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A LaSalle County judge in Illinois has ordered the state appellate prosecutor's office to review the controversial strip search of a woman by LaSalle County Sheriff's deputies, three male and one female.
According to an early story by NBC,
A second story by ABC indicates that the Sheriff is defending the practice by saying that the forced stripping of the woman did not violate Illinois law because it was not technically a strip search:
Posted by AnotherMcIntosh | Fri Nov 8, 2013, 10:50 PM (2 replies)
The City Administrator for the river town of Louisiana, Mississipi said that a house fire started in an electrical outlet while a 3-year old boy's parents had fallen asleep. By the time they awoke, smoke and flames prevented them from reaching their son whose bedroom was at the front of the house. They fled through the back and the father tried to re-enter the home from the front.
A firefighter also tried to save the toddler, but the house was too hot for him to enter.
While the child was burning and the father, age 31, was trying to get back into the house, one of the cops zapped him with a Taser. His mother saw them zap her son three times, twice after they put handcuffs on him. The last time was after they put handcuffs on him and had him in the back of one of their squad cars.
What's response from the City Administrator?
They didn't discipline the cop in any way. They didn't even put him on paid leave.
Posted by AnotherMcIntosh | Thu Nov 7, 2013, 09:17 PM (19 replies)
Congress shall make no law ... abridging ... freedom of speech ...
"Heidi Boghosian of the National Lawyers Guild testified: "Revelations of NSA surveillance in the press has caused NLG members working on litigation and advocacy to restrict discussion of legal strategy, case updates and confidential information to in-person meetings or to written correspondence sent by mail. Practical restraints on the frequency of these meetings results-in less robust information to pass between attorneys and has potentially hindered Guild members from providing as vigorous a legal representation as would have otherwise been possible with secure electronic communication channels."
"Dinah PoKempner for Human Rights Watch said: "While it is difficult to get precise information about communications that did not occur, based on the concerns raised by others, I believe that some individuals may have refrained from reporting human rights abuses to us and some partners may have refrained from contacting us due to their concerns about security and confidentiality."
"Several organizations said that they have received markedly fewer hotline calls after Snowden's revelation.
"Acorn Active Media, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees, Calguns Foundation, Charity & Security Network, Franklin Armory, Free Press, Free Software Foundation, First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, Greenpeace, Media Alliance, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, People for the American Way, Public Knowledge, Patient Privacy Rights Foundation, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, TechFreedom, and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee also filed declarations regarding the chilling effect knowledge of NSA surveillance has had on their members' exercise of free speech.
"Section 215 is a simple statute designed to give the FBI something like the subpoena power available in criminal investigations," attorney Thomas Moore, an EFF special counsel, said in a statement. "It was not intended to authorize the dragnet surveillance the NSA has undertaken. A government of the people, by the people, and for the people should not be spying on the people."
Posted by AnotherMcIntosh | Thu Nov 7, 2013, 06:15 PM (2 replies)
“Democracy means that if the doorbell rings in the early hours, it is likely to be the milkman.”—Winston Churchill
"It’s 3 a.m. You’ve been asleep for hours when suddenly you hear a loud “Crash! Bang! Boom!” Based on the yelling, shouting and mayhem, it sounds as if someone—or several someones—are breaking through your front door. With your heart racing and your stomach churning, all you can think about is keeping your family safe from the intruders who have invaded your home. You have mere seconds before the intruders make their way to your bedroom. Desperate to protect your loved ones, you scramble to lay hold of something—anything—that you might use in self-defense. It might be a flashlight, your son’s baseball bat, or that still unloaded gun you thought you’d never need. In a matter of seconds, the intruders are at your bedroom door. You brace for the confrontation, a shaky grip on your weapon. In the moments before you go down for the count, shot multiple times by the strangers who have invaded your home, you get a good look at your accosters. It’s the police.
Seven-year-old Aiyana Jones was sleeping on her living room sofa, which was positioned under a window, when suddenly, the silence of the night was shattered by a flash grenade thrown through the living room window, followed by the sounds of police bursting into the apartment and a gun going off. Rushing into the room, Aiyana’s father, Charles, found himself tackled by police and forced to lie on the floor, his face in a pool of his daughter’s blood. It would be hours before Charles would be informed that his daughter was dead. The 34-year-old suspect the police had been looking for would later be found elsewhere in the apartment building.
During a raid in Ogden, Utah, police dressed in black and carrying assault rifles charged into a darkened home. Upon entering the hallway and encountering a man holding a shiny object that one officer thought was a sword, police opened fire. Three shots later, 45-year-old Todd Blair fell to the floor dead. In his hands was a shiny golf club.
Many more examples are listed.
Posted by AnotherMcIntosh | Tue Oct 29, 2013, 01:43 PM (6 replies)
wife holding a letter opener.
