Sheriff Says He Won’t Deploy Body Cameras Because He Doesn’t Want His Deputies Criticized | Techdirt


Something’s very wrong with Albuquerque-area law enforcement. The Albuquerque Police Department has been described as a “criminal enterprise.” These words didn’t come from an activist group or an enraged op-ed in the local paper, but rather from a departing District Attorney in a letter to the DOJ.The DOJ is at least partially aware of the Albuquerque PD’s criminal activities. Its 2014 investigation concluded APD officers routinely engaged in indiscriminate force deployment. Worse, those above the officers did almost nothing to curb misconduct and brutality. Beyond shooting citizens at an alarming rate, APD officers were found to be tampering with camera footage — an accusation brought by a private employee of the department in an affidavit presented to a judge.

Source: Sheriff Says He Won’t Deploy Body Cameras Because He Doesn’t Want His Deputies Criticized | Techdirt

Traditional oil paintings of Star Wars Lightsabers by Drew Baker — Kickstarter

So this guy is going to make copies of intellectual properties belonging to Lucasarts/Disney for profit, and doesn’t expect any problems with that…

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/drewbaker/traditional-oil-paintings-of-star-wars-lightsabers

Israel Uses U.S. Tax Dollars to Abuse Palestinian Children. This Bill Would Put An End To That.


CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS are frequent victims of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. They face physical abuse by Israeli military forces and are shuffled through an unfair court system without access to legal counsel or even their parents.The United States has long subsidized these abuses, giving billions of dollars in military aid to Israel every year. Now, a group of Democratic members of Congress is saying enough is enough.Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., and nine co-sponsors on Tuesday introduced legislation that would require the U.S. State Department to certify every year that American military aid is not being used to fund the systematic abuse of Palestinian children.If passed, the bill — titled the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act — would explicitly prohibit U.S. aid from being used by Israel to support the administrative detention or physical abuse of Palestinian children. The bill says that detention of Palestinian children is “inconsistent with the values of the United States.”

Source: Israel Uses U.S. Tax Dollars to Abuse Palestinian Children. This Bill Would Put An End To That.

Investigation Shows Chicago PD Has Zero Interest In Holding Its Officers Accountable | Techdirt

That’s just the latest in a long line of travesties committed by the Chicago PD. This follows other such lowlights as the PD operating its own Constitution-free “black site” inside the city, where criminal suspects were taken, detained, and interrogated with zero regard for their civil liberties. When Chicago police officers aren’t shooting people and lying about it, they’re participating in god knows what other sorts of misconduct after tampering with their recording devices.The reason it’s taken so long for anything to be done about this is a lack of accountability. Those up top feel no compunction to punish officers for misdeeds, often only following through when forced to by public outcry. When it does finally occur, it’s years after the fact and often reduced to wrist slap.

Source: Investigation Shows Chicago PD Has Zero Interest In Holding Its Officers Accountable | Techdirt

Detroit Police Officers End Up Fighting Each Other After Undercover Drug Raid Goes Awry 


This is as dumb as the headline suggests. Cops from two Detroit police precincts exchanged punches and pulled guns on one another, after an undercover drug raid didn’t go exactly as planned, according to reports. An internal investigation is now underway.

Source: Detroit Police Officers End Up Fighting Each Other After Undercover Drug Raid Goes Awry 

LA Times: You can’t read our Thor review because Disney is mad | Ars Technica


Studios commonly offer movie reviewers advance screenings of their movies so they have time to write their reviews (Ars included) before the movies become available to the general public. The Los Angeles Times is the paper of record for the Los Angeles metro area, so you’d expect its writers to have easy access to these movie screenings. But in a Friday tweetstorm, LA Times writer Glenn Whipp said that Disney had banned the paper from screenings of movies like Thor: Ragnarok in retaliation for its critical coverage of Disney’s relationship with the city of Anaheim, home of Disneyland.

Source: LA Times: You can’t read our Thor review because Disney is mad | Ars Technica

There’s a Shady Puerto Rico Contract You Didn’t Hear About

National outrage has led to the cancellation of a suspicious $300 million contract doled out to a tiny Montana company that was oddly tasked with rebuilding large parts of Puerto Rico’s electric grid. A separate $200 million contract has faced little scrutiny, but may ultimately be even more scandalous for what it says about the effort to rebuild the island in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Source: There’s a Shady Puerto Rico Contract You Didn’t Hear About