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Apparently his message was heard
Sep 8th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

Fer­gu­son Activist Dar­ren Seals Found Shot and Dead in Burn­ing Car in St. Louis. 29-year-old activist Dar­ren Seals was found dead in a burn­ing car in the Riverview sec­tion of St. Louis this week, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Seals became an anti-gun vio­lence activist after being shot in 2013, and in 2014 was among the first pro­test­ers in Fer­gu­son, accord­ing to the Wash­ing­ton Post.

Seals helped found the group Hands Up Unit­ed and was a vocal oppo­nent of African-Americans vot­ing Demo­c­rat as a bloc. “Just because they’ve got the D next to their name, that don’t mean noth­ing,” Seals told the Wash­ing­ton Post in 2014. “The world is watch­ing us right now. It’s time to send a mes­sage of our pow­er.” [Hit & Run)]

The dan­ger of send­ing mes­sages like that in a police state is that the peo­ple in charge might actu­al­ly get the mes­sage and decide to send back one of their own.

Cops being cops
Apr 11th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

Law enforcement took more stuff from people than burglars did last year. Here's an interesting factoid about contemporary policing: In 2014, for the first time ever, law enforcement officers took more property from American citizens than burglars did. Martin Armstrong pointed this out at his blog, Armstrong Economics, last week. [Washington Post]

I remember when bandits in uniforms were something you read about being a problem in particularly nasty third world hellholes. This also reminded me of the Utah study that found that you're more likely to be murdered by the police than by (private sector) street criminals.

Lucky woman escapes the legal system
Mar 8th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

Jury Acquits Woman Arrest­ed for Pro­tect­ing Her Dog From a Cop. [Hit & Run]

There are a few note­wor­thy things in this sto­ry. First, there’s this quote:

…[the cop] “tes­ti­fied that he was not afraid of the dog, but was fol­low­ing train­ing that required him to kill all dogs that approach him, even if it was chained and wag­ging its tail as Bud­dy was doing in this case.”

It’s been obvi­ous for years that this is the case, but I’ve nev­er heard of a cop actu­al­ly admit­ting it in pub­lic before. Then there’s this:

Hupp told PINAC her case hinged on her husband’s video, which they did not have for weeks after the inci­dent because Cook con­fis­cat­ed the phone, which he was unable to access because it was pro­tect­ed by a pass­word.

When the Evil Empire insists that it needs to be able to break into your phone at will in order to con­vict crim­i­nals, this is exact­ly what they mean.

Crimethink must be punished
Feb 29th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

Child Faces Crim­i­nal Charges After Using Weapon Emo­jis on Insta­gram. A Vir­ginia 12-year-old faces crim­i­nal harass­ment charges after post­ing an Insta­gram mes­sage that said “meet me in the library Tues­day” fol­lowed by gun, knife, and bomb emo­jis. [Hit & Run]

The charges are a smoke­screen. What this girl is real­ly being per­se­cut­ed for is thought­crime, for using an emo­ji of a gun. They don’t have to actu­al­ly get a con­vic­tion, just send a mes­sage to show the oth­er peas­ants what will hap­pen to them. If they didn’t, peo­ple might esca­late to more seri­ous thoughctrimes like draw­ing pic­tures of guns with their crayons, or even some­thing tru­ly unfor­giv­able like point­ing their fin­gers and say­ing “bang.” By going after one girl, no mat­ter the out­come, they’ve giv­en the oth­er inmates of their gov­ern­ment school a pow­er­ful les­son on why they should “exer­cise [them­selves] in crimestop.”

Another good cop
Feb 2nd, 2016 by Ken Hagler

The one thing that will get a cop fired. So Park knew the law. His super­vi­sor didn’t. But Park’s super­vi­sor ordered him to make an ille­gal arrest. Park refused. You can prob­a­bly guess who got fired.

[…]

I guess the les­son for Geor­gia police offi­cers here is that you can shoot unarmed sus­pects in the back. You can gun down an inno­cent pas­tor. You can kill an inno­cent man in his own home dur­ing a botched drug raid. You can blow a hole in a baby’s chest dur­ing anoth­er botched drug raid. You can repeat­ed­ly abuse inmates after strap­ping them into a restraint chair. You can go to the wrong house, then shoot an inno­cent man and kill his dog.

But nev­er, ever embar­rass your fel­low police offi­cers. [The Wash­ing­ton Post]

Occa­sion­al­ly I find a sto­ry about a good cop. Sad­ly, those sto­ries invari­ably include the fact that the good cop is no longer a cop, pre­cise­ly because he or she was a good cop.

