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Guilty by Facebook
Conservative Spotlight ^ | May 29, 2014 | Fred Dardick

Posted on 05/29/2014 1:52:47 PM PDT by FredDardick

I guess you can put this in the “Now Only in Chicago, But Soon To Be in Your Backyard As Well” file. Writing for Breitbart, Warner Todd Huston discovered government officials in Will County, located just outside of Chicago, had issued a fine based on nothing more than a private individual’s Facebook post, no due process necessary:

"The police department of a Chicago area forest preserve district used a local woman’s social media post as a basis to send her a citation in the mail after she made a Facebook post about a county park."

Due to a number of “kennel cough” cases connected to Whalon Dog Park, Will County forest preserve police had been monitoring a local Facebook page maintained by concerned dog owners on which the accused woman had written “I was feeling bad that I haven’t bought a pass and been bringing Ginger there but I’m pretty glad I haven’t.”

The police, believing the woman had utilized the park without a license, wrote her a ticket stating “It has been brought to our attention that on May 18, 2014 at 8:58 pm, you posted on a social media site that you knowingly entered the dog park without a valid 2014 dog park permit” and stuck it in the mail. They didn’t even bother to contact her before issuing the fine.

No surprise to anyone it turns out the police got it all wrong. Not only had the woman not brought her dog to the park, she was trying to say that she was glad that she had avoided the area when she visited the Facebook page, but the words didn’t come out right. “That’s dead wrong. I haven’t gone there since 2013!” she wrote.

When informed of the error the Will County police, in their best impression of typical liberal tolerance, responded “After reading the original Facebook comment and follow-up comments, our police department decided to investigate and issue the ticket. The woman who posted the original statement will have a chance to appeal this ticket in court, and she will not have to pay the fine until her appeal is heard.”

I may not have gone to law school, but I don’t see how reading someone’s Facebook post can be defined as an “investigation” in anyone’s book. And forcing a bullied woman to appear in court in order to prove her innocence, rather than the police admitting their rather obvious and moronic mistake, just makes it worse.


TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: donutwatch; facebook; police; policestate; thoughtcrime; thoughtpolice

1 posted on 05/29/2014 1:52:47 PM PDT by FredDardick
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To: FredDardick

This is outrageous. So now Facebook posts, in which people spout off, doing stream of consciousness, are legally binding evidence of wrongdoing?????


2 posted on 05/29/2014 1:55:40 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (et)
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To: FredDardick

Hmmm. Now, I’m a product of the 70s/80s with respect to my schoolin’, but my first read of her post gave me the impression that she was glad she hadn’t been to the park, regardless of the pass issue. But then, I’m not a revenuer.


3 posted on 05/29/2014 1:56:27 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: FredDardick

Anything or person near Chicago is infected with leftist authoritarism and sheer stupidity.

Time to sue the hell out of them.


4 posted on 05/29/2014 1:58:27 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: IYAS9YAS
...will not have to pay the fine until her appeal is heard.

That sounds ominous.

5 posted on 05/29/2014 2:00:19 PM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: FredDardick

(rude word for fornicating) fascists! This is totally wrong. Arresting someone for words written!

This is fascism.


6 posted on 05/29/2014 2:00:58 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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7 posted on 05/29/2014 2:01:52 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: IYAS9YAS
Ahhhh ... but you know how to read English, unlike the gummint workers that have everything in 27 languages.

And rather than admit they are functional illiterates, they issue the citation anyway ... 'cause even after it's been explained to them ... they still have no idea what the post says and anyone explaining it to them are probably on the woman's side and trying to trick them

Better safe than sorry ... issue the citation.

8 posted on 05/29/2014 2:05:11 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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10 posted on 05/29/2014 2:09:11 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: FredDardick
Go to Court!!! Talk to a judge.

Nothing bothers officials more than revealing gross actions in a public forum.

11 posted on 05/29/2014 2:16:01 PM PDT by OldNavyVet (Looking forward to November elections.)
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To: bamahead

I don’t have a link at he moment but I have read some cities are using Google Earth to add taxes for people who have pools in they’re yard that are not reported.


