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Militias and Protests

Militias and Protests

Via Politico: The bloody weekend in Charlottesville that began with several hundred chanting white supremacists on a torch-lit march will long be remembered for the searing image of a growling muscle car plowing through a defenseless crowd of counter-protesters.   But there was another moment from the weekend that revealed a potentially more consequential truth

VIDEO: Mini Doc Captures Charlottesville

Via the Huffington Post: HBO’s “Vice News Tonight” was on the ground amid the chaos and violence that hit Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend and the resulting documentary is an education. Youtube   Correspondent Elle Reeve primarily follows white nationalist leader Christopher Cantwell throughout the 22-minute piece. Interspersed throughout are interviews with ex-KKK leader David Duke

Neo-Nazis Blame Cops

Via Newsweek: The organizer of the White Supremacist rally in Charlottesville that descended into violence has claimed police were responsible for the clashes and that Nazis were victimized.   Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler said the clashes and chaos at the Saturday gathering, that left one person dead and others injured after a car

DIY Body Cams

Via the Pasadena Star News: America’s largest sheriff’s department still lacks a policy for body cameras after years of studying the issue, so hundreds — perhaps thousands — of its deputies have taken matters into their own hands and bought the cameras themselves.   It’s reassuring for those Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who have

Doesn’t Understand Problem

Via The Los Angeles Times: President Trump emphasized the need for stepped-up law enforcement to combat the nation’s opioid problem Tuesday, an approach that is at odds with a report released last week by the special commission he appointed to address abuse.   “Strong law enforcement is absolutely vital to having a drug-free society,” Trump

Abuse In Nursing Homes

President Trump recently made good on one of his campaign promises to the wealthy interests that run the increasingly lucrative nursing home industry. He recently did away with a rule designed to protect the rights of some nursing home residents to bring lawsuits if they are abused, neglected, or otherwise mistreated. Via Patch.com: TRENTON, NJ

Wrongfully Accused Sues

Via the Associated Press: SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Subway shop where a worker was cleared of drugging a Utah police officer’s drink filed a lawsuit Wednesday saying police waited two months to publicly recant the headline-making allegations despite internal evidence the officer had no drugs in his system.   The Subway shop owners

No Pot War?

Via the Belleville News-Democrat: The betting was that law-and-order Attorney General Jeff Sessions would come out against the legalized marijuana industry with guns blazing. But the task force Sessions assembled to find the best legal strategy is giving him no ammunition, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.   The Task Force on Crime

Police K-9s At Risk

There are tremendous risks that law enforcement officers face both on the job and off. This is also true for four-legged law enforcement personnel – better known as K-9s. Police K-9s face danger not just from the suspects that they chase but are also now at risk of injury or death from exposure to the

Change In Leadership

Via The Trentonian: TRENTON NJ — The city patrol officers have a new leader representing them. Michael Schiaretti was voted president of PBA Local 11 at the end of June, replacing longtime union boss George Dzurkoc. Dzurkoc was instrumental is signing off on the appointment of Trenton Police Director Ernest Parrey Jr. after Mayor Eric Jackson

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