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January, 2016

  • 11 January

    Controversial police surveillance program “Beware” being tested in Fresno

    Fresno Chief of Police Jerry Dyer inside the Fresno Police Department's crime center. (Nick Otto/For The Washington Post)

    Databased information collected by the NSA is being used to determine your “threat level” to police if you live in Fresno, California.  Your arrest history, purchase history, deep web searches, and social media posts may be synthesized by a new piece of software called Beware. While police argue the information …

  • 11 January

    The “buddy system” does not prevent rape, Commissioner Bratton

    NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton (Robert Sabo/ NY Daily News)

    NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is under heavy fire today from local politicians for his message on a radio interview that women should use the buddy system when leaving a bar and getting into city taxis to prevent rape. City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo has declared the remarks inappropriate and stated: “What …

  • 11 January

    Minister singled out and charged with misdemeanor for police brutality protest in Fresno

    Reverent Floyd Harris, activist and minister (Copblock)

    “The police targeted Rev. Harris after a protest for the officer shooting death of Freddy Centeno. Fresno police officers followed Rev. Harris and a member of the brown berets home, where they confronted him with a warrant for leading the protest at the Federal courthouse on Aug 10, 2015.” — Brian Sumner from CopBlock

  • 11 January

    NYPD Hires Special Prosecutor To Chill Political Protesters


    Via NY Daily News: “The NYPD has taken on a prosecutorial role in a new effort to fend off lawsuits — a move civil rights advocates consider a conflict of interest and an attempt to chill political protest. NYPD brass told the Daily News too many cases involving people they …

  • 11 January

    NYPD Cop Exposed For Extorting Thousands Of Dollars From Local Businesses In Queens


    Via Truth Voice: “A Staten Island cop pleaded guilty Tuesday to shaking down the owner of a Queens pizzeria for illegal “protection” money, federal authorities said. Besnik Llakatura also copped to extorting $1,000 per week from the operator of two social clubs in Astoria. Llakatura, 37, and two co-conspirators, carried …

  • 11 January

    Best NYPD Can Do For Eric Garner: Sergeant To Face ‘Internal Charges’

    Credit: Michael Nagle for The New York Times

    Via NY Times: “A New York City police sergeant was served with departmental disciplinary charges on Friday for her role in the confrontation that led to the death of Eric Garner in 2014. The sergeant, Kizzy Adonis, was one of two Police Department supervisors to initially respond to the scene …

  • 11 January

    Off Duty Cop Pulls Gun And Threatens Innocent Civilian, Cops Show Up And Say “File A Complaint”


    Via CopBlock: “I had an officer (Adam Garcia) belligerently and negligently pull his firearm on me and asked “do you want to fucking take this further” because my dog barked at him. He was off duty (in plain clothes) and I was unarmed, walking my dogs in the hospital parking lot where my son was …

  • 8 January

    Cops Intimidate Witnesses Into Changing Their Stories In Fatal Shooting

    FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2014 frame from dash-cam video provided by the Chicago Police Department, Laquan McDonald, right, walks down the street moments before being shot by officer Jason Van Dyke 16 times in Chicago. Chicago officials released hundreds of emails Thursday Dec. 31, 2015 related to the video that wasn't released until more than a year after the shooting.  The emails, including some between city officials asking how they should respond to demands for the video, were released to media outlets that have been pressing for the documents for weeks.  (Chicago Police Department via AP, File)

    According to Gawker, “Just when it seemed impossible for Chicago police officers to come off any worse in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, lawyers for the family now assert at least three witnesses were interrogated for hours, threatened and forced to lie about what they saw.” Full Story …

  • 8 January

    Oregon Sheriff Shakes Ammon Bundy’s Hand Instead Of Shooting Him


    On Thursday, Harney County, Oregon Sheriff Dave Ward met Ammon Bundy in a remote area near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Bundy has been leading an illegal armed occupation of a federal building for almost a week. But Ward greeted Bundy with a firm handshake instead of handcuffs. Full Story …

  • 8 January

    Chicago pays $5.5m in reparations to police torture victims, too little too late?


    All but “five or six” of the 57 individuals who allege they were tortured under the Jon Burge reign of terror were given around $100,000 in reparations this Monday.  Burge (in above photo) was the police commander brought to justice in 2011 for running his “midnight crew,” which routinely tortured …

  • 8 January

    VICE: “​Is Police Corruption Inevitable in the War on Drugs?”


    Bill Kilby reports: “Last week, police in Pennsylvania pulled over a car carrying three men and apparently $2 million worth of weed. Among the 247 pounds of pot and $11,000 in cash in the vehicle, investigators also found a law enforcement badge and service weapon belonging to California Sheriff’s deputy Christopher Heath, …

  • 7 January

    Suffolk County alleged of widespread corruption after arrest of police chief and hate crimes trial for sergeant


    In mid-December the FBI arrested former police chief James Burke of Suffolk County, NY shortly after his resignation.  He is being held without bond while his abuses of power are investigated; they range from civil rights violations for torturing a prisoner to conspiracy charges.  Before Burke is tried, retired sergeant Scott …

  • 7 January

    In Freddie Gray case, officer awaiting retrial must take the stand against van driver, receives immunity for testimony


    There is no precedent for the ruling of Baltimore circuit court judge Barry Williams.  The judge will allow William Porter, who currently is waiting for a new trial after his own ended in a mistrial, to take the stand against the van driver Caesar Goodson in his second degree murder …

  • 7 January

    How Could Rahm Not Have Known??

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    “City of Chicago lawyers, after meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, demanded the Laquan McDonald family bury the video showing the killing of their son by a police officer.” Full Story – Daily Beast

  • 6 January

    Cleveland cop pleads guilty to sexual contact with 14 year old girl

    Cory Shaffer, Northeast Ohio Media Group

    “Ohio — A Cleveland police officer pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor sex charges involving a 14-year-old girl. Judge Nancy Fuerst spared Elvin Sanchez jail time, but ordered him to register as a sex offender for 15 years after he pleaded guilty to sexual imposition, attempted importuning and possession of criminal tools, …