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Saturday, July 30th, 2011
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  1. #1 |  Julian | 

    Radley,

    Your tazer link is malformed… results in a 404 error

  2. #2 |  SJE | 

    The “horrifying police brutality story” has a man stripped naked, kicked and beaten and threatened with being shot while lying in the snow, breaking ribs and puncturing a lung, then jailed for 5 months.

    By comparison the Sheriff says procedures were followed and the tape only give a 2dimensional picture. The kicker is the response: “The federal probe is examining the assault on Ring as a potential civil rights violation…..[and] Tennessee Department of Investigation is also examining the incident for possible violations of state law.”

    To recap: If you are a cop, your boss will protect you, and the state and feds will go through extradinary steps before even charging you, even when there is physical and video evidence. Yet the ordinary person gets beaten, brutalized and jailed all on the say so of the cops who did the beating.

  3. #3 |  Laura Victoria | 

    I pulled up the Taser story fine. Seems like it should eliminate the need for regular guns, right???!!! s/o

  4. #4 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Horrifying police brutality story of the day.

    The good news is that these were just a few bad apples.

    The bad news is that cops are almost all bad apples.

  5. #5 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Apple has more cash on hand than the U.S. Treasury. I can’t decide if this is a good thing or a bad thing.

    It’s a bad thing if they also have as much debt as the U.S. Treasury.

  6. #6 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Community succumbs to predator panic after grandfather spotted taking pictures of his grandson in a park.

    My hobby is photography. I’m planning a trip to San Francisco in September to do nothing but walk around taking pictures. I must be some kind of fucking idiot. When I’m arrested, people will probably say I was just asking for it.

  7. #7 |  Some Guy | 

    Re: 50 Cent….damn man, can’t you recognize a C-walk when you see it?

  8. #8 |  philly girl | 

    Comment from the police brutality story posted by JohnEightThirtyTwo.

    “Scanning the comments, I see that they’re completely biased against the police officers. It should be pointed out, in these officers’ defense, that there was reason to believe that Mr. Ring was a piñata.”

  9. #9 |  Aresen | 

    Apple has more cash on hand than the U.S. Treasury. I can’t decide if this is a good thing or a bad thing.

    Just one more thing for goddam Mac users to be smug about.

  10. #10 |  primus | 

    love the ’50 cent’ vid.

  11. #11 |  John P. | 

    Is it just me or is there a lot more of these brutality stories these days. And the level of brutality seems to be increasing.

    Anyone else sense this?

  12. #12 |  JS | 

    #11 John P. It seems that way to me too. I guess evil people just get bolder and bolder when there are no consequences to what they do. The vast majority of the public still thinks they are all heros.

  13. #13 |  JS | 

    Oh yea, fuck Taser International. Hoepfully there will be a big trial for all US authorities for crimes against humanity someday and they’ll be the star defendants.

  14. #14 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    Yea Radley, but at least they’re warnings and not charges. Progress is slow…
    (But hopefully with the police cuts, well – let’s just say that many police forces have been quite blunt with the government as to their priorities, and warnings are not the important clean-up statistics!)

  15. #15 |  bendover | 

    The infamous Officer Harless is at it again – threatens to “put you in the grave” Shoot you in the face” etc..

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=9c0_1311892748

  16. #16 |  Ariel | 

    And I bought stock at $16 per share (it has split twice IIRC). Wish I had bought about $50k more. Perhaps Apple should buy out the USA. iPods and iPads (anyone remember the original iPad? :>) for everyone.

    As for the police brutality, we should wait until all the info is in, you know, around 2013. After all, the video is incomplete as it doesn’t show the day before or the day after, and it doesn’t match the police report which is always, I mean always, just the facts and nothing more or less. Not to mention, the video doesn’t show the hands at all times of the perp who tried to smash them to pieces, take their guns, or worse scratch them, and we all know how painful scratches are. Really, any one here could write the police response even if…

  17. #17 |  Stick | 

    re: Horrifyng police brutality story of the day
    “We feel our deputies will be shown to have conducted themselves as trained when all the facts come out,” Davis said in a statement July 7.

    What sort of training do these sick cunts go through? 6 months at Abu Graib prison, 6 months at the Dr. Josef Mengele medical research institute and a course in waterboarding held at Langley?

  18. #18 |  Stick | 

    re: the Taser story in the Sydney Morning Herald.
    ‘…Many of the Taser-funded studies are relied upon by police forces to justify their use of the weapon.’

