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Border Patrol Takes ‘No’ for an Answer at Internal Checkpoints - The Texas Observer. A fascinating video is circulating on the Internet featuring motorists who decline to answer questions at Border Patrol checkpoints miles from the border.

Border Patrol Takes ‘No’ for an Answer at Internal Checkpoints - The Texas Observer

Questions like, “Are you a U.S. citizen?” ACLU%20Border%20Rights%20ENGLISH 1. Here are 7 simple steps on how to fight speeding tickets and win — from an ex-cop. It is estimated that in 2014 that there were over 41,000,000 speeding tickets issued in the USA and that over 25% of these were issued in error.

Here are 7 simple steps on how to fight speeding tickets and win — from an ex-cop

The most common errors include shadowing, RFI inference, cosine angle error, mechanical interference and devices that are out of calibration. "Let me see your I.D." In 24 states police may require you to identify yourself (if they have reasonable suspicion that you’re involved in criminal activity.)

"Let me see your I.D."

“Stop and identify” statutes are laws in the United States that allow police to detain persons and request such persons to identify themselves, and arrest them if they do not. In the United States, interactions between police and citizens fall into three general categories: consensual (“contact” or “conversation”), detention (often called a Terry stop), or arrest. Terry stop. In the United States, a "Terry stop" is a brief detention of a person by police[1] on reasonable suspicion of involvement in criminal activity but short of probable cause to arrest.

Terry stop

The name derives from Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1 (1968),[2] in which the Supreme Court of the United States held that police may briefly detain a person who they reasonably suspect is involved in criminal activity;[3] the Court also held that police may do a limited search of the suspect’s outer garments for weapons if they have a reasonable and articulable suspicion that the person detained may be “armed and dangerous”.[4] When a search for weapons is authorized, the procedure is known as a “stop and frisk”.

In some jurisdictions, persons detained under the doctrine of Terry must identify themselves to police upon request. In Hiibel v. Traffic stops[edit] Stop and identify statutes. States (colored red) in which Stop and Identify statutes are in effect as of February 20th, 2013.

Stop and identify statutes

"Stop and identify" statutes are statute laws in the United States that authorize police[1] to legally obtain the identification of someone whom they reasonably suspect has committed a crime. Dear America: Shoot bad cop videos horizontal — and ‘respect the aspect ratio of the ass-whooping’ “Nightly Show” contributor Mike Yard taught a brief seminar on how to shoot a proper video of a black man getting beaten – or worse – by police officers.

Dear America: Shoot bad cop videos horizontal — and ‘respect the aspect ratio of the ass-whooping’

The comedian said his seminar, Police Brutality Video Production 101, would provide “helpful tips for when you know that sh*t is about to go down.” “What’s a bigger tragedy: a black man getting kicked to death by the police, or shooting it vertically?” Yard asked. “Definitely the black man getting kicked to death – however, we can’t do sh*t about that. What are my rights at various "checkpoints"? There are four general types of checkpoints you might encounter: DUI checkpoints, US border checkpoints, drug checkpoints, and TSA checkpoints.

What are my rights at various "checkpoints"?

In a legal sense, they are not all created equal. So depending on which one you encounter, you’ll want to be prepared to flex your rights appropriately. DUI Checkpoints. How to Flex Your Rights During Police Encounters. Police So Out of Control, this Judge Explains How and Why You should Always Flex Your Rights. Washington, D.C. – A sitting judge, Justice Janice Rogers Brown, has advised citizens on how to deal with police attempting to engage in “fishing expeditions.”

Police So Out of Control, this Judge Explains How and Why You should Always Flex Your Rights

Brown urges citizens to address officers “firmly, politely, (and) respectfully,” and to exercise their right to end “voluntary” encounters with police by stating: On Tuesday, Brown, as part of a three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, said members of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Gun Recovery Unit are allowed to approach people on the street. Training police officers for conflict situations.

The deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York have caused many people to question how America’s police departments train their officers in the use of force.

training police officers for conflict situations

But the police department of Richmond, California — historically one of the most violent cities in the San Francisco Bay Area — has undergone a transformation under the supervision of Chief Chris Magnus. His department has found a way to reduce how often officers use lethal force. Since he took command in 2006, crime has gone down in this city of 107,000 residents, 18.5 percent of whom live at or below the poverty level. More significant, so has the use of lethal force by police. In fact, on average, there has been less than one officer-involved shooting per year since 2008. Resisting Arrest Is Not a Crime. “We need to get around this idea that you can resist arrest,” New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton said last month.

