Wed, 19 Dec 2018

Articles Posted in the " Police " Category


  • Thousands March Around the Globe for Climate Action – 200 Arrested in France

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    The Global Climate March this year has resulted in hundreds of thousands activists marching in over 2000 events around the world, but a protest in Paris was disrupted by clashes between the protesters and riot police Sunday.

    Demonstrators gathered in the Place de la Republique and police fired tear gas at the group. The small group was apparently protesting against France’s state of emergency, as an order banning public gatherings was implemented following the November 13 attacks in the city. Some participants of the group were masked.

    24 activists were placed under house arrest by French


  • Head of Minneapolis Police Federation has History of Lawsuits, Violence, Racism

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    MINNEAPOLIS — A local group named Twin Cities IWW General Defense Committee released a report claiming Lt. Bob Kroll, the head of the Minneapolis Police Federation, has an existing racial bias and points out multiple disciplinary actions against him.

    The report contains links to stories by other various news outlets with reports of lawsuits brought against the Minneapolis Police Department as well as the city and specifically Kroll himself.

    In 2009 a lawsuit was brought against Kroll and other members of MPD regarding an off duty motorcycle club whose website featured members


  • Who has the Power with Body Cameras – Cops or You?

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    The Minnesota Legislature is being pushed hard by law enforcement interests to make much body camera video unavailable to the public. The Minnesota Senate has already passed a bill making secret a fair amount of body camera video. Law enforcement is pushing hard for secrecy because they want to keep from the public the ability to monitor police prejudice, abusive/abrasive behavior and practices, and the dual standard of law enforcement that is in our community. Bottom line, law enforcement does not want the public to have the power to do the oversight of


  • Dozens Arrested at Police Chiefs Meeting in Chicago

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    Sixty-six people were arrested outside the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference in Chicago on Saturday. Hundreds took part in the protest, which occurred outside the conference where thousands of officers from across the US gathered. Activist groups organized the protest to bring attention to Chicago’s long history of police violence towards African-Americans and to call for city funds to be shifted from policing into investment in social programs.

    Protesters locked arms with PVC pipes at multiple intersections around the conference and shut them down. As a result, traffic around the conference was blocked



  • Police Lobbying for Opaque Body Camera Program in Minnesota

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    In the underbelly of discussion with body cameras in Minnesota is the “it costs too much money” argument. The bemoaning and griping of many law enforcement and local government officials can be heard before the Legislature, city councils, and other venues. Andy Skoogman, executive director of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, has said to the Star Tribune protecting “departments from costly and time-consuming editing” from public data requests, is one reason why they support in the Legislature, HF430/SF498. The bill makes basically all videos collected by body cameras private or


  • Sheriff Stanek Blames Racial Diversification for Increase in Suburban Crime

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    Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, in a report by the Star Tribune from early September, claimed that the recent 27% increase in violent crime in the County’s suburbs was due to racial diversification of the nations population.

    That comment was not scrutinized through records request by the Star Tribune, and that’s where the North Star Post began inquiries.

    The Post submitted a government data practices act request, similar to a Freedom of Information Act request but within the realm of state and local government. The request simply asked for the criminal data that the Sheriff used



  • Florida Law Enforcement Surveillance Operation Hidden Behind Front Company

    – Frequently airborne surveillance aircraft in Florida registered to non-existent company, the phone number of which rings the desk of an analyst at the Southeast Florida Fusion Center.

    – Miami-Dade Police Department is not allowing information requests pursuant to surveillance operations, aerial or otherwise, and at this time has not confirmed or denied that the aircraft in question is operated by law enforcement.

    Cessna aircraft N786TF has been airborne most recently [upon last check] on July 30th over Pompano Beach, North of Fort Lauderdale.

    – [Update: August 6th, 1030am]
    Broward Sheriffs Public Information Office denied our inquiries “Any information