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"Light 'Em Up" takes a deep dive on the criminal justice system, crime scene investigation and leadership. We take you under and behind the crime scene investigation tape to get at the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help us God! Justice comes to those that fight ... not those that cry!

Light 'Em Up Phillip Rizzo

    • True Crime
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

"Light 'Em Up" takes a deep dive on the criminal justice system, crime scene investigation and leadership. We take you under and behind the crime scene investigation tape to get at the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help us God! Justice comes to those that fight ... not those that cry!

    You Are Being Watched by the Police: Automated License Plate Reader Cameras - Emerging, Effective, Crime-Fighting Technology or An Unlawful, Unconstitutional Intrusion of Your Privacy?

    You Are Being Watched by the Police: Automated License Plate Reader Cameras - Emerging, Effective, Crime-Fighting Technology or An Unlawful, Unconstitutional Intrusion of Your Privacy?

    THIS is the 50th episode of Light ‘Em Up!

    We are excited and humbled to deliver this educational and empowering episode to you! Thanks to YOU, we’re now being downloaded in 95 countries!

    With this historic episode we investigate and ask:  Is “Big Brother” & your police department watching you? Are your movements being tracked?

    Whether you like it or not, your driving habits are being observed and specific identifiable information that is only connected to you is being stored in huge databases that the police own and oversee.

    Our mission and goals are always to educate and empower you with what you need to know in order to protect yourself from any unconstitutional intrusions into your person, papers and effects as well as your personal privacy. It may not always be what you want to hear but it always is what you need to hear.  “Justice comes to those that fight … not those that cry!”

    You may not know that you may be being tracked by Automatic License Plate Reading Cameras (ALPRs). Today, data is a gold mine.

    ALPRs use a combination of cameras and computer software to indiscriminately scan the license plates of every passing car.  They log the time and date of each scan, the GPS coordinates, and pictures of the car.  Some can snap pictures of a vehicle’s occupants and create unique vehicle IDs.  The devices send the data to software which can compare each plate against a designated “hot list.” Such lists can include stolen cars and cars associated with AMBER Alerts for abducted children.

    Since the earliest license plate reader technology debuted in the late 1970s, it has evolved to become one of the most essential and widely used tools law enforcement agencies have in their arsenal. Today’s powerful ALPR systems and touted as being extremely useful not only for enforcing traffic laws — but also as an effective crime fighting and investigative tool that saves precious hours during a critical incident or an investigation.

    But trust me when I tell you that the technology is not without flaws.  If a plate is misread it can result in you being pulled over at gunpoint.

    Black Americans are 3.23 times more likely than white Americans to be killed by police, according to a study by researchers at Harvard.
    In the United States, there is a presumption of innocence and a 4th Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.  How this technology is being applied?  Is everyone a suspect? Is that what our Founding Fathers envisioned?

    We investigate and ask:  Has the dragnet been flung too far? Too wide?  As ALPRs become more common, the number of erroneous readings will increase.  Placing too much faith in an automated system can have terrible consequences.

    Does the capture and storage of this specific identifiable information constitute an unlawful search and seizure upon you?  We want to hear what you feel about this.  Do you feel as if you are being “watched”?

    As always, Light ‘Em Up and our team of researchers are here to speak truth to power.

    Tune in and hear our shocking case stories.  Tune in and be empowered.  The people have a right to know, and we’re here to shout the truth from the mountain tops.  Forewarned is forearmed!

    We’d like to thank our friends at Feedspot, as recently we were honored by being ranked #6 in their most recent poll out of the 40 Best Criminal Justice Podcasts.  Visit their blog at www.Feedspot.com or simply follow this link:  Best 40 Criminal Justice Podcasts You Follow in 2022 (feedspot.com).

    And for all your news and current affairs check out our friends at Newsly by visiting https://newsly.me.  Use the promo code L1GHTEMUP to launch your 10% savings.
     
    We bring the classroom to you! We are here for you and because of you!
    Executive Producer Phil Rizzo

    • 43 min
    Can You Be Impartial Or Is Your Bias Showing? An Insider's look at the 'Hallmark of the American Justice System': Jury Duty, with Special Guest April Litman

    Can You Be Impartial Or Is Your Bias Showing? An Insider's look at the 'Hallmark of the American Justice System': Jury Duty, with Special Guest April Litman

    You’ve been summoned to appear for jury duty!

