Power Of The State
Your best defense against abusive law enforcement officers is a video recorder. Almost everyone now has a recorder with them at all times, thanks to advances in smartphone technology. People should use them.
Albany County Sheriff’s Deputy Stan Lenic understands the Constitution, and his stand on its behalf has made him an overnight Internet sensation. Lenic got it right and deserves all the accolades he receives for his actions.
In the past two years, police officers in Albuquerque, N.M., were involved in a string of shootings and high-profile brutality cases that have prompted the Justice Department to investigate for signs of unConstitutional abuses of power.
Following what seemed like a rash of stories like this that saw people calling police for help and ending up being detained, arrested, abused and/or killed at the hands of the “men (and women) in blue,” we started to name this new feature segment “Why You Should Never Call Police.” But while we still hold the sentiment that calling the police for help can be hazardous to one’s health (and, therefore, should not be done), that name seemed too restrictive.
So we decided on “Power Of The State.” It seemed more fitting. After all, it’s not just the local police who are becoming increasingly militarized and increasingly militant. It’s any number of the growing legions of badge-carrying enforcers operating to impose the will of the growing totalitarian state on the American people.
A Utah man who alleges he killed a police officer serving a “knock and announce” warrant because he thought armed assailants had kicked in his door to rob him will likely not be able to use a “defense of habitation,” legal experts say.
When it comes to bureaucratic insanity versus common sense in modern America, it seems that bureaucratic insanity usually wins. But in the case of a cop who recently wrote a $2,500 ticket to the mother of a 3-year-old who was urinating outdoors, it looks like common sense has prevailed.
Last week, an FBI raid of a suburban Maryland home left an 18-year-old woman wounded when agents burst through her door to execute a warrant before opening fire on the unarmed inhabitants of the home.
Facial recognition software, a major privacy concern for many people, is here to stay. And it looks as though the software is going to become a mainstay of law enforcement agencies throughout the Nation.
A Florida man who was attempting to keep a fire that had engulfed his neighbor’s house from reaching his own was shot with a Taser by police officers who told him to “let it go, that’s what insurance is for.”
A man in New York City who was hit by a New York Police Department cruiser and injured received a letter from the department requesting $1,000 for damage to the vehicle.