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  • 'Barney Fife is in charge': Obama under fire for 'we don't have a strategy' gaffe on ISIS ...

    08/29/2014 2:09:46 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | August 29, 2014 | David Martosko
    'Barney Fife is in charge': Obama under fire for 'we don't have a strategy' gaffe on ISIS as he's accused of having 'head buried in hole on first green' Lawmakers are fuming over President Barack Obama's admission on Thursday that his White House lacks a strategy for dealing with the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Syria, with one congressman comparing his performance to the bumbling sheriff's deputy Barney Fife from 'The Andy Griffith Show.' And as House and Senate members piled on with sharp criticism, a former senior aide to a retired defense secretary...
  • Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert: 'Barney Fife is in charge'

    08/29/2014 11:07:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 29, 2014 | David Martosko, Us Political Editor for MailOnline
    Lawmakers are fuming over President Barack Obama's admission on Thursday that his White House lacks a strategy for dealing with the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Syria, with one congressman comparing his performance to the bumbling sheriff's deputy Barney Fife from 'The Andy Griffith Show.' And as House and Senate members piled on with sharp criticism, a former senior aide to a retired defense secretary told MailOnline that the Joint Chiefs of Staff are 'seeing red' and 'spitting nails' following Obama's candid admission. 'They're losing confidence in their mission,' said the long-time Pentagon insider,...
  • Sober woman arrested for DWI after deputy rolls through stop sign

    05/09/2014 11:22:45 AM PDT · by bkopto · 36 replies
    NewsChannel 3 WTKR ^ | May 2, 2014 | Holly Henry
    “It was a miracle I wasn’t paralyzed,” Tanya Weyker said about her February 2013 collision with a Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Deputy. The deputy, caught on video, rolled through a stop sign and T-boned Weyker’s car. However Weyker, 25, was charged with drunk driving, according to a report from Fox6Now.com. After the crash, Weyker said she told deputies she’d taken a few sips of a friend’s drink that night. When a deputy asked why her eyes looked red and glassy, Weyker said she told him he had been crying. According to the report, she also told him she had taken Vicodin...
  • The 67-cent felony: A veteran winemaker runs afoul of the ABC

    09/06/2013 7:05:42 PM PDT · by bamahead · 19 replies
    The Hook (Charlottesville, VA) ^ | September 5th, 2013 | Lisa Provence
    Long before vineyards became agriculture du-jour in Virginia, Mike Bowles planted grapevines in 1977, and he claims he's Albemarle's first farm winery operator. Thirty years later, he wanted to be a pioneer again and hop on the craft-distillery trend to make the Italian spirit grappa from chardonnay grape leftovers. Instead, he's earned a more dubious distinction as possibly the first person to get busted while applying for a federal distillery license. Under Virginia's Alcoholic Beverage Control regs, that could cost him his license to make wine at all. Bowles insists he was trying to comply with the hefty volume of...
  • Cleveland police chase and shooting portrayed as chaotic scene by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine

    02/06/2013 5:53:52 AM PST · by i_robot73 · 30 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | 02/05/2013 | Rachel Dissell
    CLEVELAND, Ohio — A November car chase ended in a "full blown-out" firefight, with glass and bullets flying, according to Cleveland police officers who described for investigators the chaotic scene at the end of the deadly 25-minute pursuit. But when the smoky haze -- caused by rapid fire of nearly 140 bullets in less than 30 seconds -- dissipated, it soon became clear that more than a dozen officers had been firing at one another across a middle school parking lot in East Cleveland. Soon after the shooting stopped, one officer rushed to check the two occupants of the 1979...
  • Cleveland police chase and shooting portrayed as chaotic scene by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine

    02/06/2013 8:19:10 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    The Plain Dealer ^ | February 05, 2013 at 10:00 AM, updated February 05, 2013 at 3:47 PM | Rachel Dissell,
    CLEVELAND, Ohio — A November car chase ended in a "full blown-out" firefight, with glass and bullets flying, according to Cleveland police officers who described for investigators the chaotic scene at the end of the deadly 25-minute pursuit. But when the smoky haze -- caused by rapid fire of nearly 140 bullets in less than 30 seconds -- dissipated, it soon became clear that more than a dozen officers had been firing at one another across a middle school parking lot in East Cleveland. City officials have already expanded the timeline for their investigation after learning that more than 115...
  • Car accident leads to arrest for human trafficking

