Meanwhile, police in Colorado and Washington are protecting the citizenry from violent criminals……….Also in the news, an accidental overdose death from prescription pain killers occurs every 19 minutes in the US…however, states that have legalized marijuana have experienced a 25 percent reduction in those deaths along with a decrease in domestic abuse and traffic fatalities………..This just in…..compounds in marijuana have been found to reduce and even halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. No wonder the US Government has the patent 6,630,507 on the compounds in this plant!
September 3, 2014 at 10:49 a.m.
"I fully support "stop and frisk" procedures and DUI checkpoints and I feel their use should be increased dramatically". Actually, the counter-culture which you say you admire, based on your comments, is called Fascism.
I, on the other hand am an American which treasures liberty and freedom. Perhaps you need to re-read the 4th amendment of the US Constitution which says; "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
Or perhaps you would be interested in the Article 14 of the Ohio Bill of Rights: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and possessions, against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated; and no warrant shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, particularly describing the place to be searched and the person and things to be seized".
Seems like plain English to me, but then again, I'm an American.
August 24, 2014 at 2:25 p.m.
@Chessiedad, ".....DON'T COMMIT ANY CRIMES!!!...and I'm pretty sure the Police won't "terrorize" you". So I guess you don't have an issue with "stop and frisk" policies, DUI checkpoints,(which have been outlawed in many states), or any other unconstitutional tactic the police use?
"FreedomTruth, I know you like your "cannabis", but dude, you gotta put down the pipe for a sec", Um, Just because I know that prohibition is unconstitutional, doesn't mean I personally use a product.....and why don't you put down your scotch and realize that thinking the government can tell me what I can or cannot put into MY body assumes that the government owns me....they do not! “If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny”. – Thomas Jefferson
"but I hope that my local Law Enforcement agency is hiring the "smartest" people they can find"....."hoping" doesn't make it so.... And to those whose first response is "call 911", “…those who rely on others for protection lose, in a great measure, the means and the will to protect themselves” (Nassau W. Senior (1790-1864) The ruse perpetrated by the belief that the police will protect you will unwittingly expose most here on this forum to harm. In 2005, the US Supreme Court ruled that the police have no duty to protect.
The bottom line is, FOP union contracts be damned (please research the "extra rights given to their members), the "police" are doing a job and should be held to the SAME legal accountability as an ordinary citizen...which, by the way, they are!
August 24, 2014 at 10:31 a.m.
I dunno.....I kind of have to side with bunkpatrol on this one. Did you know that you "intensive background investigations" also include IQ? Meaning that many "law" agencies exclude those applicants that have a higher than average IQ. Their "excuse" is that those people might become bored......where in truth, they have a tendency to question.
"due to his admitted drug use" Um, you might want to rethink this one. 1st, as part of the tacit lies plaguing the "drug war", the term "drug" is often inferred to mean an "illicit" substance...... in actuality, there isn't a person in this country that hasn't used drugs of one sort or another, be it cannabis, opioids,, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, aspirin, etc. So, I guess you couldn't qualify either. 2nd, many "law agencies have decreased the amount of time to "admit" to using cannabis..... which, when you think about it, is less harmful than so-called "legal drugs".
Criminals are "guilty", or they wouldn't be "criminals", yet the police think they are judge, jury and executioner....... All people, regardless of past history are to be presumed innocent.....like it or not. I do, however, agree with you that a person caught in the act of "looting" or destroying property should be arrested until due process can take it's course.
"nobody is talking about "tanks" for local L.E. A "tank" is generally a "track-driven" vehicle with mounted canon or howitzers" Again, I guess it's a matter of semantics. The MRAP's (Mine Resistant Armored Personnel) vehicles many agencies obtain kind of look like tanks, though with tires instead of tracks. However they serve a similar purpose. They might not have cannons mounted on them, but they can be equipped with .50 caliber machine guns and have a rotating turret in the upper mast.
This is quite interesting in that I can't recall the last time an IED was used against the police.....for that matter a .50 cal or a 20mm cannon...... Again, weapons of war have no place on American streets.
However, if you still feel that this level of force or protection is needed on American soil, then the citizens themselves should have the same opportunity to acquire these products for self protection. Remember, " The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime". - Max Stirner
August 22, 2014 at 5:01 p.m.
@Steivo, According to the Justice Department, "Although most crime is not committed,with guns, most gun crime is committed,with handguns." Accordingly, police killed by guns has been steadily declining. Please cite when the last time a machine gun was used against officers? Furthermore, weapons of war, whether machine guns, grenades, MRAPs should not be used on the streets of America. Citizens are not "enemy combatants" and should not be viewed as such.
August 21, 2014 at 5:45 a.m.
@Stevivo & tafy: Nothing wrong with the police having better equipment than the criminals.......except they are, more often times than not, the criminals....... nowhere in the constitution does it exempt laws that are applied to the citizenry from applying to the police or government officials. Only the union contracts (FOP), exempt police from public scrutiny. Unfortunately, the courts are on the same side.
