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Monday, March 19th, 2012
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  1. #1 |  Mario | 

    Regarding cops vs. cameras, at the time of this writing, both the Illinois and Massachusetts links point to the Illinois story.

  2. #2 |  thomasblair | 

    Can’t tell is that snowstorm story is real or satire. The inanity of it coupled with an alleged picture of the car makes me wonder.

  3. #3 |  Jay | 

    Regarding the TSA vs 3-year-old vid… I gotta say, WTF?

    First, where on that chair could anyone hide any quantity of explosives? Maybe a pack of sugary Skittles, but … Seriously, when has a wheelchair ever blown up?

    Second, why swab the kid’s skin? You could almost understand the cast… because you know, casts look just like plastic explosives until you seen real plastic explosives, and then you realize they look nothing alike. Do parents use their kids as bombs in America? Or anywhere?

    At least the TSA guy was polite, and the father of the kid stayed cool to help calm his boy. I cringed when the guy said to his kid, “It’s no big deal.” But then I realized that there was no point in upsetting the kid there and then, nor making a scene. Filming it, however, was precisely the right thing to do.

  4. #4 |  Mario | 

    thomasblair @ #2

    Click on the link to CBS News, and you’ll see the story is true. (I think the picture of the van was meant to be funny. I believe that’s called amateur journalism.) In any case, he’s guilty of the crime of “helping while male.”

  5. #5 |  picachu | 

    It seems like the power inbalance between people and government officials is growing. Every single headline there is an abuse of power except the Brian Lamb one and his was about exercising some power (exposing) over those in political power. But it seems like there is a widening gap between government officials in positions of power and the people everywhere and it seems like this wasn’t always the case. I mean, mostly this police abuse shit didn’t happen in the 1800’s or even much of the 20th century and of course before the TSA or NATO existed they couldn’t fuck up anyone’s lives. It just seems like government agencies and officials keep growing in numbers. Idk, just some thoughts.

  6. #6 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “Second, why swab the kid’s skin?”

    I got this treatment recently, without explanation.
    I think their goal is subjugating the flier to the level of laboratory rat, by dehumanizing people, making travellers feel scared or helpless.

    If you look at the timeline of TSA rules (shoes off,no liquids,empty your wallets, empty your bags, hands up in the air) it’s really quite amazing
    what cash-paying customers will tolerate. If they treated you half-that-bad that in a restaurant you’d tell them to fuck off and find another place to eat.

  7. #7 |  Whim | 

    #5 picachu:

    Before the landmark 1966 Miranda decision by the U.S. SUCO, the police routinely administered beatings of suspects to invoke confessions.

    Also, jails and prison staff in the 1960’s era routinely beat, starved, or placed prisoners in long-term solitary confinement. Suspects that back-talked or sassed police, or misbehaved with jailors even in a minor way were beaten, sometimes beaten to death. African-Americans were beaten. Hispanics were beaten. Whites were beaten.

    Police car video camers and jail cameras are starting to change the dynamics to the mistreatment of suspects & prisoners. Police are learning how to park their vehicle so that the camera records nothing. Or, failing to turn cameras or audio on. Or, deleting incriminating evidence, as was likely in the Las Vegas shooting of the West Point graduate by trigger happy police.

    And, jails have rooms that are outside of camera range where prisoners are taken to be beaten.

    It hasn’t stopped. It is just somewhat more difficult for the police and jailors to get away with now.

  8. #8 |  Lee | 

    The Illinois and Mass links are the same.

  9. #9 |  Radley Balko | 

    The Illinois and Mass links are the same.

    Fixed. Thanks.

  10. #10 |  ClubMedSux | 

    I strongly suspect that the Barrington man is guilty of pissing off a cop. Think about it… If there was any evidence whatsoever that he had done something that was actually criminal, wouldn’t they charge him with, you know, an actual crime like attempted kidnapping? My guess is that when the cops stopped by, he said something they didn’t like (by which I mean something that got them mad, as opposed to something that suggested actual criminal wrongdoing) and the only thing the cops could come up with to put him in his place was the über-vague charge of “disorderly conduct.” The guy should just be glad they didn’t arrest him for resisting arrest.

