Get out of Jail free card

Pennsylvania legislators prepare to mint a new Get Out of Jail Free card for cops who kill.

Update: Link fixed. This link has been annoying.

Edina, Minnesota, cops want to hoover the google.

Internet giant Google is vowing to fight a search warrant demanding that Edina police be able to collect information on any resident who used certain search terms as authorities try to locate a thief who swindled a resident out of $28,500.

Privacy law experts say that the warrant is based on an unusually broad definition of probable cause that could set a troubling precedent.

“This kind of warrant is cause for concern because it’s closer to these dragnet searches that the Fourth Amendment is designed to prevent,” said William McGeveran, a law professor at the University of Minnesota.

Issued by Hennepin County District Judge Gary Larson in early February, the warrant pertains to anyone who searched variations of the resident’s name on Google from Dec. 1 through Jan. 7.

In addition to basic contact information for people targeted by the warrant, Google is being asked to provide Edina police with their Social Security numbers, account and payment information, and IP (internet protocol) and MAC (media access control) addresses.

The case involve some kind of identity theft that led to financial fraud. The Barney Fife’s seem to think that Google was used to find a photo that was involved in the fraud.

Details at the link.

Words fail me.

15 March 2017 · Comments Off on Immunity Impunity, Politzei uber Alles Dept. · Categories: "That Conversation about Race", Enforcers

Perhaps you heard about the cop who tried to roust an Uber driver who refused to get out his car when ordered and who recorded the incident to boot; the driver turned out to be a Not Black lawyer. Here’s bit from the story as reported in the Raleigh News and Observer:

A Wilmington (North Carolina–ed.) police officer was caught on camera telling an Uber driver that it’s against the law to record police.

There is no such law.

Now comes Barry Sanders a-wondering:

Can you imagine, though, if Jesse Bright had been named Jamal Bright or Daquan Bright or Hector Gonzalez Bright and had asserted his right to keep filming, and then on top of everything else had refused to get out of the car?

Follow the link for his answer.

01 March 2017 · Comments Off on A Surfeit of Innocence · Categories: Enforcers

09 December 2016 · Comments Off on The Blue Card: “Don’t Leave Home without It” · Categories: Enforcers

Image:  Cop holding up card that says,


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07 December 2016 · Comments Off on Immunity Impunity · Categories: "That Conversation about Race", Enforcers

05 December 2016 · Comments Off on Driving while Black . . . (Updated) · Categories: "That Conversation about Race", Enforcers

. . . is a dangerous thing to do. Here’s a bit from a report at The Root:

In a first of its kind investigation, USA Today found that black people in the U.S. have been killed in police chases at a rate nearly three times higher than anyone else. The rub is that this included both those fleeing law enforcement and innocent bystanders. The outlet was able to thoroughly and meticulously illustrate yet another example of long-standing and deadly inequality in U.S. policing.

Pursuits are among the most dangerous police activities. They have killed more than 6,200 people since 1999. Black people make up 13 percent of the U.S. population but are 28 percent of those killed in pursuits whose race was known.

Among the findings (which strongly confirm a disparity and a likely bias in policing):

  • Blacks have been killed at a disproportionate rate in pursuits every year since 1999. On average, 90 black people were killed each year in police chases, nearly double what would be expected based on their percentage of the population.
  • Deadly pursuits of black drivers were twice as likely to start over minor offenses or non-violent crimes. In 2013 and 2014, nearly every deadly pursuit triggered by an illegally tinted window, a seat-belt violation or the smell of marijuana involved a black driver.
  • Black people were more likely than whites to be chased in more crowded urban areas, during peak traffic hours and with passengers in their cars, all factors that can increase the danger to innocent bystanders. Chases of black motorists were about 70 percent more likely to wind up killing a bystander.

Oh me, oh my, I wonder why.

Much more at the link.

Addendum, Just a Little Later:

If these folks had been Not White, do you think police would have peppered them with spray or with bullets?

Be honest, now.

20 October 2016 · Comments Off on Plain To See · Categories: "That Conversation about Race", Enforcers

Title:  Law and Order 101.  Image:  Two scenes showing a demonstration.  Demonstrators are carrying signs saying

Via Job’s Anger.

10 October 2016 · Comments Off on Training Day · Categories: "That Conversation about Race", Enforcers

Caption:  Maybe it's a training problem.  Image:  Police training instructor holds picture of Innocent bland man facing the other way as cops waring armor scream,

08 October 2016 · Comments Off on A Poem, Not by Henry Gibson · Categories: Enforcers

Oh, hell. I couldn’t resist.

04 October 2016 · Comments Off on Fear Is a Defense (Updated) · Categories: "That Conversation about Race", Enforcers

At the Boston Review, Simon Waxman examines a recent Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling that a black man’s running from the cops is not in and of itself an offense. Rather, indeed, it can be justifiable due to a history of police conduct. Here’s an excerpt; follow the link for the full article.

In its ruling, the Massachusetts high court overturned the conviction of Jimmy Warren, a black man who was arrested at gunpoint by Boston police in December 2011 on suspicion of burglary. According to police, Warren and an associate fit a vague witness description of the thieves: black men wearing hooded sweatshirts. Shortly after the crime, Warren and his companion were approached by a Boston police officer in a cruiser, who shouted to them. They jogged away, and the officer called for backup. Two more officers arrived, leading to a foot chase. Eventually Warren was cornered and taken into custody. He had none of the stolen items, but a pistol was found discarded nearby, and he was later charged with and convicted for unlawful possession of a firearm.

On appeal, the SJC determined that the vague description of Warren and his companion, and their flight from officers, were insufficient grounds for a police seizure. In doing so, the justices validated, to some degree, black men’s fear of police.

The ruling acknowledges that, in light of enduring police misconduct, black men have good reason to flee the police.

Addendum, Later That Same Day:

In the Vice Presidential Debate, Mike Pence said it’s better not to talk about this sort of stuff so as to avoid hurting the fee-fees of the po-po.

Addendum Afterthought:

The creative thinking of those who would defend racism and racist behavior does tend to amaze, does it not?

30 September 2016 · Comments Off on Bus Stop · Categories: "That Conversation about Race", Enforcers

Just read it.

30 September 2016 · Comments Off on Tarheel Transparency · Categories: "That Conversation about Race", Enforcers

North Carolina Pol saying,


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29 September 2016 · Comments Off on At a Glance · Categories: "That Conversation about Race", Enforcers

Badtux.

I have nothing to add.

28 September 2016 · Comments Off on A Picture Is Worth · Categories: Enforcers

“Not in Service.”

27 September 2016 · Comments Off on The View from Afar · Categories: "That Conversation about Race", Enforcers

Leonard Pitts, Jr., wonders how they do it.

25 September 2016 · Comments Off on The Thin Blue Line · Categories: Enforcers

Man lying on ground as uniformed officer's hands holding gun point at him.  Officer says,

24 September 2016 · Comments Off on Dog Whistles Police Whistles · Categories: Enforcers, Politics of Hate

24 September 2016 · Comments Off on All That Was Old Is New Again · Categories: "That Conversation about Race", Enforcers

Back in the olden days, when I was a young ‘un, segregationists would always claim that civil rights demonstrations were the work of “outside agitators” because, according to them, “our darkies are happy darkies.”

I guess it’s comforting that some things haven’t changed.

23 September 2016 · Comments Off on Speaking of Gamers · Categories: Enforcers

If this doesn’t make you uncomfortable, you haven’t been paying attention.

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