    10/28/2011 9:25:21 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09
    The Daily Planet ^ | October 28, 2011 | Katie Klingsporn
    A one-vehicle accident on rural Highway 141 on Monday triggered a search through the desert for passengers and eventually led to the arrest of one man for suspicion of human smuggling and the pending deportation of four of the passengers. Juan Denys Hernandez Varenez, a Cuban national, has been charged with four counts of smuggling of humans, a class 3 felony. The San Miguel Sheriff’s Office suspects that he was smuggling four undocumented foreigners to the Denver area when the sedan he was driving crashed. All of the passengers, including a 20-year-old female from Grand Junction whose involvement is unknown,...
  • 2 Conn. cops injured by friendly fire during arrest of child porn suspect outside Harry Potter flick

    07/18/2011 11:41:21 PM PDT · by Oztrich Boy · 7 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Monday, July 18th 2011 | Philip Caulfield
    Two Connecticut cops shot and injured two other officers during an arrest of a suspected child porn perv outside a late-night screening of the new Harry Potter movie. ~~~ State police said they were continuing to investigate the incident.
  • Bandera County Sheriff's Office Issues Domestic Terrorism Warning (Texas)

    06/22/2011 4:44:50 PM PDT · by Sarajevo · 37 replies
    KSAT.com ^ | Thursday, June 9, 2011 | Tim Gerber
    BANDERA, Texas -- The Bandera County Sheriff's Office issued a warning Thursday to citizens about an anti-government movement known for acts of domestic terrorism. The law enforcement agency said followers of The Sovereign Citizens Movement have been known to carry out violent acts, including killing law enforcement officers and other public servants.
  • Independence Police Shoot At Concrete Alligator

    06/02/2011 11:54:09 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 54 replies
    Fox4KC ^ | 5/31/11
    INDEPENDENCE, Mo.— An alligator caused a lot of commotion for one Independence man Sunday when three Independence police officers shot at his concrete lawn ornament. Rick Sheridan was working in his garage when he heard gunshots. He went around the back of his house to a pond, where he saw three police officers. The three officers had spotted the gator and were lined up on the bank, shooting at the large reptile. "The officer fired two rounds, and killed my concrete, ornamental alligator," Sheridan said. After realizing their bullets were bouncing off the yard art alligator, police left. Sheridan says...
  • KC police fire at backfiring van

    11/12/2010 11:33:28 AM PST · by posterchild · 69 replies · 1+ views
    kansascity.com ^ | Fri Nov 12, 2010
    Two Kansas City police officers who thought they were being shot at from inside a van returned fire Thursday night. Only later did police realize that the van was actually backfiring and the man inside was not armed. He was not injured by the shots fired by police. Windows of the police car were apparently shot out by the officers as they exited the patrol car.
  • Andy Griffith's Popularity Nose Dives Over Support for Health Care Reform

    09/10/2010 4:19:48 AM PDT · by Marcus · 47 replies
    Associated Content ^ | September 9th, 2010 | Mark R. Whittington
    The acrimony surrounding health care reform, stoked up to white hotness as the 2010 midterm elections draw nigh, seems to have claimed another victim, albeit an odd one: Andy Griffith, the long-living television and film star.
  • Denver officials clash over police discipline after brutal video released

    08/16/2010 4:07:57 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 45 replies
    The Denver Post ^ | 08/13/2010 | Christopher N. Osher
    Denver officials are deeply divided over the proper level of punishment for a police officer who was seen on video tackling and beating a 23-year-old man who was doing nothing but talking on a telephone outside a LoDo nightclub. The video of Officer Devin Sparks repeatedly hitting Michael DeHerrera of Denver with a department-issued piece of metal wrapped in leather, picking him up roughly and slamming a car door on his ankle has prompted Independent Monitor Richard Rosenthal to push for the firing of Sparks and Corporal Randy Murr.
  • Off-Duty Officer's Weapon Discharge Injures 3 (Axe To Grind Alert!)