  11. #11 |  picachu | 

    whim #7, I’m not saying those things didn’g go on back in the day but it just seems far more widespread today. I’m pretty sure the town I live in for example, they didn’t have nearly as many police in the 60’s as they do today. I’m sure they didn’t have a SWAT team or the high powered equipment that they have today.

    Same with all the governments-city, county, fish and game, national parks, state, federal and all their numberless bureaucracies. I’m pretty sure there just weren’t that many government employees back then and therefore less of them to fuck up people’s lives.

    And I don’t think its more difficult for police to get away with stuff nowdays, I think its probably way easier. Plus they have the local Baptist law and order types cheering them on more when they abuse people nowdays.

  12. #12 |  Bob Mc | 

    “Barrington’s police chief said the girls in this case were “alarmed and disturbed” by Peterson’s actions. He said the right thing to do in a situation like that is to call police and tell them that the teens[strike] need a ride[/strike]“.parents need to be arrested for child endangerment

  13. #13 |  Bob Mc | 

    Why do html tags never work for me on this site? Is it because I use firefox?

    Anyway what I meant to say is, if the good Samaritan had called police like the chief suggests, they wouldn’t do anything helpful like give the teens a ride, they’d just end up arresting the parents for child endangerment or some such nonsense.

  14. #14 |  MacGregory | 

    Sorry to threadjack this early but…
    Two injured while evading police on motorcycle
    http://www.dailymail.com/policebrfs/201203180148
    All of this began over a “registration violation.”
    Here is the line that got me:
    “At one point an officer called out over his radio that the rider tried to strike his cruiser.”
    Really? The guy on the MOTORCYCLE?
    I’m convinced that “the driver tried to ram me” and “the driver tried to run me over” are now in the manual of standard police lingo such as “stop resisting!”
    Maybe these two are lucky they crashed and didn’t die in a hail of gunfire.

  15. #15 |  Jack Dempsey | 

    It amazes me that the stuff the TSA does STILL is tolerated with all the videos and reports coming out. When is this going to end? When are people going to tell the TSA to shove those swabs up their ass and stop harrassing people who are clearly not threats?

  16. #16 |  Charlie O | 

    The sheer number of comments at HuffPo supporting the TSA on searching and swabbing the 3-year-old is absolutely astounding. This country is doomed. With this many people spending their lives on the knees fellating those in power and accepting a police state as normal, we are doomed.

  17. #17 |  Mistress_Scorpio | 

    Any coverage on this site about Travon Martin case?

  18. #18 |  Brandon | 

    Charlie, HuffPo is on Team Blue, which is currently in charge of government abuses. If Romney or AssJuice is elected this year, they will go back to having always been outraged by these unconscionable acts perpetrated by fascist thugs. But for now, and if Obama is re-elected, it is all for the greater good. They’re very principled.

  19. #19 |  crazybob | 

    It takes a special version of idiocy to hold up this year’s republican field as an positive argument to anything.

  20. #20 |  Brandon | 

    Forgot to mention, of course, that “IT’S NOT A SUICIDE PACT!!!!!!!!” is also completely transferable depending upon whose empty suit currently occupies the White House.

  21. #21 |  picachu | 

    Brandon “Charlie, HuffPo is on Team Blue, which is currently in charge of government abuses. If Romney or AssJuice is elected this year, they will go back to having always been outraged by these unconscionable acts perpetrated by fascist thugs. But for now, and if Obama is re-elected, it is all for the greater good. They’re very principled.”

    Bingo!

    And…Assjuice, rofl!

  22. #22 |  a_random_guy | 

    Fox News is running the headline “Man Arrested, Accused of Asking Girls if They Wanted a Ride”. Funny, I never new that asking that question was a crime!

    Also interesting is his side of the story. He’s obviously pretty upset, and who can blame him. He also has never heard of the rule “never talk to the cops” – he gave them way too much information.

    I hope he gets a reasonable judge for his “ticket”. Offering two kids a ride is hardly a crime, and certainly not “disorderly conduct”. It would be even better if he (or someone) takes this farther and pushes for a public apology from the police department.

  23. #23 |  Mykeru | 

    Regarding Rodney Peterson:

    Although one can admire the guy’s naive good intentions, a lone male would have to be completely nuts of offer any type of assistance to women.

  24. #24 |  croaker | 

    @21 Yup. Let the bitches freeze to death.

