1) The cops tased an unarmed Stanley Harlan to death. J.J. Baird shot him at least 3 times – 21 seconds, 7 seconds, 3 seconds. 21s is a LONG TIME to be tased.
2) Officers Gary Breyfogle and Jared Dotson both initially said he was violent and they had to subdue him. Then later, they said he was never violent in a deposition.
3) Both officers admitted to DESTROYING RECORDS on the incident before turning in official report.
4) They had defibulators in case something like this happened, but they didn't bother to take them in the police car. Tax$ paid for them, but they coudn't be used.
5) County coroner Gerald Luntsford ruled it a homicide and requested an inquest–but guess what? It never happened. Special prosecutor Mason Gebhardt says he the coroner agreed no inquest was necessary. SO WHY ISNT' THE CORONER SAYING THAT? It seems like Gebhardt is lying to me.
6) That same special prosecutor decided not to pursue criminal charges. Fancy that.
Here's hoping they all go down.
Why did the police even come? They called 911 and thought paramedics would come. They stupidly thought their son should go to the hospital because he got too stoned and was acting paranoid. Mistake 1. Then they called 911. Mistake 2.
Then the cops cam and shot him up with pepper pellets 40 times, and hit his mom in the head with a metal flashlight so hard her head had to be stapled, because she thought they were shooting him with bullets, so she tried to take a bullet for him.
Yea. Lawsuit rightfully ensued. $300,000 of taxpayer money wasted because 911 sends thugs instead of ambulances.
This is all because someone smoked a flower and had stupid parents who thought it was safe to call 911!
Deputies Missel, A. Sevilla, and Jon Auer need to get a clue. They should become rent-a-cops instead of real cops.
Yeah, he was fired. But he was arrested too. For driving drunk. He did the crime. Did he serve the time? No. The Thin Blue Line protected him. "He already lost his job, that's bad enough." So the arresting cop doesn't even show up at a court.
He gets away with no convictions and our tax dollars paid for all of it: His car that he crashed, his job, the job of the person arresting him, the judge — all for nothing.
To the state trooper who let Officers Irving "Rocky" Simmons get away with it: Maybe one of your kids will be hit by a drunk driver? That would be some unfortunate karma, but you probably have it coming. If you don't protect the public, you deserve to not have protection yourself.
The article brings up some points I hadn't thought of. The RIAA/recording industries methods are akin to inserting a camera into every car to make sure you're not using your car for illegal purposes. It's an attempt to take away our most basic rights of privacy. And they want us to pay for this out of our taxes.
They also make a good point about the pirate bay case — it is NOT the artists who were suing them, nor is it the pirates who were being sued. It was industry suing people for running a filesharing site. File sharing is not illegal any more than calling someone on the phone is illegal!
Well here's one with ***15*** options instead of 3 or 5. WHOA. Good luck remembering all of this….
April 30, 2009
April 29, 2009
It would be nice to see more organizations follow suit.
One of the greatest examples of the Thin Blue Line ever.
The police union, as well as 39 retired cops — are all coming forward to protect their drunk-driving comrades (like Officer Michael Couch, who pleaded no contest to reckless driving after being accused of drunk driving) from facing discipline for breaking the law.
Yes, cops want to allow cops to break the law. Wow. One of the people disciplined is the son of a county legislator. Daddy's connections gonna save him?
Police Chief Kevin Nulty is right not to back down. He sounds like what cops hate: A chief that wants cops to actually follow the laws they enforce.
Wow. He wasn't wearing his seatbelt either.
Not only is he not getting criminally charged, but he didn't show up for a mandatory court hearing — sending his lawyer instead — and is trying to get out of the ticket.
He "doesn't remember" if he was pursuing someone (which would apparently make all this okay?!?!).
Now, how would the situation be different if a civilian crashed 103MPH into a cop and put him into a permanent coma? You can bet that person would be put away for years.
Officer Mark Maupin should be ashemed of himself. Go directly to jail. Do not collect $200. You are a disgrace.
Cops were caught ON VIDEO assaulting people. When 911 was called, the cops went outside and waved them off, keeping them from filing an official report. That's obstruction of justice — but the judge let them get away with it, because apparently off-duty police are allowed to obstruct justice.
When the court case came, police filled the courtroom. The judge questioned the credibility of the accusers, blamed them for starting the fight, and said their testimony was conflicting. How dare a man with broken ribs go to the hospital 4 days later. When my mom's ribs were broken, she didn't realize right away either.
I think this case stinks, and I still think Sgt. Jeffery Planey and Officers Gregory Barnes and Paul Powers are pigs and thugs. And I think judge Thomas V. Gainer has a conflict of interest, coming from a law enforcement background himself.
