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New York Residents Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day, Italian-Americans Call For End of Columbus Day

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

 
Yesterday, people in New York City rallied around Native Americans with a variety of actions, from Indigenous People’s Day celebrations that highlighted the diversity of native culture and recounted people’s histories of resistance, to a direct action that shut down the West Side Highway calling for an end to the present day state violence against indigenous peoples.
Simultaneously, an all-day on-line protest called “No More Columbus Days!” was taking place among New York City’s famous Italian American community, calling for an end to Columbus Day in general, and specifically the Columbus Day parade in NYC which can be contacted here.
In whole, thousands of New Yorkers displayed solidarity with the nationwide movement to end Columbus Day and replace it with an Indigenous People’s Day.
The event on Randall’s Island was hosted by the American Indian Community House, Redhawk Native American Arts Council, and the United Federation of Taino People. Starting with a sunrise celebration and continuing into all all-day community circle that highlighted song, dance, storytelling, spoken word, and prayer, the event celebrated the diverse, unique cultures of American Indian peoples.
“There is no word for ‘thank you’ in Cherokee,” one speaker explained. “It is built into the language and culture. Gratefulness and appreciation are built into every exchange.”

#IndigenousPeoplesDay celebration, Randall’s Island, NYC. https://t.co/PTQaesgZtY
— Keegan Stephan (@KeeganNYC) October 12, 2015
As this celebration wound down on Randall’s Island, another began in the heart of Manhattan at the Ya Ya Network.
Hosted by Open Moments NYC, Anti-Colonizer Day: Reclaiming Our History highlighted the struggles of many peoples against the forces of colonization, past and present, and celebrated resistance movements with people’s histories.
African, Latino, and Native American students and teachers spoke and read poems about their personal experiences with state violence, elucidating the roots of this modern oppression in the violent colonization of this country, which many people celebrated

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Pittsburgh Cop Body Slams Chicago Cubs Fan, While Pirates Staffer Assaults Photographer Recording Scene

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Just because the home team is losing an important playoff game, doesn’t give anyone the right to abuse visiting fans, especially not staffers for the hometown team, and certainly not the police.
Unfortunately, the Pittsburgh Pirates organization’s security acted shamefully, assisting a Pittsburgh police officer body slam a Chicago Cubs fan for no reason.
The Pirates employee assaulted an innocent citizen recording the violent assault and battery of his friend in a video you can see below.
This isn’t the first time Pittsburgh police have used force in PNC Park either.
It all started when the man identified only as “Dimitri” got on TV with his sign and elaborate costume, and a Pirates fan responded by hitting him with a tobacco spit cup and “having words.”
A Pirates usher then decided to kick out the fan from the other team for being harassed.
Obviously, Dimitri’s a die-hard Cubs fan to make a road trip for a playoff game with tickets selling at $180 a seat and up on Craigslist, also bearing a sign and costume.
Little did he know Pittsburgh cop would play hardball with him at the MLB Wild Card Playoff game at PNC Park, but they didn’t make an arrest, since Dimitri had done nothing wrong.
“You have to go, you have to go now,” said the Pittsburgh Police officer echoed by Pittsburgh Pirates staffers.
“Can we talk?” replies Dimitri.
Immediately, the officer made physical contact and asked Dimitri to “Put your hands behind your back,” as he started walking the man towards an exit.
It’s difficult to tell exactly what happened next, but the officer appears to place his arm around Dimitri’s neck, prompting him to yell, “Stop it!  Seriously.”
The friend recording the incident tried to follow the action when a Pirates staffer smashed the cellphone prompting the photographer to say, “What the fuck,” loudly and the staffer yells to, “put the

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Texas Attorney General Begins Collecting Police Shooting Data For First Time

