Cops can’t even fabricate charges right
Sep 19th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

Cops record them­selves alleged­ly fab­ri­cat­ing charges with suspect’s cam­era. In a fed­er­al civ­il rights law­suit, a Con­necti­cut man has shared footage to bol­ster his claims that police ille­gal­ly con­front­ed the pedes­tri­an because he was film­ing one of them. Author­i­ties seized Michael Picard’s cam­era and his per­mit­ted pis­tol, and the offi­cers involved then acci­den­tal­ly record­ed them­selves alleged­ly fab­ri­cat­ing charges against the man.


The tick­ets Picard got were for the alleged use of a high­way by a pedes­tri­an and for alleged­ly cre­at­ing a pub­lic dis­tur­bance for car­ry­ing an “exposed loaded sidearm in plain view of pass­ing motorists.” The author­i­ties even­tu­al­ly dis­missed the tick­ets. [Ars Tech­ni­ca]

Note that car­ry­ing an exposed loaded sidearm in plain view of pass­ing motorists is per­fect­ly legal in Con­necti­cut as long as you have a car­ry per­mit, which Picard did. Not only did the jack­boots get caught fab­ri­cat­ing charges, they were so stu­pid that they couldn’t even come up with some­thing that was actu­al­ly ille­gal for their lies.

The inevitable result of being a good cop
Sep 12th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

West Vir­ginia cop fired for not killing a man with an unloaded gun. He did what police offi­cers are sup­posed to do — put him­self at risk to save a life. [Radley Balko]

What Mad­er did upon arriv­ing at the scene is a hell of a lot braver course of action than sim­ply open­ing fire when the sus­pect doesn’t imme­di­ate­ly dis­arm. What Mad­er did is in fact exact­ly what we want cops to do when some­one is in cri­sis. It’s also pre­cise­ly what law enforce­ment offi­cers say they do on a dai­ly basis — put them­selves at risk in order to save lives. Mad­er should have been giv­en a medal.

Of course the out­come of this guy being a good cop is com­plete­ly pre­dictable: he was fired. Also, two oth­er cops showed up who were per­fect­ly will­ing to mur­der the guy who Mad­er wouldn’t.

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.

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.

Time for some perspective
Feb 10th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

Police ‘dam­aged by chief lifestyle’. The per­son­al life of for­mer Greater Man­ches­ter Police chief Michael Todd dam­aged the rep­u­ta­tion of British polic­ing, a report con­cludes. [BBC News]

I’ve nev­er known any­thing about the per­son­al life of Michael Todd, nor do I much care. How­ev­er, a bunch of armed thugs knock­ing a man to the ground and then shoot­ing him repeat­ed­ly in the back of the head on a crowd­ed sub­way did a cer­tain amount of dam­age to the rep­u­ta­tion of British polic­ing in my mind.

Woman suing police mysteriously shot
Nov 11th, 2008 by Ken Hagler

Homi­cide Vic­tim Iden­ti­fied as Trans­gen­dered Per­son, Duan­na John­son. Accord­ing to detec­tives, when offi­cers arrived at the scene, they found the body lying in the street. Police say a wit­ness heard gun­fire and then saw three peo­ple run­ning away from the scene. Inves­ti­ga­tors do not have any sus­pects at this time. 


John­son was the sub­ject of an alleged video taped beat­ing that hap­pened in June of 2008. John­son, who had been arrest­ed on a pros­ti­tu­tion charge, said for­mer Mem­phis Police Offi­cer Bridges McRae beat her after mak­ing deroga­to­ry remarks about her sex­u­al­i­ty. John­son said anoth­er man, Offi­cer J. Swain, held her down dur­ing the beat­ing. Both offi­cers were fired from the depart­ment.

John­son was suing the city for $1.3 mil­lion.

Mem­phis Police are ask­ing any­one with infor­ma­tion about Duan­na Johnson’s death to call Crime Stop­pers at (901) 528-CASH. [ABC24 – CW30 Eye­wit­ness News]

Gee, I can think of some pret­ty obvi­ous sus­pects with 1.3 mil­lion motives right now, but some­how I doubt that the police will be too inter­est­ed in inves­ti­gat­ing. I sure hope that if any­one does have infor­ma­tion, they’re smart enough to go far from Mem­phis and then call the media and not the prime sus­pects.

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