Former Alabama Sheriff Who Used Inmate Food Funds To Buy Beach House Now Faces Allegations of Pocketing $1.5 Million In Federal Funds

We have previously discussed the shameful and corrupt law in Alabama that allowed sheriffs to personally pocket any money left over from food funds for inmates. It is astonishing to me that the entire legislature was not held responsible and thrown from office for maintaining such a moronic and perverse law.

Source: Former Alabama Sheriff Who Used Inmate Food Funds To Buy Beach House Now Faces Allegations of Pocketing $1.5 Million In Federal Funds

New York’s Top Court Shields Police Misconduct Records From Public View

New York’s top court on Tuesday blocked efforts to shine a light on the records of cops who misbehave on duty. New York’s State Civil Rights Law has a section ( 50-a ) that broadly seals the personnel records of police, corrections officers, and firefighters, even in cases of misconduct.

Source: New York’s Top Court Shields Police Misconduct Records From Public View

‘Let’s Whoop Some Ass’: St. Louis Cops Charged With Beating Undercover Detective Posing as Protester

Several St. Louis cops face federal charges for beating a man they thought was a protester and then covering up the encounter. Their victim turned out to be an undercover officer himself. The incident took place in September 2017, when protests erupted over the acquittal of former police officer Jason Stockley. (Stockley had shot and killed black driver Anthony Lamar Smith following a police chase.

Source: ‘Let’s Whoop Some Ass’: St. Louis Cops Charged With Beating Undercover Detective Posing as Protester

Cops destroyed man’s house with explosives to flush out hiding shoplifter, offered $5,000 in compensation

Just a thought, but how is this not a taking without just compensation?

A homeowner is suing police in Greenwood Village, Colorado, after they destroyed his house with explosives to flush out a shoplifter hiding there. The cops maintained a 19-hour siege to collar Robert Seacat, who “stole items from WalMart” and fired a gun at them during the showdown.

Source: Cops destroyed man’s house with explosives to flush out hiding shoplifter, offered $5,000 in compensation

‘Technical error’ blamed for recordings of more than 1,000 attorney-inmate phone calls in O.C. jail

An Orange County Sheriff’s Department employee revealed this week during a court hearing that the department improperly recorded more than 1,000 privileged phone calls between county jail inmates and their attorneys over a three-year period.

An employee with Global Tel Link Corp., a contractor that oversees the jail phone system, wrote in a July 27 letter to Sheriff Sandra Hutchens — obtained by the Daily Pilot on Thursday — that an update in the company’s system in January 2015 caused “a technical error” that led to 1,079 such phone calls being recorded, in violation of state law.”

“After conducting research, we have determined that the Sheriff’s Department staff, and in certain circumstances [Global Tel Link] for investigative or technical purposes, accessed 58 of those 1,079 recorded calls a total of 87 times,” Darren Wallace, executive vice president of operations for Global Tel Link, wrote in the letter.

The company corrected the error in July and no longer is recording attorney-client phone calls, Global Tel Link and Sheriff’s Department officials said.
— Read on www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-oc-pivileged-phone-calls-20180817-story.html

The even more outrageous part of the article is that law enforcement, knowing what the calls were, accessed 58 of them, and used the information in their investigations.

A Cop Attacked and Threatened a Man Who Did Nothing Wrong, Then Made His Life Hell for Complaining

A police officer in a small Arkansas town pulled a man over for driving suspiciously near some railroad tracks. The driver—Adam Finley—turned out to be a railroad employee just doing his job. Here’s what happened next, as evidenced by video footage of the encounter.

Source: A Cop Attacked and Threatened a Man Who Did Nothing Wrong, Then Made His Life Hell for Complaining

Let’s Not Blame Tech Tools if This Sheriff Illegally Violated People’s Privacy

Cory Hutcheson, a young sheriff elected in 2016 to lead deputies in rural Mississippi County, Missouri, faces a host of state and federal charges for, among other things, inappropriately using cell phone tracking technology to keep tabs on a judge and members of the state highway patrol.

Source: Let’s Not Blame Tech Tools if This Sheriff Illegally Violated People’s Privacy