DNA Dragnet: In Some Cities, Police Go From Stop-and-Frisk to Stop-and-Spit

Police in Florida and other states are building up private DNA databases, in part by collecting voluntary samples from people not charged with — or even suspected of — any particular crime.

ver the last decade, collecting DNA from people who are not charged with — or even suspected of — any particular crime has become an increasingly routine practice for police.

The five teenage boys were sitting in a parked car in a gated community in Melbourne, Florida, when a police officer pulled up behind them. Officer Justin Valutsky closed one of the rear doors, which had been ajar, and told them to stay in the car. He peered into the drivers' side window of the white Hyundai SUV and asked what the teens were

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The Latest Law Enforcement Trend: Porn Sniffing Dogs

Who would have thought that man’s best friend could provide so many ways to aid our police state?

The operate a checkpoint for vehicles entering Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009.

Now that the drug war is slowly but surely winding down in America, you have to wonder what the police are going to do with their drug sniffing dogs and handlers. Granted, not all drugs will be decriminalized, but surely there will be some superfluous LEO positions after marijuana is completely decriminalized? Unfortunately the government

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Senator Says Shooting At Cops During No-Knock Raids Is Entirely Justified

Innocent people are regularly terrorized by SWAT teams raiding the wrong house for no-knock warrants, but the practice continues.

A Duplin County Sheriff’s Office special response team prepares to shatter a door, and presumably it's owners 4th Amendment rights, during a training exercise.

A self-proclaimed ‘strong advocate for law enforcement’ is being attacked for criticizing the practice of no-knock warrants, where SWAT teams burst into homes with no warning—often in the middle of the night—to apprehend suspects and search the premises. Georgia Sen. Mike Crane is running in the state’s Republican primary to replace U.S. Rep.

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‘Corroding Civil Liberties,’ Supreme Court Codifies Unlawful Police Stops

«This case tells everyone…that your body is subject to invasion while courts excuse the violation of your rights,» Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in the dissent


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that evidence recovered during illegal stops may still be used in court, if police officers conducted their searches after learning that a defendant had an outstanding arrest warrant. In a 5-3 ruling (pdf), the Supreme Court said such searches do not violate the Fourth Amendment, which protects against

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High School Begins ‘Random’ Drug Testing Of Students

Normally, the school would be prohibited from these sorts of “random” drug tests, without probable cause. But the administrators found a loophole.

Students at Crivitz High School will face drug tests throughout the new school year. Administrators say that the tests will be carried out at “random” but many suspect that particular students will be targeted, based on their appearances, while others will be left alone. “The last couple years, I’ve noticed here in the high school we’ve started

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Deputy Lied About Drugs To Obtain Warrant Leading To SWAT Raid That Severely Injured Infant

Alecia and Boun Khan Phonesavanh, center left and right, the parents of 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh who was severely burned by a flash grenade during a SWAT drug raid, attend a vigil with their daughters outside Grady Memorial Hospital where he is undergoing treatment, Monday, June 2, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP/David Goldman) Habersham County, GA — […]

Habersham County, GA — In May of last year, Bounkham “Baby Bou Bou” Phonesavanh, 19-months-old, was asleep in his crib. At 3:00 am militarized police barged into his family’s home because the sheriff’s department claimed that an informant had purchased $50 worth of meth from someone who once lived there. During the raid, a flash-bang grenade was

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