Posts Tagged ‘police’

Is Chicago really planning on detaining anyone who records protestor arrests at the G-8 summit?

In three months, thousands of reporters from around the globe will descend on Chicago for the G-8 summit. Part of what they will chronicle is the protests and police crackdowns that have made each annual meeting so newsworthy. Sadly for all these reporters, and for all the American journalists with plans to film the protestors and cops, any effort to audiotape police activity on public streets or in parks is a crime in Illinois—a crime punishable by 15 years in prison.



by Jeni DiPrizio

MEMPHIS, TN ( – If you are on a public street and take pictures or video of Memphis Police with your cell phone, you could end up in the back of a squad car and your pictures could be deleted.

ABC 24 News photographer Casey Monroe said that’s what happened to him Sunday morning. Police never charged Monroe with a crime, but this could happen to anyone with a cell phone camera.

Monroe said police went too far outside Thai Bistro Restaurant in downtown Memphis that morning, and that they violated his rights.


Kevin Johnson
January 29, 0212

The Justice Department is funding an unusual national training program to help police deal with an increasing number of volatile confrontations involving highly trained and often heavily armed combat veterans.

Developers of the pilot program, to be launched at 15 U.S. sites this year, said there is an “urgent need” to de-escalate crises in which even SWAT teams may be facing tactical disadvantages against mentally ill suspects who also happen to be trained in modern warfare.

“We just can’t use the blazing-guns approach anymore when dealing with disturbed individuals who are highly trained in all kinds of tactical operations, including guerrilla warfare,” said Dennis Cusick, executive director of the Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute. “That goes beyond the experience of SWAT teams.”

Cusick, who is developing the program along with institute training director William Micklus, said local authorities have a better chance of defusing violent confrontations by immediately engaging suspects in discussions about their military experience — not with force.


Washington’s Blog
January 29, 2012

New Violence and Press Intimidation

Kevin Gosztola notes:

Oakland police in riot gear fired smoke, tear gas, flash bang grenades and rubber bullets at Occupy Oakland protesters trying to take a vacant building this afternoon.

Here is footage:
As usual at Occupy protests, reporters were harassed. Indeed – because of the intentional harassment of reporters at Occupy protests – the U.S. has fallen to 47th in global press freedom rankings.

For twitter updates – which include protesters taking over city Hall and police brutality – see this twitter feed and these livestreams:


Via: Telegraph:

British troops are being trained in riot control tactics amid fears that violence and looting will return to Britain’s streets this summer.

Hundreds of soldiers from 3rd battalion The Parachute Regiment spent last week learning how to contain and arrest “rioters” in a series of exercises mirroring last summers violence.

Defence sources have confirmed that if violence were to return to British cities, especially during the Olympic Games, the Paras would be “ideally placed” to provide “short-term” support to police forces around the UK.

Such a request would have to be made by the Home Office and would have to have Prime Ministerial approval, according to the source.


Southern Reporter
January 27, 2012

POLICE are urging businesses to be on their guard following several diesel thefts from vehicles parked in secured yards or industrial estates.

They say that in the four days up to last Wednesday, a number of vehicles were targeted at Whitlaw Industrial Estate, Lauder. This resulted in 150 litres of diesel being removed from one heavy goods vehicle and 100 litres from another.

And an HGV, parked in a yard at Sprouston Road, Kelso, was targeted during the early hours of Monday and 100 litres taken from its tank.

A police spokesman said: “We have seen a marked increase in the number of fuel thefts from HGVs in our area.”

He added: “As a result, we would urge both businesses and members of the public to be vigilant, particularly in or around industrial estates.

“We would like to encourage people to contact police if they observe anyone acting suspiciously or loitering around such vehicles, and urge HGV owners to note their fuel levels and ensure their vehicles are properly secured when left unattended.”