This was last covered on my blog at https://clintjcl.wordpress.com/2007/06/12/links-for-2007-06-12/
This is a disgusting case. It's often state law that an officer HAS to give you his card or badge# when asked. THEY CANNOT ARREST YOU FOR THIS. And the court verified this.
It's pathetic, however, that you have to spend money to have rights. No ACLU + No Money In Your Pocket. = No Rights. No Money = You would have a criminal record for the rest of your life for exercising your rights. ALL HAIL THE GREAT POLICE for serving and protecting our rights (hah!).
Nano is an open-source replacement for pico, aka "pine composer", the text-editor element of the Unix Pine mail system.
…I'm moving into a new shell account on a machine that doesn't have pine or pico. And like hell am I goig to use vi unless I'm forced to! I'm glad this compiled successfully.
And fresh after hearing about cop-on-cop brutality, I hear about cop-on-Marine brutality. Their crime? Throwing a loud party. Their punishment? Being tasered "6 or 7 times" in a row without resisting. Being pepper sprayed while sitting down doing nothing. And then being arrested for felony battery against a police officer, which is a fairly standard practice of corrupt police everywhere: Brutalize someone, then charge THEM.
These are *noise complaints*. This is driven by people's right to stop your soundwaves from hitting them. Someone's right to sit in silence overrides the rights of people to make noise as they peacefully assemble. It's something I've never agreed with. If you want silence, soundproof your residence.
It takes a real asshole to cause a group of people to be brutalized by the police just because they insist on living in an unnatural silence. The natural state of a group of people living in close quarters is noise.
This is one of the most poetic police stories ever. There's so many things wrong with this.
1) Roadblocks have been found to be unconstitutional, yet police still run them all the time.
2) Cops think they can flash their badge for special treatment
3) Tasers were introduced as an alternative to shooting to kill. NOT for pain compliance. But this is what they've become.
Throw all 3 together and we have a cop tasing another cop for getting out of his car and trying to flash his badge to get out of the unconstitutional roadblock.
This is so convoluted that I couldn't make this up if I tried.
Duh. If you carry around a cellphone, you can and will be tracked — even without a warrant. And even in cases where warrants are required to track you, the government can get around this by setting up a fake cellphone tower (which they do).
Have fun getting your battery out, iPhone users!
April 28, 2009
So, Carolyn, Christian, Parthena, and I saw Freezepop Thursday 4/16/2009. It was Carolyn & I’s second time seeing Freezepop, and Christian & Parthena‘s 1st time. It was the smallest venue I’ve EVER seen a show at. The band was just hanging around like normal people.
They played 15 songs — 3 more than their AnimeUSA show. They played 10 of the 12 songs they played at AnimeUSA, a new song called “Lady Spider”, Tenisu No Boifurendo and Tender Lies from my favorite album of theirs, Freezepop Forever, as well as Ninja Of Love and Thought Balloon.
I basically had my foot ON the stage most of the show… if I’d fallen I’d probably have messed up the performance (haha). They pretty much solely did requests. I requested Freezepop Forever, but they said they can’t do that without Kasson Crooker. I also requested Robotron 2000 but Liz was like “We haven’t practiced that in 3 years!” or something.
After the show, I was interviewed with a fancy huge camera — in part because my T-Qualizer shirt and trippy outer shirt got their attention.
I had to sign a model release and everything! They gave me their card and had recorded 35 hours of total footage so far. They liked my shirt so they said I’d probably make the final cut of their Freezepop documentary. I hope to obtain the footage someday, but I know that’s quite unlikely.
It was also the birthday of one of the members, so there was cake. Which was shared with the audience! (Unfortunately it was coffee cake.)
I also went up and talked to Liz Enthusiasm a bit afterward, and said “Bye Jussi!” to kind of freak her out that I knew her real name :)
I was also caught on video during “The Final Countdown“, the only cover song they play… which seems to be the final song of their performances…
^ You can see Carolyn and Christian at the end. Parthena‘s in there too if you know where to look, but is not recognizable. My shirt sticks out like a sore thumb and you can see me moving around like an idiot. Kind of embarassing, but I was probably having more fun than whoever might want to watch the video and make fun of me was having at the time :)
After the show ended, I took Parthena home and Christian came in and chatted for 45min followed by one of the unaired episodes of the excellent failed adult cartoon Slacker Cats. Carolyn did NOT get much sleep that night and needed a nap after work the next day :)
The full setlist for this concert is posted HERE. Here are Christian’s videos from the show:
Tenisu No Boifurendo:
Science Genius Girl:
April 28, 2009
I have owned this game, by famous game creator Steve Jackson — as well as the Church Of The SubGenius expansion pack cards — for about 3 years. He was raided by the secret service for his game-creating/online BBS activities! And the secret service lost their court case…
I would love a chance to play it, but it requires 4+ people, 2+ hours, and tons of rules.