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the count of police shooting at citizens.
For the first time, the Texas Attorney General will begin collecting data on the numerous times cops fire at suspects due to legislation by the Texas House of Representatives.
The terse statement Texas Attorney General’s official website explains more:
The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) will be adopting and publishing reporting forms for Officer-Involved Shooting Incidents, as required by H.B. 1036, 85th Leg., R.S. (2015), which became effective September 1, 2015.  Until the OAG has adopted and published a final version of the form, and rules governing its completion and submission, all law enforcement agencies should begin using this interim form in accordance with the instructions contained therein.
Anyone who’s investigated a police shooting in Texas is familiar with the Texas AG’s office, as public records law in that state allows cops to deny every single request. Nearly every request in Texas is then forwarded to their Attorney General, who typically grants the requests which would otherwise require litigation, but still gives requestors a 45-90 day way to obtain any information.
It remains to be seen what the Texas Attorney General’s office will release from these police shooting forms.
The new “PEACE OFFICER INVOLVED INJURIES OR DEATH REPORT” form (embedded below) asks 13 different questions from simple ones like the reason for the call, ages and genders of those involved, but there’s one question sure to generate the most controversy and leave police scrambling to avoid reporting.
Lucky question number 7 reads:
7. INJURED OR DECEASED PERSON: Carried, exhibited or used a deadly weapon or Did not carry, exhibit or use a deadly weapon
In mandating required reporting under the new law, Texas’ new police shootings reporting law exceeds federal law. The FBI still only counts justifiable homicides as we recently reported in PINAC.
The nation’s police

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Connecticut Cops Blast Own Empty Car in Fear For Lives, Face State Firearms Charges

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Two Connecticut cops were hanging out together off-duty when suddenly, they feared for their lives, drew their firearms and hosed down a suspicious car in their driveway.
Too bad the car was empty.
And belonged to one of the officers.
Then the Darien Police Department did something even more shocking.
Darien police asked the Connecticut State Police to investigate the incident, leading to charges against the two officers for second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree breach of peace and unlawful discharge of a firearm under state law.
It’s no shock that an independent investigation would find probable cause to charge the two officers for these actions.
James Martin and Daniel Ehret fired the live ammunition for unknown reasons on August 1st, 2015, but it took two months before charges were announced just yesterday.
The officers were at Martin’s house and destroyed Martin’s own personal vehicle.
Of course, this means the officers have now been placed on “paid administrative leave” which is the police term of art for a fully paid vacation with salary.
More significant than charges is the rare admission from a police agency that cops must abide the same laws as citizens AND that investigations of a department’s own officers. According to local TV station WTNH:
Darien Police Chief Duane Lovello says that the two officers involved were placed on paid administrative leave after the incident occurred. “The allegations leading to the arrests are disturbing. I cannot conceive of anything that would lead police officers to do something so profoundly dangerous and wholly irresponsible. This conduct is intolerable and does not reflect the professional values or the ethical, responsible, and moral conduct we demand of Darien police officers and their duty to the public we serve,” Chief Lovello said in a statement.
Local outlet Darien Times story released Chief Lovello’s entire statement, which revealed the car’s true owner and the location of

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Wisconsin Police Arrested Man For Facebook Comments, Lawsuit Settlement Costs $43 Per Resident

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Speaking freely on social media is not a crime.
Posting angry Facebook comments on police departments’ official pages isn’t a crime either, it’s protected by the 1st Amendment.
A $35,000 legal settlement will cost residents of Wisconsin’s Village of Arena each $43 per man woman and child.
Because Wisconsin police violated a man’s First Amendment rights to post comments on their public Facebook page – which isn’t customized anymore, but still accepts review and comments.
The Arena Police Department arrested 23 year old Thomas G. Smith three years ago for Disorderly Conduct and other charges because of two FB comments.
It was a callous act of censorship.
One must now wonder what Village of Arena needs protection from, more than protection from it’s own police officers as Popehat postulated, and the Arena Police K9 officer and dog unit. The enclave 800 residents would fit neatly into a single suburban subdivision. The town is 35 miles away from Madison and 8 miles away from its next slightly bigger neighboring town.
Smith probably never expected all of the attention over one Facebook comment about an incident where the mostly white town’s officers arrested several african-american men.
But he didn’t know how thin skinned Wisconsin police can be when you make accusatory remarks.
Mr. Smith was arrested for saying this: “Fuck this fucking cops they ant shit but fucking racist basturds an fucking all of y’all who is racist.” and this (italicized text indicates Smith’s words and spelling as in original) too, “Fuck them nigers bitchs wat you got on us not a dam thing so fuck off dicks.”
As a 2014 article in Huffington post noted, even saying “fucking asshole” in a hushed tone to a police officer’s face even falls under the realm of protected 1st amendment free speech.
After the arrest and subsequent prosecution, an Iowa County Wisconsin Judge and jury initially convicted Smith of using “fighting words” which is Disorderly Conduct over the internet, and

