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This case is a frightening example of what can happen when a photographer encounters ignorant bullies with badges. According to the complaint filed in Federal Court, Nancy Genovese, a mother of three, was driving home on County Road 31 past Gabreski Airport in Suffolk County, Long Island NY.. Gabreski Airport displays a decorative helicopter shell by the roadway to the public, which is visible to all who pass by.
Nancy Genovese stopped her car on the side of the road across the street from the airport in an area that is open and accessible to the public, and crossed over the road to the airport entryway that is also open and accessible to the public to take a picture of the helicopter display. While still in her car, she took a picture of the decorative helicopter shell with the intention of posting it on her personal “Support Our Troops” web page.
As Nancy Genovese was preparing to drive away, she was stopped and approached by Robert Iberger, a lieutenant with the Southampton Town Police. Lieutenant Iberger demanded to know why she was taking photographs. Nancy showed the lieutenant her camera, but Lieutenant Iberger grabbed her camera and handled it “without care”. In an attempt to prevent the lieutenant from damaging the camera, Nancy removed her memory card, which Lieutenant Iberger confiscated. To date, Nancy’s memory card still has not been returned to her.
Lieutenant Iberger demanded that Nancy remain where she is, and he refused to allow her to leave. At this time, Lieutenant Iberger notified the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office and the authorities at Gabreski Airport of Nancy’s presence outside the airport, and falsely and wrongfully informed them that she posed a terrorist threat.
Suffolk County Deputy Sheriff Robert Carlock responded to the scene, along with various members of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office. When Deputy Carlock arrived, he placed cameras on the roof of his vehicle, aimed at Nancy Genovese and her 18 and 20 year old sons who had come to the scene at this point to help their mother. Deputy Carlock ordered all three of them to stand directly in front of the cameras, and not to move.
Officials from the airport, as well as other local and federal law enforcement agencies also responded, including, without limitation, the Southampton Police Department, the Westhampton Police Department, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security. Nancy was questioned on the side of the road for approximately five to six hours, from about 6pm until midnight, denied food or water, and denied the opportunity to use a restroom, all without having received any warnings as to her rights.
Nancy Genovese also had a left lower leg injury just above her ankle that she had received earlier in the day and which, exacerbated by the stress and length of her roadside detention, was causing her to limp. When the officers saw this, they ordered her to expose her wound, which was bleeding, for no legitimate purpose, and with no regard for Nancy’s health or well-being. Members of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office used Nancy’s leg wound as another object to taunt her with, telling her that they were going to arrest her for an unreported knife wound.
Here’s where the story takes an interesting twist, and why I believe Nancy’s situation hasn’t received more press coverage. Before arriving at the airport to take a picture, earlier that day Nancy had been to the local shooting range with her rifle practicing her hobby, target shooting. During the first hour of questioning, Lieutenant Iberger searched Nancy’s vehicle, without her consent, and came across her unloaded rifle, which Nancy was legally carrying, in a locked case. Now some people throw up their arms (no pun intended) at this point, and say, “what does she want, she brought a rifle to the airport!”, but I would like to remind everyone that it is perfectly legal to drive around with an unloaded rifle in your car. Yes. Really. And Nancy did not enter the airport, she was parked alongside a public roadway. It is important to remember that no matter how you feel about firearms, nothing that Nancy did violated any laws.
Using force, Lieutenant Iberger pushed Nancy Genovese when she objected to the seizure of her rifle. Deputy Carlock taunted Nancy, asking in a disparaging tone, “You’re a real right winger, aren’t you?”, and stating in words or substance that she was never going to see her rifle again.
During the remainder of the six hours that Nancy Genovese was forcibly detained on the side of the road, she was taunted, verbally harangued, threatened, belittled, abused, humiliated and harassed by members of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office. For example, Deputy Carlock repeatedly referred to Nancy as “a right winger” and “tea bagger”, and threatened that they were going to arrest her for terrorism to make an example of her to other “tea baggers” and “right wingers”.More at link
http://members.beforeitsnews.com/story/458/985/Mother_of_3_Arrested_for_Taking_Pictures_of_Tourist_Attraction_at_Airport.htmlThis case is a frightening example of what can happen when a photographer encounters... more
Feds to Deploy Full-Vehicle Scan Technology to US Streets, Preforming DRIVE-BY X-RAY Scans of Public Vehicles.Full-Body Scan Technology Deployed to US Streets in Roving Vans
As the privacy controversy around full-body security scans begins to simmer, it’s worth noting that courthouses and airport security checkpoints aren’t the only places where backscatter x-ray vision is being deployed. The same technology, capable of seeing through clothes and walls, has also been rolling out on U.S. streets.
American Science & Engineering, a company based in Billerica, Massachusetts, has sold U.S. and foreign government agencies more than 500 backscatter x-ray scanners mounted in vans that can be driven past neighboring vehicles to see their contents, Joe Reiss, a vice president of marketing at the company told me in an interview. While the biggest buyer of AS&E’s machines over the last seven years has been the Department of Defense operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, Reiss says law enforcement agencies have also deployed the vans to search for vehicle-based bombs in the U.S.