More “justice” in the Evil Empire
Oct 19th, 2015 by Ken Hagler

Man sen­tenced to 21 months after “test fir­ing” laser at sheriff’s heli­copter. A Cal­i­for­nia man was sen­tenced Mon­day to one year and nine months in prison for fir­ing a green laser at a Kern Coun­ty Sheriff’s heli­copter. [Ars Tech­ni­ca]

So the sen­tence for annoy­ing a cop is 21 months. Keep in mind that a few months ago anoth­er Cal­i­for­nia cop was sen­tenced to five months for beat­ing a man to death, and the unusu­al thing about that was that she was pun­ished at all.

Our legal system at work
Jul 24th, 2015 by Ken Hagler

LAPD cop gets 3 years in jail for beat­ing sus­pect caught on dash­cam (Via Ars Tech­ni­ca)

From the arti­cle:

The 35-year-old vic­tim, Ale­sia Thomas, died lat­er that July evening. 

[…]

Supe­ri­or Court Judge Sam Ohta sus­pend­ed 20 months from the 36-month sen­tence. With good behav­ior, that means the offi­cer could be released in five months.

So to put it hon­est­ly, the cop did not receive 3 years in jail for beat­ing a sus­pect, she got five months in jail for mur­der. Sad­ly, that short sen­tence is not a surprise–it’s both obvi­ous and well-known that all aspects of the legal sys­tem work togeth­er to pro­tect cops from pun­ish­ment for their mis­deeds. What’s most sur­pris­ing about this case is that she got any jail time for com­mit­ting mur­der, as the usu­al pun­ish­ment is a paid vaca­tion.

Evil Empire hates free speech
Jun 11th, 2015 by Ken Hagler

Late­ly the mon­sters who rule the Evil Empire from Mor­dor on the Potomac have been work­ing over­time to demon­strate their hatred of the First Amend­ment. Just in the past few days I’ve read about the gov­ern­ment hunt­ing for polit­i­cal dis­si­dents angry with the scum who presided over polit­i­cal pris­on­er Ross Ulbricht’s show tri­al, threat­en­ing polit­i­cal dis­si­dents who talk about guns, and impris­on­ing a polit­i­cal dis­si­dent for writ­ing about how to donate mon­ey to an orga­ni­za­tion that the Evil Empire helped to cre­ate, but now oppos­es.

I’m not par­tic­u­lar­ly good at writ­ing, so I’ll show my opin­ion of all this with the fol­low­ing quotes. I com­plete­ly agree with all of these quotes.

The tree of lib­er­ty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patri­ots and tyrants. It is it’s nat­ur­al manure.

Thomas Jef­fer­son

And how we burned in the camps lat­er, think­ing: What would things have been like if every Secu­ri­ty oper­a­tive, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncer­tain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his fam­i­ly?

Alek­san­dr Solzhen­it­syn

Those who make peace­ful rev­o­lu­tion impos­si­ble will make vio­lent rev­o­lu­tion inevitable.

John F. Kennedy

Attack on free speech
Jan 9th, 2015 by Ken Hagler

Recent­ly there was a hor­ri­ble crime com­mit­ted, where armed men com­mit­ted mur­der because some­body said some­thing that offend­ed them. This has led to world­wide con­dem­na­tion of the attack­ers and sup­port for the vic­tim… Oh, wait. Actu­al­ly, nobody cares at all about the mur­der of Joseph Paci­ni, because his killers were wear­ing clown suits and didn’t fol­low the wrong reli­gion.

Self-destructive Cops
Jan 2nd, 2015 by Ken Hagler

NYPD Pun­ish­es City by Not Cit­ing, Arrest­ing Cit­i­zens as Much. Oh, No!

Right now in New York City, guys sell­ing black mar­ket cig­a­rettes are much, much less like­ly to be harassed and arrest­ed (or worse) by the New York Police Depart­ment.

[…]

They pro­vide an info box show­ing, in addi­tion to the huge drop in minor offense sum­mons­es, a 94 per­cent drop in cita­tions for traf­fic vio­la­tions, a 92 per­cent drop in park­ing vio­la­tion cita­tions, and a 66 per­cent drop in over­all arrests.

[Hit & Run]

Last month I not­ed that it was a mis­take for cops to be so hap­py about hav­ing proven that cops can’t be held account­able by the sys­tem. Appar­ent­ly not sat­is­fied with that lev­el of stu­pid­i­ty, we now have a bunch of cops demon­strat­ing that all it takes to lift their boots from the necks of an entire city of mil­lions of peo­ple is to kill a cou­ple of them. In oth­er words, hav­ing proven that peace­ful rev­o­lu­tion is impos­si­ble, they’re now out to demon­strate that vio­lent rev­o­lu­tion not only works, but doesn’t even take much effort.

I’d ask what they’re think­ing, send­ing a mes­sage like that, but from what I’ve seen cops are so com­plete­ly obliv­i­ous to the opin­ions of any­one but cops that they’re prob­a­bly inca­pable of under­stand­ing what they’re doing.

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