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  • crimewatchrt 8:34 am on November 2, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: , analysis, analyst, arrest, , BAC, , breath analysis, breath test, , , convicted, , , , , , , , CSI, dna, document, DUI, evidence, expert, faulty, , forensic, , , , innocent, , , , , Lab, Labs, , , Oversight, , study, , , unreliable, , , wrongful,   

    Faulty Forensic Analysis That Lead To Convictions 

    Forensic science was not developed by scientists. It was mostly created by cops, who were guided by little more than common sense. And as hundreds of criminal cases begin to unravel, many established forensic practices are coming under fire. Take an in-depth look at the shaky science that has put innocent people behind bars.

    Crime Lab Audit Stirs Calls For Independent Operation

    A legislative committee meets today to discuss the State Bureau of Investigation.

    There are increasing calls for the state crime to become independent from the SBI  after an audit found problems with 230 cases in which analysts misrepresented or wrongly reported blood evidence. WFAE’s Greg Collard takes a closer look at the issue in this report.

    Law enforcement agencies run nearly all of the country’s crime labs.

    Greg Taylor of Durham would like that to change. He spent 17 years in prison for a murder he did not commit thanks in large part to the failure of an SBI lab analyst to tell prosecutors that key blood evidence actually tested negative for blood.

    “These scientists are performing these tests and procedures should be reporting in an unbiased way. And, to report in unbiased way, should report to an unbiased authority,” Taylor says.


    Hundreds of D.C. Residents Could Have Been Wrongfully Convicted of a DUI

    Nearly 400 people were convicted of driving while intoxicated in Washington, D.C. in 2008 because of inaccurate calibrations of the breath test equipment.

    Imagine being charged and convicted of a crime, only to find out nearly two years later that your conviction was the result of faulty police technology. This is exactly what happened to nearly 400 people. They were convicted of driving while intoxicated in Washington, D.C. in 2008 because of inaccurate calibrations of the breath test equipment.

    According to results of an investigation led by D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles, breath analysis equipment used by city’s law enforcement officers was found to be improperly adjusted, resulting in inaccurate readings. Analysis of all 10 of the District’s breath test machines found that readings produced a driver’s blood-alcohol content (BAC) to be about 20 percent higher than it actually was….


    Report Condemns Police Lab Oversight

    The New York State Police’s supervision of a major crime laboratory was so poor that it overlooked evidence of pervasively shoddy forensics work, allowing an analyst to go undetected for 15 years as he falsified test results and compromised nearly one-third of his cases, an investigation by the state’s inspector general has found.

    The analyst’s training was so substandard that at one point last year, investigators discovered he could not properly operate a microscope essential to performing his job, the report released on Thursday said.

    And when the State Police became aware of the analyst’s misconduct, an internal review by superiors in the Albany lab deliberately omitted information implicating other analysts and suggesting systemic problems with the way evidence was handled, the report said. Instead, the review focused blame mostly on the analyst, Garry Veeder, who committed suicide in May 2008 during the internal inquiry.

    “Cutting corners in a crime lab is serious and intolerable,” said the state’s inspector general, Joseph Fisch. “Forensic laboratories must adhere to the highest standards of competence, independence and integrity. Anything less undermines public confidence in our criminal justice system.”

    Several lab workers whose actions were criticized in the report remain in their jobs pending an internal review of the inspector general’s findings, the State Police said.

    The State Police superintendent, Harry J. Corbitt, said that the agency planned to hire an outside consultant. “Appropriate remedial measures will be taken with respect to any conduct falling below the highest standards,” said Mr. Corbitt, whose nomination last year by Gov. David A. Paterson was meant to help rehabilitate the scandal-tainted agency.

    After the State Police began its internal investigation last year, it notified district attorneys across the state that evidence in criminal cases examined by Mr. Veeder might have been compromised. Mr. Veeder worked in the crime lab analyzing so-called trace evidence, like fibers, hair, impressions and other physical material found at scenes of crimes, including homicides.

    But on Thursday, police officials said that none of the district attorneys had found that Mr. Veeder’s work had cast doubt on any of their convictions.

    “We are satisfied that there were no wrongful convictions, nor any miscarriages of justice which resulted from these improper procedures,” Mr. Corbitt said, stating a viewpoint also shared by Mr. Fisch.

