Police State Politics

Castle Doctrine Win: Conviction Overturned For Man Who ‘Assaulted’ Home-Invading Officer

A conviction of an Indiana man for battery on a law enforcement officer has been overturned in the states first ‘castle doctrine’ defense since codifying it into law back in 2012. David Cupello was involved in a verbal argument with the staff members of his apartment complex on January 23, 2014. Pike Township Constable and part time ‘courtesy officer’ Robert ...

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State Determines Criminal Cops Exempt From Public Records Law

[ssba] The Massachusetts secretary of state’s office has ruled that records related to criminal charges of police officers are exempt from state public records law, giving police chiefs and other officials the power to keep information related to wrongdoing in their departments secret. The rulings were issued after the Boston Globe challenged several departments’ refusal to release records pertaining to ...

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Florida Lawyer Empowers Citizens To Fight DUI Checkpoints

[ssba] A Florida attorney is fighting internal checkpoints by distributing controversial fliers online that informs drivers of their rights during traffic stops. “It’s a method for innocent people to protect themselves from a bad DUI arrest,” Boca Raton attorney Warren Redlich says. “People are [being] charged with DUIs after consuming an alcohol amount under the legal limit because police say ...

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Congress Floats Body Armor Ban For Private Citizens

[ssba] If passed, a new bill introduced in the House of Representatives, would essentially ban private citizens from using body armor. The Responsible Body Armor Possession Act, H. R. 378, would ban citizens from ownership of enhanced body armor, defined as “body armor, including a helmet or shield, the ballistic resistance of which meets or exceeds the ballistic performance of ...

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Bill Would Bar Public From Viewing Police Body-Cam Videos

[ssba] If passed, a bill introduced in the Minnesota House, Thursday, would bar the public from seeing any videos recorded by police body cameras. State law requires body camera video to be accessible to the public. But some lawmakers say it should be private to protect the public from ’embarrassing situations.’ “You could have a half naked housewife that’s been ...

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Boondoggle: $71M Michigan State Police Headquarters Abandoned For Older Building After 5 Years

[ssba] Only a mere five years after the Michigan State police moved into a newly constructed $71 million headquarters in Lansing, state officials announced Wednesday that they are abandoning the building. The edifice was protested by officers and lawmakers alike when it was announced back in 2007 by then Governor Jennifer Granholm.  At the time, the Michigan state government faced ...

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Lawmakers In 12 States Make Proposals Aimed At Curbing Police Abuse

[ssba] Lawmakers in states across the nation are responding to the recent onslaught of high profile police cases involving unarmed citizens being beaten, shot and killed. So what answer do legislators have to a failed government policing monopoly? Why, throw more of other peoples money at it, ofcoarse. Bills have been proposed in at least a dozen states mandating or ...

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States Fight Police Cell Phone Tracking Amid Contradictory Court Decisions

[ssba] Despite a recent Supreme Court ruling affirming that warrantless cellphone searches are unconstitutional, warrantless location tracking of mobile technology remains in a legal grey area. This is how some states are addressing the issue: South Carolina A bill banning law enforcement from tracking cellphone location information without a warrant passed the South Carolina House back in May. H4791 was ...

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‘An Astronomical Increase’ In Military Assault Rifles Being Sent To Local Police

[ssba] In the months following a wave of anti-police brutality protests across the country, the US government has significantly increased the number of military-style assault rifles it sent to local law enforcement agencies, reports the Washington Times Despite promises of reform from the White House, The Times found that in the three months following the riots sparked in Ferguson, Missouri, ...

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Former NYPD Detective Testifies In Court: Planting Drugs To Reach Quotas A ‘Common Practice’

[ssba] A former New York City narcotics detective testified in court that planting drugs on innocent people in order to boost arrest numbers was common practice, the New York Daily News reports. Detective Stephen Anderson, was indicted with other officers for planting cocaine on four men in Queens back in 2008. He is now cooperating with prosecutor’s and testifying in open ...

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Tibetan Monks Fight Chinese Police State With Self-Immolation

[ssba] Tibetans in Tibet and in other parts of China have in recent years been protesting against Chinese rule by setting themselves on fire after pouring gasoline on themselves. Its been called the ‘ultimate political protest.’ Rooted in some elements of Buddhism and Hinduism, self-immolation has been practiced for many centuries but, in modern times, has become a type of ...

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Tennessee Town Bans Negative Comments By Anyone Associated With The Local Government

[ssba] The South Pittsburg City Commission in Tennessee voted 4-1 to approve an ‘all-inclusive’ social networking policy banning negative comments about the local government made by “anyone associated with the town in an official capacity who uses social networks.” The policy says “city elected representatives, appointed board members, employees, volunteers, vendors, contractors”can’t post anything negative about the city, its employees ...

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ALERT: Congress Passes Bill Granting “Unlimited Access To Private Communications Of Every American”

[ssba] Congress just passed the Intelligence Authorization Act for 2015 – consequently the same day a report came out about the CIA’s malicious use of torture on ‘detainees.’ H.R. 4681, funds intelligence agency programs for 2014 and 2015 but that’s not all it does says Michigan Congressman Justin Amash. In a letter to the legislature urging his colleagues to vote ...

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