A new tool called OpenOversight matches names and badge numbers with photos of police. But some fear it could put officers’ lives in danger.
Last week, the ACLU of California released emails showing that Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram provided Geofeedia, a social media monitoring company used by several law enforcement agencies nationwide, specialized access to feeds of bulk public data. Geofeedia used the feeds to spy on Black Lives Matter activists in Ferguson and Baltimore, the ACLU also revealed. Companies like Twitter stipulatethat data should not be used to “investigate, track or surveil” users, and Twitter and Facebook both moved to restrict Geofeedia’s bulk access to user data.But the controversy inspired one group of digital activists to turn the tables on law enforcement. Lucy Parsons Labs, a Chicago collective of web developers—their name and inspiration comes from the Wobbly-era labor organizer who Chicago police once called “more dangerous than a thousand rioters”—has released a new tool that allows the public to collect and share social media data on police officers. The web tool, OpenOversight, is aimed at the Chicago Police Department, one of many agencies across the country that uses Geofeedia to monitor public events.The tool seeks to match the names and badge numbers of officers (obtained by records requests) with photos (drawn from social media) to help people file misconduct complaints.
So far, the app’s gallery of officer photos draws on publicly available data from Chicago Police Department social media accounts and Flickr. Lucy Parsons Labs estimates that they currently have photos of about 1 percent of Chicago Police Department officers. According to Jennifer Helsby, lead developer of the project, the site’s identification capacity will become more robust as members of the public upload photos of officers into the gallery. The team is hoping to eventually spread the tool to cities across the country.
“The initial idea for the project came from looking at how police do social media monitoring,” says Helsby. “We talked to people who had been victims of [police] abuse and had gone to file complaint, but were told, ‘If you don’t know the badge number and name, nothing is going to happen.’”
Chicago police representatives, however, have raised concerns that OpenOversight could endanger police officers’ lives. “You put someone’s name out there, then now he’s driving with his kids or to his school, and now you’ve got him more easily identified and you put him and his family at risk,” says Dean Angelo, president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police union. ”People are doing this haphazardly, without any concern about an officer’s assignment, whether they’re working in a sensitive unit, narcotics, gangs, or undercover. They just don’t seem to care, ‘The public needs to know’—that’s the big banner that everyone is carrying. [But this] transparency [comes] at the risk of the lives of the women and men that perform this dangerous job.”
Chicago Police Department spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi did not respond to CityLab’s questions, but two former cops who are now police-reform advocates did weigh in on OpenOversight. “This is not a simple black-and-white issue, as far as I can tell,” says Norm Stamper, the former chief of the Seattle Police Department and author of Breaking Rank: A Top Cop's Expose of the Dark Side of American Policing. “I totally get why police are concerned over such an initiative. Anything that would allow somebody to exact revenge, it’s going to be resisted. I would draw a line at releasing an officers personal data—address, phone numbers, license plates. It is really important for police to understand that the work they do is, in fact, very public. So I come down on the side of disclosure.”
So does Michael A. Wood Jr., a former Baltimore police officer and a prominent proponent of civilian-led policing. “An officer’s information is already public record, and in the Facebook digital era, you can find anybody if you want to that bad,” he says. “Let everybody have the pictures. You are a public servant. That’s your job. You are to be identified to the public. You are accountable to them.”
Karen Sheley, the director of the ACLU Illinois’s police-practices project, argues that OpenOversight needs to be understood in the context of the Chicago Police Department’s failure to provide updated images of officers when complainants go to their district stations to file a complaint. “We’ve been asking for photos that you can access for years,” she says. “Not necessarily on the web, but somewhere—so that if someone has an event happen, they can go in, make a complaint, and the investigator could show them who it might be. Sometimes there are 10- year-old to 15-year-old images of officers, so when you bring in someone to file a complaint, the images are too old to identify.”
But police union spokesman Angelo disagrees. “I don’t find a lot of support for the process being either difficult to access or difficult to file a complaint,” he says. “I think it’s wide open the way it is.”
