Federal Appeals Court Rules ATF ‘Reverse Stings’ Do Not Constitute ‘Outrageous Government Conduct’

By: Thursday December 4, 2014 6:16 pm

A federal appeals court has ruled, despite its previously expressed objections, that a district court was wrong to rule that a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) “reverse sting” operation involving an imaginary cocaine stash house did not involve or constitute “outrageous government conduct.” “We have previously held that similar reverse-sting operations, if [...]

Judge: ATF Agents Encourage People to Commit Crimes They Otherwise Wouldn’t Commit & Protect Stash Houses

By: Friday November 21, 2014 2:41 pm

In a case involving a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) “reverse sting” on an imaginary cocaine stash house, federal prosecutors have requested that an appeals court reinstate charges against two men who had drug conspiracy and robbery conspiracy charges dropped after a district judge ruled the government engaged in outrageous misconduct. However, [...]

Living Life in Prison Without Parole for Nonviolent Drug Offenses: Euka Wadlington & His Fight for Freedom

By: Wednesday October 1, 2014 10:34 am

“When you have a life sentence, it does not promote rehabilitation,” according to Euka Wadlington, a forty-eight year-old African-American who is serving two life sentences in federal prison in Greenville, Illinois. “By design, you are locked up in a cage until you die.” As he explains being in prison for life without the possibility of [...]

Justice Department Investigation Uncovers Routine Conduct Which Suggests Newark Police Are Racist Thieves

By: Tuesday July 22, 2014 8:12 pm

The results of a Justice Department (DOJ) investigation into the Newark Police Department show the police force engages in a routine pattern of unconstitutional policing. Police illegally stop thousands of pedestrians without articulating any “reasonable suspicion” for stopping them. They unconstitutionally arrest people, and the department’s lawless policing disproportionately affects black residents. The investigation is [...]

ACLU Report on Militarized Policing: SWAT Team Deployments, Federal Programs Foster Warrior Mentality

By: Tuesday June 24, 2014 11:45 am

The American Civil Liberties Union has released a report on the militarization of local law enforcement in the United States, which shows how the vast majority of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team deployments are for executing search warrants for drugs and the federal government is incentivizing the use of military-grade weaponry. A statistical analysis [...]

Lawsuit: Police in Alabama Falsely Claimed Teen Swallowed Bag of Drugs Then Shoved ‘Sharp Object’ in Throat

By: Thursday May 8, 2014 11:43 am

A mother in Huntsville, Alabama, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against police alleging that they were responsible for killing her son during a drug sting. The lawsuit claims that Huntsville police in civilian clothes violently threw Nancy Smith’s 17-year-old son to the ground. He was handcuffed and pepper sprayed. While lying motionless on the ground, the [...]

The Inhumanity of Sentencing a Person to Life Without Parole for a Nonviolent Crime

By: Wednesday November 13, 2013 7:19 pm

(update below) Sharanda Purlette Jones is an African-American woman, who has been incarcerated for more than 14 years. She is 45 years old and has a twenty-two year-old daughter named Clenesha Garland. She has no more appeals. A petition for commutation is pending. She was sentenced to life without parole for the nonviolent crimes involving [...]

Supreme Court: Police Dog Powers Do Not Include Warrantless Searches of a Person’s Home

By: Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:40 am

The Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 decision that when the government uses trained police dogs to investigate a home and its immediate surroundings it is a “search”  under the Fourth Amendment. The case involved the Miami-Dade Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration responding to an “unverified tip that marijuana was being grown in [...]

Obama’s Re-Election: What His Campaign Slogan ‘Forward’ Really Meant & What It Means Now

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 7:23 am

The slogan of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign was “Forward.” As progressives and others celebrate his victory, they need to take a moment to soberly reflect on the reality that his second term will be marked by advancing policies that he helped institutionalize or allowed to become further entrenched—some of which picked up on expanding [...]

Whistleblower Lawsuit: Chicago Cops Retaliated Against for Investigating Officer Who Was Robbing Drug Couriers

By: Friday November 2, 2012 5:53 pm

A whistleblower lawsuit on behalf of two Chicago police officers has been filed in federal court. The suit alleges the officers faced retaliation after they discovered one of their fellow officers, Sergeant Ron Watts, was “robbing drug couriers and manufacturing a case against at least one confidential informant” at the Ida B. Wells public housing [...]

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