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PostPosted: 05-01-2013 13:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Man Arrested for Flipping Off Cop Wins Day in Court
BY DAVID KRAVETS01.04.135:52 PM
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/01/flipping-off-cop-case/

A federal appeals court is reinstating a civil rights lawsuit brought by a New York man arrested for disorderly conduct after flipping off a police officer in traffic.

There’s no law against directing to police what might be the world’s oldest insulting gesture. Flipping the bird, or sticking out the middle finger, dates to ancient Greece and was adopted by the Romans as digitus impudicus – the impudent finger.

But it’s not advised, as it may lead to a confrontation. And that’s exactly what happened in upstate New York.

After the police stop in 2006, words were exchanged between the local police officer and middle-finger-saluter John Swartz, a 62-year-old Vietnam veteran. He flipped the bird at officer Richard Insogna who was employing a radar device to ticket speeders — and Insogna stopped the vehicle.

In reinstating the lawsuit, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals didn’t buy Insogna’s explanation for the traffic stop. Insogna testified in a deposition that he stopped the vehicle Swartz was traveling in because the raised middle finger suggested Swartz “was trying to get my attention for some reason” and that he “was concerned for the female driver.”

A federal judge sided with police and tossed the lawsuit. But the New York-based appeals court on Thursday reinstated the case, which was also brought by the driver, Swartz’s wife, Judy Mayton-Swartz.

According to the three-judge panel: (.pdf)

Perhaps there is a police officer somewhere who would interpret an automobile passenger’s giving him the finger as a signal of distress, creating a suspicion that something occurring in the automobile warranted investigation. And perhaps that interpretation is what prompted Insogna to act, as he claims. But the nearly universal recognition that this gesture is an insult deprives such an interpretation of reasonableness. This ancient gesture of insult is not the basis for a reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation or impending criminal activity. Surely no passenger planning some wrongful conduct toward another occupant of an automobile would call attention to himself by giving the finger to a police officer.

No trial date has been set in the unlawful-arrest case. The disorderly conduct charges were later dropped after Swartz’s arrest.

In its Thursday opinion, the appeals court cited American University legal scholar Ira Robbins, who has written a definitive paper on flipping the bird: “Digitus Impudicus: The Middle Finger and the Law.” (.pdf)

In the paper, he writes: “The pursuit of criminal sanctions for use of the middle finger infringes on First Amendment rights, violates fundamental principles of criminal justice, wastes valuable judicial resources, and defies good sense.”

This isn’t the first lawsuit on the topic, and it likely won’t be the last.

In 2009, a Pittsburgh man was awarded $50,000 after he was wrongly cited for disorderly conduct after flipping off an officer. A year later, suburban Oregon police department paid a local man $4,000 to settle a civil rights lawsuit in which he claimed he was pulled over for flipping off the cops in traffic.
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PostPosted: 04-02-2013 18:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/feb/03/police-spies-identities-dead-children

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Police spies stole identities of dead children

Britain's largest police force stole the identities of an estimated 80 dead children and issued fake passports in their names for use by undercover police officers.

The Metropolitan police secretly authorised the practice for covert officers infiltrating protest groups without consulting or informing the children's parents.

The details are revealed in an investigation by the Guardian, which has established how over three decades generations of police officers trawled through national birth and death records in search of suitable matches.

Undercover officers created aliases based on the details of the dead children and were issued with accompanying identity records such as driving licences and national insurance numbers. Some of the police officers spent up to 10 years pretending to be people who had died.

The Met said the practice was not "currently" authorised, but announced an investigation into "past arrangements for undercover identities used by SDS [Special Demonstration Squad] officers".

Keith Vaz, the chairman of parliament's home affairs select committee, said he was shocked at the "gruesome" practice. "It will only cause enormous distress to families who will discover what has happened concerning the identities of their dead children," he said. "This is absolutely shocking."

The technique of using dead children as aliases has remained classified intelligence for several decades, although it was fictionalised in Frederick Forsyth's novel The Day of the Jackal. As a result, police have internally nicknamed the process of searching for suitable identities as the "jackal run". One former undercover agent compared an operation on which he was deployed to the methods used by the Stasi.

Two undercover officers have provided a detailed account of how they and others used the identities of dead children. One, who adopted the fake persona of Pete Black while undercover in anti-racist groups, said he felt he was "stomping on the grave" of the four-year-old boy whose identity he used.

"A part of me was thinking about how I would feel if someone was taking the names and details of my dead son for something like this," he said. The Guardian has chosen not to identify Black by his real name.

The other officer, who adopted the identity of a child who died in a car crash, said he was conscious the parents would "still be grief-stricken". He spoke on the condition of anonymity and argued his actions could be justified because they were for the "greater good".

