Tag Archives: police

Corruption beyond imagination

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Four [Baltimore] police officers, already convicted, testified to routinely violating the rights of citizens in order to steal cash and property worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. … A total of eight officers of the Gun Trace Task Force have now been convicted of or pleaded guilty to felonies. … Baltimore, we’ve got a problem.” (02/15/18)


MD: Baltimore cops found guilty of racketeering, robbery in Gun Trace Task Force corruption case

Source: Baltimore Sun

“A federal jury convicted two Baltimore police detectives Monday for their roles in one of the biggest police corruption scandals in city history. Detectives Daniel T. Hersl, 48, and Marcus R. Taylor, 31, were found guilty of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy and robbery. Prosecutors said they and their comrades on the Gun Trace Task Force had acted as ‘both cops and robbers,’ using the power of their badges to steal large sums of money from residents under the guise of police work.” (02/12/18)


Indiana man sues after receiving ticket for flipping off cop

Source: Cleveland.com

“A motorist who was ticketed last summer for flipping off an Indiana state trooper has filed a federal lawsuit saying the citation violates his First Amendment rights. Mark May of Terre Haute, Ind., admits making the gesture at Indiana State Police Master Trooper Matt Ames, the Tribune Star reports. He flipped off Ames while driving by the trooper, who had stopped another motorist. May says he was cut off by Ames as the trooper chased down the other motorist. Ames pulled over May and ticketed him for ‘provocation,’ according to the Tribune Star.” [editor’s note: OK, so the state police should tear up the ticket, apologize, and fire the idiot cop for driving wrecklessly and ticketing people for objecting. That might save the taxpayers some lawsuit money – TLK] (02/05/18)


NZ: Pranksters jam police radios with anti-police music

Source: Otago Daily Times [New Zealand]

“Mysterious broadcasts of expletive-ridden rap music on southern police radios has interfered with an armed offenders squad (AOS) call-out, putting people ‘in danger.’ Otago coastal acting area commander Inspector Kelvin Lloyd said Dunedin police were aware of non-police members transmitting on police radio over the past few days. The radios have picked up multiple versions of the song F*** tha Police by 1990s Los Angeles rap group NWA. … The song features lyrics critical of police conduct. It is understood it was also repeated several times over the weekend. Radios have also picked up a version of the song by American rock band Rage Against the Machine.” [hat tip — The Daily Liberator] (01/09/18)


PA: Police chief arrested for wanting to have sex with teen who doesn’t exist

Source: CNN

“The online ad was pretty blunt: ‘Dominate [sic] male police officer seeks fun, discreet, sub playmate — m4w.’ Before long, that officer got a response from a purported 14-year-old girl. And the age didn’t dissuade him, authorities said. … But the officer sending those crude messages wasn’t just any cop — he was Michael William Diebold, the police chief of Leechburg, Pennsylvania, investigators say.
And that 14-year-old girl wasn’t really an eighth-grader. It was a special agent for the state attorney general’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations.” [editor’s note: So he was either going to have sex with someone who doesn’t exist, or he was going to have consensual sex with another cop who is an adult. Either way, no victim = no crime – TLK] (01/07/18)


Cato Daily Podcast, 01/05/18

Source: Cato Institute

“How can the public send a clear message to police that they, and not malicious tipsters, are ultimately responsible when cops kill innocent people? Clark Neily comments.” [various formats] (01/05/18)


If you’re afraid of risk, don’t take the job of absorbing risk

Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“If you ask the average America what the job of a police officer is, you will likely receive some variation of, ‘To protect and serve the public.’ This shouldn’t surprise anybody. We’re told from a young age that police officers are heroes who protect us and that we pay taxes so police officers can protect us from nefarious individuals. So, at least ideally, the purpose of a police officer, like that of a firefighter or a private security guard, is to absorb risk. When your job is to absorb risk, the job you take is necessarily risky, which is why many individuals, including myself, are puzzled by officers’ obsession with going home safe at night …” (01/04/18)


An unqualified injustice

Source: Cato Institute
by Clark Neily

“One of the most important tools we have for holding police and other public officials accountable is the ability to sue them when they violate our rights. But the Supreme Court has undermined this vital accountability mechanism with a legal fiction called ‘qualified immunity.’ On Friday, the court will have an opportunity to change course by agreeing to hear a case involving a tragic miscarriage of justice. Andrew Scott was home playing video games with his girlfriend after midnight on June 15, 2015, when someone began pounding on the door to his apartment. The frightened couple retreated to Scott’s bedroom, where he retrieved his pistol and then made his way back to the living room. Carefully opening his front door, Scott saw an armed man and started to back up. The man immediately fired six shots, striking Scott three times and killing him. The shooter was Lake County, Florida, Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Sylvester …” (01/01/18)


Policing is an insult to justice

Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“Justice is the righting of wrongs, the making whole again. For there to be ‘justice served’ you need two elements, 1) a crime, and 2) restitution. Policing as we know it today throughout the United States and elsewhere is primarily tasked with law enforcement. It is the laws of states that are enforced, no matter how right or wrong in the opinion of police officers. Two fundamentals points must be made here. The first is that a so-called state’s laws are nothing more than recorded opinions backed by a threat of violence (no different in kind than the ‘laws’ of street gangs or mafias). The second is that most state laws are of the nature that violating them does not involve the creation of damages toward a victim. In other words, most laws simply prohibit liberties, not crimes.” (12/28/17)


Discussion with a cop supporter

Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“I don’t want a tornado to hit my house. I don’t ‘expect’ it, but I would be foolish to ignore the possibility. I don’t expect a cop to attack me — unless he initiates contact. Then, whether it’s a ‘traffic stop’ or some other ‘contact,’ he has already aggressed against me. My expectations are irrelevant at this point. I don’t ‘expect’ him to escalate the situation and murder me, but it happens more often than cop supporters want to know. To ignore the reality of the situation: that an armed aggressor has accosted me, and quite probably intends to rob me, might decide to kidnap me, and will murder me if he gets nervous, would be foolish on my part.” (12/26/17)