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New Mexico Cops Settle “Fuck” Lawsuit for $25,000, Taxpayers Will Pay

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

New Mexico cops falsely arrested a grown adult citizen in public for saying “fuck”, now Farmington taxpayers agreed to pay $25,000 to settle the resulting censorship lawsuit under the 1st Amendment.
Three Farmington officers grossly overstepped their boundaries acting as censors, when they arrested Trujillo for violating the local Disorderly Conduct ordinance, in the absence of any provoked parties when he said “fuck” in an IHOP restaurant.
In fact, the family with small children whom police claimed to be protecting refused to give their names or in any way become involved in the three officers’ false arrest “to ensure the obscene language didn’t continue.”
Without threat of a fight or injury, there’s no probable cause for a Disorderly Conduct arrest which is commonly called a “contempt of cop” charge for its frequent use by police in punishing citizens for disagreement, with false arrest.
The police were disorderly in this case, starting a fight that’s gone on in courts for years.
New Mexico’s state constitution also has extra safeguards against this type of law enforcement overreach, as Trujillo’s counsel pointed out in his lawsuit against the a City of Farmington for arresting the man who said “fuck”, as you can see below.
Source: Twitter
Unfortunately, the town of Farmington’s Police Chief Hebbe doesn’t seem to give even one flying fuck about the un-American actions of his cops, since the settlement doesn’t admit guilt.
Local news outlet KOB reported:
“In the course of a conversation that’s one thing, but in the course of loud, boisterous or intoxicated language in a restaurant with children and families around who are objecting to it – that is something different,” said Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe.
You can’t say it on TV or radio, but can you say it loudly in a restaurant with in ear shot of small children?
“It certainly depends on the circumstances,” says Hebbe. “In this

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Seven California Cops Harass Man Photographing Police Armored Car from Public Parking Lot

Monday, October 5th, 2015

“I’m standing here taking pictures because they’re militarizing the police,” said the shirtless California man who had just taken photos of an armored car inside the Citrus Heights Police Department’s parking lot.
But that was enough for seven Citrus Heights police to surround the man and attempt to physically disarm him – even though he was standing in area open to the public – claiming the man’s possession of a “big knife” made them feel unsafe, even with their guns and tasers and pepper spray.
However, without a warrant or probable cause that a crime’s being committed, police have no authority to seize weapons or any items.
Citrus Heights is a bedroom community of 83,000 residents northeast of Sacramento, only 10 miles from California’s infamous Folsom State Prison.
The man we’ll call “FT” demonstrated one very important thing in his successful quest to photograph the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) war wagon inside the parking lot of the Sacramento County area municipal police agency.
Know your rights, and how assert them verbally to cops.
No fewer than seven officers eventually responded to the call of a citizen lawfully photographing the department’s military vehicle. FT wasn’t wearing a shirt, but he was open carrying a knife on his belt.
The encounter lasted more than 12 minutes as you can see in the video below..
The photographer replied, “I do not consent to you touching me.” and the officers backed off momentarily.
The Citrus Heights officer continued, “You’re standing here in the back of the police department, taking photos, which is not against the law, but is kinda strange. As we come in and out, we don’t need to be running you over. So what is is that you’re doing over here.”
FT replied, “I don’t answer questions.”
This is a clear assertion of the Fifth Amendment’s right to be silent.
“You have a mine and

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Maryland Police Lie to K9 Handler, Abduct and Hide Police Dog in the Name of “Safety”

