TAGONIST: Police makes civil asset seizures

Monday, January 26, 2015


Cities Budget Civil Asset Forfeiture As Part of their Funding
By Martin Armstrong
Armstrong Economics
November 22, 2014


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Since 2009, Washington, D.C. officers have made more than 12,000 civil asset seizures under city and federal laws, according to records and data obtained from the city by The Washington Post through the District’s open records law. Half of the more than $5.5 million in cash seizures were for $141 or less, with more than a thousand for less than $20. D.C. police have seized more than 1,000 cars, some for minor offenses allegedly committed by the children or friends of the vehicle owners, documents show. Any excuse to simply rob the people is in full bloom.

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You decide: Good Cop or Bad Kop?

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TAGONIST: “… … and killed a young woman”

Thursday, November 20, 2014


Kentucky cops raid teenagers’ field party, kill girl who tried to escape
Deputy faces no charges after shooting girl 4 times.
Posted on November 12, 2014 by Site Staff in News

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HEBRON, KY — Police charged into a darkened field trying to arrest teenagers for consuming alcohol without government permission, and killed a young woman in the process.

Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Brockman Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Brockman
The deadly raid occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 26th, 2014. After witnessing “cars full of juveniles” and “hear[ing] loud music and people screaming,” Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Brockman radioed for “several patrol cars for assistance, as it seem[ed] like a large party with underage drinking was going on,” according to an official report.

Deputies responded in force and attempted to surround the party, which was taking place on a rural road in Hebron, Kentucky.

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Deputy Tyler Brockman will not face any consequences for killing Samantha Ramsey. In November 2014, a grand jury issued him a “no bill” and effectively cleared him from legal responsibility for his actions.

Brockman claimed that Ms. Ramsey tried to run him over and that he was the victim. According to his version of events, he clung to the hood of Ms. Ramsey’s car in an attempt to enforce the law upon the fleeing suspect. In doing so, he feared for his life and had to open fire with his pistol.

“The shots were fired not only to save his life, but also the pedestrians walking on the road and the officers currently just down the road initiating other arrests,” the police report stated.

Although Deputy Brockman asserted that he “had no choice” but to kill the girl, it is evident that she would be alive had the police not arrived at the party in the first place. Samantha Ramsey’s untimely death was needless; her life was taken as collateral damage in the government’s overbearing control over a beverage. Fatalities like this are guaranteed when the law encourages armed enforcers to interject themselves incessantly into the lives of citizens.

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ANTAGONIST: Over and above the stupid laws about “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” — in this case: alcohol —the police botch the raid. What did they think was going to happen? And, was this their “first rodeo”? Where was the probably cause? And, of course, “no bill”. These “juveniles” were merely “mundanes”. Argh! 

PROTAGONIST:  The police were just enforcing the law, that is their job.  If a community does not like laws against underage drinking then they need to vote in people that will not write those laws.  As far as the incident, there is little to go on…from the little video evidence it appears that the girl was not going to stop her car after being ordered to do so by the policeman.  We don’t know what happened after that, except the officer’s report indicates he was stuck on her hood in trying to stop the vehicle and she was not going to stop…he was in fear for his life.

ANTAGONIST: Please, no more “voting makes difference”. What is the “community” but a flock of sheep to shorn, led, and eventually slaughtered. So the costumed man with a gun “orders” her to stop her car and she has to “obey” without question. Yes, it’s unfortunate that “COPS” was not the scene filming the “courageous” and “brave” police enforcing more drug laws. My question is if he was determined to stop traffic, why not block the road with the cop car? Would not that been more effective and safer for him? So now we have the death penalty administered without a court on the side of a Kentucky road.

You decide: Good Cop or Bad Kop?

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TAGONIST: Cop Tasers 14-Year-Old Female

Monday, December 26, 2011


Crime Surveillance Video Captures Cop Tasering 14-Year-Old Female Student
Posted on December 14, 2011 at 1:17pm by Jonathon M. Seidl Jonathon M. Seidi

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Newly-released video showing an Allentown, PA police officer tasering a 14-year-old female student in September is causing debate over whether the officer used excessive force. The video was released as part of a lawsuit filed by the girls family.

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For not crossing the street fast enough? That’s how this all started.

