Libertopia is a fantastic annual event where freedom-minded individuals congregate in San Diego and have a great time, but don’t take it from me, here’s what Jeffrey Tucker, Libertopia 2014’s Master of Ceremonies has to say about it:
It’s getting to be registration time for California’s primary point of gathering for liberty-minded people. It’s called Libertopia. It is held in San Diego. This year it runs November 13–16. You can register here. I’ve been tapped once again to be the MC of the event, which means giving a number of talks, introducing speakers, leading nightly events, and otherwise keeping things on track and making sure that everything stays smart, creative, fun, and inspiring.
Libertopia is only one of what is probably a dozen of these large-scale gatherings around the country. What makes it unique? Well, there is the fact that San Diego is absolutely beautiful and the hotel where the event is held is just the right venue for the event. Also, most of the other events take place in the spring and summer whereas the weather in Southern California makes November a great time.
But these are not the unique selling points. For that I would list two critical features: the broadness of the intellectual culture that you will find here, and also its practical focus. These are points of unity amid the incredible diversity of attendees: intellectuals, business people, activists, entrepreneurs, professionals of all sorts, think tankers, eccentric experts on everything, and lots of very cool California people who do who knows what. It’s a happy and inclusive community.
On the broadness point, you will hear talks here and engage in discussions that touch every aspect of life, from economics to diet and exercise to religion and spirituality to science and technology. The range is really incredible, and, what’s more, everyone feels very comfortable as including them all as part of the general topic of human liberty.
For my part, I had some of the most stimulating conversations I’ve ever had at Libertopia. Whether we were discussing history, religion, war and peace, romance and relationships, or technology, you get the sense that nothing is ever off the table. It’s the ultimate non-stuffy event in this sense. Everyone is learning from each other. It’s very likely that you will consider ideas and possibilities that you never encountered before.
When I first attended the event, I hadn’t really observed this before, having previously seen libertarianism as having an exclusively political focus. While it’s true that this is primary and main driving force — and most people who attend consider themselves to be anarchists or minarchists — the theme of human liberty is actually a large one that touches on every aspect of life. If the command-and-control school of politics wrecks society by destroying the human spirit, the lesson surely applies in other aspects of life too.
Most of the libertarians who gather here long ago discovered this point that it took me many years to realize. Liberty has to matter in our lives or it doesn’t really matter at all. In the end, there is not much any of us can do to accomplish genuine political change. But there are so many things we can do more successfully to live freer lives, and, by so doing, we make a gigantic contribution to freeing our world. It’s not a matter of dropping politics but rather finding the most effective ways forward to bring about change to the world.
As I type those words, I feel the presence of Leonard Read, founder of FEE, who makes this point a major theme of his life’s work. I’m now recalling that before he was founder of FEE, he was head of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. He drank deeply of that Southern Californian libertarian spirit. That’s the spirit that survives and thrives here.
Another famous person whose views on the world were cultivated in this Southern California air was none other than Ayn Rand, who was the pioneer in discerning how the ideal of freedom pertained to our lives regardless of the political mess around us. Her passion was to show the world how to be free even in times when the political culture is hostile and dangerous.
What emerged from this Read-Rand sensibility was a determination to make something wonderful out of life as a matter of principle while refusing to let the powers that be take away the essence of what makes us human. Cultivating that sensibility is the primary contribution of Libertopia. It pervades every aspect of the gathering. It’s what makes it thoughtful, warm, friendly, intellectually stimulating, and ultimately productive for our lives.
Please consider joining me and many hundreds of others for a fun and groovy three days at Libertopia. It will lift your spirits, feed your mind, and inform your path life. Liberty really is about life. It is about your life. Come discover how and why at Libertopia.
Cecilia shared, via CopBlock.org/Submit, a recount of the less-than ideal “service” she received from those who steal her money under the auspices of protecting and serving.