    Still, forensic science experts and advocates for those wrongfully convicted said the case pointed to longstanding problems in police behavior and underlined the need to hold law enforcement agencies accountable.

    “It is a wake-up call to the forensic community,” said Barry Scheck, director of the Innocence Project and a member of the New York State Commission on Forensic Science, which monitors all the state’s crime labs. “What’s alarming about this report and others that we’ve seen like it is it’s not so much the bad actors, it’s the fact that the system didn’t detect them earlier.”

    There have been several high-profile cases in recent years in which police labs mishandled crime scene evidence, casting doubt on convictions. A convicted rapist was released in 2003 after an examination of the Houston Police Department’s lab found widespread deficiencies. Detroit shut down its police crime lab last year after an outside audit found errors in 10 percent of cases surveyed.

    In Mr. Veeder’s case, supervisors discovered during an internal inquiry that he had routinely skipped a preliminary fiber analysis and then created data “to give the appearance of having conducted an analysis not actually performed,” the inspector general’s report stated.

    The State Police have disputed the effectiveness of the preliminary test and said there was no evidence that Mr. Veeder’s work resulted in a piece of trace evidence’s being misidentified.

    The report said Mr. Veeder used a “crib sheet” provided to him by a former supervisor to falsify the test results. At one point, Mr. Veeder told investigators, “They told me from the past, you go to this and plug it in,” the report said. “This is how I was trained to, how we’ve always done it.”

    But Mr. Veeder’s allegations involving other lab workers were never part of the final report to the State Police’s internal affairs division. State Police investigators and the lab’s management “minimized and precipitously discarded the seriousness and extent of problems” at the lab, the inspector general’s report said.

    It said that one State Police investigator, Keith Coonrod, mischaracterized Mr. Veeder’s responses implicating other lab scientists and skewed Mr. Veeder’s statements to give the impression that it was his incompetence — not widespread misconduct — that led to the problems.

    Mr. Coonrod has been temporarily reassigned to a State Police job outside of the lab pending the outcome of the internal review.

    Despite Mr. Coonrod’s omissions, the inspector general also faulted Mr. Coonrod’s superiors. “There exists no doubt that laboratory management possessed sufficient information that Veeder’s individual misconduct implicated potentially broader systemic issues, but failed to take appropriate action,” the report said.

    The report named a number of lab supervisors at the time — including the director, Gerald Zeosky, and assistant director Richard Nuzzo — and describes them as unfazed by the inquiry and dismissive of Mr. Veeder’s broader claims. Mr. Zeosky remains in charge of the lab. Mr. Nuzzo was promoted and given a new job in the internal affairs division, but police officials said he would have had no involvement in the investigation of the lab.

    Another section of the report stated that Mr. Nuzzo was also found to have intimidated a lab technician who was working on a case unrelated to Mr. Veeder.

    Problems with Mr. Veeder’s work were first detected in 2008 during an accreditation review by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board. The State Police then did an internal investigation and alerted the inspector general’s office, which began its own review.

    On May 23, 2008, Mr. Veeder hanged himself in the garage of his home outside Albany.

    Faulty forensic test put innocents in jail over decades

    A faulty forensic analysis has put hundreds of innocent people in jail over decades, according to a joint investigation by The Washington Post and 60 Minutes. Eventually found to be unreliable, it was quietly dumped four decades later without alerting those convicted.

    The “comparative bullet-lead analysis” claimed to link a bullet with ones in suspects’ possession. However, faulty statistical analysis of the elements contained in different lead samples resulted in false matches.

    Excerpt from eFluxMedia:
    The comparative bullet-lead analysis was based on the supposition that each batch of lead would have a particular, almost unique, chemical makeup. The National Academy of Sciences, however, has invalidated this claim in 2004, pointing out that FBI experts who claimed to jurors the test linked a particular bullet to those found in a suspect’s gun or cartridge box were more or less misleading the jury.
    Unfortunately, according to The Washington Post:
    But the FBI lab has never gone back to determine how many times its scientists misled jurors. Internal memos show that the bureau’s managers were aware by 2004 that testimony had been overstated in a large number of trials. In a smaller number of cases, the experts had made false matches based on a faulty statistical analysis of the elements contained in different lead samples, documents show.
    The reporters have since alerted the FBI on at least 250 cases that may require closer examination.

