Posts Tagged ‘ police abuse ’

Mexico: Government demands probe of migrant killing by US agent

June 22, 2011
posted by

Modesto Bee    

"Mexico's government on Wednesday condemned a fatal shooting by a U.S. Border Patrol agent of a Mexican man who was allegedly trying to sneak across the border. The Foreign Relations Department urged U.S. authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of the death. Its statement questioned the U.S. officer's 'use of firearms to repel an attack with stones,' calling that 'a disproportionate use of force.'" (06/22/11)

 

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How police are turning military

June 9, 2011
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by David Rittgers  

"The sheriff's office in Pima County, Ariz., raided the home of former Marine and Iraq combat veteran Jose Guerena, shooting 71 rounds at Guerena and hitting him with 22. The department is now facing a serious controversy over Guerena's death. But the raid isn't the real tragedy. It's a symptom of the real tragedy: the militarization of U.S. law enforcement." (06/08/11)

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=13174  

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CA: SWAT team invades … over student loan default

June 8, 2011
posted by

The Raw Story    

"Acting on orders from the U.S. Department of Education, a S.W.A.T. team broke into a California home Tuesday at 6 a.m. and roughed up a man -- because of his estranged wife’s defaulted student loans, ABC News10 reported. She wasn’t there. Yet, Kenneth Wright of the city of Stockton was grabbed by the neck by handcuffed before he and his three young children were put in a police car as the officers searched his house, he told ABC News10." [editor's note: An update says DOE claims they were not enforcing the loan default; the question then is where is their jurisdiction for any other action? - SAT&93; (06/08/11)

http://tinyurl.com/4xgatd6  

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State of the police state: The war against us

June 7, 2011
posted by

Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"Anyone who thinks they're not living in a police state needs to wake up and smell the pepper spray. Libertarians take the position that there are too many thugs and bullies masquerading as cops who use their badges and uniforms as disguises to get away with egregiously beating, tasing and pepper spraying citizens. More and more, however, their targets have become not suspects but anyone with a camera or videocorder." (06/05/11)

http://tinyurl.com/69o2jc6  

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AZ: Group protests SWAT murder of Tucson Marine

May 31, 2011
posted by

Arizona Family News    

"The death of a former Marine near Tucson continues to stir controversy. A group spent this Memorial Day protesting the SWAT raid which led to his death. Investigation documents reveal officers seized guns, banking documents and other items from the home but did not find drugs or cash. The original search warrants, along with other documents relating to the investigation, remain sealed. ... When they arrived to serve the search warrant, Guerena reportedly grabbed a gun. He didn't aim it at officers but they opened fire, shooting him 60 times. The Pima County Sheriff's Office maintains the officers followed protocol during the raid." (05/31/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3t7sgm5  

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TX: Feds end whitewash of Austin police abuses

May 30, 2011
posted by

Houston Chronicle    

"Federal officials have closed a four-year investigation of the Austin Police Department, saying they didn't find evidence that the department had violated the law or the U.S. Constitution." (05/30/11)

 

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Policing for profit

May 26, 2011
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Robert P. Murphy  

"A shocking news report recently documented how Tennessee police were stopping drivers on the interstate and confiscating large amounts of cash, even if the drivers were accused of no crime. The report was particularly shocking because the special unit was operating far outside of its jurisdiction in exchange for giving a cut of the seized cash to the local government in question. This episode is outrageous enough that any regular American can see the problem. Yet most people who see the report will probably conclude that the government 'went too far' in this instance, and some reforms are needed. The real lesson here is that the War on Drugs — just like every other war waged by our politicians — doesn't solve the ostensible problem, and in fact strips away other liberties." (05/26/11)

http://mises.org/daily/5321/Policing-for-Profit  

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Abolish the police

May 25, 2011
posted by

LewRockwell.com
by Anthony Gregory  

"The chaotic violence of the modern police state is ubiquitous. Every day there are 100 SWAT raids in America. Remember in the old days when SWAT raids were reserved for stopping some terrorist intent on destroying half the city? Maybe that was just in the movies. There were 3,000 SWAT raids in 1981, the year I was born, which was bad enough. There will be 40,000 this year. In modern America, even small towns have their own air forces. The TV news frets about al-Qaeda, but rarely exposes the threat of the thin blue line. About as many Americans have been killed by police since 9/11/01 as died on that day." (05/26/11)

http://lewrockwell.com/gregory/gregory213.html  

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Cops — de-legitimizing themselves by being criminals

May 24, 2011
posted by

Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal  

"The reason most people now hate cops, if they are paying attention and aren't just a pathetic copsucker, is that cops rarely do anything to protect rights, but most of their actions are a direct violation of the basic human right to live unmolested as long as you are harming no other person (or their property). Just try to think back to the last time you saw a cop doing something 'officially' that actually protected someone's rights rather than being an act of theft or molestation." (05/23/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3gofcgw  

