Police in a number of U.S. cities aren’t just tasering and tear-gassing protesters, they’re attacking their sense of hearing. The Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), also called a “sound canon,” is a powerful, military-grade electronic megaphone that, in addition to broadcasting police commands, can be used to disperse crowds with a chirping noise reaching 162 decibels, 42 decibels above the level that can cause immediate and permanent hearing damage.
January 20, 2015
July 25, 2014
A federal lawsuit filed by local activist Antonio Buehler by NLG Texoma RVP Daphne Silverman against the Austin Police Department has cleared a hurdle as a U.S. magistrate judge this week upheld his constitutional right to photograph and film police officers.
February 13, 2014
Federal prosecutors have submitted a summary of written testimony for Tuesday's hearing on whether a settlement agreement the city of Portland reached with federal investigators is "fair, reasonable and adequate'' to address police problems identified by the U.S. Department of Justice
New York Times
December 9, 2012
The New York City Law Department has quietly adopted a practice of withholding from public filings how much it pays to settle most federal court cases filed against the city or its employees.
November 9, 2012
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A jury in Puerto Rico has awarded $11.5 million in damages to the family of an unarmed man who was shot to death by police in 2007
The family of Miguel Caceres celebrated Friday’s verdict.
Three officers were charged in Caceres’ killing, which was caught on video.
Officer Javier Pagan Cruz was convicted of first-degree murder in 2008 and is serving 109 years in prison. The two other officers, Carlos Sustache Sustache and Zulma Diaz de Leon, were acquitted in 2011 of being accessories to murder.
September 25, 2012
Who's in charge of deciding whether police officers can be fired? In Portland, not the police commissioner.