Another toddler injured by excessive police use of force

Regular readers will remember my outrage at the critical injuries inflicted on two-year-old Bounkham “Bou Bou” Phonesavanh by a SWAT raid in 2014, and the unbelievably inept, stupid, crass, dictatorial response of the Haversham county sheriff to the incident. Now it’s happened again. LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) – A 2-year-old child was burned by a flash-distraction device when Lakeland Police Department SWAT team members executed a search warrant on a home known for continuous drug activity on Thursday. . . . Officers entered the home and cleared the room, not seeing anyone inside. The small room was cluttered with clothing and

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Is criminal violence in America’s largest cities being deliberately under-reported?

I’m more and more getting the impression that it is.  It’s not just that police departments are under political pressure to under-report crime, or wrongly classify more serious offenses under less serious codes:  it’s that the news media, nominally independent, are nevertheless deliberately under-reporting the crime situation as well, if not completely ignoring it, in blatant support of an ideological agenda. An excellent example was provided in Chicago over the Memorial Day weekend.  The news media were largely silent about an epidemic of mob violence in one of the city’s premier shopping districts, particularly because it apparently involved “youths” of

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Why no prosecutions?

I’ve been angered to read two recent news reports. Woman who falsely accused 49ers player of domestic violence likely to avoid charges “We don’t charge domestic violence victims who falsely recant. We empathize with them, we support them, and we advocate for them,” the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement to the news outlet. Woman’s bogus rape claim against Texas trooper wasn’t a crime, DA says Prosecutors have decided not to file criminal charges against a Grapevine woman who falsely claimed that she was sexually assaulted by a state trooper last weekend. . . . The

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Courage, good tactics and gun-handling save a motorist

Courtesy of FerFAL, we find this video of an off-duty Argentinian policeman who was attacked by three armed muggers as he pulled his car into his garage one evening.  Despite being outnumbered by three men carrying firearms, he waited for the right moment, then pulled his own gun and killed two of them, critically injuring the third. Google Translate renders the Spanish video description as follows: Two criminals were killed and another was seriously wounded during an attack on a policeman on Thursday night at Isidro Casanova, La Matanza party. The incident occurred around 20.30 on the street Acassuso to

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Lock your doors!

Greg Ellifritz issues this timely reminder. Four years ago, I wrote an article titled Lock Your Damn Doors.  In that article I looked at a month’s worth of burglary and theft reports from the city where I worked and tracked how many theft victims had left their houses or cars unlocked before the thefts occurred. The results?  83% of the theft victims had left their doors unlocked, making the criminals’ jobs extremely easy. Another spring, another increase in theft offenses.  I decided to repeat the study to see if the victims in my city had learned any lessons in the

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Doofus Of The Day #1,011

Today’s award goes to a felon in Florida. A Lake City man was jailed after he reported that his son had stolen his rifle. The problem? The man, James Denson, is a convicted felon who is not allowed to own a rifle, the Lake City Police said in a press release. There’s more at the link. Uh-huh.  Before you call the cops to report a crime, make sure you’re not implicating yourself in the same crime! Peter

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Mugshot of the week

For the benefit of overseas readers, in the USA a “mugshot” is a common term for the photograph taken of suspects/offenders by police when they’re arrested, as they’re booked into the local jail. This one comes to us courtesy of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office in Michigan.  More information here. Blue??? Peter

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Privacy? What privacy?

Yet again, we’re reminded that we live in a de facto surveillance state.  It’s just been privatized. The digital privacy world was rocked late Thursday evening when The New York Times reported on Securus, a prison telecom company that has a service enabling law enforcement officers to locate most American cell phones within seconds. The company does this via a basic Web interface leveraging a location API—creating a way to effectively access a massive real-time database of cell-site records. Securus’ location ability relies on other data brokers and location aggregators that obtain that information directly from mobile providers, usually for

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Doofus Of The Day #1,010

Today’s award goes to a meth-befuddled motorist in Florida. A man was arrested Sunday after asking a Florida Highway Patrol trooper if he could run away from the scene of a crash, saying he could get the trooper more meth than he had found in his car. Scott Ecklund, 32, was arrested on charges of methamphetamine possession and driving with a suspended license. He was arrested earlier this month and accused of crashing a Chevrolet truck into a house in Winter Park and claiming to be an FBI agent with an AR-style rifle, police said at the time. . .

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Doofus Of The Day #1,009

Today’s award goes to the South Wales Police in formerly great Britain. South Wales Police has been testing an automated facial recognition system since June 2017 and has used it in the real-world at more than ten events. In the majority of cases, the system has made more incorrect matches than the times it has been able to correctly identify a potential suspect or offender. . . . During the UEFA Champions League Final week in Wales last June, when the facial recognition cameras were used for the first time, there were 2,470 alerts of possible matches from the automated

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