ANT: The police are out of control. The hubris of power over mere mundanes. The “Mundane” girls should have immediately followed the instructions of her “betters”. How dare she object to his obviously reasonable requests? Sorry, where did she ever agree to be subject to the whims of the costumed thug? Argh! It’s typical. And this is the tip of the iceberg of what we hear about.

PRO: We are raising a society where there is no respect for authority…it starts in the homes and continues throughout schools and workplaces. We could have a calm, orderly society with zero instances like this if people behaved. You can have your freedoms, we aren’t talking about robots here….just some reasonable tolerance with authority. We are a law abiding society, without it chaos reigns (example is the OWSers).

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TAGONIST: Police beating of Las Vegas man caught on tape

Monday, April 25, 2011


Police beating of Las Vegas man caught on tape
Posted: Apr. 22, 2011 | 1:43 p.m.

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When Mitchell Crooks checked out of the county jail last month and checked into a Las Vegas hospital, the 36-year-old videographer knew he had a fight on his hands.

His face was bloodied and bruised. His $3,500 camera had been impounded by police, and he faced criminal charges for battery on a police officer.

One month later, things have changed for Crooks.

The Clark County district attorney’s office has dropped all charges, and Crooks has retained an attorney of his own. The Metropolitan Police Department has opened an internal investigation into the Las Vegas police officer, Derek Colling, who Crooks says falsely arrested and beat him for filming police.

And his camera — which captured the entire March 20 altercation between Crooks and Colling — has been returned.

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“Officer Colling was aggravated that a citizen should have the audacity to video tape, him — a Las Vegas Metropolitan Patrol Officer,” Otto wrote. “Officer Colling decided to use the fear and terror of his physical ability to beat Mr. Crooks into submission — to teach Mr. Crooks and, by example, all citizens and residents of the Las Vegas Valley.”

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ANT-TAGONIST: The police, as well as any Gooferment “official”, must expect to be “supervised” by anyone. Citizen, Resident, Illegal Alien, or just PIA with a video. Politicians and bureaucrats view video the way Dracula saw Holy Water. BTW don’t the cops have dash cams in their cars to film the mundanes? Sorry, but there are bad cops. In some confused sense, when we allow this phantom illusion called the Gooferment some sort of right to use force, we set up failure. Who goes into “law enforcement”, those that want to use force on others. In a great example of the Peter Principle, the police hierarchy selects the dim witted. (OK what would you call a policy where you weed out all the smart applicants?) And, that hierarchy sets up Rule Of Engagement that allows the cops to get away with murder. Unless the killing is of one of the elite. Yes, we need some sort of security. But it should be based of the Zero Aggression Principle. No one is ever allowed to initiate force on another human being. Peace officers, yes. Police, no. And, along the way, maybe we can change the Gooferment’s “justice” system from “rehabilitation” to “restitution”. Rehabilitation is just code for recidivism. To quote Reagan, who got a few things correct, “Gooferment is the problem” and police behavior is just another symptom.

PRO-TAGONIST: The transcript indicates he told the police officer that he didn’t live there…and he said he even regrets lying to him. Lying is never good. The officer likely suspected foul play.

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TAGONIST: Wrong door raid in the Hudson Valley

Friday, January 28, 2011

The DEA has apologized for the wrong door raid in the Hudson Valley. John P. Gilbride, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, issued a statement Friday clearing Spring Valley resident David McKay and his family of anything to do with the series of drug raids that took place early Thursday in Westchester and Rockland counties. “We sincerely regret that while attempting to execute an arrest warrant for a member of this drug trafficking organization, the innocent McKay family was inadvertently affected by this enforcement operation,” Gilbride said. “Though we take many precautions to prevent this type of incident from happening, drug investigations are very complex and involve many fluid factors,” Gilbride said. “DEA will continue to pursue these criminal organizations to protect the public from the scourge of drug trafficking.”

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PRO-TAGONIST: I’m just glad they were working to stop drug traffickers. Collateral damage is often a byproduct of good yet dangerous work. It’s not like math, 2+2=4, it has many variables, is very risky and uncertainty. But in the end, the more criminals we can stop…some collateral damage along the way is acceptable, to me anyway. It’a like a drone that takes out Al-Qaida terrorists planning an attack. Sometimes there is collateral damage there too, but when compared to the potential loss of lives the terrorists could have done, it is a win. No loss of life or liberty is a good thing…but it’s a mean world out there.

