Morning Links: U.S. Forest Service launches drug sweep of a New Mexico ski resort

March 18, 2014
  • In Missouri, a judge has attempted to prohibit a Second Amendment advocate from posting “videos, pictures, and text data” that are critical of local law enforcement officials. There are some good law schools in Missouri. The judge might think about sitting in on a first-year constitutional law class.
  • Law enforcement officers from the U.S. Forest Service apparently staged a “drug sweep” at a ski resort in New Mexico.
  • Six San Francisco police officers were indicted after surveillance video appears to “show officers abusing and stealing from residential hotel dwellers.”
  • Speaking of San Francisco, here’s a disturbing account of some alleged police brutality during a campus protest at City College.
  • Video appears to show an NYPD cop assaulting a man for recording him (which is perfectly legal). According to the man doing the recording, the officer then deleted the video from his camera and filed a false police report.
  • Never mind the odd reporting about the FBI investigation — just note that the sheriff in Barry County, Mich., (population 58,990) has a “small fleet” of armored vehicles formerly used in the military.
Radley Balko blogs about criminal justice, the drug war and civil liberties for The Washington Post. He is the author of the book "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces."
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