Skip to comments.“Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control
Posted on 07/09/2013 5:34:35 AM PDT by Renfield
Excerpted from "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces"
Sal Culosi is dead because he bet on a football game but it wasnt 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 Culosis told me shortly after his death. None of us single, successful professionals ever thought that betting fifty bucks or so on the VirginiaVirginia Tech football game was a crime worthy of investigation. Baucum apparently did. After overhearing the men wagering, Baucum befriended Culosi as a cover to begin investigating him. During the next several months, he talked Culosi into raising the stakes of what Culosi thought were just more fun wagers between friends to make watching sports more interesting. Eventually Culosi and Baucum bet more than $2,000 in a single day. Under Virginia law, that was enough for police to charge Culosi with running a gambling operation. And thats when they brought in the SWAT team.
On the night of January 24, 2006, Baucum called Culosi and arranged a time to drop by to collect his winnings. When Culosi, barefoot and clad in a T-shirt and jeans, stepped out of his house to meet the man he thought was a friend, the SWAT team began to move in. Seconds later, Det. Deval Bullock, who had been on duty since 4:00 AM and hadnt slept in seventeen hours, fired a bullet that pierced Culosis heart.....
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Asshat's never heard of "entrapment". Moron. Create a crime so you can arrest the other guy for it. Wait....I thought LEO's were supposed to be FIGHTING crime, not generating it.
Keep in mind that the new laws definition of domestic terrorism is so broad, as we shall see in future columns, that entirely innocent people can be swept into this surveillance dragnet.
President Hillary would like to know which of you have friends in the NRA, or the pro-life movement, so your communications can be monitored by the CIA, for the children.
I guess were all OK with Echelon, Know Your Customer, and National ID cards now as well. If you have nothing to hide...
This Patriot Act stinks to high heaven. If you dont think this will eventually (if not currently) be used to stifle political dissent in this country, you are mistaken.
15 posted on 11/28/2001 7:05:56 AM by dead
When I buy a lottery ticket I’ll be sure to ask you which numbers I should pick. That post is eerily accurate.
One sometimes reflects with dismay that the individual sense of shame is dying out in America.
Did the incident even make page 59 in the local rag? Was there any kind of lawsuit afterward? Might this incident have taken place in a town on the outskirts of a major US city?
No lawsuit. It happened about 60 miles outside NYC.
The questions are: "Who exactly encouraged LE to have a chip on their shoulder the size of a sequoia?" The DHS?
Are We The People purposely ordered to be targeted as future exercises? Are incidents created out of trivial matters a matter of spreading the word that random Brownshirt intimidation and abuse of civil rights WILL be conducted often -- with impunity? Is the citizenry purposely being conditioned and/or baited?
Nope. As Mr. Balko put it, "Partisan reaction to aggressive police actions against opponents tends to fall somewhere between indifference and schadenfreude."
Everybody is a dirt bag to somebody. When immorality rules, it just depends on who is in charge to determine a target.
Since rule of law doesn’t matter any more, the 4th and the 5th routinely subverted and the 5th laughed at:
Good reason to under-fund and frustrate gubment. No power can be granted to men without that power being used for evil. With tears in their eyes the cops don’t have enough money to buy new boots. Good. Let them eat their boots.
The ultra liberal Salon is late to the story. Non the less, they are welcome to our side. We can stand their stench if the will help us return our country to where the police protect and serve.