They want to cover their ass but choose what gets released. It doesn’t work that way.

State denies Duluth Police application to keep body cam data private

December 29, 2014
Updated Dec 29, 2014 at 6:33 PM CSTDuluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)–
The Minnesota Department of Administration has declined an application by the Duluth Police Department that would impose restrictions to public access to police body camera video.The city filed an application asking for body cam data to remain private until there is clarification on what can and cannot be released.

The Duluth Police Department requested that videos containing mental health data, sexual assault cases, juvenile crimes and video taken in private places such as a person’s home to remain classified information.

However, that request was denied after the Department of Administration said there are already data privacy laws in place.

City officials say the law and policy trail behind technology and that the Minnesota Data Practices Act revolves around paper records, not electronic.

“There’s many many circumstances where we have this data and we’re just trying to figure out how to handle it in a way that balances the public need to know with these privacy concerns,” said Duluth City Attorney Gunnar Johnson.

The Minnesota Legislature is expected to take up the issue of body cameras in the 20-15 legislative session.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com

Servin’ Up the Second Amendment

Special Report by Ginny Simone / NRA News

Good food, friendly service and a huge helping of freedom — that’s what they’re dishing up at Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colorado. “It’s not about politics, it’s a way of life,” says one of the servers, who can be seen with a Ruger Blackhawk .357 strapped on her hip. But she’s not alone, customers carry too and owner Lauren Boebert wouldn’t have it any other way. “We’re certainly able to protect ourselves,” she says.

Yes, he really did say that…then again, he’s campaigned in all 57 states too…

H/T Weaselzippers

Gaffe: Obama Thinks Tehran Is A “Country”… 

Barack Obama

Yes, he’s still the smartest man to ever walk the face of the Earth.

NPR:We’re speaking at a moment after you’ve announced that you’re restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba. You want to reopen an embassy there. Is there any scenario under which you can envision, in your final two years, opening a U.S. embassy in Tehran?

OBAMA: I never say never, but I think these things have to go in steps. You know, Cuba is a circumstance in which for 50 years, we have done the same thing over and over again and there hadn’t been any change. And the question was, should we try something different with a relatively tiny country that doesn’t pose any significant threat to us or our allies?

Tehran is a large, sophisticated country that has a track record of state-sponsored terrorism, that we know was attempting to develop a nuclear weapon — or at least the component parts that would be required to develop a nuclear weapon — that has engaged in disruptions to our allies, whose rhetoric is not only explicitly anti-American but also has been incendiary when it comes to its attitude towards the state of Israel.

 

Do you really wonder why the cops dislike this moron?

BILL DE BLASIO 2 HOURS LATE TO WAKE FOR SLAIN OFFICER RAFAEL RAMOS

 

AP/John Minchillo

by WARNER TODD HUSTON 27 Dec 2014New York, NY

Mayor Bill De Blasio Under Scrutiny as City Honors Murdered NYPD Officer
 On Friday evening, thousands of New Yorkers attended a memorial service for Rafael Ramos, one of the two NYPD officers assassinated a week ago by an Eric Garner protester. The service brought mourners from every corner of the city. Noticeably late was embattled Mayor Bill de Blasio, who made it to the service only just before its conclusion.

Ramos, 40, and partner Wenjian Liu, 32, were shot to death on December 20 as they sat in their patrol car. Both were murdered by a 28-year-old named Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley who claimed he was avenging the death of a man who died after police used a choke hold on him as he resisted arrest in July.

Also in attendance were contingents from dozens of Police departments from as far away as Ohio, Georgia, and Maine—all of whom came to show support for the fallen officer, his family, and their fellow police officers in the NYPD.

17 massive floral displays, one bearing the fallen officer’s shield number and another the NYPD seal, adorned Christ Tabernacle Church on Myrtle Avenue in Queens. The floral arrangements sent to the church extended from wall to wall.

During the ceremony, Ramos’s son Justin said, “Dad, I’m forever grateful for the sacrifices you’ve made to provide for me and Jayden… I’ll miss you with every fiber of my being.”

“My father was a hero, Justin continued. “I couldn’t have asked for a better role model.”

Among those in attendance were New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo; former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani; state attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman; Congressman Peter King; and Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan. Noticeably late was New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

De Blasio arrived only a short time before the service ended. He arrived around 9 PM to the wake, which started at 7 PM—so late that many assumed he had decided to skip the service, and some early news reports had said he did not attend.

De Blasio’s reputation has taken a major hit during this sad incident. Only days prior to the murder of the two officers, the mayor was heard forcefully speaking out against his own police department and in support of the anti-cop demonstrators.

His attacks on the police caused many officers to demand an apology. The NY police union even warned de Blasio that he wasn’t wanted at any future police funerals because of his verbal attacks. Even as the funerals and memorial services for the slain officers were being planned on Friday, an airplane pulled a banner over the city that read: “De Blasio, our backs have turned to you.”

