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Why good cops are so rare
May 14th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

Officer Regina Tasca Goes “Rogue” [Pro Libertate]

Every so often I run across a story about a good cop. These stories inevitably include a mention that the good cop isn’t a cop anymore because he or she was fired for being good. This particular article includes an unusually clear example of why it is that cops all seem to be vicious psychopaths–in Regina Tasca’s case, she stopped other cops from beating a defenseless man for no reason, and was then fired for being “psychologically unfit” to be a cop. Or in other words, cops tend to be vicious psychopaths because that’s a requirement of the job.

Protect and Serve who exactly?
Mar 5th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

Scenes from a Militarized America.

About a thousand protesters showed up at the Virginia state capital over the weekend to protest pending anti-abortion legislation. Courtesy of Style Weekly, here’s how the Virginia State Police responded:

[The Agitator]

The third picture, with the two masked soldiers (excuse me, “police”) standing in front of an abandoned sign saying “No War on Women” seems particularly appropriate.

Cell phone spying
Dec 1st, 2009 by Ken Hagler

Sprint fed customer GPS data to cops over 8 million times.

Christopher Soghoian, a graduate student at Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing, has made public an audio recording of Sprint/Nextel’s Electronic Surveillance Manager describing how his company has provided GPS location data about its wireless customers to law enforcement over 8 million times. That’s potentially millions of Sprint/Nextel customers who not only were probably unaware that their wireless provider even had an Electronic Surveillance Department, but who certainly did not know that law enforcement offers could log into a special Sprint Web portal and, without ever having to demonstrate probable cause to a judge, gain access to geolocation logs detailing where they’ve been and where they are.

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[Ars Technica]

It’s well known by now (at least, to anyone who pays attention) that cell phones are used to spy on the location and movement of their owners. This is the first solid information I’ve seen on just how often the cops spy on people–and keep in mind that this is only one company. It’s pretty much guaranteed that other companies are equally eager to collaborate with Big Brother.

Gang violence
Nov 5th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

Why The Innocent Flee From The Police. Each encounter between the police and innocent civilians is a potentially deadly experience for the latter. Thus the real question is not “Why do innocent people flee from the police?” but rather, “What rational person would submit to the police if he had any reasonable hope of eluding or resisting them?” [Pro Libertate]

History continues to repeat itself
May 14th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

Training the Police State’s Next Generation.

Remember when the Boy Scouts were merely about helping old ladies across the street, learning how to tie a decent knot, and excluding gay people?

Meet the post-9/11 Scouts.

The Explorers program, a coeducational affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America that began 60 years ago, is training thousands of young people in skills used to confront terrorism, illegal immigration and escalating border violence — an intense ratcheting up of one of the group’s longtime missions to prepare youths for more traditional jobs as police officers and firefighters.

“This is about being a true-blooded American guy and girl,” said A. J. Lowenthal, a sheriff’s deputy here in Imperial County, whose life clock, he says, is set around the Explorers events he helps run. “It fits right in with the honor and bravery of the Boy Scouts.”

The training, which leaders say is not intended to be applied outside the simulated Explorer setting, can involve chasing down illegal border crossers as well as more dangerous situations that include facing down terrorists and taking out “active shooters,” like those who bring gunfire and death to college campuses. In a simulation here of a raid on a marijuana field, several Explorers were instructed on how to quiet an obstreperous lookout.

“Put him on his face and put a knee in his back,” a Border Patrol agent explained. “I guarantee that he’ll shut up.”

This is really despicable stuff.

[The Agitator]

It’s not at all surprising, though. It’s natural for any oppressive police state to create its own analog to the Hitler Youth and Young Pioneers.

A cop tells the truth
Dec 19th, 2008 by Ken Hagler

Dead Dog Tales.

Two dogs killed this week in Gwinnet County, Georgia. Two very different reactions from local authorities.