Police accountability has become a major concern in Chicago recently, as a wave of scandals and investigations has hit the department. Last year, reports emerged that police operated a secret interrogation siteand allegedly fabricated details about the officer-involved shooting of Laquan McDonald. Over March 2011 to September 2015, less than 2 percent of the 28,567 complaints filed against the Chicago Police Department resulted in the discipline of officers, according to numbers assembled by the Citizen Police Data Project. That project is under The Invisible Institute, an investigative journalism nonprofit, and the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic of the University of Chicago Law School.Public data collected by the CPD suggests that lack of information may be allowing potentially abusive officers to remain on the force.Over March 2011 to March 2015, nearly a third of officer complaints were immediately dropped in Chicago due to a lack of officer identification.
Helsby and the Lucy Parsons team hope that OpenOversight will help close that information gap. And she insists that it won’t endanger officers on sensitive undercover assignments, or expose
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A recently released copy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation file for Central Intelligence Agency Director Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter reveals that shortly after his retirement, Hillenkoetter admitted to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover that elements of the Agency were corrupt.
The relationship between Hillenkoetter and Hoover appears to have long been cordial and forthright, with the CIA Director repeatedly praising the Bureau and Hoover returning the compliment. Following Hillenkoetter’s retirement from the CIA in order to return to the Navy, he kept in contact with the Bureau, acting as both an informant and liaison, and at times using his position to expedite matters for the Bureau. One of the most historically significant moments shared between the FBI and Hillenkoetter came from shortly after his retirement, when he described the “blunder and corruption of OSS and certain elements of CIA” in a private meeting with Hoover, according to memos obtained by MuckRock.
Following Hillenkoetter’s retirement on October 7th, 1950, he contacted the Bureau just two weeks later to inform them he would be leaving for San Francisco to assume his new command, and that he wished to speak with Hoover before he left. According to a memo informing Hoover of the request, Hillenkoetter wanted to thank him for his hard work and cooperation, and to “confidentially advise the Director of various circumstances surrounding CIA’s ‘frequent blundering.’“
At 10:15 am on the 24th, Hillenkoetter had his meeting with Hoover. According to a four sentence memo written by Hoover, Hillenkoetter came to thank Hoover for his cooperation with the Agency, a sentiment which Hoover returned in kind. Without going into detail, Hoover said they also had a “general discussion about the problems” that General Walter Bedell Smith, the incoming Director of Central Intelligence, would have to face at the CIA.
A memo written to the Director the following day reveals more about the meeting. After leaving the Director’s office, Hillenkoetter spoke confidentially with Cartha “Deke” DeLoach, the FBI agent who had escorted him to see Hoover. According to the memo, Hillenkoetter said that he had spoken with Admiral Sidney Souers about William Jackson, the Deputy Director of CIA, who Hillenkoetter considered unfit for the position. Admiral Hillenkoetter was the first CIA Director, Souers had been the first to hold the title of DCI during the earliest days of the Central Intelligence Group, CIA’s direct predecessor. Following his departure from CIG, Souers joined the National Security Council, a post he held until 1950 when he retired from public service. Even after his retirement, however, he remained a confidant and advisor for President Dwight Eisenhower.
Hillenkoetter felt that Souers would use this relationship to “attempt to do something about replacing Jackson,” referring to a feud MuckRock has previously touched upon.
The memo added that the Hillenkoetter expressed relief at discovering that Hoover “fully ‘knew the score’ about the blundering and corruption” of the Office of Strategic Service, the World War II predecessor to CIG and CIA, and of “certain elements of CIA,” using similar language to what the previous memo, written by a different FBI official, had used when quoting Hillenkoetter.
It’s not immediately clear what elements of the Agency Hillenkoetter was referring to, or what he meant by corruption. While provocative, the term is vague and it’s unclear whether it referred to ordinary corruption or corruption caused by Soviet agents, which his successor, Smith, felt with “moral certainty” had compromised the Agency. Requests for additional information about the meeting have been filed with FBI and CIA, along with referenced file numbers.
