Policing for profit

A new Pa. Senate Bill would do nothing to reform civil asset forfeiture practices. Photo via Occupy.com.

One more thing:

We’ve talked quite a bit in The Appeal about body cameras and specifically about SB560, the wrongheaded Pennsylvania body camera bill that would effectively make body camera footage unobtainable to anyone but cops and district attorneys. Well, the support for our resistance against that bill has been overwhelming. Editorials have run in The Post-Gazette, The Times-Tribune, The Intelligencer, The Reading Eagle, and even the University of Pittsburgh’s student newspaper, The Pitt News, calling out the bill’s wrongheadedness and lack of transparency. We thank those outlets.

IN OTHER NEWS

(Criminal justice news that could use a second look.)

Map via The Incline: How Pa. House (left) and Senate (right) legislators plan to vote on withholding names of officers who shoot civilians.
  • From The Incline: “Pa. legislature weighs how much you get to know about police body cameras, officers involved in shootings”
  • Daily News: “Like Daytona, race for Philly DA keeps turning left”
  • Post-Gazette: “Federal appeals court OKs suit over state prison suicide”
  • Grits For Breakfast: “Book Review: Pfaff’s Locked In directs reformers in wrong direction”
  • New Republic: “Professor Carnage: “Dave Grossman teaches police officers to think like ‘warriors.’ But is the rise of a militarized mindset turning black citizens into targets?”

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