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“Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control
Salon ^ | 7-7-2013 | Radley Balko

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 wasn’t 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 Culosi’s told me shortly after his death. “None of us single, successful professionals ever thought that betting fifty bucks or so on the Virginia–Virginia 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 that’s 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 hadn’t slept in seventeen hours, fired a bullet that pierced Culosi’s heart.....

(Excerpt) Read more at salon.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: banglist; cw2; fairfaxcounty; gambling; government; guncontrol; libertarian; police; policestate; rights; secondamendment; tyranny; va; virginia

1 posted on 07/09/2013 5:34:35 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: Renfield

Welcome to the USSA, Comrades!

A 6-minute YouTube video by yours truly and Mark P. Ferri, about the loss of freedom in America.


2 posted on 07/09/2013 5:36:43 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Renfield

Puritanical leftism at its very finest. Disgusting story.


3 posted on 07/09/2013 5:41:45 AM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Renfield
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4 posted on 07/09/2013 5:42:54 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: Renfield

Nice.


5 posted on 07/09/2013 5:45:36 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Renfield

The discussion on Salon is interesting. The people are pointing fingers (liberal v conservatives) at each other rather than the cause. The Conclusion of the article states it best:

“So long as partisans are only willing to speak out against aggressive, militarized police tactics when they’re used against their own and are dismissive or even supportive of such tactics when used against those whose politics they dislike, it seems unlikely that the country will achieve enough of a political consensus to begin to slow down the trend.”

One guy finally spoke up and said:

“kwais7
1 hour ago

@Damon @dmac2949 @Red XIV @carlc2210
Damon, Damon, Damon.
It is not a “No True Scotsman” argument. You are both right.

“True” liberals are opposed to police overstepping their authority.

AND

“True” conservatives, support and uphold the Bill of Rights.

So why are our rights stepped on? Because ‘politics as usual’ tends to trump moral conviction on both sides.
I am a conservative, but right now my favorite reporters are Radley Balko, and GlennGreenwald. “


6 posted on 07/09/2013 5:58:27 AM PDT by vg0va3
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To: Renfield
Oldy but goody:


7 posted on 07/09/2013 6:08:43 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: miss marmelstein

But aren’t republicans viewed as the “law and order” party? Honestly, I think this transcends politics. We’ve created these giant police forces (because we’re obsessed with “security” now”), and they need something to keep them busy.


8 posted on 07/09/2013 6:17:36 AM PDT by bigdaddy45
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To: bigdaddy45
"We’ve created these giant police forces..."

Not we, but City Councils with money to burn (from the bankrupt feds) have created them.
9 posted on 07/09/2013 6:31:02 AM PDT by frankenMonkey (Here's a big "Howdy!" to all the guys at NSA!!!)
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To: miss marmelstein
Puritanical leftism at its very finest. Disgusting story.

The story itself is digusting or the police behavior in the story is disgusting?

The whole point of the story, though, is the reason this is getting worse is that both the Left and the Right give a free pass to police brutality as long as it's against people they don't like.

10 posted on 07/09/2013 6:37:06 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: Strategerist

It all starts with the puritanism of the left and the food Nazis and gambling Nazis. I’ve been carrying on about this for years. Next, we will have a swatting over someone having a Big Gulp in NYC.


11 posted on 07/09/2013 6:50:45 AM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Strategerist; bigdaddy45
This, and other similar sorts of unconstitutional behavior, most definitely trancend politics. However, as you mentioned Strategerist, people on either side will give things a free-pass as long as it is the other side that is affected. Or, to give it a more macro feel and apply it to the presidency, most Liberals will give a Democrat president a free pass that they would never have given to a Republican, and most Conservatives will give a Republican president a free pass that they would never have given to a Democrat.

Case in point?

Exhibit A: President Obama has killed far more people using Predator and Reaper drones than President Bush ever did. In his FIRST TERM, Obama authorized over SIX TIMES as many drone strikes as Bush did over TWO terms. Apologies for the capitalizations, but that is truly amazing. Yet, the same Liberals who were protesting Bush's 'murder by drones' are largely quiet over Obama's.

Exhibit B: Remember the Patriot Act? Imagine the furor on the Right had it been created under Obama. 'nuff said.

The thing is that the attrition of freedoms and rights, and what makes America America, has little to do with Right or Left. Those are just delivery vehicles for ideologies from Republicans and Democrats, one of which can be bad for the country and the other being far worse for the country faster. There is a difference between being a Republican and a Conservative, and being a Democrat and a Liberal. Nowadays both main parties are just altered versions of each other ...like the difference between a Jaguar and a Leopard. Different species, different types of spots, and the jaguar is somewhat larger than the leopard, but both will easily kill you and eat you, and for the matter the leopard has killed more people!

