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Examples of Our Growing Police State?

by Elizabeth on April 12, 2013

in Criminal Justice

When you call the United States a “police state”, people either look at you like you are a paranoid conspiracy theorist or they nod their head in agreement. While the thought of the “land of the free” being anything but free is troubling, to be sure, there are signs that the people of this nation […]

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Elizabeth Renter is a freelance writer and editor who writes about criminal justice issues.

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The possibility of a police officer lying under oath is shocking, we know. But it likely happens far more often than we realize. According to some, it’s the order of the day. Michelle Alexander, author and criminal justice critic asks, who are you more likely to believe—the inmate in the orange jumpsuit or the officer […]

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There’s a reason we don’t know for certain if shootings of civilians by law enforcement are up or down, why we don’t know how many of such shootings are truly justified, or how much of a percentage of the total police killings are actually heard about on the evening news. That reason: no one is […]

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The federal government has threatened local and state police agencies: we will take your funding if you do not mandate body armor for your officers. And the threat seems to be working. According to a new Justice Department study, more than 90% of officers say their department has a mandatory body armor policy. About Connect […]

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There are many consequences to an arrest. In some towns, you get your mugshot in the paper or on a local news site. But a growing business is ensuring that your mugshot is permanently online in a searchable database—only to be removed after you pay a hefty fee. About Connect with me on Google+More Posts […]

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Elementary schools have had “Career days” for decades. Kids get a chance to learn about professions and jobs that might interest them when they get older. One such day at the Tularosa New Mexico Intermediate School likely left many children wondering if growing up to be a cop would involve daily child-police brutality, and it […]

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The Law and Filming Cops

by Shawn on September 20, 2012

in Criminal Justice, General

It comes as little surprise that the laws surrounding electronic recording trail desperately behind the evolution and dispersion of recording technology. Unlike the rapid advance of innovation, the legislative process is slow, and often guided by those who neither understand nor appreciate the interaction of technology and democracy. Nowhere has this been more evident than […]

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A school liaison officer and employee of the Manchester, New Hampshire police department made a questionable arrest involving physical force on a 17 year old student who offered no threat or resistance. The entire scene was caught on camera. That footage was made public, as were subsequent telephone interviews. Now, the man responsible for going […]

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This week the ACLU announced it was launching a “nationwide effort” to find out more about how law enforcement is using automatic license plate readers (ALPR) and what can be done to ensure the rights of the people are protected in their usage. They admit that not a lot is known about how various agencies […]

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Last year, law enforcement agencies across the country made 1.3 million requests for cell phone data. This data, including location information and even text message content, is said to be used for tracking drug dealers and kidnappers. But not everyone is convinced that the requests are warranted. About Connect with me on Google+More Posts (198)

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