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Missing From Police Evidence Room: $408K, 60 Guns, 4700 Bags Of Drugs

An audit of a Massachusetts police department’s evidence room has revealed that thousands of pieces of drug and property evidence, as well as around $408,000, went missing. Braintree police officials released the audit’s findings on Wednesday and stated that the inquiry looked at evidence going back to 1999. What was found was astonishing: heat-sealed drug bags torn or cut open, bags of cash emptied, and the vanishing of ...

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Cincinnati Police Union Demands Extra Pay To Wear Body-Cams

[ssba] Cincinnati fraternal order of police lodge #69 is demanding that city officials give them a pay raise before they agree to officers wearing body cameras. After officials announced last Wednesday that a group of Cincinnati cops were to become the first in the department to wear body-cams, the police union responded by sending a “cease and desist” letter to the city asking for the program ...

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New Jersey Bill Could Ban Drinking Coffee, Eating While Driving

[ssba] If passed by the New Jersey General Assembly, a newly proposed “distracted driving” bill could impose stiff fines and penalties for state residents caught eating or drinking while driving. The legislation defines distracted driving loosely as “any activity unrelated to the actual operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that interferes with the safe operation of the vehicle.” This could mean almost anything. According ...

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Arrests Down 75 Percent After Philly Decriminalizes Marijuana

[ssba] In an ardent display of just how much the criminal justice system revolves around the drug war, the city of Philadelphia has seen a drastic fall in arrests after decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. In the year since the law took effect, arrests fell nearly 75 percent and arrests and citations combined were still 42 percent below the total arrests ...

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Bill Would Make Hawaii First State To Put Gun Owners In Federal Database

[ssba] With the help of police, Hawaii lawmakers have introduced a bill that would make the state the first in the United States to list every law abiding gun owner in a federal database. Introduced by Sen. Will Espero, the bill would place resident gun owners in the FBI’s biometric “Rap Back” database and would notify police any time they are arrested anywhere in the country. ...

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Illinois Police Dept. Removes Body-Cams Because “A Bit Burdensome”

[ssba] Illinois became one of the first states to establish comprehensive rules governing how police use body-cameras when the Law Enforcement Officer-Worn Body Camera Act passed the state legislature last year. The law did not mandate departments use body-cams however, and now, the Minooka Police Department has stopped using them after a six-month testing phase citing a “burdensome” workload as ...

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Cops: Eating Out The Substance Of Their Own Countrymen

Every government employee is morally suspect, this is true. Involved in violent expropriation (taxation), government workers add no net gain to society as they simply confiscate resources from one group to give to another. In fact they provide a net lose as their prima facie existence is dependent on still more tax dollars. State enforcers, like police officers however, have reserved ...

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California Justice Dept. Raids Planned Parenthood Video Maker

[ssba] In what appears to be a politically motivated raid, the California Dept. of Justice seized a computer and electronic storage devices from the home of David Daleiden on Tuesday. Founder of the Center for Medical Progress, Daleiden is the activist that embarrassed Planned Parenthood last year after releasing multiple videos purportedly showing them haggling over the price of baby parts. Just to ...

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Lawsuit Prompts Retaliation After Deputy Grinds Woman’s Face In Gravel

[ssba] A young woman that filed a federal lawsuit against Sonoma County, California after a sheriff’s deputy choked her and grinded her face in gravel, says prosecutors filed charges against her in retaliation. Gabrielle Lemos, 19, was celebrating her graduation from Petaluma High School at her family’s home on June 13 when deputy Marcus Holton responded to the scene to investigate a ...

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NJ Cops Attempt To Thwart Civilian Oversight Committee

[ssba] In attempt to block a proposed Civilian Complaint Review Board, police unions in Newark, New Jersey have filed a legal complaint alleging “unfair practices” against the city. According to the Newark Superior Officer’s Association, officials violated state law by instituting civilian oversight of police officers without consulting the very cops that will be overseen. The unions allege that the guidelines for the ...

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Two Dozen Guns Vanish From Police Evidence Locker – Used In Other Crimes

[ssba] It has been revealed that two dozen firearms have gone missing from an evidence locker at the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, with some being used in other crimes. According to an internal memo from the D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences, officers first confiscated the weapons between 2005 and 2012 – but some were later confiscated again after being used in additional violent crimes, while ...

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Kansas Bill Would Restrict Public Access To Police Video

[ssba] Being sold under the auspices of protecting the privacy of people caught on video, Kansas lawmakers are attempting to restrict public access to police body-cam footage. Introduced last week by the House Judiciary Committee, the bill seeks to keep the pubic in the dark by only allowing video to be released to individuals in the footage, their lawyers – and if ...

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2015 And The Myth Of The War On Cops

[ssba] 2015 saw several high-profile killings of officers around the county, leading police supporters and pundits the nation over to rail against a perceived “war on cops.” But what was the truth of the matter? According to data collected by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which tracks police deaths, there is no upward trend in the killing of ...

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