    How a person thinks about jury service is how a person conceptualizes democracy.
    After years of widespread abuse by courts stacked with King George's cronies, our Founders established the right to a jury trial. The colonists wanted to ensure that members of their community would be responsible for safeguarding their liberty and rights.

    Before you can enjoy your constitutional right to a speedy trial, jury selection must take place.  The jury is the ultimate arbiter of the facts. Being a juror and participating in the American judicial process is of great importance.
    Jurors perform a vital role in the American system of justice. The protection of our rights and liberties is largely achieved through the teamwork of judge, jury and legal counsel whom all work together in a common, cohesive effort and put into practice the principles of our great heritage of freedom. The judge determines the law to be applied in the case while the jury decides the facts. Thus, in a very important way, jurors become a part of the court itself.
    Your 6th Amendment rights in the U.S. Constitution guarantee the rights of criminal defendants, including the:

    ♦ Right to a public trial without unnecessary delay
    ♦ The right to a lawyer
    ♦ The right to an impartial jury
    ♦ The right to know who your accusers are
    ♦ And the nature of the charges and evidence against you
    There are two types of juries serving different functions in the federal trial courts: trial juries, also known as petit juries, and grand juries.

    As we continue our intense focus on the 3 C’s of the criminal justice system (the Cops, Courts and Corrections) this new installation of Light ‘Em Up focuses on doing your civic duty – participating in the jury selection process.

    Our special guest for this educational episode, April Litman, who is a music business insider, consultant and academic educator, shared that, “a lot of personal questions (were) asked of the potential jurors…I was a bit surprised; I didn’t think they would be digging so deeply into our personal lives and our personal experiences…but they did.  They were directly asking us questions about hardships that we had faced, encounters with violence, any past criminal behavior or activity, convictions…you are asked this in front of everyone and expected to answer under oath truthfully.”

    Your role as a potential juror is straightforward.  The jury:
    ♦ Listens to the evidence during a trial
    ♦ Decides what facts the evidence has established
    ♦ Draws inferences from those facts to form the basis for their decision, and finally, yet most importantly,
    ♦ The jury decides whether a defendant is "guilty" or "not guilty" in criminal cases, and "liable" or "not liable" in civil cases.

    We will educate and empower you with simple to understand descriptions as to:

    ♦ “Voir dire” process
    ♦ Types of questions you’ll be expected to answer under oath
    ♦ The inner workings of the jury from an actual participant’s perspective

    We explore compensation (for your service), expectations (what will be demanded of you as a potential juror), the basic qualifications for eligibility to be a juror, y mucho mucho más!

    We’d like to thank our friends at Feedspot, as recently we were honored by being ranked #6 in their most recent poll out of the 40 Best Criminal Justice Podcasts.  Visit their blog at www.Feedspot.com or simply follow this link:  Best 40 Criminal Justice Podcasts You Follow in 2022 (feedspot.com)

    And for all your news and current affairs check out our friends at Newsly by visiting https://newsly.me.  Use the promo code L1GHTEMUP to launch your 10% savings.

    We bring the classroom to you!
    We are here for you and because of you!  You’ve received your summons, now, listen to the show!

    Executive Producer, Phil Rizzo

    • 45 min
    You Have the Right to Remain Silent: 𝐃𝐎 𝐒𝐎! The Conversation YOU NEED to Have with Your Kids & Yourself.

    You Have the Right to Remain Silent: 𝐃𝐎 𝐒𝐎! The Conversation YOU NEED to Have with Your Kids & Yourself.

    Globally, we’re now being downloaded in 95 countries!
    The truth is powerful and under attack!  We won’t be swayed from delivering impactful investigative reporting.

    Welcome to this episode on knowing your constitutional rights to protect and preserve your life.

    It’s 3 a.m. and you are lying in bed asleep, “dead” to the world.  Suddenly the front door explodes – you hear loud voices screaming POLICE! SEARCH WARRANT! SHOW ME YOUR HANDS!

    Knowing your Constitutional rights may protect your legal interests and work towards saving your life – but you’ll still need a new doorframe and front door to your home.

    As we’ve been drilling deep, vast and wide on policing in America, with this empowering episode we share what you need to know to protect and preserve your rights and to stay safe from unlawful or illegal government intrusion in your home, car, workplace, the streets, and if you are arrested and taken to a police station.

    This episode can be a companion to the “conversation” that so many parents of children of color have had to have with their kids.

