Thanks to a brave whistleblower, we now know that the cop who killed Eric Garner previously had four SUBSTANTIATED allegations of misconduct. (The CCRB recommended it's highest level of punishment in response to each.) That cop, Daniel Panteleo, is still employed by NYPD – but the hero who leaked the records has been fired.
Courts have upheld customs agents' power to manually search devices at the border, but any searches made solely on the basis of race or national origin are still illegal. More importantly, travelers are not legally required to unlock their devices, although agents can detain them for significant periods of time if they do not. “In each incident that I’ve seen, the subjects have been shown a... View details ⇨
Another blockbuster report from the DOJ documenting a pattern and practice of abuse from a major police department. Whatever you think of the outgoing president, we are unlikely to see a continuation of these important investigations under the incoming administration.
He didn't own a DVD player or use the internet, so Nat Hentoff asked me to mail him a paper screenplay of 10 Rules for Dealing with the Police. With that he wrote this beautiful testimonial:
"A precipitating cause of the American Revolution was the power of British officers in the American colonies to search homes and offices anytime they chose, period. This led to the 4th amendment in our... View details ⇨