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Monday, May 7th, 2012
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  1. #1 |  Burgers Allday | 

    In other KY supreme Court news, they recently held that there were not “exigent circumstances” in Kentucky v. King (on remand from SCOTUS).

    I didn’t like the way the opinion was worded, particularly, but the result is good.

  2. #2 |  Jozef | 

    I’m wondering whether the alien abductees got to see and approve their pictures before they got published…

  3. #3 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “Wimberley sincerely viewed Baldeo as a threat during the brief confrontation”

    What about *before* the confontation that Wimberley instigated?
    Oops, Florida, gotta quit thinking logically….

  4. #4 |  Ben | 

    Pardon the language, but why the FUCK is falsifying reports considered a fucking misdemeanor?

  5. #5 |  Mario | 

    Broward County, Florida:

    A jury on Friday found Wimberley guilty of two misdemeanors for falsifying his reports.

    Why did the cop arrest him in the first place? The article says that he “stared the officer down” and refused to leave the 7-Eleven when the cop told him to. Why did the cop even approach him at all? Was there a complaint about this man?

    See, if a cop makes trouble, subdues an otherwise peaceful person, arrests him, and falsifies the report, to me that’s assault and kidnapping. Why wasn’t the cop charged with that, too?

    Cops get away with murder. Of course, in this case that’s a bit of an exaggeration. Tragically, that’s the literal truth in other cases.

  6. #6 |  Robert | 

    I love the picture in the Florida cop case. It’s like, “Who’s a sad panda?”

  7. #7 |  Juice | 

    What is this mysterious door at the bottom of the Marianas Trench? Or is that just something made up?

  8. #8 |  MH | 

    I’m another new york rooftop fetishist. I thought I was the only one!

  9. #9 |  MH | 

    “What is this mysterious door at the bottom of the Marianas Trench? Or is that just something made up?”

    Evidently someone new to XKCD.

  10. #10 |  marco73 | 

    In Florida, our cops arrest citizens who are just getting a cup of coffee.
    In Pennsylvania, the cops tase each other for fun.

    Can we all agree that there are just too damn many “public servants” sucking on the public teat?

  11. #11 |  bbartlog | 

    It sounds like the mayor in Colwyn (Rutland) might actually be one of the good guys… but it’s hard to tell from the article; he could just be running scared, politically. I like that the reporter felt compelled to point out that the mayor is white, while finding it entirely redundant to tell us what race Da’Qwan is.

  12. #12 |  Aresen | 

    In Florida, our cops arrest citizens who are just getting a cup of coffee.

    Well, that’s because they don’t abide by the guidelines set by MASC. (Mothers Against Spilled Coffee) ;P

  13. #13 |  nigmalg | 

    She noted that Baldeo recognized Wimberley from a traffic stop that had taken place five weeks earlier, and that Baldeo stared the deputy down, refusing to show his ID or leave the store when ordered to do so.

    They don’t even question the legitimacy of the original order. On what basis can an officer walk into a convenience store and remove or identify anyone they please, at any time?

    See, if a cop makes trouble, subdues an otherwise peaceful person, arrests him, and falsifies the report, to me that’s assault and kidnapping. Why wasn’t the cop charged with that, too?

    Bingo. It should have been easy to make this connection and charge him with kidnapping. So I’m going to add “avoid looking at a cop” as yet another Taser avoidance technique. The trouble is that I have to see where they are in order to follow any orders to kiss their boots.

  14. #14 |  Other Sean | 

    Nigmalg,

    I’m afraid your tased if you do, tased if you don’t. “Conspicuous failure to make eye contact” shows up in police reports all the time as a basis for suspicion.

  15. #15 |  Nancy Lebovitz | 

    How to not torture John Yoo

  16. #16 |  Marty | 

    ‘Who’s a sad Panda?’ I’m glad I wasn’t drinking coffee- that got a good snort.

  17. #17 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    “No, really — that’s Colwyn, Pennsylvania, not Bolivia.”

    Exactly. In Bolivia the tazered kid would either be vanished, or cowering un some hole, hoping to be ignored. In Bolivia is is inconceivable that the Authorities would not have closed ranks against all possible criticism. This is a purely American story about how wonderfully full-tilt-bozo politics can get. With a little luck, all the cops involved will be encouraged to pursue opportunities elsewhere, and town meeting will be enlivened for years to come.

  18. #18 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    “The scene illustrated the current state of government, community, and political debate in this Delaware County borough of 2,500..”

    Here’s a question. Why do these towns of 2,500 NEED police departments? In Pennsylvania they could just contract with the state police. It’s like this where I live in IL too. The arguments about local control, accountability and community pride just aren’t convincing to me. Too many of these officers end up becoming small town tyrants. All too often, these tiny P.D.’s are nothing but training stops for new part-time officers and a retirement job for the chief. As far as activity goes, these officers spend most of their time stopping cars, scrutinizing “outsiders” and hanging out at local gas stations. I say disband this department and send these twits packing.

  19. #19 |  Doubleu | 

    How Deep article: Can someone explain the door joke to me?

    E.T. article: I am glad I didn’t see my sister’s picture in those abducted. She also had a near death experience but not at the same time.

    #5 Mario: STOP RESISTING!

