Clovis, New Mexico police officer Brent Aguilar will not faces charges despite breaking a man's cheekbone while executing a violent and controversial takedown for "concealing one's ID" and allegedly "resisting arrest."
The victim, Jorge Corona, 26, was a passenger in a traffic stop. He drew the cop's ire after asking why the driver was pulled over, he then refused to produce ID after the cop turned his attention on him.
Video of the incident which occurred earlier this August shows Corona, who was in handcuffs, did not appear to show any resistance prior to the officer's violent takedown.
Police officers were near the students because they were trying to move them back from the railing. Cameron Rader, the boy who was assaulted in the video says he was no where near the railing, and we can clearly see in the video that he was not near the railing before the... (more)
According to Kenny Klein, spokesperson for the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District, the trouble began when two female students got into a physical altercation which subsequently led to two boys fighting.
The fight apparently got messy as students began throwing food.
Jerry Lee Brock, 55, had been in prison since his conviction for first-degree molestation in 1995. In 2012, the alleged victim, Regina Rush, came forward to say she made the whole thing up, partly as a way to get more attention from her mother.
Last week, Thurston County Superior Court J... (more)
Note the state still insists he be denied his right to own a gun and travel freely for three months while they sit around and do absolutely nothing to fully exonerate the man they wrongly imprisoned. Keep in mind this is not solely the fault of the faux victim, but the justice system which sentenced the innocent man to prison without hard evidence. The old adage of "better 100 innocent men go free than one guilty be imprisoned" was upended years ago to "better 100 innocent men be imprisoned than one guilty man go free." - Chris, InfoLib
One tactic we occasionally see is when a cop stands directly in your personal space, close enough where he can kiss you, claiming he has the right to stand where he pleases -- when you know if you would do the same to him, he would fear for his life and kill you.
What they’re really doing is hoping the citizen pushes the cop off or punches him in the face, which you will see is v... (more)
Detekt: A New Malware Detection Tool That Can Expose Illegitimate State Surveillance
posted 11/21/2014, 10:01 AM (EFF.org) [Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Recent years have seen a boom in the adoption of surveillance technology by governments around the world, including spyware that provides its purchasers the unchecked ability to target remote Internet users' computers, to read their personal emails, listen in on private audio calls, record keystrokes and passwords, and remotely activate their computer's camera or microphone. EFF, together with Amnesty International, Digitale Gesellschaft, and Privacy International have all had experience assisti... (more)
When the Rustlers Wear Badges
posted 11/20/2014, 9:19 AM (William Norman Grigg) [Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Sweeney Gillette, a very successful cattle trader from Ontario, Oregon, had barely finished a pleasant chat with his ex-wife when his phone rang. In an agitated voice, Gillette's attorney reported that he had just been contacted by a Malheur County deputy District Attorney who accused the rancher of “unlawfully interfering with a witness” – namely, his ex-wife.
Since the attorney called literally seconds after Gillette had hung up, the call from the deputy DA must have come in the... (more)
In Washington D.C. this week to promote their findings, researchers with the Legatum Institute measure a nation's prosperity on a number of factors including health, safety, education, economy, opportunity, social capital, g... (more)
A lawsuit has been filed over the botched raid, which took place in May 2012. An arrest warrant was issued for Mr. Ronald Brown, 54, after he had allegedly fired a gun into the ground during a disagreement on... (more)
The incident drew national attention and public criticism after weapon-carrying officers checked darkened, locked-down classrooms, frightening students and parents who hadn't been told it was only a drill.... (more)
The Biggest Threat to Democracy and Freedom
posted 11/20/2014, 9:15 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger) [Category: Commentary] By all objective standards, Egypt’s government is a military dictatorship and a brutal one at that. Having ousted the democratically elected president of the country, Egypt’s national-security establishment has not only taken control over the reins of government, it is the government. In order to fortify its grip on power over the Egyptian people, it has done what dictatorships do: intimidate, incarcerate, torture, and kill those who dare to question or criticize the existence of the dictatorshi... (more)
According to court documents recently obtained by NBC, Padavick took a cab home one night several months ago and was unable to pay him with a credit card, so she had to go to her apartment to get him his money.
The raid took place on the evening of November 15th, 2014. Around 8:30 p.m., the Albany Police Department, along with multiple other agencies, entered the home of 90-year-old Mary Helen Morgan to search for evidence of gambling.
Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy pulled a woman over for a minor traffic violation, yanking her out of her car and throwing her into the back of a patrol car after she attempted to video record a deputy attempting to search her car without consent.
The incident, which took place in Temple City on November 6, left Veronica Tomas-Castro traumatized where she tries to avoid the Los Ange... (more)
Who Trusts This Government to Regulate the Internet?
posted 11/19/2014, 7:25 AM (Activist Post) [Category: Commentary] The principle of net neutrality is easy to understand and support; to treat the delivery all data equally. This has been the status quo. Works great. Few oppose that, but supporting the principle of net neutrality is not the same thing as supporting the government's plan to enforce that principle.
