Fixing Tickets and Dog-Robbers

 

Police officers and other law enforcement agents have to carefully navigate requests from the public, and high-powered public figures for special treatment.

It is not unusual for a friend or neighbor to ask a police officer to “fix” a parking ticket or traffic cite. The only way an officer can do that is to pay the fine themselves. Other requests may include doing a background check on the new boyfriend that their daughter is dating, or running a license plate for info on some run-in they might have had in a parking lot. All of them are forbidden and could cost an officer their job.

Policing For Profit: How Civil Asset Forfeiture Has Perverted American Law Enforcement

 

The current state of civil asset forfeiture in the United States is one of almost naked tyranny. Don’t believe us? Listen to the latest Resistance Library Podcast.

Picture this: You’re driving home from the casino and you’ve absolutely cleaned up – to the tune of $50,000.  You see a police car pull up behind you, but you can’t figure out why. Not only have you not broken any laws, you’re not even speeding. But the police officer doesn’t appear to be interested in charging you with a crime. Instead, he takes your gambling winnings, warns you not to say anything to anyone unless you want to be charged as a drug kingpin, then drives off into the sunset.

This actually happened to Tan Nguyen, and his story is far from unique. On this episode on the Resistance Library Podcast, Dave and Sam discuss the topic of civil asset forfeiture, a multi-billion dollar piggybank for state, local, and federal police departments to fund all sorts of pet projects.

Portland Police Bureau: Titanic Missing ‘Deck Chairs and a Band’

 

See the source imageThe following headline comes from an article published on the Oregonian’s website, Oregonlive. The article has been republished by Microsoft News. The original article is behind a paywall:

‘Overworked, overwhelmed and burned out’: Why Portland cops say they’re leaving in droves – Maxine Bernstein, March 4, 2021

The Oregonian obtained exit forms filled out by Portland police officers through a public records request. An exit form is not required from an officer when they choose to leave the Portland Police Bureau (PPB). 115 officers have left the PPB since July 1. According to the article, “to include 74 who have retired, and 41 who resigned.”

Black Lives Matter

 

It is true that young black men are being killed disproportionately — killed brutally, ruthlessly, and unjustly. And we need to talk about it if we hope to put an end to it.

We have data, and that data has been studied carefully. We know, based on that, that police are not the ones doing the killing. We know, based on that data, that police do not disproportionately kill young black men.

East Precinct Commander Upsets Caracas on the Willamette

 

Gag orders are not unique to the media, social media, and elected officials at the national level. For example at the national level, the Biden Department of Homeland Security has placed a gag order on Border Patrol agents and has forbidden ridealongs for journalists. Gag orders occur at the local level as well.

A Portland police commander was captured on video at a neighborhood meeting in January telling Southeast Portland residents, if they wanted to reduce crime, they should vote the Multnomah County district attorney out of office.

“Part of it is the DA’s office that is failing to prosecute some of these cases, like the riots,” Hurley said. “When you come out publicly and say, ‘I will not prosecute anybody who does property damage, who does minor crimes,’ why wouldn’t you come and do that in the city of Portland? If you go to Washington County, they’re going to prosecute you. If you go to Clackamas County, you might not see outside of jail for a week.”

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February 23, 2020 Ahmaud Arbery was killed in Brunswick, GA. He was chased by three armed men who suspected he had stolen something from a house under construction in the neighborhood where he was jogging. Two months later, video of the alleged murder surfaced and as you might imagine, questions were raised about why no […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they cheer on conservative activists trying to sink the nomination of the unqualified and radical HHS nominee, Xavier Becerra. They also roll their eyes as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo claims he had no idea his actions offended any of the women accusing him of sexual harassment, and are disgusted that the media consider this a bigger story than the nursing home scandal. And they react to the revelation that the FBI gave Capitol Police had a fairly detailed warning of what would happen at the Capitol on January 6 but also told them not to take any actions as a result of it.

Chad Benson is in for Jim today. Chad and Greg examine new research from the Federal Reserve showing the Biden racial equity agenda would actually make the wealth divide much greater. They also react to a pair of House Dems trying to get cable TV providers to cut ties with Fox News, OANN, and Newsmax. And they shake their heads as Merrick Garland draws a peculiar line between what is domestic terrorism and what is not.

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I’m reading this important new book about Antifa. It may shock you that Antifa’s not just an idea but is a dangerous group dedicated to destroying America. Andy’s a brave man who deserves our support. Please buy a copy if you can afford it. I think it’s #3 on the NYT Bestseller list and we […]

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No Confidence Vote and an Investigation

 

“Success has many fathers, failure is an orphan.” The January 6 riot and the invasion of the Capitol building in Washington DC were, as a police officer would say, an epic fail. An epic fail in planning and coordinating a defense in a city that probably has the largest presence of different law enforcement agencies in the United States. From Fox News:

The U.S. Capitol Police Labor Union on Monday delivered an “overwhelming vote of No Confidence” on the senior leadership of the U.S. Capitol Police.

Cause of Capitol Cop’s Death Unclear

 

Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick died in the aftermath of the rioting at the Capitol on January 6. Shortly thereafter, it was widely reported that Ofc. Sicknick had been murdered by rioters, with the specific claim being that he was hit on the head with a fire extinguisher.

A CNN story last week (here) casts doubt on this narrative. This article is the source of the information and quotes below. It is annoying that the article, in its opening sentence, describes the riot as an “insurrection.”

Join Jim and Greg as they credit Ohio Sen. Rob Portman for exposing the nastiness of Neera Tanden, President Biden’s choice to lead the Office of Management and Budget. They also groan as the World Health Organization comes to the precise conclusion about the COVID outbreak that China wanted – after China restricted the evidence available for examination. And they roll their eyes as Tampa Mayor Jane Caston expects police to hunt down people who did not wear masks while celebrating the Super Bowl.

 

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Much has been said about the new George Soros prosecutor’s. Watching Trey Gowdy over the past five years or so, he’s the prosecutor that any police officer would love to have prosecuting someone that they arrested for a serious crime. Sometimes we don’t elect, and send the brightest individuals to the House, or the Senate. […]

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On the home page of MyNorthwest.com this morning, right next to each other and using the same photo, are two stories from Tacoma about a policeman in his car.  The descriptions differ.  Read both stories, and tell me what you think and see: Rantz: Mob surrounded, threatened safety of officer Preview Open

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Policing in Seattle

 

Remember when the duty of law-enforcement was to protect businesses and the public from bad actors? Remember when crimes of destruction and vandalism were rare, and punished when the perpetrators were found, tried, and convicted? Well, those days are gone. The expected riots in Seattle, around Tuesday’s inauguration of the New Regime in the other Washington, happened on Wednesday. Here’s a description of what went down.

Chopper 7 showed a crowd of more than 100 people dressed in all black. By now it’s a familiar, if dreaded, group in downtown Seattle.

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Excerpt from a story on KOMO in Seattle, about a “demonstration” blocking an onramp to I-5 in downtown.  Bolded sentence mine. Troopers cleared the scene and took 13 people into custody. One of the protestors, a 40-year-old woman, was taken to a local hospital for an unrelated medical need and was in stable condition, Seattle […]

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