Philadelphia’s DA office keeps secret list of suspect police

Philadelphia’s DA office keeps secret list of suspect police

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office last year secretly compiled a list of Philadelphia police officers with a history of lying, racial bias or brutality, in a move to block them from testifying in court. The confidential list of about two dozen was assembled by prosecutors on a special Police Misconduct Review Committee at […]

France’s war against firefighters and police

France’s war against firefighters and police

By Yves Mamou / Gatestone Institute France’s Minister of the Interior, Gerard Collomb, was clearly happy on January 1st. Why? No terrorist attack had occurred on New Year’s Eve. Collomb warmly thanked the 140,000 police officers, soldiers, firefighters, and civil security associations who had been mobilized to block any potential terrorist attack. To give just […]

Great moments in police-union arguments

Great moments in police-union arguments

Court: smashing store surveillance cameras did not give Orange County, Calif. cops a “reasonable expectation of privacy” allowing them to exclude filmed evidence of their misconduct in the store afterward. [Lowering the Bar, earlier] –From Overlawyered

Rutherford Institute joins with national bipartisan coalition to call on Obama administration to demilitarize America’s police forces

Rutherford Institute joins with national bipartisan coalition to call on Obama administration to demilitarize America’s police forces

From The Rutherford Institute Warning that the use of military equipment by civilian police often begets unnecessarily aggressive tactics and over-enforcement, a national bipartisan coalition including constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead is calling on the Obama administration to demilitarize America’s police forces. The White House estimates that federal programs directly or indirectly provided $18 billion […]

Towards better policing

Towards better policing

One of the reasons we have so many bad cops is because the media ignores the good ones. A few months ago, we started a page that features practices and examples of good policing.   –ProRev    

Eric Peters: Charge it….

Eric Peters: Charge it….

By Eric Peters In “Third World” countries – the ones Americans take comfort in making fun of – they just take your money. The cops, I mean. No pretext, just hand it over. And now, here. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is using a gadget called an Electronic Recovery and Access to Data Machine (ERAD – […]

Highway pirates: Cops no longer happy to steal just cash

Highway pirates: Cops no longer happy to steal just cash

By Sam Rolley / Personal Liberty Digest A police department near you could soon begin using technology that allows officers to scan debit and prepaid financial cards and freeze or empty the accounts if they have a hunch about possible illegal activity. We’ve routinely told you stories about officers deciding to confiscate motorists’ cash based […]

The other revenue traps

The other revenue traps

By John Carr / National Motorists Assn Contrary to popular opinion, not all traffic enforcement is highway robbery. Some of it isn’t even about money, but today I’m writing about money. Specifically, the other two kinds of revenue-based enforcement. We’ve all heard about traditional highway robbery, where governments try to fund themselves from ticket revenue, […]

Thomas Sowell: Open Season on the Police

Thomas Sowell: Open Season on the Police

By Thomas Sowell In recent months there have been a series of cases reported in the media, where some teenage thug — white, black or Hispanic in different cases — has been stopped by a policeman for some routine violation of the law and, instead of complying with lawful instructions, such as “show me your […]

ACLU app lets Android users secretly tape the police

ACLU app lets Android users secretly tape the police

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey has released an Android app designed to be used by people who want to secretly record police activity without running the risk that the mobile device will be seized. Called Police Tape, the free app allows the user to record video and audio discreetly. For one thing, […]