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Orange County, Calif., sheriff says two deputies ‘were unaware they were required to testify honestly’ in court

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Sometimes you have to wonder about the state of law enforcement in the U.S. Some of Radley Balko’s links today:

  • The state of Louisiana put together a task force to hash out rules for the use of police body cameras. That’s the good news. The bad news? The legislature just took seats on the task force awayfrom the media, transparency groups, civil rights groups and the defense bar. The leaves only law enforcement and legislators.
  • This is a pretty astonishing sentence, from the latest in the ongoing informant debacle in Orange County, Calif: “Sheriff Sandra Hutchens claims the veteran officers were unaware they were required to testify honestly during prior court appearances …
  • Debunking some of the myths we often hear about free speech. The historical context for the phrase “You can’t yell ‘fire!’ in a crowded theater” is particularly helpful.
  • Video shows New Jersey cops kicking a man whose clothes caught fire after a police chase ended in a fiery, multi-car wreck. The head of the local police union told CBS News that the police were merely trying to extinguish the flames.
  • New study provides more evidence for a link between childhood exposure to lead and violent crime.
  • Lawsuit: 60-year-old man dies in Virginia jail due to neglect. According to the lawsuit, other inmates tried desperately to get a guard’s attention, but a guard responded, “I’m busy right now.”
  • Video appears to show Texas cops luring a dog out from its own backyard, then antagonizing the dog, and then killing it. They had received a call about a menacing dog in the area, but neighbors say the dog they killed wasn’t the dog causing problems.
  • Federal judge says 80 percent of the mandatory minimum sentences he is required to impose are unjust.
  • Last year, the city of Chicago paid more than $50 million to litigate and settle 187 police misconduct lawsuits.

Written by LeisureGuy

9 June 2017 at 8:16 pm

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