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Anyone who follows police accountability issues knows that the police are authorized to – and indeed often do – lie in the performance of their duties.
Ostensibly, this is to trick the suspected criminal into divulging something that will help officers build their case, but it’s always interesting when this prevarication is turned inward.
We don’t know what’s causing Maryland police lie to each other today.
But it’s spawned an online and very public “blue on blue” petition for justice for a retired officer.
Chip, the Belgian Malinois who served as a K9 Officer in Montgomery County’s police deparmtent in Maryland.
Officer Gil Fones of the Montgomery County Police Department has handled K9 officers for two decades during his 27 years of service.
Chip, the officer’s most recent partner – a Belgian Malinois – was recently taken from him abruptly and without explanation.
Originally, department leadership had informed Fones that Chip was being retired, but that the officer would have the option to adopt him, consistent with how they’d handled such occurrences in the past.
Then, after they’d taken the dog and kept him in a kennel for several weeks, they quickly changed their story, saying that they were going to euthanize Chip or move him to an undisclosed location.
The reason they gave was that Chip had bitten his handler during a recertification exercise in April 2015.
Montgomery County publishes numerous photos of their K9 officers with their partner cops, and of their officers efforts towards the canine community onto their official Facebook page.
Clearly, their department shows concern for canine life, but it’s unclear why they’re suddenly separating Chip the K9 service dog from the person and his family with whom he’d bonded.
Chip worked with Officer Fones for over four years. In addition to working with the dog while on patrol, the Fones family looked at Chip as a member of their household.
The sudden

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FBI Still Only Counting “Jusifiable Homicides” by Police, Wants More Data on Wounded Cops

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

The FBI’s latest Uniform Crime Report for 2014 showed a slight drop in crime, but it still only asks for “justifiable homicides” by police, instead of all fatal shootings by cops.
In fact, the FBI’s “enhanced statistics” would not count the Walter Scott police homicide, which resulted in murder charges in South Carolina.
Only “justifiable homicides” or incidents where police investigate themselves are still reported to the official FBI database.
This NYPD officer who shot himself twice at the department’s range in August could technically be counted twice under expanded criteria to catalog wounded cops shot by citizens, since the officer did report two wounds at the range, the second of unknown origin.
In the AP story entitled “FBI to collect better data on police shootings” it’s not apparent until the bottom of the story what data they plan to improve:
[FBI Director] Comey on Monday encouraged every agency to submit the data to give the public a more complete picture. The FBI intends to collect more information about nonfatal shootings by police of civilians, including the facts and circumstances of each incident and who was involved, Comey said.
Yes, the police are improving collection of data on injured cops.
Submitting police shooting data is still optional.
Guess which one police will rush to report.
FBI Director James Comey
In fact, even the USA’s top cop Director James Comey at the FBI cannot order police from “18,498 city, county, state, university and college, tribal, and federal agencies” to report complete statistics on use of force to give detailed reports.
It’s unclear why police are employing this form self-regulation.
Considering the size of the above standing ranks of police in America, the situation calls for at least one independent, and compulsory report by the taxpayer supported officers to make it possible to spot national trends in law enforcement.
Every day taxpayers are paying police

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Texas Mom Exonerated For Saying “Dick” by Johnson County Attorney’s Office

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Jessica Curs’ long nightmare of criminal censorship charges is finally over.
The Texas mom exonerated today, was admonished by a police Captain in plain clothes, while coaching a game with 9 year-olds.
Then, 2 months later she was arrested by that officer, the second in command of Alvarado Police Department, Captain Gary Melson.
Curs has finally been officially cleared of all potential charges in connection with the incident, which you can hear in the podcast below.
Texas Police Captain Gary Melson, Alvarado Police Department.
That’s right, Mrs. Curs will not be formally charged with cursing in Johnson County, because she said the word “dick” in a public gymnasium causing unrest in the spectators.
PINAC also contacted the Johnson County Attorney’s office which prosecutes Class A misdemeanors.
The assistant county attorney handling the case said in a recorded conversation that the Honorable Bill Moore’s official stance as Johnson County attorney is to decline to press any charges in the case against Mrs. Curs.
It’s unknown at this time if Mrs. Curs has retained counsel to seek redress for the embarrassment of her unlawful arrest, or for slander or libel per se by the Alvarado Police Department for posting a lengthy Facebook post slamming her personally and accusing her of being a criminal for the words she speaks.
Alvarado City Manager Clint Black said in a recorded telephone conversation with PINAC that if Mr. Moore isn’t pressing charges, then his city will not either.
When we specifically asked, “Is a Class C Misdemeanor [Disorderly Conduct Charge] going to be pursued against Mrs. Jessica Curs who was arrested for cursing in Johnson County, for using the word “dick” at a sporting event?”
Black answered firmly that, “If he’s [Johnson County Attorney Bill Moore] is not pursuing charges, then there’s no charges being pursued.”
As PINAC’s initial report confirmed, the Texas Attorney General has long held that the charge of Disorderly