Here’s the first:

Gwinnett police are asking for the public’s help in tracking down the person who stabbed and dismembered a dog before discarding the carcass behind a Duluth store.

[…]

A stab wound led to the dog’s death, said Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman.

Spellman said investigators are especially anxious to get leads that could point them to the culprit in the “gruesome” crime, adding that “anybody that is capable of doing that is capable of doing anything,” Spellman said.

Whoever killed the dog is subject to be charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, which carries a penalty of one to five years in prison and fines of up to $15,000, police said.

Here’s the other story:

A family in Gwinnett County was outraged Wednesday night after they say police officers shot their beloved dog.  The homeowners said the incident happened because police went to the wrong house.

[…]

The homeowner said when police went into the garage she heard three shots.  The homeowner said an officer told her they shot the dog and the dog ran off.

[…]

Officer said they were looking for a material witness in a gang member’s trial, but they entered the wrong home.  Police entered 1468B, instead of 1468A.

Officers said the dog charged and the officer felt he was in imminent danger and shot the dog.

The vicious beast was a 2-year-old Dalmatian.

It’s the second time in 10 days that cops in Gwinnett County have forced their way into the wrong home.

[The Agitator]

I don’t often see a Gestapo spokesman (or woman) tell the truth, but when this thug said that “anybody that is capable of [brutally killing a dog] is capable of doing anything,” she was clearly not speculating, but speaking from personal experience.

Cops being cops
Dec 18th, 2008 by Ken Hagler

Another Isolated Incident.

But not a drug raid.  A prostitution raid.

It was a little before 8 at night when the breaker went out at Emily Milburn’s home in Galveston. She was busy preparing her children for school the next day, so she asked her 12-year-old daughter, Dymond, to pop outside and turn the switch back on.
 
As Dymond headed toward the breaker, a blue van drove up and three men jumped out rushing toward her. One of them grabbed her saying, "You’re a prostitute. You’re coming with me."

Dymond grabbed onto a tree and started screaming, "Daddy, Daddy, Daddy." One of the men covered her mouth. Two of the men beat her about the face and throat.

As it turned out, the three men were plain-clothed Galveston police officers who had been called to the area regarding three white prostitutes soliciting a white man and a black drug dealer.

All this is according to a lawsuit filed in Galveston federal court by Milburn against the officers. The lawsuit alleges that the officers thought Dymond, an African-American, was a hooker due to the "tight shorts" she was wearing, despite not fitting the racial description of any of the female suspects. The police went to the wrong house, two blocks away from the area of the reported illegal activity…

So you’d think that after the police figured out they had the wrong house, they’d apologize, and possibly even compensate the girl and her family. According to the lawsuit, you’d be wrong:

After the incident, Dymond was hospitalized and suffered black eyes as well as throat and ear drum injuries.

Three weeks later, according to the lawsuit, police went to Dymond’s school, where she was an honor student, and arrested her for assaulting a public servant. Griffin says the allegations stem from when Dymond fought back against the three men who were trying to take her from her home. The case went to trial, but the judge declared it a mistrial on the first day, says Griffin. The new trial is set for February.

I have a call into the Galveston district attorney and with Dymond Milburn’s lawyer. We’re going on a press account of one side of a lawsuit, here.  So it’s possible—and I would hope—that there are some important details missing.

Otherwise, a police mistake leads to an innocent 12-year-old getting violently snatched up and roughed up by a group of plainclothes cops jumping out of a van . . . and they charge her for resisting?

[Hit and Run]

A comment on this post linked to a court document that identifies the kidnapping scumbags as Sergeant Gilbert Gomez (badge #987), Officers David Roark (badge #332), Justin Popovich (badge #336), and Sean Stewart (badge #392). Naturally there have been, and will be, no official action taken against these copscum, because what they did is the epitome of good police work in the Evil Empire. However, since their identities are known, I hold out hope that all four of them will mysteriously get shot in the head at some point.

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