“This product is now the largest selling cargo and vehicle inspection system ever,” says Reiss.
The Z Backscatter Vans, or ZBVs, as the company calls them, bounce a narrow stream of x-rays off and through nearby objects, and read which ones come back. Absorbed rays indicate dense material such as steel. Scattered rays indicate less-dense objects that can include explosives, drugs, or human bodies. That capability makes them powerful tools for security, law enforcement, and border control.
It would also seem to make the vans mobile versions of the same scanning technique that’s riled privacy advocates as it’s been deployed in airports around the country. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is currently suing the DHS to stop airport deployments of the backscatter scanners, which can reveal detailed images of human bodies. (Just how much detail became clear last May, when TSA employee Rolando Negrin was charged with assaulting a coworker who made jokes about the size of Negrin’s genitalia after Negrin received a full-body scan.)
“It’s no surprise that governments and vendors are very enthusiastic about [the vans],” says Marc Rotenberg, executive director of EPIC. “But from a privacy perspective, it’s one of the most intrusive technologies conceivable.”
AS&E’s Reiss counters privacy critics by pointing out that the ZBV scans don’t capture nearly as much detail of human bodies as their airport counterparts. The company’s marketing materials say that its “primary purpose is to image vehicles and their contents,” and that “the system cannot be used to identify an individual, or the race, sex or age of the person.”
Though Reiss admits that the systems “to a large degree will penetrate clothing,” he points to the lack of features in images of humans like the one shown at right, far less detail than is obtained from the airport scans. “From a privacy standpoint, I’m hard-pressed to see what the concern or objection could be,” he says.
But EPIC’s Rotenberg says that the scans, like those in the airport, potentially violate the fourth amendment. “Without a warrant, the government doesn’t have a right to peer beneath your clothes without probable cause,” he says. Even airport scans are typically used only as a secondary security measure, he points out. “If the scans can only be used in exceptional cases in airports, the idea that they can be used routinely on city streets is a very hard argument to make.”
The TSA’s official policy dictates that full-body scans must be viewed in a separate room from any guards dealing directly with subjects of the scans, and that the scanners won’t save any images. Just what sort of safeguards might be in place for AS&E’s scanning vans isn’t clear, given that the company won’t reveal just which law enforcement agencies, organizations within the DHS, or foreign governments have purchased the equipment. Reiss says AS&E has customers on “all continents except Antarctica.”
Reiss adds that the vans do have the capability of storing images. “Sometimes customers need to save images for evidentiary reasons,” he says. “We do what our customers need.”
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http://yourdaddy.net/2010/09/27/feds-to-deploy-full-body-scan-technology-to-us-streets-in-roving-vans/Full-Body Scan Technology Deployed to US Streets in Roving Vans As the privacy... more
Police officers in Lansing, Michigan are in hot water after an investigative report by local ABC News affiliate WXYZ.
According to the report's source, officers with the OMNI Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on the home of Rudy Simpson in June 2008, and found a small bag of marijuana and half a pain pill that he'd been prescribed.
While talking about what they should do, officers began to eye the expensive recording equipment around Simpson's home, ultimately deciding that they could very well take everything if they wanted thanks to the drugs they'd found.
What they didn't realize is that when they raided the home, Simpson and friends were in the middle of a recording session, and the microphones were live.
"Basically what I heard them talking about is what equipment, what materialistic stuff could they take out of my house," he told the ABC affiliate. "It seems like...that they were just trying to figure out what they could come out of here with."
After the incident, Simpson said prosecutors played hardball and even threatened to prosecute him for the medicine he'd been legally prescribed. He forfeited some property and spent time in a half-way home, according to the report.
Simpson also claimed officers were eating his food, and that they stole a gold ring.
Police ended up leaving Simpson's home that day in 2008 with "a 52” flat screen TV, a DVD player, two computers, a camera and a bunch of DVDs," reporter Scott Lewis wrote.
Now, two of the officers involved -- Lt. Luke Davis and Lt. Emmanuel Riopelle -- are facing "dozens" of charges. Both have been accused in a long-running scheme to steal from drug suspects and profit from sales of their property.
In spite of the incident, drug task forces across the nation continue to operate with secret budgets and the backing of laws that permit wanton seizure of property if drugs are discovered.
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/28/caught-on-tape-cops-talk-about-stealing-mans-property-over-bag-of-weed/Police officers in Lansing, Michigan are in hot water after an investigative report by... more
A Toronto chef plans to show a police cruiser video to back his claim that an officer used brutality when arresting him on drunk driving and assault to resist arrest charges.
Raymond Costain, 28, alleges a Toronto police officer unnecessarily and repeatedly punched him in the head in full view of a police cruiser camera when he was being arrested in front of the King Edward Hotel, on King St. E., near Yonge St., early on April 12.
Leora Shemesh, his lawyer, says she intends to show the video to provincial court Justice Ford Clements to back the man’s claim of police brutality and have the charges stayed.