In the meantime, you can read Hillenkoetter’s comments to Hoover embedded below, and the rest on the request page.
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Assistant U.S. Attorney Judith Retchin responded: ″There is absolutely no truth to the allegation.″
Said Jones: ″There is not a group that crisscrosses the country targeting black officials.″
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The $425 million is less than the $600 million House Democrats approved in June, but nearly $200 million more than the Senate Republicans’ offer, following the lead of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). McConnell, the senate majority leader, has steadfastly resisted expanding federal election security funding to aid cash-strapped states and local jurisdictions—even in his home state. After months of being accused of doing very little to stop foreign interference in elections, he relented in September, agreeing to a $250 millio
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It Is Still Illegal for Blacks and Whites to Marry in Virginia (Reader Steve)
From the Mercury News: “The laws are still on the books in Virginia: Blacks and whites must sit in separate rail cars. They cannot use the same playgrounds, schools or mental hospitals. They can’t marry each other either. The measures have not been enforced for decades, but they remain in the state’s official legal record.”
Texas cop fired for giving excrement sandwich to homeless man wins appeal
FACT CHECK: JOE BIDEN HAS ADVOCATED CUTTING SOCIAL SECURITY FOR 40 YEARS
January 13 2020, 9:00 a.m.
Police surveillance planes to fly above Baltimore this year
The city of Baltimore will be monitored by surveillance airplanes for up to six months this year under a pilot program announced in December that is aimed at helping law enforcement investigate violent crime and that will effectively restart a tactic secretively used three years ago.
Veteran 'Wailing' After Cop Shoots Service Dog
Clayton Crawford asks why New Orleans officer had to use lethal force
Dozens allege abuse at New Hampshire youth detention center
A class-action lawsuit alleges decades of abuse at the state-run facility in Manchester.
PAINT IT MINT
January 9, 2020
On the eve of war, with breaking news advancing like an electrical storm across the horizon, I was outmaneuvered by an internet troll into promising to explain what I know about a bizarre little Minneapolis news site called Mint Press News.
This is that story.
Is the FBI Snooping on Political Groups and Ideological Publications?
The Cato Institute wants Congress to investigate the FBI after it refused to confirm or deny the existence of files on dozens of political advocacy groups.
C.J. CIARAMELLA | 1.8.2020 4:46 PM
MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION VIA AP
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A giant kettle of vultures has encrusted a CBP radio tower at the US-Mexico border in feces and vomit
By Justin RohrlichJanuary 10, 2020
Surprise cop, accused of crashing a funeral, remains on the job
Posted: 11:33 AM, Jan 13, 2020 Updated: 2:11 PM, Jan 13, 2020
Newark cop pleads not guilty to murder
2:57 p.m. EST Jan. 13, 2020
AG Reopens Investigation Into St. Albans Cop Who Allegedly Pepper Sprayed Handcuffed Man
Former Wheeling Cop Settles Suit Against City
Aurora Cop Annette Brook Pleads Guilty To DUI, Gun Charge
Brook’s treatment by the Colorado State Patrol stands in stark contrast to that of fellow Aurora officer Nate Meier, who was found drunk, armed and passed out while on duty at the wheel of an Aurora police vehicle March 29. But Aurora commanders involved in the Meier case explained they weren’t convinced Meier was drunk and handled his case as a “medical episode.” He was never arrested or charged with DUI and remains with the Aurora Police Department. Sources familiar with the Meier case said his blood alcohol was at least five times the legal limit for DUI.
Orlando cop censured for using taser on teenage bicyclist
Posted By Solomon Gustavo on Sun, Jan 12, 2020 at 5:29 pm
Chicago’s interim top cop calls Laquan McDonald scandal a ‘tipping point’ for reform
Nassau County Police Officer Charged With DWI After Crashing Into Parked SUV
NYPD supervisors targeted cops for complaining about OT issues: lawsuit
Prosecutor’s hubby claims bathroom spycam found by nanny just an innocent ‘fetish’
Former FBI Agent: Wray Needs To Recognize The FBI criminally Misbehaved — Regardless Of IG’s Opinion
Will alleged CIA misbehavior set Julian Assange free?