Date of Incident: 9/29/14 Individuals Involved: #4542 and #3920 Outfit: San Jose Police Department Phone: (408) 295-2656
7:50 am on Monday, 9/29/14, while on my way to work, my car broke down. Two people came up behind me and offered “help”, then asked me to get them some gas in exchange. They helped me push my car to the side of the road at an ARCO gas station and offered to drive me to work. At that point I was so anxious to get to work, I could not judge if they’re actually “good Samaritans”; I hopped in their car and loaded my belongings in there. They then stopped by a 76 gas station since I only had credit cards on me. I got off the car, tried to pay at the pump, those two “good Samaritans” drove off with all my belongings.
I screamed, two cops getting coffee at the Starbucks right next to the gas station asked me what happened. I told them to please catch those robbers, but they did not get them. I kept on shouting out the license plate number, yet they did not record it down. An hour later, they asked me if I still remember the license plate number. I was extremely frustrated when they asked me, because I was shouting it out many times and no one recorded it down. They ask me after an hour after my trauma, and expect me to remember a license plate. Fortunately, they were able to get the surveillance recording from the gas station. Around noon time, they brought in six pictures for me to identify. I was able to identify the robber, the police also have identified these people.
However, it has been almost a week since the incident happened. I have been calling the San Jose Police Department everyday to follow up with the case. But every time I call them, they either transfer me to a number which only accepts voicemails, or they tell me that a police report takes up to 2 weeks to complete. I have also contacted local news stations, including, KTVU, ABC, KRON4, KTSF, and NBC. KTVU, KTSF, and NBC all have been contacting the police and the only thing they got back was “not able to locate the criminals”. The TV stations have also been asking for the surveillance recording, but the police refused to release it.
How was it possible that the police could chase a speeding car on a freeway, but not a criminal’s car on a small road? How could it be possible that they have identified the suspects, but still have no news regarding their location after an entire week? I understand that in an area as East San Jose, robberies like this happens extremely often. Police could care less if no one died. This case is not important to them at all, but it is to me.
I am a musician, student, and an intern teacher. I do not get money through work and I teach a limited amount of music students. I receive full scholarship to get my master’s degree in education at Santa Clara Univeristy while work full time with no pay at a high school to complete my credential. The robbers took all my belongings, which includes a guitar (an Epiphone by Gibson, which I bought with all my savings three years ago), an iPad which I borrowed from Santa Clara University (a $550 fine if iPad got stolen), one and only high quality bag I own ($100 worth), a camera which I have used for five years, music books from Italy, school books and assignments for grad school, my students’ assignments, and several USB’s which includes all my personal information.
The suspects know everything about me, they can break into where I live any day and perhaps kill me. I cannot sleep or eat while the criminals live on their lives.
Perhaps it’s expensive for the government to catch a small garbage criminal, but at the least get my belongings back because now I have nothing and those items are useless to the robbers. Where is the justice?
Editors Note: Indeed, though police employees steal year money under the guise of protecting you, they have time and again, been said to have no duty to protect you. Certainly, for revenue generation purposes, more resources and attention are allocated to targeting those who engage in victimless actions. And certainly, if the vehicle stolen would have not been Cecelia’s, but emblazoned with “San Jose Police” you can bet it would have been made a higher priority. Such is the JUST-us mindset inherent in the injustice system.
The content below was shared via CopBlock.org/Submit by a person who experienced what manifests when individuals claim a “legal” right to initiate force. She was traveling and did not cause harm to any other, yet she was stopped, harassed, kidnapped, and caged. Good that she is speaking out as it helps make the pattern of unaccountability clear for others who have not been subjected to such “service” themselves.
Individuals Responsible: officer Holsome #1220f?//A. Cervantez @1111/ Sergeant S. Licon #13348 Outfit: California Highway Patrol Phone: 851-637-8000
I worked in LA as an EMT, it was my birthday I was coming home from work. I stopped by my friends house after work. I decided to have a beer. (I was in nursing school, and working full time, I never really had time to enjoy myself.) After that I ate and drank a couple big glasses of water. I waited three hours before I drove.
