Morning Links: The sky hasn’t fallen since Colorado legalized pot. But crime has.

  • Another isolated incident: A California family sues after they were subjected to a violent, mistaken drug raid.
  • A Georgia woman sues over a town’s ban on sex toys without a doctor’s prescription.
  • The sky still hasn’t fallen since Colorado legalized pot. But crime has.
  • The ridiculous federal government lawsuit against the creator of Buckyballs ends with a settlement.
  • In other settlement news, the city of Durham, N.C., has finally resolved its lawsuit with the wrongly accused Duke lacrosse players. The city concedes that the players were innocent but admits no wrongdoing by Durham police.
  • Another death from the “non-lethal” Taser: A Baltimore teen died after police stun-gun him at a hospital. The U.S. Supreme Court will have another chance to take up a wrongful death case related to Tasers. So far, the court has declined to consider the issue.
  • A wonderful piece in the Boston Globe describes the city’s role giving America the Fourth Amendment. I wrote a similar series last year on the city’s unique role in policing, privacy and police militarization.
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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Radley Balko · May 16, 2014