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Sunday, May 23rd, 2010
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  1. #1 |  Matt | 

    Well good to know the cops were actually being somewhat productive in CC..

  2. #2 |  Marty | 

    ‘The protocol normally followed before executing a search warrant calls for investigators to scout out the location prior to the search. That was not done in this case.
    “That’s the kind of mistakes we can’t afford to make,” Nickson said.’

    no mention of accountability… he talks as if they delivered the mail to the wrong address!

    re the girl raped in prison- I’ve talked to numerous female prisoners in jails and prisons- guards abusing prisoners was mentioned a few times and it was always just an after the fact thing. They would mention sanctions brought against them because they witnessed a rape. There’s no way they’ll come forward and testify if their miserable situation is going to be made MUCH worse… It’s easy to shuffle inmates around to other facilities, also.

    Most people aren’t outraged by prison abuse. Anyone listening to morning radio may exposed to prison rape jokes from comedians and jocks… These aren’t sympathetic victims, EXCEPT that most are in prison for non-violent, victimless crimes.

  3. #3 |  Mattocracy | 

    I can’t help but wonder if the Wal-Mart subculture in China is anything like it is the US…

  4. #4 |  anarch | 

    “That’s the kind of mistakes we can’t afford to make,” Nickson said.

    I remind you, Captain, you are under oath.

  5. #5 |  Aresen | 

    “You can’t apologize enough for a screwup like that,” Nickson said.

    Aw, come on! This is just pretend, right? That wasn’t a real Police Officer speaking, was it?

  6. #6 |  Aresen | 

    A commenter is quoted in the first puppycide link:

    Here’s what sagman13 said:

    “I suppose the cops should have let the dog maul him to pieces. Then the rest of the cops should never attempt to arrest anyone again.”

    We are talking about a 10 year old black lab!!! They are one of the friendliest breeds on the planet. If an officer cannot cope with a black lab, he is probably terrified of ‘things that go bump in the night.’

    Also, it appears the cops did not have a warrant.

  7. #7 |  perlhaqr | 

    Plywood was really the wrong choice there.

    I guess we’re lucky he didn’t decide on a piece of steel tubing or that could have been a much longer (and bloodier) video.

  8. #8 |  Aresen | 

    On the “qualified immunity” prison rape story, the majority decision of the Ohio appeal court is unbelievable. Unfortunately, I don’t see the current US Supreme court overruling this decision.

    Hell, Kagan and Scalia will probably lead the majority in affirming the Ohio court.

  9. #9 |  Aresen | 

    perlhaqr | May 23rd, 2010 at 10:46 am
    Plywood was really the wrong choice there.

    I guess we’re lucky he didn’t decide on a piece of steel tubing or that could have been a much longer (and bloodier) video.

    With steel tubing, it might have been bloodier, but I doubt it would have been longer.

  10. #10 |  Bob | 

    Whew! Well, at least they got that dime bag off the street when they found the correct address! We can all sleep better now.

    Let me get this straight, they don’t know where they’re going, don’t bother to check the address, then just barge in through an unlocked door and start hand cuffing people?

    And that’s a ‘mistake’? No, that’s criminal trespassing. Delivering mail to the wrong house is a mistake.

    Well, those people that called the cops on their sister’s boyfriend will never make THAT mistake again. Here’s my favorite part: “He got hysterical and screamed at the officers, who pulled out their Tasers and warned him to back off, Darrey said.”

    That’s good work, boys!

  11. #11 |  MacGregory | 

    Ruling in Danville case limits scope of police authority

    “Government officials, such as police officers, should benefit from immunity where ‘it is necessary to preserve their ability to serve the public good,'” [Chief U.S. District Judge] Goodwin wrote, quoting an earlier case. “Where a police officer acts outside the scope of his authority, however, the rationale behind the qualified immunity defense falls away.”

    Whoopee.

    However, in defense of this LEO, he seems to have the mentality and qualifications to be a cop in Rural, USA:

    “Jarrett, 37, graduated from Scott High in 1991, and joined the Navy. Less than two years later, he received a “less than honorable” discharge after he was court-martialed for using LSD.

    He worked as an EMT in Cleveland until Cuyahoga Ambulance’s insurance company wouldn’t carry him after too many speeding tickets. Over the next 15 years, he hauled coal and logs in big trucks, and drove heavy machinery for a variety of coal companies.

