Protestors in Hamden, Conneticut complain about cops

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

They say the cops are harassing them and retaliating when they file complaints with the police department’s Ethics and Integrity Unit.

They marched from the police station to the government center and gave a letter of concern to the mayor who said, “I have the highest faith in our department and chief officer who are asked to do a very difficult job.”

Not exactly a big news item, but I think it’s worth mentioning when people actually get out on the street and embarrass the police department.  For the most part, they don’t have many other options, if the department decides to ignore their complaints.  I hope their next step, after the mayor blows them off (his statement seems to already have done that), is go to the FBI.

Th clip is from wtnh.com.  Alternate coverage is here.

On the other hand, if you’re in a big city on the other end if the country, the police chief might actually issue a public apology and set up a complaint hotline before continuing with the status quo.

From what I’ve seen in other cities (at least the big ones that get on national news), even if you do get a federal investigation, they will on fix the problem temporarily before the city degenerates right back to where it was.  Examples are New Orleans, Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles.

[Posted by Dave Krueger]

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9 Responses to “Protestors in Hamden, Conneticut complain about cops”

  1. #1 |  JS | 

    Too late to get the genie back into the bottle now. The only thing that can change it would be for Bill O’Reilly, Katie Couric and your TV local news channels to stop the blackout on any news that might make the state look bad, and start doing the stories that Radley reports on here. Only then would the hero worshipping public get angry enough to scare our gutless coward legislators into doing anything about police abuse.

    That’s why it will never change.

  2. #2 |  Mister DNA | 

    They got a lot a lot a lot of great desks and chairs uh-huh at the Government Center.

    Sorry… I have an almost Pavlovian response to the phrase “Government Center”.

  3. #3 |  croaker | 

    Hotlines serve the purpose of keeping information from the people who need it.

  4. #4 |  Bob | 

    Awww! These people think the Police work for THEM! Isn’t that cute?

  5. #5 |  bob marks | 

    Call the FBI??? They are part of the problem, not the solution. The solution may well lie in the hindsight wisdom of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, author of the Gulag Archipelago when he wrote:

    “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 goodbye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling in terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand. The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst; the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!”

    –Alexander Solzhenitsyn

    (Excerpt from Alexander’s three volume work, based on the Soviet forced labor and concentration camp system. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gulag_Archipelago)

  6. #6 |  stupidamerkin | 

    I am 60 years old, never committed a crime or hurt anyone, yet I have been arrested twice & my property stolen by these thugs dressed in uniforms wearing a gun. The last time I was being arrested for exercising what I thought was a God given right, the assisant cheif of police, Tigard Oregon, handed me his card and told me that if I had any intentions to file a complaint or any kind of charge, I would be wasting my time since they would just ignore and trash it. This was the exact words out of this thugs mouth. The reality is that we now live in a corporate fascist regime controlled by a police state of mindless robots that are highly trained to plunder and kill anything that moves if the choose to do so sanctioned by the the big criminals in black robes across this country.
    IT’S OVER FOLKS. WHEN A COUNTRY LOSES IT’S LIBERTIES AND FREEDOM, IT WILL NEVER BE REGAINED. When will they come crashing through your door to kill you and your family? Who knows. We’ll just sit around and wait I guess.

  7. #7 |  Highway | 

    “Richard is now hoping to learn how to write a compelling invitation to freedom. Your feed back is sought.”

    My feedback is that 90 inches of blog comment are entirely inappropriate, certainly not compelling, and only serve to piss people off.

  8. #8 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #7 stupidamerkin

    ILLITERACY,
    the tool of choice for white collar criminals….

    I deleted this for being an off-topic dissertation instead of a comment. Feel free to post a link to it, however.

  9. #9 |  demize! | 

    #5 That’s a great piece. Most definately a truism.

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