“Qualified Immunity”: A License to Commit Criminal Violence

October 28, 2013 in News

Will Grigg | Two times on the same night, Shannon Kanda was severely beaten by two male strangers. The first pair of assailants gave her a bloody lip and a few mild bruises. The second group, who arrived a few minutes later, shattered her skull against a metal staircase handrail…

Killing Without Consequences: “Counter-Insurgency” Warfare in Greenfield, California

August 30, 2013 in News

Will Grigg | After eluding the police for more than a week, Alejandro Gonzalez surrendered in San Jose on January 10, 2011. The 22-year-old was the suspect in a non-fatal shooting that had taken place on New Year’s Day at a local bar called the Mucky Duck. As should be expected…

The Police State Mindset in Our Public Schools

August 13, 2013 in News

John W. Whitehead | Once upon a time in America, parents breathed a sigh of relief when their kids went back to school after a summer’s hiatus, content in the knowledge that for a good portion of the day their kids would be gainfully occupied, out of harm’s way and out of trouble…

“Punishment Has Been Achieved:” The Rita Hutchens Case

August 13, 2013 in News

Will Grigg | “Punishment for this offense has been achieved.” With those words, which are found near the end of an August 8 motion to dismiss a spurious battery charge against Sandpoint, Idaho resident Rita Hutchens, the author – Bonner County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Shane Greenbank – incriminates himself.

Will Grigg: Abolish Your Local Police

August 5, 2013 in News

Will Grigg | Two gangs gathered near a home in California. The man who lived there avoided one, and was severely beaten by the other. Ronald Weekley, Jr. , a 20-year-old college student from Venice, California, was riding his skateboard on the “wrong side” of the street…

“Why did you call the police? They don’t help you.”

July 29, 2013 in News

Will Grigg | In May of last year, Los Angeles resident Veronica Cornejo called 911 to report that her mentally disturbed brother was agitated and could be dangerous to himself and others. Three Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched and, as is always the case when police intervene…

Coward Cops Get Away with Murder, Again.

July 22, 2013 in News

Will Grigg | “You’re dead, mother****r!” Those were the last words spoken to 41-year-old Kamas, Utah resident Wade Pennington as he bled to death from two gunshot wounds inflicted at point-blank range. The man who hurled that sadistic taunt at Pennington, Brett Lopez, wasn’t the shooter…

Grasping for Dignity in the Era of the American Police State

July 17, 2013 in News

John W. Whitehead | During a routine traffic stop, Leila Tarantino was allegedly subjected to two roadside strip searches in plain view of passing traffic, while her two children—ages 1 and 4—waited inside her car. During the second strip search, presumably in an effort to ferret out drugs…

How We Got Warrior Cops

July 13, 2013 in News

Lucy Steigerwald | High-profile police response to terrorism threats – as in the case of the Boston bombing – grab headlines, but it wasn’t the paranoias of our post-9/11 world that made cops often indistinguishable from an army. It started earlier. It started with the war on drugs.

Man Has Home Ransacked by Police for Paying Cash

July 13, 2013 in News

Joseph Salerno | Of the many crimes that have been committed by governments against their citizens in their global war on cash (also here), perhaps this is the most bizarre. Here is the story: It all started one Saturday morning when Jarl Syvertsen, a 59-year-old disabled Norwegian man, purchased a PC, TVs…