Although Costain's body can't be seen through much of the video, taken from the front of a cruiser, it shows a police officer bent over and dealing with him.
“Officer (Christian) Dobbs attempted to take control of the male and forced him to the ground where he continued to punch the applicant numerous times about the head,” Shemesh said in written submissions.
“The applicant’s face was continuously jammed into the pavement and he continued to receive punches to the head, forcing his face into the pavement at least 12 times.”
But the Crown, in a written reply, says the officer was only using his elbows to restrain Costain after the man used his own elbow to swing at him while resisting arrest.
“Mr. Costain attempted to reach underneath his body, and was almost successful in doing so. P.C. Dobbs was concerned that Mr. Costain, who is very large and strong, might be attempting to access an unknown weapon,” prosecutor Michael Malleson writes in a document filed in court.
“P.C. Dobbs thus decided for officer safety reasons to use his elbow to strike Mr. Costain in the back area . . . approximately 14 times.”
Costain pleaded not guilty Friday to impaired driving, assault police, assault resist arrest, fail to stop and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
The 6 foot 3 inch, 305 pound chef insists he did not resist arrest.
After the arrest, police called paramedics and Costain was treated at St. Michael's Hospital.
Costain claims he was left with permanent injuries. A police report says he was bruised on his forehead, nose and right elbow.
Costain is asking the judge to rule that his constitutional rights were infringed due to police brutality and to stay the charges.
Const. Paul Roberts testified Friday that Costain refused his repeated orders to park his large blue Lincoln, which was extensively damaged, and exit when stopped at a red light at Yonge and Gerrard Sts.
Roberts said the car had a flat tire and its front end was heavily damaged and there was a hole where the front passenger door handle should be. There was also “an eight-inch round” break on the windscreen, “consistent with someone’s head hitting a window,” and both the airbags were deployed and limp.
Roberts said he went to the front of the car to stop Costain from leaving, but he accelerated, which spun the officer off the vehicle.
The Crown alleges he then led police on a high-speed chase before abandoning the car.
The trial resumes in June.
http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/article/945276--chef-alleges-cruiser-video-shows-police-brutality?bn=1A Toronto chef plans to show a police cruiser video to back his claim that an officer... more
SEATTLE -- Additional Seattle police officers are under investigation in connection with the October incident in which an undercover officer was captured on tape kicking a suspected teen who had his hands up.
The incident involving Officer James Lee was captured on surveillance tape.
And the Problem Solvers have obtained several other videos from that same night and series of arrests that show several other officers involved in the arrests taking other suspects to the ground or subduing them once they're on the ground.
KOMO News has confirmed Seattle Police Department has launched an internal investigation into the other involved officers, but it's not yet clear what role the video clips are playing in that investigation.
Seattle police say the internal investigations are administrative, meaning they are not criminal investigations.
"But what's remarkable to us -- it's not only what happened in the grocery store; it's also what happened right outside the grocery store," said James Bible, president of NAACP.
Bible believes the Justice Department's review of SPD should be enlarged to specifically include all the events and officers from that night.
"I think that ultimately it's time for a real change in Seattle in terms of policing and police practices," he said.
That appears to be the Seattle City Council's intent with a letter to the police chief, the police guild and the mayor outlining 11 initiatives for the department. One of the initiatives requires testing for drugs including steroids whenever there's a use of force incident.
"I don't believe we're in denial," said Sgt. Rich O'Neill, president of the Seattle Police Guild.
O'Neill found fault earlier this week with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn's criticism of the guild, and says the guild has helped create the original accountability system. The two appear poised for battle.
"We were here long before this mayor, and we'll be here long after this mayor," said O'Neill.
Lee has been placed on administrative leave. He is said to be a 10-year veteran of the force.
Seattle's Office of Professional Accountability has also launched its own investigation.
http://www.komonews.com/news/problemsolvers/116962043.htmlSEATTLE -- Additional Seattle police officers are under investigation in connection... more
Even though no one on Capitol Hill is talking about it, unless it is stopped, the provisions of The Real ID Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-13, 119 Stat 392), through the Department of Homeland Security, will require the federalization of State-issued driver's licenses by May 11, 2011.
This is the type of card the Nazi's and the communists in the Soviet Union made people carry.
The new cards, disguised as a uniform drivers' license, will be biometric. Each card will store up to a gigabyte of personal data about the card holder AND will contain a GPS tracking chip---so that means the government will know where you are at all times.
No one is talking about this... and certainly, this is something the Obama administration would like to keep quiet.
Barack Obama's America is quickly becoming Nazi Germany. Did you ever think you would experience invasive, Big Brother tactics in which uniformed officers ask: "Let me see your papers?"
I "KNOW" Barack Obama doesn't care what the U.S. Constitution says. SO WE HAVE TO CARE, AND WE HAVE TO STOP HIM.
http://epic.org/privacy/id-cards/Even though no one on Capitol Hill is talking about it, unless it is stopped, the... more
Rhode Island Union Thug — “I’ll F*ck You in the Ass, You Faggot!
