A six-month-long investigation in Central California culminated this week with the arrests of five members of the King City Police Department, the former police chief and the owner of a local towing company.
According to the Monterey County district attorney, for at least three-and-a-half years the city’s top police officers participated in a scheme that took advantage of poor area Hispanics by essentially stealing their cars for profit.
Investigators say King City police ordered hundreds of vehicles to be impounded — most often those driven by Hispanic immigrants — and then either kept the cars for themselves or re-sold them for profit.
- With Great Power Comes The Thinnest Skin: 13-Year-Old Hit With Felony Charges After Throwing Snowball At Cop (Techdirt, Feb 25, 2014):
Considering the type of people cops interact with the most, you’d think law enforcement officers be the most broad-shouldered of individuals, easily shrugging off the various slights and indignities they’re subjected to on a daily basis. You’d think that, but you’d be wrong.
According to police, a 13-year-old boy was charged as a juvenile with felony aggravated battery against a police officer Wednesday after he hit the officer in the arm with a snowball while the officer was parked in his vehicle in the 4900 block of West Congress Parkway about 3:20 p.m.
- SWAT Raids Soldier’s Home After DHS Agent Mistook His Air Rifle for an AR-15 (The Daily Sheeple, Feb 23, 2014):
A SWAT team complete with armored truck and dozens of police vehicles stormed the Houston area street where an active duty soldier lived last week because a homeland security agent misidentified the vet’s air rifle.
Twenty-five-year-old Ramon Hooks, back from a tour in Iraq, was shooting at targets in his backyard. He had the misfortune to accidentally fire a pellet through the window of a home for sale that a DHS agent just happened to be looking to buy at that moment. One phone call later, and two nearby schools were put on lockdown as the full force of the law descended the suburban neighborhood.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
- Supreme Court To Decide If Warrant Needed To Search Cellphone (NPR, Jan 17, 2014):
The U.S. Supreme Court is delving into the technology-versus-privacy debate, agreeing to hear two cases that test whether police making an arrest may search cellphones without a warrant.
The court’s announcement Friday that it would take the cases came just hours after President Obama outlined his proposals to address government retention of citizen phone data as outlining reforms at the National Security Agency.
The court said it would hear arguments, likely in April, in two cases with conflicting decisions from the lower courts.
- Protest over police acquittal in homeless beating case turns violent (Al Jazeera, Jan 19, 2014):
A protest over the acquittal of two former California police officers in the beating death of a homeless man turned violent Saturday, with 13 arrests and the assault of a TV camerawoman, police said.
The protest against Monday’s acquittal of two former Fullerton officers in the 2011 death of Kelly Thomas drew about 200 people, police Sgt. Jeff Stuart said.
He said most of the protesters were peaceful, but some took over intersections, blocked streets and vandalized business.
- Insane Photos Show Mexican Vigilantes Battling A Drug Cartel For Control Of A City (Business Insider, Jan 11, 2014):
Mexico has long suffered blistering violence and crime at the hands of its homegrown drug cartels.
Though the Mexican government has waged war on the cartels, the effort has struggled to go anywhere. More than 90,000 people have died in the ongoing conflict.
Fed up with a corrupt police force that is often in bed with the cartels and a military that has to this point been ineffective, some Mexicans have taken it upon themselves to fight the cartels and protect their families — with an incredible conflict happening this week in the city of Paracuaro.
Below are some pictures from what’s happening south of the border:
Over the last year, vigilante groups, known as fuerzas autodefensas have sprung up all over Mexico, particularly in the southwestern state of Michoacan, an area plagued by the Knights Templar cartel.
On Monday, hundreds of vigilantes stormed Paracuaro, Michoacan, where the Knights Templar had set up their headquarters, in order to seize the town back from the cartel. Below is the entrance, where vigilantes erected a checkpoint.
- Ex-cop acquitted of beating homeless man to death now wants his job back (RT, Jan 16, 2014):
One of the former California police officers acquitted this week of beating to death a mentally ill homeless man wants to get his job back on the force. He and his partner were fired amid the investigation back in 2012.
“I was wrongfully terminated. How do you argue with a jury of 12 who all agree on the same thing?” Jay Cicinelli, former corporal at Fullerton PD, told the Orange County Register on Tuesday.
- Gun Owners: Be Careful if You Pass Through Maryland (The Daily Sheeple, Jan 14, 2014):
A Florida concealed carry permit holder had an unpleasant run-in with a Maryland police officer while traveling through the state.
