Morning links: Is the DEA losing Congress?

  • Politicians are finally beginning to question the Drug Enforcement Administration and to hold the agency accountable.
  • Yesterday I wrote about the press, the police and the passive voice. Here’s a bit more on the topic from a journalism professor.
  • A Trenton, N.J., man claims that the police beat him and sicced a K9 on him for recording them as they were making an arrest, then confiscated his phone and deleted the video. It’s the latest in a series of misconduct allegations against Trenton police, including the second involving someone attempting to record them.
  • Meanwhile, a Weare, N.H., man has won a settlement and an apology after he was arrested for recording police in 2011.
  • A man describes how the FBI tracked him down across the country after he photographed a piece of public art.
  • The city of Burlington, N.C., settles with a couple after police broke down their door and handcuffed them at gunpoint during a mistaken drug raid.
  • Puppycide: A Virginia deputy attempts to serve civil warrant while family isn’t home, encounters dog, shoots the dog twice, then leaves a note and a bloodstained deck for family members to find when they return. The police claim the golden retriever was “vicious” and “lunged” at the officer.
  •  An interesting essay about the prosecution and suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz.
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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