Wednesday Link Roundup

    License plate scanners used by the IMPD
  • Indianapolis metropolitan police are using new cruiser-mounted devices that scan the license plates of surrounding vehicles. The city’s Homeland Security chief claims that these $20,000 devices “will tell the officer if the owner of the plate is wanted on a warrant or if a car is stolen.” The police are currently using five of these scanners and hope to receive federal grants that will allow them to buy more.
  • Similarly, World Net Daily reports that DHS, ICE, and local police departments are using X-ray machines to scan passing cars for weapons, drugs, and “illegal immigrants.” The devices are stored in the back of trucks disguised to look like delivery vehicles.
  • In Portland, police armed with “assault rifles” surrounded a building after hearing reports of a man with a gun. Turns out the building was a gun store. Whoops!
  • Julian Vasquez, a former Corpus Christi police officer, is now a registered sex offender for life. Vasquez plead guilty to three counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact after molesting a fifteen-year-old girl.
  • Four new police puppycide stories here. Click here for several older stories on the same topic.
  • In Hastings, Minnesota, an unnamed police officer crashed his car into a utility pole, fled the scene of the accident, then told his co-workers that he had been carjacked at gunpoint in an attempt to cover his blunder up. He later admitted he had lied. He plead guilty to leaving the scene of an accident in exchange for dropping the charge of filing a false police report and staying his 10 day jail sentence.
  • The New York Times has an article discussing false confessions. It suggests mandatory filming of police interrogations as a possible reform for lessening the chances of false confessions being used.


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