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Police Brutality Facts

This article post is intended to put some misguided perceptions of police brutality to the test. Many videos that are posted on the Internet, high profile and disturbing cases on TV, as well as personal experiences of people we know can distort the truth. Extreme experiences will often propel extreme viewpoints—especially to those who had preconceived notions to begin with. Here are some important points to consider. Overkill: The Use of Force and Excessive Force   Gather a group of people together who have experienced some form of brutality and they will most likely say something was “too much.” ...

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Can you Sue the Police Department?

When someone has reached the height of their fury and anger from an arrest or search by officers, they desire all kinds of retribution. One of the most common ideas that come to mind is bringing a lawsuit against the department that employs the officers where the fury is directed towards. Sometimes it’s the right idea. Many times it’s the wrong idea. Few people know what their rights truly are—and this can complicate things in a very serious way.

What is Disorderly Conduct?

With most criminal charges, it doesn’t take much to figure out that the lion’s share come from activities that take place during the night. When it comes to disorderly conduct, this is no exception.

Take alcohol, a crowd, music, and the additional element of the opposite sex, people will sometimes come across trouble whether or not they are looking for it.

What Ever Happened to the Occupy Movement?

Occupy Wall Street Aftermath

When the protest movement known as Occupy Wall Street began, the demonstrators gathered in New York City’s financial district to voice their displeasure with what they perceived as unequal economics and social corruption. Proclaiming themselves to be the 99 percent, a term coined for the group’s image as the American majority, the protestors congregated in Zuccotti Park on September 17, 2011. This was the first of several similar demonstrations held in financial districts, public parks, and college campuses across the nation.

Ex-Lions Receiver Arrested in San Clemente

What appears to be a tragic downward spiral, Titus Young (formerly of the Lions) was arrested in San Clemente for Burglary, Resisting Arrest, and Assault on an Officer -- his third arrest in single week. Orange County Sheriff's Department responded late Friday night to a suspect supposedly inside a residence. When deputies arrived to the scene they had eventually found Young outside the residence attempting to flee on foot. After a brief struggle Young was finally detained. He was later booked on $75,000 bail on the charges mentioned above....

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How Racial Profiling Leads to Civil Rights Violations

“I’m a scholar, not a criminal”–reads the UsChangeMovement

Many students and citizens are enraged by what has occurred at the USC campus on friday where 79 police officers responded to a racially diverse house party of USC students. What resulted was a handful of arrests as well as allegations of excessive force (some of which was prudently recorded by witnesses). What appears most shocking of the entire event, however, is that a predominantly white house party was going on just across the street–with little or no disturbance. Reports have suggested that the manner in which the two houses were treated was shameful.

High Ranking OC Officer Destroys Evidence After Learning of Man’s Suicide in Jail

It is with deep regret that a bad apple has once again tainted the honor and integrity of the hardworking men and women within the Fullerton Police Department.

On November 1, a former Fullerton corporal plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of destroying evidence and another misdemeanor for vandalism. He was charged for smashing the only audio recording of his arrest of a man for suspicion of DUI–only to have that man tragically take his own life in jail after he was booked.

Preserving Your Rights During a Protest or Riot

Like many cities across the country from time to time, an important protest suddenly erupts into a riot and the usual appears: a wave of uploaded videos and photos from cell phones into countless social media arenas.

Unfortunately, many people don’t prepare for the chaos that happens at these violent encounters. Phones get destroyed, confiscated, lost, and in some cases tampered with so that evidence can never be used.

The following is a compilation of what you can do to minimize damage to your phone, protect yourself from injury, and preserve your own constitutional rights at a protest when the heat gets hot.