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“Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control

“Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control
Sal Culosi is dead because he bet on a football game — but it wasn’t a bookie or a loan shark who killed him. His local government killed him, ostensibly to protect him from his gambling habit. Several months earlier at a local bar, Fairfax County, Virginia, detective David Baucum overheard the thirty-eight-year-old optometrist and some friends wagering on a college football game. “To Sal, betting a few bills on the Redskins was a stress reliever, done among friends,” a friend of Culosi’s told me shortly after his death. “None of us single, successful professionals ever thought that betting fifty bucks or so on the Virginia–Virginia Tech football game was a crime worthy of investigation.” Baucum apparently did. On the night of January 24, 2006, Baucum called Culosi and arranged a time to drop by to collect his winnings. Sal Culosi’s last words were to Baucum, the cop he thought was a friend: “Dude, what are you doing?” But the mission creep hasn’t stopped at poker games. Related:  Getting along with the Police

Former Police Chief: Riot Cops Make Things Worse Above: Pepper spray incident at Occupy Portland. Below: The now infamous UC Davis pepper spray abuse incident. Former Madison, WI police chief David Couper runs a blog about improving policing. Couper cites some research in Britain on crowd control at football (soccer) games: “’[L]arge-scale disorder tended to emerge and escalate because indiscriminate, heavy-handed policing generated a group mentality among large numbers of fans that was based on shared perceptions that the police action was illegitimate. Couper offers various bits of practical advise for the police, including: Be able to protect officers working with the crowd. Improving Police: Crowds, Protest and Police

Court OKs Barring High IQs for Cops <br/><a href=" US News</a> | <a href=" Business News</a> Copy A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court’s decision that the city did not discriminate against Robert Jordan because the same standards were applied to everyone who took the test. “This kind of puts an official face on discrimination in America against people of a certain class,” Jordan said today from his Waterford home. He said he does not plan to take any further legal action. Jordan, a 49-year-old college graduate, took the exam in 1996 and scored 33 points, the equivalent of an IQ of 125. Most Cops Just Above Normal The average score nationally for police officers is 21 to 22, the equivalent of an IQ of 104, or just a little above average. But the U.S.

VIDEO: Driver Questions Officer at July 4 DUI Checkpoint *So who out there can provide the best method for remedying such a travesty of justice? Michael Badnarik has gone far to educate Americans as to their Constitutional rights, so if you want to keep them please check out some of his work here and share it with your fellow sovereign friends and family. via RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. – A man posted to YouTube video he says shows him questioning sheriff’s deputies about a July 4 DUI checkpoint. The driver said he was pulled over, bullied around and searched without consent during the traffic stop. “All this harassment because my window was not lowered enough to his preference,” the driver posted on YouTube. “I broke no laws whatsoever. Here is a great example of how to ignore the unlawful requests from law enforcement.Las Vegas DUI Checkpoint Refusal 6Share 57Share

Recycling: Can It Be Wrong, When It Feels So Right? Almost everything that’s said about recycling is wrong. At the very least, none of the conventional wisdom is completely true. Let me start with two of the most common claims, each quite false: 1. If either of those two claims were true, then the debate would be over. There are two general kinds of arguments in favor of recycling. Since we can’t use the price system, authorities resort to moralistic claims, trying to persuade people that recycling is just something that good citizens do. 1. My first experience with the recycling debate was in 2008, when I was asked to keynote a conference in Freemantle, Australia. The core argument was that market prices, not emotional choices or regulatory mandates, were the best guide to whether a community should try to recycle a particular material. I focused on glass, especially the kind of green glass used for wine bottles. The commodity that glass can be ground into, called “cullet,” just isn’t very valuable. There are exceptions. 2. 2.A. 2.B.

European Commission Final Report on Echelon 7 September 2001 Source: Word-format document from See two previous draft reports see: See also meeting minutes and resolution of 5 September 2001: [194 pges.] Session document Part 1 11 July 2001 REPORT on the existence of a global system for the interception of private and commercial communications (ECHELON interception system) (2001/2098(INI)) Part 1: Motion for a resolution Explanatory statement Temporary Committee on the ECHELON Interception System Rapporteur: Gerhard Schmid ‘Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes.’ Juvenal (ca. 60 to 130 AD), Sat. 6, 347 1. 1.1. 1.2.1. 1.3. 2. 2.1. 2.4.1. 2.5. 3. 3.1. 3.3.1. 4. 4.1. 4.2.1. 4.3. 4.3.1. 5. 5.1. 5.1.1. 5.2. 5.2.1. 5.3. 5.3.1. 5.4. 5.4.1. 5.5. 5.5.1. 5.6. 5.6.1. 5.7. 5.7.1. 5.8. 5.8.1. 5.9. 5.10.1. 6. 6.1. 6.1.1. 6.2. 7. 7.1. 7.2.1. 7.3. 8. 8.1. 8.3.1.

