A SWAT Team Wrongfully Raided Her Home. Now Cops Say Footage From the Raid Is Private Since No One Was Killed.

Judge says it is wrong to make footage public. SWAT teams stormed Yolanda Irving’s Raleigh, North Carolina home with five of her children in May 2020. The cops searched the house and 3 of Irving’s children for nearly 2 hours before pointing guns at them. Irving’s lawyer stated in court that the entire family was afraid they would be gunned down and killed. Irving was told by one officer that the cops wanted drugs and cash.

The wrong house was theirs.

Irving informed the Raleigh that her search warrant included an address, but a photograph of another location. News & Observer. I never received an apology. “I never received anything from Raleigh Police Department,” she stated. You have made my children afraid. I am petrified.…On top of that, you are running behind my son with a gun. He could have died.”

Irving has been fighting to release bodycam video footage from the encounter. She and her neighbor—who was also detained during the encounter—have taken the matter to court with the help of civil rights group Emancipate NC.

Abraham Rubert Schewel her lawyer said to this judge, “This case and footage provides a great chance for public evaluation of no-knock Raids, as well the use of confidential inmates,” she stated.

The raid on Irving’s home was one of the last investigations involving Omar Abdullah—a Raleigh police detective accused of improperly arresting 15 black men in fake drug busts. Abdullah—and an informant who was involved in these busts. “The informant is now being charged with obstruction, and prosecutors have started to drop drug charges in those cases,” said the spokesperson. News & Observer reports. Abdullah was terminated in 2021 after having been on unpaid leave for more than one year.

G. Bryan Collins, Wake County Superior Court Judge, ruled Wednesday that Irving footage could be given to her attorney. NotPublication.

These rulings represent the game that rules enforcement plays and are not in the best interests of transparency or the public.” tweeted Emancipate NC. “All living people are entitled to the same rights as those who died in order for the public to be shown the trauma suffered at the hands police.”

“It’s disappointing to see that BC footage was not released publicly. said Rubert-Schewel. “We will ask the Court for reconsideration.”

“The RPD claimed the release was inappropriate because it wasn’t a critical incident.” tweeted Rubert-Schewel. “Yolanda, Irving, and her loved ones could have easily lost their lives.” It is too late to speak out on important topics now.

“Importantly and nowhere else does the [bodycam]He said that statutes should be discussed about ‘critical incidents’. “The pertinent questions involve whether the release of information is required to further a compelling public good.”


PEN America Take a look at New gag orders for educationIn 2021, they were passed in 10 different states. “Last year’s wave of educational gag orders – legislative restrictions on the freedom to learn, read, and teach…focused predominantly on K-12 schools; only 26% of the proposed gag orders explicitly implicated higher education institutions,” the group reports. This year, however, will be different.

Educational gag orders will be issued to colleges and universities in 2022. They are intended to exercise ideological control over the content being taught in lecture halls and classrooms.

These types of laws were passed by only three states last year (Idaho and Iowa), which are aimed at universities and colleges. “This year’s crop educational gag orders suggests that their proponents seek to exert ideological control over college education,” states PEN America.

Jeffrey Sachs (PEN America researcher) found that 46% percent of the educational gag orders so far in this year involve higher education.  There were currently 38 bills focusing on higher education in consideration across 20 states as of January 24.


An unfavorable bill can hide a great marijuana or banking measure.Marijuana Moment: “The U.S. House of Representatives preliminarily adopted an amendment protecting banks who work with state-legal cannabis businesses,” reported Marijuana Moment.

The measure was adopted procedurally in a voice vote, without any debate, as part of the en bloc package that included other amendments. However, formal passage was required by a roll vote, expected to take place on Thursday.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), has been searching for possible vehicles to carry his Safe and Fair Enforcement Banking Act. This bill has already passed the chamber five times. He is now trying to attach this measure to the large-scale manufacturing and innovation legislation currently advancing through Congress.

After roll-call votes on Thursday on amends, the floor will be open for action by Friday to pass the comprehensive bill called the America COMPETES Bill. This is in preparation for the close of the week.

Find out more about the America COMPETES Act.


The EARN IT Act is being criticized more. We looked at this bill—yet another attempt to amend Section 230 of federal communications law—and what people were saying about it earlier this week. The measure has been criticized a lot, especially the EARN IT Act provisions about encryption.

Platforms don’t have the ability to see what users do. Strong encryption is a way for them not to know. EARN IT permits platforms to be sued under state law for “recklessly” disregarding children’s risks. TechFreedom’s Ari Cohn stated in a statement that EARN IT allowed them to be prosecuted or sued. This liability will force platforms to make security holes that can be exploited by hostile actors.

“Under the updated bill, providing users encrypted services could be considered evidence that an intermediary is liable.” [child pornography]Even though claims cannot be considered an independent basis for liability, the Center for Democracy and Technology released a statement. The bill increases the likelihood of intermediaries being sued over the use of encryption and user-generated material. This will make intermediaries more likely to remove any lawful content, and discourage them from providing encrypted services to all users.

Alexandra Reeve Givens, President of CDT and CEO described it as “paint.”[ing]End-to-end encrypted service providers are now under fire.


• The Pentagon said a U.S. raid in northwest Syria was “successful.” According to the White Helmets civil defense group in Syria, six children died.

• Japan is using a huge surveillance network to track elderly people with dementia.

• “Is there a constitutional right to sex work?” The question is asked by Boston Review.“The Supreme Court acknowledges consent of adults to live an erotic free life. It doesn’t really matter if sex happens to be your job.

• Facebook lost about half a million users in the last three months of 2021.

• The 10 worst colleges for free speech.

• Yikes:

• Mississippi legalizes medical marijuana.

• In Chicago, “19 people convicted of crimes they did not commit, all tied to former Chicago police sergeant Ronald Watts, will have their cases thrown out,” WGN-TV reports. Watts is associated in 115 cases so far.

• The first episode of Justin Amash’s podcast is out.

• “Trump’s pandemic travel bans received vastly different media treatment than Biden’s,” writes There are reasons‘s Matt Welch.

• Pandemic lessons from Denmark:

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