Loss of Privacy

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The TSA really needs to do better at hiring less shady individuals to work for them.

Latwana Daniels, 33, was being held without bond Sunday after investigators said they uncovered 111 grams of cocaine and 39 grams of marijuana in her Homestead home. Police also found tools for packaging cocaine, along with scales, beakers and packing materials used to cook cocaine and process it into crack cocaine. The tools were found in a closet next to TSA uniforms that belong to Daniels.

Police recovered a loaded Beretta PX4 handgun during their investigation. They say the gun wasn’t secure and was easily accessible by anyone, including her four children who lived in the home. The arrest affidavit states that the children were present during drug transactions.

Daniels is facing multiple drug charges, including trafficking and posession, [sic] as well as four counts of child neglect.

The TSA released a statement to NBC 6 Sunday, saying, “TSA holds its employees to the highest ethical standards and expects all TSA employees to conduct themselves with integrity and professionalism, both in and outside the workplace.”

This is what they say every time one of their employees is arrested. One day they may actually start practicing this before they hire people.

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Debtors prisons were outlawed in the United States nearly 200 years ago. And more than 30 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court made it clear: Judges cannot send people to jail just because they are too poor to pay their court fines.

However, the Supreme Court didn’t tell courts how to determine what it means to “willfully” not pay. So it’s left to judges to make the sometimes difficult calculations.

An NPR news investigation has found there are wide discrepancies in how judges make those decisions. And every day, people go to jail because they failed to pay their court debts.

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A Good Samaritan snapped photos of what appeared to be two men impersonating police officers involved in a pistol-whipping and robbery outside a Citgo gas station on Detroit’s east side on July 21.

Once Fox 2 aired those photos, an even more disturbing picture developed.

“Several unidentified police officers were working this particular robbery case, recognized one of the suspects in the photographs as being a member of the Detroit Police Department,” Chief James Craig said Monday.

Now under arrest are two police sergeants, a 47-year-old officer and 20-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department and his 42-year-old buddy from the police academy, who is a former DPD cop and 17-year veteran of the St. Clair Shores Police Department. The later recently received a distinguished service award.

“In fact, they were police officers, just not working on-duty at the time,” Craig said.

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TSA employee Eric Richard Dunlap was arrested at Columbia Regional Airport parking lot last week for felony theft.

Columbia Police Sergeant Joe Bernhard said the arrest took place after what he called a Department of Homeland Security honesty check. As part of the honesty check, a DHS official posed as a traveler gave Dunlap a bag with $500 inside, claiming he found it at the airport.

Bernhard said officials then saw Dunlap leave the airport Thursday morning with the bag and arrested him.
While, at first, this seems like a classic case of entrapment, the honesty check was only performed because Dunlap was already suspected of stealing.

Columbia Public Works Public Information Specialist Steven Sapp said the arrest came after reports from passengers at Columbia Regional had notified TSA and Department of Homeland Security officials that they believed items were missing from their bags. Officials then identified Dunlap, the employee suspected of removing the items from their bags, after reviewing video surveillance footage.

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John Anton discovered a hidden camera in a piece of wood in his Dalworthington Gardens, Texas home. The camera, roughly the size of a matchbox, was used to stakeout hig-end homes. After the police performed their own stakeout, they arrested 21-year old Cain Santoyo. Dalworthington Gardens police detective Ben Singleton said it was a part of a sophisticated burglary scheme that had been running for a long time.

Shortly after midnight, they caught 21-year-old Cain Santoyo. Search warrants on his car and Grand Prairie home revealed evidence including lock-picking tools, police scanners, a disguise, a combination flashlight/stun gun, and a total of nine cameras loaded with surveillance video.

Officers also seized computer data and a motion detector rigged to a small radio transmitter. Singleton said that could be used to alert a burglar inside a house, giving them time to get away.

Inside Santoyo’s house, police said they found jewelry hidden in an attic crawlspace.

But they think that almost everything that was stolen has already been sold on the Internet. They say they won’t know the extent of the damage until they get responses on subpoenas issued to several online sites.

Police expect multiple burglary charges to be filed. For now, Santoyo is held on a charge of unlawful interception, use, or disclosure of wire, oral or electronic communications.

Singleton said it’s illegal to record audio and video of two parties who are not aware they are being recorded.

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