Tag Archives: police

Security theater: Heimatsicherheitsdienst says Pennsylvania police shootings were “terror attack”

Source: CNN

“The Department of Homeland Security is calling a series of shootings targeting law enforcement in Pennsylvania a ‘terror attack.’ Authorities said Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty, 51, was shot and killed by police Friday in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, after he fired several times at law enforcement officers throughout the city. The string of shootings began just steps from the state’s Capitol building when El-Mofty fired several times at a Capitol Police officer and then, shot and injured at a state trooper. Later, he used two handguns to open fire at several officers who then returned fire and killed him, according to a statement from the Dauphin County district attorney’s office.” [editor’s note: “Terrorism” consists of attacks on civilian non-combatants to create a climate of terror that lends itself to achieving a political objective. Police are the opposite of civilians and the opposite of non-combatants. So whatever else this may have been, it wasn’t a “terror attack” – TLK] (12/24/17)


CA: San Francisco cop being probed for sex with a minor kills self in mall parking lot

Source: New York Daily News

“A San Francisco police officer who killed himself after being pulled over by police in a neighboring city was under investigation for child sexual abuse in Las Vegas, authorities said Tuesday. Antonio Cacatian, 49, shot himself Monday afternoon after San Francisco police requested help arresting him. Police in the nearby city of Richmond, where Cacatian lived, pulled him over in a shopping mall parking lot and officers retreated to their cars when they heard a gunshot, Lt. Felix Tan said. … Cacatian was under investigation over allegations that he may have committed sexual acts with a child under the age of 14 in 2014, Las Vegas Metropolitan police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer told the San Francisco Chronicle.” (12/20/17)


Why America’s law enforcement empire resembles secret police in a dictatorship

Source: OpEdNews
by Philip Giraldi

“Secret police are characteristic of dictatorships, or so goes the conventional thinking on the subject. Police in democracies operate for the most part transparently and within a set of rules and guidelines that limits their ability to gratuitously punish citizens who have done nothing wrong. If a policeman operating under rule-of-law steps out of line, he can be held accountable. That is also conventional thinking. But what happens when an ostensibly ‘democratic’ police force becomes corrupted and starts doing things that are outside its zone of responsibility, and does so to benefit a political relationship that will in turn protect those who have broken the law under cover of carrying out their official duties? That is the characteristic of what we have been calling a ‘deep state,’ where forces drawn generally from the political class and security services conspire together to control what the public is allowed to know while also manipulating nuisances like elections to make sure that the ‘correct’ outcome emerges.” (12/18/17)


Trump used an FBI graduation ceremony to call for greater police militarization

Source: Reason
by Eric Boehm

“President Donald Trump spoke to local law enforcement officials who completed an 11-week FBI training program, using the occasion call for greater militarization of local police forces. … ‘We are allowing our local police to access surplus military equipment, something the previous administration for some reason refused to do,’ Trump said Friday. ‘Explain that one. Explain it to me, please. Never understood that one. Somebody out there can explain — anybody want to stand up and explain it, that’d be tough.’ OK, we’ll give it a go. For starters, Trump’s claim that the Obama administration refused to let local police get their hands on military-grade weapons is completely inaccurate. The Obama administration did place some limitations on those transfers following a series of violent confrontations between police and civilians in 2014 and 2015, but those restrictions amounted to tanks and rocket launchers. In fact, ‘2014 and 2015 were peak years’ for the transfer of military weapons to local police, according to a report published last year by Open The Books, a pro-transparency nonprofit.” (12/18/17)


What should we do when a loved one starts a life of crime?

Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“It’s not very often, but it’s not incredibly rare either, that I hear a story by a fellow voluntaryist that a friend or family member has chosen to pursue a life of hunting down peaceful people, to hurt them and to take their stuff. It’s typically not an evolution either, like someone who’s out to make a quick buck and finds it a relatively simple thing to engage in petty theft. Sooner or later the heists get bigger, and with it the need to become accustomed with the use of violence.” (12/11/17)


Recommendations for police reform

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Mance Rayder

“When society is presented with the task of rehabilitating one of its failed public services the responses are normally varied and emotional. Everyone has an opinion that is based upon their worldview, and it’s usually a hill their willing to die upon. No subject gets people more heated than that of modern policing. Three incidents that have come to light recently have caused many to demand reform in law enforcement.” (12/10/17)


There is no “war on cops”

Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Tate Fegley

“With the FBI releasing the 2016 Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted data this month, reports on police deaths have once again found their way into headlines. Such reports offer a great illustration of how reporting the same facts in different ways can dramatically change how big a problem seems to be. Also interesting is the information that is reported depending on the media outlet. NPR, for example, emphasizes the number of police killed with firearms specifically, rather than the general category of ‘feloniously.’ Fox News will emphasize the ‘War on Cops’ narrative while reporting total officer deaths rather than violent officer deaths, presumably because the former is a bigger number. This is misleading, however, since it includes deaths due to things such as heart attacks, accidents, and extreme weather.” (10/30/17)


TX: Whataburger fires employee for refusing to serve gang members

Source: Dallas Morning News

“A Whataburger employee was fired after she refused to serve two Denison police officers early Saturday morning, the company announced Saturday afternoon. The woman had claimed her boyfriend was ‘beat up’ by cops, the Denison chief wrote in a Facebook post Saturday. The chief said the allegation was found to be untrue and no one was injured in that routine arrest. The female employee cursed at the officers and the on-duty manager’s response was ‘I don’t get into politics,’ the post said. … Whataburger’s corporate communications office released the following statement Saturday afternoon: ‘We took swift action and this person is no longer employed by us,’ the statement read.” (10/14/17)


TX: Student shoots and kills burglar/kidnapper; re-captured by accomplices

Source: New York Daily News

“A student at Texas Tech University is accused of shooting dead a campus police officer on Monday night after drugs were found in his room, a school official said. The suspect, 19-year-old Hollis Daniels, escaped after the shooting, sending the school in lockdown as police launched a manhunt in Lubbock, Texas, authorities said. Nearly two hours later, Daniels was tackled by a campus officer and arrested near the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum around 9:30 p.m. Campus police were conducting a student welfare check earlier Monday when they found drugs and drug paraphernalia in the suspect’s room, according to the school’s spokesperson Chris Cook. After Daniels was transported to the Texas Tech University Police headquarters at 413 Flint Ave, he pulled out a gun and shot the officer in the head before fleeing on foot, Cook said.” (10/10/17)


FL: Cops abduct man over parody account that allegedly hurt police department’s “brand”

Source: Gizmodo

“A Florida man has been arrested for running a parody Twitter account impersonating a Miami Beach Police Department spokesperson — a story we’ve already seen play out with two similar cases over the past few years. Although it has never ended well for authorities, police officers arrested 48-year-old Ernesto Orsetti on Wednesday at his Miami Beach home, the Miami New Times reports. MBPD Chief Dan Oates reportedly called Orsetti’s behavior ‘outrageous’ and said he would be ‘held accountable’ for ‘threatening to damage the reputation of our superb Public Information Officer, as well as the Miami Beach Police Department brand.’ … In 2014, a man in Peoria, Illinois was raided by the city’s police after creating a satirical account mocking its mayor. He was awarded $125,000 in damages after an unsuccessful attempt to bring charges against him during a case in which the defense argued a First Amendment right to satirize government officials.” [hat tip — David Klaus] (10/06/17)