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Mobile Justice: New App Empowers Public, Helps Keep Cops Accountable

Mobile Justice: New App Empowers Public, Helps Keep Cops Accountable
“If you see something, say something.”
It’s a mantra that’s constantly drilled into us in post-9/11 America. But what if you see the cops do something wrong? How do you say something then?
Umm… there’s an app for that.
Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado unveiled a new smartphone app that lets users record police interactions that get automatically submitted to the ACLU. The footage is treated as legal intake to be reviewed by ACLU staff for any
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This Video May Be the Most Important Yet in the Michael Brown Shooting

This Video May Be the Most Important Yet in the Michael Brown Shooting
We previously discussed the two white construction workers who witnessed the Michael Brown shooting. However, this video featuring the two witnesses at the scene as they corroborate their account that Michael Brown had his hands up when he was killed by Darren Wilson.
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New Witnesses to Michael Brown's Murder Say Teen Didn't Charge Darren Wilson

New Witnesses to Michael Brown's Murder Say Teen Didn't Charge Darren Wilson
Two white workers witnessed Michael Brown being shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Here is their account, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
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Bad Apples, Poison Orchard: Meet the Ferguson Cop Who Allegedly Arrested Journalists, Hogtied a Child

Bad Apples, Poison Orchard: Meet the Ferguson Cop Who Allegedly Arrested Journalists, Hogtied a Child
A Ferguson cop who arrested journalists inside a McDonald's during the protests had allegedly hogtied a 12-year-old child in the kid's own driveway while he was getting the mail. Because if there's one thing the media loves more than a police officer unlawfully detaining reporters, it's the violation of a child's basic human rights.
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Murders Like Michael Brown's Often Skirt Legal System Because of High Standard of Proof in Cases Against Cops

Murders Like Michael Brown's Often Skirt Legal System Because of High Standard of Proof in Cases Against Cops
As the Justice Department probes the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Missouri, history suggests there's no guarantee of a criminal prosecution, let alone a conviction. Federal authorities investigating possible civil rights violations in the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson must meet a difficult standard of proof, a challenge that has complicated the path to prosecution in past police shootings.
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Eric Tucker
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Lawyer: Surveillance Video Confirms John Crawford Fatally Shot by Police for Shopping at Walmart

Lawyer: Surveillance Video Confirms John Crawford Fatally Shot by Police for Shopping at Walmart
There are new disclosures on the police shooting of John Crawford, a young unarmed black man who was shot and killed in an Ohio Walmart while holding a BB gun that they sell in the store. The family and their lawyer have seen the store surveillance tape and it turns out, he was indeed, just shopping. However, police refuse to release the video to the public because transparency is not an element of justice in this country.
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'Less Lethal' Flash-Bangs Used in Ferguson Leave Some Feeling the Burn

'Less Lethal' Flash-Bangs Used in Ferguson Leave Some Feeling the Burn
Peter Callahan was caught between two police lines in the West Florissant section of Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday night, when something fiery hot singed his leg. A nearby protester's shirt briefly caught fire. Callahan, a Washington D.C.-based journalist, deduced that he had been hit by a flash-bang device. "I was also at Occupy Wall Street," he said. "This is a lot worse."
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Abbie Nehring
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Judge Says Denver Sheriff's Deputy Must Face Suspension After Brutally Attacking Inmate in Courtroom

Judge Says Denver Sheriff's Deputy Must Face Suspension After Brutally Attacking Inmate in Courtroom
A Denver sheriff's deputy who was caught on camera brutally slamming an inmate's head into a glass wall will be suspended pending an investigation. The inmate, Anthony Waller, who is black, was called "boy" by the deputy, Brady Lovingier during the vicious attack.
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