Police State Politics

NJ Cop Says He Was Suspended After Blowing Whistle On Dept. Misconduct

[ssba] 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 ...

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$10,000 Goes Missing From Connecticut Police Evidence Safe

[ssba] It was revealed Sunday that almost $10,000 has disappeared from a Bridgeport Police Department evidence safe in Connecticut. The Connecticut Post reports that $9,535 was discovered missing on Oct. 14 after prosecutors could not produce it as evidence in a 2011 case involving Abimael Ramos, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend. Additionally, police say that another $30,000 may ...

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Feds To Force Recreational Drone Owners To Register Them With The Government

[ssba] Federal regulators announced a plan to require recreational drone users to register their aircraft with the government on Monday. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the FAA and the Transportation Department are setting up a federal task force composed of government officials and industry experts to create the new registration system. Foxx said the group has until Nov. 20 to ...

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SC Newspapers Sue Investigators, Demand Release Of Zachary Hammond Footage

[ssba] After three months of stalling, three South Carolina newspapers are suing the State Law Enforcement Division, demanding the agency release dashcam footage of the fatal police shooting involving 19-year-old Zachary Hammond. The Anderson Independent-Mail, The Greenville News and The Journal of Seneca say SLED is breaking the state’s Freedom of Information Act by refusing to turn over the video, ...

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The Myth Of The War On Cops Is Really A War On You

Among the recent high-profile killings of police officers around the county, police supporters and “conservative” pundits the nation over are railing against a perceived “war on cops.” But what is the truth? According to data collected by the Officer Down Memorial Page, which tracks police deaths, there is no recent upward trend in the killing of police officers. In fact, ...

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Man Required To Pay Attorney Fees For Officer Who Killed Dog

[ssba] A Utah man whose dog was killed by a police officer last year found out this week that if he wishes to pursue civil litigation, he will be facing an uphill battle. Sean Kendall’s dog Geist was shot by a Salt Lake City police officer, but a law passed in 2008 designed to protect cops from frivolous lawsuits, will ...

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Supreme Court Limits Warrantless Police Snooping Powers

[ssba] The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that police cannot force hotel and motel owners to let them search through guest registries without first giving them a chance to go before a judge. The 5-4 decision repealed a Los Angeles law that required hotel and motel owners to keep lists of their guests and let the police inspect them on ...

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Dept. Firearm Change Turns LA County Deputies Into Keystone Cops

[ssba] Accidental gunshots by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies have more than doubled from 12 in 2012, to 30 last year. Officials say the increase occurred because deputies are adjusting to a switch in the departments standard issue firearm from the Beretta 92F to the Smith & Wesson M&P9. In one December, 2014 incident, a sheriff’s deputy in Compton approached ...

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New Obama EPA Regulation “Devastating To Private Property Rights”

[ssba] Its important to point out the relationship between regulation and the police. Like laws, regulations are enforced with a barrel of a gun by agents of the state. Almost always designed to accommodate enriched interests at the expense of new comers who are attempting to enter any particular line of production, regulations are usually enforced by federal, state, and ...

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CA Senate Passes Bill Banning Citizen Grand Jury Investigations Of Police Because DAs More Accountable

[ssba] The California State Senate, passed Thursday, a bill prohibiting grand jury investigations of police shootings and cases where an individual dies from excessive force during an arrest. Comprised of citizens who retain ultimate decision making authority, a grand jury is a body empowered to conduct official proceedings to investigate potential criminal conduct in order to determine whether criminal charges ...

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Washington State Senate Passes Bill Limiting Domestic Drone Surveillance

[ssba] The Washington state Senate passed a bill that would limit drone surveillance in the state, Friday. Republican Congressman David Taylor introduced House Bill 1639, along with a bipartisan group of 16 legislators, in January. The bill requires a warrant for drones “capable of remotely acquiring personally identifiable information from its surroundings” in most situations. As defined, these “extraordinary sensing ...

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