    He quit his job as a heavy equipment operator for Independence Coal Co. in 2005 after ‘they pissed me off’ by writing him up for running out of fuel in a dozer.

    He began his $6.50-an-hour job with the Danville Police Department on Aug. 1, 2008, and spent the first few days practicing filling out reports with Chief Boehm. Boehm gave Jarrett a copy of the department’s policy and procedures manual, had him ride along for a couple of days, then ‘turned him loose’ to work by himself, according to Boehm.”

    http://www.wvgazette.com/News/201005220281?page=1&build=cache

  12. #12 |  J sub D | 

    Further adventures in qualified immunity.
    Insert standard obscentity and profanity filled rant about the privileges and immunities of government officials here (When is the Eliot Spitzer money laundering trial anyway?).

    If y’all will allow me to timidly stray off the equal rights for everybody, regardless of race, creed, national origin, gender or sexual preference for a second here –

    WHO THE FUCK THOUGHT HAVING MALE GUARDS IN FEMALE PRISONS A GOOD IDEA?

  13. #13 |  ZappaCrappa | 

    Puppycides – Thank you officers for reaffirming my belief that most of you are really nothing more than yellow coward pussies at heart. Without your guns, badges, and other fancy deadly toys…well…you’re just yet another pencil dicked high school bully with teeny weeny peeny syndrome. The good news? The suicide rate among your fellow brethren is off the charts. Cheers.

  14. #14 |  Bob | 

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-02-08-police-suicides_x.htm

    Huh! It looks like cops are 3 times more likely to kill themselves than be killed by bad guys or crashing their cars into shit.

    I didn’t know that.

    I love the way they blame the guns. Then blithely point out that cops are control freaks that can’t admit weakness. I think we cracked the case, Sherlock!

  15. #15 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Inspiring!

    That’s the story of my life (minus the climax).

  16. #16 |  AJs | 

    Thank you Radley for ruining my weekend. The story about shooting and killing a Cocker-Spaniel mix especially pisses me off.

  17. #17 |  Cynical in CA | 

    From the another isolated incident link: “You can’t apologize enough for a screwup like that,” Nickson said.

    Start the bidding at seppuku and I can find some forgiveness in my heart.

  18. #18 |  Cynical in CA | 

    “When Andrew Darrey, 21, found the front door locked and couldn’t get in because he didn’t have a key, he called police.”

    Memo to self: educate people to NEVER, EVER call the police!

    Police are the enemy. Every damn one of them.

    If there are any pigs reading this, stay the fuck away from my house.

  19. #19 |  Bob | 

    Honey! What’s for dinner?

    Assorted dried Reptiles and Mixed Meat!

    Mmm! My favorite!

    Woo, Walmart Brand Spirits. How does the Wine Industry compete with that? So basically… what? It’s moonshine?

    You wanna give an American kid nightmares? Send him to school with Pig Face sandwiches. When I was a kid, someone gave me a burrito with a whole tongue in it. Yeah, I freaked out.

    Cooking is hard work! Slaving over a hot pot of Mixed Meat and Cooking Oil. Some Orange Juice would sure go good right now!

  20. #20 |  Big Chief | 

    Inspiration! That was great! There’s a good reason you don’t see martial artists trying to break plywood. There really are things that you can’t do, regardless of how inspired or persistent you are!

  21. #21 |  Michael not Mann | 

    Not more video of O’Reilly and Krauthammer.

  22. #22 |  Michael not Mann | 

    In these dog shooting incidents, the dogs should be sent to the ME to determine the angle they were killed from. Cops that are lying should get parking meter duty. (They should be fired for public endangerment, but that’s not going to happen.)

  23. #23 |  J sub D | 

    Woo, Walmart Brand Spirits. How does the Wine Industry compete with that? So basically… what? It’s moonshine?

    Meh. When I lived in San Diego c. 1990 you could buy generic scotch, vodka, gin etc. at the local grocery store (I think it was Ralph’s).

  24. #24 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    #18 Cynical in California:

    “If there are any pigs reading this, stay the fuck away from my house.”

