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Denver Police To Use “Nasal Ranger” To Track Sources Of Marijuana Smoke

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Alternet notes the latest advance in being a narc – cops prowling the streets holding up what appear to be hair dryers in front of their faces:

Denver, Colorado—one of the cities in the country to legalize marijuana use—has passed a new “odor ordinance” with a potential $2,000 fine for anyone found guilty of polluting the atmosphere with high concentrations of cannabis. And the police department’s plan for enforcement is a strange-looking device called an olfactometer, or more collquially, the “nose telescope.”

According to the odor ordinance, the smell is viewed as problematic if it is detectable once the smoke is mixed with seven times the volume of clean air. Denver police plan to use the “nose telecope” to enforce the ordinance.

The most sophisticated version of the “Nasal Ranger” nose telescope has the ability to record both the concentration of marijuana in the air, as well as the GPS coordinates of where the smell is emanating from—available for $3,500.

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Seattle Police Department Has Network That Can Track All Wi-Fi Devices

trackingThe mesh network is looking out for you! Via the Raw Story:

The Seattle Police Department purchased a “mesh network” in February that will be used by emergency responders, which will be capable of tracking anyone with Wi-Fi enabled device.

The network is not yet turned on, according to Seattle Police, but once it is, it will be able to determine the IP address, device type, downloaded applications, current location, and historical location of any device that searches for a Wi-Fi signal. The network is capable of storing that information for the previous 1,000 times a particular device attempted to access a Wi-Fi signal.

Jamela Debelak, of the American Civil Liberties Union (ALCU), is worried that police will use the network for more than just coordinating emergency responders; “Once these kinds of tools are in place, they don’t go away.”

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Police Search Goes Too Far Up Man’s Anus

It’s like a scene from Breaking Bad where Hank is absolutely convinced there are drugs stuffed up his suspect’s rear end. New_Mexico_State_PoliceIn New Mexico (natch), real life police subjected a man to eight searches, including digital penetration of his anus, three enemas, two X-rays and a colonoscopy. And they still didn’t find any drugs! Reuters reports:

A New Mexico man has filed a lawsuit claiming police subjected him to repeated anal probes and enemas after a routine traffic stop because they suspected he was hiding drugs.

David Eckert, 54, claims violations of his civil rights in the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in New Mexico in August but not make public until this week, his lawyers said on Wednesday.

“This suit is about stopping officers and doctors from subjecting people in their custody and control to unlawful sadistic medical procedures that violate the most intimate parts of the human body,” attorney Shannon Kennedy said.

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Watch As The NYPD Attempts To Stop Skateboarders’ Annual Broadway Bomb

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.
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Indiana Middle Schooler Mauled By Police Dog In Mock Drug Raid

k9This is how kids spend their days in school now – as suspects planted with drugs in simulated SWAT raids? Via Indiana’s Brazil Times:

An 11-year-old student was transported by ambulance to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for treatment for “minor injuries” sustained following a bite from a Brazil Police Department K-9 officer at the Red Ribbon Awareness week kick-off event.

According to the report, the officer and his K-9 partner, Max, as well as another K-9 team carried out a simulated raid of a party with actors in place to help “educate the Clay County fifth-graders on drug awareness.”

He added the juveniles in the scenario met with officers prior to the start and were asked to remain still when the dogs searched for narcotics. A very small amount of illegal drugs were hidden on one of the juveniles to show how the dogs can find even the smallest trace of an illegal substance.

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Google Earth helps cops nab suspected marijuana grower

It looks like it may be time to play indoors, and remember… Loose lips sink ships.

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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.

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Video Captures Police Stop And Frisk As Practiced In Philadelphia

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":
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