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NYC stop and frisks plummet

Popular Resistance - Stop-and-frisk numbers are down 90 percent in New York City from the peak in early 2012. In Harlem, they are down 96 percent in the same period. Misdemeanor arrests for drugs shot up when stop-and-frisk numbers jumped during the 2000s, but are now lower than they’ve been since before 2003. What about violent crime in the city? It’s been going down drastically for over twenty years (in New York and nationally, even if people don’t necessarily know it), and has continued to drop since 2013—both overall and in the neighborhoods with the most stop-and-frisk encounters... Since 2002, almost 90 percent of all stops resulted neither in an arrest or even a fine.

Last year British police offiers fired their guns three times. No one died

PRI - In 2012, 409 people were shot and killed by American police in what were termed justifiable shootings. In that same year, British police officers fired their weapons just once. No one was killed.

In 2013, British police officers fired their weapons all of three times. No one died. According to The Economist, "British citizens are around 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than Americans. Between 2010 and 2014, the police force of one small American city — Albuquerque in New Mexico — shot and killed 23 civilians; seven times more than the number of Brits killed by all of England and Wales’s 43 forces during the same period.

The Economist argues that the reason for this disparity is actually quite simple: guns are comparatively rare in the UK. Most cops don't carry them and criminals rarely have access to them. The last time a British officer was killed by a gun was in 2012. In the US last year, 30 police officers were shot and killed in the line of duty.

In December, PRI's The World reported on Icelanders grieving after their police force killed a man — for the first time in the country's history as a republic.

How militarized are your police?

Database by state and county

The corporate side of the Ferguson conflict

Alternet - One group of people is decidedly happy about the militarized response in Ferguson: those who work in the weapons industry. The array of police forces--the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the St. Louis county and city police and local Ferguson officers--that descended on the largely black Missouri city have used the products these corporations are selling in abundance. Tear gas, rubber bullets, smoke bombs, stun grenades, armored personnel carriers, sound cannons and high-caliber rifles have all been deployed to quell the unrest, though they have contributed to anger over police tactics.

The police response is the perfect showcase for the companies that manufacture military equipment for law enforcement use. They can point to the police tactics to sell their products to other law enforcement agencies preparing for demonstrations. And in Missouri, the police’s massive use of armaments like tear gas mean that their stock is becoming depleted and they will need to re-up their purchases. These companies will profit from the tension in Ferguson, and could fuel even greater militarization of the police, a trend that began with the war on drugs and has accelerated in recent years with the advent of the war on terror.

400 police killings annually ruled as justified homicide

Washington Times - More than 400 fatal police killings a year are sanctioned by local, state and federal authorities as justified homicides, but the FBI doesn’t specifically track how many times officers are prosecuted for improperly causing a person’s death.

The FBI said that it doesn’t keep statistics on specific prosecutions of law enforcement officers because it doesn’t track crimes by profession, though it does track justified homicide rulings.

White cops against black citizens

NSA & FBI spied on top American Muslim leaders

Local police prepare for war with locals


MIKE FLUGENNOCK

Police treating America as a war zone

The COINTELPRO break in

Police searches of cellphones have skyrocketed under Obama

Now even cops are worried about their privacy

Madison police chief approves of officers exercising First Amendment rights

Police increasingly invading, not protecting, America

Miami graffiti artist killed by police for spray painting building

The militarization of civilian policing

The real James Comey

How cops break the law with impunity

How the police spy on social media

Occupy Oakland protesters awarded $1m over police violence during arrests

Police now violating Third Amendment, too

ACLU finds police violation of 1st Amendment in 33 states

Burbank police stop 1000 drivers at checkpoint. . . none are drunk

SF cops lying to night clubs

Why police lie under oath

2012

Police collecting information on where you drive

Court rules that flipping off cops is constitutional

Half of those shot by cops are mentally ill

LAPD caught policing for news coverage

8 Ways Police Can Spy on You Without a Warrant

Judge rules Detroit mass police raid illegal

For the first time in 98 years, major police union refuses to endorse presidential candidate

90 DC cops arrested in last four years

The police may be tracking your travels

Supreme Court backs right to photograph cops

Police abuse woman for speaking longer than three minutes at council meeting

Boston police spied on Howard Zinn, Cindy Sheehan

Gentrifiers rate cops on the street

Skype lets police spy on chats

DC police chief issues sane policy on cameras and cops

Two strikingly different police recruitment videos

Police unions in bed with traffic camera corporations

ACLU attacks court decision on strip searches

Police will use celltowers, not GPS, to spy on you

Nearly two years after arrest: Bradley Manning still months from trial

San Francisco hasn't tested its breathalyzers in six years

2011

Capital police illegally spying on all drivers

Mall of America security guards question up to 1200 people a day

DETROIT POLICE TERRORIZE ART GALLERY, ABUSE PATRONS

FAKE DEA AGENT FOOLS LOCAL COPS

HOW COPS SHOULD HANDLE PROTESTS

SEATTLE POLICE TAKE DISCIPLINARY ACTION IN ONLY ONE PERCENT OF POLICE BRUTALITY CASES

POLICE BRUTALITY CASES ON THE RISE

Tasers

TASERS LOSE $6 MILLION SUIT

THINK TUB PROPOSES NYC COPS ALL HAVE TASERS

COPS TASER YOUTH HAVING SEIZURE

TASERS FOUND NOT TO REDUCE POLICE SHOOTINGS

Military interference in domestic affairs
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58% say miliarization of police has gone too far

