“The New Hotness”: Jukebox Cops and Their DMCA Threat to the First Amendment

*Chase Hoffberger I. “Record All You Want” Sergeant David Shelby likely did not anticipate that a video of him queuing up a recording of a Taylor Swift song, during an otherwise unremarkable standoff with activists, would go viral on Twitter and YouTube, but that’s exactly how things played out.[1] Shelby, a sheriff’s deputy within California’sContinue reading ““The New Hotness”: Jukebox Cops and Their DMCA Threat to the First Amendment”

Is “Objective Reasonableness” Really Objective? Examining the Shortcomings of Police Use of Force Evaluations

*Celia Feldman Recent instances of police violence against black Americans have revived the debate about when police may use force.[1]  Despite the ongoing nature of police brutality, courts have continuously deferred to officers’ judgment in evaluating whether or not the force used was “excessive.”[2]  Courts continue to evaluate excessive force claims based on the standardContinue reading “Is “Objective Reasonableness” Really Objective? Examining the Shortcomings of Police Use of Force Evaluations”

THE EYE IN THE SKY: BALTIMORE’S TOP SECRET SURVEILLANCE PROJECT THAT HAS BEEN WATCHING YOU ALL YEAR

The Eye in the Sky: Baltimore’s Top Secret Surveillance Project That Has Been Watching You All Year *Morgan Dilks             George Orwell wrote his seminal novel 1984 about a world in which citizens were under constant surveillance. The ominous “Big Brother” was always watching, and citizens could be observed anytime, anywhere, including inside their ownContinue reading “THE EYE IN THE SKY: BALTIMORE’S TOP SECRET SURVEILLANCE PROJECT THAT HAS BEEN WATCHING YOU ALL YEAR”

Maryland Court of Appeals Holds That Sustained Complaints Against Police Shielded From Public Disclosure

Access to Governmental Records – Maryland Court of Appeals Holds That Sustained Complaints Against Police Shielded From Public Disclosure – State Police v. Dashiell, 117 A.3d 1 (Md. 2015) Ben Weathers* Following a spate of highly publicized killings of unarmed African American men at the hands of police officers over the past year, relationships amongContinue reading “Maryland Court of Appeals Holds That Sustained Complaints Against Police Shielded From Public Disclosure”