Author Archives: Joe from MassPrivateI

Emergency Exit: Mark Harris trips alarm trying to evade Channel 9 in uptown

WSOC TV CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After Republican 9th Congressional District candidate Mark Harris finished addressing Mecklenburg County Republicans at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center Monday night, reporters, including Eyewitness News reporter Joe Bruno, tried to ask him questions.  

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DHS has equipped 400 police departments with military-grade sound cannons

MassPrivateI A recent article in the Mohave Valley Daily News revealed that DHS is using grant money to equip Arizona police departments with military-grade sound cannons or Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRAD). The Bullhead City Police Department received $54,000 in grant money … Continue reading

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Chicago Seized And Sold Nearly 50,000 Cars Over Tickets Since 2011, Sticking Owners With Debt

WBEZ 91.5 Sandra Botello moved to Chicago five years ago for what she called “the opportunities.” Now 41, she and her children had been evicted from her home in Idaho when her landlord’s property was foreclosed.  

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Faulkner County Sheriff fires deputy who shot dog

KATV 7 News FAULKNER COUNTY, Ark. — Faulkner County Sheriff Tim Ryals has fired Deputy Keenan Wallace following an investigation into the shooting of dog in the Shiloh Estates subdivision in Conway on Friday night. The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office received … Continue reading

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South Carolina lawmakers propose 7 percent fee on gun purchases to fund school resource officers

WTHR 13 COLUMBIA, S.C. (WTHR) — Two South Carolina state representatives are preparing to introduce a school safety proposal as the General Assembly will be back in session Jan. 8. Democratic Reps. Wendy Brawley and Ivory Thigpen would like to … Continue reading

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Taco Bell employees call cops on deaf man for trying to order using his phone

ABC 22 KETTERING, Ohio (WRGT/WKEF)- A deaf man attempted to order Taco Bell in Kettering but had the police called on him instead. The incident took place on New Year’s Eve at the Taco bell on East Dorothy Lane. Brandon … Continue reading

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Congressional report: Misconduct by federal prison leaders ‘ignored’ and ‘covered up’ on a regular basis

USA Today WASHINGTON – Serious misconduct by senior federal prison officials is “largely tolerated or ignored altogether” as the agency fostered a culture in which some were shielded from discipline or even commended for their service by colleagues, according to a … Continue reading

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In Screening for Suicide Risk, Facebook Takes On Tricky Public Health Role

New York Times – by Natasha Singer A police officer on the late shift in an Ohio town recently received an unusual call from Facebook. Earlier that day, a local woman wrote a Facebook post saying she was walking home … Continue reading

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Washington Redefines All Semi-Automatic Rifles As ‘Assault Weapons’

Reason – by Jacob Sullum As of Tuesday, adults younger than 21 are no longer allowed to buy semi-automatic rifles in Washington, thanks to a ballot initiative approved by 59 percent of that state’s voters last November. The initiative, I-1639, officially targets “semiautomatic … Continue reading

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Land of the Free – Unless You Want to Criticize Israel

Mint Press News – by Philip Roddis The map below shows the spread across the USA of laws against support for the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) Movement. It was compiled by Palestine Legal, an organization dedicated to protecting the civil … Continue reading

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Are We About to See a Wave of Police Using ‘Victim’s Rights’ Laws to Keep Conduct Secret?

Reason – by Scott Shackford Yet again, a cop has invoked a law intended to shield the privacy of crime victims to keep his name from being released after he killed a suspect. At the end of November, a Pennington … Continue reading

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Vietnam criticised for ‘totalitarian’ law banning online criticism of government

The Guardian – by Jamie Fullerton Vietnam has introduced a new cybersecurity law, which criminalises criticising the government online and forces internet providers to give authorities’ user data when requested, sparking claims of a “totalitarian” crackdown on dissent. The law, which … Continue reading

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Former New Vienna police chief indicted for misusing K-9 donations

Dayton Daily News NEW VIENNA — A former New Vienna police chief accused of misusing donations for a police K-9 was indicted by a Clinton County grand jury. Clinton Brown was indicted Dec. 18 on theft in office, a fourth-degree felony, … Continue reading

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Connecticut law states mandatory flu shot for Pre-K students before the new year

WTNH 4 News NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Connecticut state law is making flu shots for Pre-K students between the ages of 2 and 4 mandatory. Kids have until Monday to get the vaccine or they won’t be able to go back … Continue reading

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Utah First In The Nation To Lower Its DUI Limit To .05 Percent

NPR In 1983, Utah was the first state to lower its blood alcohol limit from 0.10 to 0.08 for impaired driving. It would take nearly two decades for every state to follow suit, but as they did, the nation’s rate … Continue reading

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California Says Residents With Vacated Out-of-State Convictions May Not Own Guns

Reason – by Jacob Sullem While serving in the U.S. Navy more than three decades ago, Chad Linton pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, a misdemeanor, and attempting to evade a police vehicle, a Class C felony, in Island … Continue reading

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2018: The year public watchlists became commonplace

MassPrivateI A few months ago I called 2018 the “Rise of Spying Transit Police” but after looking through my archives, I noticed a more disturbing pattern emerge. Time and again, month after month, most of the stories I wrote revolved around one … Continue reading

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We are coming’: Chilling Blackwater ad triggers fears of Trump seeking to privatize Mideast wars

RT Blackwater, the controversial US private security firm, has flagged its intent to resume business, taking out a full-page commercial in the latest edition of Recoil magazine with a chilling message declaring “We are coming.” The resurrection within the military … Continue reading

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US sportswear traced to factory in China’s internment camps

AP HOTAN, China (AP) — Barbed wire and hundreds of cameras ring a massive compound of more than 30 dormitories, schools, warehouses and workshops in China’s far west. Dozens of armed officers and a growling Doberman stand guard outside. Behind … Continue reading

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$13,000 ammunition donation from Walmart controversial among Northampton city councilors

MassLive NORTHAMPTON — City Councilors are debating whether or not to accept a gift to the police department of approximately $13,000 in ammunition from Walmart. Some councilors were wary of delving too deeply into a discussion that could turn “philosophical” … Continue reading

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