The country has been on a slippery slope for quite some time. Again, compare the average Democrat from the late 1970s to the average Republican today. The 1979 Democrat would be far more conservative in a number of areas than the current Republican.

There are many things Conservatives and Liberals can hit each other on - very many - but they shouldn't forget about the greatness of the country that enables them to do so, and they should both be against certain things. Be it cops feeling they can have B-movie actors drive armored vehicles into living rooms, or presidents passing decrees that are patently unconstitutional.

12 posted on 07/09/2013 6:54:16 AM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: bigdaddy45

I tend to think of it as leftwing because of my personal experience. A very good friend of mine was swatted because of local politics. He went against the left wing city council, and while it’s too long a story, he ended up with cops on his roof and at his front door, guns drawn. Miracle he wasn’t killed. A perfectly decent man who almost had his life destroyed.


13 posted on 07/09/2013 6:55:32 AM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein
Puritanical leftism at its very finest. Disgusting story.

Which is the disgusting part? The police actions? Or the fact that someone reported on them?

14 posted on 07/09/2013 7:03:06 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: Renfield

Disgusting on so many levels.


15 posted on 07/09/2013 7:06:11 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave ofo attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Renfield

For those who might not have been pauong attention, I’ll say it again....cops are not your friends.


16 posted on 07/09/2013 7:20:48 AM PDT by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: miss marmelstein
It all starts with the puritanism of the left and the food Nazis and gambling Nazis. I’ve been carrying on about this for years. Next, we will have a swatting over someone having a Big Gulp in NYC.

We need leaders who will cut government back to its appropriate size. Local government can't create these excess SWAT teams without federal dollars, and the feds are only doing it to buy votes. But where would we find an honest small government politician these days, one who would protect our right to keep and bear arms and our right to choose a Big Gulp? I hope someone rises to the occasion in the next four years, but where would we find a leader who stands for liberty?


17 posted on 07/09/2013 7:27:16 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: miss marmelstein

The left is puritanical but this story is not an example. Notice the point that the state spent $20 million to promote the lottery.

This is the state defending it’s territory, The gambling graft belongs to the state and they need to kill all interlopers.

I think they have their eyes on prostitution next.


18 posted on 07/09/2013 7:30:34 AM PDT by DManA
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To: spetznaz; All

The conservatives in this country simply do not have the media to “create a furor”.

Nough said.


19 posted on 07/09/2013 7:38:50 AM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: DManA

You may be totally correct, thanks for the info!


20 posted on 07/09/2013 7:43:45 AM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Renfield
Many here don't like SALON, but this article is well worth reading in its entirety and filing. The police in many areas behave much more aggressively than when confronting very large mobs in the 60’s. Bill Ayres types and the various ‘peace’ rioters generally seemed to be a step ahead of the police and at least on equal terms in many riots and street battles. Now average Americans are routinely treated like the subjects of some Third World thug state.
21 posted on 07/09/2013 8:02:42 AM PDT by robowombat
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To: Renfield
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.

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.

22 posted on 07/09/2013 8:14:16 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: spetznaz
I hate big government no matter which innocent citizens big government is targeting at the moment. Twelve years ago on this site, I argued that parts of the Patriot Act gave too much power to the government:

To: Registered

Keep in mind that the new law’s 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 we’re 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 don’t 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

23 posted on 07/09/2013 8:19:15 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead

When I buy a lottery ticket I’ll be sure to ask you which numbers I should pick. That post is eerily accurate.


24 posted on 07/09/2013 8:31:14 AM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: Renfield

Real heroes.

One sometimes reflects with dismay that the individual sense of shame is dying out in America.


25 posted on 07/09/2013 10:47:13 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: miss marmelstein
A very good friend of mine was swatted because of local politics. He went against the left wing city council, and while it’s too long a story, he ended up with cops on his roof and at his front door, guns drawn. Miracle he wasn’t killed. A perfectly decent man who almost had his life destroyed.

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?

26 posted on 07/09/2013 10:53:14 AM PDT by USS Johnston (Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be bought at the price of chains & slavery? - Patrick Henry)
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To: USS Johnston

No lawsuit. It happened about 60 miles outside NYC.


27 posted on 07/09/2013 11:09:01 AM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein
No lawsuit. It happened about 60 miles outside NYC.

Wow.

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?

28 posted on 07/09/2013 11:31:50 AM PDT by USS Johnston (Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be bought at the price of chains & slavery? - Patrick Henry)
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To: USS Johnston
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."

29 posted on 07/10/2013 5:05:57 AM PDT by papertyger (Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be broken....)
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To: Strategerist

Bingo.

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.


30 posted on 07/12/2013 1:33:41 PM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept?)
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To: Renfield

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.


31 posted on 07/12/2013 2:45:24 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Renfield

mark


32 posted on 07/13/2013 11:07:16 AM PDT by cyn (Benghazi.)
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