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Analysis finds racial disparities in summons for minor violations in 'broken windows' policing

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/summons-broken-windows-racial-disparity-garner-article-1.1890567


EXCLUSIVE: Daily News analysis finds racial disparities in summons for minor violations in 'broken windows' policing

Summons for petty infractions are an element of 'broken windows' policing — and roughly 81% of the 7.3 million people hit with violations between 2001 and 2013 were black and Hispanic. Charges that the NYPD's execution of the policy is racially biased have intensified again since Eric Garner was killed July 17 during an attempted arrest for selling loose cigarettes.

BY Sarah Ryley , Laura Bult , Dareh Gregorian
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, August 4, 2014, 2:00 AM

Every morning, hundreds of people line up at the city’s dingy summons courts, clutching pink tickets for such petty infractions as walking through the park after dark, bicycling on the sidewalk, drinking on the street and even spitting.

They are the human faces of the most prevalent but underscrutinized element of “broken windows” policing, a controversial crime-fighting strategy implemented in the 1990s that focuses on aggressively enforcing quality-of-life offenses to deter more serious ones. And these faces are overwhelmingly black and Hispanic men, a Daily News analysis of first-ever released summons statistics has found.

The number of summonses issued each year has soared since “broken windows” was implemented in the early 1990s — from 160,000 in 1993 to a peak of 648,638 in 2005. Although that number has fallen in recent years — to 431,217 last year and down an additional 17% so far this year — writing out violations still remains the most frequent activity of the New York City Police Department, far surpassing felony and misdemeanor arrests combined...



Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue Aug 5, 2014, 01:12 PM (1 replies)

Compromise Massachusetts gun bill heads to Legislature with tentative agreement on both sides

http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/07/compromise_massachusetts_gun_b.html


Compromise Massachusetts gun bill heads to Legislature with tentative agreement on both sides
Shira Schoenberg | sschoenberg@repub.com By Shira Schoenberg | sschoenberg@repub.com
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on July 31, 2014 at 12:58 PM, updated July 31, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Update, 1:50 p.m.: The Gun Owners' Action League officially came out in support of the bill on Thursday afternoon.

BOSTON — House and Senate negotiators may have done the near-impossible on a bill reforming Massachusetts' gun laws: reached a compromise that pleases both advocates of gun rights and of gun control.

The main sticking point as the committee of conference was negotiating the bill, H. 4376 (read the full text of the bill at the end of this article), was whether to give local police chiefs discretion on whether to issue firearms identification cards, which are required to buy a shotgun or rifle....

...House Speaker Robert DeLeo, a Winthrop Democrat, in the gun bill he proposed, would have given police chiefs the same discretion for a shotgun license as for a handgun license. Pro-gun advocates objected, saying the provision gave too much power to local police chiefs to deny a gun license for no reason. The Senate stripped that provision from their bill, angering gun control advocates.

Late Wednesday night, a committee of conference released its final bill. The bill says that if a person meets the qualifications for a firearms identification card, but a police chief thinks the person is unsuitable for a license, the police chief has 90 days to petition the District Court, and a judge must sign off on the designation. The compromise essentially gives the police chiefs discretion, but shifts the burden of proof by requiring the police chiefs to prove a person is unsuitable.


And that will disappear once the first lawsuit is lost. As one commenter put it:

"The bill says that if a person meets the qualifications for a firearms identification card, but a police chief thinks the person is unsuitable for a license..."

USSC + Heller and Mcdonald = Whats the point? That will come crashing down as soon as the first lawsuit flies. Just a waste of taxpayers money trying to defend it. Do these people even take a millisecond to think about the bigger picture?


Why do you think the Gun Owners' Action League endorsed it? They know the denial
process won't withstand a challenge in Federal court.

Anyway, this bill has a lot of good points, including opening up the background check
system to private sellers and strengthening reporting requirements, and needs to become law.

Thankfully the Democratic Senate leadership told the prohibitionists/authority lovers
to sit down and STFU:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1172149363

Attempt to broaden "may-issue" gets it in the slats in Massachusetts




Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Jul 31, 2014, 08:21 PM (4 replies)

Hillary Clinton's Fifty Shades of Genetically Modified Gaza Gun Control Tea Party...

