Washington’s Blog, 2016
“There Has Never Been A Time, However, When The Government Of The United States Was So Perversely And Systematically Dedicated To Special Interests, Earmarks, Side Deals, Log-Rolling, Vote-Trading, And Sweetheart Deals”
Government corruption has become rampant: Continue reading “This U.S. Government Is The Most Corrupt In History”
New York Times
Edward W. Stack, the chief executive of Dick’s Sporting Goods, said in an interview this week that his company had destroyed over $5 million in military-style, semiautomatic rifles and was reviewing whether it would continue to sell guns in its more than 720 stores.
Mr. Stack was speaking with “CBS Sunday Morning” while promoting his new book, “It’s How We Play the Game.”
Continue reading “Dick’s Sporting Goods Destroyed $5 Million Worth of Guns”
In New England, undercover Federal agents are following people into stores and interrogating them simply because they are speaking a foreign language.
Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit claiming that the U.S. Border Patrol is sending undercover agents into stores to interrogate and arrest suspected illegal immigrants because they were speaking Spanish. Continue reading “Border Patrol Entering Stores And Interrogating People Who Speak Spanish (Updated)”
Reason – by Jacob Sullum
Shortly after 5 a.m. on November 5, 2018, two police officers arrived at Gary Willis’ house in Glen Burnie, Maryland. They were there to take away his guns. They ended up killing him instead.
According to the Anne Arundel County Police Department, the 61-year-old man, who at that hour presumably had just been awakened by the officers’ knocking, answered the door with a gun in his hand. Continue reading “States Are Depriving Innocent People of Their Second Amendment Rights”
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Ahead of a President Donald Trump rally in Minneapolis and a controversial new uniform policy, the Minneapolis police union is selling a shirt in support of the president.
On Saturday, Lt. Bob Kroll, Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis president, posted a photo of the shirt on his Facebook page and asked for others to share. Continue reading “Mpls. Police Union Selling ‘Cops For Trump’ Shirts Ahead Of Trump Rally”
TONEY, Ala. (WAFF/Gray News) – According to Limestone County deputies, a Toney woman was worried her methamphetamine was unsafe, so she called the sheriff’s office.
Deputies say Jennifer Hall called dispatch, and when deputies arrived, she pulled out a bag of meth. Continue reading “Alabama woman calls sheriff’s office to test her meth, deputies say”
SHERWOOD, Ark. — Newly obtained body camera footage reveals tense moments between a Sherwood police officer and a Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputy, which ultimately led to the deputy’s arrest and subsequent termination, according to internal investigation records obtained from the sheriff’s office.
The June 13 incident began as a noise complaint on Austin Oaks Drive a little after 8 p.m. Continue reading “Pulaski County deputy injured, fired after scuffle with Sherwood police officer caught on camera”
Reason – by C. J. Ciaramella
The city of Chicago says retired grandmother Allie Nelson owes it $6,000 in fines and fees after her car was impounded in 2017, even though the criminal case that led to her car being impounded was dismissed, and even though she wasn’t driving her car, or even in the state, when she violated Chicago’s city code.
Nelson was in fact across the country in Houston, recuperating from cancer treatment, when she got a call from a family member saying her car had been impounded. She had lent her car to her granddaughter while she was out of town. Police pulled over the car one night and found her granddaughter’s boyfriend driving, allegedly along with some marijuana. Continue reading “Chicago Impounded This Grandmother’s Car For a Pot Offense She Didn’t Commit. Now She Owes $6,000”
Forget everything you have ever heard about police license plate readers and public safety, because it is all a lie.
Three major automatic license plate reader (ALPR) companies have created a mind-boggling database of 14 billion license plates that allows law enforcement to track anyone in real-time. Continue reading “14 Billion Police License Plate Database, Knows Where You Are In Real-Time”
Reason – by Brian Doherty
The city of Dunedin, Florida, really wants Jim Ficken’s house. Last year, the 69-year-old retiree left town to attend to his dying mother and then to sort out her estate. While he was away, he left a handyman in charge of his property. In a Shakespearean twist, the handyman also died, leaving Ficken’s lawn unmowed and the municipality perturbed. Continue reading “A Florida Retiree’s Uncut Lawn May Cost Him His House”
Reason – by Billy Binion
Police officers outside of Dayton, Ohio, unsheathed their weapons and fired blanks in Franklin High School on Tuesday as part of a misguided effort to prepare students for a possible active shooter.
