Archive for January, 2012

Anonymous Tips

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Hello fellow Copblockers,
My name is Tony and I would like to thank the site and all the people who contributor to it. I live in lovely South Florida, Broward county. Home of the orignal Navarro bad boys. I have been steadfastly defending my rights against these repressive gang members for the last 20yrs. I have been on the wrong side of the law, paid my dues and consider myself a model of rehabilitation. I have been with the same woman for 24 yrs and married to her for 11. She was my high school sweetheart and has turned into a pill head. All by her doctors design and big pharma.

I have had 5 to 7 narcs bang on my door, all suited up in black and ready to go. ” Can we come in” We have a report of suspicious activity at this residense. “do you have a search warrant” No we do not but if you have nothing to hide, we do not see a problem for us to enter. Well there is a problem, this is a private residence and you have no warrant. So no, I do not have anything to hide, and no, you may not enter my house. That was the first time.

Second time my friend is a gardner and uses hydroponics for growing inside. We go buy some Nitrous for the plants and 2 weeks later boom, DEA, BSO show up at my door, his door and his mothers house. All so called “grow houses.” Again they say, “can we enter?” “Do you have a warrant?” “No”, well have a nice day. Luckily I have informed my friend of what to say and and what they would say. He was one second from saying yes, you may search, but got smart when the cop said. Well if you have nothing to hide. Oh wake up time, no you may not enter. Same thing on all three houses. So yeah I am hot with the police, by knowing my rights.

Well last Saturday I am working and I get a call from my 16yr old. There is SWAT with guns drawn on 2 11yr olds for riding a Honda mini trail up and down the street. Apparently someone made an anonymous tip that some heavy set man with glasses was coming out of my house waving a gun. The Swat team shows up with guns draw, orders everyone out of house and then commences to harass all of them. I have two American Pitbull terriers, my 5yr old female was outside at the time. Luckily the police had enough restraint to have my daughter put my female and my 2yr old male in the room. Once all that was done, they did their little show and left. NEVER even searched the house, for the man with the gun. WTF is that, all this forcec and a half ass job in investing the call.

Some noisy neighbor, with no balls to ask them to stop riding the mini trail, decides to call the cops on kids, make an outrageous claim about a man with a gun and put my entire family in harms way. I am moving and getting out of here but I sure won’t be a nice neighbor anymore. Loud car, lots of kids over for my kids to play with and a BBQ on the front lawn every weekend.

- Tony C

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TRUTHOUT: Record Numbers of Incarcerated Mothers Bad News for Women, Children, Communities

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
This past Friday, Truthout published an article on the record (and still-growing) numbers of incarcerated mothers in the United States. I was one of the people interviewed for the article (but that's not the only reason you should read it):

It is well known that the United States imprisons a higher percentage of its population than any other industrialized country.

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Electroshock Education

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Man gets the stun gun treatment for walking his dogs off-leash.

A Montara man walking two lapdogs off leash was hit with an electric-shock gun by a National Park Service ranger after allegedly giving a false name and trying to walk away, authorities said Monday.

The park ranger encountered Gary Hesterberg with his two small dogs Sunday afternoon at Rancho Corral de Tierra, which was recently incorporated into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, said Howard Levitt, a spokesman for the park service.

Hesterberg, who said he didn’t have identification with him, allegedly gave the ranger a false name, Levitt said.

The ranger, who wasn’t identified, asked Hesterberg to remain at the scene, Levitt said. He tried several times to leave, and finally the ranger “pursued him a little bit and she did deploy her” electric-shock weapon, Levitt said. “That did stop him.” . . .

Witnesses said the use of a stun gun and the arrest seemed excessive for someone walking two small dogs off leash.

“It was really scary,” said Michelle Babcock, who said she had seen the incident as she and her husband were walking their two border collies. “I just felt so bad for him.”

Babcock said Hesterberg had repeatedly asked the ranger why he was being detained. She didn’t answer him, Babcock said.

After shocking him, the ranger did at least call paramedics. Then she arrested him. The park only recently started requiring dogs to be on a leash. Apparently, the ranger was merely trying to provide the man a service.

The ranger was trying to educate residents of the rule, Levitt said.

Lesson learned, I guess. Note too that the ranger is the only person in the story not mentioned by name.

Partnership for Safety and Justice report: "Moving Beyond Sides: The Power and Potential of a New Public Safety Policy Paradigm"

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
Lois of The Real Cost of Prisons Project sent this to me a while back, but I only now had a chance to read it. For those of you interested in promoting safety and justice without relying on prisons, read this!

Partnership for Safety and Justice: Moving Beyond Sides: The Power and Potential of a New Public Safety Policy Paradigm By David Rogers & Kerry Naughton (December 2011).

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How Many Free Passes for Police?

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

From the L.A. Times, Sunday Jan 22, 2012 -

‘The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a fatal shooting by a deputy Saturday in Lancaster.