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Alabama Prison Guards Fired For Beating Handcuffed and Kneeling Prisoner Caught on Video

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

One extra-legal jail beating has left two Alabama prison guards fired and one resigned.
The beating happened in front of two other male corrections officers at the Elmore Correctional Facility – one a supervisor – and was recorded in December 2014.
Sergeant Cole, the female Alabama corrections officer caught in the shocking video below, beat a handcuffed prisoner only a split second after he showed docile obedience to her command to get on his knees.
The female Alabama jailer identified by Al.com as Sergeant. J. Cole in the video, brought her charge into the room which was recorded without audio, and within 30 seconds he compliantly got on his knees.
That’s when Cole attacked the prisoner taking him to the floor with a series of open handed blows delivered with her full body weight.
The rest of the video shows the poor prisoner curled into the fetal position on the floor.
The Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment.”
Cole’s supervisor, Lt. Edmond Cooper was fired too, for failing to report the beating.
The Alabama State Personnel Board upheld Cooper’s firing in a ruling today after his attorney argued for a lesser punishment.
The other corrections officer in the room resigned in lieu of being fired.
While we don’t have full details of the prisoner’s crime, nor his offense at that moment, it is sufficient to say that no court would order a grown man to be beaten while in a submissive pose and handcuffed.
Both Cooper and the other corrections officer acted as if nothing at all had happened, one looking around his monitor, then continuing to work on his computer and the other officer passively watching the whole scene.
A few seconds after the beating, the Sgt. Cole left the room as if pacing, she then returned waving her hands in the air and then assaulted the prisoner again, scaring

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Texas Police Captain Wrongly Arrests Mom for Saying “Dick” When Coaching Kids Sports, Department Admits Fault on FB

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

The sports our children play often generate passion among parents.
Few places exemplify the parent/child bond through sports like Texas, but now the police have stepped in and penalized a 32-year-old suburban wife and  mother named Jessica Curs in a town just south of Dallas called Alvarado.
Alvarado Police Department Captain Gary Melson
Alvarado Police Captain Gary Melson, the second-highest ranking member of the department, believed his rank gave him the authority to censor free speech in a public fora.
So the Texas police captain arrested Curs for saying “Dick” in public while coaching a basketball game between 9-year-olds in a public school gym – an allegation that Curs and the game’s referee deny ever took place.
But even if she had said the word “dick” in public, she still would not have broken the law, making the arrest a blatant form of censorship – an act that his own department admitted to earlier today in a long and winding statement on its Facebook page with the dramatic headline:
*warning, language may not be suitable for everyone*
Indeed, in Texas, the use of free speech or expressive behavior in public, and especially near the sensitive ears of cops, is a leading indicator of one’s likelihood to being arrested as you can see from another PINAC story this week in Texas.
In its statement, Alvarado police claimed they had probable cause to arrest Curs because she yelled the word, “dick” very loudly leading to an uproar from the crowd.
Curs screamed out a profanity, namely using the word “dick”, in front of bleachers full of parents and kids.
This action caused numerous parents to rise to their feet and began confronting Curs, complaining, and demanding action from APD Capt. Melson. Capt. Melson approached Curs and instructed her to step outside the area of play to deescalate the situation. This is where the matter could have been resolved

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Austin Police Arrests Man For Eating A Hamburger in His Own Parked Car

