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Cop Block reports that some Houston cops will be waring body cameras. Step toward public accountability? Latest signs of an encroaching surveillance state? Via Cop Block: Over the past few weeks 100…







Via Network A, fascinating time-lapse footage of a barrage of NYPD officers’ humiliating helplessness against longboarders’ mass ride down the city:

The Broadway Bomb brings together more than 2,500 longboard skaters each year in New York City to push eight miles through Manhattan, from West 116th Street to the Charging Bull in the Financial District. Since it’s inception in 2000, the NYPD has tried to hamper the event by hassling skaters, blocking roads, and handing out tickets. This year the NYPD busted out the orange netting to try and corral the skaters. They failed miserably. It was so bad that someone set the folly to the music from Benny Hill and it couldn’t be more appropriate.





A disturbing cellphone video shot recently in Philadelphia points to the nature of urban harassment by police under stop-and-frisk.

Officers stop two people walking on the sidewalk, initially telling them that it is for the crime of saying a friendly hello to another passerby – “In this city, you don’t talk to strangers.”

The men are then told that they are “under investigation” for involvement in a robbery. “I said we could’ve got a call, that somebody wearing the clothes you’re wearing just robbed somebody. That’s why we stopped you. Is that wrong of us?”

The officers go on to claim that the pedestrians had been jaywalking, threaten to “split [their heads] open”, and accuse the two of “weakening the country” by “freeloading”: