Shoot first, question later…. Cops kill 13 year old.

Officers see a 13 year old boy with a replica AK47.  Their response? Immediately shoot and kill the youth. No asking questions, nothing. Just shoot first.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/24/justice/california-fake-rifle-boy-killed/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

We often hear that only “military and police” should be allowed to possess firearms.  Yet, over 1/2 the incidents I’ve read in the news recently featuring gun tragedies have involved a law enforcement officer. 

We need to abandon this reckless police culture of “shoot first”, “gestapo SWAT raids”, etc. Or eventually the citizenry will start to view the police as merely thugs. Especially, when most of your time is spent giving out frivolous traffic tickets  while our calls to 911 go without any response.

There is only one reason for police.  And that is to have a force who is trained to judiciously use force so that it only needs to be applied as a last resort. Any bozo citizen could walk around and blindly shoot anyone who looked like a threat. Police officers are supposed to be trained so that they don’t go in guns blazing. And if they’re not being trained that way, there is no purpose for them.

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Published in: on October 24, 2013 at 10:24 am  Comments (1)  
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Crowdsourcing Police

UPDATE: Apparently the entire post I wrote got gobbled up somewhere in cyberspace. I’ll make a second attempt.

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Oakland, California residents attempt crowdsourcing to hire people to protect them.

Some haved decried it as vigilantism. People are missing the irony. What do you think police officers are? Where do you think police receive their authority? Some strange woman in a lake passing out badges?

ALL authority derives from the inherent natural right to live and defend one’s self. Essentially, the issue comes about that humans are both passionate and fallable. So we have a tendency to make mistakes. And if you make such a mistake while meting out justic, it rather sucks.

So we ceded, for the benefit of our communal living states, that right to a collective authority. At first it was essentially sheriffs/constables/justices of the peace/elders/etc. These would judiciously decide a matter, and make a determination of guilt and a fair reparation.

As society grew, this authority needed to be further delegated and expanded. Hence more constables, and then eventually our modernized police force hired by a community at large to render service. In which regards, the actions of Oakland residents are in fact, no different than in the past.

http://slashdot.org/topic/cloud/oakland-crowdfunding-private-cops/

Granted, we might see some objections from the unionized Oakland police against the non-union upstarts. Similar to a union painter complaining that the non-union painter got the job (because he was charging less and doing better work).

Published in: on October 7, 2013 at 3:35 pm  Comments (1)  
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I’m a *burp* excuse me…I’m a cop…give me uh..a twinkie…ya

Seriously, what was running through this dudes head.  Glad he got weeded out early (article states he was hired as an officer in September).  But seriously, “ya, I’m a cop so I’m going to whip out my gun at a cashier”. 

If you’re that drunk, maybe your gun should be locked in a safe…just saying.

http://news.yahoo.com/off-duty-az-cop-accused-pointing-gun-clerk-032832380.html

Published in: on July 18, 2013 at 10:50 am  Leave a Comment  
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Canines: Licenses to Kill ???

Reason has an article on the growing trend of police brutality against dogs.  The growing number of cases in which officers casually, shoot a dog.  The explanation, it’s “policy”, and points to it as part of the problem.

Many of these cases, the officer is never in danger. These are [mostly] not cases of dogs attacking. Many times its nothing more than a dog approaching, or in one case, the owner had already locked her lapdog in the bathroom. 

http://reason.com/archives/2013/07/08/its-time-to-train-officers-not-to-kill-d

This is a warning sign of a growing police state. We should be afraid when our police are so callous as to make killing a family’s pet “policy”, rather than prudence only when in actual danger. And if they can preventatively kill our pets. Does anyone really think it’s that far beyond, that the same callous behavior, will be applied to us and our children?  [FACT REMINDER: Ruby Ridge was a mostly avoidable tragedy, that became a massacre when an officer chose to shoot a child’s dog in that child’s presence. One has to remember, that to a young child, that dog IS family. And in the case of Ruby Ridge, the child retaliated with lethal force against an officer, who had just killed his buddy.]

