Police State Politics

Rogue Reporters Would Face Jail Time Under Proposed SC Journalism Registry

[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

[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

[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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FL Cops Laundered Drug Money Through Venezuelan Presidential Aid

[ssba] Florida cops with the Bal Harbour Police Department and Glades County Sheriff’s Office are currently under federal investigation for allegedly laundering at least $55.6 million for drug cartels and other criminal organizations under the guise of a joint task force operation that allowed them to make $2.4 million for themselves. According to an investigation by the Miami Herald, which examined hundreds of confidential records of the ...

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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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NYPD Cop Thrown In Psych Ward For Exposing Arrest Quotas Wins $600K

NYPD officer Adrian Schoolcraft sued his city in 2010 for $50 million after he said he was thrown in to a psych ward at Jamaica Hospital for exposing a quota system being run by the department. Schoolcraft said he was unlawfully detained after fellow officers launched a campaign of harassment against him when he blew the whistle on cops changing ...

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NC Police Dept. Destroyed 333 Rape Kits To “Make Room”

[ssba] A police department in North Carolina destroyed 333 rape kits between 1995 and 2008 to make space in its evidence room, officials said Monday. Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock says in February, his department’s special victims unit commander began a review of old sex assault cases going back to the 1990s. The commander was tasked with determining if there ...

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