September 5, 2008
I think this is a good sign that the fight left in this country is not gone. Founded on the principles of freedom and individual rights, peaceful ptotest should never be ceased. In St. Paul, the police pulled the plug on a Rage Against The Machine concert meant to act as a protest to the Republican National Convention. As you will see in this video, the crowd supports the band as they opt to do an accapella version of a song as a continuation of their right to peaceful protest. This is America? Should the state or its police be using tax payers’ dollars to shut down peaceful protest? NO
Listen to iNPLACENEWS’ exclusive interview with Rage Against The Machine guitarist and founder, Tom Morello, HERE
September 2, 2008
Police were trying to determine Tuesday whether they were the victim of a hoax after the body they thought they found at a seaside resort was actually a life-sized doll.
Investigators found what seemed like a body wrapped in a sleeping bag in a forest in Izu City, a seaside resort in central Japan, after an anonymous caller reported seeing it, a Shizuoka prefecture spokeswoman said on condition of anonymity, citing department policy.
Investigators never actually looked inside the sleeping bag and brought it back to the city police station for a post-mortem examination, the spokeswoman said. Apparently no one doubted a human body was inside until a medical examiner unwrapped it and found the doll, she said.
The Asahi newspaper said the doll was sophisticated and life-sized and wore a brown wig, a blouse and a skirt.
*** Above photo not directly related to article
Article by Mari Yamaguchi
August 4, 2008
Jacksonville police say Reginald Peterson needs to learn that 911 is not the appropriate place to complain that Subway left the sauce off a spicy Italian sandwich.
Police said the 42-year-old man dialed 911 twice last week so he could have his sub made correctly. The second call was to complain that officers weren’t arriving fast enough.
Subway workers told police Peterson became belligerent and yelled when they were fixing his order. They locked him out of the store after he left to call police.
When officers arrived, they tried to calm Peterson and explain the proper use of 911. Those efforts failed, and he was arrested on a charge of making false 911 calls.
Peterson did not have a listed phone number.
Information from: The Florida Times-Union
July 18, 2008
An internal affairs report says a Daytona Beach police officer, Lt. Major Garvin, a 15-year veteran, demanded free coffee and tea from a Starbucks and threatened employees with slower emergency response times if they refused. He was fired July 8 after failing a polygraph test Garvin had insisted on taking.
The coffeehouse’s employees claim that since June 2007, Garvin had visited the store as many as six times a night while on duty. Besides demanding free drinks, workers complained that Garvin also cut in front of paying customers.
No more coffee donuts for that mannerless cop.
***Editor’s note: The above photo is NOT Lt. Major Garvin
June 16, 2008
In Stanislaus County, California, police killed a 27-year-old man found kicking, punching and stomping a toddler to death after attempts by both police and other people to stop him. Following the incident, investigators were trying to establish the relationship between the suspect and the child he had beaten to death. The Stanislaus County coroner said the boy, based on his size, appeared to be between 1 and 2 years old and he will have to be identified through a blood or DNA test. Police were perplexed and quite shocked about any possible motive this man could have had.
Police found a child’s car seat in the back of the suspect’s four-door pickup truck. The truck caught the attention of an elderly couple at 10:13 p.m. Saturday because it was stopped in the two-lane road facing the wrong direction. As they got closer, the couple saw the man beating the toddler behind his truck and throwing the child on the ground. The suspect was engaged in what he was doing. He just pushed off anyone who attempted to intervene and went back to it. People in the area began calling 911.
Responding to those emergency calls, a police helicopter landed in a cow pasture at 10:19 p.m. carrying a Modesto police officer who shot the man to death after he refused an order to stop beating the child. No children within the dead boy’s age range have been reported kidnapped or missing in Stanislaus County, according to authorities.
Identity of man released, follow the story here.
June 16, 2008
76-year-old Betty Neumar has been married five times since the 1950s, but each union ended with the death of her husband. Investigators are urging police elsewhere to look into those deaths, after it became evident that the woman had saught to hire a hitman to kill her most recent husband.
Police in North Carolina say they are investigating whether police were warned that a woman with five dead spouses was trying to hire a hit man to kill one of her husbands. The cold case was re-opened last year. Then, last month, Neumar was charged with one count of solicitation of murder in the July 1986 death of Harold Gentry, after the investigation revealed that she tried to hire several people to kill Gentry.
According to lead detective Scott Williams, police are looking into the possibility that one of those would-be hit men went to police before Gentry’s death, but no one in the department took him seriously.
Police not listening? Seems like a common problem. Would Harold Gentry have survived had they listened?
June 13, 2008
For the third time in five years, Easton, Pennsylvania police have ticketed someone for going topless in public. 18-year old Sean Cephus was cited June 4 when police say he was spotted in town without a shirt. He was also cited for failing to obey a lawful order to stop for police, on, in other words, he ran.
A 1974 town ordinance forbids anyone from going topless in public buildings or on public streets and sidewalks with penalties of fines up to $100 and up to 10 days in jail.
Easton Police Lt. Gregory Wright said it is considered a public nuisance., and that three citations have been issued since 2003.
** Sorry for the above picture. It was posted for two reasons: (1) No photo was available of Sean Cephus, (2) the above picture was much better.
May 29, 2008
Houston city officials seem willing to spend a lot of money in the face of economic hard-times to defend the police department’s ban on beards. The City Council on Wednesday unanimously voted to authorize spending up to $150,000 to defend the city in a lawsuit challenging the no-facial hair policy. Four police officers filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in November claiming the policy is discriminatory. The officers say the prohibition on beards and goatees is unfair for men who suffer a skin condition that reacts negatively to shaving. The condition can cause severe irritation, rashes and ingrown hair. “The lawsuit is pending and we have to defend ourselves,” Councilman Ron Green said. “But we’re basically saying we want new police officers, but we don’t want police officers with beards”. According to a city memo, the police department instituted the policy in 1993 so uniformed officers would look conservative and professional.
Those standing behing the lawsuit said the policy unfairly effects their earning potential, both within the department and at secondary jobs.
May 22, 2008
Apparently, an effort at fairness, justice, and responsibility has been made in the trial of a police office, Arthur Tesler. The Atlanta police officer has been sentenced to 4 years and six months in prison, six months of probation, and 450 hours of community service for lying to investigators after a drug raid ended in the death of a 92-year-old woman.
Kathryn Johnston died in a storm of bullets when raiding narcotics officers burst into her northwest Atlanta home on November 21, 2006, using a special no-knock warrant to search for drugs. Perhaps, this will serve as a reason to adjust this policy.
Tesler was convicted Tuesday of making false statements and was the only officer to go to trial.
May 14, 2008
Amy Winehouse is free without worry of being prosecuted for the video tape handed to the police sometime in January. A spokeswhore for Wino released the following statement Wednesday morning:
“Police have confirmed that no action will be taken against Amy Winehouse in relation to an investigation into a video handed to them in January. She was questioned by policelast week and released on unconditional bail. They have now concluded their enquiries and no charges will be brought. Amy’s bail date to return to Limehouse police station has been cancelled, bringing this matter to an end.
Amy is pleased to be able to move on and concentrate on music and particularly looks forward to seeing herfans again at eagerly awaited festival performances this summer.”