Extinction Rebellion: 'terror threat' is a wake-up call for how the state treats environmental activism
Extinction Rebellion was once criticised by other activists for “love bombing the cops”, but now it has found itself labelled a terror threat. In a guide sent to teachers by counter-terrorism police, the non-violent group’s logo and activities were described to help them spot students who may be involved.
The guide – which includes neo-Nazi and Islamist terror groups – has since been withdrawn and Extinction Rebellion may yet sue, but this extreme response should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to how states are treating environmental protest.
In 2015, the Federal Australian government released a similar booklet called “Preventing Violent Extremism and Radicalisation in Australia”. It shared the story of “Karen”, who “attends an environmental protest and gets mixed up with a radical green group”, eventually dropping out of school to “devote herself to forest protests”. Here also, Karen the environmentalist appears alongside neo-Nazis.
JANUARY 13, 2020
The Useless War Powers Act
by HARRY BLAIN
This photo released by the Iraqi Prime Minister Press Office shows a burning vehicle at the Baghdad International Airport following an airstrike in Baghdad, Iraq, early Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. The Pentagon said Thursday that the U.S. military has killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, at the direction of President Donald Trump. (Iraqi Prime Minister Press Office via AP)
Practically speaking, the Trump administration’s extrajudicial assassination of a top Iranian general was probably legal. The rationale is straightforward: Congress has steadily settled on a constitutionally dubious theory of handing the president near-limitless authority over how, when, and why the country goes to war.
The 1973 War Powers Resolution, the often-cited check on this extraordinary authority, is central to the mess.
JANUARY 12, 2020
Memo by Secret Memo, the University of Texas Kept Segregation Alive Into the 1960s
Jim Crow was office work, too, a stash of long-hidden documents reveals.
Our Country, the United States, is a Rogue Nation and Our Leaders are Criminals
by DAVE LINDORFF
For as long as I’ve been alive, my country has been a rogue state.
Actually, the US became a rogue state four years before my birth in 1949 when, in 1945, Washington decided
From: Kaya Y Jones
Subject: Freedom of Information Act Request: FBI: Jimmy Wopo
To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
TA copy of all documents or FBI files pertaining to Travon DaShawn Frank Smart, better known by his stage name Jimmy Wopo, was an American rapper born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Wopo was fatally shot dead on June 18, 2018 at the age of 21.
Attached below is a link to widespread media on his death, titled, "Rap star Jimmy Wopo, 21, shot dead in Pittsburgh"
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.
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FBI Seeks to Destroy Bomb Evidence
Motion to Preserve Bomb Evidence,
In a brazen move, the FBI, which never honestly investigated the evidence in the Judi Bari bombing, has given notice that they intend to destroy the remaining evidence in the still unsolved attempted murder. Surviving plaintiff Darryl Cherney files an objection to the destruction of evidence and moves the court to order the FBI to preserve the evidence and either turn the it over to him for DNA testing and other forensic analysis, or to deliver it to a certified 3rd party for testing. The FBI objects, saying it wants to destroy the evidence and claiming that the remains of two bombs are "contraband" which can not be released to a private individual
Heatwave causes record-breaking January temperatures across eastern U.S.
