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Saturday, May 15th, 2010

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21 Responses to “Saturday Links”

  1. #1 |  Andrew Williams | 

    Meet the new boss…same as the old boss.

    That’s been playing ENTIRELY too often in my head recently. And I don’t watch CSI. Any of them.

  2. #2 |  RWW | 

    Iowa man shoots at police serving drug warrant, says he thought they were criminal intruders.

    He was correct.

  3. #3 |  Jeffer | 

    RE: New Jersey Gangbangers Victimize Innocent Man –
    Nicely written. Anything that anyone (especially law enforcement) does in public view should be reasonably subject to being recorded, especially in consideration of the universal accessibility of recording equipment to every citizen. Also, we’re all very often under benign surveillance by a multitude of entities, sometimes on a daily basis. Consider parking lot cameras and ATM cameras. I don’t think camera rights should be reserved for businesses, media or law enforcement. Perhaps camera rights should be protected as freedom of expression. The choices and effort put into documenting reality can reflect very intimate dynamics of the documenter and, although slightly more complex than speaking or carrying a sign, documenting is very much a form of personal expression.

  4. #4 |  kant | 

    that boxer just seems so happy. “I get to play with my toy in the water. YAY!”

  5. #5 |  Saint Zero | 

    Isn’t Kagan the one who also thinks the first and second amendments aren’t absolute?

  6. #6 |  Bob | 

    “Iowa man shoots at police”

    Actually, the shot was an accident, he was shooting at noone. Revolvers can be tricky unless you use them in double action mode.

    Anyway, the article is too vague to be of use. There is no indication why a search warrant was being served, nor is there any indication that the arrest “for two counts of aggravated assault” were against the invading officers.

    Usually… if someone is being arrested for ‘assault’ against police officers, that special rider is specifically included.

    Radley, what basis do you have that this is a drug warrant? Did you do some investigation? This would be the kind of case that demonstrates the danger of irresponsible Police action, ASSUMING that the actions of the police were irresponsible.

    As is, this story could go two ways (No, I’m not going to call the reporter, “Chad Nation”, because I’m not a journalist, just an arm chair internet hack). It could be a guy targeted by a bogus drug ‘investigation’, or it could be a guy who was suspected of aggravated assault. The gap between these is huge.

  7. #7 |  goober1223 | 

    Where can I get my hands on some “power” cocaine, Radley? :-)

  8. #8 |  Radley Balko | 

    Back to the 1980s, I think.

    Fixed, thanks.

  9. #9 |  claude | 

    If cops couldnt get more ass-hatted…..

    “A Philadelphia cop had been shot; a manhunt was on. The block was cordoned off with yellow tape. Cops and SWAT teams fanned the streets. K-9 units scoured through brush. Some businesses were forced to close for five hours.

    “The cops were questioning everybody,” Potts, 57, recalled.

    Sgt. Robert Ralston, a 21-year veteran and father of five, said he’d been shot on patrol by a black man with “cornrows” and a “mark or tattoo under his left eye.”

    Yesterday, the Overbrook neighbors were outraged to learn that it was all a lie.

    Ralston, 46, had intentionally shot himself in the left shoulder.”

  10. #10 |  Cynical in CA | 

    Blaming Craigslist is part of the same disease that causes people to blame guns for killing.

    Anything to deny the dark halves of our selves that lurk in each of us.

  11. #11 |  OB | 

    The New Jersey SWAT video deserves a wide viewing. Consider posting it on Reason Hit & Run too. Coming so soon after the Missouri debacle, there should be more interest in a video of this sort, if people know about it. Whatever police department this was deserves a public relations disaster. That will probably be more effective than a lawsuit where the police/city pays out a few thousand of the taxpayers’ dollars in a settlement to the man who was filming, which then becomes a one-paragraph story on page 12 of the local paper.

  12. #12 |  Cynical in CA | 

    #5 | Saint Zero — “Isn’t Kagan the one who also thinks the first and second amendments aren’t absolute?”

    So what if she does? She’s correct. The Constitution is composed of words that must be interpreted. The Supreme Court reserves the power of final arbiter of law in the U.S. It’s interpretations are sovereign.

    One who looks to the Constitution for defense of liberty is as a chicken looking to the fox for protection.

  13. #13 |  perlhaqr | 

    [D]o you think the reporter would have made the medium as prominent a part of the narrative if it had been, say, a classified ad in the newspaper?

    Of course not. The incident wouldn’t have happened if it had been a newspaper classified because criminals–like everyone else–don’t read the newspapers.

  14. #14 |  KBCraig | 

    “Crank the car, girl!”

    Welcome to Boxer Ownership 101.

  15. #15 |  Bill | 

    Re: the New Jersey cops. What are they state troopers, local police? where? I want to email and call somewhere to complain. The gentleman was within his rights to stand there and film. He should have just invoked his 5th amendment rights and said nothing else while he continued filming.

  16. #16 |  ravenshrike | 

    The sentencing disparity can simply be ascribed to the difference in ease of overdose. You have to snort a shitload more coke than you have to smoke crack to OD on it barring other medical complications.

  17. #17 |  whiskeyGrimpeur | 

    Take notice, only newspapers and other media outlets that depend on classified ads for revenue are the ones demonizing craigslist.

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  19. #19 |  whiskeyGrimpeur | 

    **Oops, hit submit by accident.

    I have a close friend that worked for The Seattle Times as a classified ads sales rep. A large part of his job was trying to convince clients not to use craigslist.

  20. #20 |  Mark | 

    Iowa man.

    The article does say specifically that it was a search warrant that the “C. B. Emergency Services Team” was serving.

    Why would anyone think it was a drug warrant?
    Because it was done at 6 AM, and involved the use of a SWAT team.

    The best reason I can think of for using them, is because they felt it was a “high-risk search or arrest warrant ” situation.

    In other words, some one said that there were drugs at that location, and they had seen a gun there once.

    My hometown, isn’t it nice?

  21. #21 |  Jason B | 

    Ok. Two Comments:

    1. NJ Gangbangers: The SWAT did overstep a smidge. The resident heard something and was documenting it for his safety and the safety of the residents in that community. The officers should have explained better. I also feel that if a authority will be performing those kind of exercises, they should be REQUIRED to notify people in the area. I mean when they held anti-terrorism drills on the METRO in dc a few weeks ago, it was all over the news.

    2. Craiglist murder: Craigslist is a wonderful tool. I work for a contracting company and that is how we advertise. I trust that the 4 individuals involved in the heinous crime not only be charged with felony-murder, but also add an additional 4 counts of assault. There should be a special place in the inferno for people like that.