If you know that officers are coming, be prudent and secure your canine friend. And realize even that may not be enough to prevent our uniformed finest from having a little live action target shoot.

Published in: on July 15, 2013 at 5:39 pm  Comments (2)  
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Green smoke….was Dorner trying to surrender?

Article on Dorner’s last moments.It mentioned that Dorner fired off a couple of green smoke grenades. I wondered if that had any meaning. After googling I discovered a few references to use of green smoke in the military to denote “wounded”.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/23/justice/california-dorner-death/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Can any readers verify this?

If true, the officers claim that there was no indication of surrender  were probably bunk.  And it would appear that perhaps Dorner was signaling just that, before they burned him to the ground. No, they did NOT want that man captured alive.

But I think we knew that after the LAPD shot up two women in pick-up truck. Who have since settled for $4+ million.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lapd-women-shot-millions-20130423,0,1713238.story

As for the $1 million dollar reward for information leading to the capture of Dorner. One man, whom Dorner carjacked, and who called a friend who was a sheriff’s deputy. Feels that he has a claim to the reward. And would like to use it to fund his children’s tuition and improve the local Scout camp. (Heltebreke feels he and the couple in Big Bear should split the reward.)

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/15/us/lapd-dorner-reward

Published in: on April 24, 2013 at 5:34 pm  Leave a Comment  
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What do the rank and file law enforcement think about gun control?

FACT: 95% of law enforcement do not believe a magazine ban will reduce violent crime.

FACT: 85% of law enforcement feel White house proposed legislation would have either no or a negative affect on their safety.

FACT: 90% of law enforcement feel that an assault weapon ban would have no positive affect in reducing crime.

FACT: 80% of law enforcement do not believe a ban on private transfers would reduce crime.

FACT: 60% of law enforcement feel increased severity of punishment for gun trafficking/straw purchasers would reduce crime.  30% did not, and the remainder were unsure.

FACT: 70% of law enforcement oppose a national database tracking legal gun sales.

FACT: 90% of law enforcement feel that use of a firearm during a crime should result in stiff mandatory sentence with no plea bargaining.  THIS IS WHAT POLICE VIEW THE CAUSE OF THE VIOLENT GUN PROBLEM – they keep busting criminals only to see them released onto the streets two weeks later.

FACT: 70% of law enforcement felt favorably toward public sheriff’s/cheifs who declared they would not enforce gun laws they viewed as unconstitutional.

FACT: 90% of law enforcement support concealed carry by civilians. (Actually 91.3%, only 4% oppose.)

FACT: 84% of law enforcement usually carry off duty. Another 12% sometimes carry.
The following survey polled 14,000 law enforcement officers.  You get a very different picture from the rank and file officer than you do from the “politically appointed” police chiefs of big cities.  As for accuracy, I cannot attest. But the oft quoted study that politicians use to claim 40% of are sold without background checks only used 250 respondants ( & the study was actually done before background checks existed).
Survey:
http://ddq74coujkv1i.cloudfront.net/p1_gunsurveysummary_2013.pdf

H/T to Sebastian
http://www.pagunblog.com/2013/04/08/but-i-thought-law-enforcement-supported-gun-control/

Dorner Incident

Van Jones comments on the Dorner Incident.

We should not be “using this occasion” to debate various theories of racial justice — not while the blood of the innocent is still fresh on the ground.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/13/opinion/jones-chris-dorner/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

Really, but it’s been totally okay to “use” the Newtown occasion to debate various theories of gun control – while the blood of the innocent is still fresh on the ground.

Leftist hypocrisy?

“But real insights are available elsewhere, from sources that are infinitely more credible.”

This might be the only time the LAPD has been referred to as infinitely more credible on race related issues in it’s decades of history.

“There are many better spokespeople for the cause of racial justice than Dorner.”

Okay, I agree with him on the above statement.

“I don’t want to reference Dorner in any way except for what he was — someone who was very disturbed, who needed mental health support and who cruelly took the lives of those devoted to service.”

I have a feeling had Dorner not been an ex-cop. We’d see all the talk being on gun and little mention of mental health.