By KASSIDY VAVRA
JAN 13, 2020 | 4:12 PM
Supreme Court refuses to review topless ban appeal by Free the Nipple group
JAN 13, 2020 | 3:16 PM
2 Ohio cops lose jobs over Stormy Daniels strip club arrest
NYPD officer & fiancée charged with murder in death of cop’s 8-year-old son: police
By ROCCO PARASCANDOLA and MICHAEL SHERIDAN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |JAN 24, 2020 | 10:30 AM
Former Mexican police commander indicted in Brooklyn for trafficking cocaine
By NOAH GOLDBERG
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |JAN 24, 2020 | 10:38
'Million-Man March' kicks off in Baghdad to demand US troop pullout (VIDEO, PHOTOS)24 Jan, 2020 11:25
34 US troops suffered brain injury in Iran’s revenge strike for Soleimani’s killing – Pentagon
‘I want to open new fronts with Russia & China as US lived off the fat of our land,’ Philippines’ Duterte tells RT 24 Jan, 2020 09:15 / Updated 7 hours ago
Listen to your mummy! Egyptian priest’s ‘voice’ heard 3,000 years after his death through 3D-printed vocal tract
JANUARY 24, 2020A Climate Time Bomb With Trump’s Name Inscribedby ROBERT HUNZIKER
Photograph Source: NASA – Public DomainThwaites, in West Antarctica, is the world’s most dangerous glacier. As of January 15th, scientists have labeled it: “A Climate Time Bomb.”Thwaites is crumbling apart on the underneath side where warm ocean currents circulate, which is clear evidence that global warming is really, truly hitting its stride even as America, obeying President Trump’s orders, rejected its commitment to Paris ’15, a major climate agreement of almost all the nations of the world.In point of fact, America is too focused on ceaseless
Revealed: the true identity of the leader of an American neo-Nazi terror group
Pregnant and shackled: why inmates are still giving birth cuffed and bound
Millionaires like me should pay more taxes. Giving to charity is a fig leafChuck Collins
JANUARY 24, 2020In the Name of “Israel’s Security”: Retreating US Gives Israel Billions More in Military Fundingby RAMZY BAROUD
Photograph Source: Ilan Rom – CC BY-SA 4.0Billions of US tax-payers’ money will continue to be funneled into Israel in the next fiscal year, and for many years in the foreseeable future. Republican and
Case weakens against another defendant in Nathan Bill’s cop brawl prosecution after judge dismisses chargeUpdated Jan 23, 2020; Posted Jan 23, 2020
Accusations target Durham, SBI as a cop fights to clear his name
Read more here: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article239560133.html#storylink=cpy
Fired cop sues county attorney, alleging violation of his civil rightsBy: Barbara L. Jones January 24, 2020
3. United Township student resource officer charged with sex assault, possession of child porn
FILE: Panelist East Moline police officer Kirk DeGreve answers students questions during a Quad Cities Big Table panel discussion surrounding student safety Friday, April 20, 2018 in East Moline. The students who chose to participate, held a walk out against gun violence and commemorate the shooting at Columbine High School 19-years ago. The Quad Cities Big Table initiative brought people together for conversation about the future of the Quad-Cities Area.MEG MCLAUGHLIN /A former student resource officer at United Township High School was charged Thursday with sexual assault and possessing child pornography.Former East Moline Officer Kirk DeGreve was formally charged in Rock Island County with two counts Class 1 felony criminal sexual assault and two counts Class 3 felony possession of child pornography.
Cop Fabricates Story of Black Man who Robbed him; 3 Innocent Black Men Detained
Texas Cops Shoot 3-year-old Girl and 16-year-old boy in No-Knock Drug Raid
Family, religious leaders say teen was beaten by Nassau cops during arrest
Cops Spying on Londoners’ Faces Sparks Human Rights Concerns
Carter Page FISA warrant lacked probable cause, DOJ admits in declassified assessment
Two of 4 warrants letting FBI spy on ex-Trump aide Carter Page were not valid, says DOJ
Has the FBI Learned Its Lesson?
Sen. Grassley Demands Answers From Pentagon On FBI Spy Stefan Halper’s Questionable Defense ContractsBy Sara Carter -January 22, 2020
FBI, federal prosecutors investigate District’s forensic firearms lab
We brought Dr Whitehust to speak at Bates College.
See. https://www.whistleblowers.org/members/dr-frederic-whitehurst/We brought Attorney Steven Kohn to speak at BostonUniversity. See. https://www.whistleblowers.org/members/stephen-m-kohn/
Dr. Whitehurst and the FBI Lab Scandal
POSTED IN INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WHISTLEBLOWERSWhen Dr. Frederic Whitehurst initially blew the whistle on the systemic forensic fraud in the FBI crime lab, he could never have known it was the start of a lifelong fight for government accountability.
