Abusing Authority

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Charges Dropped Against New Jersey Man After Dashcam Shows Cops Lying

The man was falsely charged with eluding police and assault. In addition to the damage to his car and the bodily damage inflicted by the police beating, the man would have spent significant time in jail had this footage never surfaced - especially since the initial internal affairs investigation concluded (naturally) that the cops did nothing wrong. Instead, we see the man hold his hands in the air as guns are pointed at him, he keeps his hands in the air even after cops smash his window, punch his face, ram his stationary car, yell the lies “Don’t touch my gun!” and “Stop resisting!,” and then finally as he’s yanked out of the car and thrown on the ground. Even after he’s restrained, the police continue to pound this man who has harmed no one.

I’m looking forward to the result of the case against the officers who have been charged with conspiracy, official misconduct, falsifying reports, and aggravated assault. A third cop quietly pleaded guilty to tampering and retired, which means he’ll continue to be paid by the taxpayers for doing nothing.

The fact that this one case can occur and there not be an outcry from the public is maddening. This is such a ridiculous abuse of power and authority and there is so little attention paid to it. Not even that, people will tirelessly defend this system as if all of civil society depended on it being enforced, involuntarily, literally at the barrel of a gun. What exactly is civil about the police?

(Source: laliberty)

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A Chicago Park District official approached Gabriel Levinson and his custom-built bike full of free books this weekend and asked him to leave. Due to the Chicago Park District’s rules and regulations requiring permits, he’s not welcome to hand out books for free in the city’s parks. After calling Chicago Park District, we were told that since Levinson is giving away material, he must apply for a Special Event Promotion permit. Aside from the $1,155 hourly fee, this specific permit would require that Levinson submit a separate application a couple months in advance for each date and location he intends to set up the Book Bike. And since he doesn’t have non-profit 501(c)(3) status, he’s not eligible for any discounts. Chicago Park District Shuts Down Book Bike - Chicagoist
Labour has been accused of using a Government database to target cancer victims with party political messages. Personalised cards were sent to 250,000 women saying that the Tories would scrap a Labour guarantee that all suspected breast cancer patients would be seen by a specialist within two weeks of GP referral.

Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, was under pressure from the Tories to investigate the mailings, although Labour said it was “categorically untrue” to suggest the party had targeted the patients.

The mailshots, which featured a message from a breast cancer survivor praising Labour’s policy, referred to the addressee’s name several times.The cards ask specifically: “Are the Tories a change you can afford? Many of those who received the cards had undergone scans or treatment within the past five years. In one instance a card was sent to a woman who had died of breast cancer. Another card was sent to a television producer who had a potentially cancerous lump that turned out to be a cyst.

via The Telegraph

John Hinderaker wonders: “Once your medical history is in a government database, and you are dependent on the government for any health care you receive, why would you think that the government wouldn’t manipulate the information it has about you to try to influence your vote?”

Ermir Spahiu was pulled over by police for his window-mounted GPS unit. For Tina Ross, it was her handicapped placard. And Mark Hubbard was nailed for an air freshener. All three Illinois drivers were stopped for what they thought were innocent items placed near their windshields. “It really threw me for a loop,” said Hubbard, recalling his 2008 encounter with Rolling Meadows police over a 2-inch scented medallion that dangled from his rearview mirror. An increasing number of drivers are being cited for windshield and window obstructions, which can include anything an officer deems to “materially obstruct” a driver’s vision. The only exceptions are government-issued items such as I-PASS boxes and parking stickers. Police handing out tickets for air fresheners — chicagotribune.com
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CBS 2 HD has discovered that since ethics probes began last year the 79-year-old congressman has given campaign donations to 119 members of Congress, including three of the five Democrats on the House Ethics Committee who are charged with investigating him. Rangel-ing: Charlie Pays ‘Angels’ In Ethics Probe - wcbstv.com