    We’re not afraid to take a stand to provide helpful information to the people.  Countless people have gone before us, fought, bled and died for the right to be free and to protect and preserve the rights that are enshrined in our Bill of Rights and Constitution. This “experiment” in liberty is delicate and our democracy hangs in the balance.

    The U.S. Constitution provides a basic minimum of protection for individual rights, while leaving states free to enact laws that protect those rights more broadly.

    We support the importance of the rule of law in society. Without it there would be anarchy.  At the same time, we push for and demand Constitutional policing where officers enforce the law with courtesy, professionalism and respect to and for the U.S. Constitution and all of its hard-fought freedoms.

    Breonna Taylor wasn’t afforded her Constitutional rights. George Floyd had his civil rights violated under the color of authority. Both are dead. Both should be alive today.
    Your rights are crucial, and they belong to you – if you don’t protect them, who will?

    What you say to the police is crucially important.  We know firsthand of a young, poor, black man who simply told the truth to the police, placing himself at the scene where a murder was committed, and now he finds himself charged with capital murder, simply by being present where the crime took place.

    We all are very well-versed on our Miranda warnings from watching our favorite police dramas on TV. These rights stem from the Supreme Court decision Miranda v. Arizona 1966.
    “You have the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, that anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law” etc.  Each of these rights is precious, and you need to know and use them if confronted by law enforcement.
    In the past few years, elected officials have expanded the already wide powers of the police, enacting “must identify statutes”.  23 U.S. states have such laws. Tune in to find out if your state is one of them.

    Tune in and be empowered as we continue to serve you to build trust, relationships, awareness and mutual understanding that can help to save your life.  This episode is action packed!

    We’d like to thank our friends at Feedspot, as recently we were honored by being ranked #8 in their most recent poll out of the 40 Best Criminal Justice Podcasts.  Visit their blog at www.Feedspot.com or simply follow this link:  Best 40 Criminal Justice Podcasts You Follow in 2022 (feedspot.com)

    And for all your news and current affairs check out our friends at Newsly by visiting https://newsly.me.  Use the promo code L1GHTEMUP to launch your 10% savings.
    Note well: No legal advice is being disseminated within this podcast episode.

    • 28 min
    You've Been Pulled Over by the Police: What You Do Next May Cost You Your Life, Pretextual Traffic & Equipment Stops, Officer-Induced Jeopardy & Deadly Force

    You've Been Pulled Over by the Police: What You Do Next May Cost You Your Life, Pretextual Traffic & Equipment Stops, Officer-Induced Jeopardy & Deadly Force

    Welcome to this new, raw and unfiltered episode of Light ‘Em Up! 
    🌎 Globally, we’re now being downloaded in 94 countries! 
    From multiple FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests we’ve uncovered a treasure trove of primary source material exclusively for you!  
    We’ve gone to great lengths to bring you exclusive body-worn-camera-audio (BWCA) that you won’t hear anywhere else but on Light ‘Em Up!  
    The truth is powerful and under attack!  
    You’re driving home minding your own business … all of the sudden you see flashing red and blue lights in your rear-view mirror.  You’ve been “lit up” by police and you are being pulled over. What you and the officer do next may very well be a matter of life and death – your life and your death. 
    On a typical day across the U.S., law enforcement officers make more than 50,000 traffic stops, which translates into nearly 20 million annually. 
    With this episode we drill down on what you need to know and do in order to reduce your chances of being pulled over by police and having that encounter turn deadly (especially if you are an individual of color). We’ve reviewed a Stanford University study that analyzed nearly 100 million traffic stops. The facts show that black drivers are ticketed, searched and arrested with far more frequency than their white motorist counterparts.
    More than 400 drivers or passengers that were not armed with a gun or a knife, nor under “hot pursuit” for any violent crimes – a shocking rate of over 1 per week -- over the past 5 years have been killed by law enforcement.  Most were killed while attempting to flee. 
    Don’t flee from the police, it will only serve to make matters worse. The moment that an officer perceives that you are using your vehicle as a “weapon” they pretty much have legal “carte-blanche permission” to fire at you.  
    We investigate what “officer-induced-jeopardy” is and how police officers use low-level traffic and equipment violations in order to pull you over to justify a broader search of your person and your vehicle (pretextual traffic stops). 
    We describe for you in detail how the law looks at an “officer-involved-shooting” so that you know how the police, prosecutor and the law views the use of deadly force so you will be better equipped to avoid placing yourself in any situation that may expose you to deadly force from an officer of the law. 
    To help educate and empower you -- in this exclusive episode we’ve edited, remixed and remastered the body worn camera audio of the traffic stops for: Philando Castille, Daunte Wright and Patrick Loyoya, all which ended in their tragic deaths.  We put you at the scene as it unfolded! 
    As a public service we’ve itemized a step-by-step pre-traveling checklist and the foundation of a proactive strategy to help to keep you safe: What every driver should be aware of prior to turning on the ignition of their vehicle and putting the car in drive.   
    Tune in and be empowered as we continue to serve you to build trust, relationships, awareness and mutual understanding that can help to save your life.  This episode is action packed! 
    We’d like to thank our friends at Feedspot, as recently we were honored by being ranked #8 in their most recent poll out of the 40 Best Criminal Justice Podcasts.  Visit their blog at www.Feedspot.com or simply follow this link:  Best 40 Criminal Justice Podcasts You Follow in 2022 (feedspot.com)
    And for all your news and current affairs check out our friends at Newsly by visiting https://newsly.me.  Use the promo code L1GHTEMUP to launch your 10% savings.
    The truth is worth defending – as it is under attack daily!
     We are here for you and because of you! 
    Much respect, 
    Executive Producer 
    Phil Rizzo