The LAPD does have a lot to answer for, and even now, the original incident that triggered Dorner’s decline is being re-opened and re-evaluated. What happens if the evidence is “Oh crap, he was right…the incident did happen. And we fired him?” That’s a big danger…

Furthered by recent police responses to Dorner, ie: shooting two blue pickups full of innocent civilians. To which many average citizens express thoughts such as “From the perspective of people watching, two cars filled with innocent people were shot at in what to a lot of people looked like street justice than police procedure,”

And I can’t say I disagree. If police are in such a rush to draw guns and shoot and kill Dorner, that they can’t even be bothered to check the plate or color of the vehicle; it’s kind of hard to argue they weren’t going for a street execution.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/13/us/lapd-dorner-fans/index.html

Hopefully, this doesn’t become the prelude to a 20th anniversary and sequel of the LA Riots.

I wonder who has more Facebook followers? Dorner of the LAPD?

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“The cabin went up in flames after authorities launched pyrotechnic tear-gas canisters into it”

I guess this kind of settles the Waco, Texas debate. Pyrotechnic tear-gas canisters seem to have a knack for burning down buildings with people inside…just saying.

http://news.yahoo.com/repeated-gaffes-ultimately-halted-ex-cops-rampage-090541407.htm

Anyways, I’ll stop here lest I drone on about the Dorner Incident.

UPDATE:   Apparently, that accidental incident of fire that burned that cabin. Not so accidental.

http://www.businessinsider.com/police-appeared-to-shout-burn-this-mother-down-before-fire-engulfed-rogue-ex-cops-cabin-2013-2

Um, question, when you’re declaring a desired intent to kill and then you kill – is that not murder?

Seriously, just wondering how many charges should be filed against LAPD and it’s surrounding cohorts.

> Attempted murder of two hispanic women in a blue pickup.

> Attempted murder of an old guy in his pickup

> Deliberate Murder of a suspect

This is not “a law enforcement agency”, it’s gestapo.

 

Published in: on February 14, 2013 at 1:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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#nraam No, I’m not DJ’ing

Never there when I need them, always there when I don’t – POLICE

On the way home I was pulled over by police in Illinois.  Apparently, the tags were expired on the vehicle I was driving. Thankfully the officer only gave me a warning – which is what I believe he should have done.  And kept me from lowering my faith in cops further.

The annoying part is (according to my gut feeling) that he followed me because he saw me over the “white line” of a street light.  This came out when I tried to inform him that the streetlight up the road was not working.

Which I was stopped at for 10 minutes maybe even 15.  He stated that he observed me well past the white line.  I tried to explain that I originally started WELL BEFORE THE WHITE LINE. And I each time the light went through a rotation and skipped me, I moved forward.  I went from being 3/4 of a car length behind the white line to a 1/4 in front. Ironically, I was about to run the light, when I saw the police officer.  I decided to wait a couple more times, but had decided that even with the recent police officer I was going to run it after the next rotation. Thankfully, it turned “green”.  I was like “Great, now I don’t have to worry about police – oh what a fool, what was I thinking.”

I am pretty sure that the reason he trailed me was this fact. I just wish police would listen for a change. It gets harder and harder to respect the position.

Seriously, I don’t want to hear another lame arse mayor complain about crime until they quit wasting police officers time as ticket maids.  Thankfully, it’s just a warning.

But now I’m even more tired….

Night all!

Published in: on April 13, 2012 at 1:03 am  Leave a Comment  
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Police come lately…

Recently, there was a massive and lethal pile-up of cars in Florida. Nearly a dozen dead and another 1-2 dozen injured.  (Please note the numerous media people calling for a ban on cars.)

Article
http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/29/us/florida-fatal-crashes/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

A spokesperson stated the Highway Patrol would “review this situation and determine if our process needs to be changed.”

I can tell you without a doubt that the policy and process needs to be changed. But I can almost guarantee you that a review will determine no fault on the police department and no need to change policy.  The police department will continue to be ‘unresponsive’.

