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Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
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43 Responses to “Lunch Links”

  1. #1 |  Kinney | 

    The cop shot the handcuffed man with a rifle? Really? How do you explain that?

  2. #2 |  Andrew S. | 

    Between these links, the zero tolerance links, and the two links in the Balloon Juice article, I’ve surpassed my FDA recommended amount of outrage for the day. And it’s not yet 1 PM!

  3. #3 |  omar | 

    Maybe all the weird shirtless hunting pictures are overcompensation for wearing all those dorky Eastern Europe 80′s clothes.

    Look a little stiffer there, buddy.

  4. #4 |  Marty | 

    is that Putin with the camera?!!

    the paralytics story is frightening- you’re awake, but unable to move. this looks like torture to me.

  5. #5 |  Matt | 

    Yes, looks like Putin on the left.

  6. #6 |  Sean L. | 

    Marty: You win!

  7. #7 |  MRK-2 | 

    “After moving to Stockton, Julie found a job babysitting
    children with the State of California.”

    Clearly qualified to do so.

  8. #8 |  Bob | 

    The drug war gets yet more depraved.

    The comments to the article are frightening. A lot of people apparently believe that “The ends justify the means”.

  9. #9 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “Now, Felix Booker’s defense attorney is hoping a jury hearing about the most controversial warrantless body cavity search in local law enforcement history will do what a federal judge would not – toss out a charge the 21-year-old Booker intended to sell the 5.7 grams of crack hidden in his rectum.”

    Next time my dealer tells me he’s gonna treat me to “some good shit”
    I’ll be inclined to take him literally.

  10. #10 |  rapscallion | 

    The doctor in the drug search paralyzation story story should lose his license.

  11. #11 |  Will Grigg | 

    Putin’s Russian fans call him “our James Bond.” He did somewhat resemble Daniel Craig as a younger man, I think.

  12. #12 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

    Damn you, Radley. The photo essay on Julie is excellent. And horrifying. And immensely sad.

  13. #13 |  Comrade Dread | 

    I know I shouldn’t bother reading comments on any of these police story links, but they are just seriously fucking depressing in showing how many people can see a story like:

    Doctors involuntarily paralyze a guy to let cops perform an invasive body cavity search without a warrant and cop shoots handcuffed suspect in the back of a car

    and think, “Way to go.”

    I suppose it’s because neither guy seems like a winner and they’d probably only show outrage if it happened to one of them, but fail completely to see the point that the more accepted it becomes, the more likely it IS to happen to one of them.

  14. #14 |  Aresen | 

    See if you can spot the future world leader who is undercover an undercover spy in this photo.

    Yeah, it’s Putin. I’d watch out for the kid in the future though.

  15. #15 |  perlhaqr | 

    I suppose one exists, but it’s hard to conceive of a scenario in which it would be justified to shoot a man while he’s handcuffed in the back of a police car.

    Sprouting lovecraftian tentacles and shrieking. There’s one.

  16. #16 |  Aresen | 

    The Doctor in that body cavity search item should have his license revoked.

    Not only was the search done without a warrant, he violated the “primum non nocere” doctrine by administering a paralyzing drug for no theraputic purpose.

  17. #17 |  Aresen | 

    perlhaqr | February 3rd, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I suppose one exists, but it’s hard to conceive of a scenario in which it would be justified to shoot a man while he’s handcuffed in the back of a police car.

    Sprouting lovecraftian tentacles and shrieking. There’s one.

    I was thinking of “using his telepathic powers to cause everyone’s brains to come out their ears”, but that one will do.

  18. #18 |  donald | 

    That Julie Project was heartbreaking. At one point though, the compassion for the adults was diminished. You’re an HIV infected addict with no money. How about you quit squatting out offspring for a change? Nothing but compassion for the kids, especially the one that was with her at the end, hope she has a better chance in life.

  19. #19 |  Cyto | 

    India’s high court has ruled that astrology is a science.