    08/09/2010 10:42:38 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 22 replies
    KPVI ^ | 08/09/2010 | KPVI
    Idaho State Police are investigating what is being described as an accidental shooting involving the 9mm handgun of an off-duty Emmett police officer that injured a woman and two boys, ages 2 and 3. ISP Captain Steve Richardson says the gun discharged one bullet Friday morning in a Gem County residence, injuring the three people. Police are declining to release more information, including the relationship of the people involved and who had the gun when it discharged. Police say the three who were injured were taken by private vehicle to Walter Knox Memorial Hospital in Emmett, where the woman and...
  • Diboll officer involved in controversial traffic stopped resigns

    08/07/2010 5:26:48 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 33 replies
    KTRE-TV ^ | 08/03/2010
    Diboll police officer Grant Jones has resigned amid a flurry of debate surrounding a controversial traffic stop last week. Jones gave his formal resignation Tuesday afternoon at 2:30. "His resignation was short, and to the point," according to Diboll City Manager Dennis McDuffie. [...] Upon hearing of Jones' resignation, [victim] Johnny Hodge said it's good that Jones realized he was wrong and stepped down from his position. The city attorney for Diboll has promised to release the Diboll Police dash cam video on Wednesday. The stop in question occurred on July 27 as Tracey Lott was driving his friend, Johnny...
  • Thunderbolt (Georgia) Police Officer fires weapon in bank

    08/02/2010 9:27:32 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 20 replies · 6+ views
    Savannah Now ^ | 08/02/2010 | Savannah Now
    An off-duty Thunderbolt police officer accidentally discharged a handgun inside United Community Bank on Victory Drive on Monday morning. The police department is conducting an internal review of this incident, which involved an officer Chief Irene Pennington identified as C. Watson. Watson was at the bank at 2225 E. Victory about 9 a.m. and was chatting with a loan officer who was considering purchasing a handgun, Pennington said, and the officer withdrew his weapon to show it to the bank official. The handgun was the officer’s personal weapon. The officer, who has been with the department for two years, will...
  • Man hit with Taser sues police officers. Incident occurred after a traffic stop.

    07/23/2010 4:38:12 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 185 replies
    Columbia Tribune ^ | 07/23/2010 | Columbia Tribune
    Two Columbia police officers are the focus of a civil lawsuit concerning an incident last year in which a man was tasered after a traffic stop. Attorney Samuel Trapp filed the civil suit yesterday in federal court in Jefferson City on behalf of Cadilac Derrick, 23, of Columbia. On Feb. 24, 2009, Derrick was driving his registered Suburu down Providence Road when Columbia police Officers Tim Giger and John Logan pulled him over, according to the lawsuit A video posted on YouTube shows the incident captured by police cameras. The officers approached each side of the car, in which Derrick’s...
  • Ottawa Hills officer's trial opens with dash cam vid

    07/14/2010 12:15:54 PM PDT · by FoxPro · 109 replies · 1+ views
    abclocal.go.com ^ | Monday, May 10, 2010
    TOLEDO, OH (WTVG) -- A never-before-seen police dash cam video was shown in court today in the trial of an Ottawa Hills police officer accused of unnecessarily shooting and paralyzing a man during a traffic stop.
  • Police raid bar after US woman mistaken for Justin Bieber

    06/17/2010 10:02:51 AM PDT · by MissTed · 34 replies · 1,175+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 6/17/10 | Staff
    US POLICE raided a bar in Ocean City, Maryland, over the weekend after customers there confused a female drinker for Canadian teen heartthrob Justin Bieber. Regulars at the Mug and Mallet bar confirmed police entered the venue Saturday night, following reports that Bieber, 16, was drinking underage inside reported TMZ today. Instead, they found a 27-year-old female Bieber lookalike, with the same petite frame and tousled short brown hairstyle as that of the pint-sized pop sensation. The woman, known only as Katie, told TMZ she was mistaken for Bieber all the time - and was forced to produce her ID...
  • Obama administration part Daley machine, part Barney Fife. What happened?

