Posts Tagged: law enforcement

Court Blocks Ruling on NY Stop and Frisk Policy

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals took an unusual step recently, blocking a federal district court judge’s ruling which found New York City’s stop and frisk policy unconstitutional because it targeted minorities.  The appellate court removed the district court judge from the case altogether, finding the judge had granted interviews during the trial, calling into… Read more »

Denver Police Reconsider Use of Body Cams

Body cams are personal cameras used by police officers during encounters and interactions with citizens.  Some police agencies already use body cams.  Many agencies use dash cams.  Dash cams are cameras installed in patrol cars that capture traffic stops. In car video can be important evidence in DUI cases. A couple of years ago, Denver… Read more »

NYPD Stop and Frisk Policy Discriminatory

A New York state judge has ruled that NYPD’s “stop-question-frisk” policy is discriminatory.  Under the United States Constitution and the State Constitution, people have a right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure; a right protected by the Fourth Amendment.  Even a brief investigatory stop is considered a seizure under the Fourth Amendment.  A… Read more »

Profiting off of criminal prosecutions?

In a court in Ft. Lauderdale, a beleaguered, hard working and assiduous Assistant Chief Public Defender Gordon Weekes Jr. filed motions to dismiss six criminal cases because, he argued in a motion filed for one case last week, arrests made by deputies during episodes of the TLC/Discovery Channel show are “manufactured, rather than detected, crime for… Read more »