John Filippidis and his family drove from Florida to New Jersey last December for Christmas and a wedding. He knew he’d be traveling through states that aren’t gun-friendly, so he left his gun at home.
“I know the laws and I know the rules,” Filippidis said. “There are, after all, ways gun owners can travel legally with firearms through hostile states. But I just think it’s a better idea to leave it home.”
Filippidis was followed by a Maryland cop on I-95 after passing through the Fort McHenry tunnel. He said the cop flanked him, pulled ahead of him, and then got behind them. After about ten minutes of that, the officer pulled Filippidis over. Continue reading »
An evidence photo of beating victim Kelly Thomas in hospital, as it was shown during a preliminary hearing on his death, for Fullerton police officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli at the Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana, California May 7, 2012.(Reuters/Joshua Sudock)
- Cops acquitted of killing homeless man could face federal charges (RT, Jan 14, 2014):
The two police officers acquitted of violently killing a homeless man in California still might face federal charges as the FBI prepares to reexamine the case.
Testimony and evidence entered during the trial surrounding the death of a schizophrenic homeless man from California will be examined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an FBI spokesperson said Monday.
A representative for the FBI field office in Los Angeles told the LA Times on Monday evening that the United States Department of Justice will review the contents of the case before determining if federal charges should be filed against the two former Fullerton, CA police officers acquitted earlier that night of killing the man, Kelly Thomas, in 2011.
- Ex-cops acquitted in beating death of homeless man in California (CNN, Jan 14, 2014):
A jury has acquitted two former Fullerton, California, police officers on trial in the beating death of Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill and homeless man.
The verdict was read in a Santa Ana courtroom Monday afternoon. Eight women and four men began deliberating the case on Thursday.
“I’m just horrified. They got away with murdering my son,” Cathy Thomas, the victim’s mother, told reporters after the verdict was read.
The victim’s father, Ron Thomas, said that everyone now needs to be afraid.
“This is carte blanche to police officers to do whatever they want,” he told reporters.
The beating of Thomas in a transit parking lot was recorded by security cameras on the night of July 5, 2011. The surveillance camera footage shows Thomas being beaten, clubbed and stunned with a Taser by police. The video sparked a nationwide outcry.
Former officer Manuel Ramos was charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. A second former Fullerton officer, Jay Cicinelli, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force.
Both were found not guilty on all charges.
- Detroit police chief to citizens: Arm yourselves (WND, Jan 3, 2014):
During his 28 years on the police force in Los Angeles, James Craig tended to agree with his state’s tight control over concealed carry permits, believing fewer guns would lead to fewer violent crimes.
But when he moved to Portland, Maine, in 2009 to serve as the city’s new police chief, he discovered a different culture – one where guns actually made people safer.
Now Craig, the chief of police in Detroit, Mich., has a message for the law-abiding folks in his crime-ridden city: Arm yourselves, and criminals will think twice about attacking you.
- A Conspiracy So Vast (Lew Rockwell, Dec 12, 2013):
By Andrew P. Napolitano
Readers of this page are well aware of the revelations during the past six months of spying by the National Security Agency (NSA). Edward Snowden, a former employee of an NSA vendor, risked his life and liberty to inform us of a governmental conspiracy to violate our right to privacy, a right guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment.
The conspiracy he revealed is vast. It involves former President George W. Bush, President Obama and their aides, a dozen or so members of Congress, federal judges, executives and technicians at American computer ISPs and telecoms, and the thousands of NSA employees and vendors who have manipulated their fellow conspirators. The conspirators all agreed that it would be a crime for any of them to reveal the conspiracy. Snowden violated that agreement in order to uphold his higher oath to defend the Constitution.
Tags: 1984, Andrew Napolitano, Barack Obama, Big Brother, Dictatorship, Edward Snowden, Fascism, FBI, George Orwell, Global News, Government, New World Order, NSA, Obama administration, Police, Politics, Surveillance, U.S.
- Ray Kelly to Get 10-Officer Detail When He Leaves, Costing Taxpayers $1.5M (DNAinfo, Dec 4, 2013):
NEW YORK CITY — The bill taxpayers will have to pay to protect Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly when he leaves office next month just got bigger.
The NYPD’s Intelligence Division — with Kelly’s input — is recommending that Kelly take with him a 10-officer complement of taxpayer-funded bodyguards, up from the six-officer detail the commissioner had wanted last month.
