It would seem that the right to remain silent is eroding. According to the Associated Press, the Supreme Court recently decided “that suspects must explicitly tell police they want to be silent to invoke Miranda protections during criminal interrogations.” A right to remain silent and a right to a lawyer are the first of the Miranda […]
From The Raw Story: At the St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson, Nevada this past Monday, a very unusual and terrifying scene took place that left nearly all its participants in shock — both out of fear and genuine bewilderment as to how safety planners could be so stupid. That’s because last Monday, an off-duty […]
While experimenting with Cop Block’s new Flickr account, I created some nifty looking slide shows based on the April and May editions of Friday’s Finest. I’m actually pretty disappointed with the way they came out. You have to full screen them and select “show info” to read the descriptions that accompany the pictures (most of […]
In one of the most disturbing police-related stories I’ve read about in a long time, a member of a SWAT team gunned down a seven year-old girl named Aiyana Jones in the early hours of the morning as she slept on a couch with her grandmother. The police were conducting a raid on the Detroit […]
I couldn’t make this kind of thing up if I wanted to, so here’s the story from the original article: Michelle Schreiner’s blood sugar was dangerously low when a friend called 9-1-1 and Gresham police and paramedics arrived to find her holding a syringe full of insulin. The officer ordered Schreiner — who was dropping […]
The Institute for Justice has recently released a report on civil asset forfeiture, a legal power that allows police to seize property without due process and often for personal benefit. The report, “Policing For Profit: The Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture,” condemns asset forfeiture laws as “one of the most serious assaults on private property […]
Even if a cop is brought to trial and found guilty, there’s no guarantee he or she will be held accountable as these three recent news items demonstrate.