12 posted on 05/29/2014 2:20:22 PM PDT by GregNH (If you can't fight, please find a good place to hide!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Even if it says you didn’t do it!

Facebook post “I didn’t do it” -> tax eating moronic oxygen thief -> legally binding confession

Citizen: “You’re a moron! You can’t even read! I said I DIDN’T do it!”
Goober: “It’s OK, you can appeal!”

D’oh!


13 posted on 05/29/2014 2:21:40 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: GregNH
I don’t have a link at he moment but I have read some cities are using Google Earth to add taxes for people who have pools in they’re yard that are not reported.

Time to create a camouflage pool cover business. Google Earth isn't that great regarding resolution. I'm certain pools could easily be hidden, the pumps and everything else, too.

14 posted on 05/29/2014 2:25:09 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: IYAS9YAS

True, but how long until the munis all fire up drones for short range hi res observation?


15 posted on 05/29/2014 2:30:10 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: IYAS9YAS

That’s what I was also thinking. Also yard sized pictures of pools for those who don’t have them. Totally poison the data stream.


16 posted on 05/29/2014 2:32:19 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: FredDardick

Guilty unless you prove you are innocent

I would have ‘a friend’ swear you were home with them all day


17 posted on 05/29/2014 2:38:04 PM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: Still Thinking
That’s what I was also thinking. Also yard sized pictures of pools for those who don’t have them. Totally poison the data stream.

+1 Awesome. I imagine people could have some real fun with this.

 

18 posted on 05/29/2014 2:38:21 PM PDT by zeugma (I have never seen anyone cross the street to avoid a black man in a suit.)
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To: Still Thinking
That’s what I was also thinking. Also yard sized pictures of pools for those who don’t have them. Totally poison the data stream.

Darn good idea.

19 posted on 05/29/2014 2:51:14 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: FredDardick
Would a disclaimer on your FB page indicating that this all nonsense and can not be taken seriously and to be used as entertainment purposes only? how reals can all this be?
20 posted on 05/29/2014 2:53:46 PM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: IYAS9YAS

The problem is when the image was taken. I am in a home I bought 5 years ago and the image is still from before I made changes....


21 posted on 05/29/2014 3:07:10 PM PDT by GregNH (If you can't fight, please find a good place to hide!)
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To: IYAS9YAS

I’m a product of the 50’s and 60’s, in s’far as skoolin’ goes. On my first read, I interpreted her words as did you. The problem seems to be poor literacy within the ranks of Facebook reading police.


22 posted on 05/29/2014 3:17:43 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

My daughter had to read 1984. I was trying to get her to do her video project on it showing her on Facebook, Twitter, etc. and writing stupid things, with subtitles of quotes from the book about how the “thought police” are watching everything.


23 posted on 05/29/2014 3:18:50 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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24 posted on 05/29/2014 3:20:36 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Still Thinking

” Also yard sized pictures of pools for those who don’t have them. “

I was thinking more along the lines of yard sized pictures of the bare arse crack of a bent over large man.


25 posted on 05/29/2014 3:26:45 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: FredDardick

Boo chit misdemeanor charge anyway.

Right to confront accusers, who did not see her commit an unlawful act.

Summarily dismissed. ...


26 posted on 05/29/2014 3:33:21 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: bamahead

Thanks for posting; I attempted to post this story twice today but for some reason it was taken off the forum.

Who knew that using poor grammar on a social network could land you a citation from the gov’t?


27 posted on 05/29/2014 4:42:18 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: IYAS9YAS

“Hmmm. Now, I’m a product of the 70s/80s with respect to my schoolin’, but my first read of her post gave me the impression that she was glad she hadn’t been to the park, regardless of the pass issue. But then, I’m not a revenuer.”

Trust me, cops are determined to see everything anyone says or does in the worst possible light. Except for other cops, however, who ALWAYS get the benefit of the doubt.


28 posted on 05/29/2014 4:48:34 PM PDT by LevinFan
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To: Nik Naym

The Won deflowering a goat.


29 posted on 05/29/2014 10:24:10 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: FredDardick

Another reason I will never, ever go there.


30 posted on 05/29/2014 10:26:46 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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