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TRUST Act Breaks Through in California

Last Friday the California State Assembly passed the TRUST Act. Also called the "anti-Arizona immigration law" by some, it would limit California law enforcement's cooperation with the federal Secure Communities program (SCOMM). The bill is now on its way to Governor Jerry Brown's desk where he is expected to sign it into law. The TRUST Act is good news for California budgets, residents, and police departments, for three main reasons:

 

Hundreds Protest the Murder of Mario Romero by Valllejo Police

Officer-involved shooting draws hundreds in Vallejo protest

By Jessica A. York and Irma Widjojo/Times-Herald staff writers   09/05/2012 

Supporters of the family of slain Vallejoan Mario Romero march outside the Vallejo Police Department Tuesday afternoon following a rally on the department steps. Romero was killed early Sunday morning in a police-involved shooting, the fifth officer-involved fatal shooting this year in Vallejo. (Mike Jory/Times-Herald)

“When a police officer sees a camera he should smile.”

The lawsuit alleges that Staley was walking to a bus stop with a friend ...when he saw a D.C. police car hit a man on a motorbike. Two police officers then began to punch the motorbike rider, who was on the ground and appeared to be hurt....

D.C. officer illegally seized camera phone, ACLU suit alleges

by , Sept 5

A D.C. police officer illegally seized a camera phone from a citizen trying to photograph officers at the scene of an arrest, a civil liberties group alleged in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

 

Most (All?) Imprisoned South African Striking Miners Released

[image] Reuters

Miners from a Lonmin mine, with supporters, celebrated their release from detention Monday near Pretoria. South Africa's state prosecutor had charged 270 of the miners with murder but withdrew the charges Sunday.

Apple Granted Patent To Disable Cameras According To Location

Recording, communicating during protests, political events could be restricted

Steve Watson  Infowars.com  Sept 3, 2012

   Apple was granted a patent last week that will enable it to wirelessly disable the camera on iphones in certain locations, sparking fears that such techniques could be used to prevent citizens from communicating with each other or taking video during protests or events such as political conventions and gatherings.

The camera phone has revolutionized the flow of information in the digital age. Any time a major event takes place, news networks and video websites are immediately inundated with footage and photographs from the scene.

Vallejo Police Murdered Mario Romero; They Opened Fire On Him In His Car Sunday Morning

Rev. Floyd D. Harris Jr National President of The National Network In Action, a civil and human rights organization, will be holding a Press Conference and a March in front of the Vallejo Police Department. In regards to the recent brutal murder of Mr. Mario Romero by the Vallejo Police Department early Sunday morning [Sept 2, 2012].
There were two young men whom police confronted. Witnesses reported that Mr. Romero never got out of his car when officers opened fire, shooting 30 times into the car reported by witness.  There were no reports of Mr. Romero shooting at the Vallejo Police. The minority community is taking a stand for justice against the ROGUE COPS of the Vallejo Police. There has been 7 officer-involved shootings and 5 of the shootings have been fatal. The Vallejo Police don’t have the right to be the JUDGE, JURY AND EXECUTIONER.

Police Brutality is Rampant, not Rare [VIDEO links]

It's Not Just the LAPD: The Big Lie About Police Brutality is Claiming it's Not Rampant

09/01/2012 by Dave Lindorff

The Thin Blue LIE

  
I will always remember the first time a cop lied to me. Or rather, the first time that I knew beyond a doubt that a cop was lying to me, sitting right there in the interview room with a tape recorder in front of him.

It was early in my tenure as an investigator at the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, the city agency established in 1993 to investigate allegations of misconduct against NYPD officers. The case was a fairly straightforward stop-and-frisk incident near the massive New York City Housing Authority complexes along Avenue D in Manhattan. The complainant, a man in his early 20s, alleged that a plainclothes cop had stopped, frisked, and searched him after he stepped out of a bodega. He’d given a guy a cigarette, and before he knew it, the cop came up from behind him, grabbed him by the coat, and after a quick scuffle, pushed him against a wall.

I’d already interviewed the cop’s unusually forthcoming partner, whose testimony matched the complainant’s. That’s how I knew the cop was making stuff up. Lots of stuff.

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