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The changing face of the police and the death of the Fourth Amendment

May 24, 2011
posted by

LewRockwell.com
by John W. Whitehead  

"School districts are increasingly teaming with law enforcement to create what some are calling the 'schoolhouse to jailhouse track' by imposing a 'double dose' of punishment: suspension or expulsion from school, accompanied by an arrest by the police and a trip to juvenile court. In this way, having failed to learn much in the way of civic education and/or the Bill of Rights while in school, young people are being browbeaten into believing that they have no true rights and government authorities have total power and can violate constitutional rights whenever they see fit." (05/24/11)

http://lewrockwell.com/whitehead/whitehead31.1.html  

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Death squad damage control in Tucson

May 23, 2011
posted by

Pro Libertate
by Will Grigg  

"People seeking to defend the manifestly indefensible often sabotage themselves by disclosing critical details that undermine their argument. Mike Storie, the police union lawyer representing the SWAT operators who murdered Jose Guerena in his home on May 5, did this during his May 19 press conference in an attempt to assign all of the blame for Jose’s death on the victim and his terrorized wife. As reported by the Arizona Star, Storie insisted that if the Guerena family had permitted the armed intruders into their home, those inside 'probably … wouldn’t have been arrested.'" (05/23/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3q9tl6o  

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Turning the camera on the police

May 23, 2011
posted by

In These Times
by David Sirota  

"What’s good for the police apparently isn’t good for the people — or so the law enforcement community would have us believe when it comes to surveillance. That’s a concise summary of a new trend noted by National Public Radio last week — the trend whereby law enforcement officials have been trying to prevent civilians from using cellphone cameras in public places as a means of deterring police brutality." (05/20/11)

 

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When decent people start to fear — and loathe — cops …

May 19, 2011
posted by

LewRockwell.Com
by Eric Peters  

"All of this is bad business -- for the cops as well as Mere Ordinaries. Because, ultimately, when Mere Ordinaries come to view cops with contempt, as potentially dangerous thugs to fear and avoid rather than peace officers -- they’ve lost moral legitimacy and once that’s gone, the only thing keeping the populace from literally tearing them to pieces at the first opportunity is just exactly that: The first opportunity." (05/20/11)

http://lewrockwell.com/peters-e/peters-e49.1.html  

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Indiana: Full frontal fascism

May 16, 2011
posted by

Freedom's Phoenix Freedom's Phoenix
by Larken Rose  

"If there are any Indiana cops who still respect the Constitution, please do your state a huge favor, and go barge into the home of 'Justice' Steven David -- during supper would probably be a good time. Barge in, without a warrant, and without any legal justification, guns drawn, and start ordering people around. See if 'Justice' David does anything to resist. If he does, lock his fascist ass up for violating his own idiotic legal ruling. In fact, since he just declared it to be illegal for him to resist your illegal invasion of his home, if he lifts a finger to stop you, shoot the bastard, or at least give him a good tasering. (That's exactly what happened in the case where 'Justice' David sided with the law-breaking cop.)" (05/13/11)

http://tinyurl.com/6adpnm3  

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The Ballad of Alvaro Luna Hernandez

May 16, 2011
posted by

CounterPunch
by Max Kantar  

"Alvaro Luna Hernandez is a political prisoner of the State of Texas and the U.S. government. He is nearly 15 years into a 50 year prison sentence for an 'aggravated assault' conviction stemming from a July 1996 incident in which he disarmed a Brewster County Sheriff attempting to shoot him. Alvaro vehemently denies the charge that he assaulted the Sheriff. To Mexican-Americans in the cities, slums, plains, deserts, and prison cages of the Southwest, he is a civil rights hero, a Chicano freedom fighter true to his barrio roots and eternally fearless in the face of injustice. For years, he has been internationally recognized by amnesty movements and human rights lawyers and experts as a U.S. political prisoner, yet inside the United States, the name Alvaro Luna Hernandez remains largely elusive on the lips of progressives and social justice advocates." (05/16/11)

http://counterpunch.org/kantar05162011.html  

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IN: State Supreme Court rules in favor of badged thuggery

May 15, 2011
posted by

NWI News    

"Overturning a common law dating back to the English Magna Carta of 1215, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Hoosiers have no right to resist unlawful police entry into their homes. In a 3-2 decision, Justice Steven David writing for the court said if a police officer wants to enter a home for any reason or no reason at all, a homeowner cannot do anything to block the officer's entry. 'We believe ... a right to resist an unlawful police entry into a home is against public policy and is incompatible with modern Fourth Amendment jurisprudence,' David said" (05/13/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3kae4zy  

