Lunchtime links from Radley Balko
There sure seems to be a lot of news about the sort of thing Radley Balko tracks. From his lunchtime links:
- Chicago cops raid the wrong family.
- The Huffington Post has found that key evidence was omitted from the prosecutor’s report in the case of Darren Rainey, the man essentially scalded to death when Miami prison guards left him in a hot shower.
- Lawsuit: Nebraska family claims their lives were ruined when husband/father was arrested on child porn charges based solely on an auto-generated tip from Microsoft. The charges were dropped when police couldn’t find the images on the man’s computer.
- More progress on forfeiture reform, this time in Idaho and Mississippi.
- Ex-Brooklyn assistant district attorney charged with illegally wiretapping phones.
- Meanwhile, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Kansas has been accused of spying on on more than 700 criminal defense lawyers as they visited their clients in prison.
- In Louisiana, 17 alleged gang members have been locked up for over a year, with no trial in sight. But the problem goes well beyond Louisiana.
- FBI agents continue to pose as journalists while conducting criminal investigations. This puts journalists at risk.
- Investigation shows corrupt cops in East Cleveland, Ohio, framed dozens of drug suspects.
- Detroit officials argue that unlicensed dogs are “contraband,” and therefore the city isn’t liable when police officers kill them.
There are more at link.
This country seems to be in a bad way in the way it treats those without power: the poor, minorities, the mentally ill, Native Americans, immigrants (legal or not), and so on.