cops violate civil rights

House passes bill to keep government from reading old emails
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Local, state and federal police agencies currently have the authority under the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act to peruse emails at will if the communication is at least six months old. Critics say that law, written before email was commonly …

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ACLU Considers Legal Challenge To Anti-Transgender Restroom Law In Alabama
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The ACLU has repeatedly displayed an appetite for legal battles over transgender restroom access, most recently filing a lawsuit in March that argued a North Carolina law violates the 14th Amendment and civil rights laws that ban sex discrimination …

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Justices Revive Demoted Cop's First Amendment Claim
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Heffernan's supervisors' mistaken belief he was supporting the incumbent mayor's rival and his demotion on that basis are sufficient to raise a First Amendment retaliation claim under the Civil Rights Act of 1871 (42 U.S.C. §1983), Justice Stephen …

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Cop accused of using baby monitor to spy on breast-feeding mom
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HAZEL PARK, MI — A civil complaint filed in Detroit federal court Tuesday alleges disturbing behavior by a police officer. Megan Pearce, identified in the lawsuit as a 911 dispatcher for Warren police, claims … as well as anyone else and the court …

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Feds head to Dearborn after 2 fatal shootings by police
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The shootings prompted civil rights groups to question the Dearborn Police Department, which called on the federal government for help. Several rallies have … They said Matthews was wanted on a probation violation warrant and suspected in a larceny.

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Laws Like Property Seizure that Encourage Police to Misbehave Should be Expunged
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Aaron Bean saw a video of a TV comedian making fun of civil asset forfeiture laws, he didn't think it was funny. “The state could seize your property if you were involved in a crime. You didn't get all the rights you needed,” Bean said. Bean, a …

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More Than a Few Rogue Cops: the Disturbing History of Police in Schools
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Recently, books like Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow and the growth of civil rights protest by groups like Black Lives Matter have highlighted the deep-seated racism in the American criminal justice system and how it targets people of color, but …

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EXCLUSIVE: Accused animal hoarder claims retaliatory prosecution from Queens DA
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Cops and animal welfare workers searched Elizabeth Grant's Jackson Heights home Jan. 28 and … Grant countered that she provided them a loving home and that the Queens DA decided to press charges because she demanded her animals back — violating her …

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Justice Dept. says Tampa Police Dept.'s citation of black cyclists wasn't …
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That story reported that the TPD had written more bike tickets from 2012-2014 than the police departments of the cities of St. Petersburg, Miami, Jacksonville and Orlando combined, and that eight of 10 were black. That's despite the fact that blacks …

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