  20. #20 |  Frank Hummel | 

    The guy beside Putin looks like Slobodan Milosevic.

  21. #21 |  Frank Hummel | 

    Re: Julie project. Looked at pictures and the same question I’ve been trying to answer for a long time keeps coming up. I see this over and over again, in real life and in pictures.

    I don’t mean to sound like heartless prick, I understand some people are poor, but why do their homes look like pigsties? Can’t you just grab a broom and sweep the damn floor, or at least dump the old fast food containers off the table. I mean you’re unemployed and have nothing to do all day long anyway…

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  23. #23 |  Harry Lime | 

    Gary Busey in photo no. 2. Almost missed it!

  24. #24 |  Zargon | 

    [quote]Trim said that the man then began shouting and moving around in the back seat, and officers re-opened the rear door in an effort to gain control of the man.[/quote]
    Oh shit! He’s moving around while handcuffed in the backseat of the patrol car where he can’t possibly escape or do much of anything besides shout and move around! We clearly need to get this guy under control by shooting him in the face with a rifle.

  25. #25 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    “I suppose one exists, but it’s hard to conceive of a scenario in which it would be justified to shoot a man while he’s handcuffed in the back of a police car.”

    The handcuffed man starts to transform into a werewolf?

    Nothing else springs to mind……

  26. #26 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Kevin from The Office over Reagan’s left shoulder in pic 2.

    What a photo essay. The folks that actually need help are just doomed. Beyond sad.

  27. #27 |  ClubMedSux | 

    I had the same reaction after the Colts-Jets game.

    I had the same reaction after the Bears-Packers game, only I was freezing my ass off in Section 443 at the time, thinking of how much money I could’ve made if I had sold my tickets.

  28. #28 |  Pablo | 

    Well if the handcuffed guy started to change into The Thing then zapping him with a flamethrower might be justified.

  29. #29 |  Tyler | 

    Wow. “The Julie Project” was incredibly sad. I hope reading that story makes me a little more compassionate, and I desperately hope that no person or circumstance “breaks” my kids. Adults can do terrible things to children. :(

  30. #30 |  J sub D | 

    I suppose one exists, but it’s hard to conceive of a scenario in which it would be justified to shoot a man while he’s handcuffed in the back of a police car.

    The department is conducting preliminary fact-finding in conjunction with representatives from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office “to determine what happened,” he said.

    Lemme save ya the trouble -
    After a thorough internal investigation it has ben determined that the officer acted responsibly and in accordance with established procedures.

  31. #31 |  Highway | 

    At least they’re not trying to say that the rifle ‘accidentally’ fired. So at least those guys appear to be away from the scourge of the self-firing guns.

    The doctor that administered the body cavity search, there’s just so much wrong on so many levels. But the thing that is starting to get to me about all these cases is that they’re not even trying to argue whether a body cavity search on a person is the right or wrong thing to do. They’re not arguing whether the use of force is justified. It’s justifying the methodology, with the implicit assumption that “Whatever we need to do to put these guys away” is ok.

  32. #32 |  Bulucanagria | 

    The shooting handcuffed guy story has disappeared

  33. #33 |  John C. Randolph | 

    >I’d watch out for the kid in the future though.

    That kid grew up to be Obama’s treasury secretary, didn’t he?

    -jcr

  34. #34 |  Lucy | 

    The best part of the doctor paralyzes man story is that doc might not be credible because he was accused of smoking pot.

    That man is not a doctor.

    And the comments basically come down to “lol justified searches government butts.”

    What a terrifying precedent if this guy is not in serious, license-losing trouble.

  35. #35 |  Matt | 

    “…handcuffed in the back of a police car.” is giving me 404. Anyone have another link?

