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More cases of police abuse

I. In Misouri a police officer named Rory Bruce unloads a vicious forearm blow to the head of a handcuffed teenage suspect taken out of a police van. The teen is not the least threatening in the video. Frankly, if the teen had done this to the cop, he would be in prison for many years.

The judge handing the case, Theresa Counts Burke, refused to watch the police video of this attack. If, as some claim, that this is simply a matter of the video not being legally authenticated in a courtroom, that is just an example of how the system is broken in places. But, chain of custody of this video is clear, it should have been admitted and viewed by the judge.

II. A NYPD cop arrests a woman for a prescription drug offense and the cop downloads the nude pictures she had on her phone. Leaving aside a very questionable search of her phone when it comes to the 4th Amendment, it is very troubling how much police, and the New York City P.D. in particular, think they can get away with. But considering how they are basically above the law, this is no real surprise.

III. A 60 year old black man in Florida was shot by police for trying to retrieve cigarettes out of car for his mother. They believed, it seems, that he was engaged in some form of burglary of the car. Told to raise his hands, he backed up out of the car with his hands raised.

When he turned to the cops (who of course haven't been named like they never are in fact) he was shot in the leg. I am amazed he hasn't been charged with a dozen felonies in the meantime. The officers face almost zero chance of punishment, as they almost never are in fact.

IV. An exotic dancer, who earned over a million dollars (many of them I assume are singles) was ordered by a judge to have her money returned to her by the government after Nebraska state police had taken it.

The money taken was subject to civil asset forfeiture. If you don't know what this is, it is when the police take your money (without any criminal charges against you personally) based on vague suspicion it might have some tie to drug dealing.

Civil asset forfeiture is one of the gravest abuses of the war on drugs. Thankfully, groups like DRCnet are working to combat these abuses.

V. Finally, a woman who saw an armed man pointing a gun with a laser sight at her through her apartment window in Sarasota, Florida. She rightly, assumed it was a home invasion. It turned out to be the stupidest person in the U.S. Marshall Service, one Matt Wiggins.

See, Louise Goldsberry freaking out at some sranger pointing a gun at her was deemed by Wiggins to be probable cause to engage in a search of her apartment and to handcuff her. Amazingly Goldsberry and her husband weren't charged with obstruction of justice.

Lastly, you can join the American Civil Liberties Union to fight these abuses by the police when it comes to things like the war on drugs and other abuses.



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