    • 57 min
    As Many as 90 Rounds Fired: 46 Entry Wounds, 15 Exit Wounds. From Minor Traffic Violation to the Brutal Killing of Jayland Walker, an Unarmed 25-year-old Black man, at the Hands of 8 Officers of The Akron Police Department: Why?

    As Many as 90 Rounds Fired: 46 Entry Wounds, 15 Exit Wounds. From Minor Traffic Violation to the Brutal Killing of Jayland Walker, an Unarmed 25-year-old Black man, at the Hands of 8 Officers of The Akron Police Department: Why?

    Welcome to this incendiary new episode of Light ‘Em Up! 
    As you read this, we are now being downloaded in 94 countries! 
    This episode is our most ambitious of our entire three season catalogue.
    We’ve gone to great lengths to bring you exclusive audio that you won’t hear anywhere else but on Light ‘Em Up!  
    Gunned down in a hail of bullets.  Some reports say as many as 90 rounds were fired. 46 bullet wounds killed Jayland Walker in the parking lot of the Bridgestone Center for Research & Technology in Akron, Ohio in the early morning hours of June 28, 2022. 
    From multiple FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests we’ve uncovered a treasure trove of primary source material exclusively for you!  
    With lights flashing and sirens blaring, 10 police vehicles caravanned down Route 8 southbound chasing Jayland Walker, a 25-year-old black man, much like bloodhounds chased Frankenstein in the dark of the night. Firing upon him in ways that you wouldn’t even shoot a rabid animal.  
    For what started as a minor equipment and traffic violation ended in the brutal killing of yet another unarmed black man. While a gun was in fact found in the vehicle, and police maintain that a “shot came from the door of the suspect’s vehicle during the pursuit” the fact pattern shows that Jayland was unarmed when he was gunned down.  
    You’ll hear exclusive in-car police radio audio transmissions with dispatch from the officers involved in the 10-car chase.   
    You’ll be an ear-witness on scene to the body worn camera footage: the raw, intense, crude and nearly unintelligible commands the 8 officers that were super-charged with adrenaline and filled with fear were screaming at the top of their lungs while running – as they pursued Jayland, ordering him to “stop” and “show them his hands” before gunning him down in what seems like an endless barrage of bullets.  
    In the hope that it truly resonates with you, you’ll hear multiple times throughout the broadcast the actual gunfire from beginning to end.  
    We put you at the scene as it unfolded. 
    Making national and international news – this case has the entire City of Akron, Ohio on the edge of exploding!  
    The city has witnessed repeated protests.  People demanding, “Justice for Jayland”! 
    We place you on the front lines at the street level protest – in front of the Harold K. Stubbs Justice Center, which houses the Akron Police Department. 
    You’ll hear the red-hot, heartfelt pain-filled words from a young mother who is filled with anguish over Jayland’s killing as she expresses her fears for the future of her young black children in this country. 
    At night you can hear the Ohio State Highway Patrol helicopters hovering overhead as they use their infrared cameras capturing endless video footage of the protestors. 
    Since day one of this incident, we’ve been gathering information – cataloguing and compiling the facts in order to deliver them to you!  We now have this exclusive episode ready for you!
    Tune in and be empowered as we put you in the eye of the current storm that is brewing!
    We’d like to thank our friends at Feedspot, as recently we were honored by being ranked #8 in their most recent poll out of the 40 Best Criminal Justice Podcasts.  Visit their blog at www.Feedspot.com or simply follow this link:  Best 40 Criminal Justice Podcasts You Follow in 2022 (feedspot.com)
    And for all your news and current affairs check out our friends at Newsly by visiting https://newsly.me.  Use the promo code L1GHTEMUP to launch your 10% savings.
    The truth is worth defending – as it is under attack daily!
     