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said Wednesday that a police officer accused of using excessive force last month has been fired and faces criminal charges.
Former Officer Quaitemes Williams is accused of kicking and spraying mace on Rodarick Dasean Lyles while he was handcuffed during an arrest on Jan. 27.
"The response can't be, when the suspect is defenseless and handcuffed, to kick a person in the head or even to mace a person. We have to be more professional and more disciplined than that," Brown said.
Williams, a three-year veteran of the force who was considered a rookie, also faces criminal charges of official oppression, a Class A misdemeanor.
http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local-beat/Officer-Accused-of-Excessive-Force-on-Handcuffed-Person-116758134.htmlDallas Police Chief David Brown said Wednesday that a police officer accused of using... more
Dreams and delusions are often indistinguishable. Dreams and delusions are sometimes all we have. Speaking of which….
Who needs Gaddafi when you have the GOPers? Walker, Perry, Brewer and a whole host of others….
Pro-Union Website 'Defend Wisconsin' Blocked In Capitol
A website being used to help organize protests against Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin has been blocked from the Capitol Building in Madison, according to reports.
So much for democracy. Maybe we’ve exported all of it along with jobs and freedom.Dreams and delusions are often indistinguishable. Dreams and delusions are sometimes... more
Exclusive: Troopers would ‘absolutely’ use force on Wisc. protesters if ordered, police union president tells Raw | The Raw StoryBut: 'That would not be something I recognize as the United States of America,' state patrol inspector adds
Amid the largest protests Madison, Wisconsin has seen in decades, newly elected Republican Gov. Scott Walker last week issued a stark message to public labor unions occupying the capitol building: we have options, and using the National Guard against protesters is among them.
Since then, a myrad of rumors have circulated through crowds gathered at the state capitol, united in protest of a bill that would strip public unions of their collective bargaining rights. One rumor, which had not yet come to pass, even suggested that like Egypt's former dictator did in Tahrir Square, Gov. Walker may call in police to forcibly clear out the capitol.
And according to a Wisconsin police union president, whether the police agree or disagree with their governor's politics, they would "absolutely" carry out any order given to them ... even if that order included using force against their fellow Americans gathered in peaceful protest.
That's the message from Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association (WLEA) executive board president Tracy Fuller, who's organization recently issued a statement condemning the governor's attempt to strip public unions of their collective bargaining rights. Fuller is also a Wisconsin State Patrol inspector.
"This bill has some provisions that make no sense, unless the basic intent is to bust unions," he recently wrote, in a post found on the WLEA website. "One provision makes it illegal for public employers to collect dues for labor organizations. The employer can take deductions for the United Way, or other organizations, but they are prohibited from collecting union dues.
"How does that repair the budget?"
Fuller explained to Raw Story that he was speaking only for himself when he wrote of his regrets over the troopers' endorsement. This detail was initially misreported by David Schuster, who claimed it was the Troopers Association itself that had come into a spot of buyer's remorse over Walker.
That was not the case, Fuller said.
While the WLEA does not make political endorsements, he continued, the Wisconsin Troopers Association does. In the last election cycle, they endorsed Walker for governor.
Within the governor's "budget repair" proposal, Fuller explained, is a provision to literally split the WLEA into groups, dividing in a very direct manner the size of their union.
"I am trying to fight to maintain the continuity of our union because of the governor's proposal," he told Raw Story. "In our union, we don't just represent the state troopers and patrols. We also represent the capitol police, the University of Wisconsin Police Department, all the communications officers and the Department of Transportation field agents."
Walker's proposal would effectively remove "half of our membership," he said, by taking communications, campus, DMV and capitol officers out of the union.
"That's pretty close to half of our membership," Fuller said. "I think that any reasonable person could understand how that could be a problem for a union."
He added that while the WLEA is a much younger group than the troopers' association, many members belong to both, and both have seen significant political divisions over the association's endorsement of Walker.
If push comes to shove
Nevertheless, he said, they would all still don riot gear and "do their job," even if Walker's order were to suppress the protests.
"I have worked with the University of Wisconsin police officers that are there, along with the capitol police officers, and certainly I've worked with the state patrol officers because I'm a state patrol inspector. I'm not able to even fathom that any of those police officers would not carry out whatever orders were given to do their job.
"I guess that's the one ironic thing about this," he continued. "Last night my wife asked me to make a sign for her to take down there to protest. On that day, I thought to myself I could be making a protest sign for my wife to take down there ... Then I could be down there confronting my wife with the protest sign that I made. God, you see ... That's ... That's my job.
He said that the conversation of resisting an order to attack the protesters "hasn't even come up" between he and fellow officers.
However, Fuller insisted, "I can't even imagine that the governor or anybody else would think that's a viable option. The protesters are not being violent. It's their right to come and protest; it's public property. The politicians are being allowed to come and go... I don't know why there would be the need for clearing anything.
"It would not look like the United States, if we did that. No one said anything to me about anything like that."