...and Immigration Discussion thread

There now, I've put as many hot topics in one OP as I could think of...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Jul 28, 2014, 02:54 PM (14 replies)

Source Leaks Secret Guidelines for US Government "Watchlist"

Also posted in the Civil Liberties group:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1168853

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/07/23/source-leaks-secret-guidelines-us-government-watchlist

Published on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
by Common Dreams
Source Leaks Secret Guidelines for US Government "Watchlist"

Reporting by The Intercept reveals that individuals placed on government "watchlist" based on "reasonable suspicion"

by Lauren McCauley, staff writer


“A source within the intelligence community” has leaked the government’s secret guidebook to how it adds names to and manages its controversial terrorist “watchlist” and was published in full by The Intercept on Wednesday.

Reported by Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux, the 166-page document (pdf) issued by the National Counterterrorism Center—and titled “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance”—details the most up-to-date government rules for placing individuals on their main terrorism database, as well as the no-fly list and selectee list. It was developed by representatives from the nation's top military and intelligence bodies including the Pentagon, CIA, NSA, and FBI.

According to the report, in 2013 the Obama administration “quietly approved a substantial expansion” of the watchlist system, “authorizing a secret process that requires neither ‘concrete facts’ nor ‘irrefutable evidence’ to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist.” It was developed behind closed doors by representatives of the nation’s intelligence, military, and law-enforcement establishment, including the Pentagon, CIA, NSA, and FBI.

Scahill and Devereaux report that the guidelines permit “the elastic concept of 'reasonable suspicion' as a standard for determining whether someone is a possible threat.”


The .pdf file is available at:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/documents/1227228/2013-watchlist-guidance.pdf


The Feds seem to think Orwell was writing a manual for governance. Wonder what
DU's own cult of personality will have say about this?
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Jul 24, 2014, 05:38 PM (6 replies)

Source Leaks Secret Guidelines for US Government "Watchlist"

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/07/23/source-leaks-secret-guidelines-us-government-watchlist

Published on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
by Common Dreams
Source Leaks Secret Guidelines for US Government "Watchlist"

Reporting by The Intercept reveals that individuals placed on government "watchlist" based on "reasonable suspicion"

by Lauren McCauley, staff writer


“A source within the intelligence community” has leaked the government’s secret guidebook to how it adds names to and manages its controversial terrorist “watchlist” and was published in full by The Intercept on Wednesday.

Reported by Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux, the 166-page document (pdf) issued by the National Counterterrorism Center—and titled “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance”—details the most up-to-date government rules for placing individuals on their main terrorism database, as well as the no-fly list and selectee list. It was developed by representatives from the nation's top military and intelligence bodies including the Pentagon, CIA, NSA, and FBI.

According to the report, in 2013 the Obama administration “quietly approved a substantial expansion” of the watchlist system, “authorizing a secret process that requires neither ‘concrete facts’ nor ‘irrefutable evidence’ to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist.” It was developed behind closed doors by representatives of the nation’s intelligence, military, and law-enforcement establishment, including the Pentagon, CIA, NSA, and FBI.

Scahill and Devereaux report that the guidelines permit “the elastic concept of 'reasonable suspicion' as a standard for determining whether someone is a possible threat.”


The .pdf file is available at:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/documents/1227228/2013-watchlist-guidance.pdf


The Feds seem to think Orwell was writing a manual for governance...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Jul 24, 2014, 05:31 PM (1 replies)

WaPo: Beretta to move manufacturing jobs out of Maryland, blames state gun laws

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/beretta-to-move-manufacturing-jobs-out-of-maryland-blames-gun-laws/2014/07/22/4e91665e-11eb-11e4-8936-26932bcfd6ed_story.html


Beretta to move manufacturing jobs out of Maryland, blames state gun laws


By Michael S. Rosenwald July 22

Blaming Maryland’s new gun-control laws, Beretta USA said Tuesday that it is relocating its manufacturing operations from Accokeek to Tennessee, a move that will eliminate about 160 jobs in southern Prince George’s County.

The Italian company had disclosed a $45 million plan this year to expand operations to a new factory near Nashville. But Beretta has decided to go beyond that plan because, a senior executive said, the company is “very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory” in Maryland.

Maryland’s new gun restrictions, pushed by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., bans 45 types of assault rifles and put in place tough fingerprint, photo identification and training requirements. Magazines are limited to 10 rounds.

