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Durham, North Carolina cops lied about 911 calls to gain entry into residences

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Several Durham police officers lied about non-existent 911 calls to try to convince residents to allow them to search their homes, a tactic several lawyers say is illegal. The officers targeted residences where individuals with outstanding warrants were thought to be living, and told them that dispatch had received a 911 call from that address, when no such call had been made.

However, Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez says the 911 tactic was never a part of official policy. Last month, the department officially banned the practice, according to a memo from Lopez.

The tactic came to light at a court hearing on May 27, when a Durham Police officer testified it was part of official departmental policy. The hearing involved a defendant who had been charged with marijuana possession. (The INDY is not naming the defendant because the charges against her were dropped.)

In February, Officer A.B. Beck knocked on the door of the defendant’s home in South-Central Durham. When the defendant answered the door, Beck told her—falsely—that someone in her home had called 911 and hung up, and that he wanted to make sure everyone was safe. The defendant permitted Beck to enter her home, where he discovered two marijuana blunts and a marijuana grinder.

When Beck took the witness stand, he admitted to fabricating the 911 story in order to enter the house. Beck testified that his true intent was to serve a warrant, though he never produced the warrant in the courtroom.

Beck further testified that the 911 ruse was permitted under a department policy in cases where domestic violence is alleged, recalled Morgan Canady, the defendant’s lawyer.

During cross-examination, Canady quizzed Beck further:

Did you say there was a 911 hang-up? she asked.

Yes, he said.

But there was not a 911 hang-up?

No.

So you entered the house based on a lie?

Yes.

And this is your policy for domestic violence warrants?

Yes.

At that point, Canady made a motion to suppress the marijuana evidence. Since the defendant’s consent was based on false premises, Canady reasoned, the consent was not informed and voluntary. Marcia Morey, chief district judge for Durham County, allowed the motion to suppress the evidence.

"You cannot enter someone’s house based on a lie," Morey said from the bench during the hearing.

Without the evidence, the district attorney’s office dropped the charges.

"People have a constitutional right to privacy, and you can’t fake someone out of their constitutional rights," said Durham defense attorney Brian Aus, who was not involved with the case. "You’ve got to be honest about this stuff."

Ten days after the case was dropped, Chief Lopez sent a memo to all police department personnel banning the 911 ruse tactic. The department provided a copy of the memo to the INDY.

"It has recently been brought to my attention that some officers have informed citizens that there has been a 911 hang-up call from their residence in order to obtain consent to enter for the actual purpose of looking for wanted persons on outstanding warrants," said the memo. "Effective immediately no officer will inform a citizen that there has been any call to the emergency communications center, including a hang-up call, when there in fact has been no such call."

Asked why Officer Beck considered the 911 ruse tactic permissible, a police spokesperson said, “the department is looking into that.”

On 'human shielding' in Gaza

frompalestinewithlove:

A must read debunking the human shield myth in Gaza! I advise everyone who blames Hamas for using civilians as human shields to check this out.

The only people where there’s evidence of actually using “human shields” is the IDF itself. Look up “Breaking the Silence” there’s a topic link for “human shielding” where IDF soldiers testify that they used Palestinian neighbors and such as human shields for themselves. Also documented by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International I think

Mark Ruffalo Joins Hundreds Of Protesters To Rally Against Detroit Water Shutoffs

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Your “queer/trans feminism” don’t mean shit if you backpedal as soon as someone goes “but she hit a girl in the girls prison she can’t be a girl she’s a violent misogynist” and just go back to the “you’re misgendering her” thing so you can keep your feminist points. Jane Doe’s been in adult prison without any fuckin charges has been assaulted so many times been out in solitary lived a crazy ass life, fuck you if you let people pull cards like that. Just fuck you

the-uncensored-she asked:

So the feelings of a violent misogynist (Jane Doe) take precedence over the fact he ASSAULTED a female juvenile and female staff member? So we're to acquiesce to the demands of a violent individual with a history of misogynistic violence? Fuck that kid! He battered women and teenage girls, and all you can think of is "proper pronoun use"? Talk about fucked-up priorities but I can't expect any decency out of misogynists.

quietlyhaunted:

thepeoplesrecord:

I hear your concerns, but I am indeed concerned with misgendering this person and treating them like they are a man. They should be treated then, like a violent young woman, which is what she is, a young woman. We don’t move violent young women to men’s facilities when they are violent. That is unacceptable. (IMHO) 

how about now

how about jane doe has BEEN assaulted herself by too many people

how about we listen to her & not the assholes who have put her in this fucking illegal & dangerous situation

here is her affidavit in which she details the myriad violence she has suffered

how about we realize the entire system that’s supposed to help people like jane was actually built to destroy her & all this bullshit about how she’s so violent & the continual violence of misgendering her (which fucking includes using they/them pronouns for her) is only aiding in that.

the-uncensored-she asked:

So the feelings of a violent misogynist (Jane Doe) take precedence over the fact he ASSAULTED a female juvenile and female staff member? So we're to acquiesce to the demands of a violent individual with a history of misogynistic violence? Fuck that kid! He battered women and teenage girls, and all you can think of is "proper pronoun use"? Talk about fucked-up priorities but I can't expect any decency out of misogynists.

thepeoplesrecord:

I hear your concerns, but I am indeed concerned with misgendering this person and treating them like they are a man. They should be treated then, like a violent young woman, which is what she is, a young woman. We don’t move violent young women to men’s facilities when they are violent. That is unacceptable. (IMHO) 

Wow this is the cheapest defense/response you coulda possibly come up with. Do you even know what prison is? What solitary confinement and being the target of violence in male facilities as a juvenile without charges even is?

Fuck this whole thread fuck all you “queer feminists” fuck you’re cheap ass lip service till someone who calls themselves your own team gives you a crock of shit like this question fuck all your “defend the real females” shit fuck all you who help keep Jane Doe locked up fuckfuckfk

palestinianliberator:

So I decided to make these two images to compare your typical Hamas rocket strike in Israel, to your typical Israeli missile strike in Gaza

The first is of a Hamas rocket exploding in Israel. No damage, no shockwave, tons of smoke, and that’s it. This is because Hamas rockets do not even contain a warhead, and in order to sustain any sort of damage or injury, you must basically be hit DEAD on.

The second is of an Israeli airstrike decimating a home in the Gaza strip.

The IDF claim that Hamas has launched around 800 rockets into Israel, with about 20% of them being intercepted by their Iron Dome missile defense system. They also claim that they have launched strikes on over 1000 targets in the Gaza Strip.

800 Hamas rockets - ~200 intercepted, leaves us with 600 rocket attacks on Israel, attacks carried out using mortars like those seen above.

Compare that to 1000 strikes launched by the Israeli “Defense” Forces, carried out using missiles like those seen above.

It doesn’t matter how “kind” the IDF is in warning Gazans to “flee” or to “seek shelter”, Israeli missiles will simply decimate anything and everything they come into contact with, and there is no place to hide.

From November 2012.

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