He also admitted it was "possible," given America's history, that some agent provocateurs could infiltrate the protesters to stir up trouble.
But, Fuller cautioned, "any action like that would not be something I recognize as the United States of America. That would be something that dictatorships in foreign countries do."But: 'That would not be something I recognize as the United States of... more
Breaking News: Hillary Clinton's Police Attacked & Brutalized Protestor Ray McGovern & Left Him Bleeding = HYPOCRISYWednesday, 16. February 2011
by Sibel Edmonds
To Those Who Second-Guess Our Police State Status: Shame on You!
I just received the following news and I am way too upset to write a coherent piece on this. Ray McGovern is a good friend of mine. We live less than 10 miles apart. Together we have participated in many events and protests. He is one of the most informed, articulate, gentle, peace-loving and peace-seeking human beings I’ve ever known…For me, this hits too close to home: My father was similarly brutalized by dictator regimes, and that was only the beginning, before it escalated to being tortured and having his toenails pulled out by the state police. Why? He was a doctor, a surgeon with an inquiring mind, and he spoke out whenever he could against dictatorships and for liberties. Participating in peaceful demonstrations, encouraging others to rise up for their rights, and reading authors such as Steinbeck (the American author black-listed there as ‘communist and anarchist’) landed him on the list of to-be-punished and pacified…
Right now, at this point, all I have to say to those who second-guess our nation’s police state status is this: “Shame on you!” As for my irate minority friends over here at Boiling Frogs, please help disseminate this news, because the scum bag media won’t;’ thank you.
At Clinton Speech: Veteran Bloodied, Bruised & Arrested for Standing Silently
As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her speech at George Washington University yesterday, condemning governments that arrest protestors and do not allow free expression, 71-year-old Ray McGovern was grabbed from the audience in plain view of her by police and an unidentified official in plain clothes, brutalized and left bleeding in jail. She never paused speaking. When Secretary Clinton began her speech, Mr. McGovern remained standing silently in the audience and turned his back. Mr. McGovern, a veteran Army officer who also worked as a C.I.A. analyst for 27 years, was wearing a Veterans for Peace t-shirt.
Blind-sided by security officers who pounced upon him, Mr. McGovern remarked, as he was hauled out the door, “So this is America?” As you see, Mr. McGovern is covered with bruises, lacerations and contusions inflicted in the assault.
Mr. McGovern is being represented by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF). “It is the ultimate definition of lip service that Secretary of State Clinton would be trumpeting the U.S. government’s supposed concerns for free speech rights and this man would be simultaneously brutalized and arrested for engaging in a peaceful act of dissent at her speech,” stated attorney Mara Verheyden-Hilliard of the PCJF.
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For months, Sarasota police officers watched drug dealers openly sell crack cocaine and marijuana from a vacant lot behind the Mediterranean Apartments in Newtown.
Officers tried to arrest dealers, but suspects often fled and managed to disappear into the neighborhood.
The pressure to make arrests peaked in July 2009, when a man's mutilated body was found in one of the apartment units.
So that December, the agency tried something it had never done before. It sought permission from a judge to search anyone and everyone who parked or set foot in the apartment complex parking lot.
More than a dozen officers and the city's SWAT team flooded the area. They had permission to detain and pat down anyone they saw in the area.
During the two-hour raid, a dozen people were searched and, even though officers justified the wide search by telling a judge no "innocent persons" congregated in the abandoned lot, only four people were charged with drug crimes. An 80-year-old man was among those detained, then released, during the operation.
A year later, the decision by Sarasota police to use an "all persons" warrant is being questioned by legal experts who say it gave officers unjustified power to search citizens with no evidence they were committing a crime.
In court this week, Judge Rochelle Curley upheld the legality of the search warrant. But an attorney for one of the men arrested outside the Mediterranean Apartments has vowed to push the case to the district court of appeal.
Those involved say a decision by the higher court could lead to a new precedent for police searches in Florida, essentially banning such broad searches or signaling approval for more widespread use.
"It will be interesting to see what happens if the case makes it to an appellate court," said Robert Batey, a Stetson University law professor. "It could have an impact on agencies across the state."
A ruling by the New York State Supreme Court last April banned similar searches, as justices said police cannot search everyone they find in a certain area or home unless officers have evidence they have committed a crime.
"It's an overreaching warrant," said Paul Hudson, a defense attorney for one of the men searched outside the Mediterranean Apartments. "Just being in the area where the warrant is served is not enough evidence that someone is involved in a crime."
Normally, authorities build drug cases around a specific person or home. They use undercover officers or confidential informants to buy narcotics, or they watch a house long enough to find evidence. Officers take that evidence to a judge, who decides if police have justification for a raid.
Most warrants limit what can be searched -- a home, a car or a person -- and even what type of evidence can be sought. The Mediterranean Apartments gave police the right to detain and investigate anyone in the area, even those who parked their car in the lot or were just walking through.