     

    • 51 min
    The Cancerous Face of Antisemitism: From Hate-Fueled, Intentional Murder to Swastikas Spray-painted on Synagogues, Sidewalks & Gravestones. A Global Pandemic of Hatred Surges Against Members of the Jewish Faith & Community

    The Cancerous Face of Antisemitism: From Hate-Fueled, Intentional Murder to Swastikas Spray-painted on Synagogues, Sidewalks & Gravestones. A Global Pandemic of Hatred Surges Against Members of the Jewish Faith & Community

    Tonight, on this explosive episode of “Light ‘Em Up” … we shine the light of the truth on: 
    The cancerous face of Antisemitism – the hatred towards all things Jewish that has permeated our society and the world. Antisemitism is a global problem today. Hatred of Jews based on religious, political, or racial ideologies continues among ordinary citizens, people of influence, and even under state sponsorship. 
    From tiki-torch toting white supremacists in Charlottesville, VA, to attacks at synagogues in Pittsburgh, PA to Poway, CA – there has been an outsized increase in the number of hate crimes perpetrated against members of the Jewish community across the U.S. According to the Anti-Defamation League there were more than 2,024 Antisemitic incidents in 2020 – the third highest year on record.
    Simply wearing the “Kippah” has rendered many Jews as a target – and it shouldn’t be that way. 
    Recent incidents have ranged from being taken hostage in their own synagogue, to attacks at Jewish Community Centers, Kosher markets and on the streets in Brooklyn, New York.
    People who want to study the Torah have had to learn Tactical Techniques to help preserve their lives and mitigate the risk of being victimized. Jews are the minority most often targeted for hate crimes according to the FBI. Jews make up less than 2% of the U.S. population - yet 60% of the faith-oriented- hate crimes target Jews across the country.  Although Antisemitism predates the advent of the internet, the internet is a hot-bed filled with the sewage of Antisemitism.
    Taking the witness stand is our dear friend and special guest Mr. Alan Fortnoff.  
    Alan is a peace warrior!  For the longest, he has labored with all of his heart in the area of interfaith dialogue and social justice. His strong leadership skills have led him to be the past President of the Akron Interfaith Caregivers and the Akron Area Interfaith Council. 
    Alan is a founding member of the Akron Interfaith Immigration Advocates and the Akron Interfaith Social Justice Group.
    He is a devout man of peace. He firmly believes that interfaith dialogues and interfaith action is the answer to issues that divide us in our communities. His interfaith efforts are “designed to develop great peace and tranquility. From this, friendships are created that result in interfaith experiences and from that you create leaders, then you create the communities that are enriched with a wealth of inferfaith dialogue and wisdom … suddenly you realize peace and tranquility”. 
    Explosive and highly informative!  We hope this episode educates and empowers you!
     Phil Rizzo, Executive Producer
    We’d like to thank our friends at Feedspot, as recently we were honored by being ranked #9 in their most recent poll out of the 40 Best Criminal Justice Podcasts.  Visit their blog at www.Feedspot.com or simply follow this link:  Best 40 Criminal Justice Podcasts You Follow in 2022 (feedspot.com)
    And for all your news and current affairs check out our friends at Newsly by visiting https://newsly.me.  Use the promo code L1GHTEMUP to launch your savings.
    In a time of anxiety – facts comfort.

    • 1 hr 3 min

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Excellent Episode! Forgiveness = Hope

Such a stellar message, not only for those in prison or prison ministry, but for everyone! Thank you for this podcast & for your ability to present truth to a society in dire need of spiritual truths 🙏

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If you are looking for a feel good podcast, keep scrolling! However; if you are willing to ride with those on the front lines of justice, you will be right at home. Phil brings A list production, but far above curated content, he is branching topic and running into what many people go away from. Words cannot express how grateful I am personally for people like him who are willing to stand for justice in a manner that goes beyond empty rhetoric. If you want to take that journey, subscribe and GET READY! You are in for a wild ride, but one you will not regret taking for the sake of others and the em-betterment of us all.