Cop Watch

Sunday, December 10, 2006


This past weekend 5 NYPD officers emptied 50 shots into a car with unarmed men inside. One officer, by himself, emptied 31 shots......that's two clips worth. We had the situation 7 years ago of Amadou Diallo killed with 41 rounds. Last year 10 L.A. cops fired 120 rounds into a car within 18 seconds. And now we have NY Mayor Mike Bloomberg who (as Sir William S Gilbert said in PINAFORE .."... can not tell at sight a Mauser rifle from a javelin") is "disturbed" by this latest mêlée, and doesn't see how 50 shots were needed. He said that the force was excessive.

Once again our government has set up the components for an inevitable situation. And then when the totally foreseeable event occurs, they refuse to question the premise that brought it about in the first place, because that would crimp the government agenda. The agenda is to use cops as initiators of force under the excuse of "crime prevention."

We have a thing in Anglo-Saxon law of being innocent until proved guilty. This is incompatible with the concept of "crime prevention." Crime prevention, which is politically popular under democratic mob-moron rule, requires law enforcement to go after criminals before they have committed a crime. Which means innocent people will always be the target of law enforcement. Going after the guilty means one has to wait until after there has been a crime. Politicians, always pandering to the unthinking masses, are always quick to tout "crime prevention" because it sounds like it protects people.

The origin of cops goes back to the Middle Ages when a volunteer was elected to stay awake to guard against nocturnal invaders/criminals etc., and to sound an alarm to wake up the rest of the people. This has morphed into the professional constable, a peace officer such as the formerly unarmed Bobbies in London; but in recent years the cops have become totally militarised, presumably because the criminals have more guns etc. They have also become militarised because the government, again for reasons of political pandering, has launched various wars on ____________ (booze/drugs/harlotry/crime/terrorism – or any politically unpopular vice). This past year Mayor Bloomberg has been waging a war on guns, which is another excuse for militarisation.

Cops have been turning into SS/Gestapo Officers. Unlike the old days, when cops broke up bar fights or kicked bums off park benches and patrolled around the neighbourhood visibly armed in crisp blue uniforms with shiny brass buttons, or directed traffic, or hung out with the corner druggist smoking and eating free donuts, cops are now infiltrating the citizenry as undercover agents with military weapons. Often they are agents provocateurs.

In the recent Queens incident, the officers were "undercover" in a strip club, and then misunderstood a presumably boisterous situation, causing them to become involved in a conflict which ended up with the cops firing 50 rounds at a car killing one, wounding another, and putting 11 shots into another, who is now in hospital in critical condition.

In the first place, the NYPD sends these guys into a sleazy strip club to look for trouble, which, in this case means guns and prostitution. They pretend they are not cops, which means acting like typical strip bar patrons – which means ordering alcohol (BTW there was no breath test after the incident) and acting like frat boys. Then when they find something that "appears" to be trouble, they jump in, and the episode reaches critical mass. Because they were undercover, they were not recognisable to other cops, or to patrons who thought the agents might be criminals. Indeed the victims in the Queens case freaked out when a cop pulled his weapon out on the street. The driver hit the gas grazing the cop which prompted the first shots. The cop said he identified himself, but the driver was too busy worrying about the gun.

In the second place, cops all carry semi-automatic Glock or Beretta hand guns. When I was a kid, cops carried 6 shot revolvers, and 12 extra bullets in bullet loops on their belts. Anyone familiar with revolvers knows how cumbersome this can be to reload. Today they carry 5 or 10 extra magazines on their belts, each magazine carrying 15 or 16 rounds. The old double action revolvers had a fairly hard trigger pull, unlike the new autos. If you used them as single action, you had to cock the hammer back first. In both cases you had to think about each shot. A number of retired cops I have talked to said that was a factor in the Diallo case.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said that cops are taught to fire three bursts, then examine the situation before firing again. In reality, a cop pumped up with fear, rage, and adrenalin won't do this. I also question whether they really are trained to do this. I saw a clip on the news from a cop training film. The objective was to train officers how to empty a clip onto a target as fast as possible whilst keeping his hand steady. It almost sounded like full auto. Then the officer changed his clip with lightning speed and popped off another clip. The objective is to fire a lot of rounds quickly into a small target pattern.

So we have the PD recruiting bouncer types. They tell them that they are needed by society and that they are heroes. Then they drop them into a hyper macho culture fostered by a close-knit tradition and the cop unions. Then the PD and the unions tell them how dangerous their job is, and they might not see their family again. They say that they need to be over-gunned to be safe. The PD then gives them high-capacity firearms with easy trigger pulls. They tell them they are fighting a "war." They then tell them to go "in country" after telling them that the criminals may be armed, and to be careful. In other words they propagandise them with Marine Corps cant.