Modern&#8217;s Art | Feature | High Plains Reader Last Monday, local artist and Fargo cultural magistrate, Modern Man, held the opening of his first show in more than a decade. The last one was in at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis in the mid-90’s, but this time the HoDo and its staff were kind enough to suspend dinner service and focus on the art of the mind rather than art for the stomach for a couple of hours. The show will last through the end of May and there is a special closing Wednesday the 28th from 5-7. Modern prefers to celebrate closings and ignore openings. The show, titled “Modern Man’s Beer Man,” is made of four series of prints: one series is a set of enormous prints from the artist’s past and there are three more recent series. Walking into the dining room, the observer is met with an unmistakable sense of Warhol. After looking through the variety prints, the show reveals much more than some obscure Warholian statement on pop culture. If You Go

Sarah Stillman: The Use and Abuse of Civil Forfeiture On a bright Thursday afternoon in 2007, Jennifer Boatright, a waitress at a Houston bar-and-grill, drove with her two young sons and her boyfriend, Ron Henderson, on U.S. 59 toward Linden, Henderson’s home town, near the Texas-Louisiana border. They made the trip every April, at the first signs of spring, to walk the local wildflower trails and spend time with Henderson’s father. This year, they’d decided to buy a used car in Linden, which had plenty for sale, and so they bundled their cash savings in their car’s center console. Just after dusk, they passed a sign that read “Welcome to Tenaha: A little town with BIG Potential!” They pulled into a mini-mart for snacks. He asked if Henderson knew that he’d been driving in the left lane for more than half a mile without passing. No, Henderson replied. Were there any drugs in the car? The county’s district attorney, a fifty-seven-year-old woman with feathered Charlie’s Angels hair named Lynda K. “Where are we?”

Freedom to Make the Right Choice NYC and ads and pedagogy Hedgehog Review The Hedgehog Review: Vol. 15, No. 2 (Summer 2013) Reprinted from The Hedgehog Review 15.2 (Summer 2013). This essay may not be resold, reprinted, or redistributed for compensation of any kind without prior written permission. n much of our social life, individual freedom has become virtually synonymous with choice. This sort of pedagogy requires considerable subterfuge, as illustrated by the City’s new teen pregnancy prevention campaign. While the “real costs” worrying the City would seem to be the impact of teen pregnancy on the public purse, that impact is unmentioned. Think again, according to the ads. And so the conundrum is resolved. See the mayor’s press release at: < Endnotes Sonja Lyubomirsky, The How of Happiness (New York: Penguin, 2008) 5.

The Metropolitan Police Are Out of Control The Metropolitan police haven't been winning the battle for hearts and minds lately. One minute they're spying on the family of a black teenager who was killed by racist thugs, the next they're taking food, blankets and personal belongings away from homeless people. The latter was an example of Met Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe’s so-called “total policing” in action, or – if we're going to be honest and call it what it is – a case of cops stealing from people who have nothing. Elsewhere, Hogan-Howe has called for a “total war on crime”, and this militaristic language implies that brute force is the appropriate means with which to address crime and the social problems that underlie it. All too often, that includes a slippery rhetorical slope towards criminalising the poor. Let’s take a look at each of these points in more detail: I asked Val Swain of FITWatch, a group that monitors the policing of political groups, what she made of the recent revelations of undercover policing.

PERSPECTIVE - Introvert in Wonderland Susan Cain, author of ‘Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking’. I can’t, for the life of me, make small talk. And it hinders my social life, earns me labels of ‘socially-awkward’, ‘culturally-backward’ and inundates me in advice about dating, pop-culture and conversation-starters. I take it all in before retiring to my place of Zen with a book. From childhood, our children are encouraged to speak up. Adnan R Amin is a Dhaka-based strategy and communications consultant