Brett Darrow being stalked by police. Who does he call?

It’s getting really depressing, it almost seems a day can’t go by without more anecdotes about misconduct in the law enforcement system. I had thought about creating a separate blog just for these stories, but figured I could roll it into this one, due it’s close ties to politics and society. I may have to rethink that at this pace …

Upset that he recorded a fellow officers threats against an innocent citizen’s safety, police officers have taken to posting his personal information online and staking out his house…

On Sunday, Brett Darrow filmed a Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department cruiser staking out his home.

“It was the first time I’ve seen it,” Darrow told TheNewspaper. “But my neighbor said he’s seen a lot of police down our dead end street since all of this happened.”

When Darrow walked outside to his 1997 Nissan Maxima, he noticed two officers sitting in a marked squad car, numbered 65. There is little question as to why the officers were there.

“As I got into the car, he started to pull up the street and he and his partner just stared me down,” Darrow explained.

The patrol car drove away as Darrow started his car and followed.
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In late June, users of St. Louis CopTalk, an unofficial forum for Saint Louis area law enforcement, posted Darrow’s home address along with messages containing apparent death threats in retaliation for the young motorist’s taping of a DUI roadblock in November and a traffic ticket in June.

All this because Darrow simply left his camera running and captured a policemen’s threats to make something up and lock him away.

We give our police very powerful privileges in our society, the power to detain someone under the color of law, and the power to carry a weapon anywhere they go. They need to be held to a HIGHER standard than the rest of us, not a lower one…

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not a police state?

If you liked the idea that governments can seize property from drug dealers, you’re going to love the inevitable expansion of this idea

This month the city of Rockford, Illinois will begin allowing residents to call the police and have any vehicle seized on the mere accusation that the car used a loud stereo system.

Merely having a loud stereo is enough! You don’t even have to proved guilty, the arresting officer’s judgement will be enough. And they’ll keep your vehicle until you pay your fines, no matter if you’re guilty or not. The city can wait up to 45 days to hear your appeal of your impounding, while fees accumulate up to $1100!

They say crime doesn’t pay. But it sure appears that fighting crime pays very well, and like any business, the more customers you can create (in this case, criminals), the more it pays.

Is a high school student streaker a sex offender?

A Pleasant Grove, Utah, high school student streaks across his schools auditorium as a prank, and is not only arrested, but a possible mandatory registration as a sex offender! Have people lost their friggin minds?

Not only is this charge a joke, but, if he is forced to register, it will be another step to making the sex offender registry a joke as well. Now granted, that is unlikely to happen, but I’d be foolish to dismiss the possibility. Clearly, a streaker is NOT a sex offender. Nudity does not equal sex, not in every situation. Flashing, perhaps. But not streaking. That’s more than clear to anyone with even the slightest bit of common sense. But if the sex offender registry won’t make the distinction, it will lose it’s effectiveness as fewer people will take the ‘sex offender’ status seriously, assuming the list does not use the common sense it’s users do.

Police complain: The police are too tough!

I think it’s generally accepted that there is no single group of people out there more insulated from the force of police action than fellow policemen. The code of silence is well known, as are the urban legends about what you do and don’t need on your car/license plate to help yourself get out of a traffic ticket.

Apparently, in this age of law-and-order crackdowns, not even the police are immune. And they aren’t happy about it either. CopsWritingCops.com decries, and this is no exaggeration, those policemen who treat other policemen the same they treat everyday citizens! They even go so far as to ‘out’ other policemen in a “Dick of the Month Club”. Could you imagine the coronary Bill O’Reilly and similar ilk would have if a private citizen started ‘outing’ police? There’d be cries of ‘targeting’ and ‘vigilantism’…

The web site maintains that this is simply a ‘perk’ of the job. That they simply want to avoid a ticket for the same things a private citizen may conceivably get away with just a warning. Nonetheless if even policemen themselves are unhappy with the way they are treated by their fellow officers, perhaps there’s a problem?

My favorite quote, from the first story on the main page, an officer upset at the Illinois State Police …

The thing that bothers me is 1) she showed no respect for me. All the years I have worked, the different units I’ve been on, the shitheads that I have arrested didn’t mean squat to her.

Wasn’t citizens he’s arrested, or even criminals. Shitheads. Not as much fun when you’re the shithead, eh?

p.s.  The officer upset at the Illinois State Police for his/her ticket was clocked at 85 mph! Best case scenario, that’s still 20mph over.  What about the concern for fellow drivers?

Not a police state

Great grandma charged with not watering her lawn. Roughed up by police and charged with resisting arrest.

Remember, we must respect the rule of law, and not reward illegal behavior! If she had nothing to hide, she obviously wouldn’t resist arrest, so anything they did to her is entirely understandable.

Attention-monger and occasional attorney Gloria Allred, has the quote of the day, succinctly putting the Orem police right where they deserve …

“Today, law enforcement in Orem has enshrined itself as the laughing stock of our country by prosecuting a 70-year-old great-grandmother for allegedly not watering her lawn,” Allred said. “This ill-conceived action ensures Orem’s law enforcement authorities first place in the [Guinness World Records] for stupidity.”