A Kentucky State Police ballistics report failed to match a bullet that hit a Louisville cop in thigh to a shot fired by Breonna Taylor's boyfriend.
John PfaffUm, wow. KY’s AG had said that Breonna’s boyfriend, Walker, had to be the one who hit the officer, bc the bullet was 9mm and officers only had .40 cal.
Turns out Harkinson, the only officer charged, had been issued a 9mm as well. Bullet could be his.
At least 148 female inmates at two state facilities underwent tubal ligation surgery between 2006 and 2010, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting.
John PfaffHere's a story from California, that sterilized over a hundred women, just in the early 2000s. Over a hundred more in the years before that: npr.org/sections/thetw…
The dehumanizing language of the doctor who did this is... jaw-dropping. Not unusual,. Still jaw-dropping. pic.twitter.com/QIjbZCIIam
A Reason investigation has identified three deaths from alleged medical neglect at FCI Aliceville, a federal women's prison. Current and former inmates say it's routine, but the Bureau of Prisons won't talk about it.
The allegations are part of a larger complaint alleging “jarring medical neglect” and lack of coronavirus safety precautions at a detention center in Georgia.
John PfaffThis story is horrific, even by the horrific standards we labor under these days.
And if this seems shocking and incomprehensible to you, it sadly shouldn't.
The US has a long history of this. And not an ancient history. It runs right to the present.
Families were subjected to around-the-clock visits from deputies, who often arrived without evidence of a crime.
John PfaffThis article, about a baseless "predictive" policing program run by the Pasco FL Sheriff's office is... horrific.
It mostly targets kids, ropes in families, drives up arrests and convictions, ruins lives. May have even led one child to death by suicide.
The party is promising a more traditional in-person spectacle with President Trump speaking every night. Coming into this weekend, producers at the major TV networks had only a foggy idea of what to expect.
John PfaffOfficer allegedly covers up badge. Protestor tweets his pic—photographing cops is Constotutionally protected—asking for nothing more than his name. Which should have been public anyway.
Now faces felony charges. Law enforcement doesn’t like protestors.
Richard Midkiff spent 23 years behind bars. A dispute over his decades-old plea deal could send him back for 15 more.
John PfaffThe very model of rehabilitation. Yet the state AG office felt the need to appeal his early release on hypertechnical grounds. Just prosecutorial cruelty that will accomplish absolutely nothing at huge human costs to many.
Year-to-date comparisons are common in both policing and the media. They involve comparing the cumulative crime count for the current year up to a certain date and comparing to the same point in the preceding year. For a Philadelphia example from...
John Pfaff@DLind The glib-not-glib answer is that it depends on your politics.
You’d need at least a year, I’d say, for the reason you just gave (here’s a good piece on the riskiness of YTD data: jratcliffe.net/post/year-to-d…).
But look at 2015-17 homicide rise. “Trend!” to some, “noise!” to others.
Former Officer Cariol Horne lost her job and was charged with obstruction after she intervened while a fellow officer punched and choked an arrested man.
John PfaffIn case you wonder why other officers didn't try to keep Chauvin from killing Floyd, this is part of it:
A Buffalo officer intervened in a similar case... and got punched by the first officer, charged with obstruction, and then fired without her pension.
BUFFALO—A video of police officers shoving an elderly police activist to the ground, then walking by him as a pool of blood collected around his head, shocked the nation.Their colleagues? Not so much.All members of the Buffalo Police Department...
John PfaffThe entire combat-cop unit in Buffalo resigned bc two officers were suspended for cracking open an unarmed man’s head.
All this should finally trash the “few bad apples” take. This is deep and structural and systemic.
Actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have agreed to plead guilty to charges in the college admissions bribery case and serve two months in prison,
John PfaffWhat does 2 mo in prison... do? We obv don’t need to incapacitate her, there’s no real deterrence issue here, and rehabilitate? Ha.
Nor does this make her take accountability, in a way that makes amends to her (abstract) victims.
Just petty vengeance.
Arrested for stealing $5 in junk food, Jamycheal Mitchell, a mentally disabled 24-year-old, was left to starve in a squalid Virginia jail cell, his aunt alleges.
John PfaffIn jail for stealing $5 in candy, a mentally ill man is left in a urine-soaked cell, denied water and food, and eventually dies from a “wasting disease” of “unknown” origin. Murdered, it appears (allegedly), from being starved to death by jail staff.
The U.S. high court's continual refinement of an obscure doctrine called qualified immunity has made it harder to hold police liable for excessive force.
John PfaffMUST READ:
This, by @reuters, on what could be the biggest single injustice in our broken criminal justice system: qualified immunity for police violence, which is effectively a one-free-bad-act pass.
I'm not kidding–if you're unfamiliar, it's horrific