    06/03/2010 12:48:30 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 14 replies · 618+ views
    PioneerPress.com ^ | 6/3/10 | Jonathan Allen and Carol E. Lee/Politico
    They toppled Hillary Clinton, crushed John McCain and managed to get the first black man elected president of the United States. But now a series of recent missteps just keeps getting worse for Barack Obama's political operation, already under fire from inside the party for losing its golden touch. The second-guessing of the White House political shop — which is coming in part from top House Democrats — was sparked anew late Wednesday by news that the White House tried and failed to coax another Democratic Senate candidate out of making his race by dangling administration jobs in front of...
  • Are Cameras the New Guns?

    06/03/2010 6:59:40 AM PDT · by RoseyT · 56 replies · 1,031+ views
    Gizmodo.com ^ | 6/2/2010 | Wendy McElroy
    In response to a flood of Facebook and YouTube videos that depict police abuse, a new trend in law enforcement is gaining popularity. In at least three states, it is now illegal to record any on-duty police officer. Even if the encounter involves you and may be necessary to your defense, and even if the recording is on a public street where no expectation of privacy exists. The legal justification for arresting the "shooter" rests on existing wiretapping or eavesdropping laws, with statutes against obstructing law enforcement sometimes cited. Illinois, Massachusetts, and Maryland are among the 12 states in which...
  • Meeting Stupidity with Stupidity

    05/09/2010 7:03:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 581+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 9, 2010 | Steve Chapman
    Isaac Newton formulated three laws of motion, No. 3 being: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. If he were still around, he'd propose a fourth: For every action, there is an unequal and opposite overreaction. Lately, Americans seem to be taking advice from Oscar Wilde, who said, "Moderation is a fatal thing." Stupidity can be met and defeated with sensible, proportionate measures. Or it can be met with even greater stupidity. Guess which is the preferred option these days. Last week, a 17-year-old knucklehead exposed his idiocy to the world by venturing onto the field at...
  • The Taserification of America

    05/06/2010 9:22:20 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 57 replies · 1,067+ views
    philly.com ^ | 05/06/2010 | philly.com
    Unless you've been living in a Waziristan cave for the last 24 years, you've heard about the unfortunate misdemeanor-breaking dude who got Tasered at a Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park last night. My computer screen here in Center City went all a-Twitter about it even before all the electrons had even stopped flowing through 17-year-old suburban high school senior Steve Consalvi. My gut instinct when I first learned of it was the same as I feel about it a day later: That while it wasn't exactly a Rodney King affair, clearly the officer had used excessive force. I've been...
  • Demonstrators call for firing of officer videotaped striking mentally disabled man

    06/06/2009 7:06:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 45 replies · 1,688+ views
    northjersey ^ | June 6, 2009 | ELIZABETH LLORENTE
    Demonstrators call for firing of officer videotaped striking mentally disabled man   More than 100 people gathered today outside Passaic City Hall to demand that the Police Department fire an officer who was videotaped striking a mentally disabled man repeatedly with a baton and his fists. Ronnie Holloway, the man beaten in the May 29 incident, and his mother, Betty, attended the peaceful demonstration, which was organized by various community leaders.  “This man should never have gone through what he did,” said Zachary McDaniel, pastor of the Second Timothy Baptist Church in Passaic. “Cops are here to protect us. How can...
  • Man Begs Cop: 'Why Did You Shoot Me Sir?'

