North Carolina Bans Public Access To Police Body Cam, Dash Cam Footage

Known as the “Law Enforcement Recordings/No Public Record” law, introduced as HB 972, the contentious legislation goes into effect on October 1 this year.

A Police body camera is displayed at a news conference

As if holding police accountable for acts of brutality, killings, and other wrongdoing weren’t difficult enough already, one state just made the effort significantly more cumbersome — by banning public accessibility to footage recorded by police. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed the law, which says all footage — dash camera video, body cam

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Law Enforcement Lobby Succeeds In Killing California Transparency Bill

A legislative advocate at the ACLU of California told MintPress News that the state Legislature ‘caved to the tremendous influence and power of the law enforcement lobby’ and ‘failed to listen to the demands and concerns of everyday Californian people.’

California has some of the most secretive rules in the country when it comes to investigations into police misconduct and excessive use of force.

SACRAMENTO --- A California Senate committee killed a bill to increase transparency in police misconduct investigations, hampering victims’ efforts to obtain justice. Chauncee Smith, legislative advocate at the ACLU of California, told MintPress News that the state Legislature “caved to the tremendous influence and power of the law enforcement

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Civil Liberties On Trial In Occupy Wall St. Case

The last trial of Occupy Wall Street protesters opened on Monday, testing the country’s commitment to protecting civil liberties.

Cecily McMillan

In New York City, a major test of the nation’s commitment to civil liberties is playing out as Cecily McMillan, 25, a New School student, faces felony charges in a trial that started on Monday. McMillan, the last of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators to face trial, is accused of assaulting a police officer -- a charge that carries the possibility

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New Mexico Man Sues After Police Conduct 14-Hour Anal Search For Drugs

The police didn’t find any narcotics, but that didn’t stop them from charging the slew of medical bills to the suspect anyway.

New Mexico resident David Eckert has filed a federal lawsuit against a local police department and hospital after authorities -- suspicious he was hiding narcotics in his anus -- conducted a colonoscopy, multiple X-rays, several cavity searches, gave him three enemas without his consent and watched him defecate. According to the lawsuit, Eckert

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US Police Have Killed Over 5,000 Civilians Since 9/11

Statistically speaking, Americans should be more fearful of the local cops than “terrorists.”

Members of a police anti-terrorism team exercise on Thursday, March 13, 2003. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Members of a police anti-terrorism team exercise on Thursday, March 13, 2003. Photo: Thanassis Stavrakis/AP Though Americans commonly believe law enforcement’s role in society is to protect them and ensure peace and stability within the community, the sad reality is that police departments are often more focused on enforcing laws, making

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Cop Kills 8th Grader, Highlights Nationwide Lack Of Police Training

With shrinking municipal budgets, it’s unlikely more money for training will come before more incidents like this.

In Santa Rosa, a sleepy community in California’s wine country, thousands gathered to protest the death of a 13-year-old eighth-grade trumpet player. Andy Garcia was shot to death by a Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputy on October 22. What made this situation so shocking wasn’t just the fact that the victim was so young. It wasn’t that the

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