Jeffress: Police Officers are Ministers of God

Megachurch pastor -- read: con artist -- Robert Jeffress says that no one has anything to fear from police officers because they are ministers sent by God to "punish evildoers." Rule of thumb: Anyone outside a comic book that uses that phrase unironically need not be taken seriously. … [Read more...]

Roadside Drug Tests Completely Unreliable

As with breathalyzers, there is growing evidence that the roadside drug tests -- of potential drugs, not the individual allegedly in possession of them -- used by police officers are highly unreliable. The New York Times magazine has a full report. … [Read more...]

Wingnut Blames Elizabeth Warren for Dallas Shootings

While most right-wingers are busy trying to find a way, any way, to pin the blame for the shootings of 11 police officers in Dallas, Donn Marten is taking a different tack. He's blaming it all on Elizabeth Warren. Why? Because she tweeted about police shooting black men without cause. … [Read more...]

I Can’t Express My Anger Sufficiently

With the unprovoked murder of two young black men, followed by the killing of five police officers in Dallas at the end of a peaceful protest, I find myself almost numb. I've tried several times to write about this, but have experienced writer's block for the first time in my life. I'll try to say the things I want to say. … [Read more...]

Another Illegal Arrest for Flag ‘Desecration’

And we have another illegal arrest for flag desecration, but this time it's of a Confederate flag. And the flag belonged to someone else. It happened in Harahan, Louisiana and the woman who did it was apparently rather impaired at the time. … [Read more...]

Could Arpaio Finally Lose an Election?

Fascist Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been elected to office six times in a row despite costing the county more than $140 million in legal fees and settlements for his flagrant and continual violations of the Constitution. Could this year finally be his waterloo? … [Read more...]

Police Arrest Man for Burning a Flag — For His Own Safety, of Course

A man from Urbana, Illinois posted a video of himself burning an American flag this weekend, which of course prompted a torrent of death threats from uber-patriot authoritarians. So the police, instead of arresting the people who made those threats, arrested him. … [Read more...]

Kansas Church Wants to Out Rape Victimes

In 2014, two young girls were raped by a volunteer at a summer Bible camp put on by a church in Kansas. The volunteer who did it pleaded guilty and the girls have sued the church for failing to check the rapist's background, which included previous sexual assault. The church now wants the identity of those girls revealed publicly. … [Read more...]

Louisiana Sheriff Threatens Jewish DOJ Lawyer

Louisiana has more than its fair share of good ol' boy county sheriffs, full of all manner of bigotries, but one of them just got caught on tape threatening to kill a "sorry son-of-a-bitch Jew bastard in Washington" who works for the DOJ and was investigating him for civil rights violations. … [Read more...]

MI Supreme Court: Cops Can Lie, Can’t Be Prosecuted

The Michigan Supreme Court last week ruled that police officers cannot be prosecuted for lying to investigators looking into possible violations of the law, citing a state law that gives them immunity whenever they are forced to testify about anything. … [Read more...]

New Hampshire Latest State to Pass Forfeiture Reforms

New Hampshire is the latest state -- the 8th this year -- to pass reforms to civil asset forfeiture laws and I think they got it right. The new law signed by the governor there actually requires a criminal conviction in order to seize assets from a suspect. … [Read more...]

Arpaio Wants to Put American Flags on Inmates’ Uniforms

Fascist Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is, well, being Joe Arpaio again, telling a right-wing radio show host that he doesn't care that the inmates in his tent concentration camp suffer through near-140 degree temps and that he's going to put American flags on their uniforms. Because of course he is. … [Read more...]