I was driving home from my friends later that night. When a cop started to follow me. The chp car followed me so closely than finally put on the lights. I had a sick feeling in my stomach at that moment I knew something bad was going to happen.
Holsome approached my car. He asked for my license and insurance, I showed him everything. He than shined the flashlight in my eyes, and said what wrong with your eyes. (I was almost in tears) I said “I don’t know sir”. He than asked me to step out of the car” . I did.
We did the field sobriety test and than he looked at my eyes again and said “What the hell is wrong with your eyes?” I was scared and embarrassed, standing outside in my full ems uniform on the side of the road.
He told his partner to come look at my eyes, and “how weird they are” they were making fun of me and humiliating me.
He than had me try to blow on the breathalyzer where he continued to say things like “blow harder” I felt harassed at his tone of voice, he also said “wrap your lips around it tighter”. Being a young female alone with the cops on the side of the road at night/hearing stories I was afraid they would rape me or assault me from the behavior they already presented to me.
Well, the breathalyzer was broken. And that time they pushed me on the car, and a male patted me down, then called me a Mexican. (I am not Mexican, I am only part Indian).
They handcuffed me and took me to the detention center. There was another girl already arrested in the car. When we got to the detention center he told me to wait in the car. Holsome was digging around the car saying “where the F#@$ is my license, what the F#$%.” He continued to use profanity. I was forced to give my blood.
I remember the cop saying “If you’re telling the truth your life wont get ruined”. (a week later I got kicked out of school and lost my job)
At the detention center, I was stuck in the holding cell till 3pm the next day. The toilets were over flooding and it was cold, so all the girls there huddled together, cops would walk by and laugh and point at us. We were treated worse than animals.
When it was time to take our pictures they had another inmate pull down my pants, and pull up my shirt to take a picture of my tattoo.
The cop said I seemed to be on drugs, and severely intoxicated. I was not. I do not do drugs and I was not drunk.
Two months later my BAC came back almost twice the legal limit. There is no way… We received the report also from the cop.
My bac came back over .1 . A cop that was not even there wrote the report.
The cop lied repeatedly on the report (even intermingled a different persons last name on the report). They also lied about having another officer come out. There were only two people there the whole time. But the person that wrote the report (was not there) and now they have no videos of the stop…so I have no way to prove they lied.
I feel helpless and confused….its my word against the cops and they do not have the dash cam. They’re lying and there is no way to prove them wrong. I do not know what to do and how to overcome this.
Because of a lying, abusive cop, I lost everything in my life I worked so hard for.
In conclusion: I was assaulted, harassed, pushed, violated, subjected to malfunctioning equipment, had my life put in danger, by the cops lying that a third cop was there (no liability). Also, I was subject to profanity.
At the detention center I was forced to give my blood, not given my rights or options, could have been exposed to diseases or major illness from the over flooding toilet, and and also could have been seriously injured because the female that drew my blood did not show me her certification, and I have no idea if she was actually trained to draw blood.
A message to everyone: This is what happens when you give people with hardly any education power. Its time that people stand up and realize they are not our friends, they are not going to save us, and they do not have the public’s interest in mind. They are brainwashed drones of the state.
I worked along side them as an EMT, and I saw than what they really do. They come to their wives, and they act like there the worlds saviors, when in reality there modern day terrorist of the states.
Everyone stand up reach out and speak up. Know your rights, do not talk to them, do not say anything to them, it is your right to choose to remain silent.
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Princess M. Jacob-Fambro shared the video below via CopBlock.org/Submit, which details a couple standoffish, unprofessional individuals who wear badges emblazoned with “San Francisco Police.” It’s hard to imagine anyone in that community would choose to pay for such a “service.”