Two deputies had attempted to stop a man on a bicycle for a traffic violation, but the man fled on foot, sheriff’s officials said.

The deputies chased the man a short distance. When he reached toward his waistband, the department said, one of the deputies, believing he could be drawing a weapon, shot him.

The man, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene. The deputies weren’t injured.”

So once again, somebody has lost a son, brother, father, friend, all because some cop thought he was pulling a weapon when he supposedly “reached” for his waistband.

Will the man be found to have been un-armed? Probably. Will the shooting be excused as “justified”? Again, probably. Will this cop be left on the street to murder somebody else with no repercussions at all, even if the autopsy tends to show that all bullets entered from the rear? As depressing and unbelievable as it is, most likely.

If a standard everyday person saw somebody steal his bike, started chasing them, then pulled a gun, shot and killed them, and then told investigating police, “Well, he reached for his waistband, and fearing he was pulling a weapon, I shot him”, do you think they would get away with it? Not a chance. They would be arrested and charged with manslaughter, at the least. But if a cop “thinks” you have a weapon, they are allowed to shoot and kill you. Why is this?

It is time to start some sort of “Public Indictment” that citizens can file. When a cop murders somebody like this, the police department should not be the ones to determine if it was “justified”. This should be done by a commission made up of non-police. Their determinations should be binding. If they say a cop should be forever stripped of the ability to be a cop of any kind, it happens. If they determine the cop should stand trial, the cop takes his chances with a jury just like any other person.

This country was founded by the people, for the people. We need to get back to those concepts.

- Certain

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AZ to limit shackling pregnant prisoners?

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
(Author note: I am shocked (and delighted). Of course, let's see if this passes and then whether Maricopa County's infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio actually complies):

A bipartisan group of lawmakers hopes Arizona will join 14 other states in limiting how and when jails can shackle pregnant women.

Democrats have tried unsuccessfully to push legislation for the past two years. But this year, the effort may see some success. Republicans are sponsoring bills in both the House and Senate.

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AZ to limit shackling pregnant prisoners?

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
(Author note: I am shocked (and delighted). Of course, let's see if this passes and then whether Maricopa County's infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio actually complies):

A bipartisan group of lawmakers hopes Arizona will join 14 other states in limiting how and when jails can shackle pregnant women.

Democrats have tried unsuccessfully to push legislation for the past two years. But this year, the effort may see some success. Republicans are sponsoring bills in both the House and Senate.

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Superintendent Advocates Against Drug War

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

One would think Rick Van Wickler, Superintendent of the Cheshire County “Correctional” Facility, was committing career suicide when testifying at the House Criminal Justice Committee (See video above) – you know, that committee focused on justice and stuff – in New Hampshire. Only when employed by the government is it logical for y0u to take a “vacation day” (which is still paid for the same way – taxes – as “regular days”) and testify for something that would cost your employer billions of dollars – and keep your job.

Now I don’t want to take anything from Rick and the courage he has for speaking the truth about the war on drugs. He honestly has my respect for that but as a man who’s been “on the bad end of him doing his job so well” (a statement I made to him at his Keene State College speech) I find it questionable, in terms of his character, to have such a clear understanding of the “War on Drugs” and still go to work where the majority of ‘his’ inmates are there due to drug prohibition.

Don’t you just want to ask him, “How can you know that [prohibition failed] and go to work everyday and continue to contribute to this problem?”

He may even say something like, “I’m advocating against the system – just like you do. I’m sure you, like me, dislike the compromises we make against our principles. You don’t like to pay taxes of any kind knowing they’ll go to fund more things you rather not support. I feel guilt when I see marijuana users in my jail but I’m doing what I can and trying to fix it the only way I know how.”

Though I bet Rick would feel better if he weren’t part of the system that was built off something he seems to despise. Regardless, it’s nice to see someone not blinded by the paycheck, who has the courage to speak the truth. Thanks.

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UPDATE: Just Say “NO!!” 4th & 14th Amendments

Monday, January 30th, 2012

This post is an update to “Just Say “NO!!” 4th & 14th Amendments.”

These are links about Peter Cloutier violating my civil rights on January 18, 2012 in Augusta Maine.

The first link is the raw mp3 of the violation. The second link is the raw mp3 of my meeting with the internal investigator, Sgt. Christopher Shaw, which occurred on January 25, 2012 and lasted for 1hr 5min.

http://propeaceproject.mortalsage.org/peacevids/video/N7G396BKGK1U/Peter-Cloutier-Augusta-Maine-Police-violated-my-civil-rights-4th-amp-14th

http://propeaceproject.mortalsage.org/peacevids/video/K6RNUGUMMU1U/Internal-Investigative-Meeting-with-Sgt-Chris-Shaw-Augusta-Police

- Gina
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women at Valley State Prison express concerns over pending conversion

Monday, January 30th, 2012
from Diana Block at California Coalition for Women Prisoners:

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