The husband said he called the Dallas Alzheimer's Association hotline after his wife became agitated with him while holding a letter opener. In his federal complaint, he said that the Dallas Alzheimer's Association then contacted Lewisville police without his consent.
When the police arrived, a police sergeant "immediately attempted to remove David from the back yard while holding an orange shotgun in his hand." When the husband saw the shotgun, he tried to explain that he could calm her down and that no force would be needed. As indicated in his complain, he repeatedly pleaded with the sergeant to "put the gun away."
The police ultimately shot her with less-than-lethal rounds several times, including after she managed to get back on her feet while trying to walk away from the officers. They also Tasered her twice.
The husband also stated that his wife's wrist was broken in two places and she needed 17 staples inserted for injuries inflicted by the police. In addition, and what the husband says is worse, is that the episode "increased the severity of her Alzheimer's and she now requires around-the-clock nursing staff."
Posted by AnotherMcIntosh | Fri Sep 27, 2013, 12:33 AM (44 replies)
An Indiana cop who was fired after using a Taser five times in rapid succession on a nursing home patient with Alzheimer's disease -- for a total of 31 seconds and contrary to certification instructions regarding the increase risk of death for such usage beyone 15 seconds -- challenged his firing in court.
A trial judge determined that he had acted reasonably and should not have been fired, even though the Alzheimer's patient was handcuffed after the third Taser application. That judge decided that the Board of Public Works and Safety for Peru, Indiana improperly fired the cop.
In contrast, at the appellate level, the Judge Bailey for Indiana Court of Appeals wrote
As shown by the actions of the trial judge, the cops are not the only ones out of control.
Posted by AnotherMcIntosh | Fri Sep 13, 2013, 01:51 AM (1 replies)
Posted by AnotherMcIntosh | Sat Aug 31, 2013, 12:50 PM (14 replies)
Can it be that they just don't know how to find a military recruiter for themselves or family members?
We can help.
Here, for example, is the phone number to give them so that they can receive more information or learn the phone number and location of the nearest Army recruiter: 1-888-550-ARMY (2769).
Cyber-recruiters are standing by.
Posted by AnotherMcIntosh | Wed Aug 28, 2013, 09:40 AM (3 replies)
As noted in the Latest Breaking News forum http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014574762#post4 , a 71 yr old retiree shot and killed a prison escapee who was holding him and his wife hostage while on the run from authorities.
An escaped convict broke into the home of a southwest Iowa couple and held them at gunpoint for several hours before one of the hostages shot and killed the intruder, police said Tuesday.
Rodney Eugene Long, 38, broke out of the Clarinda Correctional Facility about 20 miles away on Friday. He is accused of shooting Taylor County deputy Sunday night after stealing a gun in a home burglary and led police on a 40-minute chase, triggering a massive manhunt Monday in the area.
Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/20/des-moines-prison-fugitive-killed/2675733/
Now let's hear the "gun-nut" attacks on the shotgun owning homeowner who saved his wife and himself.
Let's hear from the take-away-guns-from-everyone advocates.
Let's hear from the guns-should-not-be-owned-for-self-defense-in-the-homes advocates.
Let's hear it from those who want to revive the 1993 AWB and expect different results in the next election. Let's hear it from those who want to disregard Bill Clinton's analysis:
In his book "My Life," in which he analyzed the loss of Congress to the Republicans in 1994, he wrote:
Posted by AnotherMcIntosh | Sat Aug 24, 2013, 12:13 PM (7 replies)
More than an hour after a father called 911 in Sacramento County to calmly ask for assistance for his son who was stressed after meeting for the first time with a psychiatrist, and who had since taken his medication and fallen asleep on a mattress in the living room, a deputy arrived at their home, ignored the parents’ efforts to explain that an officer’s intervention was no longer necessary, barged into their home without permission, and twice yelled “Get up!”
The son, although starled, stood up as directed. Then, while apparently expecting to be handcuffed, faced the wall and put his hands behind his back.
The deputy then ordered the son, whose mental illness included an extreme phobia of germs, to “get on the ground.” The son, who the parents say was psychologically unable to lie down on a dirty floor, started to get down but then stood back up while asking the deputy to arrest him.
For purposes of understanding the events, the deputy’s name is McEntire, the son’s name was Johnathan, the father's name is Ted Rose. http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/07/09/59178.htm
The father, who was reportedly shocked by the bizarre turn of events, grabbed his son in an attempt to end the physical confrontation.
The parents say that the deputy who killed their son lacked training. They said that any reasonably trained officer would have responded without escalating the situation and using unnecessary deadly force.
Posted by AnotherMcIntosh | Tue Jul 9, 2013, 11:09 PM (23 replies)