    John Miller, FBI Assistant Director for Public Affairs, noted that the FBI is taking a series of steps to try to fix this snafus on cases where the conviction might have resulted from the flawed analysis.

    The question remains as to why it took a media investigation for the FBI to notice and take action.

    Thinking ahead, what do you reckon are the chances of flawed computer forensics resulting in a hapless computer idiot being charged for computer crimes that they did not commit.

    Read more about faulty forensics here:

    Stop Police Abuse

    Faulty forensic evidence

    Biased Forensics

    Serious Problems with Forensic Science

    Innocent people in jail because of bite-mark testimony

    Eyewitness Misidentification and Unvalidated or Improper Forensic Science

    CSI Myths: The Shaky Science Behind Forensics

  • crimewatchrt 7:56 am on November 1, 2009 Permalink |
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    The Problem With Plea Bargains 

    From the state’s point of view, the main benefit of the plea bargain is that it saves time See full size imageand money. It’s a good thing for someone who is guilty, someone who has factually done that which he or she is charged with doing, who is confronted with overwhelming evidence, and where the state is inclined to make some kind of offer because they would not want to put the victim, or families of the victim, or put the state, to the cost of proving the case at trial.

    For every criminal conviction that comes after a trial, 19 other cases are settled by plea bargain. This system can easily be abused by over zealous prosecutors and low paid public defenders.  It can extract guilty pleas from absolutely innocent people who plead guilty to charges they did not commit because they can’t afford the risk of going to trial. Especially when their own lawyer is telling them that they stand a good chance of going to prison unless they accept the agreement that the prosecution is offering.

    So why would an innocent person admit to a crime they didn’t commit? If an individual refuses to take the plea bargain and accept a guilty plea, and is later convicted, they face penalties up to ten times greater than if he were convicted of trial.

    About 95 percent of all felony convictions in the United States are the result of plea bargains.

    Judge Ralph Adam Fine’s comment on plea bargaining:

    During my nine years as a trial judge, I had several defendants who wanted to plead guilty even though when I then asked them to tell me what they did, responded with stories of innocence. When I asked them why they were trying to plead guilty, they all told me that they had been threatened with harsher penalties if they insisted on going to trial. In rejecting their pleas, I told them that we had enough guilty persons to convict, and that we did not need to dip into the pool of the innocent.

    In each of the instances, we went to trial and the defendants were acquitted.

    Judge Fine proves that plea bargaining is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in an excellent article he wrote for the Federalist Society; the article is located here (large .pdf).

    Prosecutors are under significant pressure to negotiate plea agreements. a criminal trial costs approximately $10,000 per day to prosecute, prosecutors have very heavy case loads, the jails are crowded and the criminal court calendars are full. In addition, various pressures lead defense attorneys to plea bargain most cases.

    Going to a jury trial is a roll of dice—even with the best attorneys and the most exonerating evidence in the world, you just never know what kind of decision a jury of 12 people will come to with your case!

    When plea bargaining is available, prosecutors can extract a guilty plea in nearly every case, including very weak cases, simply by adjusting the plea concession to the defendant’s chances of acquittal at trial. When almost every case results in a plea of guilty, regardless of the strength of the evidence, prosecutors have much less interest in screening away weak cases. Since some cases are weak because the defendant is innocent, however, more innocent defendants are charged and as a result more are convicted.

    More Reading On This Topic:

    In the prosecutor’s view, there is no such thing as an innocent suspect or defendant.

    Prosecutors are intimidating, and threatening to those who are being prosecuted for something they did not even do.

    For every false conviction due to plea bargaining, there exists a criminal on the streets whom the police no longer care about.

  • crimewatchrt 12:37 pm on October 27, 2009 Permalink |
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    Bank Robbers Wanted By FBI 


    Seeking Information on Robbery of Bank of America Branch in Chula Vista

    The FBI and Chula Vista Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the unknown male responsible for robbing a Chula Vista Bank of America today.

    On Thursday, January 14, 2010, at approximately 11:45 a.m., a lone male entered the Bank of America located at 295 E St., Chula Vista, CA. The robber entered the bank and placed an oral demand for cash. While the robber threatened a weapon, none was shown.