Date of Interaction: August 19, 2014 Individuals Involved: Fergus, Bangas Outfit: San Francisco Police Department Phone: 415-553-0123
My Daughter and I was standing at the bus stop, when a undercover car pulled over and four officers jumped out and walked directly up to us and harassed us FOR NO REASON.
I was afraid for my daughter and myself.
I believe that if I hadn’t kept REPEATING that I was Running For President 2016, me and my daughter would have became the next MIKE BROWN. I’ve seen police murder innocent people for no reason all my life….PLEASE SHARE THIS VIDEO so that we can End Police Brutality!!!
Editors Note: It’s unclear, why Fergus, Bangas, and their two colleagues felt it worth their time to surround and surveil Jacob-Fambro and her daughter – perhaps because she’s gives her affiliation for her presidential run as being with The Revolutionary Party? Regardless, the real issue is why such actions by self-described “public officials” is considered appropriate.
This dismal service from San Francisco police employees seems to be the norm:
The content below was shared anonymous via CopBlock.org/Submit by a student who noted the irony of a university police employee who purports to stand for safety, yet twice has been involved in cases were settlements are given to victims of his brutality. He notes, “it ridiculous and outrageous that he is still employed by the University, everyone on campus is unsafe as long as he continues to work here.”
How many others have been wronged by this badge-wearing thug through all the years?
Incentives matter. The fact that students, and not the individual responsible, have been forced to pay settlements, does nothing to deter him from tyrannizing another. At least, by getting more attention on him, and his outfit that has stood by him, it will make those in the area more aware of this predator.
Dates of Interaction: 2009, 2012 Individual Responsible: Delmar Tompkins Outfit: Humboldt State University Police Department Phone: 707-826-5555
The California State University system has settled a civil lawsuit brought by a Fieldbrook man who alleged he was the victim of a “brutal” assault by Humboldt State University police in January 2012, agreeing to pay the man $135,000.
CSU spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp said the payment will come out of HSU coffers, noting that the settlement does not include any admission of wrongdoing.
Casey Arndt, 33, filed the federal lawsuit last year alleging that Humboldt State University Police officer Delmar Tompkins and other officers assaulted him — causing injuries to his face, back, legs, arms, feet and hands —on Jan. 7, 2012. Arndt alleged that he was driving near the HSU campus when Tompkins began following him in his patrol car. In the suit, Arndt claims he pulled over to make a phone call, at which point Tompkins pulled up behind him, activated his overhead lights, exited his patrol car and pulled his firearm, keeping it trained on Arndt’s head.
The complaint alleged that Arndt exited the vehicle and was being handcuffed by another officer when Tompkins “ran up and maliciously” kneed him in the left eye. Arndt further alleged that he was then beaten by numerous officers and Tasered twice before losing consciousness…
The settlement represents the second time in five years that allegations against Tompkins have resulted in a payout.
In 2009 while Tompkins was with the Oakland Police Department, Jimmy Williams, 50, alleged that he used pepper spray and a baton on him “without any just provocation or cause” while arresting him in a Taco Bell parking lot on suspicion of resisting arrest. Williams, who was never charged in the case, sued the city of Oakland for $500,000 in damages. Attorneys representing the city argued Williams was noncompliant and combative but ultimately settled the case out of court, paying Williams $43,000 from the city’s general fund.
In late 2011 John Swearengin, traveling at almost twice the posted speed limit, hit and killed two pedestrians when in Kern County, California. The California Highway Patrol did an investigation, and concluded:
Based on the investigation, it is the determination of the California Highway Patrol, Party 1 (Swearengin) violated California Penal Code Section 192(c) (1), vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.
Swearengin was determined to be the primary cause of this collision. He showed “gross negligence” at the time of the collision, based on the following:
—Party 1 (Swearengin) drove Vehicle 1 (Ford) 84.9 mph on a roadway posted with a 45-mph speed limit.