There have also been growing calls for de Blasio to resign as mayor.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston or email the author at igcolonel@hotmail.com.

Officers at Ramos funeral turn their backs to NYC Mayor De Commieo

I don’t find this the least surprising or disrespectful under the circumstances.  He should have sided with his officers, not the race baiters and I doubt there will be many officers that forgive him for his arrogant stupidity.

 

Speaking of irony…

Carlton County attorney elected to state board

By Wendy Johnson on Dec 26, 2014 at 6:50 a.m.

Recently re-elected Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler has been tapped to serve on the board of directors of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association (MCAA). Pertler was officially welcomed onto the Board at the MCAA’s annual meeting in Bloomington earlier this month.

The MCAA endeavors to include county attorneys on the Board who represent various geographical locations of the state, as well as balancing representation from large and small counties, in order to get a good cross section from the entire state. Pertler has also served on the Board previously.

One of the items on the agenda at the Association’s annual meeting this year was the topic of drug legislation discussions. Pertler served as the chair of the statewide drug task force in 2009, comprised of many different parties such as the MCAA, state public defenders, judges, sentencing guidelines people, treatment providers, sheriffs, the Minnesota Police Officers Association, community participants, and others.

“At that time we worked long and hard to come up with some recommendations for the legislature,” related Pertler. “As it turns out, with our continuing drug dilemma across the state, the Association is thinking this session may be another opportunity to explore the same issues we did in 2009. So I agreed to be a part of that effort and strategize prior to the start of the next session. I’m looking forward to working again my colleagues on putting together options for presentation to our Association.”

Pertler received his BA degree at the University of Minnesota and graduated from law school at Hamline University. He first came to Carlton County in 1995 and served as an assistant county attorney for 10 years until his appointment as county attorney in 2005. Since then he has been elected to his post three times.

“I hope to continue representing the citizens of this county for years to come,” said Pertler.

Alternate title: Supreme court endorses the police state.

Supreme Court Rules 8-1 Citizens Have No Protection Against 4th Amendment Violations by Police Ignorant of the Law

In a blow to the constitutional rights of citizens, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in Heien v. State of North Carolina that police officers are permitted to violate American citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights if the violation results from a “reasonable” mistake about the law on the part of police. Acting contrary to the venerable principle that “ignorance of the law is no excuse,” the Court ruled that evidence obtained by police during a traffic stop that was not legally justified can be used to prosecute the person if police were reasonably mistaken that the person had violated the law. The Rutherford Institute had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hold law enforcement officials accountable to knowing and abiding by the rule of law. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the Court’s lone dissenter, warned that the court’s ruling “means further eroding the Fourth Amendment’s protection of civil liberties in a context where that protection has already been worn down.”

In April 2009, a Surry County (N.C.) law enforcement officer stopped a car traveling on Interstate 77, allegedly because of a brake light which, at first, failed to illuminate and then flickered on. The officer mistakenly believed that state law prohibited driving a car with one broken brake light. In fact, the state traffic law requires only one working brake light. Nevertheless, operating under a mistaken understanding of the law, during the course of the stop, the officer asked for permission to search the car. Nicholas Heien, the owner of the vehicle, granted his consent to a search. Upon the officer finding cocaine in the vehicle, he arrested and charged Heien with trafficking. Prior to his trial, Heien moved to suppress the evidence seized in light of the fact that the officer’s pretext for the stop was erroneous and therefore unlawful. Although the trial court denied the motion to suppress evidence, the state court of appeals determined that, since the police officer had based his initial stop of the car on a mistaken understanding of the law, there was no valid reason for the stop in the first place. On appeal, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled that even though the officer was wrong in concluding that the inoperable brake light was an offense, because the officer’s mistake was a “reasonable” one, the stop of the car did not violate the Fourth Amendment and the evidence resulting from the stop did not need to be suppressed. In weighing in on the case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Rutherford Institute attorneys warn against allowing government agents to “benefit” from their mistakes of law, deliberate or otherwise, lest it become an incentive for abuse.

Affiliate attorney Christopher F. Moriarty assisted The Rutherford Institute in advancing the arguments in the amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/12/u-s-supreme-court-rules-8-1-citizens-no-protection-fourth-amendment-violations-police-officers-ignorant-law/#XIxlszXJyOehvG5J.99

How many Cartoon County squads get wrecked each year?

Squad car involved in head-on collision in Cloquet

By News Tribune Today at 11:12 a.m.
 A Carlton County sheriff’s deputy was involved in a head-on collision early Friday when the squad car he was driving collided with another vehicle at the intersection of County Road 7 and Spring Lake Road.
The officer, Robert Lucas, 48, and the driver of the other vehicle, 30-year-old Jennifer Coy, were taken to Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet with non-life-threatening injuries, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.

The accident occurred just before 7 a.m. The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene.

