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Cop caught on bodycam planting drugs

The cop was caught on a bodycam planting cocaine on a suspect. Go read the whole crazy thing:

VAN NUYS (CBSLA) — LAPD body-camera video played in court Thursday directly contradicts an officer’s sworn testimony in the case of a man arrested after a hit-and-run accident, a CBS2 News investigation has learned.

And a defense attorney even claims the video proves an officer planted drugs on the man.

LAPD officer Samuel Lee left a Van Nuys courtroom Thursday after a defense attorney showed Los Angeles Police Department bodycam video that he says caught the officer in a lie. The officer had no comment.

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New Texas law takes aim at false convictions

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Texas has a new law when it comes to police interrogations. Last month, House Bill 34 went into effect, now requiring law enforcement to record the audio for all serious felony interrogations. The push behind the new law is to prevent innocent people from being charged and convicted for crimes they didn’t commit.

Lawmakers who supported the bill point out that it is a natural reaction for anyone – even innocent people – to be nervous when being interviewed by a police officer. They may not be sure of the answers police are asking, but give them answers they think the officer wants to hear.

The National Registry of Exonerations records shows that Texas has had 323 exonerations since 1989. In 2015, the state had the highest number of exonerations in the country. The majority of these cases involved drug charges. Approximately 13 percent were for murder.

Some of the more high-profile Texas cases where the defendants have been exonerated include a man who spent 25 years in prison for his wife’s murder, a couple who spent 23 years in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing children at the daycare center they ran, and another man convicted of rape. Tragically, he died in prison before DNA cleared him of the crime.

There are other items the new law also addresses. Police will now be required to document how certain a witness is when they identify a suspect. A defendant will now be told if any testimony against them is coming from a prison informant and what the informant received in exchange for their testimony. There will also be two required studies conducted by the Texas Forensic Science Commission. One will be on the use of drug field kits and the other on how crime scene investigations are conducted.

Criminal attorney Stephen Hamilton recently spoke about the new law. “This law is long overdue. Too often, law enforcement becomes so focused on one suspect, they have tunnel vision and fail to see that person is actually innocent.”

Video of Texas deputies publicly searching a woman’s ‘vaginal area’ for 11 minutes emerges after charges are dropped

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A video showing a 21-year-old Texas woman being strip searched for marijuana outside of a car in 2015 is now circulating, this after charges of official oppression against two Harris County deputies were dropped and a third deputy involved was not charged. Watch the聽full video here. Watch the video RELATED: He thought he was filming his… Continue Reading →

Karma, baby! Sheriff Joe found guilty of contempt

Declaran culpable de desacato a Joe Arpaio, “el alguacil más temido” de EU

Joe Arpaio, the Arizona lawman who once proclaimed himself to be “America’s Toughest Sheriff” and was largely praised by conservatives for his hard-line policing tactics, was found guilty Monday of criminal contempt, bringing his tenure as a relentless crusader against illegal immigration to an end. More than a month after lawyers wrapped up closing arguments, U.S.… Continue Reading →

Lowering the standards

Jeff Sessions Is “Surprised” Americans Aren’t Embracing...

Jeff Sessions wants to make it easier to slant evidence for convictions by axing the group that’s working to improve accuracy:

Julia Leighton, a commission member and retired public defender, conveyed the disappointed mood of the room when she spoke a few minutes later. “We have to understand the importance of this juncture that we’re at, where we’re really grappling with, frankly, are we telling the truth as a matter of science to judges and jurors?” she said. “And that can’t be put on hold. It is inconsistent with the Department of Justice’s mission to put that on hold.”

For years, scientists and defense attorneys have fought an uphill battle to bring scientific rigor into a field that, despite its name, is largely devoid of science. Analyses regularly presented in courtrooms—using such evidence as bite marks, hair, and bullets—that for decades have been employed by prosecutors to convict and even execute defendants are actually incapable of definitively linking an individual to a crime. Other methods, including fingerprint analysis, are less rigorous and more subjective than experts—and popular culture—let on.

“Clinical laboratories must meet higher standards to be allowed to diagnose strep throat than forensic labs must meet to put a defendant on death row.”
But on the witness stand, experts routinely overstate the certainty of their forensic methods. In 2015, the FBI completed a review of 268 trial transcripts in which the bureau’s experts used microscopic hair analysis to incriminate a defendant. The results showed that bureau experts submitted scientifically invalid testimony at least 95 percent of the time. Among those cases with faulty evidence, 33 defendants received the death penalty and 9 had been executed. No court has banned bite-mark evidence despite a consensus among scientists that the discipline is entirely subjective. One study found that forensic dentists couldn’t even agree if markings were caused by human teeth. Until this month, the National Commission on Forensic Science was the most important group moving forensics into the modern scientific era.

A few minutes after the commission learned of its fate, the Justice Department publicly announced its next steps. A new Justice Department Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, established by executive order in February to “support law enforcement” and “restore public safety,” would now oversee forensic science. Sessions, the press release said, would appoint a senior forensic adviser and the department would conduct a “needs assessment of forensic science laboratories that examines workload, backlog, personnel and equipment needs of public crime laboratories.” Rather than an independent body that uses science to evaluate forensics, the new administration seemed to be basing its forensic policies largely on increasing conviction rates for law enforcement.

Can customs and border officials search your phone? These are your rights

McCaskill Gets Firsthand Look at Security Efforts Along U.S.-Mexico Border

A NASA scientist heading home to the U.S. said he was detained in January at a Houston airport, where Customs and Border Protection officers pressured him for access to his work phone and its potentially sensitive contents. Last month, CPB agents checked the identification of passengers leaving a domestic flight at New York’s John F. Kennedy… Continue Reading →

FBI finds white supremacists have infiltrated police forces nationwide

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While the racist psychopath in the White House has been whipping up hysteria about bomb-wielding jihadists from the Middle East, a far more dangerous terrorist threat has been growing like a cancer right here at home. That is the growth and proliferation of white supremacist groups. The fact is that, since 11 September 2001, over twice… Continue Reading →

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