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Monday, May 14th, 2012

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  1. #1 |  Frank Stein | 

    You are only telling half the story – how many cops in Germany were mauled by dogs last year?

  2. #2 |  V | 

    Violent gangs are training dogs to wage a war on the polizei.

  3. #3 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    The only rational reactions I can think of to Mexico’s slide into anarchy would be 1) Build a really substantial defensive line along to border or 2) invade and conquer. Since both are, for various reasons, off the table, I don’t expect ANYTHING related to the government and Mexico to make any goddamned sense.

  4. #4 |  Burgers Allday | 

    @ arrest photog:

    The case raises an interesting legal issue regarding federal civil rights (section 1983 rights) that regcits have against police.

    More specifically, it now seems to be received wisdom that one can’t use section 1983 to get injunctive remedies against a police department. If that really is the law, then that is too bad because what a regcit often wants is to “make sure what happened to me doesn’t happen again.” That is injunctive relief, not monetary damages. But, like I said, it seems to be received wisdom that a civil rights plaintiff can’t get an injunction against the defendant police department.

    As far as I can tell, the reason* that it is received wisdom that injunctions are off the table, in section 1983 lawsuits, is primarily the no-chokehold case out of Los Angeles. IIRC, the plaintiff wanted an injuction against his local police doing chokeholds, but it was decided (SCOTUS? 9th Cir.?) that the court could not give this injunctive relief because it was unlikely that the same individual plaintiff would be choked again. That makes some sense** in the case of chokeholds both because: (i) it is unlikely that the same police department would put the same guy in a chokehold again; and (ii) there is an understandable reluctance for the courts to try to “regulate” hand to hand combat techniques.

    That is why the photographer getting subjected to repeated harrassment by the same department is interesting. He has a suit going. It would seem like the repeated harassment could set him up to ask for injunctive relief. If he asks for it, and gets it, then his case could make a LOT of difference. It could help put injunctive relief back on the table. Plaintiff in the new LA case has good reason to think the violative behavior will recur — because it already has!


    * another reason that injunctive relief is off the table is a practical one. Section 1983 attorneys work on contingency for a percentage of the money award. They can’t / won’t waste time arguing for injunctive relief because that doesn’t help the bottom line for them. Smll failure of free market capitalism there, but let’s not dwell on it. We still have the ACLU, after all.

    ** Not saying I agree with old cases denying injunctive relief, ultimately, but just that I can kind of see why they are the way they are.

  5. #5 |  Dave Krueger | 

    All of the police officers in Germany fired just 85 bullets last year.

    Given their history, Germany is probably more sensitive to a militaristic storm-trooper-like police image whereas the U.S. doesn’t have to worry about such things, being the country of “it can’t happen here”.

  6. #6 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Dave Krueger,

    I remember a news story some few years back about the then Chancellor of Germany offering to walk some Holocaust denier idiot around the death camps personally.

    BTW, I sincerely hope that they “85 bullets” story is exclusive of “in practice”. I don’t want cops to be trigger happy morons. I do want them to hit what they shoot at if they have to.

  7. #7 |  damaged justice | 

    Re sandwiches: Fuck bread.

  8. #8 |  Tom | 

    @Dumb federal law means military dogs more likely to be euthanized after service than adopted.

    “…after war the dogs aren’t guaranteed…medical care after service. Would-be adopters would have to pay huge fees — some in the thousands of dollars — to foot those bills. ”

    The article could just as easily have said “Federal law prohibits the military from wasting money on rehabilitating badly injured or dangerous dogs.” Shall we set up a Veterans Administration Veterinary department to undertake the rehabilitation or long term care of former military service animals.

  9. #9 |  crazybob | 

    Exactly. The “dumb” federal law simply says that the dogs aren’t people. Which is not “dumb” at all. I’m all for the humane treatment of dogs – but rehabilitating badly injured dogs is often not humane, but cruel.

  10. #10 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    •Remember how U.S. officials keep saying that the violence in Mexico means we’re “winning” the drug war? We must really be winning the hell out of it.

    The US drug soldiers must be making an absolute shitload of money
    from this horribly misguided Drug War; there is no conceivable way they could be so delusional as to interpret this mayhem, bloodshed and destruction, denounced year after year by journalists, academics
    and anyone with half a brain, as “victory.”
    Come to think of it, maybe they’re on drugs.

  11. #11 |  Mattocracy | 

    “Federal law prohibits the military from wasting money on rehabilitating badly injured or dangerous dogs.”

    That’s not really accurate. The issue isn’t about government spending, it’s about the miles of red tape that prevents people who want to adopt these animals and pay for the vet bills. It shouldn’t be this hard to be a good sumaritan.

  12. #12 |  nigmalg | 

    Re: L.A. Deputies

    Another example of official decisions being made without even a passing care about legalities, morality, or sense. They don’t care about the hundred or so witnesses, the cameras, or the words of the victim. They know they aren’t accountable for their mistakes.