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

This recently recorded arrest in Austin, Texas shows the five stages of police deciding to falsely arrest a citizen who contacted PINAC News and wishes to be called “Rick”.
The YouTube video’s original caption to the video at the bottom of this story says it all: “Bought a burger and pulled over to have a few bites. I suppose that constitutes probable cause?”
Fortunately, the citizen who identified himself to PINAC’s investigators as Rick pulled out his phone and started recording when the Austin cop  approached the vehicle which had its window already down as the officer approached and Rick asked, “Why am I getting pulled out of my car?”
“Because you’re being detained.” answered the unknown Austin PD officer without stating the reason for a criminal detention. A call to Austin’s police non-emergency number resulted in little information, but a request for the reporter’s address to determine “jurisdiction” which is not required to make a public records request in Texas.
Rick immediately asked, “Why am I being detained?”
“Let’s see. It’s 2 o’clock in the morning and you’re in a parked here by yourself in a high prostitution, high drug area.”
Rick interjected loudly, you could hear the frustration coupled with embarrasment in his voice as he said in a slightly high pitched voice, “EATING A HAMBURGER.”
Eating a hamburger still is not a crime.
More importantly, the Austin police officer didn’t accuse Rick of any moving violation, parking violation or criminal infraction. If the officer can’t articulate, say in english perhaps or whatever Austin cops call their repetitive use of four word sentences is called.
Remember, this isn’t a traffic stop.
This Austin officer had no authority to search a car, ask for ID or arrest anyone without probable cause. No authority to pat down for a gun or anything.
PINAC readers might find this reminiscent of Roy Leeshun Williams’ calmly asserting his rights

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Florida Superintendent Recorded Falsely Accusing PINAC’s Jeff Gray of Being “Dangerous Man” With “Extensive Criminal Record”

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Have you ever wished to be a fly on the wall and could hear the things government officials are saying behind your back?
Using a digital audio recorder, that’s exactly what PINAC reporter Jeff Gray did at a recent St. Augustine school board meeting.
The recording was made after Gray had stepped out the room, capturing a Florida school district superintendent saying he wishes he could change the state’s Sunshine Law that allows citizens to ask for public records without presenting identification.
“I think we need the law changed for public records,” St. Johns County Schools Superintendent Joseph Joyner can be heard saying on the recording.
“You can’t ask someone to identify themselves. You ought to be able to ask someone for their ID.”
State law also allows citizens to attend public meetings without presenting identification, but that did not stop these officials from demanding Gray’s identification upon entry, which he refused to do.
But that’s not where things get interesting. The fireworks begin once the video goes dark, but the audio continues after Gray steps out the room.
It should be noted that Florida is a all-party consent state for audio recording. However, the wiretapping law does not apply to public officials who have no expectation of privacy while acting in their official capacity as agents of the government.
In the audio portion of the video, the officials can be heard remarking that Gray is part of a group called “Photography Is Not a Crime”, that he’s sued the school board and won, and that if they’d barred him from attending or photographing the meeting, that he’d “be down to the courthouse.”
They even said that “it’s cheaper to settle” than to fight Gray.
But wouldn’t it be cheaper to simply abide by the public records law?
Let’s not forget these people educate our children.
The whole reason for Florida’s Sunshine laws is to

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OPINON: Private Prisons Turn 25, Why Do We Need Them At All?

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Over the past year, MuckRock has been filing nationwide requests for the hard materials that connect the powers­ that ­be to their parasites.
It’s as much about what we can know as what we can’t know. And it requires putting money behind requests and feet on the ground.
That’s why MuckRock took the opportunity to launch its first project page with the Private Prison Project – a place to gather, contextualize, and follow the requests and stories that will help provide the data and dirt to have a real conversation.
Private Prisons in America Are Turning 25 Years Old
Winn Correctional Center opened its doors 25 years ago as the first privately­ run medium security prison in America.
And, soon, its life cycle as one of the country’s oldest for­profit facilities will come to an end, when
the handoff from Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) to the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections is completed.
Kissimmee, FL, August 25, 2004 — An Osceola County inmate transfers vegetables he cooked for the Red Cross into a serving container. The Red Cross is providing free meals to residents affected by Hurricane Charley. FEMA Photo/Mark Wolfe
For the first time in the facility’s history, a new ability to scrutinize its inner workings will exist.
Until then, Winn Correctional, just like all privately­ run prisons, will maintain its legal right to secrecy.
Private prisons in America hold 150,000 of America’s incarcerated population. They were born of Reagan­ era privatization policies and lauded as a quick, cost­ effective way to build and staff facilities. They only operate in some states but are popular with agencies of the federal government.
These major corporations are publicly­ traded– albeit as real estate investment trusts aka REITs.
REITs pay no taxes, passing the responsibility for that to investors, and using them for prisons turns our incarceration system into a glorified hotel chain whose

