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Friday, December 22, 2017

Corruption and Sacramento Sheriff's Deputy Jeffrey Mitchell

Sacramento Sheriff's Deputy Jeffrey Mitchell was allegedly gunned down October 27, 2006 while on a traffic stop in Sacramento County. Many insiders close to the investigation believe it was a suicide, but they won't say so publicly.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Resisting Arrest or Resisting Excessive Force?

There are many cases in which people have a right to resist when unlawfully excessive force is used against them. For example, nobody's expected to just sit there and passively allow themselves to be beaten to death by police or subjected to a use of force that would likely cause, or be expected to cause, great bodily injury. The right to resist such force is about protecting one's Due Process right to life.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Cop's Staged Suicide Gets News Coverage

See: http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/04/us/fox-lake-illinois-police-officer-joe-gliniewicz/index.html

[Compare that CNN article with the one above involving Sacramento Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Mitchell, which mentions suspicious circumstances very similar to the case involving Joe Gliniewicz.  Will the media eventually dig into the similarities in the Mitchell case?] 


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Florida Cop Breaks 14-year-old Girl's Arm at School While She's On the Phone with Her Mother

Sometimes, as here, the question of whether police used excessive force in a situation can be easily answered without a trial.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Shameful Police Conduct in Sacramento



U.S. Supreme Court cases are very clear that in order to stop and detain someone, the 4th Amendment requires that police must have reasonable suspicion to believe that a crime was committed and that the person being detained was involved in the criminal activity.  The suspicion must be more than a hunch: it must be based on particular factors that implicate the specific person being detained.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Ferguson Cops Wear 'Us-Versus-Them' Bracelets and Remove Their Name Tags

http://news.yahoo.com/justice-department-tells-ferguson-police-stop-wearing-bracelets-004135604.html

The Justice Department sent a letter to Ferguson cops this week after federal investigators saw many Ferguson cops wearing 'us-versus-them' bracelets and concealing their identities while on duty and in uniform.  See the article in the link above.  Among other things, the Justice Department said the bracelets had upset and agitated people and reinforce the very 'us versus them' mentality that many residents of Ferguson believe exists.  The Justice Department also said, "The failure to wear name plates conveys a message to community members that, through anonymity, officers may seek to act with impunity."