'These guys are smart'
Experts say the limitations on search warrants are rigorous, and that police are required to show evidence that someone is involved in criminal activity before searching them.
more at http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20110214/ARTICLE/102141035?p=2&tc=pgFor months, Sarasota police officers watched drug dealers openly sell crack cocaine... more
Toronto police officer gets aggressive with his Taser against a handcuffed suspect
http://www.disinfo.com/2011/02/police-officer-threatens-to-taser-mans-genitals/Toronto police officer gets aggressive with his Taser against a handcuffed suspect... more
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"It is easer for a Camel to go through the eye of a needle, that it is for a Rich Man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven." Or, maybe you just need to buy a bigger needle?
It's official: as Egypt was burning, Mubarak was stealing the gold. When we reported, presumably jokingly, two weeks ago that the Egyptian Central Bank may have been plundered, it turns out we were pretty much accurate once again. For all those wondering why Mubarak was refusing to hand over power for the past two weeks as hundreds of people were dying, we now have the answer - it was all just to make sure he transferred his assets, especially gold, to safe regimes (in the process paying tens of millions in commissions to that most noble of jobs - the banker class). The Telegraph reports: "A US official told The Sunday Telegraph: "Hosni Mubarak used the 18 days it took for protesters to topple him to shift his vast wealth into untraceable accounts overseas, Western intelligence sources have said...There's no doubt that there will have been some frantic financial activity behind the scenes. They can lose the homes and some of the bank accounts, but they will have wanted to get the gold bars and other investments to safe quarters. The Mubaraks are understood to have wanted to shift assets to Gulf states where they have considerable investments already – and, crucially, friendly relations. The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have frequently been mentioned as likely final destinations for Mr Mubarak and possibly his family."As usual, we remind readers that according to the World Gold Council, Egypt had 75.6 tonnes of gold at the end of 2010. Should this number not be reduced following Mubarak's plundering, we will know just how pervasive Tungsten is in the world central banking cartel.
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The former Egyptian president is accused of amassing a fortune of more than £3 billion - although some suggest it could be as much as £40 billion - during his 30 years in power. It is claimed his wealth was tied up in foreign banks, investments, bullion and properties in London, New York, Paris and Beverly Hills.
In the knowledge his downfall was imminent, Mr Mubarak is understood to have attempted to place his assets out of reach of potential investigators.
On Friday night Swiss authorities announced they were freezing any assets Mubarak and his family may hold in the country's banks while pressure was growing for the UK to do the same. Mr Mubarak has strong connections to London and it is thought many millions of pounds are stashed in the UK.
But a senior Western intelligence source claimed that Mubarak had begun moving his fortune in recent weeks.
"We're aware of some urgent conversations within the Mubarak family about how to save these assets," said the source, "And we think their financial advisers have moved some of the money around. If he had real money in Zurich, it may be gone by now."
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Perhaps Goldman Sachs can take a proactive PR step and disclose to the population that the flow trade-frontrunning hedge fund had nothing to do with facilitating the transfer of Mubarak's billions in stolen wealth from point A to point B. And perhaps all other banks can follow suit. Either that, or we can all just wait for Mubarak's sworn deposition when he is put on trial for crimes against the Egyptian people some time in 1-2 months. Doing text searches for "Goldman" in those thousand page PDFs will be breeze...
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Story By: Philip Sherwell, in New York, Robert Mendick, and Nick Meo in Cairo
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Protesters angrily rejected a veiled warning from Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman that a crackdown was imminent, gathering by the thousands Wednesday in central Cairo.
Tahrir Square reverberated with cries of "We are not leaving until he leaves!" from demonstrators who say they won't depart until President Hosni Mubarak does. On Tuesday, the square saw one of the largest gatherings since the popular uprising began more than two weeks ago, paralyzing Egypt's government and its economy.
Despite the massive turnouts, the government has responded with words of defiance.
A Dangerous Ultimatum
Vice President Omar Suleiman told Egyptian newspaper editors late Tuesday that the crisis needs to end as soon as possible. He said the protesters essentially have two options: dialogue or coup.
"We can't bear this for a long time," Suleiman said of the protests. "We don't want to deal with Egyptian society with police tools."
If dialogue is not successful, he added, the alternative is "that a coup happens, which would mean uncalculated and hasty steps, including lots of irrationalities."
Protesters and opposition groups took his comments as a dangerous ultimatum and a veiled threat.
Abdul-Rahman Samir, a spokesman for a coalition of the five main youth groups behind the protests in Tahrir Square, said the vice president was creating "a disastrous scenario."
"He is threatening to impose martial law, which means everybody in the square will be smashed," Samir said. "But what would he do with the rest of 70 million Egyptians who will follow us afterward?"
Ayman Nour, a former presidential candidate who is an opposition Ghad liberal party leader, dismissed the remarks: "He is leaving one option to us — that option is the coup."
One protester, Ahmed Rafat, said he thinks more blood would be spilled if protesters went ahead with a plan to take their demonstration to the gates of the presidential palace.
"I think if we try to go there, it's going to take some blood," he told NPR. "I don't think it's going to be safe. But I'm going to be the first person to go there. If there is a move there, I will be the first person to go."
