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It looks like it may be time to play indoors, and remember… Loose lips sink ships.
Oregon police have gotten savvy to some satellite surveillance technology: Google Earth.
That’s right, the authorities in the southern corner of that state used Google Earth to nab a man suspected of growing more than his fair share of medical marijuana, according to the Grants Pass Daily Courier.
Apparently, the police caught word that Curtis W. Croft had been bragging about the prodigious weed crops he had been cultivating on his property. Checking out Google Earth, the police saw what looked to be satellite images of rows and rows of plants.
After verifying the crops with an aircraft, the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement Team was able to arrest Croft, who was allegedly growing roughly three times as many plants as he was allowed to propagate. According to the Grants Pass Daily Courier, Croft was arraigned on drug charges and released.
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”:
Abby Martin and Manuel Rapalo highlight a few of the most disturbing crowd control gadgets used by militarized police on protesters across the country.
Abby Martin remarks on the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, highlighting a recent Reuters poll showing that only 15% of Americans are satisfied with the government’s effort to prosecute Wall Street bankers, and speaks with former Philadelphia police captain Ray Lewis about why he chose to protest in-uniform at Occupy.
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New York Magazine has an epic report on the secret unit built by the NYPD to infiltrate and monitor the city’s various communities for un-American sentiment:
The activities Kelly set in motion after 9/11 pushed deeply into the private lives of New Yorkers, surveilling Muslims in their mosques, their sporting fields, their businesses, their social clubs, even their homes in a way not seen in America since the FBI and CIA monitored antiwar activists during the Nixon administration.
Putting a CIA officer inside a police department was unprecedented. The CIA, by its very charter, was prohibited from having any “police, subpoena, or law enforcement powers or internal security functions.” But 9/11 had changed the equation.
To the extent Sanchez had an official title, it was the CIA director’s counterterrorism liaison to the state of New York. In reality, he was Cohen’s personal CIA representative, with an office at the CIA station in Manhattan and another at NYPD.
Via the Huffington Post, the militarization of our police can be turned back, and Radley Balko explains how:
Today in America, SWAT teams are deployed about 100 to 150 times per day, or about 50,000 times per year – a dramatic increase from the 3,000 or so annual deployments in the early 1980s, or the few hundred in the 1970s. The vast majority of today’s deployments are to serve search warrants for drug crimes. The question is, how could the U.S. roll all of this back?
End the Drug War – Even decriminalization would take away many of the incentives to fight the drug war as if it were an actual war. Your average small town SWAT team would probably continue to exist, at least in the short term. But these teams are expensive to maintain, and without federal funding, it seems likely that many would eventually disband.
End The “Equitable Sharing” Civil Asset Forfeiture Program – Under civil asset forfeiture, police agencies can seize any piece of property – cash, cars, homes – that they can reasonably connect to criminal activity.
I know that this will come as a great surprise to all of you, but apparently there’s a chance that your local police department may actually have a ticket quota.
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An Evansville, IN firefighter and youth pastor was handcuffed and threatened with a taser after what he says was a friendly wave at police officers. The police apparently thought he was “throwing signs” at them. Apparently “throwing signs” is a taser-worthy offense? A quick-thinking passerby snapped a picture of the incident.
Evansville firefighter George Madison Jr. has filed a formal complaint about an Evansville Police Department officer who he said stopped him during a bicycle ride Tuesday afternoon, threatened him with a stun gun and handcuffed him.
Madison 38, who also is youth pastor at Memorial Baptist Church, said the incident occurred about 3:30 p.m. on South Weinbach Avenue after he waved at officers in a patrol car as he was riding his bike.
Madison declined to identify the police officers, saying that he wanted to respect the police department’s internal investigative procedures.
However, a report generated by Evansville/Vanderburgh Central Dispatch about the traffic stop, known informally as a “run card,” identifies the officers as Officer Clifton and Officer Clegg.