  36. #36 |  shecky | 

    The Julie Project gave me mixed feelings. I can empathize with her sad lot in life, pity her self destruction, and be enraged at her irresponsibility. I Compassion is not one of my reactions, though. I already understand the hell such broken human beings can suffer through. Yet, am I really supposed to empathize with Julie when she inevitably loses custody of her kids almost as fast as she can birth them? Understanding that her children may have been the one non destructive joy in her life, still, they were not only terribly disadvantaged by her custody, but endangered by it. I hope they have all the advantages and opportunities their Julie never had and could never even hope to provide. And I hope Julie can truly rest in peace now being free of the demons that controlled her life.

  37. #37 |  OBTC | 

    #35 Matt:

    http://www.fox40.com/news/headlines/ktxl-elk-grove-police-investigate-officerinvolved-shooting-20110130,0,14358.story

  38. #38 |  OBTC | 

    I found two more links regarding the paralyzing body cavity search

    http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/dec/08/oak-ridge-case-tests-rules-on-body-searches/

    One of those links is the judges’ ruling releasing the doctor (and police) from any 4th amendment violations and denying motions to suppress.

    http://web.knoxnews.com/pdf/2010/dec/120810booker-ruling.pdf

    Incredibly, the judge said the doctor WAS NOT acting as an agent of the state when he conducted the search at the request of one of the officers of the four officers that were present for the sedation, then an attempted rectal search, then the paralyzing, intubation and successful rectal search of the defendant.

    After paralyzing the defendant and removing the drugs from the defendant’s body, he promptly gave the drugs to one officer who was holding an evidence bag but because Dr. LaPaglia “explained his duties as an emergency room physician to the Defendant – Specifically, LaPaglia told the Defendant that he was under a duty to remove any foreign objects that were in the Defendant’s rectum.“ and since the police didn’t direct the doctor to paralyze the patient, that the doctor “conceived of it” all on his own – this was enough to let the “good” doctor off the hook.

    Twice the judge referenced the need to preserve/retrieve evidence (first) and then save the defendants’ life (second) as to why these “exigent circumstances” existed.

    It shocks my conscience but apparently not that of the judge, the prosecutor, the 4 cops, the doctor and the nurse who assisted him.

    And that is truly unfortunate – for the rest of us.

  39. #39 |  markm | 

    “Sprouting lovecraftian tentacles and shrieking. There’s one.”

    Or turning green, tripling in size, and yelling “Hulk smash” as the handcuffs fly apart in pieces.

  40. #40 |  Scott | 

    I don’t mean to sound like heartless prick, I understand some people are poor, but why do their homes look like pigsties? Can’t you just grab a broom and sweep the damn floor, or at least dump the old fast food containers off the table.

    Interesting – I’ve pondered the same question for some time, and here’s my opinion: the filth, chaos, and general disorganization are the external manifestations of the state of their minds, which are in the same chaotic state. Add booze and drugs to the mix, and there’s almost zero chance that these people can succeed at all when their thought processes are so distorted and entangled. They’re simply not able to manage, plan, or organize any part of their lives – mental, emotional, financial, or physical.

  41. #41 |  Doug | 

    I don’t mean to sound like heartless prick, I understand some people are poor, but why do their homes look like pigsties? Can’t you just grab a broom and sweep the damn floor, or at least dump the old fast food containers off the table.

    If they were motivated to grab a broom and sweep the floor, they wouldn’t be poor in the first place. The tragedy is that there are people who are compelled to destroy their lives and those of the people they care about, not because they have malicious intentions, but because they have destructive compulsions and little self control.

  42. #42 |  Phelps | 

    Why did we have to shoot a guy who was cuffed in the back of our car?

    Shut up, that’s why.

  43. #43 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    “Once the door was opened, one of the officers, who had his law enforcement rifle out, fired his weapon. At his point we don’t know why he fired his weapon,” Trim said.

    Jesus. That pretty much sounds like he freaked out and popped the guy for no apparent reason. And that is actually a pretty honest, objective statement from the PD. I wasn’t there, of course, but that sounds like a situation where fellow officers should have just ordered him to drop the rifle and handcuffed him right there. Well, we’ll see how it plays out.

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