- The Salt Lake Deseret News runs an editorial on SWAT raids.
- When occupational licensing bullshit meets anti-immigration horseshit.
- Man raided, dog shot, “small amount of narcotics” found. No big deal.
- Strong lager is the new heroin. Worse yet, someone is making a profit!
- The self-perpetuating police state: Asset forfeiture funds used to purchase surveillance cameras.
- NYC police team takes a detour on the way to a drug raid, pulls over an unarmed man, kills him.
NH Law Enforcement Proves That Unconstitutional “Sobriety” Checkpoints Are Not Actually About Roadway SafetyThursday, August 30th, 2012
Police in Bedford, NH recently obtained a court order to conduct a “sobriety checkpoint” as required by state law:
NH RSA 265:1-a Sobriety Checkpoints
Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, no law enforcement officer or agency shall establish or conduct sobriety checkpoints for the purposes of enforcing the criminal laws of this state, unless such law enforcement officer or agency petitions the superior court and the court issues an order authorizing the sobriety checkpoint after determining that the sobriety checkpoint is warranted and the proposed method of stopping vehicles satisfies constitutional guarantees.
So, essentially, these checkpoints legally need to be about catching drunk drivers.
Getting the court to approve such an order requires a legal showing that such government action is actually required to protect the public from the dangers of impaired motor vehicle operators.
The Union Leader reports that out of 268 suspicion-less detentions, 11 people were arrested, only 1 was actually driving while intoxicated.
That’s a pathetic 0.373% success rate.
So Soviet-era checkpoints are necessary to catch drunk drivers and are not intended to enforce other criminal laws?
I’ve caught more drunk drivers by simply watching a stationary curve in the roadway… and I didn’t have to mass interfere with the freedom of movement we’re supposed to have in this county.
This week, a couple of stories that should cause anyone critically thinking to see that those wearing badges aren’t always operating with the best intentions.
Police Mistake Cyclist for Rape Suspect, Ticket Him
Police Raid Liberty LOVE Fest; Steal Alcohol
Please take a few moments to check out http://CopBlock.org/FreeAdemo to get up to date on why the CopBlock Founder is currently behind bars at Valley Street Jail in Manchester, NH after an attempt to hold public officials accountable.
Until next week, stay safe and remember that badges don’t grant extra rights.
- There’s a vast dust cloud in the center of the Milky Way galaxy that smells like raspberries and rum.
- For a welcome change: a puppycide averted.
- Another isolated incident. Make that two.
- Double your pleasure, double your fun/Headline and subhead of the day in one.
- A brief catalog of slang terms of the types of clients who might visit an English brothel in 1795.
- The dumbest argument for censorship you’ll read today.
- The legislation whose penalties may end up killing more U.S. jobs than all the call centers in India combined.
- Georgia cops deactivate man’s Tourette’s Syndrome control device, then beat him for the resulting tics and verbal outbursts.
- Is that a biological threat in your pants, or are you just happy to see me?
- Thor discovers text messaging.
- My column from Monday: Why “sex trafficking” suddenly became a subject of concern for Mexican politicians within the past year.
(Thanks to Radley for the first four items and Jesse Walker for the fifth.)
- Another high-ranking police officer in Minneapolis is facing a misconduct investigation. It’s this particular officer’s second investigation in three years.
- Former Deputy U.S. Attorney General Larry Thompson worries about the lack of mens rea in our criminal code. As Scott Greenfield pointed out on Twitter, it would be nice if these people would worry about these things before they have former in front of their titles.
- Headline of the day.
- For your amusement: “The Beatles never existed.”
- Fortune magazine investigation concludes that there’s nothing to Fast & Furious. The report seemed convincing until I read Katie Pavlich’s rebuttal, which points to ATF emails that seem to directly refute some of the Fortune report’s key findings. So I have no idea what to think.
- Here is the inside of a camel’s mouth.
- Ronald Thompson gets a new trial in Florida. He was sentenced to the state’s mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison for firing two warning shots into the ground.
- In Michigan: Talking urinal cakes warn you not to drink and drive.
- North Carolina changes its liquor laws so partying politicians can have a good time.
- Headline of the day.
- In the L.A. Times, a former L.A. deputy police chief argues for drug legalization.
- Andy Dick drunkenly stumbles into a stranger’s house, tries to make out with everyone, takes a sloppy pee, then leaves.
- But for video: L.A. County edition.
- Congratulations, Charles Carreon. You are the new laughingstock of the Internet. And all by your own doing.
- The New York Times gets to the heart of the important questions facing our nation.
- All about plywood.
- The Michigan legislature is considering a SWAT transparency bill similar to the one passed in Maryland. I’ll have more on this later.
- Ken at Popehad is as good as anyone at bringing attention to the routine, mundane injustices that go on in criminal courts.
- Five classic teen moral panics.
- Headline of the day.
- Virginia sheriff requires body cavity searches of nurses who administer health care to his inmates.
- Atlanta prosecutor caught dealing drugs in a sting operation. He was also a defense attorney for one of the cops who shot Kathryn Johnston.
- People really did this?
- Something else to worry about: Worms eating your brain.
- Videos exonerate photographers wrongly charged with crimes in New York, Seattle. Be sure to appreciate those first three paragraphs.
- Walter Olson takes on Nicholas Kristof’s latest crusade: Boycotting alcohol manufacturers because of alcoholism on American Indian reservations.
- Pakistan bans Twitter.
- Congressman from the party of limited government procured millions in earmarks to purchase $17,000 helicopter drip pans from a contractor in his district.
- Before he was taken off the case, a Texas judge was preparing to posthumously exonerate Cameron Todd Willingham.
- Photo of the day (via Brian Tannebaum, via Carlos Miller):
- Interesting article about the ecosystem of the U.S. Senate.
- Department of Energy continued to pay employees travel per diems 14 years after they had permanently relocated to their new job sites. Total payouts amounted to about $1.8 million. (Insert joke about how only the federal government can reduce the cost of health care.)
- Chicago PD preemptively raids an apartment occupied by NATO protesters. Finds a home beer-making kit.
- Here’s more on that police beating of a teenager in Houston.
- Cop attempts to photograph another cop sleeping on the job. Sleeping cop pulls gun on camera-wielding cop.
- Whiskey and sex have certainly been paired before, but never quite like this.
- Federal government recommends that prison staff convicted of sexual assault be terminated. Well, yeah. You would think.
- Murder of journalists is on the rise. As a journalist, I find this newsworthy.
- Favorite new panic story: New “trend” in which kids are climbing into trees, then drinking until they fall out.
- Chuck Schumer isn’t going to like this.
- No indictment in the police killing of Kenneth Chamberlain.
- Federal court gives John Yoo immunity from torture lawsuit.
- The Clap is back, and this time it’s angry.
- Former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson finds a reason to praise Obama: His willingness to kill people.
- Headline of the day.
- Jacob Sullum on the outrageous prosecution of Marissa Alexander.