LA police conduct joint exercise with military in center city

Chris Hedges sues to stop use of military in civilian policing

Levin claims Obama wanted U.S. citizens included in NDDA bill

The only members of Congress who never supported the Patriot Act or NDAA

Massive information dump on senators who voted for NDAA

Congress & Obama trash the Constitution

The Senate’s overwhelming vote for dictatorship

Filming police
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2012

Citizen wins $170K in suit over photographing police

Chicago cops arrest TV cameraman for existing

Judge rules against Illinois law banning recording of cop actions

Judge rules against Illinois law banning recording of cop actions

Baltimore allows public to film cops in major change just days before law suit opens

Local heroes: Judge defends recording cops

Court rules it's okay for public to film government officials performing public duties

First Circuit says it's okay to openly record cops

Illinois sends you to prison for up to 15 years for recording a cop, even if he's doing something illegal

Police chief says he gets to decide when a photo is art

Local heroes: Michigan high court rules police activity is public business

Atlanta cops agree to stop harassing citizens who film them

Checkpoints
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HOW TO TELL YOU'RE NO LONGER LIVING IN A DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC

 Police misconduct
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2012

Chicago cops arrest TV cameraman for existing

Where police abuse people the most

A blog on poice injustice

How the police squelch free speech

Constitution-free America as defined by the Border Patrol

Index

Books
British police
Check points
Chicago police misconduct
Essays
FBI
Freedom indicators
Freedom and justice
Homeland insecurities
Militarization
Police
NYPD
Recording & filming police
Stats
Tasers
Travon Martin case
 
 

WORD

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Alexander Hamilton on what a law enforcement officer should be

Police

WHERE BAD COPS COME FROM

Zero tolerance

FOOLS' GOAL: ZERO TOLERANCE: How infinite intolerance of some things -- but not others -- is damaging our land

BOOKS ETC

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Guide to botched paramilitary and SWAT police actions

A history of the FBI

Beyond the Law

 Stats
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White cops against black citizens

You are 8 times more likely to be killed by a cop than by a terrorism

FBI
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2014

The FBI's illegal mistreatment of American Muslims

2013

Relax, the FBI says it will only kill you for a just cause

FBI thinks almost half of Americans may be terrorists

FBI keeping people on No Fly list just strong arm them

FBI wants to trash the 4th Amendment

FBI harasses Smoking Gun website

FBI one of greatest law breakers in America

FBI using hacker tricks to spy on people

FBI using drones over America

While James Comey deserves credit for "stopping an illegal spying program in dramatic fashion, he also approved or defended some of the worst abuses of the Bush administration during his time as deputy attorney general. Those included torture, warrantless wiretapping, and indefinite detention."

Comey joined the board of megabank HSBC, shortly after it agreed to pay a record $1.92 billion fine for serving as a conduit for laundered drug money from Mexico, among other sins. The company announced that Comey would be helping “oversee efforts to combat financial crime.” Another Bush administration official, Juan Zarate, a former deputy national security advisor, joined HSBC to help them clean house. And before Bridgewater, he served as general counsel for Lockheed Martin. He was general counsel when Lockheed was busy building Coast Guard vessels that weren’t waterproof and whose hulls buckled in high seas, ignoring the whistleblower who pointed all of that out.

President Obama’s nomination for FBI director, James B. Comey, said before his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday that he supports the National Security Agency's widespread surveillance programs including the monitoring of U.S. citizens' phone calls and online communications.

FBI spied on leading anti-war online news journal

ACLU on Comey

FBI Internet plan would help criminals

FBI looking for more stuff to spy on

2012

FBI failed to warn Occupiers of planned assasination attempt

FBI treated Occupy movement as terrorist threat

How an FBI informant pushed along an anarchist plot

Why the FBI is worse than Petraeus

FBI on lookout for environmentalists

Unable to find enough Al Qaeda terrorists, FBI turns to those scary environmentalists who "claim to be defending the earth" and are "committed to stopping the exploitation and destruction of the environment"

FBI & NY police engage in pre-May Day intimidation

FBI uses chain saw on wrong apartment

FBI purges nearly 400 training presentations after content exposed

FBI spying on Bay Area Muslims

FBI has to turn off about 3,000 GPS spying devices after court ruling

FBI breaks into woman's apartment, make her lie in her dog's pee, then realized they had the wrong place

FBI & Justice Department think concern about privacy or paying in cash may indicate terrorism

FBI violating Freedom of Information Act

2011

FBI violating the law by spying on Americans through its community outreach program

FBI teaching agents to extreme anti-Muslim prejudice

6700 pages of FBI files on Yippies released

FBI SOLICITS INFORMANT TO SPY ON VEGAN POTLUCKS DURING GOP CONVENTION

HE FBI'S SECRET PRIVATE DEPUTIES

What it's like to be arrested by the FBI

FBI exands abuse of citizens' privacy and suppresses peace activists

FBI doubles number of targets of national security letters

Feds spied on NY Times reporter

FBI breaks the law about a thousand times a year

FBI calls leading anti-war site a possible "threat to national security"

FBI leaves people on watch list even if acquitted of crimes or charges are dropped

Chicago police misconduct

Chicago cop arrests NBC photographer taking pictures in a public place: "Your First Amendment rights can be terminated."