In 1994, he reported his concerns with FBI lab practices internally. It was “alterations of reports, alterations of evidence, folks testifying outside their areas of expertise in courts of law”, said Whitehurst, but “really what was going on was human rights violations. We have a right to fair trials in this country… And that’s not what was going on at the FBI lab.”After his superiors failed to take any action, he took his concerns to the Department of Justice. Whitehurst faced significant and ongoing retaliation from the FBI, who highly criticized his claims, attacked his credibility, and fired him from his position at the FBI crime lab as chemist and lab supervisor.Bad Science and Forensic Fraud Eventually, investigations were launched into Whitehurst’s allegations but failed to lead to any justice. It wasn’t until ten years later that Whitehurst was finally vindicated, when a scathing 500+ page study of the lab by the Justice Department Inspector General, Michael Bromwich, concluded major reforms were required in the lab. This included the use of forensic hair analyses, which had been used for decades in state and federal criminal cases, and was proven flawed and inaccurate more than ninety percent of the time. Some of the cases Whitehurst had reported included the 1993 World Trade Center attack, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the O.J. Simpson murder case.As a result, the FBI agreed to unprecedented reforms. These included outside accreditation of its crime lab, the appointment of an objective and independent scientist to oversee lab operations, and the removal of various lab officials who had engaged in misconduct. The FBI pledged to review all cases potentially affected by the lab’s flawed forensic science.Department of (In)JusticeWhile Dr. Whitehurst received $1.16 million as settlement from the FBI in 1998, he continued to investigate and research FBI misconduct in cases that used hair analysis, compiling the data as head of the National Whistleblower Center’s (NWC) Forensic Justice Project. It was here that he discovered the Justice Department had failed to keep its promise to review the potentially affected cases and to notify the adversely affected defendants.In 2012 the Washington Post published an extensive review of the FBI and DOJ failures to properly review the cases impacted by the FBI lab scandal, based on Whitehurst’s research. As a result, the DOJ agreed to conduct yet another review of hair cases in collaboration with the Innocence Project and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).* 3,000 cases were identified by the government that had used microscopic hair analysis from FBI examiners.* 500 have been reviewed as of March 2015.* 268 included pro-prosecution testimony from FBI examiners.* 257 (96 percent) contained erroneous statements from “FBI experts”.One example of the many people falsely imprisoned is Donald Eugene Gates, who served twenty-seven years for a violent crime he did not commit before his exoneration.For some, however, it was too late. Defendants in at least 35 of these cases received the death penalty and errors were identified in 33 (94 percent) of those cases. Nine of these defendants have already been executed and five died of other causes while on death row.To Serve and ProtectIt has taken the FBI and Justice Department more than twenty years to actually review these problems – and the government still does not know the full extent of damage caused by the FBI lab scandal.But Whitehurst does not regret his decision to blow the whistle on systemic government forensic fraud and corruption. “I took an oath of office and whoever was breaking the law, whoever was committing civil rights violations or human rights violations, I was supposed to do something about it. Yes, absolutely, I’d do it all over again… there have been amazing changes in the FBI laboratory…they are light years ahead of where they were.”America’s first successful FBI whistleblower, Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, changed the U.S. criminal justice system forever. Further Reading:* Watch the short video below to hear Dr. Whitehurst describe his experience blowing the whistle on the FBI.* Help NWC fight for stronger legal protections for FBI whistleblowers- donate for #GivingTuesday. * Learn more about Dr. Whitehurst and FBI whistleblower rights.
