A judge has thrown out Insane Clown Posse’s lawsuit against the FBI, saying the government has every right to categorize the band’s fans as gang members. The suit stemmed from a 2011 report that the law enforcement organization had tagged Juggalos as a “loosely organized hybrid gang”—something both Juggalos and ICP members Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J didn’t appreciate. ICP has tried to sue the FBI twice, asking to declare it illegal for the bureau to draw parallels between the Psychopathic Records crew and known criminal organizations.
File under chilling effect.
Then again, it’s hard to feel bad for politically apathetic people like juggalos.
King City’s longtime former police chief, Nick Baldiviez, current acting police chief, Bruce Miller, and five others were arrested in a major corruption bust Tuesday morning.
Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo said King City’s top law enforcers became lawbreakers when they orchestrated a scheme victimizing the most vulnerable residents in King City.
"The victims were economically disadvantaged persons of Hispanic descent who were targeted by having their vehicles impounded, towed and stored by Miller’s Towing," Flippo said.
So there are worse things than being known as a bad speed trap.
"Some people think it’s insensitive," Goldsmith said. "I can’t address that. That’s what practicing law is."
Wrong Jan and you know it. Pervasive surveillance of a private citizen is not what “practicing law is” for government officials when those officials openly admit that their government client hired a “dirtbag” cop who harassed this woman. Excessively titillating descriptions of ordinary behavior (“kissing and hugging her boyfriend in public; attired in shorts and bending fully over … on several occasions”) filed in official court (government) records is not what “practicing law is” for government officials who admit that their client hired a “dirtbag” cop who harassed this woman.
Quit acting like an ambulance-chasing bottom feeder and start acting like a City Attorney who knows what “practicing law is” in the context of the duties of a government lawyer.
If you find this kind of slut shaming by an elected official objectionable, tell Goldsmith - don’t forget to cite the source article.
The Seattle Police Department purchased a “mesh network” in February that will be used by emergency responders, but which will also be capable of tracking anyone with Wi-Fi enabled device.
The network is not yet turned on, according to Seattle Police, but once it is, it will be able to determine the IP address, device type, downloaded applications, current location, and historical location of any device that searches for a Wi-Fi signal. The network is capable of storing that information for the previous 1,000 times a particular device attempted to access a Wi-Fi signal.
Jamela Debelak, of the American Civil Liberties Union (ALCU), is worried that police will use the network for more than just coordinating emergency responders. “They now own a piece of equipment that has tracking capabilities so we think that they should be going to City Council and presenting a protocol for the whole network that says they won’t be using it for surveillance purposes,” she told KIRO 7.
“Once these kinds of tools are in place, they don’t go away. Even if we assume that the mesh network was installed by good people for good reasons, there’s no reason to believe that the people controlling the network in the future will use it for the public good.”