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FBI report on black ‘extremists’ raises new monitoring fears

“An FBI report on the rise of black “extremists” is stirring fears of a return to practices used during the civil rights movement, when the bureau spied on activist groups without evidence they had broken any laws” writes Suella Fernandes for telegraph.co.uk. The 12-page report, issued in August, says “black identity extremists” are increasingly targeting law enforcement after police killings of black men, especially since the shooting of Michael Brown roiled Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014.The FBI said it doesn’t target specific groups, and the report is one of many its…

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Trump wants 15,000 more agents to patrol the US border, but immigration authorities say there’s one big problem

“Border patrol agencies have reported difficulties implementing President Donald Trump’s plan to beef up security with thousands of additional agents along the US-Mexico border” writes Brennan Weiss for businessinsider.com. “The question will be do we need more agents or do we need money for technology and infrastructure.”.  Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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State AG: Traffic stops should be safe. I want to know if you’ve been treated unfairly by…

“Recognizing that this gap in trust isn’t going to disappear soon, well-intentioned law enforcement officers are taking action to avoid needless violence” writes Star-ledger Guest Columnist for nj.com. Annual education on implicit bias, de-escalation techniques and cultural awareness is now required for all New Jersey law enforcement as the result of an initiative launched last year.But these initiatives were all directed by and at law enforcement.Community policing initiatives bring cops together with kids outside of the law enforcement setting. Source: nj.com Share This:

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Trump’s ICE pick praised as career cop, ‘hands down the best choice’

“I was a career law enforcement officer” writes Paul Bedard for washingtonexaminer.com. He is a plainspoken, career law enforcement officer who will faithfully enforce the nation’s immigration laws.President Trump’s choice to head Immigrations and Customs Enforcement is being praised for coming up through the ranks, a non-political career cop who feels the president has taken off Obama-era “handcuffs” to let agents get back to doing their job of enforcing immigration laws.Homan explained the change from Obama to Trump this way, “This president has taken the handcuffs off law enforcement officers…

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U.S. senator slams DEA for barring its chief judge from appearing on Capitol Hill

“The judge also wrote that the law weakens another DEA enforcement tool known as orders to show cause” reports washingtonpost.com. Following the passage of the bill last year, DEA Chief Administrative Law Judge John J. Mulrooney II wrote a law review article highly critical of the law.Both lawmakers have received substantial campaign contributions from political action committees representing the drug companies.A high-ranking U.S. senator Thursday accused the Drug Enforcement Administration of silencing its chief administrative judge by barring him from publicly discussing a law that curbed the agency’s enforcement powers…

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Hate Crimes Rose About 5 Percent In 2016, FBI Report Says

“Hate crimes targeting Latinos rose 15 percent, and hate crimes targeting Arabs and whites rose 38 percent and 17 percent respectively” writes Christopher Mathias for huffingtonpost.com. In 2015, of the agencies that did report hate crimes to the FBI, 88 percent reported zero.Los Angeles, for example, saw a 29 percent increase in hate crimes in the last quarter of 2016, and New York City saw a five-fold increase in hate crimes over a two-week period around the election.The FBI’s annual hate crime statistics, while the best measurement of hate in…

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Most California sheriffs fiercely opposed the ‘sanctuary state’ law. Soon they’ll have to implement it

“California becomes ‘sanctuary state’ in rebuke of Trump immigration policy How California’s Trust Act shaped the debate on the new ‘sanctuary state’ proposal” writes Jazmine Ulloa for latimes.com. The new ”sanctuary state” law was introduced to build on those laws.It is designed to limit the people that California law enforcement agencies can detain, question or investigate at the request of federal immigration officials.As elected officials, many represent conservative or rural areas, where voters might be more likely to oppose the new state law.Two years ago, as others in California were…

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Advocates demand county end immigration detention contract

“Under the contract with Essex County, ICE conducts its enforcement actions but houses some of its detainees at the jail” writes Kyi Njadvancemedia Com for nj.com. NEWARK — Immigrant advocates, emboldened by Gov.-elect Phil Murphy’s strong pro-immigrant stance, called on Essex County Thursday to end its agreement with federal immigration agents to house more than 800 detainees. Source: nj.com Share This:

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Senators push to defund Justice Department’s expansion of civil asset forfeiture

“The House has also passed three amendments to block the Justice Department from reinstating the civil asset forfeiture expansion policy” writes Kelly Cohen for washingtonexaminer.com. Angus King, I-Vt., also signed the letter requesting the defunding of civil asset forfeiture expansion.Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in July the Justice Department would expand its practice of civil asset forfeiture, which allows law enforcement to seize any property they allege is involved in a crime.This perversely incentivizes local law enforcement to confiscate suspect property even where state laws forbid the practice,” said the…

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Here’s how to get rich tax cheaters to pay up

“Notice I didn’t write “tax reform.”” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. Some of the machinations these law firms use to keep this money tax free are extensive and complicated.Instead of creating a whole new set of winners and losers with changes to rules and eliminated or created deductions, the best way to provide tax relief is to simply cut the tax rates. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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