This is unbelievable. After a Houston police officer hit a pedestrian while speeding to a call without using his lights or siren, the department is saying that they have no policy requiring their officers to use lights or sirens when speeding. If the HPD cared one iota about safety, you would think they’d take simple precautions like these.
Archive for July, 2011
In 2001, a group of police officers broke into Cory Maye’s home in the middle of the night looking for drugs. Instead of announcing their presence and giving Maye time to answer the door, the police forcibly entered their way into Maye’s home. Maye, thinking he was being robbed, grabbed his gun and shot Officer Ron Jones, killing him. Maye was arrested that night and charged with capital murder.
Though Maye’s shooting of Officer Jones was done in self-defense and the police had raided his house on a questionable search warrant, a jury convicted Maye and he was sentenced to die.
After spending a decade in prison, Maye was finally allowed to plea to a lesser charge earlier this year and released from prison.
Russia Today put together this great video about Maye’s case:
And this interview with Ben Vernia, one of Maye’s attorneys:
For more on Cory Maye, check out Radley Balko’s coverage at The Agitator. Balko has been the most important journalist writing about Maye’s case.
Harless is the Canton, Ohio cop who went nuts on a conceal carry permit owner during a traffic stop in June. There’s now a second video of a 2010 stop in which Harless again repeatedly threatens to kill the people he has just pulled over. Watch below. It’s well and good that he’s now under investigation. But why did it take these videos going public for that to happen?
- Taser International comes up with a new, more painful way for governments to hurt people.
- Speaking of which, file this under “not remotely surprising.”
- The U.S. isn’t the only cash-strapped country still foolishly arresting pot smokers.
- Horrifying police brutality story of the day. This is not a repeat of yesterday’s story.
- Apple has more cash on hand than the U.S. Treasury. I can’t decide if this is a good thing or a bad thing.
- Community succumbs to predator panic after grandfather spotted taking pictures of his grandson in a park.
- White people (not) dancing to 50 Cent.
This past week, Seymour Police Officer John Newcomb was charged with DUI by State Police after hitting a parked car with his truck. In an amusing twist of irony, Newcomb was hauling a trailer for DARE, the government’s ineffective anti-drug and alcohol abuse program. Newcomb was off-duty at the time and was reportedly borrowing the trailer to move.
According to the Seymour Police Department’s website, Newcomb is a School Resource Officer responsible for seven schools. The site specifically mentions that he “conducts lectures with the students on police related issues such as narcotics and alcohol and their effects on driving.”
Newcomb was given a paid vacation by his department pending a hearing scheduled for August 11.
ED Kain has put together a round up of press stories, disturbing pictures and a video of the brutal beating and death of a schizophrenic man at the hands of Fullerton, California police:
“When I first walked into the hospital, I looked at what his mother described as my son … I didn’t recognize him,” Thomas said. “This is cold-blooded, aggravated murder.”
Thomas, citing witnesses, said officers hit his son with the butts of flashlights even after he stopped moving.
He said his son was probably off his medication and didn’t understand officers’ commands.
Don’t click on that link if you have a weak stomach.
A groom was arrested at his own wedding reception over the weekend. Now some guests say police beat the groom while he was handcuffed. A mug shot of Jake Twombly shows his eye swollen shut and blood coming from his nose.
- Horrifying police brutality story of the day.
- Trying, and failing, to count the number of federal crimes.
- This week in the erosion of protections for the accused.
- More bad legislating in wake of the Casey Anthony verdict.
- Jury nullification pamphleteer sentenced for “indirect criminal contempt.”
- Puppy fakes her own death.
Almost two weeks ago Pete and I (Ademo) were found not guilty of Felony Wiretaping in Greenfield, MA (I was also found not guilty of resisting arrest). After the trial Talley.TV personnel made their way to the parking lot of the courthouse, their goal? To interview as many jurors as possible in order to get a better understanding of what happened after the case was left in their hands.
That’s when Talley.TV and company came across Darcy Merchant (not sure of correct spelling), juror in our trial, who agreed to be interview for 5 mins in return for $20. Below is that interview, listen to how close the jury was to caging Pete and I.
Pete and I owe Mr. Merchant for his heroic stance during the deliberations, at one point he told the other five juror’s, “I’m not sending these guys to jail, so we can sit here all day.” What Mr. Merchant did here was basically Jury Nullification, he heard the facts, examined the evidence and though he could have been confused on the actual law – thanks to the DA who did his best to cage us – he decided that no matter what he personally wasn’t going to cage us. I’m unsure what exactly made him come to that conclusion maybe he said it best, “Just because you have a badge, doesn’t mean I have to believe what you say.” Exactly and thank you Mr. Merchant.
I’d also like to thank Jason Talley, of the Civil Disobedience Evolution Fund, and all the other amazing supporters for us (and our combined rights), it’s why I’m proud to call the Shire my home. Will you move here too?