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Philadelphia has four fewer uniformed gangsters

Monday, 19 May 2008 by Mike Gogulski
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It's mall security time for 4 of these monkeys, at least. From Reuters: Four Philadelphia police fired over filmed beating PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Four Philadelphia police officers were fired and four others demoted or suspended after a video showed them beating three suspects ...

Victoria, BC citizenry to pay $60,000 to brutalized teen

Friday, 16 May 2008 by Mike Gogulski
police, prison, surveillance | 6 Comments »

Willow Kinloch, then aged 15, got picked up three years ago by the Victoria police for the victimless crime of being drunk in public. For her own protection, or something. Somehow unable to manage taking an intoxicated, frightened young woman back ...

Justice, truth and accountability for Robert Dziekański

Friday, 16 May 2008 by Mike Gogulski
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Robert Dziekański was killed seven months ago at Vancouver International Airport. After waiting around in immigration and customs hell for some ten hours, unable to speak or understand English and clearly disturbed, Dziekański was tasered to death within a minute of ...

The clown suit defense, and the excuses of symbols

Wednesday, 14 May 2008 by Mike Gogulski
police | 23 Comments »

[caption id="attachment_4326" align="alignright" width="243"] Such a nice clown![/caption] Many years ago, when I was an activist campaigner for drug policy reform in the United States, there was an occasional but extremely cogent contributor to the quasi-underground listservs that bound the community ...

Electroshock torture new penalty for expired tag?

Tuesday, 13 May 2008 by Mike Gogulski
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Ah it's great how a victimless status crime such as driving with an expired license plate can lead to electroshock torture these days. Didn't pay your tax on time? Ride the taser. Sure, the officer wasn't "adequately trained in the ...

San Francisco taxpayers billed $235,000 for aggro cop

Sunday, 11 May 2008 by Mike Gogulski
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From the San Francisco Chronicle: S.F. settles excessive force suit for $235,000 Sunday, May 11, 2008 Kelly Medora, a petite preschool teacher who weighed about 118 pounds, went out with a friend in North Beach one Saturday night in 2005 for some fun. Instead, ...
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