The collision occurred during hours of darkness.
The placement of signs in the area clearly indicated the posted 45 mph speed limit.
The placement of signs in the area clearly warning of possible pedestrian traffic.
Party 1 (Swearengin) has worked as a Kern County deputy sheriff for five years and had patrolled Oildale (the area of the collision) for four years. He stated he was familiar with the area, and familiar with seeing pedestrians in the area.
As a sworn Kern County Deputy Sheriff, Party 1 (Swearengin) understood the provisions of California Vehicle Code Section 21055 (Exemption of Authorized Emergency Vehicles) which states in essence the driver of an emergency vehicle is exempt from the rules of the road if he sounds a siren as reasonable necessary and the vehicle displays a lighted red lamp visible to the front as a warning to other drivers and pedestrians.
Party 1 (Swearengin), while en route to an emergency call, chose not to activate his forward red lamp or his siren to warn other drivers and pedestrians as he drove well above the posted speed limit through a populated residential/business area.
Yet did those facts even make a difference?
Not in legaland. You see, Swearingen wears a badge with “Kern County Sheriff’s Department” insignia.
Our condolences go out to the families of Daniel Hiler and Crystal Jolley.
left: John Swearingen, Kern County Sheriff employee
The same situation – a person not held responsible for killing other motorists because he wore a badge – unfolded recently in Erie, PA. That’s not surprising, since the legaland system, like police employees, subsist on theft and seek to protect their own. That double standard will continue so long as the perception of legitimacy is granted to those actors and institutions. Have you pulled the curtain back?
The groups below are now included on the page CopBlock.org/Groups, as well as the map embedded on that page, to make it easier for individuals in their respective communities to connect and collaborate with those around them to affect a positive change.
The purpose of this post is much the same – to make more people aware of those proactive efforts taken, and to empower you to speak and act, not according to the fear and division peddled by those who want to rule your life, but according to your conscience, so that you will govern yourself.
I just recently started and copblock organization in Hoover, AL. I started this to bring awareness to the corruption in the police force of the wealthy Hoover Police Department. Hoover Police Department is responsible for the clip that is circulating around the internet where a black male suspect is fleeing from the police in a white minivan. Once he enters the oncoming ramp for the interstate he looses control and his car begins…he was projected from the car. The Hoover police then proceed to beat the unconscious suspect. One cop notices that his car is still recording and rushes to turn it off. Well that what you see on camera. I live at ground zero. These cops beat people weekly. Men women and children. I am on a mission to capture the corruption on video and report it to the entire world. I spent a very long time getting my press credentials in order to lawfully be able to cover stories about the unjust ways they operate. I just want to bring awareness to those who don’t know what goes on in the darkness. There has been so much I have seen in my few years of living in this and surrounding areas.
SouthEast Alabama Cop Block is a part of the decentralized Cop Block project supported by a diverse group of individuals united by their shared goal of police accountability. We highlight the double standard that some grant to those with badges by pointing to and supporting those harmed. By documenting police actions whether they are illegal, immoral or just a waste of time and resources then putting direct pressure on the individuals responsible (ideally while recording and then later sharing), we can work together to bring about transparency and have a real impact
I started a facebook page because there was no group for the high desert California. I want to start a community of cop blockers in my home town that keep the police in check. If you live in the High Desert please like and share. Once we take off I want to start going out and cop blocking with like minded individuals.
This page has been started to represent the central Illinois (Springfield/Capitol area. My name is Jack Langiano, and I am the founder of this chapter. I am looking forward to working with all of the fine people involved with the Cop Block movement. Thank you for your support!
I’m a Father,Husband,Pilot,Mountaineer,Hiker,Skydiver,Skier,Patriot, and because of the tryanny that has made its way into my town, now I’m a cop blocker. What is cop blocking you ask? This is one way to describe it, Cop Block is a decentralized project supported by a diverse group of individuals united by their shared goal of police accountability.We highlight the double standard that some grant to those with badges by pointing to and supporting those harmed.