    What is wrong/broken inside coppers heads that they have to hurt everybody they come in contact with?

  19. #19 |  JS | 

    Stick “What is wrong/broken inside coppers heads that they have to hurt everybody they come in contact with?”

    Arrogance, pride, a god complex, the public constantly kissing their asses and pumping up their egos and a mainstream media that refuses to question almost anything they do. This produces very sick twisted individuals who develop megolamania like a dictator and think that anything less than ass kissing is an afront to them that must be punished. Hopefully someday soon they will face some sort of crimes against humanity trial.

  20. #20 |  edmund dantes | 

    Apple really shouldn’t have that much cash on hand. It’s a waste of the resource, and it’s way more cash than they need in a rainy day fund.

  21. #21 |  croaker | 

    If it weren’t for the risk of the grandfather/photographer getting tased, beaten, then shot, I would say stand your ground and press charges against the helicopter parent when the cops finally show up.

  22. #22 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    “where Tennessee police stripped a man naked, then kicked and beat him while he lay handcuffed in the snow.”

    Well among other things, what the fuck was the purpose of stripping him naked? Jeepers cripes. And Once again, there were at least three officers present, yet a ridiculous amount of force is used.

    While working in healthcare security, I have learned that having that many security officers (or a combination of officers and medical staff) present when someone gets combative means that you can use LESS force to keep them from hurting others or themselves. Not MORE force! More responders to the incident does not mean you should stomp and use electronic weapons. It’s a fairly simple concept, really. Having more than a couple people present means everyone can grab for a limb and hold it down until the combative person starts to calm down or until restraint devices (handcuffs or medical style restraints depending on the situation) are introduced. Yes, sometimes one of us still takes a kick or gets spit on, but eventually the person is restrained.

    But then again, if private persons working in healthcare acted like this we would be investigated by numerous police and public health agencies and we would be fucked. That is quite an incentive not to be a thug.

  23. #23 |  Mike T | 

    If it weren’t for the risk of the grandfather/photographer getting tased, beaten, then shot, I would say stand your ground and press charges against the helicopter parent when the cops finally show up.

    Cases like this are why I disagree with the libertarian non-aggression principle. I think the old man would have been well within his right to give her the back of his hand if she wouldn’t get out of his face.

  24. #24 |  JOR | 

    Well there are more police brutality stories these days, maybe, but I doubt there’s much more police brutality than in the good old days (whenever those were). People are just more willing and able to report them and provide obvious demonstrative evidence, rather than simply remain marginalized (or invisible). And as more people are confronted with the truth, and see what scum the pigs really are and what lies and distortions they’ll really resort to, people become braver about airing particular cases of injustice. In the short term this may lead to the police becoming worse as the erosion of public trust causes them to grow more insular and tribal. That’s unfortunate, but better the pigs and citizens see each other as they truly are, even if that makes things genuinely worse for a while, than continue to live a lie. Because nothing was ever going to get better if they kept living that lie. Fuck if I sound like an optimist. Things probably will just get worse anyway, but chances of improvement are at least better with the hostility and polarization.

  25. #25 |  BamBam | 

    banners all around where i live
    https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/National_Night_Out

    perfect opportunity to film and ask police some hard questions. we’ll see how “community minded” they are when they are properly prostrated.

  26. #26 |  glasnost | 

    Speaking of which, file this under “not remotely surprising.”

    This is what happens when you leave knowledge discovery up to the market: industry-funded studies that are as reliably dishonest as Soviet news reports.

  27. #27 |  markm | 

    ‘“We feel our deputies will be shown to have conducted themselves as trained when all the facts come out,” Davis said in a statement July 7.’

    I hope Ring’s lawyer is able to use this statement in court – it seems to me to be an admission that the department trained its officers to strip a suspect naked and whale on him for ten minutes.

  28. #28 |  witless chum | 

    Oh, the predator freak outs. We had one in my area few months ago, which was caused by an ‘unknown male’ driving up to a playground filled with kids, walking around seeming to look at the kids and then getting in his car and driving away. So parents, primed by a supposed attempted abduction on the other side of the county, called police.

    The “predator” turned out to be a volunteer fireman out looking for a wandered seven-year-old.

  29. #29 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    The Darrin Ring beating is the usual: FBI “investigating” prior to releasing a report of no wrong-doing (because policies were not broken).

    “Stop Resisting!” followed by a bat to the head…citizens need a similar policy for dealing with the police.

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