AN-TAGONIST: Little hard if you’re the “collateral damage”! Argh, makes me sick. The family in the Hudson Valley had Fourth Amendment rights to be secure in the home. Sorry, but I’d PUBLICLY discipline folks. If I was the Head of the DEA, I’d put at least a Letter of Reprimand in every single file of ANYONE involved in the raid. Including my own! I’d probably reassign the “Special Agent In Charge” to where ever the North Pole office was located. Nothing will send a message to bureaucrats as a threat to their beloved livelihood of “lifetime employment”. I’d put every other SAIC that a repeat blunder will result in termination. That’s what happens in the real world. One strike and you’re out! Argh! Legalize drugs; we’re all the “collateral damage” in the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”.]

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TAGONIST: Suspect dies by tasar; police refuse to cooperate

Saturday, January 8, 2011


Officers refuse to answer questions in death of man shot with Taser
By Joe Schoenmann (contact)
Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 | 2 a.m.

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In the first test of the county’s new rules for reviewing police-involved deaths, officers connected with the Dec. 11 death of a suspect who was shot with a Taser are refusing to cooperate with investigators.

Their refusal to make voluntary statements to Metro’s Force Investigation Team is on the advice of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association, said Chris Collins, president of the officers union. From Collins’ standpoint, not only is the officers’ refusal to cooperate the right thing to do, it marks the beginning of the end of the coroner’s inquest system.

The system, in use for 40 years, has come under fire in the wake of controversial shootings involving Metro officers, prompting Clark County commissioners to undertake a revision of the ordinance that lays the ground rules for the courtlike hearings.

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[ANTAGONIST: It’s the Brett Farve defense. If I don’t cooperate, you can’t do squat. Try that in a private enterprise! It’d be “pick up your last check and forget any severance”. Why do the police think that they are immune to any consequences? I guess, like “star” athletes, who get away with everything forever, they get a mindset of ‘entitlement’. In short, the people should fear the cops. They are out of control. By any standard!]

[PROTAGONIST: The officers did cooperate, they gave complete statements which then can be used in any future inquest. Note from the article below…. QUOTE Collins said he wants officers to avoid being questioned four times about the same incident — during the criminal investigation, at the inquest, and then, if there is a civil suit, a deposition, and at a trial. To paint a picture of the problems that might arise, Collins gave a fictional example: After shooting a suspect, an officer tells homicide investigators he was 6 feet away when he shot; during the inquest, the ombudsman grills him and gets him to say it was “6 or 7 feet”; then a civil suit is filed and the officer has to go into a deposition and answer again; then he answers one more time during the civil trial. UNQUOTE This is exactly the tactic that defense attorneys use. They claim, “See, he wrote 6 feet in his statement, but now he says 6 or 7 feet. Gee, which was it? See, this guy doesn’t know what he saw!” That stuff kills me….just trial trickery They gave their statements, let them stand by them…at the appropriate time, not because some media trenzy wants to prosecute them before any inquest begins. ]

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TAGONIST: Eugene man sues cops, says criminal charge an attempt to cover up wrongful arrest

Sunday, November 21, 2010

TAGONIST: Eugene may crosses the “boys in blue”


“You have no choice, you gotta charge the guy,” Crompton told the other officers. “Otherwise we are screwed.” Police took Kemp to jail on a misdemeanor charge of interfering with a police officer. They also ticketed him for being a pedestrian improperly on the highway.

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ANTAGONIST says:  How inconvenient that the dash cam caught the blue costumed thugs discussing how they were goign to infringe on this poor mundane’s rights. After all he should have been driving home from work like the rest of the “We, The Sheeple”. Good thing I’m not the judge or on the jury. I’d fire all three of the costumed thugs and subject them to the same penalties that they attempted to inflict on him like interfering and improperly pedestrianing. Then I throw in a multiplier for malfeasance in a public office, waste of everyone’s resources, and a little extra to deter future bad behavior by their “brother costumed thugs”.

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PROTAGONIST says:  Lol…not sure I have an alternate view….I wouldn’t be as harsh as you suggest, but the cops definitely were in the wrong here.

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What’s your opinion?

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