Power Of The State
When he discovered that a parody Twitter account with the handle @Peoriamayor was mocking him with 140 character satirical tweets, Peoria, Illinois, Mayor Jim Ardis did what any self-respecting abuser of political power would: He ordered local police to track down and harass the people responsible for the parody social media account. After two local […]
Nicolas Aquino, a Carmel, Calif. resident and Air Force captain who’s been featured in promotional material for the military because of his sterling reputation as a voluntarily enlisted airman, found himself in an unfortunate situation last December: a neighbor mistook him for a burglar as he entered his own home late one night and called […]
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.