Power Of The State
Although Federal courts have upheld the rights of citizens to record police activities in public, police and other law enforcement officers continue to intimidate and often wrongfully arrest people who do it.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, responding to a recent Federal appeals court ruling striking down Illinois’ ban on concealed carry, predicted legal gun owners would be shot by Chicago police officers.
An Alice, Texas, man standing in his own yard filming a police stop was kidnapped by a uniformed, badge-wearing thug who is obviously either ignorant of the law or believes he can make up laws on the spot.
A developmental disability is no excuse for not immediately and unconditionally complying with the local Gestapo, as 21-year-old Antonio Martinez found out last Thursday.
A former Pennsylvania police chief died after being shocked with a stun gun following a fight at a casino and a short police chase. State troopers said the investigation into the death was ongoing, but was being considered a result of natural causes.
A Crenshaw County, Ala., sheriff’s deputy, upset that Facebook users posted the whereabouts of a law enforcement roadblock he was working, took to Facebook himself and in doing so revealed the mindset that has become pervasive with law enforcement officers today.
Police are increasingly resorting to Tasers and brute force — including beating and shooting “suspects” — in all types of situations. Tasers are considered non-lethal weapons, but they are quite lethal.
A 7-month-old miniature bull terrier standing beside his owner in front of the owner’s gated home was deemed such a threat that a Chicago police officer felt the need to shoot it twice on a busy street.
Al Phillips said he saw police officers writing a parking ticket for his van and went outside to move it. The puppy, named Colonel Phillips and known to the neighborhood as “The Colonel,” followed Phillips out the gate.
“Then all I hear is boom! Boom! Two shots. You shot the dog!” Phillips told Fox 32 News.
Headlines last week declaring a civil liberties victory in a Senate vote to do away with indefinite detention provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act are misleading, say critics of military detention of American citizens.
Your best defense against abusive law enforcement officers is a video recorder. Almost everyone now has a recorder with them at all times, thanks to advances in smartphone technology. People should use them.