Administrative agencies exist in defiance of the constitutional separation of powers, improperly consolidating functions that were intended to remain discrete.
It was the baby’s fault that he was nearly burned to death in his own crib. The act of sleeping in a room about to be breached by a SWAT team constituted “criminal” conduct on the part of the infant.
The Gillettes filed their notice of tort claim against Malheur County on Aug. 1, 2012. On Sept. 26, while Sweeny Gillette was in Oklahoma buying cattle, the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office dispatched 17 deputies to raid the Gillette family’s home. A separate raid was carried out against Ric Hoyt’s home.
How much damage can law enforcement do when it has the hammer, and you look like the nail? A lot. Read the second in this two-part series detailing the ordeal of one family who had to move away from their home in order to flee a police-created stigma.
Like too many people in similar circumstances, cattle ranchers Sweeny and Kendra Gillette severely underestimated the perverse ingenuity that police and prosecutors display in finding ways to turn innocent people into criminal suspects.
From the perspective of Patrick J. Lynch, president of New York City’s police union, sycophancy toward the licensed purveyors of violence is a civic obligation, and the public has a duty to sustain the pretense that every single police officer is a divinely commissioned instrument of justice and the distillate of valor.
Police officers enjoy broad discretion regarding the use of deadly force, as long as they can contrive some way to describe their decisions as the course of action a “reasonable officer” would follow in the circumstances as he perceived them.
To celebrate what used to be called Independence Day, police in Oregon have announced a “no refusal” initiative for the Fourth of July weekend. Motorists who refuse to “volunteer” for a Breathalyzer test will be subjected to an immediate involuntary blood test.
The presence of a single, nonviolent citizen openly carrying a firearm is sufficient to cause panic in people habituated to the evil idea that only state functionaries should be armed.
The conflict between the Bureau of Land Management and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has laid bare evidence of deeply entrenched institutional racism. The BLM is an enforcement arm of a regime that continues to treat American Indians as “heathens” and “savages.”
Like the Cliven Bundy family, their distant Nevada neighbors, the Dann family, spent two decades fighting in Federal courts to defend their property against the depredations of the Federal government.