Pittsburgh’s hunt for a police chief drawing to a close

By   /  August 26, 2014  /  community, Ethics, Local News, News, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

Map by City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

Pittsburgh’s drawn-out process to find a new chief of police – since the last one is now in federal prison – is nearly complete. After community meetings, a screening committee is now reviewing applications and the selection should be made by the end of September.

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In June, U.S. House could have defunded Defense Department program that militarizes police

By   /  August 21, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Federal Government, Issues, National, News, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
The nightly clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo., have prompted a national conversation about the militarization of small town cops.
Much of that militarization — at least in terms of equipment, if not tactics — is the direct result of the 1033 Program, which allows the Defense Department to transfer military surplus [...]

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Missouri lawmaker tried to restrict public info on police shootings earlier this year

By   /  August 15, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Missouri, National, News, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
Much of the nation’s attention has been turned on the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., this week as civilian protesters and police officers have clashed in a hail of flash-bang grenades, tear gas and riot gear.
The protests began after a still-unnamed St. Louis County police officer shot and killed 18-year-old [...]

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House arrest for Philly cop who dangled man from 18th story balcony

By   /  August 14, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

CORRUPT COPS: Six officers working as part of a narcotics unit in Philadelphia were threatening, abusing and robbing drug dealers - then reselling the drugs, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. (Photos provided by the Philadelphia Police Department)

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
Three Philadelphia narcotics cops who were charged with a variety of federal crimes committed while on-duty were released and confined to house arrest this week as they await trial.
Among them is Linwood Norman, who allegedly lifted a suspect off his feet and “leaned him over a balcony railing on the [...]

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In Minnesota, conservatives and progressives score victory over abusive forfeiture laws

By   /  August 7, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Issues, Minnesota, News, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

SEIZED: Police are allowed to seize property, including cash, that they believe may have been purchased with drug money or is illegal for other reasons. In Minnesota, they will have to get a criminal conviction first.

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
MINNEAPOLIS – In 2007, police officers working on an anti-gang strike force in the Twin Cities’ metro area pulled over a man driving a motorcycle, allegedly because he was speeding.
A subsequent search turned up a small amount of marijuana and $1,306 in cash. The police seized the drugs, the money and [...]

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Grand jury report adds extortion to list of Ironworkers alleged crimes

By   /  August 1, 2014  /  News, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse, unions  /  No Comments

BROTHERLY LOVE? Not so much, it seems, when dealing with the Ironworkers' Local 401 union, which had more charges leveled against its members this week.

Two counts of extortion have been added to the litany of charges leveled at members of the powerful Ironworkers Local 401 union in Philadelphia.

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