How do I know this? From nearly half a dozen personal experiences.  Enough for me to anecdotally conclude that police departments are not trained in being responsive to potential emergencies, only past ones.  And while many excuses can be made as to a shortage of officers, vehicles, etc. There is something more to it.

Recently, I found myself behind a swerving mini-van which posed a danger to itself and numerous other vehicles. I did my civic duty and called 9-1-1 twice. I drove through half the county awaiting to see a police vehicle.  It never showed. Had I not remained with the vehicle until it was safely off the road, people could have died.  Now I know it takes time to respond. But I drove through half the county, often at speeds as low as 35mph.  Are you seriously going to tell me not a single county officer could respond within that time? 

Similarly, 6 weeks before my wedding I was nearly killed in an accident. A combination of skilled driving and divine miracle allowed me to reach my wedding day.  It was a drizzly day, I came over a small hill on I-91 only to see a car parked with it’s flashers in the middle of the highway.  Attempting a sudden 65 to 0 stop in the drizzle is no easy task.  Lead time was very slim, and I could feel my light Honda starting to hydro-plane.  I knew if I rear-ended that car, I was dead.  I made a decision to turn toward the guard rail wagering my chances of surviving a side impact with the rail was better than plowing into the vehicle. Miraculously I was able to turn before impact with the rail and narrowly pass the disabled vehicle.

I called 9-1-1 to report a car in a dead stop in an unviewable area of the highway posing an extreme danger. The dispatcher was non-chalant, and I could tell by their voice they were not going to act.  “Excuse me, but I almost died.  And there are already more cars narrowly avoiding impact. Get a patrol car out there and do something.” 

And in a similar incident where I-95 flooded in the New Haven, Connecticut area.  Cars were on the highway and finding themselves suddenly hydroplaning with zero visibility through about 8 inches of water. Alerted the police to the need for them to bring a patrol car to the area and slow down the traffic before someone was injured.

I do not understand why our police force is so focused on responding to incidents instead of pre-empting them. But I can tell you, this Florida incident was caused in part due to this mentality, and do I want to say “laziness”? Though I think it is more of a doctrine of “response” instead of “prevention”. 

You see, as soon as that first impact occurred on that night (one in which the highway had already been closed to two prior impacts). A patrol car should have been routed to the area of the accident to start slowing down the traffic. Flashing red & blue lights in fog & smoke tend to slow down most drivers.  

Lives could be saved through an implementation of a “pre-emptive” and responsive doctrine.  No, police cannot be everywhere (but strangely they seem to be when it’s quota time for traffic tickets – then they can be sitting out in the middle of corn fields watching stop signs for which a dozen cars might use in an entire day).

This failed doctrine holds true beyond automobiles.  One cannot rely upon the police force to keep you safe. You can’t always have a police officer with you. And sadly, you can seldom expect law enforcement to arrive in a fashion timely enough to keep you safe. I believe a lot of this comes down to the beauracracy involved.  Before you even reach a police officer you must go through a 9-1-1 dispatch that is often poorly trained, and poorly paid.  If you can get through that hurdle you then must potentially get through beauracratic policies that may further impede response.  Ones designed to prevent officers from wasting gas driving around to potential emergencies that might never materialize. We’ll never know the extent of beauracratic influence that officers have to deal with, and how it impedes their service (unless of course you’re an officer). But from a few discussions I’ve had in the past, there is a lot more than us average folk are aware of.  I mention the gasoline as just one, where chiefs and supervisors force the rank and file to be less effective due to budget restraints and rising gas prices being one of the most affectable.  So when you wonder why you always see a police cruiser just sitting there all day, that’s your likely answer.  And many of these police chiefs do so because they’re beholden to politicians who will often use “budget cuts” to police departments as one  of their first weapons in their political negotiations.

For example, in the 1/2 dozen times I’ve called 9-1-1 over a vehicle swerving on the highway. One might point out that not a single one resulted in an accident. So why should the police respond? But I will counter with the fact that I expended my time to assist those vehicles (by flashing my lights and honking whenever they were about to impact) and thus prevented accidents that were likely if I had not remained shadowing the vehicles.

