February 22, 2018

Border Patrol increasing its searches of Americans far from U.S. borders. “It cannot be the case that anyone who lives or travels within 100 miles of the border has no Fourth Amendment rights.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/21/us/politics/trump-border-patrol-searches.html   Federal court hears case involving arrests of photographers at border crossings. “The lawsuit cites another case where border agents forced people who had footage of the killing of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas by CBP officers at the San Ysidro port of entry on May 28, 2010, to erase their footage.”   https://www.courthousenews.com/ninth-circuit-asked-to-quash-limits-on-border-crossing-photos/

Pipeline company sues Greenpeace for damages. “In the suit, (Energy Transfer Partners) alleges that the defendants engaged in criminal conspiracy to defame the company. ETP further claims that Greenpeace ran a media campaign that aimed to cut the company’s profits through its criticism and campaign for divestment in the company, and therefore should be punished.”   https://freedom.press/news/dangerous-lawsuit-against-greenpeace-threatens-news-organizations-and-first-amendment/   Resource extraction industry backed bill would prevent protests around “critical infrastructure” sites, such as pipelines. “The bills would criminalize trespass onto these special properties.”   https://rightsanddissent.org/news/toxic-brew-state-politicians-gas-oil-lobbyists-alec-join-forces-environmental-protesters/

Former CIA director James Woolsey refuses to rule out current U.S. interventions in other countries’ elections. “We don’t do that now, we don’t mess around in other people’s elections?” “Well… Only for a very good cause, in the interests of democracy.”   https://reason.com/blog/2018/02/20/former-cia-director-and-fox-news-host-sh

Former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover targeted African-American bookstores. “While perhaps not surprising, it is deeply disturbing that Hoover and the FBI would carry out sustained investigations of black-owned independent bookstores across the country [and their customers] as part of COINTELPRO’s larger attacks on the Black Power movement.”   https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/02/fbi-black-bookstores/553598/

Anti-gun movement adopts slogan of Jewish militants , who vowed to never allow another Holocaust and armed themselves with guns for self-defense. “As hundreds of students, teachers and gun reform advocates gathered outside the legislative building in Tallahassee, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland continued to push for tougher gun laws in Florida and on a federal level. Many carried signs reading ‘#NeverAgain’.”   http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-florida-shooting-rally-20180221-story.html   School officers in Florida to be armed with “assault rifles”. “In response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 dead and 16 injured on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Wednesday that he is planning to issue rifles to trained resource deputies at local public schools.”   https://www.local10.com/news/parkland-school-shooting/broward-sheriff-to-deploy-deputies-with-rifles-to-local-public-schools

California rape suspect drinks poison during police chase and dies to avoid being arrested by police. “The substance that the suspect ingested was tested by the Ventura Fire Department’s Hazmat team and determined to be a mixture of sodium chloride and potassium cyanide…”   http://abc7.com/chase-suspect-dies-after-apparent-poisoning-chp-says/3119031/

Supreme Court rules that man who reported financial misconduct to his own company is not a protected whistleblower under securities fraud law. “Courts are not at liberty to dispense with the condition — tell the S.E.C. — Congress imposed.”   Supreme Court rules that pleading guilty does not bar you from challenging the legality of the law you violated. “By a 6-to-3 vote, the court ruled that a North Carolina man who pleaded guilty to violating a federal law that bars firearms on the grounds of the United States Capitol may nonetheless challenge the constitutionality of the law on appeal.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/21/us/supreme-court-terrorism-whistle-blowers-prisoners.html

Disney accused of withholding corporate tax cut bonuses as leverage in union negotiations. “Disney stated the employee bonus was the result of President Donald Trump’s recently signed tax plan, which he has touted as a gift to working-class Americans.”   https://www.salon.com/2018/02/21/disney-uses-its-promised-1000-employee-bonus-as-leverage-over-union-negotiations/

Toy R Us to close 200 more stores. “The 200 newly reported planned closures will be in addition to the (170) April closures, and likely impact even more in-store workers in addition to corporate staff.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/toys-r-us-reportedly-closing-another-200-stores-laying-off-workers-2018-2

Activists who cheered firing of Google employee who criticized diversity programs shocked when ‘Nazi puncher’ also gets fired. “Diversity advocates at Google, many of whom were queer or transgender, told WIRED in January they were being targeted for harassment by coworkers in order to silence internal discussion around racial and gender diversity.”   https://www.wired.com/story/ex-google-employee-claims-wrongful-firing-for-criticizing-james-damores-memo/

Washington D.C. to pay $3.5 million to settle lawsuit over police officer’s shooting of a fleeing motorcyclist in the back. “Police said (Terrance) Sterling, of Fort Washington, Maryland, intentionally rammed the passenger-side door of a police car while trying to flee a traffic stop. Witnesses disputed the police department’s account of the incident and said the crash was unavoidable.”   https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Family-of-Unarmed-Black-Man-Killed-in-Police-Shooting-Reaches-Settlement-With-DC-474713603.html

Eaton County, Michigan releases video of fatal police shooting of fleeing suspect. “Dash camera video shows an Eaton County Sheriff’s deputy following Robert Claude Smith, 64, down rural roads before Smith turns around his pickup and drives directly at two stopped police vehicles.”   http://www.wzzm13.com/news/local/lansing/video-of-fatal-police-shooting-in-eaton-county-released/521573888

Expert witness tells jury that police officer had no choice but to shoot unarmed bus passenger in the back during arrest, could not have used her taser. “Video, he said, can be misleading. ‘It’s an illusion’.”   https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/crime/2018/02/21/defense-expert-breaking-down-video-police-shooting-unarmed-bus-passenger/357098002/

Overland Park, Kansas releases video of fatal shooting of fleeing teen, announces no charges will be filed against officer. “Video shows a mini van exiting the garage of a home, despite the officer’s repeated demands to stop the vehicle… The incident lasted 14 seconds, and investigators said a total of 13 shots were fired.”   http://www.kmbc.com/article/authorities-to-release-some-video-in-fatal-police-shooting-of-overland-park-teen/18289864

Deaf Oklahoma motorist awarded $175,000 after beating by state troopers. “Pearson, who is 68 years old now, was headed home from a community deaf group meeting when the OHP tried to pull him over for suspected involvement in a hit-and-run.”   http://kfor.com/2018/02/19/deaf-man-given-175000-settlement-after-claiming-oklahoma-troopers-used-excessive-force-during-arrest/

Appeals court finds school resource officer used excessive force when handcuffing a compliant 10 year old three days after a scuffle with another student on the bus, but officer is protected by qualified immunity. “Without more, we cannot conclude that it would have necessarily been clear to a reasonable officer that handcuffing E.W. would give rise to a Fourth Amendment violation.”   https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180213/14504739228/appeals-court-handcuffing-compliant-ten-year-old-is-unreasonable-deputy-had-no-way-knowing-that.shtml


February 22, 2018

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