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JULY 14, 2013 


Do you know your rights?

Do police overstep their authority?

Today's guests:
Steven Greenhut
SHOW APPEARANCES:  MARCH 6, 2011  NOVEMBER 6, 2011  JULY 14, 2013


About Steven Greenhut  WE THE PEOPLE RADIO
by Jon Fleischman
I am very pleased to announce that my long time friend and colleague in the battle for individual liberty and freedom, Steve Greenhut, will be starting a new position on July 22 as a Sacramento-based California columnist for the Union Tribune San Diego. This latest “pick up” for the UT represents an ongoing, substantial effort by San Diego’s flagship newspaper to expand the scope and depth of their political coverage and commentary.
Steve excitedly told me, “I can’t wait to spend my full days keeping a watchful eye on the Capitol and the state government in general. I’ll be producing three columns a week in the A section as well as a daily blog. U-T San Diego is a great newspaper and I’m honored to be part of the team.”

For the past few years Greenhut has served as a Vice President with the Franklin Center, an outstanding organization dedicated to ferreting out waste, fraud and abuse through strong reporting in the nation’s state capitols. While there, Greenhut continued to write prolifically for the Orange County Register (that will discontinue I’m sure), as well as for many other publications. I understand that the team at Franklin is sad to see Steve go, but wish him good luck.

For those of you who follow Greenhut’s work through the links we provide here at the FlashReport — you will be pleased to know that we will continue to prominently feature Steven’s fine works.
Linda Lye


 About Linda Lye  
Linda Lye is a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, where she focuses on free speech, open government and privacy issues. Her current litigation includes a suit against the University of California at Davis for its use of pepper spray on student protesters and another against the City of Oakland for its crackdown on peaceful Occupy Oakland protesters.
Prior to joining the ACLU in 2010, she was a partner at Altshuler Berzon LLP, a San Francisco law firm specializing in labor and employment law, where she represented labor unions in federal and state court, administrative proceedings, arbitrations, and collective bargaining negotiations. Earlier in her legal career, she clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court. She received her undergraduate degree from Yale and JD from Boalt Hall, at the University of California at Berkeley.

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“Why did you shoot me?"

(Credit: Public Affairs Books/Jenna Pope)        

 I was reading a book: The new warrior cop is out of control by Radley Balko
Excerpted from "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces"
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Sal Culosi is dead because he bet on a football game — but it wasn’t a bookie or a loan shark who killed him. His local government killed him, ostensibly to protect him from his gambling habit.

Several months earlier at a local bar, Fairfax County, Virginia, detective David Baucum overheard the thirty-eight-year-old optometrist and some friends wagering on a college football game. “To Sal, betting a few bills on the Redskins was a stress reliever, done among friends,” a friend of Culosi’s told me shortly after his death. “None of us single, successful professionals ever thought that betting fifty bucks or so on the Virginia–Virginia Tech football game was a crime worthy of investigation.” Baucum apparently did. After overhearing the men wagering, Baucum befriended Culosi as a cover to begin investigating him. During the next several months, he talked Culosi into raising the stakes of what Culosi thought were just more fun wagers between friends to make watching sports more interesting. Eventually Culosi and Baucum bet more than $2,000 in a single day. Under Virginia law, that was enough for police to charge Culosi with running a gambling operation. And that’s when they brought in the SWAT team.

On the night of January 24, 2006, Baucum called Culosi and arranged a time to drop by to collect his winnings. When Culosi, barefoot and clad in a T-shirt and jeans, stepped out of his house to meet the man he thought was a friend, the SWAT team began to move in. Seconds later, Det. Deval Bullock, who had been on duty since 4:00 AM and hadn’t slept in seventeen hours, fired a bullet that pierced Culosi’s heart.

Sal Culosi’s last words were to Baucum, the cop he thought was a friend: “Dude, what are you doing?”

In March 2006, just two months after its ridiculous gambling investigation resulted in the death of an unarmed man, the Fairfax County Police Department issued a press release warning residents not to participate in office betting pools tied to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The title: “Illegal Gambling Not Worth the Risk.” Given the proximity to Culosi’s death, residents could be forgiven for thinking the police department believed wagering on sports was a crime punishable by execution.
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Greenhut writes for the California Watchdog 
Video: Steven Greenhut Discusses California Government Pensions.

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