Both officers worked for a secretive unit called the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS), which was disbanded in 2008.

A third undercover police officer in the SDS who adopted the identity of a dead child can be named as John Dines, a sergeant. He adopted the identity of an eight-year-old boy named John Barker, who died in 1968 from leukaemia. The Met said in a statement: "We are not prepared to confirm nor deny the deployment of individuals on specific operations."

The force added: "A formal complaint has been received which is being investigated by the DPS [Directorate for Professional Standards] and we appreciate the concerns that have been raised. The DPS inquiry is taking place in conjunction with Operation Herne's investigation into the wider issue of past arrangements for undercover identities used by SDS officers. We can confirm that the practice referred to in the complaint is not something that would currently be authorised in the [Met police]."

There is a suggestion that the practice of using dead infant identities may have been stopped in the mid-1990s, when death records were digitised. However, the case being investigated by the Met relates to a suspected undercover police officer who may have used a dead child's identity in 2003.

The practice was introduced 40 years ago by police to lend credibility to the backstory of covert operatives spying on protesters, and to guard against the possibility that campaigners would discover their true identities.

Since then dozens of SDS officers, including those who posed as anti-capitalists, animal rights activists and violent far-right campaigners, have used the identities of dead children.

One document seen by the Guardian indicates that around 80 police officers used such identities between 1968 and 1994. The total number could be higher.

Black said he always felt guilty when celebrating the birthday of the four-year-old whose identity he took. He was particularly aware that somewhere the parents of the boy would be "thinking about their son and missing him". "I used to get this really odd feeling," he said.

To fully immerse himself in the adopted identity and appear convincing when speaking about his upbringing, Black visited the child's home town to familiarise himself with the surroundings.

Black, who was undercover in the 1990s, said his operation was "almost Stasi-like". He said SDS officers visited the house they were supposed to have been born in so they would have a memory of the building.

"It's those little details that really matter – the weird smell coming out of the drain that's been broken for years, the location of the corner Post Office, the number of the bus you get to go from one place to another," he said.

The second SDS officer said he believed the use of the harvested identities was for the "greater good". But he was also aware that the parents had not been consulted. "There were dilemmas that went through my head," he said.

The case of the third officer, John Dines, reveals the risks posed to families who were unaware that their children's identities were being used by undercover police.

During his covert deployment, Dines had a two-year relationship with a female activist before disappearing from her life. In an attempt to track down her disappeared boyfriend, the woman discovered the birth certificate of John Barker and tried to track down his family, unaware that she was actually searching for a dead child.

She said she was relieved that she never managed to find the parents of the dead boy. "It would have been horrendous," she said. "It would have completely freaked them out to have someone asking after a child who died 24 years earlier."

The disclosure about the use of the identities of dead children is likely to reignite the controversy over undercover police infiltration of protest groups. Fifteen separate inquiries have already been launched since 2011, when Mark Kennedy was unmasked as a police spy who had slept with several women, including one who was his girlfriend for six years.

On Tuesday the select committee will hear evidence from lawyers representing the 11 women who are suing the Met after forming "deeply personal" relationships with the spies. Kennedy, who worked for a sister unit to the SDS, is not believed to have used the identity of a dead child.

Vaz said MPs were now likely to demand answers from the Met police about the use of children's identities. "My disbelief at some of the tactics used [by undercover police] has become shock as a result of these latest revelations. It is clear that inappropriate action has been taken by undercover police in the past. But this has now taken it to a new level," he said.

"The committee will need to seek answers from the Metropolitan police, to find out why they allowed these gruesome practices to happen."
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PostPosted: 08-02-2013 20:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sussex Police restraint of disabled girl, 11, probed
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-21382952

Sussex Police is being investigated over the treatment of a disabled 11-year-old girl who was physically restrained on five occasions.

The girl, who has Smith-Magenis Syndrome, was arrested four times and twice held overnight in police stations.

Her mother complained about her treatment to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Sussex Police said it welcomed the IPCC scrutiny and supported its inquiry.

The girl came into contact with police between 2 February and 2 March last year in Horsham, West Sussex.

She was held under under the mental health act on 9 February, arrested on suspicion of assault seven days later, held over a public order offence on 29 February and arrested in connection with criminal damage on 2 March.

'Degree of force'
The girl's mother complained in July 2012 about the methods of restraint used on her daughter, which the IPCC said appeared to have included handcuffs and leg restraints, and the decisions to hold her in police cells overnight.

Commissioner Mike Franklin said: "The IPCC investigation is examining the nature and circumstances of the officers' interaction with the girl to determine whether the degree of force and method of restraint used by officers was appropriate and in accordance with the law, the officers' training and force policy and procedure.

