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Monday, August 8th, 2011
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  1. #1 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    # “More home invasions by criminals posing as police.”

    In a culture where the “peace officers” increasingly mimic the brutal, lawless tactics of criminals, becoming the biggest, baddest gang in town, it was just a matter of time before the criminals would start to dress up as crazy-ass cops.

    What comes around goes around.

  2. #2 |  WWJGD | 

    I’d be curious to see what the followup reports say about what was in the taser victim’s system. I saw the article in the paper yesterday and looked for any sign of drugs or alcohol in his system in other versions of the story, finding none. I wonder if that taser safety study also had an exception for healthy youth.

    Those pacifiers make me want to have kids. Then we’d match.

  3. #3 |  JS | 

    Good for the ACLU!

  4. #4 |  E | 

    There was a taser death in Virginia this weekend too. Police tased a man, Debro Wilkerson, who was known to be having a heart attack – in fact, police were there because a family member had called 911 because the victim was having chest pains. The local TV news reported that he was handcuffed hand and feet the second time the police tased him, and that he may have been using PCP.

    http://www.google.com/search?aq=f&hl=en&gl=us&tbm=nws&btnmeta_news_search=1&q=Debro+Wilkerson

  5. #5 |  Charlie O | 

    Re: Home Invasion by fake cops.

    What a perfect modis operandi. It’s pretty much common knowledge that if you try to stop police from breaking your door and invading your house, you will likely end up dead. So why not use LE tactics to rob? Good chance you won’t meet any resistance. And hell, in Indiana, the supreme court in that state has already said that as a citizen, you have absolutely no right to resist the police whether or not their actions are lawful or not.

  6. #6 |  Biff Dangler | 

    A piece of good news today:

    Cops use excessive force on guy at soccer game, fans rush the field and beat up the cops:

    http://philly.barstoolsports.com/around-barstool/cops-use-excessive-force-on-fan-get-mobbed-by-rest-of-the-fans/

  7. #7 |  dave smith | 

    The officer in the Taser story is “very distraught.” They’ll have to look into this very carefully…. the officer might not have the proper mental status to be a LEO.

  8. #8 |  Laura Victoria | 

    Those fake cop home invaders better get into some method acting quick if they want to keep on robbing. No one is beaten up and no dogs are shot? Yeah right, sure, you’re REAALLLY the police?

  9. #9 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    #4,

    What’s coming next is some poor bastard shoots a fake cop invading his home, and gets charged with a crime by the real cops because they feel he should have refrained from shooting anybody claiming to be a cop, even if they were a fake.

    Anybody want to bet it doesn’t happen?

  10. #10 |  Laura Victoria | 

    Re: ACLU and MD “wiretapping law.” I don’t think the only audio is banned argument get much done in a practical sense. When dealing with police and DAs in criminal law cases I’ve handled in the past, I’ve learned it’s important to think several steps ahead about what their response, however abusrd, might be to an arguments you make. Cops can easily justify the detention on a reasonable suspicion standard that they needed to find out whether the “video” taping included audio. The other thing they’ll do is claim that the tape is out of context without the audio when they are dealing with it in trial.

    We are where we are in the US with Gestapo-Law Enforcement because judges routinely buy their bull shit, no matter how implausible. And I noticed that the ACLU will be seeking some kind of “request” for presumably the judge to prohinit A-hole, power mad BPD from routinely stopping and arresting people for filming. This sounds like some form of injunctive relief, but the press release is so dumbed-down for the MSM that it’s hard to tell what they’re seeking. If it is any kind of order telling the police how to handle situations under penalty of contempt, they’d have a real long shot at best at getting it from the most civil libertarian judges in the country (all five of them).

    Maybe the feds will do something on the case in Fullerton, CA. The citizens there are quite organized there about doing something and already have a petition with enough signatures to get a recall of city council members on the ballot, money to back the campaign, and from the fullertonsfuture.org web site, have wide, cross-ideological support across the city. And KFI 640 radio has done an outstanding job broadcasting not just the Kelly Thomas case, but a plethora of systemic abuse by the FPD and OCS, all over southern California.

    Radley: Please do a follow-up on this story, here or at HP. It’s heartening to see some stories where people seem to be getting something done. Please. The whole Police Officers Bill of Rights and other GDR-style secrecy laws are getting a great airing out and it looks like this story has legs.