    04/02/2009 5:59:15 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 36 replies · 2,357+ views
    Andre Doss said he responded to his father's call for help at his local business and called 9-1-1 himself. Police arrived and shot him instead. In a CBS 2 HD exclusive we have the audio recording of just what happened when police were executing a search warrant in Roselle, N.J. When Andre Doss was shot in the upper torso, family members said by a police officer, it was all being recorded. Doss: "Oh Lord, please, please, please, please, please, please, please ... call an ambulance! Somebody shot me!" Doss: "Why did you shoot me? Why did you shoot me sir?...
  • Dallas cops delayed NFL player as relative died (detained in hospital parking lot)

    03/26/2009 9:16:03 AM PDT · by Big_Monkey · 17 replies · 1,252+ views
    MSNBC.com ^ | 03/26/09 | Uncredited
    ANO, Texas - A police officer was put on desk duty after pulling over an NFL player rushing to see his dying mother-in-law in the hospital and holding him in the hospital parking lot as she died. Dallas police officer Robert Powell stopped Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats' SUV outside Baylor Regional Medical Center during the early hours of March 18 after Moats rolled through a red light. Moats and his family had gotten a call saying his mother-in-law was dying. Video from a dashboard camera inside the officer's vehicle, obtained by Dallas-Fort Worth station WFAA-TV, revealed an intense...
  • Woman, 89, who kept boy's football, sues parents

    01/01/2009 2:02:45 PM PST · by Daffynition · 86 replies · 1,947+ views
    TownHall ^ | Jan 1 2009 | staff reporter
    An 89-year-old Cincinnati-area woman arrested for confiscating the neighbor kid's football is now suing the boy's parents. Edna Jester filed a lawsuit in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court claiming she has suffered emotional distress because footballs and other playthings belonging to her next-door neighbors keep landing in her yard. In October, Jester refused to return a football, was taken to the Blue Ash police station and charged with petty theft. The prosecutor later dropped the case. The lawsuit against parents Paul and Kelly Tanis seeks unspecified monetary damages. Kelly Tanis calls the suit "very silly" but says she and her...
  • Gotcha!

    12/06/2008 10:33:11 PM PST · by Inappropriate Laughter · 31 replies · 1,561+ views
    reason ^ | 12/6/8 | Radley Balko
    http://www.reason.comhttp://www.reason.com/blog/show/130429.html Gotcha! Radley Balko | December 6, 2008, 1:28pm Like Mark Draughn, I've been somewhat skeptical of Barry Cooper, the former drug cop turned pitchman for how-to-beat-the-cops videos. He comes off as more of a huckster than a principled whistle-blower, which I think does the good ideas he stands for (police reform) more harm than good. But damn. I have to hand it to him. This might be one of the ballsiest moves I've ever seen. KopBusters rented a house in Odessa, Texas and began growing two small Christmas trees under a grow light similar to those used for growing...
  • Undercover officers use Taser on pallbearer

    11/19/2008 12:57:40 PM PST · by fishhound · 206 replies · 3,585+ views
    BreitBart/AP ^ | 11/19/2008 | n/a
    WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina sheriff's official has apologized for plunging a funeral into chaos when undercover agents tried to arrest the dead man's son—and used a Taser on him in the process. It happened as the coffin was being loaded into a hearse. The officers planned to quietly arrest pallbearer Gladwyn Taft Russ III, The Star-News of Wilmington reported Wednesday. Relatives said two deputies dressed in coats and ties grabbed Russ and kneed him in his back before Tasering him. One deputy's gun fell out of its holster. Russ' sister, Taffy Gause, said when she got out...
  • McCain T-shirt gets man cuffed, stuffed 'Don't tell him no more, lock him up,' police say

    11/08/2008 11:46:57 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 75 replies · 275+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 11-08-08 | Bob Unruh
    A man wearing a McCain-Palin T-shirt during a Philadelphia celebration on election night was arrested, cuffed and stuffed into a police cruiser, and supporters said it was for no more than wearing the endorsement of the GOP nominees for president and vice-president. Although the man protested that he didn't want to cause any trouble, officers manhandled and arrested him, the video posted on YouTube shows.
  • Harley owner outraged after IMPD seizes bike (Indianapolis)