Tacoma Pierce County area Cop Block, using video cameras to uphold police accountability and try to end unnecessary police violence.
*While most of the groups above are relatively new (i.e. Cop Watch Central Illinois), a few have been in existence for months or years, and only came onto my radar recently (i.e. Arkansas Cop Block), or were known, but just not added in a timely fashion (i.e. Jackson Cop Block).
Jason M. Salamat shared this content via CopBlock.org/Submit, which details the ridiculousness of the ‘war on terror’ – in this case, the acquisition of a Mine Resistant Ambus Protected (MRAP) vehicle by police employees at tranquil Saddleback Community College.
This is at a community college in my area. There are less than 10 full-time officers at this location, and only one case of a forced sex offense in 2012. Why do they need an IED/Mine resistant armor vehicle? In-case of terrorist threats or hostage situations? Yeah, right. More like to scare the potheads before they go to class. Ridiculous. Our tax dollars at work.
Editors note: With less than 10 full-timers, the office of the Saddleback Police Outfit is open only a half-day on Friday, and is closed on Saturday and Sunday. Clearly the crime rate must be so astronomical in the area that the need for the MRAP is paramount.
Campus police chief Christopher Wilkinson prepared a 2012 annual security report for the college. Crime statistics for 2011-2012 show more forced sex offenses (one) than combined totals for murder, manslaughter, robbery, hate crimes, terrorist acts, and bombs (zero-point-zero).
In fact, the Saddleback Police Outfit now has the distinction of being the only college with less than ten police employees with a MRAP – I bet that distinction is not plastered on literature trying to attract new students…
Saddleback College Police Officers are responsible for patrolling campus grounds, taking crime and incident reports, conducting investigations, enforcing all applicable laws, traffic regulations and providing a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff and guests.
Perhaps the Saddleback police employees need to re-read their mission – in doing so, they may come to see what is clear to any rationale person – a MRAP is a ridiculous and unwarranted.
Sam Burnett, an employee of the Butte County Sheriff’s Outfit, kicked a man in his head who was sitting on the ground.
Korey Honea, the head-honcho of the Butte-based outfit, told ActionNewsNow.com “that he immediately launched an internal investigation to see if the deputy violated any policies.”
How can there be any question that kicking a seated person in the head doesn’t align with policies?
Since that incident, which happened on August 26th, Burnett has been on a paid vacation, compliments of those who claims to “serve and protect” while the incident was “investigated” by his friends.
Yesterday, Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey yesterday said that he found nothing wrong with Burnett’s actions – and referred to the kick to the head of the seated man as “textbook.”
It’s not surprising that Burnett was not held accountable by his friends in the District Attorney’s office. Like the Butte County Sheriff’s Outfit, those institutions exist solely due to perceived legitimacy. To admit fault would mean the omnipotence claimed by those involved is not always true. Better then, to circle the wagons…
But despite Ramsey’s asinine determination, this incident – the kicking of a seated suspect deemed “textbook” – will undoubtedly cause many hundreds or thousands to be just a bit more inclined not to fund these criminals, and certainly, not to think or refer to them as “authorities,” which in the end, does far more to erode their legitimacy than any inside-their-injustice-system ruling ever could.
The person who submitted this update anonymously wrote:
I can’t believe this is a local incident. We’ll I guess I can believe it. But this is beyond ridiculous. The man was sitting down when he was assalted. Ether there was an altercation before is beyond the point because at that time he was sitting down not being aggressive. When are people going to stand up?!
Armed with federal money, police from more than two dozen departments around the state are poised to launch a no-texting-while-driving campaign that includes state-wide checkpoints for holding a cell phone.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy Andrew Wood will not be charged for fatally running over former Napster COO Milton Olin Jr. in his patrol car while the officer was typing a message into his computer.
