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

Officer Clocks Police Chief Driving 107 MPH, Laughs It Off Without Giving Him A Ticket


According to CBS affiliate THV11, Arkansas police recently clocked the Brinkley Police Department chief driving 107 mph in his personal truck. An officer asked a state trooper to help pull the truck over, only to walk up and recognize the boss. They laughed it off, and THV11 reports that they didn’t give him a ticket.

Source: Officer Clocks Police Chief Driving 107 MPH, Laughs It Off Without Giving Him A Ticket

Appeals Court To Cops: If You ‘Don’t Have Time’ For ‘Constitutional Bullshit,’ You Don’t Get Immunity | Techdirt

The officer who had asked for his key told him: “I don’t have time to play this constitutional bullshit. We’re going to break down your door. You’re going to have to pay for a new door.” Corrigan Dep. 94:15–18. Corrigan responded, “It looks like I’m paying for a new door, then. I’m not giving you consent to go into my place.”

Source: Appeals Court To Cops: If You ‘Don’t Have Time’ For ‘Constitutional Bullshit,’ You Don’t Get Immunity | Techdirt

Prosecutor Shuts Down New Orleans Cop’s Attempt To Charge Arrestee With Hate Crime For Insulting Responding Officers | Techdirt

The Louisiana legislature decided to help out its most underprivileged constituents — law enforcement officers — by making it a felony to “attack” them using nothing more than words.

Source: Prosecutor Shuts Down New Orleans Cop’s Attempt To Charge Arrestee With Hate Crime For Insulting Responding Officers | Techdirt

Meanwhile, in America: Half of adults’ faces are in police databases • The Register


‘It is out of control,’ think tank thinks

Source: Meanwhile, in America: Half of adults’ faces are in police databases • The Register

“Deadly Heat” in U.S. Prisons Is Killing Inmates and Spawning Lawsuits


IN THE SUMMER months, 84 inmates at the Price Daniel Unit, a medium-security prison four hours west of Dallas, share a 10-gallon cooler of water that’s kept locked in a common area. An inmate there can expect to receive one 8 oz. cup every four hours, according to Benny Hernandez, a man serving a 10-year sentence at the prison. The National Academy of Medicine recommends that adults drink about twice that amount under normal conditions and even more in hot climates. According to Hernandez, in the summer the temperature in his prison’s housing areas can reach an astonishing 140 degrees.The prison provides ice for the cooler twice a day, but the ice has long melted before the hottest part of the day, he wrote in a post on Prison Writers, a website where inmates share their experiences behind bars. “Prisoners look upon the summer months in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) with dread and trepidation,” he wrote. “For one is acutely aware that one may not survive another summer. Many do not.”

Source: “Deadly Heat” in U.S. Prisons Is Killing Inmates and Spawning Lawsuits

Images of Militarized Police in Baton Rouge Draw Global Attention


Photographs and video of heavily armed police officers arresting protesters in Baton Rouge over the weekend reverberated on social networks around the world.

Source: Images of Militarized Police in Baton Rouge Draw Global Attention

The U.S. Is the Only Country That Routinely Sentences Children to Life in Prison Without Parole

Defying the Supreme Court, some states are still putting minors in prison for life despite mitigating circumstances.

Source: The U.S. Is the Only Country That Routinely Sentences Children to Life in Prison Without Parole