The alleged problem that the government claims needs fixing is that Internet service providers (ISPs) want to charge different rates to websites for different levels of data usage, often... (more)
This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories
posted 11/19/2014, 7:24 AM (StoptheDrugWar.org) [Category: Tyranny/Police State] A Baltimore cop who insisted on arresting the wrong guy is in trouble, a suburban Chicago cop who tried to be a little too helpful to some women has lost his job, and a Tennessee cop facing federal drug-related money laundering charges retires with his benefits. Let's get to it:
The Cold War brought us a national-security state, which consists of an enormous military establishment, a vast military-industrial complex, an empire of foreign and domestic military bases, ever-growing military budgets, and the ever-increasing militarization of American society.... (more)
Are 'We the People' Useful Idiots in the Digital Age?
posted 11/18/2014, 5:58 AM (The Rutherford Institute) [Category: Tyranny/Police State] Back in the heyday of the old Soviet Union, a phrase evolved to describe gullible western intellectuals who came to visit Russia and failed to notice the human and other costs of building a communist utopia. The phrase was “useful idiots” and it applied to a good many people who should have known better. I now propose a new, analogous term more appropriate for the age in which we live: useful hypocrites. That’s you and me, folks, and it’s how the masters of the digital universe see us. And th... (more)
Our penultimate status made the news recently, after research group Ipsos MORI announced the results of the first international study "to look at the gap between perception and reality" on questions of social policy. The issues included teenage pregnancy, immigration, and unemployment.
New Jersey campus police struggled to arrest a 27-year-old college student for more than seven minutes, pepper spraying him in the process, in a video going viral, never once providing probable cause, despite being asked several times.
The video begins with Brookdale Community College police trying to arrest Jeffrey Michel on a bridge while another man stands nearby openly record... (more)
Nevada: Federal Judge Finds Cop Caused Traffic Infraction
posted 11/18/2014, 5:57 AM (TheNewspaper) [Category: Tyranny/Police State]
A federal judge earlier this month found that a motorist should not have been held to blame because a police officer's aggressive driving forced him to move out of the way. US District Court Judge Larry R. Hicks viewed the dashcam video of Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Lee traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Reno on July 11, 2011 and did not like what he saw.
Trooper Lee was close by in the lane to the left of Albert Thomas Wendfeldt, who veered away from the patrol car and to... (more)
Last June, Boise, Idaho resident William James Esbensen, who operated a medical marijuana co-op in Ontario, Oregon, was found guilty of receiving “proceeds” from marijuana sales, under a law that was no longer in effect. During the trial, prosecutor William Dugan — act... (more)
Taunton, MA– Detective Robert Kramer of the Taunton Police Department is under investigation regarding his fifth accusation of brutality after an incident in June where he viciously assaulted a man during booking, and this time it was caught on film.
The officer, who was described in an email from Police Chief Edward James Walsh to Target 12 as “a decorated and pro-active p... (more)
This is the plight of Carole Hinders, who has been running a Mexican restaurant for the last four decades. Accepting cash only from customers at the restaurant, she makes frequent cash deposits to her checking account.
As part of the federal government’s dragnet survei... (more)
In 2015 the government will be activating some new “incentives” embedded in the Affordable Care Act in an effort to get more people to sign up.
But, as is often the case when the government says one thing, they mean exactly the opposite. In this case, when they say incentive what they really mean is that you are going to be penalized if you fail to acquire government mandated health insurance. But not just... (more)
In 2012, federal agents began investigating Chad Dixon and Doug Wil... (more)
One-Dimensional Thinking on Drug Legalization
posted 11/18/2014, 5:55 AM (Logan Albright) [Category: Commentary] The libertarian movement is often dismissed as consisting of a bunch of hippy stoners who just want to take drugs and do whatever they want. Of course, this is an unfair and untrue generalization that ignores the centuries of political philosophy, ethics, and economic thought that underlie the modern definition of libertarianism, yet it is not hard to see why this misconception persists. Popular libertarian outlets like Reason Magazine prioritize marijuana legalization, and libertarian figures i... (more)
In a comedy of errors, a day that was meant to be filled with activities pertaining to learning the most effective ways to crack down on protesters was instead mired with ineptitude from beginning till end.... (more)
Thomas Nolan, an associate professor of criminology at Merrimack College and former senior policy analyst with the Department of Homeland Security, said the focus of police work had shifted greatly since he was a Boston police officer in the 1980s and 1990s.... (more)
Chief Jon Belmar of St Louis County made the claims as the region braced for the possibility of further unrest following the imminent decision of a grand jury on whether a white police officer should face criminal charges... (more)