34 criminal cases tossed after body cam footage shows cop planting drugs | Ars Technica UK

“It is incumbent upon us as prosecutors to be the ministers of justice.”

Source: 34 criminal cases tossed after body cam footage shows cop planting drugs | Ars Technica UK

Court: State Not Justified In Seizing Grandmother’s House After Her Son Sold $140 Of Marijuana | Techdirt

Pennsylvania has some of the worst civil asset forfeiture laws in the country. At the top of list of perverse incentives? 100% of proceeds go to the agency that seized the property. As a result, all sorts of abusive forfeitures occur. In one case, law enforcement seized a couple’s house because of a single $40 drug sale by their son.

Source: Court: State Not Justified In Seizing Grandmother’s House After Her Son Sold $140 Of Marijuana | Techdirt

We are ‘heroes,’ says police chief whose force frisked a photographer • The Register


Brit plod used Terrorism Act to collar snapper. Hello, 2005

Source: We are ‘heroes,’ says police chief whose force frisked a photographer • The Register

US border cops must get warrants to search citizens’ gadgets – draft bipartisan law emerges • The Register

Right now, anyone – citizen or not – entering the Land of the FreeTM can be subject to warrantless probing of their electronics, which can be seized for further study in the lab for months if necessary. It’s just that citizens can’t be prevented from entering their home country: you can have your equipment taken and scanned, you can be questioned for hours, but you’re still ultimately allowed in. Foreigners, on the other hand, have no such protections: they can be searched, grilled, and sent back the way they came, if immigration officials deem you to be a problem.
The draft legislation – which is still in its early stages – is essentially designed to make it a lot tougher to stop and search citizens on the spot when they return to the US of A. However, the bill is weighed down with one major caveat. If officers have serious concerns about a traveller but have no time to get a warrant, they can seize the electronics and later apply for a warrant retroactively. If the warrant application fails, all the information harvested must be destroyed and may not be used in further prosecutions.

Source: US border cops must get warrants to search citizens’ gadgets – draft bipartisan law emerges • The Register

Lawsuit: Police Destroyed Farm House To Capture Homeless Man Armed With An Ice Cream Bar | Techdirt

All of this military-like activity was implemented and completed without Jessen’s request, approval, or consent. Jessens are informed and believe the training operation was undertaken because the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department and/or Clovis Police Department had found, by accident, the perfect location to conduct a training exercise on a rural home, on a dead-end street, in rural Fresno County, where “civilians” were not present, “civilians” were not going to congregate, “civilians” were not going to observe or interfere with the military training assault on the Jessen’s home and the situation posed no risk of injury to the officers. The Fresno County Sheriff‘s Department and Clovis Police Department seized upon this fortuitous opportunity to engage in a real-life training exercise.

Source: Lawsuit: Police Destroyed Farm House To Capture Homeless Man Armed With An Ice Cream Bar | Techdirt

Shannon Hurd Got a Life Sentence for Stealing $14. Then He Died in Prison From Untreated Cancer.


Despite his relatively minor crime, at trial the state of Louisiana cast Shannon as “the worst kind of defendant. He’s a predator.”

Source: Shannon Hurd Got a Life Sentence for Stealing $14. Then He Died in Prison From Untreated Cancer.

Court Says Tossing A Flashbang Grenade Into A Room With A Toddler Is ‘Unreasonable’ Police Behavior | Techdirt

The Evansville (IN) Police Department has seen a drug bust go up in a cloud of flashbang smoke. A search warrant for drugs and weapons, based on an informant’s tip, was executed perfectly… if you’re the sort of person who believes it takes a dozen heavily-armed officers, a Lenco Bearcat, and two flashbangs to grab a suspect no one felt like arresting when he was outside alone taking out his trash.
The state appeals court decision hinges on the deployment of a flashbang grenade into a room containing a toddler. Fortunately, in this case, the toddler was only frightened, rather than severely burned. But it was this tossed flashbang that ultimately undoes the PD’s case. The evidence is suppressed and the conviction reversed.

Source: Court Says Tossing A Flashbang Grenade Into A Room With A Toddler Is ‘Unreasonable’ Police Behavior | Techdirt

City Passes Ordinance Mandating CCTV Surveillance By Businesses, Including Doctors And Lawyers Offices | Techdirt

All commercial businesses located here will now be required to install and maintain security cameras or face a fine or jail following passage of a new citywide ordinance by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen Tuesday night.“A matter that has been of increasing concern to the board lately is keeping the citizens of Madison safe, as well as the people who come here to visit our stores, through the use of security cameras,” City Attorney John Hedglin said. “It’s very important to have a record of what happens in as many places as possible.”The ordinance has 30 days before it takes effect.

Source: City Passes Ordinance Mandating CCTV Surveillance By Businesses, Including Doctors And Lawyers Offices | Techdirt

NYPD Officers Search Wrong Home; Post Photos Of Handcuffed Family To Snapchat | Techdirt


A family in Brooklyn is outraged after NYPD officers raided their home, put everyone in handcuffs and then posted a picture of them on social media with the caption “Merry Christmas Its NYPD.” The ordeal led to the suspension of an officer.The Brownsville residents were so upset that not only did they file a report, but they also called 911.

Source: NYPD Officers Search Wrong Home; Post Photos Of Handcuffed Family To Snapchat | Techdirt