Archive for April, 2010

Me on Freedom Watch

Friday, April 30th, 2010

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.

Chicago Justice

Friday, April 30th, 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.

Fit to Print

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

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.

Morning Links

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Men In Uniform: Officer Gabriel Villareal, San Antonio, TX

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Hot Pursuit. Daily Brickbats (2010-04-27):

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.

Stories Of Black Men Who Have Been Murdered By Law Enforcement Officers.

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
I saw the following at a MySpace page that has plenty more examples to which readers can follow links:

BLACK PEOPLE STAND UP!



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Click on the links to read the full stories of these unarmed men that have been choked, beaten, neglected and shot to death by law enforcement officers in the United States.

This Monday is October 22. It will be a National Day Of Protest Against Police Brutality with protests planned all over the United States. If there is no rally in your area, why not reach out to a family that has lost a love one to thi senseless "shoot-first" justice the police departments are practicing on people of color across this country. This weekend, surf the web for emails and/or street addresses of Mothers, Wives and Children of these or other innocent, unarmed people that have fell victim to the murderous "Boys In Blue" and let them know you are praying for them and you support them! 

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Johnnie Cromartie, 40, Murdered May 25, 1993 in New York, NY by Manhattan Police officers - http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F0CEED8113CF937A35755C0A965958260'>FULL STORY

Anthony Baez, 29, Murdered December 22, 1994 in New York, NY by officer Francis X. Livoti Jr.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Baez'>FULL STORY

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!

Police States

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
You know, I am glad that libgressives have declared that Arizona's dumb and thoroughly impracticable new Papieren-bitte system means that Arizona is a police state, whereas the Democratic President continuing to arrogate to His Person the right to arrest, indefinitely imprison, assassinate, and otherwise dispose of any human being on the face of the earth, including all American citizens, is, um, a misguided extension of Bush-era policies. And this is not to say that I think the Arizona law is anything other than mean-spirited and vicious (although also, I think it's doomed, which mitigates against any outrage I might be able to work up). I am a believer in open borders. Citizenship is slavery, and all that. That said, a reactionary racial profiling law in an economically wounded Sunbelt pensioners village hardly approaches an extant, supralegal, federal regime in which a single office is vested with the dictatorial power to dispose of all human life as it sees fit.

Morning Links

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
  • 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.

The Highway Patrol

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

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."

Watching the Detectives

Monday, April 26th, 2010

My crime column this week looks at two recent incidents in Maryland, and what they say about the need for an established, enforceable right to video or audio record on-duty police officers.