Texas police officer charged with murder after killing a black 15-year-old when he fired on a car of teenagers leaving a party

Washington Post An arrest warrant was issued for Roy Oliver, who has since been fired from the Balch Springs Police Department in suburban Dallas, in the death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards last weekend. The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office cited evidence suggesting Oliver “intended to cause serious bodily injury and commit an act clearly dangerous to human life that caused the death,” the Associated Press reported. … Continue reading Texas police officer charged with murder after killing a black 15-year-old when he fired on a car of teenagers leaving a party

“Chicago Is A War Zone”: Police Suicide Rate Surges To 60% Above The National Average

Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge

During his early days on the force, 30-year-old, rookie Chicago police officer, Scott Tracz, was described by colleagues as an “upbeat” cop who had always dreamed of becoming a police officer to help people in his city.  That is, until he sat in a black sports car outside his girlfriend’s suburban house late last year, put his gun to his head and took his own life.  Per Reuters: Continue reading ““Chicago Is A War Zone”: Police Suicide Rate Surges To 60% Above The National Average”

EXCLUSIVE: FBI report finds officers ‘de-policing’ as anti-cop hostility becomes ‘new norm’

The report, “Assailant Study — Mindsets and Behaviors,” said that the social-justice movement sparked by the 2014 death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of an officer in Ferguson, Missouri, “made it socially acceptable to challenge and discredit the actions of law enforcement.” FBI spokesman Matthew Bertron said the study was written in April. “Nearly every police official interviewed agreed that for the first … Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: FBI report finds officers ‘de-policing’ as anti-cop hostility becomes ‘new norm’

NYPD Refuses to Disclose Information About Its Face Recognition Program, So Privacy Researchers Are Suing

Ava Kofman
The Intercept

RESEARCHERS AT GEORGETOWN University law school filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit against the New York City Police Department today for the agency’s refusal to disclose documents about its longstanding use of face recognition technology. The NYPD’s face recognition system, which has operated in the department’s Real Time Crime Center since at least 2011, allows officers to identify a suspect by searching against databases of stored facial photos.

Records pertaining to the NYPD’s program were requested in January 2016 by researchers at Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology as part of The Perpetual Line-Up, a year-long study on law enforcement uses of facial recognition technology. After receiving public records from more than 90 agencies across the country, the study found that one in every two American adults is enrolled in a criminal face recognition network and that “few agencies have instituted meaningful protections to prevent the misuse of the technology.” Continue reading “NYPD Refuses to Disclose Information About Its Face Recognition Program, So Privacy Researchers Are Suing”

Cops Detain Entire School, Illegally Search/Grope 900 Kids — Find NOTHING, Parents Furious

Matt Agorist
The Free Thought Project

Worth County, GA — Children feel violated, parents are furious, and a lawsuit is getting filed after the Worth County Sheriff’s office conducted an illegal search of 900 students — in the name of the war on drugs. The rights-violating intrusive and aggressive patdowns and drug dog searches yielded absolutely nothing.

On April 14, when the students of Worth County High School returned from spring break, they arrived at school to find a police state had taken over. The sheriff and his deputies — with no probable cause — detained and illegally searched every single child in the school, all 900 of them.

When kids went home that day to tell their parents what happened, naturally, they were furious as it is a gross violation of the children’s 4th Amendment rights. Continue reading “Cops Detain Entire School, Illegally Search/Grope 900 Kids — Find NOTHING, Parents Furious”

Lawsuit challenges NYPD body camera policy

AP

The New York Police Department’s new policy on body cameras is flawed and should be reviewed by a federal judge, lawyers and community leaders said Thursday.

Attorneys for a class-action lawsuit said in court papers the new policy for the cameras, set to be rolled out later this month, should require that more encounters with police and the public be recorded. The body camera program was ordered as part of a civil rights judgment that found the NYPD wrongly targeted minorities with its stop and frisk policy. Community groups also wrote letters to the judge challenging the policy. Continue reading “Lawsuit challenges NYPD body camera policy”

Police create new ‘domestic violence’ watch list which exempts officers

Mass Private I image credit: CBC News The American police state, is classifying alleged domestic violence offenders using a school grading system from A-D. ‘A’ being the most likely to re-offend and ‘D’ being the least likely to re-offend. According to the Hollywood Police Department (HPD) their ‘Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative’ (OFDVI) program is the first of its kind in Florida. “Domestic incident offenders … Continue reading Police create new ‘domestic violence’ watch list which exempts officers

Police departments say they don’t enforce immigration laws. But their manuals say something different

James Queally
The Los Angeles Times

Like many law enforcement agencies across California, Culver City police say officers don’t enforce federal immigration law. The City Council declared the town a so-called sanctuary city last month, promising to protect the public safety of all city residents, regardless of immigration status.

But the Police Department’s manual seems to suggest something different, offering officers guidance on how to stop people suspected of illegally entering the U.S., a misdemeanor under federal law. Continue reading “Police departments say they don’t enforce immigration laws. But their manuals say something different”

NYPD Detective Arrested for Masturbating While Peering into Child’s Window

PINAC

Members of the Thin Blue Line were forced to arrest one of their own after he was busted masturbating while peering into a child’s window.

New York City Police Detective Robert Francis, 46, was in Rockville Centre police custody charged with public lewdness and endangering the welfare of a child after he was arrested him at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to Pix11.

He has since been released on a desk appearance ticket, which means he did not have to post a bond and was freed from jail with a mere promise to appear in court at a later date to face the charges against him. Continue reading “NYPD Detective Arrested for Masturbating While Peering into Child’s Window”

Chicago cop faces 16 new charges in shooting of black teen

AP via The New York Post CHICAGO — A grand jury added 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm to the first-degree murder charges against a white Chicago police officer accused in the fatal shooting of a black 17-year-old. A special prosecutor and attorneys for former Officer Jason Van Dyke didn’t discuss the new indictment announced during at a Thursday hearing. Van Dyke shot … Continue reading Chicago cop faces 16 new charges in shooting of black teen