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Monday, June 4th, 2012
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  1. #1 |  marco73 | 

    Just so everyone is clear, on the second item, the “Brooklyn edition”, the homeowner is arrested and gets to immediately spend 3 days in jail, awaiting arraignment on felony charges. As soon as the homeowner gets out, he provides video to his attorney, showing that the cop made a false arrest.
    The charges against the homeowner are dropped, and the cop is now charged with a felony.
    But the cop doesn’t go to jail; it isn’t even clear that the cop is arrested.
    No way the cop was even shown the inside of a holding cell.
    The lying cop is on suspension, possibly with pay.
    You can just bet the union and FOP will line up full force behind protecting the cop.

  2. #2 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    Election talk=low Ratings

    Day after day, week after week, year after year…
    Discussion about election ratings is no longer helpful or meaningful to viewers who want changes. Mouth-frothing Democrat vs Republican partisanship and bickering is no more intelligent than a rabid Raiders versus Steelers parking lot skirmish. I couldn’t care less if Obama’s points went up 2% after he said so-and-so at some public event in Ohio. The US is 15 trillion in debt, constantly at war, obesity is epidemic, unemployment is rampant, and we don’t make any products; any discussion about flavor-of- the-week political ratings pales in comparison to the emergency at hand…
    No wonder people starting tuning out: the politicians, pundits and media corporations who broadcast them have become boring and irrelevant…

  3. #3 |  David | 

    Also, now I’m wondering what the homeowner actually did to “justify” the arrest. Failed to call the officer “sir”?

  4. #4 |  JimBob | 

    David, he probably looked at the officer funny. Also, in the video, when the guy saw a bunch of people just STANDING in his driveway like a bunch of goons, it looks like he might have had the audacity to flash his headlights at them.

    Remember, disrespecting the badge is the most serious offense a man can commit…

  5. #5 |  Howlin' Hobbit | 

    Feds say Seattle cops are too violent. Seattle comes up with the “20/20″ plan mentioned in the NYT article. The head honcho of said plan, one Lt. Donnie Lowe, is arrested this past Saturday night for… wait for it… domestic violence, assault.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47669691/ns/local_news-seattle_wa/#.T8y9eLRYuaA

    Naw! No need for the Feds to step in, we got no violent cop problem here, move along.

  6. #6 |  JimBob | 

    I don’t see the DA prosecuting Lt. Lowe for domestic violence, Hobbit. If Lowe were convicted of domestic violence, the Lautenberg amendment would prohibit him from carrying a gun and render him unfit for duty. In other words, conviction on the domestic violence charges would be tantamount to firing Lowe.

    Which means that the police union is going to put serious pressure on the DA’s office to drop or reduce the charges, or at least allow a plea bargain so that Lowe can plead guilty to a lesser offense. After all, committing a felony shouldn’t stop a “good cop” from working with the department! He made an innocent mistake and beat his wife– should we really PUNISH the guy so severely for assaulting a woman?

    I have ten dollars that says Lowe will be allowed to plead to a non-violent offense (“disturbing the peace” or the like) in exchange for any violent crime charges being dropped. Any takers?

  7. #7 |  Hags99 | 

    Tip to Radley: If you’re going to link to NY Times articles (which require pesky logins), give the headline title so we can look it up thru Google news, which does not require a subscription login.

  8. #8 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    The ongoing “Bath Salts” hullabaloo puts me in mind of Terry Pratchett’s Mr. Tulip, who had a weakness for anything being sold in little bags, and thus a tendency to, at any given time, be snorting a concoction of horse liniment and powdered water retention pills. I remain amazed at the crap people will voluntarily consume to avoid being alone with their own thoughts.

    I suppose that makes one more reason to legalize heroin, cocaine, pot, and the other big illegal drugs; if people keep trying random crap like this, sooner or later some idiot is going to find a designer drug that DOES turn you into a vampire, or a zombie, or some other hackneyed Anime plot device.

  9. #9 |  Jesse | 

    Try this for a link to the NYTimes article:

    http://www.ilkda.com/wordpress/2012/06/03/gun-violence-wave-challenges-seattles-notion-of-security/

  10. #10 |  Quiet Desperation | 

    “sooner or later some idiot is going to find a designer drug that DOES turn you into a vampire, or a zombie, or some other hackneyed Anime plot device.”

    I vote for sexy cat girls.

  11. #11 |  nigmalg | 

    Police officials said that efforts used in some other cities to get guns off the street — notably the New York’s Police Department’s “stop, question and frisk” program, which gives the police latitude to stop people officers think might be carrying a weapon or other contraband — would simply not be accepted here, despite a record of success as measured in seized weapons.

    The NYT is defending that stop and frisk program?

    I keep having daydreams of a B movie future where civilians are herded through chain-link fencing for hourly frisks and bag searches. The sounds of whistles and air horns penetrating the otherwise quiet and somber behavior of defeated proles making their single-file trip back to their apartment buildings.

