Why can people not follow directions from the police?

We have had another incident of police shooting a man.
The man was black, not that color really matters to me.
The blood looked the same as any other that I have seen spilled.

We realy need another statistic being kept in the police shooting database.
That stat should be, “Was the decedent following police officer instructions? [Y/N]”

The video of the Terence Crutcher case was obscured, both form the air, and from the dash cam. It cerainly LOOKS like he may have been reaching into his car window. I cannot be sure.

If he was reaching in, he sealed his fate.

Each of the cases that I have seen video of recently involved individuals NOT responding to police instructions. Perhaps there is something different in the culture, but my white ass will listen to instructions from an officer.

The ALCU is very clear on this subject:
YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

Do stay calm and be polite.
Do not interfere with or obstruct the police.
Do not lie or give false documents.
Do prepare yourself and your family in case you are arrested.
Do remember the details of the encounter.
Do file a written complaint or call your local ACLU if you feel your rights have been violated.

In fact, their message is so important, I am going to link to their page:
https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/what-do-if-youre-stopped-police-immigration-agents-or-fbi

If you do not listen to the instructions given by police, you may very well DIE.
Follow the instructions so that you may live to file a complaint after you are safely released from custody.

Why is this concept such a challenge to understand?

I am very sorry, that another family and collection of friends have to mourn the loss.
From the outside, this seems like it is a tragic waste of life.

Isn’t it interesting that facts get lost

Last week 14 year old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested for a “bomb”.

The media spotted the blatant racism and thrust him to the spotlight. The attention to overcome the horrible breaches of citizen’s rights was interesting to watch.

Another point of interest was that the facts about the device seemed lost upon the media. Perhaps it would have detracted from the hyped story.

Yes, the school was stupid.

Yes, the police need to be sued shitless for their denial of access to parents for a minor in questioning.

But the device that he had was a clock that “he made”. Would it be a point of interest that it was just a commercial clock removed from its case?

He tucked the power cord in so it would “not be suspicious”. That is an odd thought for a young teen.

In the end, he has an invitation to the White House, Facebook HQ, and an engineering job offer at NASA in response to the electronic version of plagiarism.

WOW!

On the criminal justice aspects I am behind the kid, as the police and school screwed the pooch on this. They MUST be held accountable.

 

Fallacy in Justice

 

Paying a debt to society

There is a concept that I heard all of my life in relation to people in of after prison. The phase “paying their debt to society” or “paid their debt to society” are bantered about. To this is a crock, that debt is much like poorly managed credit card debt. You keep paying and paying, but some never become debt free. Sure, in the case of misdemeanors where you sit in county lockup, the debt is easy. Once you are released, you go get a new job and resume life.

When you are convicted of a felony, it is not so simple. You serve your time and get out. is the debt paid? nope, you are further penalized by having a hard time getting a work or a place to live. The person has been branded so they continue to pay. For some crimes (yes, more serious to a society) they have to announce where they live and perhaps work.

 

 

Ferguson, yes I have views too

So the world has been watching to see where this went.

Before I begin, I was not there, nor was I in the grand jury, so I know only what the public knows.

I am in a different camp than Wil Wheaton, and others. I am probably in the minority of Anonymous, as the vocal side is stomping their feet that this was such a travesty.

I do not know what factors told the officer that deadly force was the best reaction.  Perhaps he SHOULD have used a non-lethal.

Am I racist? no, will I be called racist, could be.

We knew that the chance was high that there was going to be trouble either way tonight.  How many riots or destruction has occurred after winning a pro ball game or hockey game? People get overly excited and lose their common sense.

The bottom line is that the grand jury did not see enough to compel ANY of them to put forth charges. Not ONE!

We know from the strong arm robbery shortly before his death, that he was not in his right mind. He may have been kind and gentle normally, but not that day.

Sorry, this was blown way out of proportion, and most of us knew it in August. So much money and time spent. I will not call it it a waste, because our society seemed to feel the need for it to be intense. So be it.

We also knew in August that the masses were no going to accept the outcome.

Now it will go to a civil case where you don’t really have to prove a case. At least not anywhere near as conclusively.

God help those who have been directly impacted; family, friends, the community, even the police…

To those protesting: Please do not rip up your communities…

One school shooting you WON’T see on the national stage or in the media.

The best way to deal with a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.

http://bearingarms.com/good-guy-with-a-gun-armed-school-officer-stopped-arapahoe/

 

So why won’t the media give praise to this officer, when they are more than willing to condemn gun owners for one persons actions when it isn’t stopped quickly?

The Next Chapter in the Stubinville case

Unbelievable…

I am shocked (even though I guess I should have expected this kind of protectionism from the athletics community) that the West Virginia U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld is going to teach athletes to hide their rapes by not posting the evidence online.