    Witnesses describe the robber as follows:

    Sex: Male
    Race: Black
    Age: 40 – 50
    Height: Approximately 5’9” – 5’10”
    Build: Medium
    Clothing: Dark colored baseball cap, dark colored do-rag, and dark colored rain jacket

    Bank Robbery Suspect

    Bank Robbery Suspect

    “Billy Goat Bandit” Robs Again

    Now Suspected in at Least 11 Area Heists

    The Houston FBI Bank Robbery Task Force is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a man who is now suspected in at least 11 Houston area bank robberies. The latest occurred at the Wells Fargo located inside the Randall’s Grocery Store located at 12860 Memorial in Houston, Texas earlier today. In previous robberies, the robber sported a unique straggly beard with extra long chin hair, earning him the nickname of the “Billy Goat Bandit.” During some recent robberies, the robber’s chin whiskers were more neatly trimmed. During this robbery, it appeared as though his whiskers were gone, but his face was unshaven.

    At about 1:45 p.m., the bandit entered the Randall’s Store and approached the bank located inside the store. He held up a threatening note which demanded cash. The teller handed him some money and he fled on foot. No weapon was observed during the robbery. No one was physically hurt during the robbery.

    The “Billy Goat Bandit” is described as a black male, mid-twenties, 5’10”-6’ tall, with an average build. He had a dark complexion and trimmed goatee. He wore a dark blue jacket, medium blue shirt, khaki pants, and an off-white baseball cap with an orange bill.

    The “Billy Goat Bandit” is suspected in at least 11 other Houston area robberies from 10/16/2009 to the present.

    Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and arrest of the “Billy Goat Bandit”, or any felony suspect. If you have information about this crime, please call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or the Houston office of the FBI at 713-693-5000.

    Bank Robbery Suspect

    Bank Robbery Suspect

    Bank Robbery Suspect

    Bank Robbery Suspect

    Seeking Public’s Assistance in Locating Beneficial Bank Branch Robber

    The FBI and the Philadelphia Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify and locate the subject responsible for the robbery of the Beneficial Bank branch located at 6401 Woodland Avenue earlier today.

    At approximately 4:09 p.m. today, the subject entered the Beneficial Bank branch and presented a threatening demand note to a teller. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the subject fled the area of the bank on foot.

    The subject is described as a black male, 40 to 50 years old, 5’5” to 5’6” tall, medium build, with a bald or shaved head, a mustache, wearing a black zippered hooded sweatshirt, and carrying a black bag with an Adidas logo on the side. The subject may have red dye stains on his clothing and/or skin.

    Three photographs from the bank’s security cameras are below. This subject is considered armed and dangerous, and anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 215-418-4000 or the Philadelphia Police Department. There may be a reward for information leading to the identification and apprehension of this subject. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

    To view flyers of this and other bank robbery subjects wanted by the FBI/Major Crimes Task Force, please visit http://www.ppdonline.org and click on the Detectives Box and the Violent Crimes Task Force link.

    Seeking Public’s Assistance to Identify the Individuals Responsible for Robbing Two Banks in San Diego County

    The FBI, San Diego Sheriff’s Department, and San Diego Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the unknown males responsible for robbing two banks in San Diego County this week.

    On January 11, 2010, at approximately 4:52 p.m., a lone male entered the Chase Bank located at 3830 Valley Centre Dr., San Diego, CA. The robber made a verbal demand for cash and fled on foot. No weapon was seen.

    Witnesses describe the robber as follows:

    Sex: Male
    Age: Late teens
    Height Approximately 5’5”
    Build: Medium
    Clothing: Gray sweatsuit, dark t-shirt, black gloves, white sneakers

    On January 12, 2010, at approximately 5:30 p.m., a lone male entered the Bank of America located at 405 S. Highway 101, Solana Beach, CA. This robber also made a verbal demand for cash. Again, no weapon was seen.

    Witnesses describe the robber as follows:

    Sex: Male
    Race: Caucasian/Hispanic
    Height: Approximately 5’5”
    Build: Medium
    Clothing: Dark blue hooded sweatshirt, light colored gloves

    Agents are investigating the possibility of these two robberies being connected though there is no certainty of that at this time.

    Anyone with information concerning either of these robberies is asked to contact the FBI at telephone number (858) 565-1255.

