COPS GONE WILD!

Film the Police: A new app makes it easier.

Last month, video footage emerged that appeared to show something illegal: A U.S. marshal approached a woman who was filming him on duty, snatched her smartphone, and smashed it on the ground.

That incident only became news because someone else was filming the encounter. But not every bystander filming a police encounter can have a backup. What should a person do when there's no one else on the scene?

A new app tries to answer this question by offering, in effect, a different kind of backup. Called Mobile Justice CA, the app uploads all video footage as it’s being captured to servers owned by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Even if the phone is destroyed, the video will survive.
READ MORE: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/05/film-the-police/39...

London police spend millions snooping on journalists, FOI request reveals

London Metropolitan Police (MPS) have spent more than £33.5 million snooping on journalists, a Freedom of Information (FoI) request has shown.

The FoI request, from the Press Gazette, showed that the number of investigations into the activities of journalists in 2014 was nearly double 2013 figures, in which £19.5 million was spent.

Operation Weeting, which investigated phone hacking at the News of the World, cost the police £19.2 million, while Operation Elveden, which is investigating News International over inappropriate collusions with the police, has so far cost £11.3 million.
READ MORE: http://rt.com/uk/219939-journalist-foi-spy-police/

Police State USA: Man charged with breaking a trooper’s fist with his face

A motorist was viciously beaten, tasered, and maced repeatedly, then charged with 24 separate crimes and maliciously prosecuted for every one of them. He was beaten four (4) times over the course of 11-hours, and not once had he acted maliciously. The incident stemmed from his driving while on an unusually high dosage of legally-prescribed bipolar medication and a subsequent fender bender. Dash-cam footage revealed the extraordinary exaggerations made about the case — 2 years after it took place.
READ MORE: http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/robert-leone/

Cop stole drugs

Feared crime gang, the NZ Police investigate themselves again and decide not to charge themselves with anything and cover up their crimes. In other news the sun rose today and is fully expected to set again later this evening.

READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/10604831/Police-officers-stole-drugs

Federal Court Says the Government Can Impersonate You on Social Media — and There’s Not Much You Can Do About It

Imagine finding out you have a Facebook page that you didn’t actually create. It has your name, your private photos and all of your personal information — none of which you posted.

That’s the discovery New York resident Sondra Prince made.

Prince, formerly Sondra Arquiett, alleges that after she was arrested on drug charges in 2010, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration used the photos on her confiscated cellphone to create Facebook profile in her name and without her consent. It was only when one of her friends asked her about the photos that she found out, BuzzFeed reported.
READ MORE: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/10/07/federal-court-says-the-govern...

Police to Return Cannabis Vending Machine to Cannabis Club, Judge Throws Out Police Evidence From Court, Calls Them Reckless and Ruled They Were Trespassing During Raid

Dakta Green: Police have confirmed The Vending Machine is being returned to us. Over two and half years ago West Auckland Police raided the Daktory without bothering with one of those pesky things called a search warrant. On 22 March 2012 people were arrested and charged with serious offences.

Stuff was confiscated including the world famous cannabis vending machine.

This week a Judge has ruled Police were likely to have been 'substantially reckless' when they 'trespassed' at The Daktory that night. The Judge, a former Police officer and Barrister ended his sixteen page Judgement as follows,

[58] I find the police entry into The Daktory was a trespass; as a result they were inside the club unlawfully. Accordingly, I rule that the evidence obtained from the search of 80 Delta Avenue, New Lynn on 22 March 2012 is inadmissible at trial.

K J Glubb
District Court Judge

Ret. Police Captain: Feds Use Provocateurs to Influence Public Opinion

by Kit Daniels: A retired Philadelphia, Penn., police captain recently said the federal government routinely uses provocateurs against demonstrators to discredit them in the eyes of the public.

Capt. Ray Lewis, who retired from the Philadelphia Police Department in 2004 after serving 24 years and was present during the 2011 Occupy Wall Street protests, said undercover provocateurs “infiltrated Occupy Wall Street like crazy” as a way to influence public opinion against the protestors, a strategy which is also used against other movements critical of the establishment.

Gordon Campbell on the shonky Police statistics, and Gaza

When people systematically alter how being statistics are recorded in order to gain personal and organisational advantage, that’s usually when the Police get called in. Yet in the case of the burglary statistics in Counties-Manakau, it was the Police doing the fudging and – at the time – it was then-Police Minister Judith Collins claiming the credit, and flourishing the stats as a sign of just how effective the Key government was at fighting crime.

The 2011 Crime Statistics released this week indicate reported crime is down 15 percent in the Counties-Manukau South District, which includes Papakura and Pukekohe, during the fiscal year ended 30 June 2011.
READ MORE: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1407/S00089/gordon-campbell-on-the-shon...

USA Seven Reasons Police Brutality Is Systemic, Not Anecdotal

Darrin Manning’s unprovoked “stop and frisk” encounter with the Philadelphia police left him hospitalized with a ruptured testicle. Neykeyia Parker was violently dragged out of her car and aggressively arrested in front of her young child for “trespassing” at her own apartment complex in Houston. A Georgia toddler was burned when police threw a flash grenade into his playpen during a raid, and the manager of a Chicago tanning salon was confronted by a raiding police officer bellowing that he would kill her and her family, captured on the salon’s surveillance. An elderly man in Ohio was left in need of facial reconstructive surgery after police entered his home without a warrant to sort out a dispute about a trailer.

A SWAT team blew a hole in my 2-year-old son

Alecia Phonesavanh: That's right: Officers threw a flashbang grenade in my son's crib -- and left a hole in his chest. It gets worse. After our house burned down in Wisconsin a few months ago, my husband and I packed our four young kids and all our belongings into a gold minivan and drove to my sister-in-law’s place, just outside of Atlanta. On the back windshield, we pasted six stick figures: a dad, a mom, three young girls, and one baby boy.

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