Fear Of Undercover Police At Protests
There is increasing unease that Mubarak or leaders he has chosen may hang on to power. If they do, there is a growing fear that the entrenched regime will try to exact revenge in the way it has done many times before: mass arrests and abuse of detainees.
Some protesters in Tahrir Square reportedly have noticed people in the crowds who look out of place. They hold mobile telephones aloft, recording video of the panorama. The protesters suspect these are undercover police documenting who is attending the protests and fear that if they don't win far-reaching concessions soon, an emboldened security establishment will identify and round them up, one by one.
"We've heard about plainclothes security milling about in the crowd," said Salih Abdul Aziz, 39, who first joined protests at the square on Jan. 28, a day of intense clashes with riot police. "We are careful in what we say to each other. And we don't talk politics very much to people we don't know."
The emergency laws expand police powers and sharply curtail rights to demonstrate and organize politically. The restrictions were imposed after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat in 1981, which led to Mubarak taking power.
A worker with U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said she had heard of recent detentions involving "lower-level harassment" of people approaching Tahrir Square with blankets and other supplies, or for alleged violations of a nightly curfew.
"There are new reports every day," said rights activist Heba Morayef. "It's not all targeted."
Human Rights Watch said Monday that 297 people had been killed in two weeks of protests and sporadic clashes between anti-government demonstrators and Mubarak supporters.
The police beat protesters and fired tear gas and rubber bullets at them Jan. 28, but the army was sent in afterward and has largely maintained the peace.
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District Attorney Orders Gestapo-style Police Raid on Home of LA Teen That Made Video of Police Abuse.The family of Jeremy Marks awoke on Jan. 26 at 7:00 am to the sound of nearly 30 Los Angeles Police Department cops bursting into their house in full tactical gear, guns drawn. They searched the house, taking all computers, cell phones, cameras and trashing Jeremy’s bedroom, his parent’s bedroom and the living room.
Police vehicles filled the streets of the predominantly African American neighborhood in Lakeview Terrace. Neighbors were prevented from going into or out of their homes. A next door neighbor had guns pointed at him for trying to retrieve his children from Jeremy’s front porch, where they went every morning to be taken to school by Rochelle Pittman, Jeremy’s mother.
Pittman asked to see a search warrant. She knew that, by law, police must show a valid search warrant before entering a home. But there was none. For nearly 45 minutes, neither the police nor the District Attorney’s officers showed her anything. She continued to demand it until a warrant was produced well after the raid had begun.
And when Pittman asked, many of the invading cops refused to provide their names or badge numbers—a requirement under California law.
As the search ended three hours later, the house interior was unrecognizable. In addition to electronic equipment, Jeremy’s notes, papers and legal documents were seized—many of these documents are privileged attorney-client communications.
Every item used to communicate with the outside world about Jeremy’s case was taken from every member of Jeremy’s family, including his parents’ and siblings’ personal possessions.
The raid took place as Jeremy’s mother was attempting to gather herself and bring her kids and the neighbor’s kids to school. The neighbor’s children were at the front door when police came up with shields and shotguns ready.
Pittman recounted to Liberation at the scene that she shouted, “Let me get my granddaughter! Let me get my granddaughter!” as the police barged into the house. Pittman also demanded to wake up her son, Jeremy.
It was less than one year ago that Aiyana Stanley Jones, a seven-year-old girl, was murdered by Detroit police in a similar raid. Pittman knew better than to trust the police with her children and grandchildren. She did not want the cops to startle her son or give them any opportunity to harm him.
The truth behind the racist raid
The pretext for the raid, ordered by Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley’s office, was an attempt to gather evidence surrounding the May 10, 2010 incident near a Verdugo Hills High School bus stop.
That afternoon in May, Los Angeles United School District Police officer, Erin Robles, beat up a 15-year-old African American student, allegedly for smoking a cigarette. Jeremy, 18, quietly videotaped the incident. But because he was on probation at the time, the police arrested him on charges of “attempted lynching.”
The L.A. District Attorney’s office claims Jeremy yelled something during the incident, which they claim amounted to trying to “incite a riot during an attempt to free a suspect from police custody.” This charge is baseless, as bystander videos of the incident show.
For taping the incident, Jeremy was thrown into jail near Santa Clarita and kept there until December 2010. During that time, his mother’s tenacity began to win support for his case.
Now, nine months after the incident, it is hard to understand why D.A. Cooley would need to order a Gestapo-style raid simply to gather evidence. He could have uncovered evidence through simple discovery before trial or by issuing subpoenas. But he did not.
In fact, the same day of Jeremy’s house raid, a community source told Liberation that the home of another Verdugo Hills High School student was raided. This student has no criminal charges pending. He was targeted because he posted videos of the original incident on Youtube. These videos show that Jeremy did nothing illegal.
Why the sudden need to shut down an entire community with an army of heavily armed cops—just to collect some cell phones, computers and video that has been publicly available on the Internet for nine months?