God forbid that you teach these kids (and young adults) not to rape! You really want to just teach them to be careful about their sexual assaults?

What is the message that you are sending Mr. Ihlenfeld? I suppose that this is all the fault of the victims and witnesses to the respective crimes? They were asking for it or were egging it on? You want us to think that these are just good boys that are getting wrapped up in the heat of the moment?

No! This is not the society that we want to live in. If you want to avoid prosecution and being dragged through the mud but the people and the media… don’t rape women (or men), treat them with respect, accept a “no” when it is given. Accept that once they are passed out, they are no longer player in the romance game.

“Project Future” my ass you are PROMOTING rape by teaching young people how to better get away with it you slimy sack of shit!

Do you really think that cell phones and social media caused those football players to rape the drunken (reportedly passed out) 16 year old girl? Hell no! It seems to me to be more of a situation where the jocks once again thought that they could do what they damned well pleased.

“[H]is goal is to teach teens how to avoid getting in trouble with the law by using cell phones, cameras, and social media “responsibly.”2

I stole the previous line as I could not have summarized it better myself.

We need to take a stand in situations like these. I am not a fan of adding law after law since we already have much of what we need for daily life. Is there something already on the books in this case, or is it something that common sense should already be covering. This ass needs to lose his job over promoting this. It is bad enough that the legal systems screws us on a daily basis, do we need them to teach our youth to rape our kids too (and have a better chance of getting away with it)?

Mr  Ihlenfeld, you are trying to protect the athletes form ruining THEIR lives? How about protecting them from  not ruining the lives of others simply because they are unable to keep their dicks in their pants. Teach them that if they cannot get a consenting adult to have sex with, then it is perfectly fine to jack (or jill) off like the rest of us.

 

here are some citations that I pillaged from the email that I got from Ultra-Violet (I suspect that they won’t mind since I am sharing their views on this one):

Sources:

1. Steubenville-Inspired Program Teaches Teen Jocks Not to Instagram Rape, Jezebel, August 9, 2013

2. U.S. Attorney Kicks Off Drug & Social Media Education Program for Student-Athletes, U.S. Attorney’s Office, August 8, 2013

3. Ohio rape case prompts student athlete social media program, Charleston Daily Mail, August 8, 2013

4. Ohio Teenagers Guilty in Rape That Social Media Brought to Light, New York Times, March 17, 2013

5. Research Blog: Teaching Men Rape Prevention Actually Works, SPARK Movement, April 10, 2013

6. ‘Don’t Be That Guy’ ad campaign cuts Vancouver sex assaults by 10 per cent in 2011, The Globe and Mail, January 21, 2012

 

 

 

Dog the Bounty Hunter, the latest threat against Snowden

Dog the Bounty Hunter has sworn to bring Snowden back to American, though what ever illegal means he can find.

http://www.chronicle.su/news/dog-the-bounty-hunter-to-pursue-snowden-bounty/

And just who has offered a billion dollar reward for his return? The government isn’t allowed to hire mercenaries or brake international law in pursuit of the accused, so who is backing this?

Zimmerman – Innocent or not guilty

Former Los Angeles County prosecutor Loni Coombs emphasized that jurors did not find Zimmerman innocent; rather, they found him not guilty. There’s a difference, she told CNN’s Don Lemon.
“They’re not saying he’s innocent, they’re just saying they couldn’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt, and therefore the law gave them no choice but to write ‘not guilty,'” Coombs said.

Wow, does Coombs think that we are idiots and cannot see this for what it is? It is simply sour grapes, and the statement is moronic.

Sorry, but once you are prosecuted with a crime and the jury comes back with a verdict, you are never innocent again.
The jury comes back with “guilty” or “not guilty”. there is nothing about innocent. The assertion of being innocent makes as much sense at “kinda pregnant”.

What the hell is wrong with the judicial branch?

This is a blatant rip off from Ultra-Violet, but I am giving them full credit.

Seems like this is a case where the ends justifying the means…

 

I just want to get the information out there so that those concerned can take action:

 

“Hacker Who Helped Expose Steubenville Could Get More Prison Time Than The 2 Convicted Rapists.”

That’s a real headline. And it’s true.1

Deric Lostutter, also known as KYAnonymous, helped expose the now-infamous Steubenville, Ohio teen rape case and cover-up.2 Without his work, we don’t know if Jane Doe would have ever received justice.

