Author Archives: Joe from MassPrivateI

Prosecutors seek to stop NJ Weedman’s jury nullification argument TRENTON — Mercer County prosecutors have filed a motion to bar Edward “NJ Weedman” Forchion from discussing the testimony and evidence of his other, ongoing cases when he goes to trial for witness tampering this month. At a status conference hearing Wednesday, assistant … Continue reading

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Google Clips automatically identifies everyone including your pets

MassPrivateI Are you looking forward to the holiday season? Do you want the latest in corporate advertised surveillance? Then hurry up and be the first one in your family to purchase a $249.00 Google Clips camera, that automatically identifies you and your pets.  

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Pumpkin spice air freshener prompts school evacuation, fire officials say

WBAL TV BALTIMORE — Officials evacuated a Baltimore school Thursday afternoon after hazardous materials crews were called for a strange odor. Fire and hazmat crews were called around 2:30 p.m. to Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. The school was evacuated and … Continue reading

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US homeland security agents ‘accepted bribes, prostitutes from Colombia crime lords’

Columbia Reports – by Atticus Ballesteros At least two Homeland Security agents took cash and prostitutes from Colombian crime lords in exchange for erasing their criminal records, according to the US Department of Justice (DOJ). In a story befit for … Continue reading

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The Real Uncle Sam

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Vegas shooting suspect prescribed dangerous drugs – just like many previous mass shooters

The Duran – by  Adam Garrie The Las Vegas Review-Journal has obtained information that Stephen Paddock, the suspect in the largest mass shooting in modern US history was prescribed a powerful psychotropic drug called diazepam in June of this year, just … Continue reading

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‘Virtual Block Watch’ wants every home to have four surveillance cameras to spy on the public

MassPrivateI If you have never heard of Virtual Block Watch (VBW) don’t worry, you soon will. At first glance, you might think it’s like law enforcement’s Neighborhood Watch but you’d be wrong. VBW’s are law enforcement’s latest national surveillance program that encourages the public … Continue reading

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ATM Fees Are Out of Control

Bloomberg – by Suzanne Woolley Drawing cash from an ATM is beginning to feel like a ritual from a bygone era. Like buying a record on vinyl, it’s a once-universal experience for which dedicated fans are now paying a premium. This … Continue reading

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More Prisons Banning In-Person Visits, Adding To Securus Tech’s Pile Of Cash

Tech Dirt – by Tim Cushing Jails and prisons continue to sacrifice what few physical interactions prisoners have with loved ones on the outside to phone service provider Securus. The New Orleans Advocate reports a local jail is the latest … Continue reading

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Ex-officer held rifle muzzle to handcuffed suspect’s head

MLive GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Grand Rapids police officer who resigned during an Internal Affairs investigation had held a rifle muzzle to the head of a prone, handcuffed suspect’s head, police reports show. The suspect, who had been tasered, … Continue reading

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Investigative Post: Buffalo Police tactics described as ‘stalk and frisk’

WBFO News The Buffalo Police Department’s Strike Force and Housing units are the vanguard of Mayor Byron Brown’s campaign against the scourge of guns, drugs and gangs in Buffalo. But the tactics used by officers in the two units have … Continue reading

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Mattel Gadget Listens to Babies, Setting Off Privacy Alarms

Bloomberg Toymaker Mattel Inc. has announced plans to sell a nursery gadget that will listen to infants and watch over them, record their sleep patterns, and even play a lullaby should they awaken. Put another way: It eavesdrops on kids. Skeptics are … Continue reading

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Northern California police officer arrested, accused of beating DUI suspect with baton

LA Times Northern California police officer was arrested and accused of assaulting with his baton a man suspected of driving drunk, authorities said. Rocklin Police Officer Brad Alford was taken into custody Tuesday and booked into Placer County jail on … Continue reading

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Baltimore prosecutor says more than 850 cases impacted by questionable police conduct

CNN – by Shachar Peled Hundreds of criminal cases are impacted by the questionable conduct of Baltimore police officers, the city’s top prosecutor announced in a statement. Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby’s office released the updated numbers Wednesday. She … Continue reading

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Woman scolded after helping to rescue child from burning truck

New York Daily News – by Blake Alsup An Idaho woman was confronted by police after breaking a glass door to help rescue a child in a burning truck. Truck driver Tequila Isaacson was at a rest stop in Snoqualmie … Continue reading

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Instructor injured in sheriff’s use-of-force drill

ABC News A retired sheriff’s officer in Florida was injured when a trainee fired a gun with a blank at him during a use of force training exercise. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Director Tom Hackney says Chip Williams was training 10 officers Wednesday at the … Continue reading

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MO city accused of extortion after driver forced to pay extra fee for speeding ticket

KMOV 4 News ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( – The lawyer for a local driver who was ticketed for speeding in a small town north of Hannibal, Missouri, says the city tried to force his client to pay an extra $100 fee … Continue reading

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Smart billboards target individual motorists and spy on license plates and cellphones

MassPrivateI Imagine driving down a highway and seeing a personalized billboard ad directed at you. Now imagine advertisers using billboards to send messages to your smartphone. That’s the future of’ ‘advertised spying’ in America. (Yes, I made that term up.) … Continue reading

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Police Union Complains That Public Got to See Them Roughing Up Utah Nurse

Reason – by Scott Shackford The head of the Salt Lake Police Association has watched the country’s outrage over the videos showing a nurse getting arrested for refusing to draw a man’s blood without a warrant and has decided the correct response … Continue reading

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Hartford Cops Disciplined In West Hartford Arrest Probe Promoted

Hartford Courant – by Vinny Vella Two Hartford police officers who were disciplined earlier this year in connection with an excessive-force investigation have been promoted. Officer Steven Barone and Detective Christopher Mastroianni were promoted to sergeant Thursday by police Chief James Rovella. … Continue reading

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