The problem with “potential incidents” is that a police officers arrival is likely to make them “avoided incidents”. If an officer had been set-up immediately to warn of the accident ahead and thus slowed traffic, or better yet, kept there after the first two accidents until visibility returned. How would you document the success?  A police officer’s presence would have likely prevented any accidents. From a management’s point of time it would likely be viewed as a waste of resources. Especially if one had to pay overtime to maintain an officer’s presence.  It is very hard to guage the success of preventative action. 

For example, we know exactly how many people are killed by criminals wielding firearms.  We know how many criminals are killed by citizens wielding firearms in their defense. But we only have a vague idea of how many incidents have been prevented from ever occurring due to armed citizens.  Many encounters in which an armed citizen defends themselves go unreported. The criminals flees and the citizen sees little point in getting caught up in paperwork with law enforcement, especially if the city or area they’re in is reknown for not being gun friendly. Most of the accounts I’ve heard of a firearm being used to dissuade a perpetrator from action were not reported to law enforcement. Most seem to feel their firearm accomplished it’s purpose and they are safe. End of story. However, I believe this to be a failing in the gun community. If one is accosted, one should report it. Regardless of a safe outcome, reporting it to the authorities has the potential to provide safety to the next passer by.

How many people use firearms to defend themselves in a given year? I’ve heard anywhere from 65,000 to 2.5 million. I’d wager it falls somewhere in the middle, probably around a 1/4 of a million each year.

All this said, remember, the final responsible party for your safety is yourself. Avoid putting yourself in dangerous situations. Be it walking down a street in a bad neighborhood or driving during poor visibility conditions.  And if you must engage in such situations take prudent actions. Be armed, and be aware.  Drive slow and provide yourself more lead time by leaving a greater space between yourself and the vehicle in front of you.

Published in: on January 31, 2012 at 4:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Why? A Question on the Role of Police in Society

SHOULD WE ABOLISH THE POLICE?

Why is it, that when I dial 9-1-1, I can never get a police officer response. Currently I’m about 0-12.  Yet, it never seems to fail that there is always an officer ready and available to ticket you.

Recent cases in point. A couple months ago I received a $110 ticket for not displaying my inspection stickers on my window. Mind you, my window had just been replaced. Then broke again 1 week later on my way to vacation.  Then followed by days of massive flooding in our region. But none of that meant anything because, as the oldest !@#$% officer I’ve ever seen in my life stated, it was a matter of priorities.

More recently, I dialed 9-1-1 twice in relation to a min-van that was swerving all over the road. I followed this vehicle through half the country, often at 35mph. Flashing my lights whenever he was about to go off the road or into another car. I prevented 1/2 a dozen accidents.  Still no action on the part of the police. Regardless of the fact that this was a mini-van and there was a higher than average chance children could have been on board.

A few days ago I received my first moving traffic conviction for accidentally running a stop sign. Now, I’m guilty. I failed to stop. My lunch was sliding off my seat, I was distracted, and it was drizzly. I realized I was going to have to make a really really hard stop and probably pass the sign a bit.  So I kept going. Yes….I was wrong. And wouldn’t you know it, the one time I fail to stop. N-A-I-L-E-D.

Oh, let me describe this stop sign.  It’s a back country road, off a back country road.  There is a T-intersection with a stop sign. This in the midst of about a 1,000 acres of farmland. The intersecting road was clearly at one time the farm road, but was paved over at some point and made an actual road. I have seen exactly three vehicles use that intersecting road in the year+ of driving  past it. And only one of those was oncoming from the road.

So basically, we have a stop sign for the soul purpose of having a speed trap to make $$$ off of.  There is no safety reason for the stop sign. The view as one drives gives clear visibility of the oncoming road for about 1/2 a mile.

That said, I was guilty. I ran the stop sign.  What !@#$% pisses me off. Is the fact that I stop at this sign every day on my way to work without fail. Regardless of the fact that it’s a stupid useless and annoying sign.  But the one day I fail, there is a cop to nail me with a ticket.

