Browsing: True Crime Report
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Not only have police officers been paying close attention to social-media posts, but in early 2016 the department purchased subscriptions to a powerful social-media monitoring tool called Geofeedia, which was used by law enforcement agencies across the country to monitor protests and other actions. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Otero County Jail inmate Jennifer Hernandez says she was sexually assaulted by a guard through the open bars of her jail cell amid a highly sexualized environment that allowed male corrections officers to routinely see her naked. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: According to a lawsuit, dozens of residents were at a state medical facility were subjected to aggressive strip searches, including genital manipulation, as part of an investigation into what was originally termed paranormal activity. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Kelley was facing away from the cops with his hands up — a pose that clearly made him no danger to anyone in the vicinity. But an instant later, he was shot in the back by a Taser and fell heavily to the ground. The officer in question seems to have felt he had proof his response was justified, telling Kelley, “It’s all on video, sweetheart” — a reference to his body camera, which was recording throughout the incident. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Although Beauford was 24 at the time of his death, he suffered from intellectual and developmental disabilities that caused him to function on the level of a six-year-old — a fact that makes the tragedy that befell him even more heartbreaking. Beauford died from a seizure while in custody, and according to a lawsuit filed on behalf of his family (see it below), this episode was easily preventable. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Questions arose about the veracity of the stories told by former motel owner Gerald Foos, who claimed to have spent decades observing patrons’ sex acts and even witnessed a murder. But that’s not the reason the plug was pulled on a Hollywood adaption. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: President Barack Obama’s decision to commute the seventy-year sentence of Puerto Rican radical activist Oscar Lopez Rivera has been greeted with celebration in some quarters and outrage in others. But if nothing else, the move solves a problem the American justice system has been unable to crack for the past 35 years: What do you do with a self-proclaimed “prisoner of war” in a country that claims to have no political prisoners? Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Higgins has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder as part of a Columbine-style attack plan that allegedly targeted a high school when she and accused co-conspirator Sienna Johnson were sixteen-year-old students. And the details are disturbing. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Vinzant was unarmed at the time he was killed in broad daylight not far from an elementary school. A grand jury declined to bring charges against the police officer who gunned him down — but officials in the city where it happened have opened up their wallets in a big way. Westword has the story.