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17-Year-old Girl Shot and Family Pet Killed After SWAT Raid on Wrong Home | The Free Thought Project
July 26, 2014

A mother and daughter are suing the Orange County Sheriff's Office after a negligent SWAT raid on their home left the daughter full of bullet holes and their family dog dead.

The mother and daughter, who are choosing to remain anonymous, are the latest victims to come forward in the state's immoral war on drugs. The incident happened back in 2010, when an Orange County Sheriff's Office SWAT team raided the home looking for a family member who did not even live there. "I got up and went towards the door and literally once I went towards the door, boom!" the daughter said."I was 17. I was 5 feet 2 inches and 100 pounds wet," she said. "And they came in shooting."

Can You Say, 'Like a Boss?' Cop Asks For ID, Driver Says No And Drives Away! | The Free Thought Project
July 25, 2014

Ken Suitter was driving down the road around 1:00 am when he pulled into a shopping center to see what the half dozen cop cars there were doing.

Upon pulling in, he was quickly stopped by a St. Peters, MO police officer who began his interrogation. What happened next was nothing short of rights flexing mastery. Suitter was so confident about being in the right, that he was able to drive off from this officer without being shot at or followed!

TED Talk Alumni and Motivational Speaker Brutally Beaten By Police For Asking a Question
July 25, 2014

Nate Howard is a 23 year old college student who is an inspiration to his community and his peers. Howard is an event promoter and a motivational speaker who teaches high school students how to write and perform poetry.

Despite his many contributions to the community, Howard has had multiple run ins with police where he has been threatened, and physically assaulted. Recently, after one encounter where he was assaulted by police and beat with a billy club, he decided to file a lawsuit against the police department.

Obama White House's chilling attempts to stifle its detractors
July 24, 2014

"Chilling" is the word lawyers use to describe governmental behavior that does not directly interfere with constitutionally protected freedoms, but rather tends to deter folks from exercising them.

Classic examples of "chilling" occurred in the 1970s, when FBI agents and U.S. Army soldiers, in business suits with badges displayed or in full uniform, showed up at anti-war rallies and proceeded to photograph and tape record protesters. When an umbrella group of protesters sued the government, the Supreme Court dismissed the case, ruling that the protesters lacked standing -- meaning, because they could not show that they were actually harmed, they could not invoke the federal courts for redress. Yet, they were harmed, and the government knew it.

FBI pushed Muslims to plot terrorist attacks: rights report
July 22, 2014

The FBI encouraged and sometimes even paid Muslims to commit terrorist acts during numerous sting operations after the 9/11 attacks, a human rights group said in a report published Monday.

"Far from protecting Americans, including American Muslims, from the threat of terrorism, the policies documented in this report have diverted law enforcement from pursuing real threats," said the report by Human Rights Watch. Aided by Columbia University Law School's Human Rights Institute, Human Rights Watch examined 27 cases from investigation through trial, interviewing 215 people, including those charged or convicted in terrorism cases, their relatives, defense lawyers, prosecutors and judges. "In some cases the FBI may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting the idea of taking terrorist action or encouraging the target to act," the report said.

Swartz et al v Insogna et al Ruling
July 22, 2014

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that the "ancient gesture of insult is not the basis for a reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation or impending criminal activity."

Man killed in his home during police raid over $2 worth of marijuana
July 22, 2014

A man was shot to death in his bedroom by a SWAT team that had stormed in uninvited looking for contraband plants. Raiding homes for drugs is "not an exact science," says the chief.

The violence - which netted only trace amounts of illegal vegetation - adds another casualty to the death toll in America's bloody Drug War. The raid occurred the night of May 27th, 2014, in the Tampa neighborhood of Seminole Heights. Jason Westcott, 29, and his housemate were asleep in separate rooms when the Tampa SWAT team arrived to search the premises. Police claimed that they knocked, received no answer, then barged in when they discovered the door was unlocked.

BREAKING: Federal Court Strikes MASSIVE Blow to Obamacare
July 22, 2014

The DC Court of Appeals dealt a devastating blow to Obamacare today, striking down an IRS interpretation of a certain provision dealing with the Exchanges and subsidies.

Liberals know that Obamacare is in big trouble, and today's ruling confirms it. There are still other lawsuits out there that are challenging the healthcare law, looking at the Origination Clause of the Constitution. Any of these other lawsuits could deal the final blow that kills Obamacare.

Police Just Watch As People Steal Pro-Life Activist's Signs
July 22, 2014

Police in Jackson, Mississippi stood by as pro-life activists had their signs stolen.

The pro-life group Created Equal were visiting the city to bring awareness to their issues, but some people decided to take their lawful property while the police declined to intervene. "Are you gonna allow someone to just walk away with our property?" a man asks the officer standing nearby. "I'm watching it," the officer states. Created Equal claims to have filed charges against the man who stole their property.

Feds: 75 Percent of Newark Police Pedestrian Stops Unconstitutional
July 22, 2014

A three-year federal investigation into the conduct of the Newark Police Department found that the vast majority of pedestrian stops conducted by police were unconstitutional, that many officers used unreasonable force and that some officers even stole from prisoners, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.


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