Loss of Privacy

Keeping you informed on recent losses to privacy and civil rights worldwide.

A Niles, Ohio police officer was disciplined after an internal affairs investigation revealed he used his badge for a personal attack against a couple during a traffic stop.

According to the the 21-page report conducted by Internal Affairs, it finds Patrolman Todd Mobley violated several department policies in an incident on Nov. 25, including use of force violations, unlawful search and seizure or detention, failing to control his temper and misuse of police cruiser dash camera.

“As a result of that, there is a suspension that has been issued for 30 days and some other penalties attached in addition to that,” Niles Law Director Terry Dull said.

The other penalties include forfeiting compensatory and vacation time and other leave in the amount of several thousand dollars.

According to the police report, another officer arrived and Officer Mobley instructed him to shut off his dash camera, claiming it was for a legitimate law enforcement purpose, when it was for the sole purpose of not wanting his words recorded while threatening Huffman.

Where would it be legitimate to ever turn off the camera?

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Want to gain entry to your office, get on a bus, or perhaps buy a sandwich? We’re all getting used to swiping a card to do all these things. But at Epicenter, a new hi-tech office block in Sweden, they are trying a different approach – a chip under the skin.

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The NYPD is, effectively, a paramilitary group operating in one of the largest cities in the world.

From the NY Post:

The NYPD will launch a unit of 350 cops to handle both counterterrorism and protests — riding vehicles equipped with machine guns and riot gear — under a re-engineering plan to be rolled out over the coming months.

The Strategic Response Group, or SRG, will be devoted to “advanced disorder control and counterterrorism protection,” responding to the sort of demonstrations that erupted after the Eric Garner grand jury decision and also events like the recent Paris terror attacks.

“It will be equipped and trained in ways that our normal patrol officers are not,” Commissioner Bill Bratton said Thursday.

“It will be equipped with all the extra heavy protective gear, with the long rifles and the machine guns that are unfortunately sometimes necessary in these ­instances.”

The department will do away with the current system that pulls cops off regular assignments to provide a beefed-up presence at certain hot spots in “critical incident” vehicles.

When ordinary citizens show up to a protest and see this sort of response from the police, they are going to turn around and go home. The NYPD is silencing dissent. They don’t even need to fire a shot. The SRG has compared protesting with terrorism and no one wants to be labeled a terrorist.

The NYPD later attempted to clarify the role of the SRG.

“They are not going to be handling protests, demonstrations, [or do] crime work in precincts,” Chief of Department James O’Neill told reporters about the planned unit of critical response vehicles — dubbed CRVs — which will be part of the city’s counterterrorism effort.

O’Neill had to clarify the unit’s duties after some media reports indicated the heavily armed cops would be toting large automatic rifles and even machine guns at demonstrations, something that unnerved some activists.

If they aren’t going to be doing these things, then why is terrorism and protesting being placed under the same umbrella group? Despite the clarification, the initial statement clearly reveals that you have no rights if you’re going to protest. You oppose the “American way” of life, there will be consequences.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the largest–and worst–trade deal you’ve never heard of and Republicans in Congress want to work with the Obama administration to “fast track” its passage.

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