Tag Archives: Police

This Can Happen To You

This story highlights a couple of things:

  • The war on drugs leads to horrific violations of individual rights.
  • Allowing the government to confiscate property from people suspected of drug law violations is a crime
  • A dog ‘alert’ is not probable cause.

When Pompton Lakes police seized Darren Richardson’s car on a rainy September afternoon, they told him it was headed for an impound lot. When they returned it three weeks later, he says, the 2004 BMW belonged in a junk yard.

The instrument cluster and leather dashboard were gone. The caramel-colored seats were torn up. The gear shift was ripped out and stray wires hung limp everywhere. Geico, Richardson’s insurance company estimated the damage at $12,636.42 — more than he paid for the car — and declared the vehicle a “total loss.”

According to police reports, the damage to the black BMW 325i came in the aftermath of a traffic stop during which officers detected a “strong odor of raw marijuana” inside the vehicle. Searching for a cache of drugs, members of three different police agencies and a detective from a federal drug task force spent two days tearing the car apart, the reports said.

So what did police find after their $12,000 search?

Absolutely nothing.

Now to me, it doesn’t matter what they found, but it’s important to lots of other people, who think it’s just fine to ignore individual rights if we get bad guys.  (See also:  TSA).  Those people are ignorant sheep.

Before you get indignant, mouthing off to a cop isn’t a crime, and in some cases is our duty.

If anyone thinks any officer will be held responsible or that the state will reimburse the insurance company after the investigation, I’ve got some nice waterfront property for you.  They will find the officers acted appropriately, maybe even congratulate them.





I already knew they weren’t concerned with people’s rights, but at least now they admit it

Over the weekend, a non violent spray paint artist was arrested(!?) at Baltimore’s Harborplace.  Police claim he was on private property, he claims he was on public land.  I don’t know, and I wasn’t there, so I can’t comment if the arrest was legal.

However, the officer involved did finally admit something we’ve known for quite some time.

A police officer on bicycle patrol wrote in his report that Chase was “performing for money” and had three buckets with the word “Tips” painted on the side. The officer wrote that the buckets were on private property operated by General Growth Properties, which runs Harborplace. But a company spokesman said Chase was on city property.

The report says the officer and Chase argued about his rights before he was arrested, taken to the booking center and given an October trial date.

“It is my constitutional right to be here without prior approval,” Chase said to the officer, according to a video that captured part of his encounter with police.

“Your constitutional rights have nothing to do with the law,” the officer responded.

No kidding.  In Baltimore, that is a true statement. Later, to their credit, they try to backtrack.

Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the officer was trying to explain that he was enforcing a valid law and couldn’t debate constitutional claims more suited for a courtroom than a street corner.

“The courts have a right to weigh in on it,” Guglielmi said. “But as of today … we still have an ordinance we have to enforce.”

This is the problem.  The guys and gals on the street don’t understand (or don’t care) about the rights of the citizens.  The union backs them up.  (See also:  Tshamba shooting).  The only person who can discuss rights and the Constitution in an intelligent manner is the department spokesperson, reading from a script.

We deserve better, and the Baltimore Police Department needs to start taking accountability.

The Most Disgusting Thing You Will Read Today

This is unreal.  Poor guy gets maced and beaten in his own home by police because they mistake him for a burglar, then he’s convicted of resisting, then he’s actually sentenced to jail..  the most troubling is what the Judge had to say.

Taking a few moments to collect his thoughts, Flournoy then addressed Sauceda directly. The dialogue of the trial was delivered in Spanish to Sauceda via translator Josefina Villanueva. Flournoy told Sauceda that because he did not take the stand in his own defense it was difficult for him to sympathize with his situation.

“I haven’t heard from you and I have no idea why you didn’t speak. That causes me some trouble. I don’t agree with the notion you are a victim in this case,” Flournoy said. “I think your actions put you and the officers in harm’s way. This could have been easily avoided.”

Had it not been for the jury’s note asking for leniency, Flournoy said he would have likely sentenced Sauceda to six months in jail.

Via The Agitator

When shooting the dog isn’t enough

Constable Fife has to resort to using pepper spray on an (attack?) squirrel.

Via Karen De Coster

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