The detail will now include a lieutenant, three sergeants and six detectives to chauffeur and protect Kelly and his family around-the-clock in the Big Apple and even out of town after he ends his 12-year run atop Police Headquarters — at an estimated cost of more than $1.5 million a year, sources estimate.
- Store owner installs surveillance cameras to spy on police (CNET News, nov 22, 2013):
A Miami convenience store owner is fed up with his employees and customers being allegedly harassed by police. So he installs surveillance video to get evidence against the local cops.
- US police shoot teen with fake gun (PressTV, Nov 18, 2013):
A 14-year-old Battle Creek boy was being treated Saturday afternoon after being shot once by a police officer.
Battle Creek police said the youth was holding a replica of a semi-automatic handgun when he was shot.
- Unarmed teen shot dead by US police (PressTV, Nov 8, 2013):
On Monday, police in Iowa shot dead an unarmed teenager after a family dispute, and his relatives are now demanding answers.
According to The Associated Press, Tyler Comstock, 19, of Boone, was fatally shot the morning of Nov. 4 after a car chase with police ended on Iowa State University’s Central Campus.
Explaining how the teen found himself in a face-off with police, Comstock’s family says that the events of that fateful morning had been triggered by an argument between the young man and his father.
“He just wanted a pack of cigarettes, and his dad wouldn’t buy him a pack of cigarettes and he freaked out,” the teen’s mother, Shari Comstock, told the Iowa State Daily.
After the feud, Comstock reportedly got into his father’s car and took off.
That’s when his dad, James Comstock, decided to call the police to report his vehicle stolen.
“He took off with my truck. I call the police, and they kill him,” James Comstock told the Des Moines Register. It is believed that the truck belonged to the lawn care company for which the father and son both worked.
- Legal Experts: Even TOTALLY INNOCENT People Should Avoid Talking to Law Enforcement (ZeroHedge, Nov 7, 2013):
A law school professor and former criminal defense attorney explains why you should never agree to be interviewed by the police:
Other criminal defense attorneys agree:
As does police officer George Bruch of the Virginia Beach Police Department:
We’ve previously documented that there are so many federal and state laws in the United States, that no one can keep track of them all, and everyone violates laws every day without even knowing it.
As such, it is best to avoid law enforcement when possible.
- Is NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is About to Take a Job at JP Morgan? (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Nov 6, 2013):
Thought the revolving door couldn’t get any worse? Think again. The Banana Republicization of these United States is now traveling at hyperloop speed. It’s one thing for folks at the SEC and Congress to jump ship for Wall Street, but the head of the country’s largest police force going to JP Morgan? This is particularly timely since it was just yesterday that I published an article titled: How the NYPD is in Bed with JP Morgan.
If this is true, what an incredible slap in the face to all New Yorkers. If you don’t get that you live in neo-feudalism by now, you never will.
From the New York Post:
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is in advanced talks to take the top security job at JPMorgan Chase Inc. – and he may leave his current post before Bill De Blasio is sworn in, The Post has learned.
- Cops in bankrupt Detroit forced to buy own uniforms (RT, Oct 31, 2013):
Patrolling the streets of bankrupt Detroit, Michigan is no easy feat for the local police department, and budget woes are about to make things ever for difficult for law enforcement officers in the Motor City.
The president of the Detroit Police Officers Association told a local CBS affiliate that city cops are going to have to empty out their own wallets if they want to remain fully equipped while on the job. The financially-devastated city is cutting back on spending left and right, and new slashes to the budget mean officers are going to soon be responsible for buying their own uniforms and ammunition.
Widespread: In 2011 Tasers were used 323 times against under-18s
- Police are using high-voltage Tasers on children as young as 11 almost every day, new figures reveal (Daily Mail, Oct 26, 2013):
- New figures have been released under Freedom of Information laws
- They show that 323 under-18s were fired on in 2011
- It was also revealed that in 2010, 74 children were threatened by having the Taser’s sights trained on them without firing the weapon
Tasers are being used by police against children as young as 11 almost every day, figures have revealed.
Armed officers discharged, targeted or threatened to use the 50,000-volt weapons against youngsters more than 320 times a year – an 11-fold increase from the first year they were cleared for use against under-18s in 2007.
It emerged earlier this year that a girl aged just 12 had been shot by police with a Taser device in St Helens. Other children aged 11 have been threatened by officers with the weapons, forced have admitted.
