THE FRIENDLY, HELPFUL, GUY-NEXT-DOOR COP, WHAT AN AMERICAN SWEETHEART!
NOT ALL WERE 'ANDY TAYLOR', FEW WERE 'BARNEY FIFE', BUT THEY ALL MADE OUR HOMETOWNS FEEL SAFE AND WARM AND FUZZY.
MAYBE YOU WEREN'T ALIVE IN THE LATE 1940s OR EARLY 1950s, SO MAYBE YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.
HERE'S ONE OF THE NICE GUYS:
AND HERE'S SOME OTHERS... LOOK AT THE CAR...PLAIN OLD CAR.
LOOK, NO ASSAULT WEAPONS...NO ARMORED VEHICLES....THE 'GOOD OL' DAYS'
WHAT ABOUT NOW? WHAT DO WE SEE WHEN WE SEE POLICE NOW?
AND THE PLAIN OLD CARS ARE REPLACED BY SOME FAIRLY SCARY PIECES OF HIGH-TECH EQUIPMENT, ALSO VERY MILITARY.
HERE'S THE "LRAD", WHICH USES SOUND TO DRIVE OFF CROWDS.
THIS ONE WAS IN PITTSBURGH, BUT CHICAGO, ATLANTA, WASHINGTON DC, NEW YORK CITY, DENVER, OAKLAND, ALL MAJOR CITIES HAVE THESE NOW.
WARNING, IT IS VERY LOUD!
IT'S NICE NAME IS "Vehicle-Mounted Active Denial System (V-MADS)".
LET'S LOOK AT THAT G20 PROTEST AGAIN...HELICOPTERS, S.W.A.T. TEAMS, LRAD SOUND DEVICES, ARMORED VEHICLES, TEAR GAS, RUBBER BULLETS, WHAT AN ARRAY AGAINST PEACEFUL PROTESTERS! THEY CHASED THE CROWD FOR HOURS!
WHAT LAW WERE THEY BREAKING?
WHAT ABOUT OUR RIGHT TO ASSEMBLY?
A COMMON S.W.A.T. VEHICLE. A TANK??? FOR HOMETOWN FOLKS?
AN LAPD VEHICLE...NICE...OMINOUS....THAT WOULD DO SOME DAMAGE TO A CROWD, YES?
SO WHAT HAPPENED, HOW DID NICE COP BECOME STORM TROOPER, AND WHY?
WHEN DID ALL OF US BECOME THE INSTANT ENEMY TO POLICE TODAY?
THE FOLLOWING SHORT NEWS VIDEO MAY GIVE US INSIGHTS.
WE HAVE "NO FREE SPEECH ZONES" NOW, WHERE SIMPLY SPEAKING OUT GETS YOU JAIL TIME.
AND EVERY DAY THE OVER-ZEALOUS MAKE DEADLY ERRORS. PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND I ARE BEING KILLED 'OUT THERE'!
HERE IS A LINK TO AN INTERACTIVE MAP THAT YOU CAN USE TO SEE JUST A VERY FEW INSTANCES OF HOW POLICE ERROR AND/OR OVER-REACTION GOT SOMEONE KILLED, OR CAUSED TERRIBLE CONSEQUENCES.
TENS OF THOUSANDS OF SUCH INCIDENTS OCCUR EACH YEAR!
THAT WILL SHOW YOU WORSE STORIES THAN THESE FEW BELOW.
IT MAY SHOW YOU WHAT WE'VE COME TO, WHERE WE ARE IN AMERICA, HOW WE'VE LOST THOSE 'FRIENDLY COPS', AND HOW WE'VE BECOME THE 'BAD GUYS' INSTANTLY, ALWAYS, EVERY TIME... AND MAYBE FOREVER.
<<An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko.
Over the last 25 years, America has seen a disturbing militarization of its civilian law enforcement, along with a dramatic and unsettling rise in the use of paramilitary police units (most commonly called Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT) for routine police work. The most common use of SWAT teams today is to serve narcotics warrants, usually with forced, unannounced entry into the home.
These increasingly frequent raids, 40,000 per year by one estimate, are needlessly subjecting nonviolent drug offenders, bystanders, and wrongly targeted civilians to the terror of having their homes invaded while they're sleeping, usually by teams of heavily armed paramilitary units dressed not as police officers but as soldiers. These raids bring unnecessary violence and provocation to nonviolent drug offenders, many of whom were guilty of only misdemeanors. The raids terrorize innocents when police mistakenly target the wrong residence. And they have resulted in dozens of needless deaths and injuries, not only of drug offenders, but also of police officers, children, bystanders, and innocent suspects. >>
Elizabeth Daly went to jail over a case of bottled water.
YES, FOR BUYING SPARKLING WATER!
According to the Charlottesville Daily Progress, shortly after 10 p.m. April 11, the University of Virginia student bought ice cream, cookie dough and a carton of LaCroix sparkling water from the Harris Teeter grocery store at the popular Barracks Road Shopping Center. In the parking lot, a half-dozen men and a woman approached her car, flashing some kind of badges. One jumped on the hood. Another drew a gun. Others started trying to break the windows.
Daly understandably panicked. With her roommate in the passenger seat yelling “Go, go, go!” Daly drove off, hoping to reach the nearest police station. The women dialed 911. Then a vehicle with lights and sirens pulled them over, and the situation clarified: The people who had swarmed Daly’s vehicle were plainclothes agents of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The agents had thought the sparkling water was a 12-pack of beer.
Did the ABC’s enforcers apologize? Not in the slightest. They charged Daly with three felonies: two for assaulting an officer (her vehicle had grazed two agents; neither was hurt) and one for eluding the police. Last week, the commonwealth’s attorney dropped the charges.
