Loss of Privacy

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The video below shows officers Ricky Grissom and Ryan Cunningham wrestling Keyarika Diggles to the ground while dispatcher Lindsey Davenport watches.

One of the officers grabbed a handful of Diggles hair and slammed her against the police station counter. Together they dragged her by her feet into a darkened holding cell.

Diggles, who was arrested on suspicion of unpaid traffic tickets, claimed she was left on the floor for hours without medical attention and subjected to a strip search.

The Jasper City Council fired Grissom and Cunningham shortly after the incident. Davenport, who apparently conducted the strip search, was fired later.

The grand jury has decided not to indict the former officers.

Diggles won a $75,000-settlement in a civil lawsuit she filed against the city and five other defendants – including the two officers. Her attorney, Cade Bernsen, said he was disgusted by the grand jury’s decision not to indict the officers.

“We are shocked by the failure of the prosecutor to get an indictment,” he said. “I’m wondering what investigation was done because the video speaks for itself.”

Their actions warranted their firing, yet the video isn’t enough to prove they should be arrested and tried. If these men had done this on the street and weren’t officers, they would have been arrested and tried. Remember, this woman was arrested at her home for an unpaid parking ticket.

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FOX31 Denver has obtained video of a Denver Police officer punching an unarmed suspect in the face six times, then moments later, tripping the man’s seven-and-a-half-months pregnant girlfriend.

A witness who recorded the August arrest on his Samsung tablet said police then seized his tablet, over his objections, and when they returned it to him, the video of the arrest was missing.

However, the witness said he was able to recover the 55 second video clip because his tablet had stored it in the cloud.

The police need a warrant to search electronics. They obtained the information through coercion. Always backup immediately to someone online, install the ACLU-NJ Police Tape app or, when you get home, try recuva to restore the file.

You can find updates to the story at FOX31’s website.

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Several makers of police body cameras say their orders have grown in recent months, particularly since a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. A grand jury decided Monday there is not enough evidence to charge the officer, Darren Wilson, with a crime.

Taser (TASR), best known for the line of stun guns bearing its name, said sales of its body cameras were up 30% in the third quarter, which included the Aug. 9 shooting of Brown.

Last week, the company said the San Francisco police department had ordered 160 cameras. The Los Angeles police department recently decided it would arm officers with Taser-brand cameras as well.

In all, over 1,200 police agencies are now using Taser cameras, said Sydney Siegmeth, and the company has sold over 100,000 of them, including cameras mounted on the stun guns themselves.

Similarly, Digital Ally (DGLY) said inquiries about its on-body cameras have increased six- or seven-fold, and sales are up three or four times the average.

More at CNN.

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For more than three months after police officer Darren Wilson killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in the middle of a Ferguson, Missouri, street on August 9, it was difficult to get a full idea of what happened.

Wilson’s grand jury testimony was secret. But there were leaks, along with a few publicly available details about his life. He is 28 years old. Six months before the shooting, he won a commendation for “extraordinary effort in the line of duty.” He lived with his girlfriend (whom he married in secret in October). He had previously worked for a nearby police department that was so dysfunctional it was disbanded. Anonymous sources “close” to him told various news outlets that Brown had tried to grab Wilson’s gun and that Brown was charging at him before Wilson fired the fatal shots. A fuzzy picture of Wilson and his account emerged.

Of course, it’s impossible to ever know Brown’s side, because he isn’t here to tell it. But we have learned quite a bit about him, as well. He was “no angel.” He had marijuana in his system when he died. He was college bound. He stole cigarillos from a convenience store and “strong-armed” a clerk in the process. He, at 6’5″ and almost 300 pounds, was remembered by loved ones as a gentle giant.

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St. Louis County police said they have spent around $100,000 stocking up on riot gear and other items they may need if protests turn violent after prosecutors announce whether a Ferguson officer will face criminal charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
“And CNN reports that citizens are also preparing for the grand jury ruling: gun sales are up in St. Louis.

A state grand jury has been meeting since shortly after Brown, who was 18 and black, was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, on Aug. 9. Brown was unarmed and some witnesses said he was trying to surrender. Wilson’s attorneys have repeatedly declined comment.

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