    Bank Robbery Suspects

    Bank Robbery Suspects

    Bank Robbery Suspects

    Mile High Bank Robbed by Lone Male

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force (RMSSTF) are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the man who robbed the Mile High Bank at approximately 10:00 this morning. The Mile High Bank is located in an office building at 8905 W. Bowles Avenue, Littleton, Colorado. The robber entered the bank and approached a teller. He passed a bank robbery demand note threatening a weapon. After he received an undisclosed amount of cash, he fled the bank on foot. No vehicle description is available.

    The robber was described as: white male; mid 20’s to 30 years of age; approximately 170 pounds; 6’00”; “scruffy” in appearance—unshaven; wearing blue jeans, dark sweatshirt, baseball cap.

    If anyone has any information on the bank robbery described above, or the bank robber, please call the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force at 303-629-7171; OR, you can remain anonymous and earn up to two thousand dollars ($2,000) by calling CRIMESTOPPERS at 720-913-STOP (7867).

    Bank Robbery Suspect

    Seeking Information on Robbery of Suntrust Bank Branch in Knoxville

    The Knoxville Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Chief Sterling Owen IV of the Knoxville Police Department (KPD) are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the man who robbed a Knoxville bank today.

    At approximately 3:00 p.m., a man entered the Suntrust Bank located at 700 East Hill Avenue in Knoxville, presented a note, and demanded money. Witnesses described the suspect as a black male, early 20s, approximately 6’ tall and weighing approximately 160 to 175 pounds. The suspect was wearing blue jeans, a black t-shirt, a dark-colored hooded jacket, black shoes, and black gloves. After obtaining an undetermined amount of money, the suspect left the scene on foot.

    A reward is being offered for any information which leads to the arrest of this individual. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 865-544-0751 or the KPD at 865-215-7212. This matter is being investigated jointly by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force (which consists of personnel from the FBI, KPD, and KCSO) and the KPD Major Crimes Unit.

    All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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    Bank Robbery Suspect

    Seeking Information on Robbery of BB&T Bank Branch in Knoxville

    The Knoxville Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Chief Sterling Owen IV of the Knoxville Police Department (KPD) are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the man who robbed a Knoxville bank today.

    At approximately 2:34 p.m., a man entered the BB&T Bank located at 7709 South Northshore Drive in Knoxville, vaulted the teller counter, threatened to use a knife, and demanded money. Witnesses described the suspect as a white male, in his late 20s to early 30s, between 5’8” and 6’ tall, and weighing approximately 150 to 170 pounds. The suspect was wearing a red fleece jacket with a white shirt under the jacket, khaki pants, and black mask. He was also carrying a brown plastic bag. After obtaining an undetermined amount of money, the suspect left the scene on foot.

    A reward is being offered for any information which leads to the arrest of this individual. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 865-544-0751 or the KPD at 865-215-7212. This matter is being investigated jointly by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force (which consists of personnel from the FBI, KPD, and KCSO), and the KPD Major Crimes Unit.

    All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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    Seeking Information on Serial Bank Robber in Metro Atlanta Area

    ATLANTA—Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Gregory Jones, FBI Atlanta, requests public assistance in identifying and locating a serial bank robber responsible for the robbery of the following metro Atlanta area banks:

    Wachovia Bank, 1028 Killian Hill, Lilburn, GA
    1/11/2010 at 4:40 p.m.

    Chase Bank, 4081 Stone Mountain Highway, Lilburn, GA
    1/12/2010 at 11:16 a.m.

    Wachovia Bank, 1815 Rock Bridge Road, Stone Mountain, GA
    1/12/2010 at 2:41 p.m.

    Beginning yesterday, 1/11/2010, a lone black male embarked on a bank robbery crime spree by walking in to the Wachovia Bank, located at 1028 Killian Hill, Lilburn, Georgia and announcing a bank robbery. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, the robber departed the bank without further incident.

    This morning, the same robber entered the Chase Bank, located at 2081 Stone Mountain Highway, Lilburn, Georgia, at 11:16 a.m., and announced a robbery. While engaging the bank teller, the robber pulled back a portion of his clothing to reveal a possible weapon/handgun. Later that afternoon, at 2:41 p.m., the robber struck again at the Wachovia Bank, located at 1815 Rock Bridge Rd., Stone Mountain, Georgia.

