Police Misconduct Project Moves to Cato

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

David Packman’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project has been relaunched by Cato, at the new URL policemisconduct.net.

It’s reassuring to see Packman’s hard work land at a place that will give it the institutional support and high profile it deserves.

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25 Responses to “Police Misconduct Project Moves to Cato”

  1. #1 |  Kid Handsome | 

    Egads. Not CATO and the evil Kochs /sarcasm.

    I added to my favorites – going to be a frequent visitor. Hope Mr. Packman maintains some involvement / control.

  2. #2 |  Eric Y | 

    Prepare for Balloon Juice whining/bitching! I am glad he handed off the project and didn’t let it die. It’s one of the few sites (including this one) that satisfied my daily fix.

  3. #3 |  Jay | 

    Great news.

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  5. #5 |  pierre | 

    Good to hear. CATO will do a great job with this I’m sure.

  6. #6 |  SJE | 

    #1 beat me to it. Spinning heads on the left try to make sense of the Koch brothers and Cato on yet another civil liberties issue.

  7. #7 |  BamBam | 


  8. #8 |  Brent | 

    Excellent news!

  9. #9 |  Bobby Black | 

    I have to say i am hopeful. Wishing David well in his endeavors and a heartfelt thank you for starting it.

  10. #10 |  Difster | 

    I know this project was David’s pride and joy. I hope the current Cato in-fighting eventual fallout doesn’t cause this project to crash and burn. If it weren’t for that, I’d be very happy to see it in Cato’s hands.

  11. #11 |  Comrade Dread | 

    Spinning heads on the left try to make sense of the Koch brothers and Cato on yet another civil liberties issue.

    Well, I imagine Cato being libertarian and at least on paper suspicious of power in general would be interested in such a property.

    But being funded by powerful folks, who are currently in a lawsuit over control of the organization, I remain suspicious that they will be suitable guardians in the long term.

  12. #12 |  J-Man | 

    Perfect choice.

  13. #13 |  Discord | 

    Great news, happy to see it carried on.

  14. #14 |  James Sr. | 

    Could not have made a better option with whom to trust with such delicate information.

  15. #15 |  bacchys | 

    Packman will be missed. While Cato was the applicant I supported in his reader’s poll (because of funding, primarily) and I think they’ll do a good job with it, it will be hard to match his passion and interest in the site.

    IMHO, he’s done a great service for the Republic, however unrealized by most of his countrymen.

  16. #16 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    DEA Agents in Colombia Prostitution Probe‎….

    Wall Street Journal – 3 hours ago
    The Justice Department inspector general’s office was investigating possible misconduct by two or more DEA agents in Colombia ….

  17. #17 |  The Other Dan | 

    @#15 – Totally agree, especially the unrealized comment. You only need observe the personal cost of the commitment to his project. I think there should be an annual “Packman”, awarded to someone who shows a similar level of dedication to shine the light of visibility to government misconduct.

    We can start with David.

  18. #18 |  croaker | 

    @2 Balloon Juice can eat an entire bag of dicks.

  19. #19 |  Dan Danknick | 

    I thought David’s “farewell” post was as piercing as a length of Sinclair molecule chain. He was absolutely right in stating that if we want to stand up against the disinformation of the police unions et al, we need to do more than just click “like” on some irrelevant webpage or voice our “opposition” in a reply thread. Enough of the bread and circuses. There is no better example of a call to arms than one that has suffered the privations like David chose to. God bless him.

    Unfortunately, I’m not sure what to do now that financially supporting David is out. The easy answer is to “send money to CATO” but seriously, is my $20 going to matter? How about I send that Jackson to some org that can buy Sudecon wipes instead?

  20. #20 |  Burgers Allday | 


  21. #21 |  winston smith | 

    i have a weekly thing about “misbehaving cops”. it’s on Sunday and it’s called “It’s Sunday!!!!”. that’s not imaginative of me i’ll admit. :O)


  22. #22 |  David DeCaro | 

    I think that by adopting Mr Packman’s effort’s they have recognized its value and it would be quite appropriate to compensate him it for it. Compare this to people rushing in to throw money at Zuckerberg even though he has no ability to undo Facebook. Cato needs to at least grant Dave Packman a sinecure in recognition of his efforts and from which I’m sure he would do more great work.

  23. #23 |  Angel | 

    I am concerned. Watching Cato’s daily post of police misconduct and it appears the majority are police accountability and missing other daily reports

    Only 2 of May 23 2012 media reports that are NOT listed BY CATO

    ex: Officer in loveland officer accused of wrong doing http://www.9news.com/news/local/article/269098/222/Loveland-officer-accused-of-wrongdoing

    NM OFFICER ACCUSED OF ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two of the three Albuquerque police officers assigned to investigate witness intimidation allegations against former cop Brad Ahrensfield trained under him at APD — Ahrensfield says — and he describes the third officer as a personal friend. Federal prosecutors cited the alleged intimidation of an officer scheduled to testify in a DWI case in seeking an arrest warrant for Ahrensfield, who is free pending appeal on a conviction related to allegations that he leaked details of a narcotics and stolen goods investigation. He resigned prior to his December 2010 conviction on an obstruction of justice charge for tipping off a civilian friend whose business was under investigation by an APD and FBI task force.


    IE did such a thorough job in making sure that the public were informed of both officers held accountable and officer who had been indicted.

    It is becoming extremely difficult to find truth in the media. I can only pray that a think tank will not be the driving force behind the new POLICEMISCONDUCT.net

  24. #24 |  Angel | 

    Correction to my errors above. Not only 2
    But rather. 2 of many not reported.

    Cato report for may 23. Majority are of officers indicted rather than those ALLEDGEDLY accuses or aquitted.

    To be completely thorough and accurate in statistical reports. The feeds will have to disclose all.

    My comcern ;
    We have been railroaded by media who often paints a different picture of an officer who commits a crime leaving ONLY citizens to be held accountable even at times media justifying the officers behavior when we victims know excessive force/ act of violence was not called for I pray that CATO will not be influenced and will disclose ALL reports daily. It’s important to me and other victims that justice be served. In order to receive justice and put an end to police states. There must be a clear reason to show the need for investigations of each Police department that clearly shows history of the abuse of power.

    There is heat on Denver’s PD. just as should be on many other police departments

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