70 complaints of police misconduct during Chicago demonstrations

2011

CHICAGO COPS TURN INTO MILITARY FORCE

New York City police
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What NYC's police chief was up to when he was in LA

Bratton would have crushed OWS sooner

NYPD hiding crime news from reporters

2013

NYPD's rogue stop and frisk policy produced hardly any convictionst

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, unwanted by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, is in the running for a top security job at JPMorgan Chase,

Ray Kelly wants six NYPD detectives asigned to protect him after he leaves pffice, presumably against rude Brown University students who booed him at a recent appearance. It is not clear who will protet NYC minorities from the NYPD detectives that Kelly trained to stop and frisk wihtuot cause.

NY police label whole mosques as terrorist groups

NYPD keeping documents secret without any right to do so

Federal judge rules NYC stop and frisk must be cleared with court appointed attorney

Bloomberg's cops have arrest quotas

Jury finds NYC police story in OWS case untrue

NYPD spied on Muslims because they are Muslims

Testimony: NY Police Commissioner wanted to scare young blacks and latinos

Groups sue to end NYPD harrassment of Muslims

NY police picking on Muslims despite previous ban

NYPD to do naked scanning on streets

NYPD spied on Muslims because they are Muslims

Brennan praised NYPD's spying on Muslims

NYPD cops cuff 7 year old and interrogate him for 10 hours over $5

2012

NYPD horror story of the day

NYPD racks up another senseless killing

A paid informant for the New York Police Department's intelligence unit was under orders to "bait" Muslims into saying inflammatory things

@Harpers: Number of people stopped and frisked by the NYPD last year for "furtive movements": 351,739. . . . For wearing "clothes commonly used in a crime": 31,555

NYPD spying on Muslim neighborhoods was total flop

NYPD beat, arrest NY Times photographer covering story

NYPD reduces number of illegal stop and frisks, but still does 133,000 in three months

NYPD holds couple 23 hours for dancing

Report slams NYPD for treatment of Occupy Wall Street

Study shows depth of NYPD corruption

NYPD's war against Muslims

Bloomberg's stunning abuse of NYC citizens

A British journalist on how the NYPD abuses its power

ACLU comes up with phone app for victims of NYC stop and frisks

NYPD rips privacy from Muslims

New York City cops even beat up judges

FBI & NY police engage in pre-May Day intimidation

NYC police taking condoms from prostitutes

NYC cops harass citizens in apartment hallways as well as on the streets

NYC cops can't tell diffrence between art and a bomb so arrest the artist

Free Takeshi Miyakawa Facebook page

Stats: The NYC police war on young blacks and latinos

Federal judge grants class action status to suit against NYC police

ACLU takes on NYC police

Civil liberties groups sue NYC police for violations of Constitution

NYC police spied on liberal groups

NYC cops beat up news photographer

Even the FBI doesn't like the NY cops spying on Muslims

NYC spy police mapped where minorities lived

NYC police wanted to spy on every mosque within 250 miles

NYC police spied on Muslim college students all over the Northeast

Manhattan DA supoenas Twitter account of Occupier over minor offense

NY police sets record in illegal "stop and frisk" arrests

NYC police have to pay $15 million for 22,000 false arrests

NYC police continue illegal pot crackdown

More NYPD misconduct

NYPD shares secret spying center with One Percenters

This Maine state trooper ought to train NYC cops

Bloomberg leaves prisoners to fend for themselves in hurricane

NYC police throw city councilman to the ground and handcuff him during parade

NYC police set new record in anti-constituonal stops-and-frisk

BLOOMBERG BULLIES ARREST ARTIST FOR PAINTING OUTDOORS

Major court case makes cops liable for false accusations

Police stage 40,000 paramilitary raids a year

Man tasered to death for running stop sign

More police misconduct

NYC COP BLOWS WHISTLE ON CITY'S ARREST QUOTA SYSTEM

87% OF NYC COP STOP-AND-FRISKS ARE BLACK OR LATINO

NYPD keeping files on Muslims who change their names

Detective admits NY police plant drugs

NYC cops sued over bridge arrests

Bloomberg leaves prisoners to fend for themselves in hurricane

NYC police throw city councilman to the ground and handcuff him during parade

NYC POLICE STOPPED AND FRISKED CITIZENS 2.8 MILLION TIMES IN FIVE YEARS