Couldn’t Care Less

18 02 2015

LaSalle Park

Yeah, I saw it in passing.  Here, and here, among other places.  And also video.

And I don’t think I’ve ever been less interested in a local story that has gone national.

As far as I’m concerned, it was just the SLPD getting some real law enforcement in before the civilian review board goes online and shuts down law enforcement.

The initial stop happened very near Lafayette and 14th, which is in LaSalle Park, the neighborhood that is directly to the east of Lafayette Square.  In fact, some of the structures and buildings in the cop dash cam video can also be found in one of my house tour photo collages.





One Day Bromide Blowout

16 02 2015

Savannah, Georgia

H/T Sipsey Street Irregulars

Savannah Morning News has this article about the fallout from the discovery that an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia and an ATF agent from the ATF’s Savannah field office having a five year long love affair.  Probably some criminal convictions will have to be set aside.

Here’s an interesting part deep down in the paragraph count:

As for the “S Visa” issue, Tarver said, Valoze worked closely with an informant in Operation Thunderbolt and Operation Pulaski and that he and Ippolito prepared an application for the visa but failed to disclose, among other things, that the informant faced felony warrants for commercial gambling and counterfeiting.

They also didn’t disclose, Tarver said, that the informant apparently stole from ATF’s storefront in Brunswick while acting as an informant and had previous arrests for domestic violence.

Valoze’s “incomplete or misleading statements” in May 2012 “arguably could have been used to impeach his testimony in later cases,” Tarver said.

According to Tarver’s letter, Valoze, under direct examination by Ippolito, failed to disclosed numerous benefits that he provided to the informant and that evidence suggested Ippolito knew of those benefits.

An “S Visa” allows the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to provide a non-citizen who has helped a law enforcement agency as a witness or informant with permission to remain in the country.

“Arguably, Agent Valoze’s testimony left a false impression with the jury that the only benefit received by the informant in exchange for his assistance was legal status in the United States,” Tarver said. “The knowing use of false testimony by the government would violate due process.”

Interesting.  A special visa for those otherwise illegal aliens or even legal aliens whose existing legal status is about to run out to get or continue having legal status if they help law enforcement.  I did not know that this existed.  What this means is that all the people, urban cop chiefs, Razatards, xenophiles and cheap labor cultists who say that we can’t enforce immigration law and/or we need sanctuary cities because illegal aliens need to be able to come forward with information about crime without fear of him or her being deported (like that would ever happen anyway) are full of it.  I can forgive myself for not knowing about the S Visa before now, but people like Charlie Beck should know better.  Or they actually do know better, and they hope that we don’t.





Roorda Benched

16 02 2015

Downtown

Jeff Roorda will no longer run the point for the SLPOA’s opposition to the civilian review board, because he had the audacity to show up to a City Hall meeting to express the group’s opposition, wherein the ooks chimped out and cussed at him and yelled racial pejoratives at him.

 





Resume Enhancement

14 02 2015

Ferguson

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P-D:

Ferguson’s notoriety cuts both ways, drawing interest as well as contempt

Protesters waved signs at Patrick Melvin II as he drove through town one late October day, but he didn’t have time to read what they said.

Melvin was focused on finding Ferguson police headquarters, hoping an interview would land him a law enforcement internship to work alongside the officers at the center of national controversy over police tactics and race.

Now, about one month into that internship, the Harris-Stowe State University senior from Phoenix said Thursday that he wants to pin on a Ferguson badge.

But he’ll have to get in line. A long one.

The department has received more than 1,000 applications for one open dispatcher’s position. The 20 or so applications on file for a patrolman’s opening have about doubled since Officer Darren Wilson shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 9. That spot remains unfilled, as do vacancies from two newer resignations: from Wilson and one other officer.

And he, a young black man from a city 1500 interstate highway miles away, should get the job over any local white applicants, because Michael Brown.  Also it says a lot about this “great” economy that you have a thousand people applying for one civilian job and twenty people applying for one patrol position.  Also note the severe disparity between the thousand applications for the job that has exceedingly little risk of you getting in a conflagration with a gentle giant of Ferguson and the only twenty for a job where that risk is high.  A lot of people want to be able to tell the next Darren Wilson where to go, but not many people want to be the next Darren Wilson.

Invitations for public appearances are sending Ferguson officials such as Police Chief Thomas Jackson and Mayor James Knowles III across the country.

Since when is everyone across the country interested in an over the hill suburb of a flyover metropolitan area?

Melvin said he had applied to several other police departments but sees Ferguson as the best fit, despite a federal investigation into possible racism in the department. He has a natural call to police work: His father is chief of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Police Department, in Arizona.

The father of a young black man is the police chief of an Indian reservation.  I presume the father is also black.  So how does it come to be that black men get to lead Indian reservation police departments?





So Typically Wellston

10 02 2015

Wellston

Police body cams expose black perfidy.  Or rather, it provides what might as well be bonus footage for that movie released 100 years ago this month.  Or, more WSHH material.

Just as blacks demanded harsh crack penalties because racism then demanded that we get rid of them because racism, I predict that in spite of all of today’s black hoopla about cops needing body cams because racism, ten years from now, blacks will demand that cops get rid of body cams because racism.

 

 





It Depends on What the Definition of “It” Is

9 02 2015

Atlanta

CSM:

How police can get it right

Atlanta Police Chief George Turner is building a diversified department that’s less reactive and more humane that could offer lessons after Ferguson.

When I read the bold headline, I wondered:  Get what right?

The subheadline provides the answer:  They want to try to find a way to enforce the law effectively with as little complaining as possible from the people who are arrested, as the people that are arrested in Atlanta are mostly of a politically saintly minority.

Good luck with that.

One thing this article gets right is the matter of these SWAT raids.  Those are way overused and often go very wrong.  Along with your standard search or arrest warrant, LEAs should have to get a second special raid warrant, and justify why they should be allowed to do a raid in contrast to normal non-raid apprehension methods, the judicial standard for granting a raid warrant should be way higher than granting a standard search warrant or arrest warrant.  Imminent threat to life should be grounds to grant a raid warrant, busting up poker games is not.





“Local” News

4 02 2015

Ferguson

P-D:

Ferguson police cautiously considering less-lethal device for pistols

Police here said Wednesday they are looking at less-lethal weapons but are far from settled on a device that blunts the effect of bullets.

Plans to test the product, marketed as “The Alternative” were described in a Washington Post story this week that Chief Thomas Jackson said may have overstated the department’s interest.

Hold the phone.

Why was the armament policy of a police department of a mid-sized suburb of a flyover country metropolitan area so interesting to the Washington Post, as in Washington, D.C., 710 miles away from St. Louis as the crow flies, such that the Washington Post would write a whole article about it?  Seems to me that this story is so insignificant that even the P-D should only cover it with a brief blurb.








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