FBI has released a video from the Tuesday traffic stop that led to the shooting death of one of the armed protesters who had been occupying the headquarters of a federal wildlife preserve in Oregon.
The NYPD is once again in the middle of a transparency/accountability controversy. The law enforcement agency has achieved the dubious distinction of being more difficult to obtain public records from than federal three-letter agencies like the CIA and NSA. The latest news does nothing to improve its reputation.
Los Angeles, CA -- Exposing the double standard between police and civilians, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday that no criminal charges will be filed against the eight LAPD officers responsible for nearly killing an innocent woman and her daughter. Although the cops ambushed the unarmed women without warning and fired over 100 bullets without provocation, the district attorney justified the case of mistaken identity due to the fact that the officers involved ... (more)