  11. #11 |  Paul | 

    Fred is Dead.
    Long live the Auto Body Express.
    He was great :)

  12. #12 |  Laura Victoria | 

    #4, we must have been posting at the same time with that same looking ahead to what the cops might say point of view. Though your comment made me crack up, I can easily imagine it.

  13. #13 |  Mannie | 

    More home invasions by criminals posing as police.

    How do we know they aren’t real cops?

  14. #14 |  Marty | 

    I’m intrigued by the Anonymous hackings. With the exception of annoying paypal, have they had any real impact?

  15. #15 |  H. Reardon | 

    As usual, Radley delivers a deady accurate kick to the Malcolm Gladwell.

  16. #16 |  Juice | 

    http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/08/state-secrets-fazaga-v-fbi

    The case, Fazaga v. FBI, stems from the purported actions of Craig Monteilh, a 49-year-old convicted criminal who claims that he spent 15 months in 2006 and 2007 infiltrating mosques in Orange County, California, as part of an undercover FBI investigation known as “Operation Flex.”

    Monteilh, for his part, says he knows what the government might be trying to hide. Monteilh—who, for what it’s worth, is a convicted felon—now says that the FBI broached the subject of his traveling abroad to act on the intelligence he gathered during Operation Flex. In one instance, Monteilh says, the FBI asked him whether he’d be interested in traveling to Pakistan to assassinate a terrorist target. Monteilh claims that a CIA representative reviewed his progress in Arabic and Islamic training every month.

    Monteilh alleges that during his time as an informant, the FBI also involved him in an elaborate plan to present himself as a single, Muslim man seeking introductions to potential wives in Orange County and record his meetings with the women. Monteilh says that before the relationships turned sexual, he approached the FBI agents on the case: “I said look guys, as you hear the recordings, if it goes to a level where there’s a potential sexual encounter what do you want me to do?” According to Monteilh, the agents said to go ahead with the sexual interactions in cases where good information existed. After learning more about the women’s potential “terrorist” connections abroad through Monteilh, the FBI would confront the women with recordings of their sexual encounters with Monteilh, intending to frighten them into giving the bureau actionable intelligence. “They told me that we’re going to use the [Islamic] culture against the Muslim community,” Monteilh says.

  17. #17 |  croaker | 

    NYSP and “Public Safety Officer” of Jewish Enclave in Orange County NY (suburb of NYC) rough up visitors/photographers.

    http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/jbkir/i_visited_an_ultraorthodox_jewish_village_was/

    I learned through other sources that this “enclave” is collecting a metric buttload of free government money.

    @6 It was only a matter of time.

  18. #18 |  derfel cadarn | 

    What are we going to do now! We can no longer tell the fake gestapo from the state sanctioned gestapo. America what a country. The state sanctioned boys better catch these boys before they start giving the SS (state sanctioned) gestapo a GOOD name. Nobody tasered or dogs shot and no flashbang grenades,definitely was not the SS boys.

  19. #19 |  DocHoliday916 | 

    San Diego Cop accused of hit and run drunk driving apparently commits suicide.

    Here’s the URL: http://discussions.latimes.com/20/lanews/la-me-sd-police-officer-20110802/10

    I’m on record here and other forums about the waning respect I have for cops given the record of abuses, botched SWAT raids, cops believing they are some elite protected class etc etc.

    I read this article and my blood runs cold for this guy. No sympathy at all, just one less badge on the street. Good riddance. To all your cop lurkers out there who read this I’m gonna say this again. If you’re losing the hearts and minds of folks like me, you have a real serious serious PR problem with the citizenry you’re supposed to “protect and serve.”

  20. #20 |  Mrs. C | 

    The officer is very distraught…

    at least and until he can put this “event” behind him…and that will be…as soon as he is given a pass…as he will claim…he felt threatened…and was just doing his job…so his actions will more than likely…be considered justified.

    On the other hand…the family of this young man…whose future was stolen from him…will live with their heartache…and grief…each and every day…because they lost their son.

    When situations are mishandled…officers want to forget…what they caused…and put it behind them…while families who lose a loved one…in those senseless and tragic circumstances…are left to remember…and remember…and remember.

    In the end we will all face God’s judgment. We are all His children.

    My condolences to the young man’s family.

    http://www.justiceforsal.com

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