Over at Reason Magazine, Radley Balko offers some good advice to people on filming the police.
You’ve probably heard criticisms of the US government trying to act as “world police.” In the future, this phrase could take on a much more literal meaning. According to Truthout, a new report by the RAND Corporation argues that the US should create a paramilitary “stability police force” that can be deployed to other countries. The force would do crowd/riot control, SWAT operations, organized crime investigations, and train local police. Making the world safe for democracy. Or something like that.
Deputy Chief Frank Munnell, who works under the infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio, has put together a detailed memorandum that alleges that Arpaio’s second in command, Chief Deputy Dave Hendershott, used the Maricopa County’s anti-corruption (!) unit to illegally spy on political opponents.
According to a new study by the Justice Policy Institute, many of the people who lost their jobs and homes during the recent/current recession have ended up in jail. Furthermore, the number of people being jailed has risen despite a national drop in the crime rate and significant cuts to social services.