Axon Partners With a Public Hospital to Re-brand Stun Guns as Lifesaving Devices

Axon Partners With a Public Hospital to Re-brand Stun Guns as Lifesaving Devices By MassPrivateI Last month, an article in the Star Tribune revealed a disturbing partnership between Axon Enterprise Inc. (Taser) and a public hospital. For 14 years Axon has been paying the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) more than $1.1 million to help convince juries and the public that Tasers are lifesaving devices. Axon has been paying two doctors between $20,000- $36,000 a year to write hundreds of Axon-funded stories and serve as Axon medical advisors. Two researchers…

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Police Seized My Clients’ Children Because They Homeschooled. Last Week a Court Ruled It Was OK

Police Seized My Clients’ Children Because They Homeschooled. Last Week a Court Ruled It Was OK By Robert Clarke The Wunderlich family wanted to do what thousands of families in America do with no questions asked: educate their children at home. But homeschooling is not allowed in Germany, and the state has relentlessly pursued the Wunderlichs and even seized their children. One morning in August 2013, 33 police officers and seven social workers showed up at their front door, threatening to open it with a battering ram. The parents cried…

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U.S. Government Using Amazon’s Facial Recognition Technology

U.S. Government Using Amazon’s Facial Recognition Technology Activist Post Editor’s Note:  Despite the many warnings about the increased privacy invasion from this technology, as well as evidence showing that it is far from 100% accurate, Americans appear to be choosing perceived security (and convenience) over liberty. According to a recent survey from the Center for Data Innovation, only 1 in 4 Americans is at all concerned about government facial recognition tech, and that number is even lower when it specifically addresses law enforcement. The survey also indicates Americans are more…

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Watch Good Cop Honor Oath to Constitution — Stops Bad Cop Who’s Tasing a Man for His Free Speech

Watch Good Cop Honor Oath to Constitution — Stops Bad Cop Who’s Tasing a Man for His Free Speech By Matt Agorist Commerce City, CO — Freedom of speech, in the land of the free, is not guaranteed. Despite the wording of the First Amendment, claiming that “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech,” there are countless laws across the country designed to do exactly that. However, even when there aren’t archaic anti-speech laws on the books, police will all too often deprive people of their freedom —…

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Bipartisan Support for Gun Confiscation Is Growing

Bipartisan Support for Gun Confiscation Is Growing By José Niño Is gun confiscation coming to Congress? The 2018 midterm elections produced a split Congress with Democrats gaining control of the House and Republicans gaining seats in the Senate. The chattering DC classes are already speculating about the Democrats’ plans to subpoena Trump’s tax records and Senate Republicans’ moves to consolidate their hold of the federal judiciary. But amid the DC gossip, a new threat is being overlooked—red flag gun confiscation orders. The Guardian detailed House Democrats’ desire to pass gun control legislation in the upcoming Congress: Ted…

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Handcuffed for Homeschooling? Paperwork Dispute Gets Ugly

Handcuffed for Homeschooling? Paperwork Dispute Gets Ugly By Jennifer Lade A school system in Massachusetts is proving to be malicious, incompetent, or maybe both. Of course, we suspected that already. But the latest example comes from a lawsuit from a woman who pulled her 8-year-old son from Worcester Public Schools to homeschool him last January. Josilyn Goodall is suing the Worcester School Committee, Superintendent Maureen Binienda, and the state Department of Children and Families after police entered her home, handcuffed her, and arrested her over what amounted to a paperwork…

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Game Changer: French Police to Join Yellow Vests After Finding Out Gov’t is Ripping Them Off Too

Game Changer: French Police to Join Yellow Vests After Finding Out Gov’t is Ripping Them Off Too By Matt Agorist As the “gilets jaunes” or “yellow vests” protests continue to take place across France, the government has been slowly acquiescing to the demands of citizens. However, the concessions have not been enough and so they’ve stayed in the streets although mostly calm. Also in the streets are the French police, who, according to reports, are also growing weary with the French state. The protests have been ongoing for around a…

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Cambridge, MA Joins Growing Ranks of Cities Requiring Civilian Control of Police Surveillance Tech

Cambridge, MA Joins Growing Ranks of Cities Requiring Civilian Control of Police Surveillance Tech By Shahid Buttar Last week, the City of Cambridge, MA became at least the tenth local jurisdiction in the U.S. to adopt a crucial measure enabling civilian control of police surveillance technology at the local level. The measure requires local police to obtain civilian permission before purchasing surveillance equipment, to document the security rationale and privacy impacts of any such purchase, and also to comply with an annual audit to reveal potential misuse or overuse. The…

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Child Handcuffed, Arrested and Thrown in Jail for Missing Too Many Days of School

Child Handcuffed, Arrested and Thrown in Jail for Missing Too Many Days of School By Jack Burns Muskogee County residents, whose school-aged children accrue four absences over a four-week period of time, get a ticket from police and have to see a judge. The citation, if not signed, also leads to the detainment and potential arrest of their children. In police accountability circles, the truancy to incarceration system is known as the “school to prison pipeline.” One mother, whose son was arrested, placed in handcuffs, and taken to the same…

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City of Cambridge Passes Ordinance Taking on Surveillance State

City of Cambridge Passes Ordinance Taking on Surveillance State By Michael Maharrey CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Dec. 17, 2018) – The City of Cambridge, Mass., has passed an ordinance that sets the stage to limit the acquisition and use of spy gear by law enforcement and other city agencies. On Dec. 10, the Cambridge City Council passed an ordinance requiring its explicit approval before any city government agency can acquire, fund or use surveillance technologies. This includes, but is not limited to, automatic license plate readers, video surveillance, biometric surveillance technology including facial…

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