1. Davis City Council Tells Police To Have Plan For Getting Rid Of MRAP Military Vehicle In Next 60 Days - CBS Sacramento →

  2. thinksquad:

    The Tacoma Police Department apparently has bought — and quietly used for six years — controversial surveillance equipment that can sweep up records of every cellphone call, text message and data transfer up to a half a mile away.

    You don’t have to be a criminal to be caught in this law enforcement snare. You just have to be near one and use a cellphone.

    Known as Stingray, the device — small enough to be carried in a car — tricks cellphones into thinking it’s a cell tower and draws in their information.

    News that the city was using the surveillance equipment surprised City Council members, who approved an update for a device last year, and prosecutors, defense attorneys and even judges, who in court deal with evidence gathered using the surveillance equipment.

    “If they use it wisely and within limits, that’s one thing,” said Ronald Culpepper, the presiding judge of Pierce County Superior Court, when informed of the device Tuesday. “I would certainly personally have some concerns about just sweeping up information from non-involved and innocent parties — and to do it with a whole neighborhood? That’s concerning.”

    For years, a growing number of local law enforcement agencies have used the surveillance devices to track a cell signal to deduce a subject’s location, who he communicates with, for how long and how often.

    Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/08/26/3347665_documents-tacoma-police-using.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

  3. Officer strangles puppy, pleads guilty to animal cruelty →

  4. Attorney: East Point police fired Taser at man 13 times before death →

  5. Autopsy report shows Louisiana police lied about suspect’s suicide by shooting self in back →

    An autopsy report released this week cast further doubt on a police officer’s claim that a suspect committed suicide by shooting himself while handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser, reportsKATC.

    According to the first page of the official autopsy report released by the Iberia Parish Coroner’s Office, Victor White III, 22, died from a gunshot to the chest, not in his back as reported by the arresting officer.

    White was arrested by State Police in March of this year on narcotics charges and, according to authorities, was handcuffed, with his hands behind his back, in the back seat of a police cruiser when he refused to exit the vehicle for processing. According to the police report, the arresting officer went to get help and when he returned he found White critically wounded from a gunshot wound to his back.

    Police believe that White had somehow hidden a gun in the backseat of the cruiser and committed suicide by shooting himself. White died shortly after, with police stating there were no surveillance cameras in that area of the parking lot where the car was parked.

    Questions were immediately raised as to how White could have smuggled a gun into the cruiser and then managed to shoot himself in the back when left alone.

    According to the autopsy report, the bullet entered White’s chest, perforated his left lung and heart before exiting his armpit area and lacerating his upper arm.

  6. Officer suspended after ugly rant (VIDEO) →

  7. 'Cops' Crew Member Killed by Friendly Fire While Show Films Armed Robbery →

  8. Lake Elmo woman and her sister killed in Wisconsin →

  9. Pleading suspect dies in police custody: 'You can breathe just fine' →

  10. Cops Filmed Beating Man During Arrest At Walmart →

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  12. Uh Oh! Not Again! Unarmed Black Woman Shot to Death by Police in Georgia! →

  13. Taxpayers might have to pay for Columbus police officer’s feud with brother →

    Columbus police Sgt. Steve Tarini once called off sick to coordinate officers who were serving a protection order against his brother.

    He also used his powers as a sergeant to sign an arrest warrant for his brother, Tommy Tarini. And, in a recorded phone call, the sergeant once threatened to put a bullet in Tommy’s head and secretly bury his body.

    A Franklin County judge issued a protection order in 2012 that said the Tarini brothers could not come within 500 feet of each other.

    On at least two occasions, police and court records show, Steve has wielded police powers in a family feud that has recently spilled over into a federal lawsuit against the Columbus Division of Police.

    City records show that Steve has been investigated for lying, not showing up to work, leaving early and not following orders. In some cases, he was given a written reprimand or suspended. Once, the city fired him, but an arbitrator gave him his job back.

    Now, Tommy Tarini has filed a federal lawsuit against his brother and the city of Columbus. Tommy and his attorneys say the city has treated him unfairly, not taken his concerns and threats on his life seriously and allowed Steve to continue to abuse his police powers.

    “Sgt. Tarini has an excessive record of discipline,” said George Wolfe, Tommy Tarini’s attorney. “Sgt. Tarini threatened to put a bullet in my client’s head. … The department hasn’t taken my client’s complaints serious enough.”

  14. Ex-DPD Officer Sentenced in Driver Beating →

  15. Federal Law Ordering US Attorney General To Gather Data On Police Excessive Force Has Been Ignored For 20 Years →