  12. #12 |  nigmalg | 

    Also considering how quick the residents of the Seattle area are to publicly request an absolutely suffocating police presence in every aspect of their life, could you imagine what would happen if some large scale attack was to occur today?

    Forget aircraft. A single bus, train, subway or sporting event gets attacked, we become everything we’ve feared overnight.

  13. #13 |  Brandon | 

    Yiz, I believe you just insulted both Raiders and Steelers fans. Their debates are much more intelligent than most of the election crap I’ve seen.

  14. #14 |  jmcross | 

    @NYT article – “Some responses are going to be irrational”
    Truer words were never spoken.

    @NYPD article – If Congress insists on distributing military surplus to local cops, how about throwing in some of that battlefield awareness equipment? If Obama can look over the shoulder of black ops live on the other side of the world, we ought to be able to monitor the police in our neighborhoods.

  15. #15 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    You can just bet the union and FOP will line up full force behind protecting the cop.

    Really need a “Citizens Union” that will carve out sweetheart deals and allow us to fuck-up and get paid. Got arrested? Paid leave and some training instead of jail time! If it’s a good idea for cops, why not for citizens who obviously aren’t as brilliant as cops?

  16. #16 |  Brandon | 

    The Times article is absolutely ridiculous, even by the Times’ increasingly low standards. The “Statistics” they cite are about as clear and reliable as the ones supporting the “War on Cops” panic earlier this year. This may be the best:

    “The police are also tested by an average of 100 to 300 political demonstrations a year.”

    That’s a lot of words to say absolutely nothing.

  17. #17 |  otto e mezzo | 

    Re: No dying. From what I can gather from the original article in La Stampa, the law banning dying is just a stunt to draw attention to the fact that the town doesn’t have money to build a cemetary. The mayor is actually a cardiologist, so (presumably) he knows that people will die anwyay. Incidentally, his name, Giulio Cesare Fava, means Julius Caesar (Fava is his surname) :-).

  18. #18 |  Ron | 

    Then NYT doesn’t “blame” anything on libertarianism in that article.

  19. #19 |  Mattocracy | 

    Boyd, I think you’re on to something…

  20. #20 |  Cyto | 

    What’s up with the purses in the driveway video? It looks like a couple of guys keep rifling through purses pulling out documents and other stuff to wave about. One guy puts a purse on the driver’s hood and keeps digging through it and gesticulating immediately prior to the arrest. The driver points at the hood several times and the police get all agitated and surround him and arrest him. Very, very bizzarre behavior without the audio to provide context.

  21. #21 |  ken | 

    @#20
    I’d guess since there was mention of a dispute over the driveway, right of way, too far over on the other persons property? That the ‘purses’ were satchels full of legal docs that the folks were waving around to bolster their position.

  22. #22 |  Brandon | 

    #18, “What connects the dots…is a riptide of guns.”

    ““If you look back over the shootings we’ve had this year and the prior year, you can see many of them are related to the belief that it’s O.K. to carry a gun somewhere to solve a dispute,” Mayor Mike McGinn said at a news conference on Thursday. “We have to look at what we can do to redouble our efforts in this regard.””

    “Even in the best of times, the police in Seattle, a generally low-crime city, live under something of a bell jar of scrutiny. Widespread libertarian sentiments about personal liberty — and a small but vocal anarchist community ready on short notice to throw epithets, or sometimes rocks, at the police — often bump up against expectations of personal safety.”

    “Police officials said that efforts used in some other cities to get guns off the street …would simply not be accepted here, despite a record of success as measured in seized weapons.”

    No, nothing at all about libertarianism or libertarian sentiment there. Radley’s just being paranoid, obviously.

  23. #23 |  Weird Willy | 

    Did anyone else notice that the cop who grasped Hockenjos and slapped the cuffs on him was not on the scene when the alleged felonies were committed? That means he had to have received from Palacios a specification of the charges and precise conduct for which he was taking Hockenjos into custody, otherwise he, too, is guilty of false arrest. Why do we find that only one of the cops involved is being charged?

  24. #24 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    You can’t die in the Houses of Parliament either. Deaths on the premises are recorded as having occurred in a nearby hospital.

    (It’s to do with the fact that if anyone dies in a Royal Palace, which they still are, they are eligible for a funeral at Royal expense. So…)

  25. #25 |  Sean | 

    Off-topic : puppycides get more and more ridiculous by the day. A female police chief in Texas executes one dog on a woman’s porch (after knocking on the door and saying “didn’t you hear me knocking bitch?” — then she goes around to the back yard and shoots another dog that was enclosed in the yard (that one survived). The dog that was on the porch is now buried in the backyard.

    http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/blotter/entries/2012/06/04/florence_woman_says_police_chi.html

  26. #26 |  Pricknick | 

    My favorite unit of measurement is shitload?

    Wholeheartedly agree.

  27. #27 |  Ron | 

    #22 – Brandon, the paragraphs you cite include quotations from people IN Seattle (including the Mayor and the police) about the situation. If anyone is “blaming” libertarianism it’s them. Why do you ascribe the views of the quoted sources to the Times itself?

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