Earlier this week, I called in to Fox News’ Freedom Watch to talk about my latest crime column. I’m not sure why the map on the screen is pointing to Phoenix.
Archive for April, 2010
Nurse Lisa Hofstra has settled a lawsuit against the city of Chicago and police officer Marcelo Rodriguez for $78,000. Rodriguez got angry with Hofstra and handcuffed her and placed her in the backseat of a squad car for 45 minutes after she refused to draw blood from a suspected drunk driver. Hofstra tried to explain to Rodriguez that she could not draw blood from the woman until she was admitted as a patient, but that was something he apparently didn't want to hear.
Police officers and prosecutors in Virginia raided the offices of the student newspaper of James Madison University and seized hundreds of photographs of an off-campus riot. The affidavit justifying the warrant is sealed.
- Cop gets away with killing two in possible DUI case because his fellow officers didn’t bother testing him for alcohol (until eight hours later). Judge who dismissed the charges is the came judge who dismissed charges last year against the cops caught beating up a couple of businessmen at a Chicago bar.
- So all those measures in the health care bill that were going to keep costs down? They won’t take effect for years. If at all.
- Tea Partiers respond to the Jim Bovard article I linked to over the weekend.
- William Anderson has more on the increasingly surreal Tonya Craft child molestation case.
- The M.I.A. video for her song “Born Free” is pretty intense. Themes include SWAT teams and police militarization, government power, and racial profiling. (Warning: It’s graphic, violent, and contains images of naked people you probably didn’t want to see naked.)
- A fine use of taxpayer dollars: 74-year-old Canadian woman extradited on a 30-year-old pot charge.
San Antonio, Texas, police say Officer Gabriel Villareal has been suspended indefinitely, but they refuse to say why. However, a woman, who was not identified by local media, says he showed up at her door one day saying he was responding to a 911 call. She said she hadn't called....
In which Officer Gabriel Villareal, stalker in uniform, uses his powers as a police officer to hunt down a San Antonio woman's address, barge in on her unannounced, and harass her in her own home. If you or I used our own private resources to pull a stunt like that, we'd be prime candidates for a restraining order and might well end up arrested on stalking or menacing charges. When Men In Uniform use their own far more extensive resources, as well as the implicit threat of their legal and physical powers, to inflict their unwanted attentions on unwilling women, suddenly it's a private administrative matter, to be handled behind closed doors by the Department.
Read more "Stories Of Black Men Who Have Been Murdered By Law Enforcement Officers." Do these stories check out? Do they anger you? Do they make you feel sad, embarrassed . . .? Are they even true? Check it out and report back in the comments!
- Not exactly helping their cause.
- Cops raid Gizmodo blogger’s house over iPhone leak.
- Chicago politicians want National Guard troops patrolling city streets.
- This is a good idea in theory, but given that the cops themselves get to dictate what is and isn’t recorded, it becomes not so much a transparency tool as a tool to clear cops of wrongdoing. That’s obviously a good thing when the cop has done nothing wrong. But it does nothing to add any accountability to police departments.
- Godspeed, Bret Michaels.
- At last week’s 2nd Amendment rally, Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes denounced Rudy Giuliani (for his general authoritarianism), Michelle Malkin (for her defense of Japanese internment camps), and the Bush administration (for the PATRIOT Act). You’d never have known that from this Mother Jones writeup of the same rally.
A New Mexico TV station has found that members of the state police have to write a minimum number of tickets each month or face punishment. Documents uncovered by KOB show that officers in the Santa Fe area and the Pecos area have to write 100 tickets and make three DWI arrests each month. If they fail to do that, they face several sanctions, including lower evaluation ratings and loss of overtime privileges. Chief Faron Segotta says that's not a quota. He calls it a "minimum performance standard."