Loss of Privacy

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Los Angeles police have asked the city attorney’s office and county prosecutors to explore whether they can legally prohibit civilians from flying drones with cameras over department-owned parking lots.

The inquiry was sparked after a South Bay man who routinely films police activity and posts the footage on his website flew his drone over the parking lot of the LAPD’s Hollywood station this week and filmed squad cars going in and out.

He then posted the video on YouTube.

The police aren’t too happy about it.

“What concerns us is that they are filming over private property and it’s gated – you’re looking at the layout of the police station, how we operate, personnel license plates,” said police Lt. Michael Ling. “It’s kind of like if it was your house, if they’re flying over your backyard you’d start asking questions about it.”

The police seem to think that because their police parking lot is gated, it’s trespassing if someone photographs or records the cars. The police, their vehicles, and the parking lot are paid for by the taxpayers. Theoretically, it’s all owned by the citizens, so citizens should be able to be photograph it. It’s not private property.

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This is the story of Jesse Snodgrass, a kid with Aspergers Syndrome who was entrapped by an undercover cop posing as a student at Jesse’s high school. This is the story of how the war on drugs preys on the most vulnerable.

Snodgrass’s legal defense fund.


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Jonathan Meister was retrieving some stuff he was storing at an ex-roommate’s home when he looked up to find several members of the Hawthorne Police Department approaching.

The South Bay man claims officers didn’t give him a chance to explain what he was doing before placing him in handcuffs, beating him and using a stun gun to shock him into submission.

The problem began when police reportedly misunderstood Meister’s attempts to speak in sign language as threatening gestures.

Moreover, officers didn’t realize that when they handcuffed Meister, who is “profoundly deaf” and non-verbal, they took away his ability to communicate.


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An officer was placed on leave after he was arrested, accused of spitting on a woman and calling her a racial slur.

Clayton County police Officer Thomas Sheats faces simple battery, simple assault and disorderly conduct.

He was arrested and booked into the Henry County Jail but has since bonded out.

Henry County police said the incident began June 29 on Highway 155 in Locust Grove. Michele Griffith, 27, said that’s whereSheats followed her for miles, blowing his horn, driving erratically and bumping her car.

Griffith said when they pulled into a parking lot where she was going to get pizza, Sheats approached her car and angrily shouted at her.

“Why the (expletive) you going 35 miles per hour on a 45 mile per hour road,” Griffith saidSheats told her.

she told Sheats he could have went around her. She said that’s when he really exploded.

“‘I couldn’t pass, you low life piece of (expletive) (n-word)’ … and (he) spit on me,” Griffith said was Sheats’ response.


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Yes, having your foot run over by a heavy wheelchair hurts. Most people would respond with an audible sound, usually a profanity. This officer, however, immediately responds by shoving the man in his head so hard that his wheelchair tipped over and he fell out of it.

The police told him to move along. The officer saw the wheelchair coming and deliberately left himself in the way, provoking the incident. A normal person would have stepped back or moved their feet out of the way.

Davidson tells Kincade, “You did not drive over me…. Now you’re going to jail.” Kincade replies that he did not see the lieutenant’s foot. He was then arrested for battery on a law enforcement officer, according to the station. That case was later dismissed.

Flannelly said he and six other members of the command staff unanimously felt Davidson used conduct unbecoming of an officer and an excessive use of force. An internal review of the incident by authorities determined that he should be fired, according to WLFI. On appeal, the five civilians on Lafayette’s Civil Service Commission ruled Davidson had not demonstrated excessive use of force and lessened the punishment, demoting Davidson in rank to officer and giving him 30 days of suspension without pay.

And that is police justice. What would have happened if a person shoved an officer like this? Do you think a demotion in rank at work and a short suspension would be the only consequence?

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