"The investigation is also looking at the appropriateness of the decision to place the girl in police cells on four occasions and to refer her to the Crown Prosecution Service for charging on one occasion.

"These are very serious complaints about the treatment of an 11-year-old girl suffering from Smith-Magenis Syndrome and I will ensure that they are investigated thoroughly."

The Smith-Magenis Syndrome Foundation UK said major features of the condition include mild to moderate intellectual disability, delayed speech and language skills, distinctive facial features, sleep disturbances, and behavioural problems.
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PostPosted: 15-04-2013 06:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

This chap was on BBC Breakfast just now - Olympics spectator with Parkinson's wants 'exoneration' after arrest

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Mark Worsfold, 54, says he was handcuffed by Surrey police officers 'for not smiling' while watching men's cycling road race

Worsfold, whose experience was first reported by Private Eye, claims police questioned him about his demeanour and why he had not been seen to be visibly enjoying the event. Worsfold, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2010, suffers from muscle rigidity that affects his face. He was released after two hours without charge or caution.


Worsfold accepted police apologies at the time. He is now helping Parkinson's UK in their campaign to inform the public about the effects of the disease.
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PostPosted: 15-04-2013 08:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes I saw that, it's outrageous, he told them several times that he had Parkinsons, I hope they were suitably disciplined.
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PostPosted: 15-04-2013 08:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why was it so important that he smile anyway? Why was not smiling considered serious enough to warrant being handcuffed? That's the kind of thing you would hear from an oppressive dictatorship.
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PostPosted: 15-04-2013 09:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

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This chap was on BBC Breakfast just now - Olympics spectator with Parkinson's wants 'exoneration' after arrest

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Mark Worsfold, 54, says he was handcuffed by Surrey police officers 'for not smiling' while watching men's cycling road race

Worsfold, whose experience was first reported by Private Eye, claims police questioned him about his demeanour and why he had not been seen to be visibly enjoying the event. Worsfold, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2010, suffers from muscle rigidity that affects his face. He was released after two hours without charge or caution.


Worsfold accepted police apologies at the time. He is now helping Parkinson's UK in their campaign to inform the public about the effects of the disease.


One would like to think all records of his arrest have been expunged, but somehow I doubt it.
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AR-15 rifle left with 'friend' could lead Florida cop to ninth dismissal
http://rt.com/usa/florida-cop-fired-bosque-790/

Florida Police Sgt. German Bosque has been fired eight times by three police departments, the latest of which is trying to fire him for the sixth time for leaving his AR-15 assault-style rifle with a friend.

The Miami-based officer has previously been dubbed “Florida’s Dirtiest Cop” for being the most disciplined, arrested and fired officer in the state. In the latest incident, the Opa-Locka Police Department is arguing that Bosque should be fired for leaving his assault-style rifle with his girlfriend’s father while he was on leave for eight days.

During a hearing held Wednesday, Bosque’s attorney argued that the rifle was in good hands, since the girlfriend’s father was a licensed security guard. But city attorney Joe Geller argued that it is no small matter to leave a city-owned, 30-round assault rifle with someone else – especially since the weapon resembles the one used to conduct the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre in December.

“We’re here on a very simple matter,” Geller told CBS4. “It’s going to be up to the arbitrator. We think what the officer did was wrong.”

Previously, Bosque has fought numerous allegations, some of which have led to previous terminations. He has been accused of beating juveniles, falsifying reports, calling in ‘sick’ from Cancun, having busted the skull of a handcuffed suspect, having drugs and alcohol in his squad car, and participating in an unauthorized police chase in which four people were killed. He was also accused of stealing a car, trying to board an airplane with a loaded gun, and driving with a suspended license. Police have already investigated Bosque 40 times, 16 of those for battery or other violent crimes, according to a Huffington Post report from early 2012.

But because these were allegations and not convictions, Bosque has received more second chances than any other police officer in Florida. After receiving his latest chance to continue working for the Opa-Locka Police Department, Bosque signed a deal agreeing that one more strike against him would be his last.

After the Miami Herald published a 2012 article describing the number of times Bosque has been investigated for misconduct, the 18-year-veteran “lit up”.

“I can’t believe that,” he told the paper. “I’m not trying to smile. I just… damn!”

But the city is now arguing before a court that leaving his assault rifle with someone else qualifies as the last strike. Police department officials say the gun should have been left in Bosque’s own home or at the police station while he was on vacation.

