Power Of The State
While the police don’t like it and officers across the country repeatedly intimidate and even arrest those who do it, courts have ruled that citizens can indeed record police activities. Now Dallas Police Association President Ron Pinkston is asking the public to put away their recording devices for their own safety.
Pinkston told CBS DFW that it’s a safety issue. He made the recommendation after a woman from the police accountability organization Cop Block was spotted following a Dallas officer around recording his activities.
An internal inspection at the Los Angeles Police Department has revealed an unknown number of patrol officers tampered with the communications and geolocation equipment on dozens of patrol vehicles in order to conceal the officers’ whereabouts and activities while on patrol.
An Ohio newspaper has filed suit against the Federal government over the detention of two journalists and the confiscation of their equipment by military police late last month.
A video posted to YouTube this week provides yet another example of American law enforcement run amok. It shows a Louisiana sheriff’s deputy forcing his way into a private residence and arresting an occupant for “resisting an officer” after apparently threatening to shoot the young man in the head.
A fight broke out earlier this month at a Texas high school, and campus police responded at the scene. That’s when one teenager got a rapid dose of reality, thanks to the actions of one violently zealous campus cop.
Early this month, a 59-year-old resident of Bridgeport Township, Mich., was arrested and charged with felony resisting arrest and obstructing police, as well as misdemeanor disturbing the peace, when he spoke longer than three minutes during the public comment portion of a town meeting.
The National Security Agency has developed the capability to record all of a country’s telephone calls and save them for as long as a month with the ability to retrieve and review them at any time, The Washington Post is reporting.
The voice interception program allows conversations to be replayed without requiring either party to be first identified for surveillance. The program is called MYSTIC, and it began in 2009 with its RETRO tool (retrospective retrieval) going to full capacity in 2011 against an undisclosed foreign nation.
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to implement a draft rule that would empower the agency to micromanage what private property owners can do with their land. But the EPA isn’t waiting for new rules to make one Wyoming farmer’s life miserable.
Reportedly, the Baltimore Police Department has agreed to a $250,000 settlement to end a lawsuit filed by Christopher Sharp after the police confiscated his phone and deleted video he’d recorded of Baltimore officers making an arrest at the Preakness Stakes in 2010.
New York City policemen are under no obligation to protect the city’s denizens from harm. So says the city in response to a lawsuit by a man who was attacked on the subway by a man with a knife.