Meanwhile, every !@#$% time I need a man in blue. They’re no where to be found. I’d just once, like to get an actual police response from a 9-1-1 call. Sorry men in blue. I know there are some really good cops out there. (Rich at BlueSheepDog.com seems like one, and I know a few officers personally.) But overall, I have found the majority of my interactions with police forces to be sub-par and unprofessional.  And I question whether we should in fact have police forces.

I know that’s a very controversial statement. But look at it from my perspective. Dozen times calling 9-1-1, no response.  Mind you, for one of those incidents was later deemed worthy of three police cruisers.  Which were sent out to take a police report after the gas station manager called it in when all was well. But when the threat was posed, I got told “It’s New Haven, what you want us to do about it.”

Dozen times calling 9-1-1, no response.  When my mother and I were dealing with a convicted Federal felon who was engaging in criminal behavior. We dealt with three law enforcement branches and not a single one were willing to do anything. And two of them stated of their own omission that it was essentially laziness.

So as far as I view police officers, they seem to be mostly a resource for counties and cities to raise $$ via ticketing of minor infractions.  Well, I don’t view that as something the public needs.  And frankly, I’m tired of being told that the reason officers can’t respond to my 9-1-1 calls is cause they’re too busy.  Too busy doing what? Speed traps and fundraising.

The sad truth is that the regular speedsters and crazy drivers on the road seldom get caught by police. In fact, I’ve watch police officers quickly give us chase of those.  The ones who usually receive tickets are those who drive the regular traffic flow on a highway that has artificially low speed limits set so that tickets can be given at need.

We’d be better off, if we set the speed limit and enforced it. But set them at a realistic speed. In fact, I’ve advocated that we need to move to variable speed highways. In which the speed limit can be adjusted based on the time and conditions.  55mph may be a fine speed limit on a rainy highway during rush hour. But is it a realistic speed limit at 3am?
I’d really love to hear from police officers, if any are willing to give voice, as to why 9-1-1 calls for me and many I know go un-responded too. But you guys always seem to be there to give out a ticket.  Is this a management thing? Is there pressure from the depart, cities, etc. to ticket. Is this considered a higher priority than serving and responding to calls.

I am just trying to understand….cause I really don’t. And it’s very frustrating. I drove for half my county, for approx. 35 minutes. And apparently no officer was available to respond to my call about a vehicle swerving all over the road. The responsibility to protect lives fell onto my shoulders.  I drove several exits past my house to ensure no one was hurt and no incident occurred.  Thankfully, they eventually pulled over to the side of the road. But seriously, shame on the police, shame.

Lastly, my final reason for this contemplation is the 2nd Amendment itself. How much has the right to keep and bear arms been hurt by our multitude of standing police corps (and with Mayor Boomberg blabbing about his army, is there any other name  for it but police corps). There was a time in the past where every decent person in town was expected to play a part in regards to dealing with and subjugating  the criminal element.  We gained safety in relinquishing that duty to a professional, but have we at the lost? our own active role in self-preservation? the strength of our rights?  How many times have we heard someone say “We don’t need the 2nd Amendment. That’s why we have police.”

Please don’t get me wrong.  I do believe there is a need for a professional police force, and that they have a role. I believe that role is to deal with the hardened professional criminals and gang lords.  And to assist the citizens in their defense against criminals at hand.  To me, the role should not be ticketing the avg joe for driving the traffic flow speed. It should be nailing those idiots who we see every day weaving in and out of traffic going 20mph+ more than anyone else on the road.

I would make a wager that if NONE of the ticket fine went to any government entity (not the city, not the emergency fund, not the ambulance fund, nada). A hypothetical situation where a traffic fine went to any 501C3 registered charity of the driver’s choosing. That we’d probably see an order of magnitude less tickets given out.  The irksome part is that I feel this recession has seen a dramatic increase in the amount of ticketing being done.  Perhaps the cash strapped cities and counties forget that most of US are also cash strapped in this recession.

Published in: on December 18, 2011 at 4:18 am  Comments (3)  
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