Alternet - A new study released by the Washington Post reveals that for every 1000 people killed at the hands of police, only one officer is convicted of a crime. Since 2005, although there have been thousands of fatal shootings by police officers, only 54 have been charged. Of those charged, most were cleared or acquitted.
Washington Post - Whenever Chicago Police commander Jon Burge needed a confession, he would walk into the interrogation room and set down a little black box, his alleged victims would later tell prosecutors. The box had two wires and a crank. Burge, they alleged, would attach one wire to the suspects handcuffed ankles and the other to his manacled hands. Then, they said, Burge would place a plastic bag over the suspects head. Finally, he would crank his little black box and listen to the screams of pain as electricity coursed through the suspects body.
When he hit me with the voltage, thats when I started gritting, crying, hollering. It [felt] like a thousand needles going through my body, Anthony Holmes told prosecutors during a 2006 investigation into Burge. And then after that, it just [felt] like, you knowit [felt] like something just burning me from the inside, and, um, I shook, I gritted, I hollered, then I passed out.
Holmes, who eventually gave what he says was a false confession and was convicted of murder in 1973, is one of as many as 120 African-American men on Chicagos South Side who were allegedly tortured by Burge between 1972 and 1991.
Though prosecutors accumulated evidence against Burge they thought sufficient to establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, the statute of limitations prevented prosecution. Burge instead went to jail for perjury later, for denying his role under oath.
On Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the establishment of a $5.5 million fund for these victims
Intercept -In Ferguson, at least 16,000 individuals had arrest warrants last year compared with the towns total population of just 21,000 residents. In nearby City of St. Louis, the 75,000 outstanding arrest warrants are equivalent to about one-quarter of the population, part of a county-wide problem of cash-strapped cities incentivized to squeeze their residents with fines, as The Washington Post put it. One city, Pine Lawn, Missouri, recently had 23,000 open arrest warrants compared with the citys population of just 3,275 residents; court fees and traffic tickets make up nearly 30 percent of its municipal revenue. Getting tickets and getting them fixed are two actions that define living in the St. Louis area, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported earlier this month.
Mass Privatel - Police all over the country are using 'Smart Meter' data to identify homes that are potentially growing marijuana. Homes that grow marijuana tend to use more electricity than other homes.
In 2011, the Columbus Dispatch reported that at an average of 60 subpoenas are filed each month statewide by law-enforcement agencies seeking energy-use records from various utility companies. We're obligated when we get these requests, a spokesperson for American Electric Power said to the newspaper at the time. There's not an option to say no.
It [Smart Meter] collects the data every five minutes, then after midnight, the cellphone thats built in here comes on, makes one call, and calls it in to the database that we and the customer, through a password security system, have online access to their consumption, Long Beach Water Department General Manager Kevin Wattier was quoted as saying after using smart meters to bust a local business that overwatered its lawn.
The accuracy is just incredible, because we get the data the next day. Using data collected by the warrantless-surveillance meters, Wattier said he knew exactly when to send out his employees to gather videotaped evidence of the infraction. We are using it specifically for an enforcement tool to go after those customers who weve gotten lots of complaints about, the water boss continued, adding that smart meters would be used to target homes and businesses alike....
Eight ways 'Smart Meters' are spying on you:
1. They individually identify electrical devices inside the home and record when they are operated causing invasion of privacy.
2. They monitor household activity and occupancy in violation of rights and domestic security.
3. They transmit wireless signals which may be intercepted by unauthorized and unknown parties. Those signals can be used to monitor behavior and occupancy and they can be used by criminals to aid criminal activity against the occupants.
4. Data about occupants daily habits and activities are collected, recorded and stored in permanent databases which are accessed by parties not authorized or invited to know and share that private data.
5. Those with access to the smart meter databases can review a permanent history of household activities complete with calendar and time-of-day metrics to gain a highly invasive and detailed view of the lives of the occupants.
6. Those databases may be shared with, or fall into the hands of criminals, blackmailers, law enforcement, private hackers of wireless transmissions, power company employees, and other unidentified parties who may act against the interests of the occupants under metered surveillance.
7. Smart Meters are, by definition, surveillance devices which violate Federal and State wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of private and personal activities and behaviors without the consent or knowledge of those people who are monitored.
8. It is possible for example, with analysis of certain Smart Meter data, for unauthorized and distant parties to determine medical conditions, sexual activities, physical locations of persons within the home, vacancy patterns and personal information and habits of the occupants.
In a Facebook post headed "Kids will be Kids?", St Louis County police told parents to warn their children that if they prompted an emergency call by playing with toy guns in public, "police will respond as though it is a real gun".
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