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Baltimore SWAT Officer Indicted on 12 Charges, Helped Wife Rob Bank Where She Was CEO

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Last week, the Baltimore County Police Department announced a sergeant has been suspended without pay after being charged by the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office in connection with a complex fraud investigation which includes his wife as a co-conspirator.
Over a dozen offenses landed that Baltimore SWAT Officer indicted, and Daniel Gregory Galloway, 40, now faces five charges of Conspiracy to Commit Theft ($10,000-$100,000),  four counts of Theft ($10,000-$100,000), Conspiracy to Commit Theft of more than $100,000 and one other Theft charge ($1,000-$10,000).
If you’re looking for a mugshot photo of the Baltimore cop who robbed a bank with his wife, there won’t be one.
Sergeant Galloway wasn’t booked or processed into BCDC or any of the area’s notoriously violent jails.
Baltimore County Police
Instead the Baltimore SWAT officer was served with a “Criminal Summons”
No bond was required, nor was any bail set for the officer.
Repeated calls to Galloway’s police agency last week and this week proved fruitless as the Baltimore County Police refused to reveal his pay rate, provide any service photo on file or say exactly how much Galloway was charged with stealing.
It’s a story which conjures up the financial crash classic book “The Best Way to Rob a Bank is To Own One.”
Galloway was an 18 year veteran of the Baltimore County force’s Special Operations Section, assigned to it’s “Tactical Unit” which is the functional equivalent of a SWAT Unit in most departments.
The fancy title didn’t stop Galloway from recieving special benefits from his wife’s job.
Tina Galloway was hired by Health Care United Federal Credit Union in 2000 and named CEO 13 years ago.
In March of 2015 the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office was contacted by the bank, which led to a criminal investigation subsequent to completing routine audit in November 2014 uncovered discrepancies in the Galloway family’s accounts.
Baltimore County detectives named Tina Galloway as the person responsible for defrauding the bank, which is

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New Mexico Police Arrest Man At Walmart, Won’t Say Why Man “Became Suddenly Unresponsive” and Dies (UPDATED)

Monday, September 7th, 2015

UPDATE: Four Bernalillo police officers have been suspended from policing, and placed on paid administrative leave due to this incident already according to local outlet KOB4. The Bernalillo Police were not forthcoming with information surrounding the death of a man on Sunday evening outside of a Walmart while in police custody. Not even his name …
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OPINION: Peaceful Streets Project Fights Injustice, A Cause Larger Than All of Us

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

In 2013, I took over lead direct action organizing of the Peaceful Streets Project and went on to launch our most successful actions to date. Those actions include the 2013 SXSW cop watch that saw arrest percentages dropped by 40%, and then with Wagner Watch, a campaign that shook Austin Police Department to it’s core and …
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OPINION: Peaceful Streets Founder Antonio Is Wrong, Should Apologize or Resign

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

VAPA has spent thousands of dollars on Peaceful Streets Project events and Antonio’s defense fund, sadly today we must denounce Antonio Beuler for his demagoguery. It is long overdue. We support other Peaceful Streets Project folks who take a principled stand for police accountability, and hope they are able to overcome the liability that Antonio …
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OPINION: Hypocrisy of Racist Texan’s Video Threatening to Shoot “Thugs” Over Dead Cop

