A little after midnight on November 28, 2014, hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters filled the streets of downtown Chicago. The demonstration was one of many that erupted in cities nationwide soon after a Missouri grand jury failed to indict a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer for the shooting death of Michael Brown that August. As the protesters marched, a police vehicle crept behind them. The black SUV emblazoned with “City of Chicago Emergency Management” appeared to have two 360-degree cameras sprouting from its roof and a command center in the back. Continue reading “Military-Grade Spy Gear Is Flooding into Local Police Departments”
A group of Detroit police officers executing a narcotics search warrant knocked on Nikita Smith’s door on January 14, 2016. The only fact that both Smith and the officers agree on after that point is that, a short while later, Smith’s three dogs were all shot dead.
What really happened in the moments between could be a costly question for the city of Detroit. In a federal civil rights lawsuit filed in May, Smith says the Detroit police executed her three pit bulls, Debo, Mama, and Smoke, without provocation. Essentially, they acted as a “dog death squad.” Continue reading “Why Are Detroit Cops Killing So Many Dogs?”
Authorities are trying to identify those in a group of 50 to 100 motorcycle and dirt bike riders who surrounded a Maryland state trooper in a marked SUV on Sunday afternoon on the Capital Beltway.
The incident occurred around 4 p.m. on the outer loop of the Beltway near Route 201 in Prince George’s County. The trooper, who was off duty at the time, was driving a marked Ford Explorer when the riders surrounded his vehicle. Continue reading “Hunt underway for motorcyclists who surrounded Maryland state trooper’s SUV on Beltway”
My last two articles, judging from the volume of email I got, were very well received. People want to know how history, like the seasons, tends to happen in cycles and patterns that are somewhat predictable. When it comes to the United States government repeating history, that is easier to predict than the weather. One thing I touched on in a previous article is the fact that the West, and the United States government who pulls the entire West along like a child pulls a toy wagon, is unable to understand the concept of tribal violence. In truth, tribal and clan violence has not changed, as far as motivations for it go, in several thousands of years. Continue reading “The Middle East: Great Going, Great Father!”
In 2014 the following were killed by police:
The gun used in the shooting of three Chicago police officers last week has been linked to a former Chicago officer who later joined a police force in the northern suburbs, the Tribune has learned.
Chicago police now are trying to figure out how the gun — originally purchased by a man who until Friday was a Lake County sheriff’s deputy — ended up in the hands of 29-year-old Lamar Harris, a convicted felon with dozens of arrests who was killed in the shootout with police. Continue reading “Gun used to shoot 3 Chicago cops traced to sheriff’s deputy: sources”
CINCINNATI — A “hacktivist” group Anonymous Anon Verdict announced in a video Sunday that it had released personal information of 52 Cincinnati Police Department employees, from Chief Eliot Isaac to rank-and-file officers.
Cincinnati police Lt. Steve Saunders said that the department is investigating the situation to assess the risk to officers, establish if there has been a breach of their systems and find who is responsible. He said that it appears all the information could have been obtained through means available to the general public on the Internet like social media and public records sources. Continue reading “‘Hacktivists’ release personal info of 52 Cincinnati officers”
Funeral services will be held today in Kanab, Utah, for LaVoy Finicum, the rancher killed last month during the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. In a bulletin distributed this week to cops across the region, the Utah Statewide Information and Analysis Center—one of the dozens of intelligence-sharing “fusion centers” around the country that get funds from the Department of Homeland Security—warns that “extremists may utilize such a high profile funeral for media attention or to further ideological beliefs.” Although “no credible threats to law enforcement are present at this time,” the authors still think police should be wary: “Caravans of individuals traveling to the funeral services may be comprised of one or more armed extremists. Law enforcement should remain vigilant and aware that confrontation with these potentially volatile persons, may include more than one individual. These individuals may adhere to a sovereign citizen ideology, and may not recognize law enforcement as a legitimate authority.” Continue reading “Utah Fusion Center Warns Cops: Watch Out for Don’t-Tread-on-Me Flags”
BURNS, Ore. (Reuters) – As four armed anti-government protesters held their ground at a U.S. wildlife refuge in Oregon on Friday, the family of a protester killed by police said he seemed to have been shot in the back with his hands up, although authorities said he was reaching for a gun.
Relatives of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, 54, a spokesman for the group that seized buildings at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, said he posed no threat and they were not accepting the authorities’ assertion that he was armed. Continue reading “Family of slain Oregon protester challenges FBI account of his death”
CAMDEN COUNTY, MO – Police are revealing more about a report of a group of men asking about the Bagnell Dam. Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbotttells Lake News that the Camden County Sheriff’s Office forwarded a security tip regarding the hydroelectric facility to the FBI.
Police tell KMIZ-TV that the incident happened about two weeks ago at the Golden Corral in Osage Beach. A deputy was eating lunch and the wait staff told him about the group of men. Staffers said the men were asking questions about the dam. They wanted to know if they could rent a boat and tour the dam. Continue reading “FBI alerted about group of men asking about Bagnell Dam”
KTRK reports a mysterious theft occurring on the premesis of the 8943 Katy Freeway location of the SaltGrass Steakhouse chain. If Sheriff Glen Smith’s name sounds familiar it could be because he was brought to a national stage in the mysterious and alleged suicide of Sandra Bland in his Waller County jail facility. While this case still remains open and of hot debate, the Sheriff has found himself again in another case where people are wondering if he is the crooked common denominator. Continue reading “Machine Gun Arsenal Mysteriously Stolen from SaltGrass Steakhouse”
DOWNEY, Calif. (KABC) — A Downey police officer whose body was found in the west parking lot of the Downey Police Department Wednesday night was killed in a botched robbery attempt, according to Lt. John Corina.
Ricardo “Ricky” Galvez, 29, of Whittier, was found dead inside his own car at the end of his shift in the 10900 block of Brookshire Avenue shortly after 11 p.m. Continue reading “Downey officer shot to death at station parking lot in botched robbery attempt”
Following his brief speech at a demonstration against police brutality last month, director Quentin Tarantino has experienced a backlash from police unions. In particular, Fraternal Order of Police executive director Jim Pasco issued vaguely worded threats about surprising Tarantino and harming him economically. Perhaps he’s bluffing. But threats from police, even nonviolent ones, against a private citizen who has broken no law are totally unacceptable. Pasco highlights just how paranoid and reactionary police culture has become. Continue reading “There is no war on cops: Police threats against Tarantino are totally unacceptable”
Do cops need a warrant to track your phone? Believe it or not, the answer to this question varies by state. To help you figure out whether cops can track your phone without a warrant, the American Civil Liberties Union has created an interactive map that details what procedures, if any, police need to follow in every state before tracking your location. Continue reading “Use this map to see if cops in your state can track your phone with no warrant”
NEW YORK (AP) — As sirens blared in the background, the shouts of hundreds of police officers could be heard for blocks on Tuesday night as the lawmen protested in front of the mayor’s residence against a proposal that would give them a 1 percent retroactive raise.
“We are here once again today to stand here and say New York City police officers are worth more than one,” Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said, addressing the large crowd of rank-and-file officers who assembled outside Gracie Mansion, where Mayor Bill de Blasio lives. Continue reading “Hundreds of NYPD officers protest proposed contract”