Lostutter tracked down photos and tweets from teenagers who witnessed the rape and joked about it. He then posted a video threatening to out those who joked about the rape unless action was taken.3

Until Lostutter exposed those photos, tweets, and posted his video, authorities in Steubenville had been slow-walking the prosecution. His posts focused a national spotlight on the case and created enough public outcry that authorities were forced to act.4

Now, he’s facing 10 years in prison for his role in “hacking” and uncovering this awful crime–while the actual rapists will serve no more than 2 years.5

This is flat out wrong, and outrage is building ever since news of this story broke on Friday. The U.S. Attorney and the Department of Justice could decide not to prosecute Lostutter, reduce the charges, or take prison time off the table. Public pressure is what brought justice in Steubenville in the first place, and public pressure can help end this witch hunt against Lostutter. Can you sign the petition telling the U.S. Attorney and the Department of Justice that Lostutter is a hero, not a criminal?

Tell the U.S. Attorney and the Department of Justice not to prosecute Deric Lostutter.

Lostutter is a 26-year-old internet security consultant. He lives on a farm in Eastern Kentucky, where he likes to fish and ride his motorcycle. He read about the Steubenville teen rape case in the New York Times but didn’t think he could do anything about it until a friend sent him the tweets and photos by teens who witnessed the attack. He told Mother Jones that he decided to post them online because “I was always raised to stick up for people who are getting bullied.”6

By then, it was December of 2012–four months after the assault–and two boys had been charged with the rape but there was no trial for months, and the police were dragging their feet on the investigation. Witnesses weren’t talking and evidence had been erased.7

The tweets and photos exposed by Lostutter and other hackers he worked with sparked public outrage, including petitions signed by nearly 150,000 UltraViolet members demanding justice for the survivor. National media descended on the town and started asking tough questions of local authorities who were trying to sweep the whole incident under the rug.8

Now, Lostutter tells Mother Jones that Steubenville officials are behind the FBI investigation. “They want to make an example of me, saying, ‘You don’t [expletive] come after us. Don’t question us,'” he told the magazine.9 Town officials have resented the attention on the case since the beginning, but the truth is that without the public pressure that Lostutter helped create, the two rapists might have gotten away with it.

It’s wrong that a rapist can serve just 1 year for a brutal assault on a 15-year-old girl, but the hacker who helped uncover the crime is facing up to 10 years in federal prison. We should be applauding Deric Lostutter, not sending him to jail. Outrage is already building over this case, and if we all speak out now, we can pressure U.S. Attorney and the Department of Justice not to prosecute Lostutter. Can you sign the petition?

Sign the petition.

Thanks for speaking out.

–Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Malinda and Karin, the UltraViolet team

 

Sources:

1. Hacker Who Helped Expose Steubenville Could Get More Prison Time Than The 2 Convicted Rapists, Business Insider, June 7, 2013

2. Exclusive: Leader of Anonymous Steubenville Op on Being Raided by the FBI, Mother Jones, June 6, 2013

3. Ibid.

4. Rape Case Unfolds on Web and Splits City, New York Times, December 16, 2012

5. Exclusive: Leader of Anonymous Steubenville Op on Being Raided by the FBI, Mother Jones, June 6, 2013.

6. Ibid.

7. Rape Case Unfolds on Web and Splits City, New York Times, December 16, 2012

8. Exclusive: Leader of Anonymous Steubenville Op on Being Raided by the FBI, Mother Jones, June 6, 2013

Online outrage over Ohio rape case prompts city website, CNN, January 5, 2013

9. Exclusive: Leader of Anonymous Steubenville Op on Being Raided by the FBI, Mother Jones, June 6, 2013

States and Nullification of Enforcement of Federal Laws

Does anyone else see this trend of states getting fed up with the federal government and enacting legislation (or coming close to anyway) that nullifies federal laws?

I find it interesting but a little unnerving.

Does this bring us closer to my concerns of civil unrest or rebellion?

  • More than a dozen state may be nullifying Obama Care
  • Missouri – The governor has a bill to consider nullification of federal gun laws
  • Kansas (and others)- passed a law that guns made and owned in Kansas were exempt from federal firearms laws
  • Washington and Colorado legalized recreational marijuana possession and use.
  • Washington legalizes gay marriage
  • Pennsylvania –  may be nullifying federal bans on some weapons and ammunition
  • or even the opposite, states try to help the feds by trying to enforce voting or immigration law and the feds can’t permit THAT.

I am sure that there are other examples.

So if states won’t enforce the federal laws, then I guess the feds will have to ramp up their staffing to be able to enforce their own laws.. What a concept.

At some point, the federal government went feral and now the states have decided that they need to take back some of their domain.

Do we see an end to this? What other areas will states start to take back?

How will the feds compensate for their losses in power?
The federal government need to constrict its size and power.

Will they have a flippin’ temper tantrum and over-react?

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