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

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[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

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[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

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[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

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[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

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[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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DHS Loses Hundreds Of Badges, Guns, Cellphones, Credentials

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[ssba] Showcasing a lack of stunning incompetence, it has came to light that hundreds of badges, credentials, cell phones and guns have disappeared from several agencies attached to the Department of Homeland Security. According to inventory reports obtained via Freedom of information Act requests pertaining to a 31 month period between 2012 and 2015, over 1,300 badges, 165 firearms and 589 cell phones have gone missing. The reports ...

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Rogue Reporters Would Face Jail Time Under Proposed SC Journalism Registry

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[ssba] Under a new bill brought forth in South Carolina, journalists that wish to work for media outlets would be required to register with the state or else face fines and jail time. Introduced by Republican State Rep. Mike Pitts on Tuesday, the “South Carolina Responsible Journalism Registry Law” defines “journalist” as “a person who in his professional capacity collects, writes, or ...

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VT Law Would Allow Warrantless Cellphone Searches To Check For Distracted Driving

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[ssba] Being sold under the guise of preventing distracted driving, a newly proposed Vermont law would allow officers to rifle through motorists’ cellphones without a warrant to see if they have recently been used. “Essentially, it’s ‘show me your text log,'” said South Burlington Democratic Rep. Martin LaLonde, who is pushing the law as an amendment to the states 2014 ban on the ...

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Bill Would Criminalize Filming Police In Arizona

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[ssba] An Arizona lawmaker has introduced a bill, that if passed, would criminalize filming the police in certain circumstances. Rationalizing that recording cops can put officers in danger by distracting them in tense situations, Republican State Senator John Kavanagh says Senate Bill 1054 would make it illegal for someone to film police within 20 feet of an officer without permission. ...

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