A version of the legislation that passed the state Senate “would have prohibited Beretta ­USA from being able to manufacture, store or even import into the State products that we sell to customers throughout the United States and around the world,” the company said.


My prediction: Gun control advocates will downplay (or avoid discussing altogether)
the economic impact of this move by Beretta, while simultaneously doing nothing
about replacing the lost jobs and tax revenue.

Wonder if Marty O'Malley expects any help from that nice Mr. Bloomberg to
help with the financial impact of this. If so, he'll be sorely disappointed...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Jul 24, 2014, 03:27 AM (46 replies)

Attempt to broaden "may-issue" gets it in the slats in Massachusetts

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/07/17/state-senate-begins-debating-anti-gun-violence-bill/6VnoPwQ5iXb8LRygiqVk0J/story.html


Senators pass an altered gun bill
House provision loses to gun groups


By Joshua Miller
| Globe Staff July 17, 2014

Under pressure from gun rights groups including the National Rifle Association, state senators Thursday rejected a provision aimed at keeping rifles and shotguns out of the hands of dangerous people before approving a broad bill meant to reduce firearm violence.

The provision, which was included in the House version of the legislation that passed last week and the Senate bill that was debated Thursday, would give police chiefs discretion to deny issuing permits for shotguns and rifles to those they deem unsuitable...

...State Senator James E. Timilty, Democrat of Walpole, defended the change, which passed by a vote of 28-10.

He said he was concerned that the provision might violate the US Constitution’s Second Amendment and could have landed the antigun violence measure in court. “I think a suit would have followed,” said Timilty, Senate chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security...


Naturally enough, the usual crowd of prohibitionists have a sad, which is too bad
as the bill has a few good elements previously discussed here:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1172149134
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Jul 19, 2014, 03:02 PM (4 replies)

NSA targets Linux Journal as 'extremist forum': Report

Source: ZDNet


Summary: The NSA is targeting the Linux Journal as an "extremist forum" and flagging its readers as 'extremists', according to source code leaked to German public broadcaster, ARD.

By Leon Spencer | July 4, 2014 -- 02:00 GMT (19:00 PDT)

The Linux Journal, a Linux user community website, has been flagged as an "extremist forum" by the United States' National Security Agency (NSA), while its users have been flagged as "extremists" under the agency's XKeyscore program, according to leaked source code.

The source code, which was published this week by German public broadcaster, ARD, also identified at least two German Tor Directory Authority servers — one in Berlin, the other in Nuremberg — as being under surveillance by the NSA...

...ARD said the XKeyscore rules also show that the NSA tracks all connections to a server hosting part of an anonymous email service at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the US, while also reporting details about visits to the Linux Journal — which it also calls "extremist".

Read more: http://www.zdnet.com/nsa-targets-linux-journal-as-extremist-forum-report-7000031241/



A link to the original report from ARD (in English)

http://daserste.ndr.de/panorama/aktuell/nsa230_page-1.html
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Jul 3, 2014, 10:46 PM (66 replies)

If you're going to appeal to authority in your fight against guns...

...to wit, Warren Burger (the first link is merely the latest example of same):

"Chief Justice Warren Burger on the 2nd Amendment"

http://www.democraticunderground.com/12626815

as well as:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022147913

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1172146191

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1172137826

...do you accept their authority on other issues as well?

Bowers v Hardwick


http://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/478/186#writing-USSC_CR_0478_0186_ZC

Concurrence

BURGER, C.J., Concurring Opinion

CHIEF JUSTICE BURGER, concurring.

I join the Court's opinion, but I write separately to underscore my view that, in constitutional terms, there is no such thing as a fundamental right to commit homosexual sodomy.

As the Court notes, ante at 192, the proscriptions against sodomy have very "ancient roots." Decisions of individuals relating to homosexual conduct have been subject to state intervention throughout the history of Western civilization. Condemnation of those practices is firmly rooted in Judeo-Christian moral and ethical standards. Homosexual sodomy was a capital crime under Roman law. See Code Theod. 9.7.6; Code Just. 9.9.31. See also D. Bailey, Homosexuality and the Western Christian Tradition 70-81 (1975). During the English Reformation, when powers of the ecclesiastical courts were transferred to the King's Courts, the first English statute criminalizing sodomy was passed. 25 Hen. VIII, ch. 6. Blackstone described "the infamous crime against nature" as an offense of "deeper malignity" than rape, a heinous act "the very mention of which is a disgrace to human nature," and "a crime not fit to be named." 4 W. Blackstone, Commentaries *215. The common law of England, including its prohibition of sodomy, became the received law of Georgia and the other Colonies. In 1816, the Georgia Legislature passed the statute at issue here, and that statute has been continuously in force in one form or another since that time. To hold that the act of homosexual sodomy is somehow protected as a fundamental right would be to cast aside millennia of moral teaching.