The raids were clearly an act of intimidation and terror with the purpose of instilling fear in those targeted. Jeremy’s pre-trial hearings will begin in February. Cooley and the cops seek to get leverage so that the case will end before going to trial. They want to intimidate Jeremy and potential witnesses in order to influence the outcome.
All along, they have wanted Jeremy to accept an unjust plea deal that would send him to prison for nearly three years. But neither Jeremy nor his mother will admit “guilt” when, in fact, he did absolutely nothing wrong.
After the raid, Pittman told Liberation, “I’m not afraid. We’re not afraid. All this shows is that the D.A. knows that they do not have a case.”
The D.A. and the police are truly fearful of Jeremy’s case because of its potential to spark outrage in the African American community and with progressive people in general. They also want to stop people from exercising their constitutional right to videotape police. That is all that Jeremy did—he recorded a police officer beating a young student.
The powers that be would like to sweep Jeremy’s case under the rug before more people learn about the supreme injustice involved. Videotaping officers throughout the country is exposing an ongoing epidemic of police violence. It is viewed by young people and people of color as a method of self-defense.
Terror tactics utilized by the police expose the role of the state as an instrument of repression aimed at working families. But this harsh reality has not deterred Jeremy, Pittman or the rest of the Marks family. On the contrary, it has strengthened their resolve to fight back.
Just hours after the raid, these Liberation reporters accompanied Pittman to the Foothill Police Station as she filed a police misconduct complaint. And community supporters, including the Congress on Racial Equality, the ANSWER Coalition, the PSL and others are organizing a rally and press conference with Jeremy and his family at D.A. Cooley’s headquarters on Friday, Jan. 28.
http://www.pslweb.org/liberationnews/news/jeremy-marks-home-raided.htmlThe family of Jeremy Marks awoke on Jan. 26 at 7:00 am to the sound of nearly 30 Los... more
A YouTube video showing cops punching an unruly Rutgers University student from Long Island was burning up the Internet on Monday night.
The minute and 43 second video, taken by a witness viewing the incident from a perch above the scene, shows Elliott Marx, 20, of Lindenhurst being punched as five New Brunswick, N.J., police arrest him.
Police officials said the incident stemmed from a parking lot fight early Saturday morning near the New Brunswick campus.
Lt. J.T. Miller told MyCentralJersey.com that Marx was one of up 50 people involved in the 1 a.m. brawl.
"Stop resisting! Give me your hand!" one cop is heard shouting at Marx in the video.
When Marx continued to resist, an officer is seen punching the suspect at least four times.
Marx, a Rutgers sophomore, was arrested on charges of resisting arrest, obstruction, aggravated assault and having a fake ID.
Miller said Marx jumped on an officer's back before he was arrested.
Defense attorney John Koufos said Marx suffered cuts and bruises to his face.
Marx claimed that his friend was jumped when they tried to get into a house party. He was trying to help his friend when people attacked him.
He claimed he didn't realized he was struggling with cops until they ordered him to stop resisting, Koufos told the news web site.
New Brunswick Police Director Peter Mangarella said Internal Affairs has launched an investigators.
"My first take is that I see somebody resisting arrest," Mangarella said. "Was the force justified? That's what our guys are trying to determine."
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/02/08/2011-02-08_youtube_video_shows_cops_punching_unruly_rutgers_university_student_while_trying.html#ixzz1DOB4lO1iA YouTube video showing cops punching an unruly Rutgers University student from Long... more
Houston police got caught beating down 16-year-old robbery suspect Chad Holley last March, and now a Houston television station is letting the world see just how bad the beating was.
A fleeing Holley is shown running from officers and then falling, after being clipped by a Houston police car.
While lying face down, officers are shown surrounding Holley. After a few seconds, things get interesting with one officer delivering several kicks to Holly's head and another punching him in the side. After a few moments, the same officer is shown stomping on the back of Holley's legs.
After the beating, the teen is led off to a waiting police cruiser.
Too bad no audio is provided with the video, because it might've helped explain why the cops took such a violent tact in subduing Holley.
If Holley was mouthing off and otherwise making himself a pain in the neck when the handcuffs were being put on, I, and the public, could at least understand a little better why the situation spun out of control.
And it's true that Holley wouldn't have gotten beaten up in the first place if he and his three friends hadn't been robbing a local home.
But let's be clear: Nothing Holley might have said or done after he was surrounded could justify the cops' reaction. The polices' actions were egregiously unprofessional, and the Houston police department should be ashamed by this incident.
Thankfully, the system actually seemed to work in the case of Chad Holley's beating: the four officers shown punching and kicking Holley were indicted on misdemeanor charges and fired; three other officers were fired without being charged and the remaining officers received suspensions, according to the Houston Chronicle.
In addition, the city powers tried to block the release of the video to the public, but they failed.
And now, with this video evidence, police in Houston and around the country can see how too many police officers hand out justice in poor communties.Houston police got caught beating down 16-year-old robbery suspect Chad Holley last... more
Just another case of pigs being pigs.
http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/13_undercover&id=7936228Just another case of pigs being pigs.... more