    09/19/2008 1:36:29 PM PDT · by Kimmers · 83 replies · 408+ views
    WTHR website ^ | 9/19/08 | Sandra Chapman
    Indianapolis - Undercover police snatched the wheels of unsuspecting MotoGP fans over the weekend. It was a secret sting operation to seize and recover stolen motorcycles. But one Harley owner says police went overboard in his case. Briggs Blakemore just got his hog back - a 1981 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Classic. "The police told me the reason why they were confiscating the bike was because it was stolen. I said it's not stolen. He said yes it is. He said the motor and the frame don't match," said Blakemore. His bike sat locked up in the police impound for...
  • New York's Video Vigilante, Scourge of Parking Enforcers

    08/05/2008 12:47:16 PM PDT · by BGHater · 14 replies · 567+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 03 Aug 2008 | Keith B. Richburg
    He calls himself "Jimmy Justice," a self-styled "cop-arazzi," armed only with a video camera as he prowls the streets of New York looking for law enforcement officers who are breaking the law. His targets are illegally parked city government vehicles -- particularly cars of traffic cops blocking bus stops, sitting in "no parking" zones or double-parked. Cop cars blocking fire hydrants make him particularly incensed. "Something like that is just despicable," Jimmy fumed, pointing to a police enforcement vehicle parked next to a fire hydrant on 33rd Street on Manhattan's West Side on a muggy July afternoon. "They're never allowed...
  • Police use taser on blind woman with cancer

    07/20/2008 12:43:55 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 32 replies · 1,211+ views
    WDTN ^ | 7/17/08
    DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Family members are angry and speaking out after Dayton police used a stun gun on a woman who is blind and suffering from cancer. Police said they were looking for a suspect when they knocked on Denise Harris's door Thursday morning. But according to both police and witnesses, things quickly got out of hand and Harris was tased. "She was able to force herself down on to the floor and not be cooperative, grabbing on to the detective. A taser was dry stunned onto her arm to control her hand movement, then she was cuffed," said...
  • Woman with gun terrorizes children (New Orleans police officer)

    07/17/2008 2:42:39 PM PDT · by james500 · 55 replies · 476+ views
    NOLA.COM ^ | July 17, 2008 6:52AM | Katy Reckdahl
    The woman - who according to several witnesses announced that she was a New Orleans police officer - had come to the Treme Community Center to pick up a 7-year-old nephew and, for reasons unknown, became enraged at the driver of the car in front of her in the pickup line, witnesses said. Numerous witnesses said the woman relentlessly honked her car horn. As the situation escalated, she yelled expletives at the other driver and got halfway out of her car and brandished a gun, they said. At that point one of the witnesses called 911... Police Department spokesman Bob...
  • Calif. Youth Reprimanded for Singing National Anthem in Capitol

    07/17/2008 7:35:51 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 69 replies · 136+ views
    Faith News ^ | 7/16/8
    Students attending a youth leadership conference were reprimanded by capitol security on July 10 for singing the National Anthem and God Bless America in the state capitol rotunda. The patriotic expression was apparently so egregious that state troopers were called in to the rotunda to rebuke the students. As the students ended their singing, several armed troopers entered the rotunda along with capitol sergeants-at-arms. They confronted conference staff and informed them that such singing is prohibited in the state capitol without a permit from the Rules Committee. Undeterred by their shocking treatment at the hands of government officials, the students...
  • Police chief says ticket guidelines aren't quotas

    07/17/2008 7:21:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies · 99+ views
    THE GAZETTE ^ | July 11, 2008 | LANCE BENZEL
    Standards aren’t about generating revenue. Motorcycle officers in Colorado Springs should each be writing a minimum of 11 tickets a day, and their counterparts in patrol cars should issue at least one... But these aren't quotas, Police Chief Richard Myers said. During an impromptu media briefing Friday, Myers described them as guidelines that help supervisors keep track of their officers' job performance ... Ticket quotas - feared and despised by drivers everywhere - demand that officers meet goals or face mandatory discipline, Myers told reporters. That's not the case here, he said. "Police officers are paid for by taxpayers, and...
  • POLICE: "To serve & Protect" changed to "Stop, issue ticket, generate revenue"