And tafy, in my neighborhood, we don't call 911.......we take care of ourselves.......PS if you didn't realize. recent court rulings have held that the police "have no duty to protect"......except themselves......
August 19, 2014 at 7:11 p.m.
@steivo: "Maybe we should take all guns out of the hands of the police, then we wouldn't have to worry about them shooting any criminals"...Umm There is a "war on terror / terrorists"... is there not??? Do you know you are 8 times (800%) more likely to be killed by a police officer than a terrorist??? Shouldn't there be a war on cops???
"A lot of this stuff is not being employed or deployed in a military fashion. ... A lot of this stuff is being used in a utility fashion"... Nice PR, but I call bullpucky.
Law-enforcement officers are permitted to carry fully automatic rifles only after proper training, said Maj. William Cappabianca ... It's nice to call them "fully automatic rifles"..but didn't the President say that weapons of war don't belong on our streets???....... "proper training", by whom, and what are the qualifications??? Being sent to the Sand Box??? The citizens need a voice in this!!! Talk about the militarization of the police....Major??????? Really?
Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle or MRAP? Really, h##l the Vindy or popo can't even get the acronym correct. MRAP (Mine Resistant Armored Personnel carrier)
Nichols said, “It was my understanding that if local law enforcement didn’t take them, they would just cut them up and scrap them.... So what? If the taxpayers have already paid for them, so what if they are scrapped....better that than to militarize the police!!! Why not give the equipment to citizens?????? I'm sure farmers could use the vehicles and equipment also!!
By the way, Police should not call people "civilians".......as they are civilians also...........unless they are in the military......They can't have it both ways.
August 19, 2014 at 5:21 p.m.
I totally agree with Questionreality. It is obvious that there is no longer investigative journalism. Typically I learn far more from what is NOT said than what is stated in any media. The current media is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the government, both national and local.
Doesn't it seem odd that that a country would continue the policies of a failed presidency? Shouldn't all the laws and regulations enacted at that time be evaluated and or tossed on lack of merit alone? I mean, look at the utterly heinous "drug war" that Nixon started. The Nixon appointed Shafer Commission, After reviewing all the evidence, rather than harshly condemning marijuana, they started talking about legalization. Nixon denounced this finding even prior to it's release.
"Nixon reacted strongly to the report. In a recorded conversation on March 21, the day before the Commission released its report, Nixon said, "We need, and I use the word 'all out war,' on all fronts ... we have to attack on all fronts." Nixon and his advisors went on to plan a speech about why he opposed marijuana legalization, and proposed that he do "a drug thing every week" during the 1972 presidential election year. Nixon wanted a "Goddamn strong statement about marijuana ... that just tears the ass out of them.""
"Nixon's private comments about marijuana showed he was the epitome of misinformation and prejudice. He believed marijuana led to hard drugs, despite the evidence to the contrary. He saw marijuana as tied to "radical demonstrators." He believed that "the Jews," especially "Jewish psychiatrists" were behind advocacy for legalization, asking advisor Bob Haldeman, "What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob?" He made a bizarre distinction between marijuana and alcohol, saying people use marijuana "to get high" while "a person drinks to have fun."" It appears he was not only ignorant of the facts, but a loon as well........ Current government officials that espouse his sentiments and ideology should be viewed with suspicion as well.
August 3, 2014 at 9:36 a.m.
“Eligible for random testing”?? They try to make is sound voluntary! This is just another intrusive policy by the failed “drug war”. A war, that people / companies with a vested interest in (i.e. Testing companies, law enforcement, rehabilitation / treatment centers, alcohol & pharmaceutical companies) never want to end because of the massive profitability. While I don’t think kids should use drugs, punitive punishments and mandatory examinations are just another way for the “system” to acclimate the children to the potential unconstitutional searches and seizures as adults.
“The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.” – Adolf Hitler
One of the tacit lies of the drug war is that any drug use equals “abuse”. Another is that the term “drug” implies only “illicit” drugs. However, many FDA approved drugs are used or “abused” as well. To prohibit a person from attending school or work while impaired is one thing. To test for past historical use is, as an adult, an encroachment on personal liberty.
From the National Institute of Drug Abuse: In 2013, 15.0 percent of high school seniors used Adderall, commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. 2.3 percent of seniors report abuse of Ritalin. Abuse of the opioid pain reliever Vicodin measured at 5.3 percent for high school seniors and 5 percent of seniors report abuse of cough products containing dextromethorphan.
You can bet your bottom dollar that these drugs, very profitable for the pharmaceutical companies and physicians, won’ be tested for.
July 30, 2014 at 3:56 p.m.
May as well? The government never had the consent of the people to restrict anything they put into their bodies in the first place! They have as much right to tell us what we can consume as they do to tell us what we are to think.
Even Thomas Jefferson said “If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny”
Did you know that . according to the CDC, an American dies every 19 minutes from an unintended overdose of prescription drugs. Yet nobody, since recorded history, has ever died from a marijuana overdose! If the government seriously wanted to prevent mishaps, they wouldn't let the pharmaceutical companies "climb in bed" with the FDA.
July 8, 2014 at 4:55 p.m.