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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Feb 19, 2003 Protesters Say City Police Used Rough Tactics at Rally
QUOTE: At a news conference, the organizers of Saturday's demonstration against war with Iraq showed a videotape of the police using pepper spray on penned-in people, backing horses into crowds, going after demonstrators with their nightsticks and forcing people back with metal barricades...30 complaints of police misconduct had been filed by yesterday afternoon...
New York Times Feb 18, 2003 In Los Angeles, Police Toughen Policy Over Burglar Alarms: Officers Will No Longer Respond to Unverified Calls
QUOTE: Ninety-seven percent of the 123,000 burglar alarm calls received in 2001 by the Los Angeles Police Department were false...wasting 15 percent of their(officers) patrol time and as much as $11 million responding to these calls...
Washington Post Feb 11, 2003 Pair suing N.J. troopers over profiling
QUOTE: Rigoberto and Maria Martinez can't say for sure why a New Jersey state trooper pulled them over early one morning two years ago...But they think they were stopped because they are Hispanic...
Philadelphia Inquirer Jan 30, 2003 State Department Link Will Open Visa Database to Police Officers
QUOTE: Law enforcement officials across the country will soon have access to a database of 50 million overseas applications for United States visas, including the photographs of 20 million applicants.
New York Times Jan 24, 2003 Philippines Denounced for Human Rights Violations
QUOTE: AVAO CITY, Philippines, Jan. 24 — Amnesty International issued a report today condemning the Philippine government for using torture to extract information and confessions from defendants.
New York Times Jan 22, 2003 Till's Murder Shocks Another Generation
QUOTE: '...my own racial anger often had no object more concrete than "the Man," and it did nothing but eat at me. I didn't want my son to fall into such a ghostly emotional trap.'
Washington Post Jan 08, 2003 Alleged Racial Profile Victims Tell of Stops: Some who have been pulled over say they understand why, but most deem it unfair.
QUOTE: ...the LAPD released a study of traffic stops in the latter part of 2002... the study showed that although officers stopped drivers of different racial groups in numbers roughly proportional to their share of the population, officers were more likely to order blacks and Latinos out of their cars and to search the cars as well as the drivers.
Los Angeles Times Jan 06, 2003 Traffic citations reveal disparity in police searches
QUOTE: When a police officer in Massachusetts pulls over a car and writes a routine traffic ticket, the officer is far more likely to search the car of a black or Hispanic driver than that of a white driver.
Boston Globe Dec 09, 2002 Why people confess to crimes they didn't do
QUOTE: "Part of the problem in the Central Park jogger case is that we don't know what went on for hours in the interrogation rooms before they confessed," says Nina Morrison, the executive director of the Innocence Project, a nonprofit organization in New York.
Findlaw Dec 05, 2002 Prosecutor Seeks Dismissal of Convictions in '89 Jogger Case
QUOTE: For the last 11 months, the Police Department and Mr. Morgenthau's office have conducted a sweeping reinvestigation of the original charges, after a convicted murderer and serial rapist stepped forward to say that he alone had attacked and raped a woman jogger.
New York Times Dec 01, 2002 New Light on Jogger's Rape Calls Evidence Into Question
QUOTE: [In a high profile New York City rape case in 1989]...the confessions have been the subject of high-volume contention, with charges from the defense that the teenagers were coerced or tricked into confessing...
New York Times Nov 12, 2002 Young Sniper Suspect Was Confused on Rights, Lawyers Say
QUOTE: But Mr. Malvo's lawyers said it was apparent that he and the other man charged, John Muhammad, were unsure about their rights long after Virginia authorities tried to question them.
New York Times Nov 12, 2002 Broad police powers in conspiracy cases contested
QUOTE: He adds, "The rule adopted in this case would seriously compromise the effective investigation and prosecution of conspiracies, not only in drug cases, but in terrorism and other criminal contexts in which law-enforcement officials must both foil the success of the conspiratorial endeavor and bring those who are genuinely culpable to justice."
Law.com Nov 11, 2002 Visions of Death: Can psychics 'see' what detectives cannot?
QUOTE: And while some give little credence to their predictions, others swear by them and say that they sometimes provide valuable information leading to evidence they would not have otherwise obtained.
Law.com Nov 02, 2002 London's Privacy Falling Down
QUOTE: But the posters [that state "Big Bobby is watching"] are having the opposite effect on privacy advocates, who say the artwork is creepily reminiscent of the all-seeing authority described in George Orwell's 1984.
