Anatomy of a Pretextual Traffic Stop

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Police officers are trained on how to use disingenuous pretexts to stop a vehicle. They do this in order to get face to face with a driver to see if they can smell alcohol or drugs or find some reason to do a search and they use all manner of absurd, trumped-up excuses for it. Here's a perfect example caught on tape, an officer who pulls over a black man (of course), first telling him it's because he didn't turn his turn signal on far enough from the turn and then saying it's because he made eye … [Read more...]

Government Scores Another Victory in the War on Orgasms

The federal government, apparently fresh out of actual victims to protect, raided the offices of Rentboy.com, a site set up to broker deals between gay escorts and those who want to employ their services. And guess who made the bust? The Department of Homeland Security. Because that's what we want them to do, isn't it? We don't want them protecting us from terrorism, we want them arresting people for having consensual sex for money. … [Read more...]

Seattle Police Union Official Should Really STFU

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Ron Smith, the president of the Seattle Police Officer's Guild, is accusing the Obama administration of declaring a "war on cops." He posted a video to the police union's Facebook page from Fox News where one of their many dim bulb talking heads made that same accusation and captioned it "Truth." It was later removed from the page, but not before Smith confirmed that he had posted it and said that he agrees with it 100%. … [Read more...]

Bradlee Dean’s Absurd Column About Crime

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The endlessly stupid Bradlee Dean, who once sued a news organization I worked for and got stuck with a huge legal bill he can't pay, seems to think that crime is rampant in America. "Had enough crime yet, America?" his headline asks. The article itself is mostly about support for the death penalty, about which he could hardly be more wrong. And some of his reasoning is just...baffling. … [Read more...]

Campaign Zero: A Great Start on Criminal Justice Reform

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When Hillary Clinton met with activists from the #blacklivesmatter movement recently, she told them that just complaining about police and racism, while it's a good idea, isn't enough. To really affect change, she told them, they had to have a real policy platform of changes to demand that would fix the problem. They have now done so with Campaign Zero, a series of ten reforms (so far; they've promised to update it as new ideas come in) that would reduce the problem of systemic racism in our … [Read more...]

Another Study Shows Unreliability of Drug Sniffing Dogs

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I'm not certain whether I've written about this particular study about drug-sniffing dogs, but I know I've written about similar ones. It's a very cleverly designed experiment that reveals how police officers who handle the dogs continually trigger false "alerts" by the dogs whenever they think there are drugs in a place. They may not even be aware that they're doing it, but this study undeniably proves that they do: … [Read more...]

Farah Defends Convicted Christian Investment Scammer

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You may have heard about Jim Staley, the Missouri pastor who pleaded guilty this week to multiple counts of wire fraud for conning elderly investors out of millions of dollars in an insurance scam. He was sentenced to seven years in prison. But Joseph Farah of the Worldnetdaily is coming to his defense and saying that he should not be punished for it because it happened before he became a "full-time" pastor. … [Read more...]

Florida Frat Accused of Rape, Chants in Favor of Rape

A fraternity at the University of Central Florida, where a woman was apparently raped last fall, has been suspended after a video came out of some of them chanting "let's rape some bitches" and "let's rape some sluts" repeatedly. But don't worry, there totally is no such thing as rape culture or anything like that. I know not every fraternity is like this, but goddamn it enough of them are to make me entertain the idea of just banning them entirely. … [Read more...]

More Police Brutality Caught on Video

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In what has become at least a daily occurrence, we have yet another cell phone video of a police officer beating the hell out of a young black man who was handcuffed and in the back seat of the cop car. The officer tried to get the woman who recorded it to delete the video, but she uploaded it to Facebook so it wasn't lost, a very smart move on her part. … [Read more...]

Appeals Court Denies Retrial for Ex-Va. Gov. McDonnell

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously rejected an appeal from former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who was asking for a retrial after being convicted of corruption and taking bribes while in office. His wife was convicted too and he tried to blame her for the whole thing. … [Read more...]

Sheriff Tells Minister to ‘Go Back to the Church of Satan’

The sheriff of the county where Sandra Bland died in his custody told a Methodist minister holding a vigil for Bland to "go back to the church of Satan that you run" while walking in to the building. Because apparently being concerned about innocent people dying in police custody makes you a minion of Satan. … [Read more...]

Another Terrible Court Ruling on Drug Dogs

My old friend Radley Balko takes note of a recent ruling from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals that is quite appalling, though in line with the equally terrible Supreme Court precedents in the area. He explains the details of this particular case: … [Read more...]


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