    Not to pick a fight, Cynical, but you post anonymously. Perhaps putting a sign up in front of your house might be more effective. Just saying…

  25. #25 |  Aresen | 

    Re: The ‘Whoops’ story about Corpus Christi police mistaking real weeds for ‘weed’.

    I prefer to look at it positively.

    Assume these were real weeds growing in the park and the officers removed them.

    First, we have a group of LEOs doing useful work, albeit inadvertently.

    Second, they are going to be in so much trouble when the CC Parks Employees Union (whatever it’s called) finds out that the cops have been doing the Parks Employees’ job.

  26. #26 |  BSK | 

    How many things at American Wal-Marts would look odd to the people in China?

  27. #27 |  Whim | 

    J sub D could not be more right…..

    Who on earth allowed the politically-correct, AFFIRMATIVE-ACTION prison policy of allowing MALE guards in a FEMALE prison?

    That is merely inviting abuse, coercion, and endless trouble between powerful male jailers, and subservient female prisoners.

    Like, baby, suck it or I’m going to write you up for a Violation, and you’ll go in Solitary with no visitors and no privileges forEVER.

    Dumb…meet dumber.

    Courtesy of the U.S. Prison System…………..

  28. #28 |  Michael Chaney | 

    How many things at American Wal-Marts would look odd to the people in China?

    The morbidly obese women in spandex?

  29. #29 |  albatross | 

    The wrong-address raid was at least handled with some sanity, from the report–they didn’t kick the door in, kill the dog, wound the baby because he stood up in his crib with a threatening-looking rattle, and then realize they had the wrong address.

    IMO, a SWAT style raid on the wrong address ought to be a career ender, like for a surgeon who amputates the wrong leg. There are too damned many ways someone can get killed in that situation to tolerate dumb mistakes.

  30. #30 |  albatross | 

    I was sort of dismayed to see Holder getting to decide what to do w.r.t. prison rape. Will he tell us that we need to look forward, not backward, and then cover up all evidence of past prison rape?

  31. #31 |  oldfatherwilliam | 

    This again. “Puppycide” is flip and diminishing of the offense. How about “Dog Murder” instead? What would happen to Balko’s dog if his home were casually invaded by those Jack-booted Thugs? Or yours or mine?

  32. #32 |  Aresen | 

    Scottp:

    – 100.

    If you are going to talk about killing cops, go somewhere else.

    I would much rather cheer on the first person who beats a “qualified immunity” defense and gets a cop busted for breaking the law.

  33. #33 |  Charlie O | 

    #6 Aresen,

    This strengthens my long held belief that most cops are basically cowards to begin with. My father was a cop for awhile. He was afraid of everything around him.

  34. #34 |  BSK | 

    Michael Chaney-

    Well played, sir! +200

  35. #35 |  Frank Hummel | 

    re: “Whoops!”

    Too bad henbit doesn’t look anything like pot. I’ve been trying to get rid of it my back yard since April.

  36. #36 |  Steve Verdon | 

    From the second linked puppycide story:

    “Based on this officer and the training that he’s provided, he knows the difference between a dog running up to him and sniffing him and two dogs charging, snarling, and showing their teeth to him.”

    Bullshit.

  37. #37 |  Andrew Williams | 

    If I shot a police dog, what are the odds that I’d be a free man later that evening? Even if I was defending myself.

    One law for them, the other for us.

    Hey, boys in blue? The trumpet is sounding–sounding for you.

    You better be ready.

  38. #38 |  Joe | 

    If you have ever gone to Walmart late night, they have some strange folks wandering the isles, and many of them would probably benefit from anti bacterial underwear.

    Just sayin.

  39. #39 |  Joe | 

    And my guess Walmart is considered high end in China. Kind of exotic (even if ironically all of Walmart’s stock comes from China).

  40. #40 |  Gadlinks for Monday, 5.24.2010 « Work and Buisness | 

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  41. #41 |  Gadlinks for Monday, 5.24.2010 | My Blog | 

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  42. #42 |  Daigo | 

    Always refreshing to see food go bad. Just post two more a day so I won’t eat at all. And be sure to cap them off with more depressing stories about police brutality and our awfully skewed legal system like this one: http://lawblog.legalmatch.com/2010/05/12/scores-of-lawsuits-filed-following-the-deepwater-horizon-oil-spill/ so I can jump out a building sooner… ;)

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