Wired Oct 30, 2002 Exasperated Cities Move to Curb or Expel The Homeless
QUOTE: Here in this capital of compassion, public fatigue with the panhandlers besieging the city has become so intense that voters sound ready to approve a ballot measure next week that would nearly wipe out the generous monthly welfare payments that San Francisco has long provided to thousands of homeless men and women.
Washington Post Oct 18, 2002 Two Officers in Louima Case Will Not Face Charges Again
QUOTE: The new decisions mean that the two officers, Thomas Wiese and Thomas Bruder — whose convictions for conspiracy to obstruct justice in the case were overturned by a federal appeals court in February — no longer face any possibility of criminal charges.
New York Times Oct 17, 2002 McGreevey Comes to the Defense of State's Embattled Police Chief
QUOTE: This week, Mr. Santiago has been battered by accusations that he acted improperly when he requested that subordinates give him files on any investigations involving him.
New York Times Oct 16, 2002 Bush Questions Gun Tracking's Usefulness: White House Challenges ATF Study That Says Ballistic Fingerprinting Helps Solve Crimes
QUOTE: Last night, the White House said domestic policy aides had met with ATF officials (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) and asked them to have the agency's experts look into whether a national database would be an effective crime-fighting tool.
Washington Post Oct 14, 2002 Former FBI chief takes on encryption
QUOTE: When Louis Freeh ran the FBI, he loved nothing more than launching into a heartfelt rant against the dangers of encryption technology.
CNET Oct 13, 2002 How mobile phones let spies see our every move
QUOTE: Government's secret Celldar project will allow surveillance of anyone, at any time and anywhere there is a phone signal
Guardian Unlimited Oct 07, 2002 Wildlife smugglers target Indian animals
QUOTE: But environmentalist groups say that India's location - midway between the Middle East and China - make it a more convenient shopping spot for those looking for wildlife products. Indeed, India is a victim of its own success.
Oct 03, 2002 'Hey, Keep It Down, Will Ya?' Mayor's Noise Plan Insists on It
QUOTE: "...unacceptable levels of noise in our communities," Mr. Bloomberg said yesterday at a news conference in Astoria, Queens, where residents are tortured by air traffic and motorcycle noise at all hours.
New York Times Sep 23, 2002 Louima Case Closed, Not Resolved
QUOTE: ...Schwarz has publicly said he would never admit any part in the assault itself. The unusual solution was an agreement that Mr. Schwarz would not be able to continue to proclaim publicly that he is innocent.
New York Times Sep 09, 2002 Black Police Officers' Group Seeks New Jogger Case Inquiry
QUOTE: "The original convictions, of five black and Hispanic teenagers, hinged on their confessions. But another man has come forward and said he raped the jogger, a claim proved by DNA evidence, and the advocacy group questioned the manner in which the original confessions were obtained and the ability of those who initially prosecuted the case to investigate themselves."
New York Times Aug 22, 2002 A Confused Inquiry
QUOTE: ...Local authorities rounded up more than 10 percent of the town's black population. The arrests were the culmination of an absurd one-man "investigation"...
New York Times Aug 12, 2002 Color Scheme
QUOTE: "...'Oh, we're just doing random checks.' Right. Random checks of black men in nice cars."
Sports Illustrated (SI) Jun 18, 2002 Warning for search on bus not required
QUOTE: "Police officers act in full accord with the law when they ask citizens for consent," said the decision written by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy,
Washington Times Jun 12, 2002 Environmentalists Win Bombing Lawsuit
QUOTE: ...the F.B.I. and Oakland police had violated their civil rights and First Amendment rights by defaming them and casting a pall over their plans to protest against logging
New York Times Apr 19, 2002 Amnesty International: Spain Is Racist in Its Treatment of Immigrants
QUOTE: Amnesty International has accused Spain, the steppingstone to Europe for thousands of poor immigrants, of "frequent and widespread" mistreatment of foreigners and ethnic minorities, including torture...
New York Times Mar 08, 2002 Slaughter in the Name of God
QUOTE: ...India undergoes its worst bout of Hindu-Muslim bloodletting in more than a decade...Police chiefs have been excusing their men's unwillingness to defend the citizens...
Washington Post Jan 25, 2002 Know Your Rights
QUOTE: Whether or not you're a citizen, you have these constitutional rights: The Right to Remain Silent...The Right to be Free from "Unreasonable Searches and Seizures".... The Right to Advocate for Change....
National Lawyers Guild Jan 03, 2002 Executive Privilege Again
QUOTE: The New England F.B.I.'s long-running abuse of power is "the greatest failing in federal law enforcement history," according to James Wilson, chief counsel to the House Government Reform Committee...John Ashcroft's Department of Justice does not want Congress to air out this long, shameful story.