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State of the Police State: Gary Chenot

May 10, 2011
posted by

Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"A police state never exists because of police actions alone. Police states involve the entire structure of a government: police, courts, prosecution, civil service, bureaucracy, and every political institution all the way up to the top. Further, Police states extend all the way down into the personal lives of its peaceful citizens. Like Gary Chenot and his family. Their problems started when Chenot requested public documents from the state of Florida." (05/09/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3pmuv56  

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The Wheeler Street riot and abuse of police power

May 4, 2011
posted by

Strike the Root
by Michael Kleen  

"The Wheeler Street Riot illustrates the consequences of the growing militarization of police, the targeting of groups rather than individuals, an emphasis on enforcement of positive law, and the need for justification of increased spending on law enforcement agencies. By treating all students at the block party as though they were complicit in the handful of criminal acts, the police crossed a line from protecting public safety and private property to committing open and unjustifiable aggression against a crowd." (05/04/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3s4ok65  

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ACLU: Puerto Rico has pattern of police brutality

May 3, 2011
posted by

Hickory Daily Record    

"A celebrity-enhanced ACLU delegation criticized Puerto Rico's government Tuesday for using police to keep the island's main university system open during a strike over a new fee, with members saying they found clear evidence in which officers abused students during the protests. The delegation, which included Oscar-nominated actress Rosie Perez and former major league baseball player Carlos Delgado, said the initial findings of a fact-finding mission found a pattern of excessive police force over the past 18 months involving students, union leaders and journalists." (05/03/11)

 

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NY: Illegal searches lead to surge in marijuana busts

April 26, 2011
posted by

The Raw Story    

"New York City police have been unfairly targeting minorities with illegal searches, causing a surge in the state's mairjuana prosecutions, a recent public investigation found. Carried out by public radio station WNYC, the investigation concluded that many of the searches were conducted in violation of people's constitutional rights. The public radio station talked to current and former cops, defense lawyers and more than a dozen men arrested on marijuana charges who all say the New York City Police officers are abusing pat downs." (04/26/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3lf5nu9  

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Mexico: Judge orders 16 police detained for 40 days

April 18, 2011
posted by

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram    

"A Mexican judge ordered 16 police officers to remain detained for 40 days pending an investigation into their alleged involvement with the Zetas drug gang in a region where authorities have found a series of mass graves, prosecutors announced Monday. The 16 municipal police officer from San Fernando, in the border state of Tamaulipas, are being investigated for organized crime, kidnapping and homicide, federal prosecutors said in a statement." (04/18/11)

http://tinyurl.com/4y6symk  

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OR: Jury awards $82k to woman arrested for seeking police business card

April 17, 2011
posted by

Oregon Live    

"A Multnomah County jury awarded a 33-year-old woman $82,000 Thursday, saying they wanted to send Portland police a message: Hand over a business card the next time a citizen asks for one. Several jurors who spoke to The Oregonian after the verdict in Multnomah County Circuit Court said police weren’t dealing with an urgent or dangerous situation on the evening of Feb. 13, 2009 — when Shei’Meka Newmann questioned what she thought was an unnecessarily rough arrest of a fellow MAX rider. It would have taken only a few seconds for an officer to hand Newmann a card, jurors said." (04/15/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3sfqeza  

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LA: Cops sentenced in Katrina killing

March 31, 2011
posted by

MSNBC    

"A former New Orleans police officer was sentenced to more than 25 years in prison Thursday for shooting a man to death without justification after Hurricane Katrina, and his ex-colleague was given just over 17 years for burning the body. The judge said he didn't believe former officer David Warren's testimony that Henry Glover, 31, posed a threat when he came to a strip mall less than a week after the August 2005 storm." (03/31/11)

http://tinyurl.com/6bap8dj  

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DC: Jury finds cops unlawfully arrested woman for questioning authority

March 31, 2011
posted by

Legal Times    

"After a jury sided Friday with a woman who had sued Washington police officers for arresting her after she publicly criticized them, attorney Jeffrey Skinner of Goodwin Procter said he hopes the verdict will prompt a full investigation into the extent of 'contempt-of-cop' arrests in the city." (03/28/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3ro5jsz  

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In which I perform a public service

March 6, 2011
posted by

Rad Geek People's Daily
by Rad Geek  

"Since I generally avoid flying these days, and Greyhound over that distance is too long to be workable, getting to Auburn meant renting a car, and a long drive, mostly along I-40, from Las Vegas to Alabama. While I was in Texas, I was stopped on a flimsy excuse, detained, interrogated, and subjected to a long forced search of my car by two cops from the Texas Highway Patrol." (03/03/11)

http://radgeek.com/gt/2011/03/03/in-which-i-perform-a-public-service/  

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