Power Of The State
As his teenage daughter lay dying from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, a Joplin, Mo., man and his son were pepper sprayed by local police and taken to jail, where they were handcuffed to a bench for being upset. The men now face charges of assault, disturbing the peace and obstruction related to that night.
Judge, jury and executioner were the roles played by one DeLand, Fla., police officer as a suspect fled on foot in May before being mowed down by a police cruiser.
Driving under the influence is a bad idea; we all know that. But it still isn’t an excuse for police officers to take judicial process into their own hands and issue a beat down of a suspect. Last month, a 5-foot, 6-inch mother of two weighing 130 pounds didn’t follow officers’ orders quickly enough to suit them. So they broke her face.
The contentious police-state tactic of officers stopping random pedestrians for warrantless pat downs is no longer a concern just for residents of New York City. The practice, it seems, is spreading to police departments throughout the Nation.
A Houston-area family has filed a Federal lawsuit against three Harris County, Texas, officers after a subpoena of video footage from a 2011 ordeal revealed the cops used excessive force against the family following a routine traffic stop.
In Raleigh, N.C., a nonprofit group was threatened with arrest last week if it went forward with its weekly plan to feed about 70 homeless people sausage biscuits and coffee at a downtown park.
The Rev. Hugh Hollowell of Love Wins Ministries wrote on his organization’s website that the ministry showed up at Moore Square to pass out food at 9 a.m., as it had done almost every Saturday and Sunday for the past six years. This time, officers from the Raleigh Police Department prevented it from handing out the food.
The office of acting New Jersey Attorney General John Jay Hoffman released a new report last month revealing that too many highway patrol officers in the Garden State break the department’s own rules, using excessive force during routine traffic stops, using motorists’ race as a determinant when bringing out police dogs and improperly searching vehicles.
A SWAT training exercise that took place in Rossford, Ohio, last week appears to be just the latest example of the state working to familiarize American citizens with terror and heavy-handed police-state response. Students on a bus en route to a local school were terrified when a man stood up and proceeded to hijack the vehicle.
A Miami Beach resident died last week after he ran from police, who’d caught him graffiti tagging an abandoned building and decided to put an end to the ensuing foot pursuit by shooting the offender in the chest with a Taser.
Pin a badge on a liar and a thug and what do you get? A liar and a thug with the ability to pummel a woman senseless with impunity. In other words, a Davenport, Iowa, LEO (legally entitled to oppress).