Resisting Arrest Is Not a Crime

Speaking to state Senate committee members, he argued that resisting arrest should be elevated from a misdemeanor to a felony in order to prevent “potential injuries to the officer, to the suspect.” According to a New York Times report, New York City officers made 12,453 arrests in 2013 that included a charge of resisting arrest. In some cases resisting is the sole charge, the legal equivalent of a virgin birth. Credulity and credibility in police work. “Never waste a good crisis,” or so Rahm Emanuel (President Obama’s former Chief of Staff and now Mayor of Chicago) is reputed to have said. Well, whether Prince Andrew allegedly had sex with an underage girl at some time in the distant past looks like a crisis for the Royal Household. Open-Carry Activists Police the Police—With Guns Of Their Own.

The NYPD's 'Work Stoppage' Is Surreal. By Matt Taibbi | Brace yourselves for a weird night. There might be a little extra drama when the ball drops in Times Square, thanks to one of the more confusing political protests in recent memory. On a night when more than a million potentially lawbreaking, probably tipsy revelers will be crowding the most densely-populated city blocks in America, all eyes will be on the city cops stuck with holiday duty. A scary culture change: What new law enforcement rhetoric reveals about America. For those who’ve been following the ups and downs (mostly downs) of Bill de Blasio’s relationship with the NYPD, there was little about the officers’ response to the murder of two of their colleagues that was surprising. For a number of reasons, including his vocal opposition to stop-and-frisk and his public alliance with Rev. Al Sharpton, de Blasio was never popular among the force’s rank and file.

Even before Officers Liu and Ramos were killed, the head of the cops’ union, the bombastic Patrick Lynch, was urging members to sign a petition asking the mayor not to attend their hypothetical funeral. The Police in America Are Becoming Illegitimate. By Matt Taibbi | Nobody's willing to say it yet. But after Ferguson, and especially after the Eric Garner case that exploded in New York yesterday after yet another non-indictment following a minority death-in-custody, the police suddenly have a legitimacy problem in this country.

Law-enforcement resources are now distributed so unevenly, and justice is being administered with such brazen inconsistency, that people everywhere are going to start questioning the basic political authority of law enforcement. 3 Years After This City Made Cops Wear Cameras, Here’s What Happened to Police Violence. As the citizens of Ferguson, Missouri, take stock of damage after the raucous protests, looting, arson and gunfire that followed a grand jury's decision to clear Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, people around the country are asking: How do we solve the problem of police brutality?

A California suburb may have the answer. In February 2012, the city of Rialto had 70 police officers take part in a controlled study in which they were required to wear a tiny camera that filmed their interactions with the public. The results were incredible: In the first year of the cameras' introduction, complaints against Rialto police officers fell by 88%, while use of force by officers fell by almost 60%. “Just do what I tell you”: Why cops’ tasing people is nothing to laugh at. And What's Been Filmed In Recent Months Is Appalling. Attorney shuts down police stop of black handyman: ‘Now please leave our neighborhood’ A recent videotaped incident in Washington, D.C., highlights the way race and class matter in police interactions with residents. The Chain of Obedience. A DWI offer you can’t refuse. Officer Taylor cruised through the Austin metro for almost two hours before she finally collared a drunk driver around midnight.

Sure, it was a Wednesday night—but it was also Halloween. Texas’ No Refusal law is pretty straightforward. 10 tips and tactics for investigating Sovereign Citizens. Law enforcement officers across the country are experiencing a growing number of contacts with Sovereign Citizens — individuals and groups who possess a strong anti-government ideology. Because they believe the government, its representatives, laws, and policies are illegitimate, Sovereign Citizens regularly find themselves in conflict with the law. NYPD: "You Have No Right To Film!"

Abusive, Camera-Phobic Mall Cop Picks Fight With Wrong Woman. “Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control. VIDEO: Driver Questions Officer at July 4 DUI Checkpoint. Sarah Stillman: The Use and Abuse of Civil Forfeiture. Know Your Rights: Photographers.

Taking photographs of things that are plainly visible from public spaces is a constitutional right – and that includes federal buildings, transportation facilities, and police and other government officials carrying out their duties. Unfortunately, there is a widespread, continuing pattern of law enforcement officers ordering people to stop taking photographs from public places, and harassing, detaining and arresting those who fail to comply.

THE TOP U.S. CHECKPOINT REFUSALS OF 2012! You Have the Right to Stay Out of Jail. Porn Star 'Val Midwest' Heads To Jail For Nude Photo Shoot At Catholic School. What Happened When The Cops Took The Cameras. “You're Refusing To Tell Me Where You’re From, and Post 9/11, That Concerns Me” Your Right of Defense Against Unlawful Arrest.