The planned drill unnecessarily ratcheted up the intensity of school lockdown procedures, which routinely require students and teachers to barricade themselves in their classrooms. That the exercise was potentially traumatizing was not lost on the officials who planned it, as they came equipped with “Social-Emotional Activities,” as well as counselors who could talk with any disturbed teens. Continue reading “Ohio Police Fired Blanks During School Shooter Drill, Needlessly Terrifying Students”
Today, I give you a frightening story about free speech censorship and watchlists just in time for the countdown to Halloween.
A recent article in The Tennessean reveals how the Williamson County School District (WCS) is monitoring students free speech and social media posts. Continue reading “School Districts Use “Gaggle” To Monitor Students Free Speech And Social Media Posts”
An umbrella group for D.C. police unions rented space at President Trump’s hotel for its annual holiday party — and now faces sharp criticism from some of its own members, who object to the high cost and the forced association with the Trump brand.
The Fraternal Order of Police lodge for the District, which advocates and organizes social events for 11,000 local law enforcement officers, reserved Trump International Hotel for a night in early December. “A night of celebration surrounded by elegance,” the lodge said. Tickets cost $175 per couple, plus $200 more if you wanted a room for overnight. Continue reading “A police union group in D.C. is holding its holiday party at President Trump’s hotel. Some members are furious.”
My Central Jersey
SOMERVILLE – A former Franklin Township police officer was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to attend Drug Court on charges of possessing heroin and driving while intoxicated while on duty in April.
Matthew D. Ellery, 29, of Middlesex Borough, was sentenced Friday by Superior Court Judge Kathy Qasim as part of a plea agreement reached in July with the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. Continue reading “Franklin police officer who overdosed on heroin in patrol car gets probation”
Washington Post – by Antonia Noori Farzan
The officer listened to speeches vaunting his heroism, accepted a certificate naming him deputy of the month and posed for a group photo with city leaders before returning to the back of the Tamarac, Fla., commission chambers amid polite applause.
But one city official still had something he wanted to say. Continue reading “‘You lied’: Florida official interrupts awards ceremony to confront deputy who ‘falsely arrested’ him”
In the face of an ever-growing homelessness crisis, cities across California have been searching for solutions, from adding shelters and affordable housing to improving mental health and substance abuse services.
But in Bakersfield, officials are considering a more radical approach: They want to put homeless people in jail for misdemeanor drug offenses and potentially for trespassing. Continue reading “Bakersfield Proposes Fighting Homelessness by Jailing People for Misdemeanor Drug Offenses”
The public trust has been betrayed. District Attorney’s (DA) are using CCTV cameras and license plate readers to create public surveillance networks.
According to U.S. Legal, the definition of a DA is “to investigate alleged crimes in cooperation with law enforcement.” Not a single one of the 22 definitions includes running a public surveillance network. Continue reading “Betrayed: District Attorney’s Are Running “Advanced Public Surveillance Networks””
At the end of its hardware event today, Amazon announced a new program for testing and selling its own experimental, limited-volume hardware: Day 1 Editions.
The first of these new products is Echo Frames. These are Alexa-enabled glasses, though, unlike Google Glass, there’s no camera and no display, just microphones and a speaker. Continue reading “Amazon wants to put microphones into your rings and glasses”
FREMONT (CBS SF) – A Tesla electric patrol car by the Fremont Police ran low on electricity in the middle of a pursuit, after the department said someone forgot to plug the vehicle into a charger.
According to officials, the officer was pursuing a vehicle headed down to the South Bay when the car began to run low on battery power. Continue reading “Fremont Police Tesla Near-Dead Battery Forces Officer Off Pursuit”
Chinese scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-enabling 500 megapixel cloud camera system able to capture thousands of faces at a stadium in perfect detail and generate their facial data for the cloud while locating a particular target in an instant.
Most Chinese experts welcomed the camera system’s military, national defense and public security applications, although some expressed data safety and privacy concerns. Continue reading “Scientists invent super camera”