Law Enforcement

Orange City Teen Shot Himself with Stolen Gun from Unlocked Car

16-year-old Yaredh Gaudier of Orange City, Fla. was with friends at the Volusia County library on November 15 examining a .38 special handgun when he unintentionally discharged the gun. Yaredh was shot in the head and died later of his injuries. Police now reveal that the gun was stolen from the car of the wife of Pine Ridge High School's football coach.
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Senate to Consider Bill Allowing Warrantless Access to Emails

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) wants to give law enforcement unlimited access to our email without a warrant. After losing the fight on FISA back in 2007 which allowed warrantless wiretapping and with the elimination of habeaus corpus, this is yet another advance towards making the United States a police state.
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Close Combat Class Firearm Instructor Unintentionally Shoots Other Instructor

Former Russian soldier and current firearms trainer and video host Sonny Puzikas was teaching a "close combat class" at the Texas Defensive Shooting Academy in Ferris, Texas.
According to the founder of the academy, the range "allows shooters the ability to shoot the way they want, without the stringent rules imposed like most other ranges."
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Milwaukee Marches Against Police Brutality

More than 50 community members gathered for a rally and march in Milwaukee to demand an end to police brutality and in remembrance of Derek Williams and James Perry, two men who died while in police custody. Occupy the Hood Milwaukee organized the rally and march at the intersection of Fon Du Lac and Sherman Avenues on the North side of Milwaukee.
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TSA X-Ray Body Scanners Sit Idle in Warehouse

Last month, the Transportation Security Administration said it was moving nearly half its X-ray body scanners from some of the nation's biggest airports to smaller ones. But it turns out that more than 90 of the controversial machines will sit in a Texas warehouse indefinitely, agency officials said Thursday.
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CO Marijuana Decriminalization Ad Features Denver Police Hero

A strong new TV ad airing statewide in support of Amendment 64 features a highly decorated former Denver Police Lieutenant explaining why his 36 years of experience on the force led him to believe that "regulating marijuana like alcohol means safer communities."
In the ad, DPD Medal of Honor and Purple Heart recipient Tony Ryan says:
There's plenty to do without having to spend all your time going around and looking for a marijuana bust. It's a matter of setting your priorities.
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Privacy Concerns Over New FBI Facial Recognition System

In July, Sen. Al Franken opened a Senate hearing on the privacy and civil liberties implications of facial recognition technology, civil liberties, and domestic security by affirming some incontrovertible facts. “You can change your password. You can get a new credit card. But you can’t change your fingerprint, and you can’t change your face,” Franken said. “Unless I guess you go to a great, you know, deal of trouble.”
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National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality and the Criminalization of a Generation

 October 22nd marks the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation.
This day of action—a day strategically chosen for when students are in back in school and the public is gearing up for elections—has occurred every year since 1996. That’s when a group of revolutionary activists saw a need for nationally-coordinated resistance against the escalating epidemic of police brutality.
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Documentary Shows That Massive Drug War Spending Has Not Affected Drug Addiction Rates

The controversial war on drugs not only costs a lot, it has done almost nothing to curb the drug addiction rate since 1970, according to this stunning chart by documentary filmmaker Matt Groff comparing the cost of drug control to the drug addiction rate. Groff used the rate of addiction to illicit drugs from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, pairing it with federal drug control budget spending numbers from the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy.
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Amnesty International Denounces Torture in CA Prisons

Angola 3 NewsAn interview with Tessa Murphy“California Department of Corrections/PBSP-SHU policies and practices, have violated our human rights and subjected us to torture – for the purpose of coercing inmates into becoming informants against other inmates, etc., for the state,” writes one prisoner held in solitary at California’s infamous supermax Pelican Bay State Prison.
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