It hasn't happened yet.
Serious gamers apply within. I MUST PLAY THIS!
What the hell? A NoMeansNo tribute band that seems almost Microsoft Songsmith inspired? Jazzy, elevator-musicy, country-ish covers of NoMeansNo's punk[ish] originals??!?!?!?!?! Wow. Just… Wow.
And yes, you can rip mp3s out of the profile with FreeMusicZilla, provided you view the page with Internet Explorer and not Mozilla Firefox.
Yup — we're STILL fighting in the courts for the right to backup and shift the content on our DVDs. Nevermind that we've been able to legally do this with CDs. Somehow DVDs are "different". And the fight goes on. DVDXcopy lost; but RealNetworks has much deeper pockets.
This comment really explains things well:
Nice choice on judges – the same judge that shut down Napster. Because that stopped piracy (hahaha).
This guy was not a nice guy… at all. But I still find $2.7M to be a paltry low sum compared to having your legs. Would you sell your legs for $2.7M? No, I didn't think so. And even if you did — that money could be eaten up pretty fast by things like, oh, not being able to find work because you are crippled.
It seems getting arrested frequently comes with the punishment of being denied your medicine. $2.7M is also probably not enough to get a police department to change its policies, either.
They let his body get down to 84 degrees with multiple organ failure!
And, as always, there are comments saying this is the right thing, that he should have gotten worse, that he had it coming to him, etc. If I had magic wishing power, I'd wish those commenters to be falsely arrested so they can get the same treatment they wish upon others. That would be just.
Merck already has blood on their hands from the Vioxx debacle. You see, the US and New Zealand are the only first world countries to allow direct marketing of prescription drugs to consumers. This creates a huge market to make profit on — and that is more important to a soulless corporation than the damage it does. It is in this exact way that unchecked capitalism can actually make a system worse — and kill people in the process.
April 26, 2009
PEOPLE: Nobody significant, exceeeept: Bruce Dickinson, singer of Iron Maiden, co-wrote this. And he plays the landlord/blind man (uncredited). First I see Bon Jovi in Cry_Wolf, and now this?! It’s bad enough with Marky Mark being in movies. Singers shouldn’t act. They especially shouldn’t write movies (yes, this applies to Quest For Festeroo too). Please make it stop.
QUIRKS: Oh God please make it stop. Basically, Crowley spends 4 days resurrecting himself into the body of Simon Callow, a university teacher. At one point, he pisses on his class. Actually, there may be TWO pissing scenes.
BAD STUFF: Everything. Confusing and random. The script is poor. The camerawork is poor. Poor acting. They don’t really make it clear that the one character in the beginning is L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the dangerous cult of Scientology. They don’t emphasize what is significant.
I needed a LOT of explaining from Carolyn, who can pick up on character subtleties better than me. Usually movies that confuse me this much are anime movies that confuse me because the characters names are all long Japanese names, and they are animated with perfect facial features that aren’t very distinctive. But I had similar problems with this movie simply because everything was so poorly done.
CONCLUSION: This was the worst movie I’ve watched in a long time. Carolyn sort of disagreed. Sort of. She said she saw the POTENTIAL this movie had, but that it didn’t live up to it. There is a good story, but it was trapped inside the movie, like a sculpture is trapped inside a block of wood until you carve it out.
While that may be the case, currently this movie just SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCKS ass.
RECOMMENDATION: Usually in this section I recommend what kinds of viewer should watch something. But this recommendation is for one of the creators, not one of the viewers:
Bruce Dickinson, please go back to making shitty music I don’t like, and stop making shitty movies I don’t like. I already know not to listen to Iron Maiden (Yea, I’m into metal, but hate Maiden. Sue me.), but I didn’t know not to watch this movie because it wasn’t called “Iron Maiden”. Oh the horror.
April 25, 2009
April 24, 2009
Contra Costa County drug users can be safe in knowing they can possess up to a gram of meth or coke, or a half-gram of heroin, or 4 ecstasy pills — and not even get charged.
If the economy truly goes into the shitter — the war on drugs will be one area in which we can easily save money. There's no point spending money prosecuting people for non-violent victimless consensual behavior.
