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.

Another take on Bill O’Reillys foot to mouth insertion

“It was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb in the sense of people were sitting there, and they were ordering and having fun,” he said. “And there wasn’t any kind of craziness at all.”

I think the interesting thing about his quote about eating at an African-American restaurant with Al Sharpton is the nature of the quote itself. He noticed something I wish today’s anti-immigration ilk (O’Reilly being a primary player there himself) would recognize and understand more clearly. People ASSIMILATE. Society demands it of those who want to prosper, as does the free market. This hysteria that somehow, in 50 years America will be North Mexico are, well, way out of whack. A 20 year old Mexican who comes here and works for 50 years will, for all intents and purposes, be a 70 year old American whose children may have never even visited Mexico and has just finished a half century contributing to American productivity through his work and American economic health through his consumption. O’Reilly just realized that, although he doesn’t seem to know it.

He’s getting very close to realizing, it, though:

His radio commentary, he said, “was an attempt to tell the radio audience, black or white, that we’re all Americans [and] the stereotypes you see on TV are not true.”

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.