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Following the death of every single law enforcement officer, there have been 24 fatally shot this year, there is a wave of racist outrage from extremists on the right. The latest comes from a racist dirt bag in Texas who has called for the deaths of “black thugs,” joining the Houston Sheriff in blaming protesters …
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Texas Officers Arrest PINAC Correspondent for Recording Outside Police Department, Ban Him From Setting Foot on Police Public Property

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Two Fort Worth police officers named Dyess and Grinalds pulled up in front of their station and walked across the street onto the sidewalk to confront PINAC correspondent Phillip Turner, who had been lawfully recording the police station for at least two minutes. What happened next is all too familiar, as the video shows two Texas officers …
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Texas Police Shot Man in Back, Autopsy Disproves Police Claim Victim “Charged At Officers”

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

The El Paso Police Department has maintained that Erik Salas Sanchez, 22, was shot for charging at police, however, the autopsy report has revealed that he was shot in the back. The police claim that Sanchez had threatened them with a “metal object,” and charged at the officers. The cops allegedly attempted to tase Sanchez, …
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California Cops Killed Marine on Veterans Day, City Pays $2,500,000 to Settle Family’s Lawsuit

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

California cops with the City of Palm Springs Police Department agreed to a $2,500,000 settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit of a Marine killed by an officer that recklessly jumped through the window of his moving vehicle. It happened on Veteran’s Day 2012. Corporal Allan ‘AJ’ DeVillena II, was 22-year-old High Desert Marine and veteran …
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Entire Tennessee Police Force Under Investigation After $12,000 Stolen from Dead Man

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

An entire Tennessee police force is under investigation after more than $12,000 went missing from a dead man’s estate. Cash in the amount of $19,962 was found in the home of Jimmy Wayne Smith, who was found dead in April from natural causes, according to court documents obtained by My Fox Memphis, Millington Police Department …
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Ohio Cop Followed Car Two Miles, Stopped Man Just for Making Direct Eye Contact with Officer

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

An Ohio man was pulled over by a Dayton police officer for making “direct eye contact” with a patrolman. The Ohio cop initially claimed that he was pulled over for “not signaling 100 feet before making a turn.” John Felton uploaded a video he took of the incident to Facebook and it was subsequently sent to …
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California Grandmother Mysteriously Dies in Jail, Family Devastated and Seeking Answers

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

The family of a California grandmother who suffered from schizophrenia and mysteriously died in jail last week are receiving no answers from police when Celestine Allen, 50, was found unresponsive and alone in her jail cell last Tuesday. The woman’s daughter believes it is so that they have time to come up with a story. The …
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Kansas Man Swings Dog As Weapon Against Police Officer, Fails Miserably, Faces Cruelty Charges

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

A Kansas man swung his small dog on it’s leash to use it as a weapon to hit an officer in perhaps one of the worst possible ways to combat police, The incident was captured on dash cam footage below. It all began over a report of a man under the influence,walking around and through people’s yard’s; …
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Florida Sheriff Denies Police Brutality, Witnesses Claim Long Beating

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

A Florida sheriff is claims there is “absolutely no evidence” of police brutality during an arrest on Saturday, which left a man bruised and bloodied in his gory mugshot, with one of his eyes swollen shut. Witnesses and photographs contradict that elected top cop’s denials. The August 22nd incident began when Jamell Adamson, 31, did …
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Virginia Journalists Murdered on Live TV (Updated V)

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

UPDATE II: The Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe has announced that the shooter is a disgruntled former employee of Roanoke TV Station WDBJ, Channel 7 according to broadcasters at WTOP on his weekly live program (tweet at bottom of page). UPDATE III: Suspect identified as Vester Lee Flanagan aka Bryce Williams. A police chase on Interstate …
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Virginia Killer Posted Video to FB Killing Two Journalists, Attempts Suicide (UPDATED III)

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

UPDATE III: Williams did shoot himself, but did not die from the wounds, update below. Former journalist Bryce Williams aka Vester Lee Flanagan killed two broadcast TV journalists working a live morning feature shot near Smith Mountain Lake in southwestern Virginia early this morning. Now he is in critical condition after earlier reports of his gunshot suicide were …
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