Municipality overbooks electronic monitoring units, gets sued

A lawsuit filed in Ohio claims that at least 13 people who have posted bond are still in jail because the county ran out of monitoring units. The lawsuit says Martin has posted bond, but he is required by a judge’s order to wear an electronic monitoring unit and all of the units are currently in use. According to the lawsuit, the sheriff’s office has told Martin’s family that he is 13th on the waiting list. Read the full story here.

Feds Probing Videotaped Arrest of Disruptive Student – ABC News

The Justice Department said Tuesday it is investigating whether a deputy’s arrest of a student who refused to leave her high school math class violated federal civil rights laws. In recorded images posted on social media, the deputy can be seen flipping the girl backward in her desk and tossing her across the classroom floor.
Source: Feds Probing Videotaped Arrest of Disruptive Student – ABC News

Officer requests to see knife as part of defense in Freddie Gray case – Baltimore Sun

A defense attorney for one of the six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray is challenging prosecutors’ claim that Gray was falsely arrested, and filed a motion Tuesday demanding to inspect the knife Gray carried.
Source: Officer requests to see knife as part of defense in Freddie Gray case – Baltimore Sun

Families Want Investigations Into Police Deaths

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In this image from video the parents of Michael Brown, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr., speak at a news conference with civil rights leaders at the National Press Club Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 in Washington. Brown’s parents were joined by Eric Garner’s mother in calling for full federal investigations into the death of their sons, two unarmed black men who died in police encounters. (AP Photo/AP Video)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The parents of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two black men who died in encounters with white police officers, joined with civil rights leaders on Thursday to call for a full federal investigation and charges against those involved in their deaths. “I’m here to make sure that this doesn’t happen to anyone else’s family,” said Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., who stood with leaders from the National Urban League, the National Action Network, the Black Women’s Roundtable and the NAACP at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. News of Attorney General Eric Holder’s upcoming resignation became public as they spoke, and some of the leaders were uncertain how that development might affect the prospects for a federal investigation. “There’s a lot for us to calculate,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, who expressed hope that Holder would announce full federal investigations into the deaths before he leaves office. The civil rights organizations called on the Justice Department to intervene in the criminal investigations of the police officers responsible for Brown’s and Garner’s deaths. The younger Brown, 18, was shot and killed by a police officer last month in Ferguson, Missouri. Garner, 43, died July 17 following a confrontation with police on Staten Island, New York, who were attempting to question him about selling untaxed, loose cigarettes. The activists noted the case of a South Carolina state trooper, Sean Groubert, who shot an unarmed man, Levar Jones, during a traffic stop on Sept. 4. Groubert has since been fired and arrested, a development the activists counted as a success but said it cannot be an aberration. Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, said there were many other black men who have suffered unjustly at the hands of police officers whose cases are not as widely known as Brown’s and Garner’s. Click here to read more of this story.     

What to Do if You Think Your Credit Card Data was Hacked

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Check your card transactions as frequently as possible. If you receive paper statements, be sure to open them and review them closely. If your provider offers it, consider signing up for email or text alerts.

Home Depot confirmed in September 2014 that there has been a breach of its payment data systems. According to the company, the breach could affect any customer who has used their card for payment at a Home Depot in the U.S. or Canada since April 2014. Writing on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau blog, Gail Hillebrand shows what you can do to protect yourself if you spot unauthorized charges. If your information was part of a breach, the most immediate risk is that the thieves may make unauthorized charges or debits to your accounts. Keep a close eye on your account activity and report suspicious transactions immediately to your bank or credit card provider. The sooner you tell your provider about any unauthorized debits or charges, the better off you will be. 1. Check your accounts for unauthorized charges or debits and continue monitoring your accounts. If you have online or mobile access to your accounts, check your transactions as frequently as possible. If you receive paper statements, be sure to open them and review them closely. If your provider offers it, consider signing up for email or text alerts. Report even small problems right away. Sometimes thieves will process a small debit or charge against your account and return to take more from your bank account or add more charges to your credit card if the first smaller debit or charge goes through. And keep paying attention: fraudulent charges to your card or fraudulent debits to your bank account might occur many months after the theft of your information during a data breach. 2. Report a suspicious charge or debit immediately. Contact your bank or card provider immediately if you suspect an unauthorized debit or charge. If a thief charges items to your account, you should cancel the card and have it replaced before more transactions come through. Even if you’re not sure that PIN information was taken, consider changing your PIN just to be on the safe side. If your physical credit card has not been lost or stolen, you are not responsible for unauthorized charges. You can protect yourself from being liable for unauthorized debit card charges by reporting those charges immediately after you find out about them or they show up on your bank statement. If you spot a fraudulent transaction, immediately call the card provider’s toll-free customer service number on the back of your card. If the provider asks, follow up with a written letter. The provider should give you the address where you need to send the letter. Make sure to send it as soon as possible after you tell the provider about the unauthorized charge. When you communicate in writing, be sure to keep a copy for your records. Write down the dates you make follow-up calls and keep this information together in a file. If your card or PIN was lost or stolen, different rules may apply. Your timeline for reporting after your card, PIN, or other access device is lost or stolen is tied to when you discover the loss or theft or when unauthorized transactions show up on your bank statement. Therefore, you should make the report as soon as you know that there is a problem. Debit card issuers should investigate the charges (generally within 10 business days) and take action quickly (generally within 3 business days). For your credit card, it can take longer, but you don’t have to pay the charge while it is under investigation. You also have a right to see the results of their investigations. 3. You can submit a complaint to the CFPB if you have an issue with your bank account or credit card. If you have an issue with your bank account or credit card, you can submit a complaint online or call (855) 411-CFPB (2372), TTY/TDD (855) 729-CFPB (2372). They will forward your complaint to the company and work to get you a response. If you have other questions about billing disputes and your debit and credit card protections, you can Ask CFPB. 4. Know when to ignore anyone contacting you to “verify” your account information by phone or email. This could be a common scam, often referred to as “phishing,” to steal your account information. Banks and credit unions never ask for account information through phone or email that they initiate. If you receive this type of contact, you should immediately call your card provider (using a customer service number that you get from a different source than the initial call or email) and report it. Reliable sources of contact information for your card provider include the customer service number or web address listed on your bank or credit card statement or the back of your card. For more information on phishing scams, check out the FTC’s consumer alerts. For more information, check out the consumer advisory.

Warrant is Required to Search Information on a Cell Phone, Even Incident to Arrest

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that police officers must generally secure a warrant before searching through the contents of a cell phone of a person they arrest.[1] This decision will have important implications for telecommunications providers, possibly by affecting the number of subpoenas they receive for phone records, and for users who have confidential information on their smart phones. Due to this case, individuals arguably have greater expectations of privacy in the content on their phones.