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Man shot by off-duty FBI agent in Haight is local street musician
Authorities remain silent on circumstances that led to shooting at historic intersection
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Prosecutors have thrown out nearly 100 convictions tied to 'rogue' Chicago cop
California attorney general to investigate LAPD gang-framing scandal
NYPD protesters to mayor: Don't blame us for attacks on Bronx officers
John Bacon, USA Today
Attorney General gets go-ahead to subpoena anti-TMT nonprofit Kahea
Lisa Maruyama, Honolulu Star Advertise
US Gov’t Attempts to Railroad Venezuelan Embassy Protectors
Staff, The Real News
Bill to criminalize trespassing at infrastructure facilities takes heat during public hearing
Jake Flatley, West Virginia Metro News
Trump Is Blowing Up a National Monument in Arizona to Make Way for the Border Wall
Ryan Devereaux, The Intercept
Chicago Tribune12 more cases tied to corrupt ex-cop are dismissedA dozen men with convictions connected to disgraced ex-Chicago police Sgt.
Ronald Watts and his crew saw their cases thrown out en masse ...6 hours ago
NYPD head Bernie Kerik’s best man charged as head of Sarah Lawrence College cult, with victims threatened at knife-point, forced into prostitution
By BRITTANY KRIEGSTEIN and LARRY MCSHANE
NEW YORK DAILY NEW
WATCH: Man with Camera Turns Tables on Cop by Interrogating him like a Cop
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LAREDO COP ON TRIAL: Racial slur used in Sixth Street fight, victim says
District Line Daily: What Cops Post Online
A new report offers insight into what police officers post on social media.
AMANDA MICHELLE GOMEZ
FEB 11, 2020 11 AM
Temple cop charged with manslaughter in shooting death of Michael Dean
Carmen DeCruz was charged with manslaughter after he shot and killed an unarmed Michael Dean on Dec. 2 during a traffic stop.
SEE IT: NBA SUPER STAR Dwyane Wade reveals the moment his child came out as trans: ‘I’d love for you guys to call me Zaya’
By MURI ASSUNÇÃO
FEB 11, 2020 | 11:22 AM
Photo Cop Comes To Tigard
Rhode Island priest says ‘pedophilia doesn’t kill anyone’ but abortion does after banning lawmakers from communion
FEB 11, 2020 | 9:27 AM
Former Pittsburgh cop suing city, being kept off force despite judge’s ruling
The Strokes sing anti-cop song to officer on stage at Bernie Sanders rally
By Tamar Lapin
February 11, 2020 |
Bloomberg in resurfaced 2015 audio: ‘all the cops’ are sent to ‘minority neighborhoods’ because ‘that’s where all the crime is’
By ANNA SANDERS
FEB 11, 2020 | 11:24 AM
Florida school cop threatens to shoot student leaving campus for dentist
‘Old-boy-style racism’ by small-town cops leads to $600,000 payout to Portland man
Updated 12:25 PM; Today 9:46 PM
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RIP Darius Tarver: Bodycam Of Police Shooting ‘Sharply Contradicts’ Cops’ Account
"False statements" are suspected.
FBI to recruit more women and minorities at event in Milwaukee
Eyes to My Soul: The Rise or Decline of a Black FBI Agent
by Tyrone Powers
Former FBI Special Agent Tyrone Powers, a veteran of the Maryland State Police, spent nine years as an FBI agent, with postings in Cincinnati and Detroit. He resigned in August 1994.The picture of the country's top law enforcement agency that emerges from Powers' eloquent prose reveals an organization beset by the same problems of racism that plague the rest of American society. Powers describes sheet-clad students at the FBI Academy impersonating Ku Klux Klansmen. He reports on FBI Agents in Detroit raising funds for white Detroit policemen charged with (and later convicted of) second degree murder in the death of Black motorist Malice Green. White agents on one occasion substituted the face of an ape on the photo of an African American agent's children, displayed on their Black colleague's desk.
White agents, according to Powers' narrative, urinated on photographs of President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore. Powers provides eyewitness evidence of the agency's extralegal harassment of African American mayors Coleman Young (Detroit), Marion Barry (Washington, DC) and Harold Washington (Chicago).
February 10, 2020
FBI, State Department Partner with Kenya to Launch First Overseas Joint Terrorism Task Force
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