September 18th, 2014

NSA Recruiter Grabs Student’s Phone to Stop him from Recording 44

By Carlos Miller


So a National Security Agency recruiter named “Neal Z.” was manning a booth a University of New Mexico job fair when he was confronted by two students with cameras who began interrogating him about the agency’s spying tactics.

It began with one student accusing the NSA of collecting metadata of all phone calls within the United States, which Neal Z. first denied.

September 18th, 2014

County Commission Votes Tonight on Body Cams for Miami-Dade Cops over Union’s Objections 23

By Carlos Miller

Despite a police union grievance stating that body cams could lead to the death of officers, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez appears to be on his way to implementing the cameras into the largest police department in the Southeastern United States.

The issue goes before the Miami-Dade County Commission tonight, which will decide whether or not to approve a million dollars to purchase 500 body cameras to be used by Miami-Dade police officers beginning next year.

John Rivera, president of the Police Benevolent Association, is expected to be in attendance tonight to continue his argument that transparency kills officers. 

September 17th, 2014

Tucson Cop Leaves Photographer Hospitalized after Claiming he was Blinded by Flash 50

By Carlos Miller

 

With more than two decades of police experience under his belt, you would think Tucson police officer Bobby Nielsen would be able to conduct his job without being distracted by a mere camera flash.

Especially when he’s shining a powerful flashing into the photographer’s lenses.

But then again, with more than two decades of police experience, Nielsen has learned to manipulate the truth to his advantage, which is what he tried to do last week when snatching two cameras out of a man’s hands after claiming he was blinded by the flash.

September 17th, 2014

Albany Sheriff Once Again Proves to be Solid Leader 54

By Carlos Miller

 

Two years ago, we wrote about Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, congratulating him after his deputies respected the rights of two journalists to record TSA checkpoints at Albany International Airport in New York against the wishes of the airport director, who wanted them removed.

Today, we will congratulate him again for demonstrating solid leadership against a deputy who tased a 16-year-old boy who was surrendering to deputies after a high-speed chase.

Kelijah Fink had stepped out of the car with his hands on his head and had gotten down on his knees when deputy Vincent Agoe fired a taser at him.

September 17th, 2014

Plane Watchers Harassed at Connecticut Airport for Taking Photos 20

By Andrew Meyer
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Photo via Connecticut Airport Authority/http://ctairports.org

Dennis Michaud, 63, is a fan of airplanes, and is one of many who have been watching them take off and land for years at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut. About two years ago, the airplane watchers – called “spotters” – began receiving warnings from police officers  after the Connecticut Airport Authority took control of Bradley Airport from the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

While plane spotting is a well-known hobby that includes photographing planes and recording tail numbers, the plane spotters were told:

“‘Get out of here, you’re not supposed to be photographing airplanes,’ and it got worse and worse and worse to the point where we were basically not allowed anywhere at the airport,” said Michaud.

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