Then Bloomie wonders how there are 50 shots.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Crooked Cops Further Worry Bostonians

Cops are pigs.

"This is a bump in the road," Menino said in a telephone interview. "These three individuals are not going to ruin the work of thousands of officers in our city."

That was not the attitude in Jamaica Plain, where Officers Roberto Pulido, the alleged ringleader, and Nelson Carrasquillo, his alleged underling, had patrolled.

"Not good, not good at all for the young kids," said Jose Tejada, 53, who has lived in Jamaica Plain for 28 years. "This really sends the wrong message, and for the kids around here, they'll probably see this as another reason not to trust police, whether they're Latino or not."

Jessica Benjamin, 16, who was leaving her job at a shoe store in Dudley Square, said the image of the police seemed to have hit a new low.

"I never trusted them, and this shows they're just like regular people," she said. "Behind closed doors, some of them do the same things as the people they arrest."

Hunt is on for other police corruption

MASSACHUSETTS - Boston police and the FBI will investigate whether a corruption case reaches deeper and higher into the department than three officers accused in an intricate network of schemes that included stealing the identities of unsuspecting motorists, protecting truckloads of cocaine, smuggling illegal immigrants, and guarding after-hours parties where uniformed officers mingled with drug dealers and prostitutes.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Two Flagler County Deputies Indicted On Felony Charges

Flagler Deputies Arrested

When you fuck with the wrong class of people, repercussions are immediate.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two Flagler County Sheriff's corrections deputies were arrested Monday and indicted in the mishandling of an inmate.

In March 2005 a noise complaint led authorities to arrest 29-year-old Lisa Tanner, the daughter of Flagler's state attorney. Tanner was arrested for disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest without violence.

Officers said while Tanner was in custody she refused to shower and was combative to the point that they had to put her in a restraining chair.

Video from the Flagler County Jail shows four deputies forcing Tanner into the chair as she screamed and eventually passed out in the chair.

All charges against Tanner were eventually dropped, and last month an independent prosecutor began to look into Tanner's treatment while she was in the jail.

As a result of their investigation detectives for the State Attorney's Office arrested Cpl. Brian Pasquariello, 28, and Sgt. Betty Lavictoire, 50.

Pasquarello has been indicted on two felony charges, and has been with the inmate facility for six years.

Lavictoire has been indicted on three felony charges, and has been with the inmate facility for nine years.

"I am obviously disappointed at the return of these indictments, but this agency will continue to fully cooperate with the grand jury as it conducts this investigation," said Flagler County Sheriff Donald W. Fleming.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Bad Cop, No Donut! - May 11/2006

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Ths week:

A Michigan police officer is arrested for the second time this year

A California sheriff's deputy is arrested for the second time in two weeks

A Washington sheriff's deputy is arrested for the second time in one week

A Maryland police officer already charged with rape is charged with a second rape

A North Carolina sheriff's deputy is caught trying to buy speed

And an Ontario police officer is arrested for extorting 50 thousand dollars from a man at gunpoint

and much more

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Bad Cop, No Donut! - April 13/2006

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This week:

Toronto cop accused of exposing himself to kids in toy store

Pennsylvania cop accused of sexual assault again

British Columbia cop charged with uttering threats

Michigan cop charged with assault of 15 year-old

California cop arrested for involuntary manslaughter

Alabama cop charged with child sex abuse, sodomy

and much more!

PLUS an interview with Kim Bell, mother of Michael Bell (killed by Kenosha, Wisconsin, police on Nov 9/2004)

Runs 50:30

Produced by Ron Anicich at CKLN 88.1 FM in Toronto.

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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Bad Cop, No Donut! - March 09/2006

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This week we take an entire program to look at domestic violence committed by people working in law enforcement. This program features interviews with two women, Susan Murphy-Milano and Michelle Druyun, who have both experienced police domestic violence first-hand.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Bad Cop, No Donut! - February 16/2006

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This week:

Texas cop arrested for indecent exposure

Louisiana cop arrested for rape of 9 year old boy

Arkansas chief arrested on drug, burglary charges

West Virginia cop arrested for beating wife, sister-in-law

Maryland cop charged with making bomb threats

Ontario cop runs into 6 year-old with cruiser

Maine cop charged with assault of homeless man

Wisconsin cop arrested for sexual assault

and much more!