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 ⇨
Now digesting this in-depth review from The Cato Institute about the public's attitude toward the police. The good news is that public opinion mostly backs policies that would improve policing – such as police on-body cameras, independent oversight of police, and opposition to racial profiling. The bad news is that there are stark racial disparities in the quality of police encounters between... View details ⇨
“It’s a bitter pill to swallow as a D.C. resident when I know that the police chief here doesn’t have the authority to say, ‘This is a bad officer and shouldn’t be in the department,’ ” [Former D.C. police chief] Lanier said, “and an arbitrator, who has no stake in it and doesn’t live in the city, can say, ‘Put that officer back on the street,’ and have him patrolling your neighborhood.”
The arresting officer gave this drunk-driving cop lots of leeway before arresting him. But in doing so he provides a fine example for how police should treat every person in a similar situation. (H/T Darren Gruber)
PA Governor Tom Wolf vetoed a terrible bill that would have mandated a 30-day "cooling off period" to release the names of cops who kill civilians. Here's what he had to say.
"While I am deeply concerned for the safety of the Commonwealth's police officers, government works best when trust and openness exist between citizens and their government, and as such, I cannot sign into law a policy... View details ⇨