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Tag: Police Misconduct
  • Don’t Cops Have Better Things to Do?

    Yesterday, Reason TV released the third installment of their video series entitled, Don’t Cops Have Better Things to Do?  The series features instances where police officers have been wasting time and resources by setting up stings in order to catch the unsuspecting “criminals” who stumble into their traps.  Check out the previous two episodes, too:

  • Policing for Profit: Buying Tanks With Stolen Cash

    In these tough economic times, how do law enforcement officers find the cash for nifty gadgets such as new militarized swat vehicles or fancy, little video cameras? Why, they steal it! Civil asset forfeiture tactics have been abused by law enforcement agencies across the nation for decades — and it’s only getting worse. A 2000 …

  • Mute Man in Washington Arrested for Not Recycling?

    We’re being encouraged to recycle now more than ever these days — and by encouraged, I mean forced. Some cities are pushing for fines for improper separation of garbage, but for one man in Olympia, Washington, it resulted in a brutal police crackdown, and an enraged public coming to his aid.   Scott Yoos, a …

  • Death by Budget Cut?

    On June 1st  Raymond Zack decided to drown himself in the San Francisco Bay. The story is made even more tragic by the fact that police and firefighters, those who have sworn an oath to protect and serve, sat idly by, watching him drown, later claiming that they could not act because their budget had …

  • Recording Police Encounters? There’s an app for that.

    Are you an Android user that wants to make sure you have a record of any police encounter you may have?  Well, you’re in luck. A new app called OpenWatch allows users to record audio and video of police interactions and then upload them anonymously to the web. Rich Jones, the creator of the project, is passionate …

  • Florida Student Arrested for Filming Police

    Reports a local news channel: It’s called “Cop Watching,” where people tape police officers as they make stops and arrests. Tommy Frane says it’s not that people who do the taping are against police officers, but they want to hold them accountable, like they do all public officials.  But when Frane and his friend, William …

  • Relentless Police Quotas

    I miss discussing state and local issues. Nothing really disgusts me more on a personal day-to-day basis than the traffic quota. I live in the city of Houston, where it is against state law for police departments to partake  in such practices (See the TTC Section 720.002). But because police jobs depend on revenue, quotas …