    07/16/2008 12:52:54 PM PDT · by 1Old Pro · 49 replies · 135+ views
    I can't help but notice that the NYS Police, the Sheriff's, and the local town and city cops no longer walk the beat or do much "protecting" They are trained now to make their primary priority issuing minor tickets that have big fines. Offense: Cell phone use = $150 bucks They also are trained to scan your auto inspection sticker, one day out of inspection and you may pay $200. Speed traps, you name it, Police are now a profit center first and foremost, more reason for people who want to prtect themselves to purchase the guns of their choice.
  • Deputy Accused Of (Taser) Attack On Wife

    07/08/2008 10:24:53 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 16 replies · 135+ views
    Tampa (Fl) Tribune ^ | 7/08/08 | Josh Poltilove - Staff Reporter
    A Hillsborough sheriff's deputy who said he had always wanted to spend his life in law enforcement used a Taser on his wife then held his service pistol to her head before he was arrested and held for mental evaluation, deputies say. Carlos Thomas Tanner, 38, a 10-year veteran of the sheriff's office, was arrested at his Dover home about 1:45 a.m. Monday. He is charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor battery-domestic violence. Tanner was taken in under the state's Baker Act because he threatened to harm himself if he were arrested, sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie...
  • Fun With Barney Fife - Obama / Nip Me in the Bud! / Photo Fun!

    07/08/2008 10:17:15 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 61 replies · 192+ views
    MeekOneGOP's Photobucket ^ | July 8, 2008 | MeekOneGOP & Conspiracy Guy
  • Police seek pay for putting uniform on, off

    06/24/2008 1:01:52 AM PDT · by machogirl · 34 replies · 945+ views
    www.eastvalleytribune.com ^ | june 22, 2008 | Katie McDevitt
    Vest, shirt, badge - check. Pants, boots, gun belt - check. About 800 Phoenix police officers and up to 400 Mesa officers believe changing into and out of their uniforms each day is doing work, so they've sued in federal court to be paid for their time. U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake ruled in April that the Mesa Police Association shouldn't receive any money, according to court records, but the union has recently appealed the ruling to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The lawsuit has cost Mesa more than $187,600 to fight so far, according to public...
  • Chicago and police officers lose case and $7.7 million for false arrest

    06/14/2008 2:49:39 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 60 replies · 628+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6/12/08 | Monique Garcia and David Heinzmann
    Woman pulled cop from wrecked car in 2002, but police said she stole service weapon A trained nurse, Rachelle Jackson immediately ran toward the sound of the crash. A Chicago police car had collided with another vehicle and was starting to smoke, two officers still inside. Fearing an explosion, she quickly pulled one officer from the passenger side.She never imagined her act of kindness nearly six years ago would land her in jail for more than 10 months on charges that she robbed, battered and disarmed a peace officer. Jackson filed a lawsuit, and on Thursday a federal jury found...
  • The man who fell off a sofa while laughing at Have I Got News For You - and ended up in court

    06/11/2008 3:46:47 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 26 replies · 127+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/11/08
    A man was handcuffed, arrested and dragged before a court after falling off the settee with laughter while watching Have I Got News For You. Christopher Cocker, 36, was enjoying the BBC1 show when a joke made by panellist Paul Merton had him doubled up with laughter. He collapsed on the floor - but the thud startled his downstairs neighbour who, believing he had collapsed, called police. Officers arrived and said Cocker was initially co-operative but became 'aggressive' when they asked his name and tried to shut his front door. He was eventually disabled with parva spray through the gap...
  • Mass. officer's gun goes off during safety class

    05/21/2008 10:35:51 PM PDT · by Westlander · 12 replies · 93+ views
    AP ^ | 5-20-2008 | AP
    A firearms instructor in southern Massachusetts has been assigned to other duties after his gun accidentally went off while he was teaching a class on weapons safety. Officials say the Glock handgun discharged while Maj. Donald Lamar was demonstrating to Bristol County deputy sheriffs how to safely holster the weapon.
  • Police Chief Shoots Self at Gun Training Session