The agents’ excessive display of force is outrageously disproportionate to the offense they mistakenly thought they witnessed: an underage purchase of alcohol. But in a sense, Daly got off easy.
A couple of weeks after her ordeal, a 61-year-old man in Tennessee was KILLED when the police executed a drug raid on the wrong house.
A few weeks later, in another wrong-house raid, police officers killed a dog belonging to an Army veteran. These are not isolated incidents; for more information, visit the interactive map at www.cato.org/raidmap.
They are, however, part and parcel of two broader phenomena. One is the militarization of domestic law enforcement. In recent years, police departments have widely adopted military tactics, military equipment (armored personnel carriers, flash-bang grenades) — and, sometimes, the mindset of military conquerors rather than domestic peacekeepers.
The other phenomenon is the increasing degree to which civilians are subject to criminal prosecution for noncriminal acts, including exercising the constitutionally protected right to free speech.
Last week, A.J. Marin was arrested in Harrisburg, Pa., for writing in chalk on the sidewalk. Marin was participating in a health care demonstration outside Gov. Tom Corbett’s residence when he wrote, “Governor Corbett has health insurance, we should too.” Authorities charged Marin with writing “a derogatory remark about the governor on the sidewalk.” The horror.
This follows the case of Jeff Olson, who chalked messages such as “Stop big banks” outside branches of Bank of America last year. Law professor Jonathan Turley reports that prosecutors brought 13 vandalism charges against him. Moreover, the judge in the case recently prohibited Olson’s attorney from “mentioning the First Amendment, free speech,” or anything like them during the trial.
In May this year, a Texas woman was arrested for asking to see a warrant for the arrest of her 11-year-old son. “She spent the night in jail while her son was left at home,” reports Fox34 News. The son never was arrested.
Also in Texas, Justin Carter has spent months in jail — and faces eight years more — for making an admittedly atrocious joke about shooting up a school in an online chat. Though he was plainly kidding, authorities charged him with making a terrorist threat.
Federal prosecutors also recently used an anti-terrorism measure to seize almost $70,000 from the owners of a Maryland dairy. Randy and Karen Sowers had made several bank deposits of just under $10,000 to avoid the headache of filing federal reports required for sums over that amount. The feds charged them with unlawful “structuring.” Last week, they settled the case. Authorities kept half their money to teach them a lesson.
“I broke the law yesterday,” writes George Mason economics professor Alex Tabarrok, “and I probably will break the law tomorrow. Don’t mistake me, I have done nothing wrong. I don’t even know what laws I have broken. … It’s hard for anyone to live today without breaking the law. Doubt me? Have you ever thrown out some junk mail that … was addressed to someone else? That’s a violation of federal law punishable by up to five years in prison.” Tabarrok notes that lawyer Harvey Silverglate thinks the typical American commits “Three Felonies a Day” — the title of Silverglate’s book on the subject.
As The Wall Street Journal has reported, lawmakers in Washington have greatly eroded the notion of 'mens rea' — the principle that you need criminal intent in order to commit a crime. Thanks to a proliferating number of obscure offenses, Americans now resemble the condemned souls in Jonathan Edwards’ “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” — spared from perdition only by the temporary forbearance of those who sit in judgment.
“What once might have been considered simply a mistake,” The Journal explains, is now “punishable by jail time.” And as 20-year-old Elizabeth Daly has now learned, you can go to jail even when the person making the mistake wasn’t you.The Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://mobi.timesdispatch.com/richmond/db_/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=A0157ha4&full=true#
YOU CAN ALSO GET SHOT IN THE HEAD WITH RUBBER BULLETS, SHOT REPEATEDLY, AND THEN HEAR THE POLICE LAUGH ABOUT IT AS THIS MIAMI ATTORNEY EXPERIENCED.
WHAT WAS SHE DOING WRONG?
WALKING, CARRYING A SIGN.
WHAT DID THE POLICE DO WRONG?
YOU TELL ME...
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION, THIS DOCUMENTARY I LINK BELOW EXPLAINS OUR CURRENT POLICE STATE.
http://youtu.be/HXHnE3Gk-l8BLOGGER HERE WON'T ALLOW IT, INVALID, BUT YOUTUBE ALLOWED ME TO POST IT TO ANOTHER 'BLOG'...GO FIGURE.
IT'S AN HOUR FILM, WORTH A LOOK...
AND WHAT WE'RE SEEING IN AMERICA TODAY IS WELL WORTH THINKING ABOUT, AND THEN DOING WHATEVER WE CAN TO COMBAT IT.
FROM BENEATH THE VIDEO LINKED ABOVE:
<<When governments start to fail financially, they usually respond by doing two things: they start wars abroad to grab resources and wealth (Iraq anyone?) and they turn on their own citizens to try and keep what little wealth they have left "locked in". They also try and quell dissent as things get ugly and the people become unruly. In other words, they close down their open society and turn it into a police state.
While many critics say that this could never happen in countries like America, Britain or France, these exclusive interviews with the experts reveal that it already has -- and it's only going to intensify.
The Patriot Act, HR 1995, the weakening of habeas corpus, FEMA
'RETRAINING' camps, RFID , a compromised mainstream media, NO free speech zones, micro chipping, electronic voting, the Military Commissions Act, private police forces, the destruction of the rule of law, and more anti-freedom developments are already in place. As the world's leading powers lose more and more wealth and things start to really spin out of control in the years to come, the powers-that-be now have the laws in place to close us down and kill our freedom. Forever.>>
IF YOU FIND THAT 'OVERLY DRAMATIC', JUST WAIT A FEW MORE MONTHS.
REMEMBER THAT WE SAW THIS COMING.
BE CAREFUL OUT THERE, CITIZENS.
IT'S BECOME DANGEROUS.