- Pepper Spray Cop Receives $38,000 Settlement from the University of California (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Oct 25, 2013):
Yep, that’s John Pike, the infamous pepper spray cop who walked across a group of seated student engaged in an act of peaceful civil disobedience and callously pepper sprayed them in the face. While Pike was eventually fired, an internal investigation found that he “acted appropriately.” For all his troubles, the University has now decided he deserves a $38,000 settlement.
More from the Guardian:
A former University of California Davis police officer who pepper-sprayed a group of Occupy protesters has reached a $38,000 settlement in a workman’s compensation case against the school.
John Pike, who was filmed discharging pepper spray at a line of seated demonstrators in a video that was watched around the world, received the compensation last week.
The Davis Enterprise reported that Pike, 40, had suffered depression and anxiety brought on by death threats to him and his family. The threats followed the 18 November 2011 protest, the newspaper reported.
- Some Florida Police Are Using Data To Predict Crime (Fast Company, Oct 24, 2013):
“We’re entering a new era of police work,” says the Fort Lauderdale Police Chief.
Well, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department isn’t using an oracle yet, but it is getting one step closer to Minority Report-style crime predicting. The department has become the latest agency to use big data analytics and data mining to prevent crime by staying one step ahead of criminals. According to IBM, the company has entered into a partnership with the Fort Lauderdale PD to integrate new data and analytics tools into everyday crime fighting. The new projects will use pattern recognition and anomaly detection tech on existing records like 911 calls, crime records, and building permit activity.
- Video of the Day: Veterans Arrested at Vietnam Memorial in NYC (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Oct 8, 2013):
The following is a powerful, touching and very well done video that includes veterans of various wars, ranging from World War II to Vietnam as well as some of our recent imperial adventures. It is entirely clear that this is no stunt, but rather a heartfelt and genuine expression of grief and disillusionment from Americans who have seen the pain and suffering of war up close, and who clearly continue to experience much sadness many years later.
As expected, Mayor Bloomberg’s storm-troopers did as told and arrested these folks (many of whom are elderly) shortly after the 10pm curfew.
No Victim. No Crime. This is fucking ridiculous.
A Defense Department program transfers military-grade weapons and vehicles to local law enforcement. It’s the last thing we need
- America’s police are looking more and more like the military (Guardian, Oct 7, 2013):
America’s streets are looking more and more like a war zone. Last week, in a small county in upstate New York with a population of roughly 120,000 people, county legislators approved the receipt of a 20-ton Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, donated by the US Defense Department to the county sheriff.
Between the Armored Personnel Carriers locking down main streets in major American cities – mimicking our MRAPs in Afghanistan – or Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) and Special Forces units canvassing our country, if we’re not careful, this militarization of our domestic policing will make-over America, and fast.
- Capitol hill shooting: family criticises police deadly force – video (Guardian, Oct 5, 2013):
The sisters of Miriam Carey say the family is ‘confused’ after the 34-year-old was shot dead by police near the White House. Carey, who was reportedly suffering from depression, was in the car with her one-year-old daughter when she tried to cross a barrier at Capitol Hill
- Probe launched over claim that elite Capitol Police unit blocked from Navy Yard massacre (FOX News, Sep 19, 2013):
The board that oversees the U.S. Capitol Police has opened an investigation into whether a tactical team of officers that was one of the first on the scene during the Washington Navy Yard shooting was ordered to stand down.
Several sources confirmed the probe to Fox News. The investigation follows reports that a highly trained and specialized Capitol Police team arrived soon after the shooting started, but was told by a supervisor to leave the scene.
The BBC, which first reported on the allegation, quoted a Capitol Police “source” as claiming “lives may have been saved” if the team could have intervened.
Aaron Alexis killed 12 people at the Washington Navy yard before he, too, was killed. The emerging allegations raise questions as to whether the tactical team could have stepped in earlier to stop the violence.
The Arrest Below is Illegal (confirmed) and the Police are Criminals
- Veteran Attacked By Police During Syria Protest (Veterans Today, Sep 2, 2013):
The video below, when described as “police state behavior” meets that criteria. If any readers have the names and home addresses of any of the police involved, please put them in the comment section.
We believe these officers and their families need to be under public scrutiny for participation in criminal activities and living off the earnings of criminal enterprises.
Where was the NRA?
Where was the Tea Party?
Where was the American Legion?