    05/05/2008 11:12:33 AM PDT · by RDTF · 31 replies · 202+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | May 5, 2008 | AP
    <p>RIVERDALE, Utah — The police chief in Riverdale accidentally shot himself in an ankle while demonstrating how to dislodge a jammed handgun.</p> <p>Chief Dave Hansen was taken to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden for surgery.</p> <p>The 54-year-old chief accidentally fired a gun during a training exercise inside a conference room at Riverdale police headquarters.</p>
  • New Hampshire: Grandmother Arrested, Dog Impounded Over Old Parking Tickets

    04/04/2008 1:15:23 AM PDT · by Ken H · 58 replies · 385+ views
    theNewspaper.com ^ | 04/03/2008 | n/a
    04/03/2008 Police in Portsmouth, New Hampshire arrest woman, impound dog over eight year old parking ticket. Police in Portsmouth, New Hampshire have a long history of arresting motorists over minor offenses. Despite recent promises of reform, the force on Monday not only threw the book at a 58-year-old woman, but her dog as well. Susan Lehman alleged crime was failure to pay a couple of parking tickets issued eight years ago. "It wasn't fun," Lehman told the Portsmouth Herald newspaper. "I was totally dumbfounded by the situation." Police nabbed her in the afternoon as she attempted to refuel her car...
  • Cop Shoots Self In Classroom While Demonstrating Gun Safety (YouTube)

    02/23/2008 9:33:20 AM PST · by Mr. Brightside · 29 replies · 1,337+ views
    YouTube ^ | 2/23/08
    "I am the only one in this room professional enough to carry a Glock 40....." (BOOM!!!!) Video Here
  • Nightmare at Reagan National Airport: A Security Story to End all Security Stories

    06/14/2007 12:13:27 PM PDT · by FreedomCalls · 421 replies · 13,779+ views
    nowpublic ^ | June 13, 2007 | Bill Adler
    If you travel enough, you've seen it all -- and possibly some of the awful things that can happen while traveling will have actually happened to you. But nothing I've read about or experienced comes close to what Monica Emmerson experienced while at Reagan National Airport on June 11th while traveling with her 19-month-old toddler. This isn't one of those Catch-22 bureaucratic snafus; this isn't about rules being applied to the letter. This story is mostly about what can happen simply because the authorities in charge decide that they're going to exercise their authority because they can, regardless of whether...
  • Lawyer calls(Steve) Foley's (SD Charger)companion 'heroic'

    09/08/2006 4:59:53 AM PDT · by radar101 · 35 replies · 1,260+ views
    S D Union ^ | 8 SEPT 2006 | Dana Littlefield
    PEGGY PEATTIE / Union-Tribune Lisa Maree Gaut was arraigned Thursday in the case involving Chargers linebacker Steve Foley. The charges against her include assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer. Conflicting versions of the controversial shooting of San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley unfolded yesterday during and after a court hearing in which Foley's female companion pleaded not guilty to criminal charges. The prosecutor painted a picture of drunken, criminal behavior in which Foley was wounded by an off-duty police officer who felt he was “trapped” in a cul de sac near Foley's home and in danger...
  • Don Knotts' Hometown Won't Get Fife Statue

    07/17/2006 1:08:01 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 28 replies · 2,425+ views
    http://www.comcast.net ^ | 7 17 06 | Associated Press
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - An unfinished statue of Barney Fife apparently won't be heading to Don Knotts' hometown after all. Knotts' widow endorses a statue but says the monument should be of her husband, not of the bumbling deputy he made famous on "The Andy Griffith Show." Knotts died in February at age 81. "We consider the dissemination of his image to be a big responsibility that we take very seriously," Francey Knotts and Andy Griffith said in a statement. "No one cares more about Don's image than we do. It would be wonderful to have a statue in Morgantown, W.Va.,...
  • Don Knotts, star of 'The Andy Griffith Show,' dead at 81

    02/25/2006 5:13:43 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 108 replies · 3,710+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | February 25, 2006 | Scott Collins
    Knotts died Friday night of pulmonary and respiratory complications at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills.