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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

"Police Officers Don't Check Their Civil Rights at the Station House Door"

Radley Balko interviews two prosecutors and one police union official, all of whom support arresting citizens for photographing the po-po while engaged in official duties.

As I was explaining to a friend last night, the "Only Ones" mentality is this:

"There are cops, and then there are skels (i.e., criminals) and as*holes (i.e., everyone else). If you are not a cop, therefore, you must be a skel or an as*hole."

And yes, Virginia, taxes are extorted from all productive individuals to pay the salaries, benefits, and retirement packages of these parasites.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Admittedly, there is a learnig curve for even the thickest "Only One". They CAN be taught.
Unfortunatly, un-civil conflict may start before they earn a passing grade.

B Woodman

August 11, 2010 at 2:07 PM  
Anonymous Yank lll said...

That's funny since the police, govt and others all utilizing any manner of CCTV systems around the country has always acted in accordance with the court ruling that..
"there is no expectation of privacy in a public place"


August 11, 2010 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger pdxr13 said...

"Chain of custody" is a non-issue if video is not going to be "evidence". I'm feeling a warm wind...

The modern environment of everything recorded and recallable that office cubicle and cashiers work under is allowed under so-called "privacy" laws, and don't the cops work for the people? I'd like to know what my employee/servant is up to.

Issue a privacy statement to each officer thanking them for their service and notifying them that they are now under continuous audio and video observation while in the public employ, on or off the duty clock in any publicly accessible place. Expect quitting and possible mass police strikes. That would be fine.

Police forces have trouble recruiting good Officers who are not psychopathic bullies, so they fill the ranks with abusive bullies who weed out most thoughtful/careful potential Officers who might want to Protect & Serve. This doesn't seem to bother the elites of society because there is an unwritten agreement that financial/political power protects cops and cops cover for the foibles of the rich/powerful. The little people don't get such consideration. David Codrea has hundreds of "only ones" examples of sworn officers who need firing at a minimum and likely prison getting a transfer and to keep their job until they kill someone "human".

Cameras are getting smaller and cheaper all the time. Outfitting a vehicle with a panic button that starts 4 channels of color video and audio covering the horizontal plane around a car is not expensive. Helmet cameras and sunglasses cameras are a couple hundred bucks. Behave as if you are on camera (esp. in the dark), because you probably are...


August 11, 2010 at 3:41 PM  
Blogger Dedicated_Dad said...

"My job isn’t to write the laws. My job is just to enforce them," Wiseman says.

JAWOL, mein herr! I vass juss followink or-derss!

Jim Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police. Pasco, who supports these arrests, says he’s worried that video could be manipulated to make police officers look bad. “There’s no chain of custody with these videos,” Pasco says. “How do you know the video hasn’t been edited? How do we know what’s in the video hasn’t been taken out of context? With dashboard cameras or police security video, the evidence is in the hands of law enforcement the entire time, so it’s admissible under the rules of evidence. That’s not the case with these cell phone videos.”

Again we're reminded how donning the magic uniform makes them infallible, omnipotent, omniscient beings, free of all vice, malice, or other human foibles.

"You have 960,000 police officers in this country, and millions of contacts between those officers and citizens. I’ll bet you can’t name 10 incidents where a citizen video has shown a police officer to have lied on a police report,"

Again -- WOW. I can name 20 off the top of my head -- and there are hundreds more examples eadily found with a simple search.

Idiot or liar?

Which is it?

"...At some point, we have to put some faith and trust in our authority figures."

There's so much wrong with this, I'm not even going to bother.

Isn't it time YET??!!

August 11, 2010 at 4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If you ain't cop, you're little people!"

- Capt. Bryant in Blade Runner

August 11, 2010 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger GunRights4US said...

There is a day coming, a balancing of the books so to speak. As the old saying goes "payback is a muthaf*****!" And there is one hell of a payback coming.

August 11, 2010 at 5:26 PM  
Anonymous Dennis308 said...

It has gotten to the point where I am actually looking forward to that Day Of Reckoning.


August 11, 2010 at 6:31 PM  
Anonymous Defender said...

The Powers That Be really think they can do no wrong. That's because THEY get to define right and wrong.
David Codrea at The War on Guns has a link to a story and jail surveillance video on an Atlanta deputy beating a handcuffed prisoner with a baton until he breaks a leg. A fellow deputy literally looks the other way.
It's described as a "civil rights violation."
The prisoner allegedly threatened the deputy and his family during the ride to jail.
Imagine if the authorities could suppress their own internal videos as well as those taken by citizens. They could hand out any story they wanted.
That's tyranny.
Remember ATF's policy of testifying in court that their database is 100% accurate, though they know it falls far short. When it and they shouldn't even exist. When your goal is eliminating freedom, and at times those who favor it, lying is nothing.

August 11, 2010 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger J. Croft said...

"harassing public officials with his tape recorder"...

Damn lucky he wasn't harassing them with well aimed rifle fire or the results of a few night's work in his home chemistry lab or, well, you at least get the gist. The tin badge gods don't however, never will.

Funny thing about tin badge gods, they assume a cowed populace will stay that way. Such thinking begs for a "black swan" event to tear up their world. Like in Oakland, Pittsburgh, Waco, Ruby Ridge, Bucky Phillips, etc. Then they come in hordes with armor and air support, hyperventilating and shitting themselves.

Just imagine if you would if the Washington DC shooters didn't target whoever like the scumbags they were. They scoped out obvious dirtbags who don't like to be recorded by the People they protect and serve as they violate rights, break bones, ruin lives.

What if...

...Isn't that a good enough reason to reign in the brutes-FEDS WHO ARE READING THIS-before someone gets the ideal who won't give a fuck if everything goes to hell as a consequence?

August 12, 2010 at 12:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The stading army feared by the founders of this country is now known as
Message from the Boss:
Well,well,well...it looks like some of our enforcers have presented our agenda a bit too loudly, I think some of our pocket judges can solve this. <<<21901-DHS-29921>>>@!^*#@

So.........the standing army is SWAT.

August 12, 2010 at 4:59 AM  
Blogger daniel said...

Dedicated, Denis, and GunRights,
I'm with ya. This stuff has gotten well past the talking phase.

Thanks, Pete, for the valuable info. Good to know the names of the guilty parties perpetrating this unacceptable outrage. Article bookmarked.

August 12, 2010 at 6:32 AM  
Blogger J. Croft said...

"So.........the standing army is SWAT."

SWAT and their perimeter forces are NOT invincible!

Know how SWAT works tactically, know their strengths and DON'T PLAY TO THAT. That means no Alamos!

Know their weaknesses-they are not as effective on the run with all that armor, or don't be where you're registered as living at, or well... you can use your imagination for now.

August 12, 2010 at 8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great time to be an American.

August 13, 2010 at 5:11 AM  

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