New York Times Nov 25, 2001 Swept Up in a Dragnet, Hundreds Sit in Custody and Ask, 'Why?'
QUOTE: The F.B.I. has so far denied a Freedom of Information Act request filed by a coalition of 21 Arab-American and human rights groups demanding a list of who is jailed, where and why.
New York Times Nov 24, 2001 Wait Until Dark
QUOTE: As part of his mass dragnet prompted by the attacks on America, our attorney general has rounded up about 50 Israeli Jews, some of whom have been detained for nearly a month on the pretext of minor offenses involving working papers.
New York Times Nov 22, 2001 Police Are Split On Questioning of Mideast Men
QUOTE: Mr. Ashcroft announced the plan to find and interview 5,000 men, most of whom hail from Middle Eastern countries....the plan has prompted a kind of role reversal, with the police now the guardians of civil liberties, instead of being criticized for violating them.
New York Times Nov 08, 2001 Killings Reignite Fear in Mexico Town
QUOTE: Women's groups have insisted that the number of women who disappeared had risen to more than 200, and they accused police of failing to investigate.
New York Times Sep 28, 2001 Police Back Judge's Ruling
QUOTE: ...acquitted of two misdemeanor charges stemming from the April shooting death of Timothy Thomas, an unarmed African-American man...
Cincinnati Enquirer Sep 22, 2001 Once Appalled By Race Profiling, Many Find Themselves Doing It
QUOTE: For many Americans who say they have deeply believed that it was wrong for law enforcement officers to single out members of minorities for special interrogation or searches, the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 have prompted a painful confrontation with the sudden anxieties they acknowledge feeling [towards Arab-Americans].
New York Times Sep 09, 2001 A City Tries to Turn Candor Into Consensus
QUOTE: deep racial divide laid bare in civil rights protests and running violence on the streets [of Cincinnati]...."identity-based conflict," in which clashing groups are heard out in detail and taught to seek mutual goals from common grievances.
New York Times Aug 09, 2001 Top FBI Officials Facing Inquiry: Retaliation Alleged in Ruby Ridge Probe
QUOTE: The Justice Department's inspector general has opened an investigation of alleged retaliation by senior FBI officials against agents who uncovered flaws in the bureau's handling of the 1992 siege at Ruby Ridge, Idaho...
Washington Post Aug 08, 2001 Police Use of Force in Genoa Raises Outcry Weeks Later
QUOTE: ...92 young people were dragged from their beds by squads of Italian anti-riot police officers who beat and jailed them.
New York Times Aug 05, 2001 The Ethicist: No Need for Speed
ABSTRACT: (1) warning others about police (traffic) stakeouts (2) reasonable reactions to other's offensive music in the workplace (3) substituting what you own for another's property
New York Times Jul 31, 2001 Dubious Justice in Mexico: Village Vigilantes Block Path to Modernity
QUOTE: ...the biggest city in North America sprawls across a vast valley, containing both choked urban centers and more than 45 villages, where there are more animals and planted fields than people.
Washington Post Jul 30, 2001 Urban Police Jobs Are Losing Their Appeal
QUOTE: Police departments in cities across the nation are facing what some call a personnel crisis, with the number of recruits at record lows, an increasing number of experienced officers turning down promotions...
New York Times Jul 08, 2001 40 Die in Rebel Attacks On Police in Nepal
QUOTE: A string of attacks overnight killed 39 police officers and a civilian at security posts across Nepal...
New York Times May 31, 2001 Ethics Get Tangled in 'Genetic Dragnets'
QUOTE: In addition to concern over unreasonable searches...large-scale genetic dragnets raise the possibility of police coercion.
Herald Tribune Newscoast May 29, 2001 Misconduct, Corruption By U.S. Police Mar Bosnia Mission: U.N., Europeans Query Push To Bring In More Officers
QUOTE: ...U.N. police mission there [Bosnia] has faced numerous charges of misconduct, corruption and sexual impropriety. But in virtually every case, the allegations have been hushed up...
Washington Post May 22, 2001 Somebody's Watching You: The Web's Secret Police
QUOTE: "Sophisticated counterfeit product is the work of savvy and well-funded criminals who understand that software counterfeiting represents a low legal risk and very high profits
E-Commerce Times May 21, 2001 In Turkey, a Matter of Conviction: Women Who Spoke Against Police Abuse Face Prosecution
QUOTE: ...Turkey's first public conference on the abuse of women in police custody -- an event women's rights advocates hailed as a milestone in a country in which sexual violence against women is frequently ignored, covered up or deemed taboo for public debate.
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