Tag Archives: police

Cop supporters share the guilt

Source: Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal

"Cop — all cops — are evil gang scum, not because of who they were born, but because of what they choose to do. That is simply the plain truth. But, it would be a waste to spend all your life worrying about it. Or them. So, I don't. There are many harmful things in the world. Disease, natural disasters, a variety of bad characters, thieves, and bullies. Cops are just one of many. You'd go crazy focusing on all the bad stuff. Yes, police are a cancer on society, but just like other forms of cancer, they aren't going to magically go away tomorrow. I accept this fact and ignore the Blue Line Gang most of the time. The biggest problem, the one which makes me speak out, is that here you have a deadly cancer … that people worship! What's up with that?" (03/27/17)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2017/03/cop-supporters-share-guilt.html

NYPD cop who killed unarmed teen quits before he's fired

Source: CNN

"A New York police officer who fatally shot unarmed teen Ramarley Graham during a 2012 chase, resigned Sunday after an internal disciplinary trial on Friday. According to an NYPD statement, police officer Richard Haste quit after the NYPD trial commissioner 'found him guilty on all counts and recommended his employment be terminated.' … Federal prosecutors closed their investigation in March 2016, saying there was insufficient evidence for a criminal civil rights case against Haste for the shooting. In 2013, Haste pleaded not guilty to charges of first- and second-degree manslaughter for the February 2, 2012 shooting of 18-year-old Graham. A Bronx Supreme Court Judge later dismissed the manslaughter indictment against Haste." (03/27/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/27/us/new-york-shooting-ramarley-graham-cop-resigns/

Public record

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"Police departments nationwide have begun to outfit their on-duty officers with body cameras. These small recording devices make great sense, so we can better judge police encounters. And it turns out that not only do police behave better when wearing body cameras, so do the citizens with whom they interact. Yet, cameras aren't magic. They do not work when turned off. And video recorded by police offers little value when tampered with or deleted." (03/23/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/03/23/publicrecord/

KY: Mayor calls in FBI after local cops are accused of raping children

Source: The Free Thought Project

"Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer called allegations of sexual abuse and rape by police officers of children in the department's Youth Explorer program 'our worst nightmare' — and has now appealed to the FBI to open an investigation. 'If there has been an injustice,' asserted the mayor, 'it will be remedied.' A previous probe into the accusations by the Louisville Metro Police will also be subject to inquiry by former U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey, whom Fischer hired to determine whether 'errors were made' — including by top cop, Police Chief Steve Conrad." (03/19/17)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/police-child-rape-fbi/

In Chicago, bad policing doesn't stop crime

Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

"It's not only the Justice Department that has found that Chicago police engage in needless brutality. Crain's Chicago Business reported last year that misconduct cases have cost the city $662 million in judgments, settlements and outside legal fees since 2004. If ferocious methods were the solution to crime, Chicago would be suffering a shortage of criminals. Even before last year's jump, though, its homicide rate far surpassed those of New York and Los Angeles. But when cops misuse their authority, residents of high-crime areas regard them as an occupying force they should fear, not an ally they should assist." (03/13/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/03/13/in-chicago-bad-policing-doesnt-stop-crim

FL: Miami cop charged with freelance stealing from pulled-over drivers

Source: ABC News

"A rookie Miami police officer was relieved of his duties after being arrested on robbery charges, the Miami Police Department said on Saturday. Officer Jose Acosta, 21, was arrested and charged following an internal investigation. Acosta, who had been with the department for about six months, was charged with one count of armed robbery of a conveyance and one count of armed grand theft, the department said. The probe began following accusations that he allegedly robbed victims during traffic stops, ABC News affiliate WPLG reported." [editor's note: A cop on traffic duty's JOB is to rob drivers. He's just in trouble for going freelance instead of passing the proceeds on to his gang – TLK] (03/13/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/miami-police-officer-arrested-allegedly-robbing-people-pulled/story?id=46046931

NY: Former NYPD cop kills himself as FBI closes in

Source: New York Post

"A hulking former NYPD cop blew himself away Wednesday in front of FBI agents who were about to arrest him as part of a quadruple homicide and cocaine conspiracy, police sources told The Post on Wednesday. Gerard Benderoth, 48 — nicknamed 'White Rhino' from his days as a strongman competitor — killed himself on a quiet suburban road in Rockland County around 8:20 a.m. after feds pulled him over. … US Attorney Preet Bharara had already busted Benderoth's retired Westchester cop pal Nicholas Tartaglione in December — and slapped him with four murder charges along with drug conspiracy." [editor's note: That's odd. Usually Bharara IS the corrupt cop, not BUSTING the corrupt cop – TLK] (03/08/17)

http://nypost.com/2017/03/08/hulking-ex-nypd-officer-kills-himself-during-fbi-stop/

MD: Seven Baltimore cops indicted on federal racketeering charges

Source: NBC News

"Seven Baltimore police officers were indicted Wednesday for federal racketeering crimes ranging from filing false overtime claims while actually at a casino to robbing a driver during a traffic stop. One of the cops is facing a separate charge for drug distribution. Investigators said the crimes — some of them committed by some members of the elite Gun Trace Task Force — took place last year as the Department of Justice investigated the Baltimore Police Department for use of excessive force, among other violations. The racketeering investigation was conducted in secret over the past year as part of what officials described as a sweeping reform effort across the department." (03/02/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/seven-baltimore-cops-indicted-federal-racketeering-n727716

Teaching kids to trust the police is child abuse

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Will Grigg

"Integral to the American concept of liberty is the right to hold the state at bay, which is why children are never too young to be taught to regard government employees with suspicion and defensive hostility. Some conscientious parents in Northampton, Massachusetts acted on that principle by demanding an end to a program intended to habituate public school inmates to the presence of police officers. … That program was 'paused' following complaints from a handful of parents who believe that it is the better part of wisdom to teach their children to avoid contact with the police, rather than seeking it out." (02/26/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/2017/02/teaching-kids-trust-police-child-abuse/

When even prosecutors can't be informed about corrupt cops, we've got a problem

Source: Reason
by Scott Shackford

"One would think that letting prosecutors know which police officers have histories of misconduct would actually be beneficial to putting criminals behind bars. If prosecutors knew about problems with an officer's history, they'd be better prepared for a possible attack on his or her credibility if it comes up in a courtroom. But in California, thanks to laws that treat police officers' personnel records like sealed secrets, police are able to resist (so far successfully) efforts to let prosecutors know when they've got a potentially dirty officer. The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department put together a list of 300 of its own deputies that have records of misconduct. The union that represents them has so far used the courts to stop the LASD from passing those names along to prosecutors." (02/22/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/02/22/when-even-prosecutors-cant-be-informed-a