    We’ve created this world I suppose.

  13. #13 |  Mr Lizard | 

    It’s obvious that Ze germans are more focused on producing great beer and turbo charged cars than teh children.

  14. #14 |  perlhaqr | 

    .mil Dog Story: I read an SF short about something like that once. Due to a programming error, the soldiers were marked as “military equipment” and were “rendered inoperable in accordance with regulation” by the robots created for battle.

    Leave it to the Feds to once again emulate the worst parts of fiction.

  15. #15 |  CyniCAl | 

    I’m starting to consider filming cops as a business venture.

  16. #16 |  albatross | 


    Wait, you see a country sliding into anarcy with heavily armed gangs of drug traffickers murdering people horribly, and think “I want to send American soldiers there?”. Haven’t we had enough of this kind of fun in Afghanistan?

  17. #17 |  CyniCAl | 

    #3 | C. S. P. Schofield — “The only rational reactions I can think of to Mexico’s slide into anarchy…”

    I file a grievance on behalf of all real anarchists everywhere. Find a different word please. And for the record, I’m trying to be nice and patient.

  18. #18 |  Cyto | 

    “But one thing the second officer said to me right after he took the cuffs off was, ‘You know why we did this? You know why we did this, right.'”

    They gotta train their thugs better. You can’t go around admitting that you are illegally harassing citizens, it puts your protectors in the judiciary in a precarious position.

  19. #19 |  perlhaqr | 

    And the German Bullets story: That was “at people”.

    Technically, about 9,000 more shots were fired at sick and dangerous animals.

    So, for those thinking this indicates safety for German puppies, think again.

  20. #20 |  perlhaqr | 

    CyniCAl: as both an Anarchist ™ and a Hacker ™, I wish you the best of luck in getting people to stop using your self descriptive term to pejoratively describe people entirely unlike you, and that you may in fact despise.

  21. #21 |  Tom | 

    CyniCAl: as both an Anarchist ™ and a Hacker ™, I wish you the best of luck in getting people to stop using your self descriptive term to pejoratively describe people entirely unlike you, and that you may in fact despise.

    One would need more than luck to force a exclusive definition on a commonly used word. One would need a few battalions of grammar police. A very un-anarchist concept.

  22. #22 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 


    My apologies sir; I did use the word in the brad sense of societal chaos, without thinking about its political theory implications. Let’s say “chaos” instead.


    I see a neighboring country incubating the kind of murderous chaos that is likely to spread and I think “we need to either put this down militarily or make sure it doesn’t leak across the border”. As I said in my original post, neither option is going to fly in the present state of United States politics.

  23. #23 |  David | 

    Or we could stop causing it, but that’s also a non-starter.

  24. #24 |  Cyto | 

    From reason HnR – a 54 year old female church volunteer is shot and killed by a cop in a church parking lot when he says she rolled up her window trapping his arm and drove away dragging him along. From the comments it appears that her car had manual crank up windows.

    So taking this guy at his word, he stuck his arm inside her vehicle to accept the driver’s license she was handing him and then left it there as she furiously cranked up her window with enough force to dangerously trap his arm. Oh, and there’s the obligatory eyewitness who says that it never happened. But don’t worry, they’ve already smeared him in the media, so it’s OK. Also, the dashcam happened to be malfunctioning at the time – which is unfortunate because it surely would have discredited the eyewitness who claims that the lady never tried to dangerously drag the officer away.

  25. #25 |  aairfccha | 

    “All of the police officers in Germany fired just 85 bullets last year.”

    And in 2009 the austrian EKO Cobra didn’t fire ANY aimed shot at people and FOUR in total: one warning shot and three times to let gas bottles explode in a controlled way after fires.

    (bad) google translate:

  26. #26 |  Personanongrata | 

    •All of the police officers in Germany fired just 85 bullets last year.

    However do the police in Germany handle all the rabid dogs and non-violent drug offenders?

    It must be:

    Springtime for Anarchy in Deutschland

    Or, perhaps the police in Germany are just better trained and of better stock than their US counterparts.

  27. #27 |  Frank Hummel | 

    Re: No fly list

    “Our crew members followed the appropriate protocols,”

    Appropriate protocol ended when they saw it was a 18 month old girl. Everything after that was sheer idiocy….

  28. #28 |  demize! | 

    If your comment requires footnotes its to long..

  29. #29 |  Personanongrata | 

    #3 | C. S. P. Schofield | May 14th, 2012 at 7:55 am
    The only rational reactions I can think of to Mexico’s slide into anarchy would be 1) Build a really substantial defensive line along to border or 2) invade and conquer. Since both are, for various reasons, off the table, I don’t expect ANYTHING related to the government and Mexico to make any goddamned sense.

