Officials Want Family to Bulldoze $900k House Over Faulty Sewage System Officials Initially Approved

Homeownership is a goal that many Americans aspire to. One family in Farmington Hills, Michigan, however, is being penalized for capitalizing on what seemed to be a good investment. Homeowner Sukhpal Dhillon bought a foreclosed home worth $900,000 in 2008. But less than a decade later he is being told to bulldoze it at his own expense. The reason: a faulty sewer system. When Dhillon first bought his home, it passed multiple government inspections by the City of Farmington Hills and the Oak...
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Backlash in Flint

One thing good thing about bad governments is the uprising that follows their bad decisions. Fortunately for Flint, Michigan residents, the citizens are stepping up to ensure that current council members do not retain their seats. Filing petitions for local office are due on the 25th of April, 2017, but per local sources, “As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, the city clerk's office has given out 52 petitions for city council seats in Flint's nine wards.” Flint residents are undoubtedly and jus...
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Washington Attorney General Pushes For Gun Control

2017 looks as if it’s going to be a tough year for Washingtonian gun owners. The State’s Democratic Attorney General Bob Ferguson (who has held the office since 2013) has introduced measure to ban “assault weapons,” that mirrors similar laws in California. Ferguson has argued the definition of “assault weapon,” as defined by his proposed legislation is similar to legislation in New York and Connecticut that has so far withstood the scrutiny of legal challenges. Among the proposed ban inclu...
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Pennsylvania Bars Public Release of Cops Names After Shootings Until After Internal Investigations

In a story that seems to continue to repeat itself in cities and states across the nation, Pennsylvania voted to bar the public from learning the names of police officers involved in the shooting civilians for 30 days – after the department investigates their own and has come to a conclusion about the officer’s culpability. This decision comes just after the Pennsylvania legislature voted to bar public release body camera footage to members of the general public. Unlike civilians, who are...
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Pennsylvania Legislators Turning Their Backs on Police Accountability

Following in the footsteps of North Carolina (on which Stonegait previously reported), the Pennsylvania General Assembly is considering a bill that impacts government transparency and police accountability. Per the Pittsburgh Post – Gazette, the bill before the Pennsylvania house has noticeable similarities with the anti-transparency law passed by the North Carolina legislature: “The bill would require anyone seeking access to data from body cameras to identify every person in the video befo...
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Corrupt California Cops Receive Light Sentences Because of Former LEO Status

Two police officers jeopardize scores of California cases after new revelations of police corruption surface. Former Bakersfield police detective Damacio Diaz and his partner, Patrick Mara both accepted plea deals on a litany of charges. The officers were involved in a scheme of ripping off drug dealers they were arresting, taking evidence, and re-selling the drugs they confiscated on the street. Additionally, the officers accepted bribes and, in return, tipped drug dealers off to investigati...
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New North Carolina Law Blocks Police Accountability

As of this October, what police do in public is no longer public record in North Carolina. A new law in North Carolina allows police departments to keep body and dash camera footage secret, even from the people that were filmed, unless issued a court order. Police cameras become a topic of widespread discussion after a string of very public police brutality cases. Proponents of cameras think that the footage will increase police accountability, and will ultimately protect both the police o...
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Bounty Hunter or Barber? A Look at State Laws

Do you live in Idaho and want to do something besides pick potatoes? Well, as it turns out, becoming a bounty hunter is one of the easiest professions to get into, so long as you are a legal resident and of legal age, you can feel free to go hunt for people skipping trial for a profit. While it is so easy to become a bounty hunter in the Gem State, how hard is it to become, say, become a barber? To become a barber in In Idaho, you need 900 hours of barber training from a barber college o...
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Tennessee Police Receive $126 Million Worth of Military Equipment to Fight “Terrorism”

Tennessee Police are receiving hundreds of millions of dollars of military equipment, for the purpose of “fighting terrorism.” Since 2006, the state’s police departments have accumulated more than 47,000 pieces of used military gear and weaponry valued at $126 million under a Pentagon program that transfers surplus equipment to local police. According to the Tennessean: “The Memphis Police Department, for example, got a mine-resistant vehicle valued at $658,000 and five 7.62-millimeter rif...
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Modern Privateering -er– Policing

Want a way to make thousands – maybe millions – of dollars fast? What about a new car? Property? Electronics? Well, according to Westmoreland County and the Pennsylvania state government, policing might be the quickest way to get all of that, plus some. When property is seized in a drug raid in Westmoreland county and many other counties across the nation, all of the property that the police can even remotely connect to a crime can be seized legally – a legal term known as Civil Asset Forfeitur...
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