We’ll see how it goes in a shall issue state now that the “suitable person” reason for denial has been repealed.
When I heard the first ever Straight Pride Parade was happening just an hour from my house, I knew I had to go. I brought along my video camera and a microphone with the goal of conducting as many interviews with interesting people as possible. No gotchas, just straight questions: “What brought you out today,” and “What do you think of the event?”
While I am pouring through yesterday’s footage, I came across 4 minutes of particularly defining footage. A man walking down the sidewalk gets blocked by a woman, and then a group of people, and prevented from moving. He yells for help but his calls are unanswered. The masked thugs revel in their positions of power and his vulnerability. They have deemed him the enemy. Why? That is unclear. But they have him. And they are going to project all their anger and hatred onto him. He smiles. He does not relent.
Here is a video containing all of my raw footage from the entire day. You can feel as if you were there yourself!
There are tons of services that police provide: Elderly check-ins, noise complaints, damaged property, stolen purses, runaway children, etc. They all cost money, and for the most part, communities are happy to pay. Justice is something most people want, and so we pay a group of people to provide it.
But what happens when the cost is astronomical? Like, crazy. Like, incalculably high? So high, no one even knows the number? Is there anyone putting downward pressure on costs when it comes to service from the police, or do they have a blank check on the community bank account?
I ask because a woman in my town today called the police to remove her adult son, age 45, from her home. Criminal trespass. Totally legitimate complaint. I am happy to pay for that. If someone were trespassing on my property, and I was an old lady, hell, I would want some help from a group of young, well-trained guys, too.
The response from police was: 30 police officers, 2 SWAT teams, firefighters, blocking off the street — to kick a loafer from his mom’s home? You can’t put a price on officer safety, but even so, this was excessive.
I posted on Facebook about my concern about the cost, and a townsperson responded that in situations where a hiker gets lost and incurs a cost to local rescue, they get a bill. He proposed the same thing for cases like this. Not a bad idea.
What do you think? Should people be personally responsible for their expensive specialty police calls? How can a you ensure you are not on the hook for some wildly excessive service your neighbor requests? Should we all share the costs equally? How can we best ensure community safety while also staying within reasonable budgetary limits? Your thoughts welcome!
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This week we’ve got:
Grand Forks North Dakota enforcers shoot an unarmed man, then try to destroy the evidence.
A law enforcer encourages people to “pop a cap” in harmless random strangers.
A cop acts like a gang member when he threatens a man for not making timely payments to his gang’s bosses. Fortunately, a copblocker caught the interaction on camera, and when the cop noticed him, he decided to stop threatening the man. The man recording saved his fellow man from becoming the victim of a kidnapping.
A middle school student is charged with larceny over a 65 cent milk. There will even be a trial over it. The middle schooler receives milk provided by his community, but he forgot to grab it and put it on his tray when going through line. He returned to get another milk, and a cop grabbed him by the arm. The boy pulled away, and the man got rough with him. The school offered to reduce the punishment to keep it out of the courts, but the boy wants to push forward with the trial because he knows he is innocent and shouldn’t be punished at all.
CopBlocker arrested! Charged with “obstructing a peace officer.” What a joke! Watch the video.
Finally, the best example of how the camera is the best defensive tool in your arsenal: a cop threatens a man and invents a lie to justify hassling him, but the cop is caught when he realizes the man was recording him. He leaves angry, and his victim leaves unharmed.
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Interview with Ed “NJWeedman” Forchion – His restaurant was raided by Trenton police, and his security cam footage stolen, but he’s not giving up that easily. He’s back and open for business with a sign that says FUCK THE POLICE!
DEO is released from jail tomorrow thanks to donations of $1000 that were raised in 3 hours. An amazing swell of support erupted when Ademo Freeman announced the judge in his case offered a ransom to release DEO until his appeals.
Massachusetts police chased a driver into New Hampshire and then beat him live on the news, even though he was on the ground with his hands in the air. Don’t worry, though — they’re investigating themselves.
A kid on his bike is viciously attacked by coproaches for not producing ID while being cited for riding his bike on the sidewalk.
CopRoaches attack a 15-year-old girl for riding her bike in the mall parking lot
The main political problem is how to prevent the police power from becoming tyrannical. This is the meaning of all the struggles for liberty. – Ludwig von Mises
VIDEO Pirates on Bridge Ahead!
Douchebag of the Week JOHN MORGANELLI
MWD, Derrick J Freeman, and Jeremy Henggeler celebrate Derrick’s return and wait on the last year to Alpha Centauri. They talk about cops that don’t read licenses before clicking on them and San Francisco’s first open air urinal. MWD lays down mad science on how the Internet is doing it wrong, including self-contradictory emails and demanding emails from strangers about branding.
Then a cop – (Officer Mike Bires
@iSocialCop) who is a self-styled “Social Media Director” – violates the BipCot license to use and review Cell411. Hilarity and mockery ensue. (And his crappy bad-audio podcast making fun of Cell411 is here.)