According to the Patrol, Lucas was westbound on County Road 7 — also known as Big Lake Road — when his Dodge Charger collided with Coy’s Chevy Blazer, which had been traveling south on Spring Lake Road. The squad car was totaled, while the Blazer was moderately damaged, the Patrol reported.

The Patrol is investigating the incident.

 

Do you suppose she’d feel different if she was the one threatened? Welcome to libtardia.

Judge frees 2nd cop-hater in 2 days

December 25, 2014 | 12:56am

She keeps turning ’em loose.

A day after freeing a gang member who posted an anti-cop death threat online, a Brooklyn judge ignored the admonishment of a court boss — and sprung a man who allegedly punched a police officer and threatened to kill his colleagues, The Post has learned.

Criminal Court Judge Laura Johnson blatantly disregarded an Office of Court Administration boss who said she “should be setting an example to the public that threatening or assaulting police officers isn’t an acceptable thing,” a courthouse source said.

The admonishment came in the wake of Saturday’s execution-style slayings of two NYPD cops as they sat in a patrol car in Brooklyn.

“The court administrator told her she exercised poor judgment, and that she had a case on later that night, and that she should exercise better judgment in that case,” the source said.

“It was a stern conversation,” the source added. “And she totally ignored it.”

On Tuesday night, Johnson released Travis Maye, 26, without bail following his arrest in a violent melee with cops earlier that day.

According to court records, Maye took swings at cops at Flatbush Avenue and Prospect Place at around 1:35 a.m., socking one officer in the eye and sending him to the hospital.

Devon Coley was freed without bail two days ago by Johnson after making death threats against the NYPD on Facebook.Photo: DCPI

After being pepper-sprayed, stunned with a Taser and put in handcuffs, Maye, 26, ranted at the cops that he would “find out where you live” and “get you,” court papers say.

“You will die!” he allegedly ranted.

Johnson, a former high-ranking Legal Aid lawyer, was appointed to the bench by then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Her term expires next Wednesday, and Mayor de Blasio is “considering” her reappointment, a City Hall official said.

Johnson came under fire following her decision Monday night, first reported by The Post, to spring Devon Coley without bail after he confessed to posting an online photo of a gunman shooting into an NYPD cruiser.

His Facebook post came just hours after cops Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were assassinated the same way, and included the phrase “73Nextt” — an apparent reference to the 73rd Precinct.

Although a prosecutor asked for $250,000 bail, Johnson let Coley, 18, walk free without posting anything.

On Tuesday night, Johnson doubled down by freeing Maye, who allegedly assumed “a fighting stance” and began swinging at cops who found him standing between EMTs and “an agitated individual bleeding profusely from the arm.”

According to a transcript of Maye’s arraignment hearing, prosecutor Tziyonah Langsam asked for $100,000 bail, reciting the threats Maye allegedly made after being subdued.

“Once handcuffed, the defendant yelled, ‘I Googled all of you. Find out where you live. I don’t know about dead cops or your families. I will meet you in a bodega and get you. You will die,’ ” Langsam said.

Johnson, however, sided with defense lawyer Adam Lubow.

‘I WOULD HAVE UNQUESTIONABLY RELEASED MR. MAYE A WEEK AGO WITHOUT EVEN THINKING ABOUT IT.’

- Judge Laura Johnson

Johnson said the incident “appears to have been an extraordinarily emotion-laden and hectic situation,” adding that it would be “wrong” to impose bail “because of the current climate.”

“I would have unquestionably released Mr. Maye a week ago without even thinking about it,” she noted.

Johnson later cut off Langsam when she attempted to argue that Maye had injured several cops and interfered with the EMTs trying to help his brother.

“I will hear no more,” Johnson declared.

Cops reacted with fury, with a police source saying: “She’s totally out to lunch.”

“How the hell can she keep doing this? It’s really unbelievable. She should be removed from the bench immediately.”

One cop said Johnson was “beaming all of New York City back to the horrific ’70s. These decisions are bad for police, bad for New Yorkers and bad for people who were thinking about visiting here.”

The head of the state court officers union, Dennis Quirk, said, “If any other police officers are injured or killed, the blood of those police officers will be on her hands for demonstrating to the public that it’s OK to assault and threaten cops. She’s unfit to be a judge.”

A spokesman for the state court system refused to comment.

Additional reporting by Frank Rosario

Wouldn’t it be nice to hear something inspiring from the current occupiers of the “People’s house”?

 

Reagan Christmas 1981: ‘Twin Beacons of Faith and Freedom Have Brightened the American Sky’

December 24, 2014 – 10:25 AM

Dec. 23, 1981

“Tonight, in millions of American homes, the glow of the Christmas tree is a reflection of the love Jesus taught us. Like the shepherds and wise men of that first Christmas, we Americans have always tried to follow a higher light, a star, if you will. At lonely campfire vigils along the frontier, in the darkest days of the Great Depression, through war and peace, the twin beacons of faith and freedom have brightened the American sky. At times our footsteps may have faltered, but trusting in God’s help, we’ve never lost our way.”