White Cop Caught On Dashcam Video Telling Black Driver ‘I Don’t Care About Your People’

A Georgia police officer was recently caught on his own dashcam video telling an African American driver “I don’t care about your people.” The bizarre incident of overt racism came out of the blue during a traffic stop. Far from denying it, the department tells us that officer Maurice Lawson did in fact say this, and that he has been disciplined and reassigned. The footage is from a November 16 traffic stop that occurred at around 2am. That’s when Brian Baker, 33, was pulled over for a “traffic violation” that was a dubious pretext at best for the stop. But Baker isn’t the one being cited now. Cobb County police Capt. J.D. Adcock said that an investigation found Lawson had violated the department’s code of conduct during the stop, in an Atlanta suburb. Baker did everything “right” that people – particularly within the African American community – are told […] Read More

10 Rules for Dealing with Cops, By a Cop

Few people understand that your constitutional rights only apply if you understand and assert them. As a 33-year law enforcement veteran and former training commander with the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police Department, I know how easy it is to intimidate citizens into answering incriminating questions or letting me search through their belongings. This reality might make things easier for police looking to make an easy arrest, but it doesn’t always serve the interests of justice. That’s why I believe all citizens should understand how to protect their constitutional rights and make smart decisions when dealing with officers of the law. Unfortunately, this important information has remained largely unavailable to the public, despite growing concerns about police misconduct and the excesses of the war on drugs. For this reason, I agreed to serve as a technical consultant for the important new film, 10 Rules for Dealing with Police. […] Read More

Outrageous Video: Cops Tase and Arrest Man for Sitting and Not Stating His Name

The man, black of course, was just sitting and waiting to pick up his kids. Video posted online on Tuesday depicts the arrest and Tasing of an unidentified Black man in St. Paul, Minnesota for seemingly little reason other than his refusal to state his name, the Twin Cities Daily Planet reported. “Why am I going to jail?” the man can be heard saying toward the end of the nearly 6-minute long clip. “It’ll be explained to you,” a male officer responds. The video, which seemed to have been taken on a cell phone this past winter, begins with a female officer walking beside the man and asking for his name. “Why do I have to let you know who I am?” the man asks. “I don’t have to let you know who I am if I haven’t broken any laws.” Minnesota does not currently have a “stop and […] Read More