The police don't like this one bit. They've said they will continue to arrest people, even if the prosecutors don't charge them. So literally, they're going to waste taxpayer money arresting people that wont go to jail.
The police don't seem to understand that their job is to nab those people who would be prosecuted, not arrest people who wont be charged. It's not their decision whether people are charged; that is part of the judiciary branch. They fail at understanding that they are dependent on other branches of the government.
Nice job, cops. Running away isn't a crime in and of itself — especially if you're mentally disabled. This kid was literally in front of his parents when it happened, but that made no difference. Hit with a club in the head so hard 8 staples were needed. "Try asking more nicely", the autistic kid says in the included video.
Of course, anyone following police news knows Chicago has one of the most brutally corrupt police forces in the nation.
Officials return 12 pounds of medical marijuana confiscated from Visalia man — but it took them 4 months. Including refusing to give it back until a judge clarified how much. ("All", said the judge.) They still took 3 ounces and waited an extra week for no reason.
You gotta love civil rights. Voters vote to enact a law, and 13 years later the cops ignore their own law! These weren't feds, these were local police who are supposed to obey local law.
Personally, I think the officers and prosecutors involved should be summarily dismissed for violating state law. And they should have to pay the legal costs out of their own pockets, because they were following their own will instead of state law. But you know that would never happen — officers have de facto immunity, even when breaking the law.
That's backwards. You can't search someone without a warrant. You certainly count search them, then run a warrant check AFTERWARD, then make up that there were warrants when there weren't. That's ass-backwards. It's funny how he was so stupid as to not think a COMPUTER CHECK would be logged!
And it looks like the police now consider Officer David Anthony Hernandez a piece of shit liar, and are now charging him with perjury and filing a false police report.
It seems like lately there is a lot of news about police actually getting in trouble for their wrongdoings. That's a good thing. But how many people were harassed and falsely imprisoned by this guy in the past?
Two rights don't correct the wrongs that were done anymore than two wrongs make a right. You can bet peoples' lives were illegally ruined by this man.
You gotta love how the War On Drugs escalated running roughshod over people's constitutional rights. The War On Terror of course has taken things even farther.
Do our tax dollars really have to go to defending cops pushing down old people on christmas? Jesus. It's true that you don't have to legally stop for package checks at stores. That doesn't mean you can push the people to the ground.
Kenneth Freeman and Edwin McPherson should be ashamed of themselves.
$21M is excessive — except it's the only way police departments can be made to take policy seriously. You don't go around assaulting people. (Unless you're a cop.) And because of the Thin Blue Line, when the cops were called, and came — the assaulting people were not arrested or charged. This isn't how normal civilians would be treated. This is special treatment.And thus, Larry Robbins Jr. and Paul Crosby are now defendents as well.
Hopefully the Wal-Mart caught this on their surveillance cameras.
So wait…. It's illegal to broadcast a channel? What exactly goes on on the "Hezbollah channel"? Recruitment. I can see this being a "material support of terrorism" charge (which is kind of a b.s.-ey charge open to interpretation–like disorderly conduct), but what does broadcasting a channel really do? Did he produce it? Did he film it? Did he collect the money? Did he recruit terrorists? Did he send his money over to Hezbollah?
This almost strikes me as a free speech/press issue. I can sort of see where the courts are coming from, but a channel is just that: A channel. They don't like what is being said/broadcast on said channel, so it's illegal for someone to sell it through a cable company? Very interesting. I'm sure the channel is full of terrible things, but isn't that for us to judge for ourselves, and not a nanny state?
"Which would you choose?", Carolyn asked me.
"For what?", I said.
"If you were on a desert island?"
My kneejerk response: the one on the right. I could fuck it AND eat it with less guilt. I'd feel guilty about eating the mermaid on the left.
But really… this is an important topic that warrants much discussion! haha
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And it only took 4 yrs for the truth to come out. Wow. You think it would go so slow if you or me were to rough somebody up? Justice always moves slower if it's against the police. Thin blue line.
Robert Osborne, Jr., Thomas Hardin Sr., and Thomas Hardin Jr. should never be allowed to be a cop anywhere. They can be a bouncer at some redlight district strip club, if that's the kind of people they are. They don't deserve to serve the public. The public deserves better. They fought this for 4 years — being paid with our tax money the entire time.
Yes, releasing the recording is illegal. but the department was basically ignoring what had happened! Gloucester police Chief John Beaudette was acting against the public's best interest (and is probably a douchebag).
Situations like this should fall under whistleblower protection laws. The truth should be an absolute defense. Governor should pardon him if he is convicted.
It's nice to see that Internal Affairs investigations can sometimes be done right!