Wednesday links (7/2/14)

Man files lawsuit against the Boston police, saying a detective attacked him and falsely arrested him. Promotions for 10 Lowell police officers put on hold amid accusations of cheating on the promotional exam.

Civil rights groups are suing Massachusetts for imprisoning women with substance abuse problems who haven't been convicted of crimes.

Huge pile of mortgage documents filled with personal information found dumped in Plymouth where anyone could have seen them.

How much do state lawmakers make?

Court orders the Department of Justice to release a second legal memo justifying the assassination of American citizens by drone.

Chilean court finds that US military helped the Chilean military murder two American citizens in 1973.

Thursday links (6/26/14)

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to sign bill prohibiting police from holding suspected undocumented immigrants for the federal government's S-Comm program. Why it's important that SWAT teams in Massachusetts are transparent.

Speaking of SWAT teams, the Brookline police posted this advertisement for their SWAT team on Twitter the other day:

Radley Balko points out that "Brookline has a population of about 60,000, and as of 2012 hadn’t seen a murder in six years."

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that police can force a suspect to decrypt their electronic devices without violating the Fifth Amendment.

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that police cannot search a person's cellphone just because they've arrested that person, and must usually obtain a warrant.

The Supreme Court ruled against the internet service Aereo.

Newly released drone assassination memo points to another secret drone memo.

Wednesday links (6/25/14)

ACLU sues local SWAT team after they claim they're a private organization not subject to the state public records law. Uber isn't the problem; taxi regulations are.

Yahoo News has tried to track the 600+ Mine Resistant Armored Vehicles (MRAPs) the Pentagon has given to local police departments since 2013, including 2 here in Massachusetts.

Federal judge rules that the no-fly list violates the US Constitution.

Obama administration finally releases the memo arguing they can assassinate US citizens with no due process.

Saturday links (5/24/14)

Newly released documents show that the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, which is supposed to gather information about terrorist threats, used its resources to closely monitor legal activities by Occupy Boston activists. Perhaps that's part of the reason why the government failed to stop the Boston Marathon bombing. The Council on American-Islamic Relations has asked the Florida state attorney to re-open his investigation of the shooting of Ibragim Todashev in light of the recent revelations about the FBI agent who killed him.

The ACLU says the mayor of Westfield, who was successfully sued for a First Amendment violation, should pay for the legal costs of the suit out of his own pocket instead of footing the bill to taxpayers.

Retired professor pushes for a bill that would require the state to post all government jobs online.

A thoughtful, critical take on the recent Supreme Judicial Court ruling that police can enter homes without warrants to help animals.

Study finds drone killings by the US government have no impact on the number of attacks by al Qaeda.

Judge backs down and reverses order banning the force-feeding of a Guantanamo Bay detainee.