The arbitrator, Jeanne Wood, will determine if his carelessness is worthy of his sixth and last dismissal from Opa-Locka, and eighth dismissal of his career. A decision regarding the case will be made in 60 to 90 days. Bosque is fighting the latest allegation and continues to proclaim how much he loves his line of work.

“I love serving the community. I love what I do for a living and I’m very proud,” he told CBS4.

"I'm not ashamed of anything, not ashamed of anything at all," he previously told the station. "I'm very proud of the policeman that I am."
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Ramsgate girl's hopscotch grid 'sparked Kent Police warning'

Police told a 10-year-old girl drawing a chalk hopscotch grid on the pavement outside her house was criminal damage.
Bob Allen, from Ramsgate, said the officers frightened his daughter, Lily-May Allen, and has lodged a complaint with Kent Police, who are trying to trace them.

He said: "I'm so infuriated that they didn't come and knock on the door and ask to see me or her mum.
"They've just gone and said something to her and then just driven off."

He added: "That's not the way for the police to deal with the problem, if there is a problem. And I don't think there is a problem here, so they shouldn't have said anything in the first place."

Lily-May said: "The police came over to me and said you can't draw on the floor because it's criminal damage. It kind of scared me."

Kent Police said they were trying to establish which officers may have spoken to the girl but could not trace any car in the area at the time mentioned.

A police spokesman said: "From the circumstances described, it would not appear to have been necessary to advise the young girl that chalking a hopscotch grid may be criminal damage and illegal."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-22475517
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PostPosted: 10-05-2013 18:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just be glad she didn't live in Opa-Locka, Florida. Sgt Bosque might have bashed her skull in.
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PostPosted: 28-05-2013 12:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bit of a flip side story for this thread, but worthy of re-telling.

One of my sons works in a Police call centre. He told me that at the weekend, he took a call from an extremely angry and inebriated man who wanted the Police to attend and deal with some seagulls which nest near him and which had precision bombed his newly valeted car.

My son asked him what he expected the Police to do, to which the man replied in an extremely sarcastic voice 'It's a f--king Mercedes you moron and it's covered in birdshit! I want someone to be held responsible, or someone to come and clean my car. I pay your fuc.ing wages' at which my son released the call.
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PostPosted: 01-06-2013 15:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vid & images at link.

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Dan Aykroyd murder hunt called off by Calgary police after ‘misunderstanding’
Friday 31 May 2013 10:38 pm
http://metro.co.uk/2013/05/31/dan-aykroyd-murder-hunt-called-off-by-calgary-police-after-misunderstanding-3824315/?ITO=facebook

Caught red handed: The only blood on Dan Aykroyd was fake (Picture: Calgary Police handout)

Calgary police were forced to backtrack after briefly considering a manhunt for film star Dan Aykroyd as they conducted a murder investigation that turned out to be a wild goose chase worthy of a Hollywood movie.

Officers were handed footage on 35mm film tape, uncovered in a landfill site, of a man that looked like the Ghostbusters star hunched over a dead body with blood on his hands.

When no one recognised the scene as being from any of his work, and cleaning up the image to ensure it was in fact Aykroyd, the police contacted the 60-year-old’s representatives to discuss the discovery.


Dan Aykroyd starred in flop comedy Loose Cannons in 1990 (Picture: Tri Star / YouTube)
It was they who pegged the pictures as being from little-known 1990 comedy film Loose Cannons, which also starred Gene Hackman.

The murder case was closed shortly afterwards.

When contacted about the rather strange happenings by celebrity website TMZ, Dan Aykroyd is said to have remarked: ’The movie should have been left in the landfill where it belongs.’
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PostPosted: 01-06-2013 22:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, they should have arrested Dan for starring in Loose Cannons, he was terrible in it. Though maybe more convincing in still form if you're a cop. Everyone's a critic!
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PostPosted: 02-06-2013 02:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

Every time I see this topic I think of the time was working at a local school.
Someone had been held up with a knife at a bus stop and a description of 3 suspects was in the paper asking if anyone saw them to ring a certain detective.
The part I was working in was separated from the main school by an oval and I was just finishing off some work before I went home. I looked out and there were 3 men shooting up, sitting on one of the seats.
They looked to fit the description of the wanted men very well so I went into the small office and rang the police, asking for this detective.
After I told him he said " I want you to go and get their names and addresses, that would be very helpful", and I answered :"Ok"........
( thinking not likely...)
After awhile they left and I went home . Thankfully they put a chain fence around that part of the school not long after.
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Isis177 wrote:
They looked to fit the description of the wanted men very well so I went into the small office and rang the police, asking for this detective.
After I told him he said " I want you to go and get their names and addresses, that would be very helpful", and I answered :"Ok"........
( thinking not likely...)


Astounding police work. Laughing
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