This is essentially not a question of personal "preferences," but rather of the legislative authority of the State. I find nothing in the Constitution depriving a State of the power to enact the statute challenged here.


Automatically proclaiming the validity of an opinion because Someone Important
Said It is intellectually lazy, morally bankrupt, or both. I leave it to the reader to
determine which of these apply in the linked threads...





Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Jun 22, 2014, 06:56 PM (13 replies)

Internal Police Emails Show Efforts to Hide Use of Cell Phone Tracking

Source: ACLU

Internal Police Emails Show Efforts to Hide Use of Cell Phone Tracking
06/19/2014

By Maria Kayanan, Associate Legal Director, ACLU of Florida at 9:01pm

As we suspected, local law enforcement officials are borrowing cell phone tracking devices known as “stingrays” from the U.S. Marshals Service – and police are deliberately concealing the use of stingrays in court documents submitted to judges in criminal investigations.

The ACLU of Florida is releasing a set of internal police emails obtained through a public records request with the subject line “Trap and Trace Confidentiality”. The documents confirm that local police, working on state court matters, hide behind the sham cloak of the U.S. Marshals’ office to keep the information about stingray use out of court files – and beyond even a court’s custody and reach.

In the email exchange, a Sarasota Police Department sergeant says that in warrant application to a judge, a North Port Police Department detective had “specifically outlined the investigative means used to locate the suspect,” and the sergeant asked that the detective “submit a new PCA and seal the old one.” In other words, fix the old affidavit and keep the use of the stingray equipment secret.

The sergeant also says, “In the past, and at the request of the U.S. Marshalls , the investigative means utilized to locate the suspect have not been revealed so that we may continue to utilize this technology without the knowledge of the criminal element. In reports or depositions we simply refer to the assistance as ‘received information from a confidential source regarding the location of the suspect.’ To date this has not been challenged…”

Read more: https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security-technology-and-liberty/internal-police-emails-show-efforts-hide-use-cell



Remember, citizen: It's better for society that you don't know what surveillance
techniques are being used by law enforcement. Fourth Amendment? HA!

(from the link in the above excerpt)

https://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/assets/aclu_florida_stingray_police_emails.pdf

I just received a phone call from one of our detectives (Tom Laughlin) who is assigned to the U.S.
Marshalls Task Force out of Tampa. He received a call from the ASA Craig Schaefer regarding some
concerns. Schaefer advised him that they received a PCA regarding a NorthPortPD Case 09-031066
in where the detective specifically outlined the investigative means used to locate the suspect. As you are aware for some time now, the US Marshalls and I believe FDLE have had equipment which enables law enforcement to ping a suspects cell phone and pin point his/her exact location in an effort to apprehend suspects involved in serious crimes. In the past, and at the request of the U.S. Marshalls, the investigative means utilized to locate the suspect have not been revealed so that we may continue to utilize this technology without the knowledge of the criminal element. In reports or depositions we simply refer to the assistance as " received information from a confidential source regarding the location of the suspect." To date this has not been challenged, since it is not an integral part of the actual crime that occurred.

The ASA was not sure what agency your Detective Sinehth used that had the equipment that enabled him/her to locate his suspect. They were concerned as we all are, that by providing these specifics on a PCA, could jeopardize future investigations attempting to locate fugitives. The Tampa Office of the US Marshalls was not involved in the case, and they are not aware of who was. If this is in fact one of your cases, could you please entertain either having the Detective submit a new PCA and seal the old one, or at minimum instruct the detectives for future cases, regarding the fact that it is unnecessary to provide investigative means to anyone outside of law enforcement , especially in a public document. Please note that I am passing information on to you, and I have not been able to confirm that the case or detective are affiliated with NPPD


"Most open...", my ass!
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Jun 20, 2014, 01:52 AM (9 replies)
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