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Petition for Michael Brown Law

An unarmed 18-year-old named Michael Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer named Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014. This fatal incident was witnessed by several individuals, yet there is still conflicting accounts of what really occurred before Mr. Brown's life was taken. Not only has this tragedy raised issues about the relationship between police departments and their community, but it has also raised the question of whether more technology should be implemented by police officers to better document their encounters with individuals. A White House website petition has already acquired more than 100,000 signatures from people who think the answer to that question is yes.

Can Federal Charges Be Filed Against San Francisco Police Officers?

Federal grand juries have indicted six current and former San Francisco police officers on various charges, including civil rights conspiracy charges. All of the officers were suspended without pay and had their guns taken away. The Police Chief of the San Francisco Police Department, who has worked in the department since 1981, reported that the incident is "as serious as an issue as I can recall in my time in the department."

FBI setting up would-be terrorists: part one

Since the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, fighting terrorism has comprised a larger part of the FBI's budget than ever. The agency spends $3.3 billion thwarting terrorist plots and only $2.6 billion investigating organized crime. That shift in budget priorities has led to a shift in their day-to-day operations as well.

Consensual police encounters and your fundamental rights

Back in November, a Florida man became engaged in a "consensual encounter" with a police officer, meaning that both of them entered into a conversation willingly. This encounter led to a search that discovered cocaine and the man ended up serving five years in prison.

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