Monday, November 16, 2015

Be FEARLESS Tonight

FEARLESS meets tonight, 7 p.m. at Saint Michael Lutheran Church, 13232 Blondo Street, Omaha. Park in the east lot and come in through the east entrance.

Our discussion topic: Prevent the Registry from Sucking Joy From Your Life -- How to Keep the Happy in "Happy Holidays."


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Bangor Daily News on Backlash Against Residency Restrictions

The nationwide backlash against residency restrictions is the subject of a decent story in the Bangor Daily News. Read it here.

FEARLESS Meets on Monday, November 16

FEARLESS -- a safe gathering for Registered Citizens, their friends and loved ones -- meets at 7 p.m. Monday, November 16 at Saint Michael Lutheran Church, 13232 Blondo Street, Omaha, Nebraska. Join us.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Beginning of the End of Public Shaming Websites?

Is this the beginning of the end of public shaming websites?

A lawsuit in California should eventually spark similar actions across the nation. Read more here.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Court Blocks R.I. Attempt to Impose New Residency Restrictions

Rhode Island's attempt to impose new residency restrictions on Registered Citizens is being blocked in court. Read about it here.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

AP Info on Nebraska Law Enforcement Sex Crimes

The Associated Press spotlight on sex crimes committed by law enforcement includes this information from Nebraska:
The Nebraska Police Standards Advisory Council decertified 45 officers, eight for sex-related misconduct. Nebraska doesn't require agencies to report officer misconduct. Officers can lose their licenses for convictions or noncriminal misbehavior.
50-State Look at Officer Decertification for Sex Incidents 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Associated Press Shines a Light on Law-Enforcement Sex Crimes

Next time your local law enforcement agency touts something like a Halloween sex-offender patrol, you better hide your kids from those cops.

A year-long Associated Press investigation finds that you are at risk of sexual assault from law enforcement itself.

A key excerpt:
In a yearlong investigation of sexual misconduct by U.S. law enforcement, The Associated Press uncovered about 1,000 officers who lost their badges in a six-year period for rape, sodomy and other sexual assault; sex crimes that included possession of child pornography; or sexual misconduct such as propositioning citizens or having consensual but prohibited on-duty intercourse.
The number is unquestionably an undercount because it represents only those officers whose licenses to work in law enforcement were revoked, and not all states take such action. California and New York - with several of the nation's largest law enforcement agencies - offered no records because they have no statewide system to decertify officers for misconduct. And even among states that provided records, some reported no officers removed for sexual misdeeds even though cases were identified via news stories or court records. 
"It's happening probably in every law enforcement agency across the country," said Chief Bernadette DiPino of the Sarasota Police Department in Florida, who helped study the problem for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. "It's so underreported and people are scared that if they call and complain about a police officer, they think every other police officer is going to be then out to get them."
Here are links to The AP's reporting on law enforcement sex crimes across the U.S.:

Hundreds of Officers Lose Licenses Over Sex Misconduct

 A Look at Some Recent Cases of Sex Crimes Involving Officers

AP Investigation of Law-Enforcement Sex Crimes by The Numbers