MUNCIE, IN — In 1893, an outbreak of smallpox caused public health officials to take drastic, draconian measures to prevent the spread of disease. The unpopular, violent quarantine that followed provides a memorable case study of the failings of forcible mandatory quarantine of a city.
WATERTOWN, NY — A woman has filed a federal lawsuit after a DEA agent set up a fake online profile in her name, complete with personal information, personal photographs, and fraudulently attributed messages. The Department of Justice claims that government agents have the right to commandeer citizens’ identities in the pursuance of law enforcement.
LAS VEGAS, NV — To investigate a purported case of untaxed sports betting, federal agents turned off internet access to three luxury hotel suites then impersonated repair technicians to covertly get inside and collect evidence. The FBI contends that this ploy is sufficient “consent” to perform warrantless searches in private residences.
STETTIN, WI — An elderly couple was traumatized when two dozen sheriff’s deputies swarmed their rural home, prepared to confiscate their property because of zoning ordinance violations.
NEWARK, NJ — A humanitarian worker says she is being detained against her will and “treated like a criminal” after selflessly working to provide health care to the people of Africa. The quarantined nurse has not tested positive for any disease and has exhibited no symptoms of illness.
SUMMERVILLE, SC — Fans were startled by the heavy presence of police officers, drone surveillance, and warrantless checkpoints upon entry of the local football game.
BRADFORD COUNTY, PA — A motorist was repeatedly beaten after a very-slow pursuit with police, then maliciously prosecuted on 24 separate crimes.
CHARLESTOWN, IN — A town is working to “demolish a working-class neighborhood” by seizing 354 homes and passing the land off to a private commercial developer. Using the highly-abused power of eminent domain, the city is forcing the eviction of an multitudes of families for the paltry sum of $6,000.
TUCSON, AZ — A sergeant dressed in riot gear shoved a female pedestrian so hard that she flew into a metal bench on the sidewalk.
NASHVILLE, TN — The Nashville police chief has blown the whistle about how U.S. Secret Service agents pressured his officers to fake a warrant and help them commit a warrantless search of a man’s home.
CLEBURNE, TX — Body-cam video shows the moment when an officer coaxed loose family dogs toward him with kissing noises before raising his weapon and firing.
MERIDIAN, ID — A SWAT team swarmed into a charity-based community yard sale pointing weapons and “scaring the heck out of” bystanders.
IOWA — The birth of a couple’s baby girl was marred by excessive policing on the way to the hospital.
Despite the legally-recognized violations of hundreds of individuals’ constitutional rights, there is no indication that the lawless behavior on behalf of the police will result in any officer or official facing discipline, termination, or criminal charges.
ARKANSAS — Juvenile detention facilities across the state are coming under fire for using a disturbing restraint device that some are calling “torture.”
DETROIT, MI — A Special Response Team shattered a family’s window in the middle of the night, hurled a flashbang onto a couch next to a sleeping girl, then charged in and shot her in the head.
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DENVER, CO — A family was violently attacked during an unexpected late-night police raid on their home, after being wrongly suspected of doing drugs. The innocent family members were then maliciously prosecuted and threatened with the prospect of spending years in prison, if not for the wisdom of a jury.
FUQUAY-VARINA, NC — A teen was doused with pepper spray and handcuffed when police assumed he was burglarizing the house where he with his foster parents.
EAST DUBLIN, GA — A SWAT team gunned down a grandfather in his home during a late-night raid based on the word of a confessed meth addict and thief.