  25. #25 |  omar | 

    @Bob MC

    Why do html tags never work for me on this site? Is it because I use firefox?

    You aren’t using HTML tags in your post – those are just common forum markups with brackets.

    You need to use HTML tags with less-than and greater-than signs. Look at this page for examples.

    http://www.w3schools.com/html/

    As far as I know, this blog supports some, but not all html tags, so your milage may vary.

  26. #26 |  Brandon | 

    Goddammit, Crazybob is spewing his usual sub-literate shit in between my two brilliant posts? That is almost offensive.

  27. #27 |  Stephen | 

    In the New York camera link at about 0:19, don’t you just love how that cop just casually gets a kick in?

  28. #28 |  Bob Mc | 

    This makes no sense to me.

    Stranger Who Offered Students Ride Pleads Guilty

    An Arlington Heights man charged with disorderly conduct for offering two 13-year-old girls a ride home earlier this month has pled guilty to the charges against him.

    Rodney T. Peterson was arrested by Barrington Police on March 2 after driving up to the students, asking them how far they needed to go, and offering them a ride. The students told him they didn’t need his help and refused his assistance.

    After the incident was reported on Barrington Patch, Peterson contacted us by submitting several comments and an announcement on our website. He also emailed editor Morgan Delack claiming his innocence in the case. Peterson said he saw the students and “God put it on my heart to offer them a ride because of the bad 
weather.”

    Barrington police provided evidence in court that refuted his claims stating the weather was not snowy as Peterson said. Police also said he drove down an alley to follow the students after his initial sighting of them.

    Peterson is now facing a $400 fine, two years of supervision, and is prohibited from having contact with the students or their families.

  29. #29 |  Bob Mc | 

    http://barrington-il.patch.com/articles/stranger-who-offered-students-ride-pleads-guilty

  30. #30 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    No surprise that he pled guilty, the perv.
    Ya see, he wasn’t a man or a citizen, or Good Samaritan. Look at the title of the article. He was a “stranger,” and therefore guilty.

    Stranger Who Offered Students Ride Pleads Guilty
    Rodney T. Peterson pled guilty in court today to disorderly conduct.

  31. #31 |  Jesse | 

    Now they’re saying the guy offering rides was full of it, they didn’t need or want any help from him. Maybe true, who knows.

    I know I wouldn’t be inviting unknown teenage girls into my vehicle unless it was clear they were desperate or in real danger.

  32. #32 |  Adam W. | 

    Radley, may wanna mention there’s an update in the snowstorm story.

  33. #33 |  Hal_10000 | 

    Read the update to the snowstorm story. There was no snowstorm, the girls were dressed appropriately and he followed them. Parts of this verified by video. Look like we jumped the gun on the story.

  34. #34 |  croaker | 

    @30 Officer Krupky: “If you plead guilty, we won’t have to tell the other prisoners that you’re a child molester. That way you get to live.”

  35. #35 |  The Crip Bandit | 

    “First, where on that chair could anyone hide any quantity of explosives? Maybe a pack of sugary Skittles, but … Seriously, when has a wheelchair ever blown up?”

    I regularly use a walker. Last year I had to visit the local courthouse for several days. They have the metal detectors, wands, Xray machines for carry in items. They supposedly have the detectors set as sensitive as they can go after a couple of incidents where people smuggled in razor blades.
    I ambled through the detector with my walker, which has a built in seat, and was wanded on my upper body. They never looked at the walker or my legs. I realized that with about 5 minutes work on the walker seat, I could have taken a full sized handgun into the courthouse and they would have been none the wiser.
    This is the same security that hassled me over a box cutter when I was trying to deliver some office furniture to a judge. They quickly relented when I told them they could call the judge and tell him his stuff was sitting in the lobby.

  36. #36 |  gersan | 

    Five ways citizens united made politics better?

    If it didn’t say Reason at the top, I would swear I’m reading an article from the Onion.

  37. #37 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Cop vids: I really want to see a bunch of cops getting beaten with hardened clubs over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over. Then, let’s see which they do:

    1. raise their arms to protect their heads from the blows
    2. put their arms behind their backs

    The whole “We kept beating him because he had his hands up” is so ridiculous that the only way to really explain it is have cops experience it.

  38. #38 |  Roy | 

    “Look like we jumped the gun on the story.”

    On this blog? Say it ain’t so!

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