Surveillance video shows an Ohio man talking on a cell phone, leaning on a toy gun, and facing away from officers moments before police shot and killed him in a Walmart store, according to an attorney for the man’s family.
Hundreds of Floridians are being fined and imprisoned for the crime of living with a romantic partner without government permission, thanks to an old-time cohabitation law that is still in effect and arbitrarily enforced.
Police were summoned to a high school after a boy wrote a story about using a gun to kill a dinosaur. The boy was searched, suspended from school, and subsequently handcuffed and arrested when he did not handle the interrogation calmly.
Police authorities in Greenville, South Carolina are reviewing video of an arrest at a Walmart store Saturday afternoon where an officer can be seen repeatedly punching a suspect in the head as horrified shoppers begged him to stop.
Authorities claim that a man committed suicide via gunshot while handcuffed and unattended in the back of a police cruiser. However, an autopsy report states that the man — who had his handcuffed behind his back, and was already searched for weapons — was shot in the chest.
Police violently broke in on a couple of men watching television, exploded concussion grenades, and shot one man roughly a second after entry. The fatal, under-investigated raid yielded no arrests and led to the shooter being named “Officer of the Year.” All because someone was suspected of getting high without government permission.
Police officers barged into a woman’s home because they wanted to arrest the owner because of the length of the front lawn. A tenant answered the door and recorded the rude, obscenity-spewing cops making demands and entering her home, despite the fact that she wasn’t even the person listed on the warrant.
A police officer has resigned after pointing a rifle at protesters during racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, and another has been fired for inappropriate social media posts stemming from the two weeks of civil unrest, officials said on Friday.
A 28-year-old man who filmed his arrest and Tasing at the hand of two police officers in St. Paul, Minnesota earlier this year will file a federal civil rights lawsuit as the incident continues to gain attention.
A group of people caught up in unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after a white officer killed a black teenager, sued local officials on Thursday, alleging civil rights violations through arrests and police assaults with rubber bullets and tear gas.
Police in a West Virginia city altered video evidence in the death of a mentally ill black man who was shot and killed last year during a confrontation with officers, a lawyer for the victim’s family said on Thursday.
A new audio recording that allegedly captures a series of gunshots at the time of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, has been confirmed to be real by the developers behind the software used to capture it.
Much has been written in recent weeks about the militarization of America’s police, who are increasingly using armored vehicles and powerful, high-tech weaponry. Pundits and scholars have pondered whether possession of this weaponry influences the mindset of policemen, perhaps driving them to use more aggressive tactics.
Tennessee has a new Labor Day tradition. According to WKRN-TV, the Tennessee Highway Patrol will continue its “no refusal” blood-extraction DUI checkpoints this Labor Day weekend, starting on midnight on August 29 and continuing until midnight on September 1. Under “no refusal” enforcement, suspected drunk drivers will be forced to submit to a breathalyzer or blood test, even if they refuse.
The city council of Davis, California has decided to drop the local police department’s Pentagon-supplied armored vehicle following worries from the community that it could be used against demonstrations, as was the case in Ferguson, Missouri this month.
Activists protesting the fatal shooting of a mentally ill woman by a Phoenix police sergeant last week carried her coffin to City Hall on Friday, demanding an independent investigation into her killing.
Two veteran police officers in Fairfield, California are being investigated for using confidential law enforcement databases to obtain private information about women they met on online personal websites.
An Albany police officer, who shot and killed an undocumented immigrant four years ago, has been suspended and is facing dismissal after video captured him tasering a kneeling teen who was surrendering at the time of the incident.
A police officer in Mills, Wyoming was recently accused of leaving his K-9 dog in a police car for over 6 hours on a hot day with the windows rolled up. The dog was found dead after spending an entire hot day in the car without any water or ventilation. According to an affidavit obtained by KCWY13 news, it was 86 degrees on the day when the dog was left in the vehicle.
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