NYPD Hit With Major Discrimination Suit — From Cops


This is a very interesting development. A group of black and Latino police officers in New York City are suing the NYPD, claiming that they are being discriminated against, threatened and punished for not going along with illegal quotas that encourage discriminatory policies like Stop and Frisk. This follows an earlier suit that revealed that such quotas exist, which the NYPD had denied. … [Read more...]

Uncle Tom Sheriff Blames Black Lives Matter for Cop Shooting


A police officer in Houston was ambushed and killed last week, which is a horrible tragedy. To hear the right wing tell it, however, this is all the fault of President Obama and the Black Lives Matter movement for leading an alleged "war on cops" that has turned the people against the police. And they've got their very own Uncle Tom, a black sheriff from Milwaukee, eager to make that argument for them so they can cover up their racism. … [Read more...]

Judge Slammed by Appeals Court in Wife Beating Case


I've pointed out many times that state legislatures and local councils are the place to find the dumbest and most ridiculous politicians, but the same is also true of judges. Because judges are elected positions in most states, a sizable percentage of those on the bench are local yokels who shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a courtroom. Here's a great example, a judge in Georgia who got hammered by the appeals court for some seriously appalling behavior in a domestic violence case. … [Read more...]

Anatomy of a Pretextual Traffic Stop


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


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


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


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


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


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...]