America has serious problems with its police
Randy Balko’s list of links in the Washington Post has some grim news today. Here are just some of the links:
- Why cops don’t get charged with crimes when they lie.
- Missouri’s paltry public defenders system means poor people languish in jail, even for petty offenses.
- Oklahoma voters have shown that they want a less draconian criminal-justice system. The state’s politicians don’t seem to be listening.
- Utah lowers the DWI blood-alcohol threshold to .05. This is basically zero tolerance.
- A Louisiana man received a life sentence for stealing $14, then died behind bars from untreated cancer. His family is now trying to raise funds to give him a proper burial.
- Federal judge: FBI methods of spying on journalists should remain classified.
- The number of cellphones searched or seized by border patrol agents increased 1,100 percent in February of this year compared to February of 2015.
- Video of the day: The incident below took place in Alabama in 2014. The man police shoot, Michael Davidson, has no criminal record. He wasn’t armed. He didn’t lead police on a chase. There was no reason to think he was dangerous. He was holding his wallet, presumably so he could show the police his identification. Yet earlier this year, a federal appeals court found this shooting to be “reasonable” under the Fourth Amendment.
TRIGGER WARNING: Video is shocking, and the federal appeals court is out of its mind.