    I can think of only one rational reaction:

    End Prohibition

  30. #30 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 


    While I am generally in favor of legalsing drugs, I can’t honestly say that that alone would bandage the running sore that is the Mexican socioeconomic and political structure. I mean, it is so bad tha, as you may have noticed, Political Anarchists resent it being described as anarchy. Not without reason.

  31. #31 |  Andrew Roth | 

    We now have another data point indicating that the LA Sheriff’s Department’s recruiting pool is pretty much the LAPD’s rejects. This might be less of a problem if the LAPD rejected more good applicants, but it’s clear from previous scandals that it has rejected some terrible ones who ended up as LASD deputies. The LA Sheriff’s academy appears to be the premier safety school, as it were, in the California POST system.

    The LASD needs to be put under a federal consent decree. The LAPD’s experience shows that consent decrees can really work.

  32. #32 |  Andrew Roth | 

    Bloomberg is a feudal throwback who regards New York City as his fiefdom.

    There isn’t much about New York City that really disturbs me, but one thing that for sure does is that it has now spent something like twenty consecutive years under the leadership of tyrannical mayors. A lot of bad things can be (and are) said about other cities’ mayors, but Giuliani and Bloomberg are special cases in terms of their megalomania and contempt for the little people. Giuliani was also an incredibly poor administrator on account of his vindictiveness and pettiness, and yet he managed to convince every sycophantic twit on the boob tube that he was “America’s mayor.”

    By contrast, regardless of the ill things I might say about Antonio Villaraigosa, for instance, that he’s a pompous gasbag, one thing that I’ll gladly say in his defense is that he has kept good police chiefs around and let them do their jobs. My guess is that Bill Bratton would agree with me, if he does say so himself.

    I’m not usually one to make ad hominem attacks, but some mayors deserve them, so fuck Giuliani and fuck Bloomberg. And, as I always feel compelled to say in these circumstances, in the spirit of the First Amendment, God bless Janusz Kopycinski, the Chicago Transit Authority and the United States of America. Sometimes, bad cops don’t go home.

  33. #33 |  Other Sean | 

    Andrew #31 & #32,

    I’m with you on Bloomberg and Guiliani, sure enough. But do you really think consent decrees work? And speaking of LAPD…aren’t you troubled by the fact that Bratton is one the founding fathers of the pseudo-science of Compstat? That scheme seems to do a great deal of damage wherever it is tried.

  34. #34 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Andrew Roth,

    Bloomberg is by no means a feudal throwback; he is the logical expression of the Western Intellectual Left’s conviction that the world would be a much better place if they were in charge of telling people what to do. Like far too many of the Political Class (I’m looking at YOU Al Gore) he believes that the Common Folk are dolts who need strict rules, which rules do not apply to their benevolent overseers.

    Feudalism was a system of interlocking oaths of fealty, freely entered into, that went both ways (the Church interfered with this like crazy, BTW). Bloomberg sees the citizenry as so many stupid serfs, and serfs were beneath the ties of the feudal system.

    Calling a twerp like Bloomberg Feudal dresses up his will to power in trappings it is unentitled to.

  35. #35 |  demize! | 

    Dude relax, he said like, not irrefutably identical to. What are you an antiquities scholar too?

  36. #36 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 


    Son of two history teachers. Sorry.

    My point is that Bloomberg isn’t singular, or even something at all rare; he runs to a type that we have all too much of.

    It takes all kinds to make a world, but did it ever strike you that the proportions were off?

  37. #37 |  demize! | 

    I don’t know, living under these two goons for the past 20 years just seems like going from Mussolini to The Holy Roman Emperor Michael The Annoying.

  38. #38 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 


    You have my sympathies. Bloomie would make a very good Sunday School Superintendent or Summer Camp Director, or High School Principle. Something involving enforcing a lot of pissy-ass rules for teenagers to rebel against, lest they rebel against something with real consequences.

  39. #39 |  Other Sean | 


    You’ve hit upon a pretty good definition of a teenage libertarian: someone who thinks he’s Mahatma Ghandi because he smuggled a cheeseburger into the public school cafeteria on Veggie Day.

    He’s got the right idea, just no strategy and no sense of scale.

  40. #40 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Other Sean,

    I’ve read a theory somewhere that teenaged rebellion is programmed into humans because it gets them thrown out of the cave to go off on their own, and thus is a survival characteristic for a species. I don’t know if it holds water, but it certainly seems to fit. Teens are driven to rebel, but often have little or no real idea what to rebel against. Or they have lots of ideas, few of them creditable.

  41. #41 |  Other Sean | 


    Funny, because the Occupy crowd is now rebelling under the slogan of “Give us more rules, and allow us less rebellion! Also, we should be able to remain on our parent’s cave and campfire insurance until we’re at least 35.”

    Evolution has turned on itself.