“Off-duty cops in two counties in Alabama spent the weekend collecting saliva and blood samples from drivers at roadblocks.
According to Lt. Freddie Turrentine with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, drivers were asked to voluntarily offer samples of their saliva and blood for a study being conducted by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation.
The drivers were compensated for their samples.
“They’ve got big signs up that says ‘paid volunteer survey’ and if they want to participate they pull over there and they ask them questions and if they are willing to give them a mouth swab they give them $10 and if they are willing to give them a blood sample they give them $50. And if they don’t do anything they drive off,” Turrentine explained to The Daily Caller.”
Via The Daily Caller
“The New York State Senate today passed a bill that creates the crime of aggravated harassment of a police or peace officer. The bill (S.2402), sponsored by Senator Joe Griffo (R-C-I, Rome) would make it a felony to harass, annoy, or threaten a police officer while on duty.
“Our system of laws is established to protect the foundations of our society,” Senator Griffo said. “Police officers who risk their lives every day in our cities and on our highways deserve every possible protection, and those who treat them with disrespect, harass them and create situations that can lead to injuries deserve to pay a price for their actions.”
The bill establishes this crime as a Class E Felony, punishable by up to four years in prison.”
Via NY Senate
“Megan Graham, a Federal Way, Washington woman, called 911 to attempt to save herself from the cops who were beating her. Straight from the Bully’s Playbook, the partially deaf and cognitively disabled woman has been charged with felony assault on an officer.
Graham said that she had stopped at a friend’s apartment building when a police officer pulled up behind her. She says that she responded politely but never heard the officer order her from his running vehicle, to get back into her car. That’s the point at which things got ugly, as the officer reportedly grabbed her roughly. She called 911 in hopes of getting other officers there to de-escalate the situation.
Two police officers brutally beat the woman as she pleaded with the 911 dispatcher for help.”
Via Activist Post
Has ‘Big Brother’ arrived? Police use ID scanner at bars to nab criminals, but civil liberties raise concerns
“Appleton police are using cutting-edge scanner technology to keep convicted criminals out of some of the city’s most popular bars, but civil libertarians are crying foul over a practice that could spread to other communities.
While authorities claim the innovative strategy of checking bar patrons with an ID scanner is making the community safer, the process is raising red flags among some people, who say it amounts to an invasion of privacy.”
Black 14-year-old Carrying a Puppy Tackled and Choked by Police for Giving Them a “Dehumanizing Stare”
“New cell phone footage shows Miami-Dade Police officers aggressively pinning an unarmed teen to the ground while choking him. His alleged crime: giving the officers “dehumanizing stares” and “clenching his fists.”
Fourteen-year-old Tremaine McMillan says he was feeding his puppy and playing on the beach with some friends when cops riding ATVs approached him and asked what he was doing. The “peacekeeping” officers say they saw McMillan roughhousing with another teenager, told him it was “unacceptable behavior,” and asked where his mother was. When McMillan walked away, they chased him on ATVs, jumped out, pinned him to the ground and arrested him. According to police reports, McMillan “attempted to pull his arm away, stating, ‘Man, don’t touch me like I did something.’” See footage of the incident, captured by McMillan’s mother: “
UPDATE: Sacramento Police Investigating Death in Custody
” A man taken into custody by the Sacramento Police Department has died, according to the police department.
Video obtained by CBS13 of the arrest on the 8300 block of Folsom Boulevard shows a suspect being restrained by a male officer’s legs, while a female officer strikes him 10 times with a baton.”