    The robber is described as being a black male, light complexion, 25-35 years of age, 5’4”-5’9” in height, 145-170 lbs., light facial hair, possible mole on left side of face/mouth. A mid 2000 model Chevrolet Impala, black or dark blue in color, with possible Florida license plate, was observed at one of the robberies and is of interest to investigators.

    Wachovia Bank has announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification and apprehension of this individual. Anyone with information regarding this matter should contact the Atlanta Office FBI at (404) 679-9000.

    Wanted for Bank Robbery
    Wanted for Bank Robbery
    Wanted for Bank Robbery
    Wanted for Bank Robbery
    Wanted for Bank Robbery

    City Notes First Bank Robbery of 2010

    The First Federal Bank, 7015 North Mesa, El Paso, Texas, became the city’s first bank robbery of the year. About 11:20 this morning, a Hispanic male approached the bank several times before finally deciding to enter the bank. He then walked into the bank and wrote out a note on a deposit slip. The man left the bank briefly then returned. He went to the teller and told her that he had forgotten his identification card. He left the bank again, returned a third time and handed the teller a note demanding money. He then left on foot toward an unknown vehicle. This subject has been dubbed the Boomerang Bandit.

    Subject Description:

    • Hispanic male, 35-40 years of age
    • 5’3”-5’5” in height, light skin, lock-style goatee
    • prescription, wire-framed glasses
    • brown knit cap, black and light brown jacket and blue jeans

    This case is being worked by the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force, which includes the El Paso Police Department and El Paso Sheriff’s Department. If anyone was in the vicinity of this bank, located at Resler and Mesa, and has information about this robbery, please call the FBI at 915-832-5000.

  • crimewatchrt 10:07 pm on October 24, 2009 Permalink |
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    Police Misconduct Resources 

    American Civil Liberties Union:
    The ACLU is our nation’s guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

    America’s toughest Sheriff?
    The truth about Phoenix’s nutty and cruel Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

    Bad Cop, No Donut:
    A regular feature on The Bitter End radio show.

    Blue Must Be True:
    “… to hold law enforcement officers and government officials accountable when police performance lacks integrity and professionalism.”

    Keeping an eye on police corruption in the United Kingdom.

    Roadblock Revelations:
    “General information and discussions regarding growing threats to our right to privacy & travel”.

    Fights police abuse, brutality, and corruption. It’s a national group with lots of local chapters, but it started with Berkeley Copwatch (I was a member when I lived there), and that’s probably still their most effective local group. “Policing the police.”

    Drue Myers Journal:
    Ongoing coverage of official corruption cases, with a strong interest in criminal cops, prosecutors, judges, and jailers.

    Flex Your Rights:
    Protect your rights during police encounters.

    Info & advice about California red light camera tickets.

    Injustice Everywhere:
    “… gathering information about reported incidents of police misconduct across the US, analyzing and compiling statistics based from several sources, and then publishing the results of all this information in a reader-friendly way in order to encourage informed debate where it was once impossible to do.

    The Innocence Project:
    Last chance after a guilty verdict.

    Judicial Transparency now
    and San Diego Judges:
    These sites track crooked judges, focused in the San Diego area.

    National Lawyers Guild:
    Lawyers with consciences.

    Well-funded organization runs video stings of police operations.

    News and information on police brutality and criminality.

    Photography is Not a Crime:
    Activist Carlos Miller’s blog keeps an eye on the more egregious cases of police misconduct, especially in interactions with reporters and photographers.

    “… allows registered users to leave written feedback about their interactions with police officers, and rank the officer’s service based on three criteria: Professionalism, Fairness and Satisfaction.”

    Real cover-up and corruption by law enforcement. Real family frustration and heartbreak.

    What to expect and how to handle the situation

    Simple Justice:
    A New York criminal defense blog, with a healthy distaste for police corruption and misconduct.

    Truth in Justice:
    An educational non-profit organized to educate the public regarding the vulnerabilities in the U. S. criminal justice system that make the criminal conviction of wholly innocent persons possible

    When the police don’t take no for an answer
    by Claire Wolfe, Backwoods Home Magazine

    Police brutality resultsPolice brutality results

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