  20. #20 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    The NYC rooftop pic of the British WWI bi-plane could’ve been taken from my old office. I looked at that thing daily for years from that exact vantage point. We’d tell visitors it was from the old civil defense and they used to scramble to intercept Nazis.

  21. #21 |  Other Sean | 

    #19 – Maybe the script for Point Break II is hidden behind that door.

  22. #22 |  EH | 

    Massive eviction raid in GA: http://www.alternet.org/story/155292/dozens_of_police_evict_georgia_family_at_gunpoint_at_3am?ak_proof=1&akid=8725.47561.tAOB5N&rd=1&t=2

    DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown told an Atlanta talk radio show a day after the raid that a dozen squad cars and dozens of deputies were needed for the dead-of-night raid because Occupy Atlanta had set up tents on Frazer’s property, and his perception of the Occupy activists in other cities led him to believe they could be armed. He also said he timed the eviction to avoid media coverage.

  23. #23 |  albatross | 

    bbartlog:

    I’m guessing Da’Quan is probably an Eskimo. Or possibly a Ukranian.

  24. #24 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    The NYC rooftops might be overshadowed by the following story title on the same page:
    •Should prison inmates have the right to masturbate?
    I’m waiting for DOJ to call it a “privilege.”

  25. #25 |  CyniCAl | 

    I’m ok with cops tasing parking enforcement officers for shits and giggles. I mean, really, why not?

    I think it’s time the United States dissolved. I find it horrifying that I am of the same nationality as people from Pennsylvania.

  26. #26 |  CyniCAl | 

    #17 | C. S. P. Schofield — “No, really — that’s Colwyn, Pennsylvania, not Bolivia.” “Exactly. In Bolivia the tazered kid would either be vanished, or cowering un some hole, hoping to be ignored. In Bolivia is is inconceivable that the Authorities would not have closed ranks against all possible criticism.”

    If this is sarcasm, You may want to make it more obvious. Otherwise, exactly how do you know the state of things in Bolivia, CSP?

  27. #27 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    CyniCAl,

    South and Central American countries have long histories of exactly that kind of behavior, which hasn’t changed so far as I know.

    And how about engaging my point, which was more or less “Hey! This is how this is SUPPOSED to go down! Out of control cops do something abysmally stupid, and instead of the local politicians closing ranks to make it disappear, they’re fighting over it. The locals are angry enough to turn a local council meeting into a donnybrook!”

    Isn’t this what we’ve been saying we want to see in reaction to these incidents? Some indication that The People (bless their flabby hearts) actually give a fat damn?

  28. #28 |  Personanongrata | 

    •Police brutality cases crack up the town of Colwyn, Pennsylvania.

    Keystone.

  29. #29 |  Bob Mc | 

    One man’s “stared down” is another man’s “looked at”.

    This is the kind of excuse you would expect from a gangbanger trying to explain away his wanton act of violence.

  30. #30 |  Bob Mc | 

    “Defense lawyer Rhea Grossman tried to convince jurors that Wimberley sincerely viewed Baldeo as a threat”

    Maybe this kind of thing would happen less frequently if the question for the jury was “was he a threat” rather than “was he viewed as a threat”.

  31. #31 |  Personanongrata | 

    #7 | Juice | May 7th, 2012 at 10:48 am
    What is this mysterious door at the bottom of the Marianas Trench? Or is that just something made up?

    That is the door to the octopus’ garden near a cave.

  32. #32 |  CyniCAl | 

    Fair enough CSP. A random example of one LEO giving a shit is a step in the right direction I suppose.

    But my counterpoint is still open: is Bolivia really that bad? I’m trying to be a dick, I really don’t know and I have heard that some South American countries are actually quite well run and respectful of civil liberties. Ecuador seems to be a popular retirement destination and I think there are large expat communities in Peru and Argentina. My children’s nanny years ago used to boast about her native Uruguay and how nice of a place it was to live. So, is the “banana republic” idea a vestige of history and an unwarranted stereotype in present day? Please, it’s a fair question.

  33. #33 |  CyniCAl | 

    My bad, “trying to be a dick” should be “NOT trying to be a dick.” lofl, pimf

  34. #34 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    CyniCal,

    All I can say is that my in-laws (family from Ecuador) advise against being a have-not in any South-Central American culture that they know of. Oligarchies, all of them. Most still have a serious class structure, and those that don’t tend to have substituted a new one based on how close you are to the current Big Man. Americans can do very well, as long as the social structure doesn’t break down AND they don’t annoy those in power. A lot of my Lady’s co-workers got the wind up over the Y2K ‘problem’, and some were talking about going to South American; I and my in-laws both thought that that was a horrible idea, because if Y2K amounted to much it would hit semi-advanced countries harder, and that would NOT be a good time to be a “gringo”.

    Being a peasant in any of those countries sucks. Not as hard as being a peasant in, say, some Islamic pesthole, but still….

  35. #35 |  Juice | 

    “Evidently someone new to XKCD.”

    Not new to it. Just not into it.

  36. #36 |  CyniCAl | 

    Appreciated CSP, but honestly it doesn’t sound much different from the USA.

    White/Upper Class = good

    Brown/Lower Class = bad

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