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When Should You Shoot A Cop?

When Should You Shoot A Cop? (Video & Comments from CopBlock.org)

 

When Should You Shoot A Cop? (Original Essay by Larken Rose)

To be blunt, if you have the right to do “A,” it means that if someone tries to STOP you from doing “A”–even if he has a badge and a politician’s scribble (“law”) on his side–you have the right to use whatever amount of force is necessary to resist that person. That’s what it means to have an unalienable right. If you have the unalienable right to speak your mind (a la the First Amendment), then you have the right to KILL “government” agents who try to shut you up. If you have the unalienable right to be armed, then you have the right to KILL ”government” agents who try to disarm you. If you have the right to not be subjected to unreasonable searches and seizures, then you have the right to KILL “government” agents who try to inflict those on you.

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Nearly Half Of All Young Americans Have Been Arrested: Study

If someone calls you a duck they might be insane. If everyone starts calling you a duck then you might want to start checking for feathers.

Research published in the journal Crime & Delinquency found that almost a full half of all young, male Americans have been arrested.

The study’s key findings include:

  • By age 18, 30 percent of black males, 26 percent of Hispanic males and 22 percent of white males have been arrested.

  • By age 23, 49 percent of black males, 44 percent of Hispanic males and 38 percent of white males have been arrested.

  • While the prevalence of arrest increased for females from age 18 to 23, the variation between races was slight. At age 18, arrest rates were 12 percent for white females and 11.8 percent and 11.9 percent for Hispanic and black females, respectively. By age 23, arrest rates were 20 percent for white females and 18 percent and 16 percent for Hispanic and black females, respectively.

It is easy to dismiss a few people as criminals, malcontents who cannot abide by the law. However, when a substantial number of people fall on the wrong side of the law it is not an indictment of them as individuals. It is an indictment of the law itself. It tells us that something is fundamentally wrong with law enforcement, the criminal justice system, the legislation in place or all of the above.

Bad Cop Report: Jan 2014

Jamaica’s Death Squads

Last year, 258 Jamaicans were shot dead by their own police. That is 39 more than in 2012, and pretty much in line with the yearly average of 262 which the Jamaica Constabulary has notched up since 2007. That gives a rate of 9.5 citizens shot by the police per 100,000 population, each year. Police killings in Jamaica are running at one-third of the overall murder rate for T&T, or twice the overall murder rate for the United States. For young Jamaican males, police bullets are one of the leading causes of death.

Sheriff’s Dept. Hopeful Wishes A ‘Holocaust And Gas Chambers’ On CopBlock.org’s Writers And Readers

You’ re a fucking bitch and I hope some cop beats your ass next time you’ re “ protesting” or filming them or whatever. In fact I’ m about to start the training academy for the washoe county sheriffs dept in reno, Nevada and I can’ t wait to deal with punk ass bitches like you. I would beat your fucking liberal ass just for the sheer joy of it.

Man Shot And Killed By Police At Hartfield Traffic Stop

A man was shot and killed by a Hartford police officer early Saturday after exchanging gunfire with officers while attempting to run from a traffic stop, police said.

Mount Pleasant’s top cop, Police Chief Brian Fanelli charged with child pornography

Fanelli, 54, was suspended with pay from his $135,518-a-year job after Department of Homeland Security agents raided his Mahopac home Thursday, seizing two computers. A 10-page complaint charging the 31-year cop with possession of child pornography says the computers contained 126 graphic video and photo files of children as young as 7 engaging in sex acts with adults and other children.

UK Police Warehouse Mentally Ill Children In Police Cells

Hundreds of children in England and Wales suspected of being mentally ill were locked in police cells because officers had nowhere else to take them, the BBC learns.

Florida officer allegedly had sex, didn’t reveal HIV

A police officer in Palm Beach County is facing two felony counts for failing to tell his sexual partners he has the HIV virus. Authorities are looking for more victims.

Omaha Cop Reinstated After Being Fired For Not Reporting Use of Force

The Omaha Police Department said it fired six officers after an incident of police brutality caught on tape went viral. Those cops may be starting to make their way back onto the force.\

Fairfield officer who shot, killed man received scathing evaluations in 2013

The officer who shot and killed a 23-year-old man in Fairfield Saturday received a slew of “unsatisfactory” and “needs improvement” ratings in his most recent performance review.

Miami-Dade wants state to investigate police-involved shootings

The Miami-Dade Police Department should end its long-standing practice of investigating its own police-involved shootings and the deaths of people in custody and turn those over to the state, county Mayor Carlos Gimenez has told the department’s chief.

F.B.I. Audit of Database That Indexes DNA Finds Errors in Profiles

The discoveries, submitted by the New York City medical examiner’s office to a state oversight panel, show that the capacity for human error is ever-present, even when it comes to the analysis of DNA evidence, which can take on an aura of infallibility in court, defense lawyers and scientists said.

History shows officials got favorable treatment in some police stops

That declaration was prompted by the ongoing investigation into how a police supervisor handled an incident involving Council President Pro Tem George Cushingberry Jr. earlier this month.

DC Police Chief Faces Questions About Officer Integrity

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier asked the City Council on Friday for help ridding her department of officers convicted of crimes, saying that too often, she’s been ordered to rehire officers fired for serious misconduct because of procedural errors in the termination process.

Former Glendale police officer indicted on charges related to drug trafficking

A former Glendale police officer was arrested Thursday on charges related to a cocaine trafficking operation after being indicted by a federal grand jury, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Officer Scott T. Black, 39, of Firestone, turned himself in at the Lakewood Police Department on Thursday. He is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Denver on Friday. Also indicted was Oscar S. Garcia, 35, of Aurora. He was advised in U.S. District Court in Denver on Thursday. Garcia sold cocaine and Black helped him, the federal grand jury said in its Jan. 6 indictment. Black allegedly used his position at the police force to run license plates for Garcia from March 2011 to December 2013.

Panel reinstates Denver cops involved in 2008 “stomping” incident

Cameron Moerman and Luis Rivera were fired for failing to immediately report a third officer, Charles Porter, for stomping the handcuffed teen during his arrest in April 2008. Porter was acquitted of felony assault, but he did not appeal his firing. The other officers were fired in 2010 but were not charged with crimes. The panel’s ruling, announced this week, orders the city to reinstate Moerman and Rivera with back pay but does not necessarily put an end to the labyrinthine disciplinary case. The city plans to appeal the three-member panel’s decision to the full commission, City Attorney Scott Martinez said Thursday. The officers chased the teen, Juan Vasquez, through an alley after they said they saw him drinking a beer on a porch in northwest Denver, according to an account contained in the panel’s order. Once caught, Porter stomped Vasquez repeatedly, leaving him with a lacerated liver, injured kidneys and broken ribs.

Denver sheriff’s deputy arrested for plying teen-age girls with booze

A Denver sheriff’s deputy supplied three teenage girls with alcohol during an overnight visit to the Ameristar casino in Black Hawk, where he filmed them at the pool and lay in bed with them, police wrote in an arrest affidavit. Paul Della Rosa, 52, a 14-year veteran of the department, has been held in the Gilpin County Jail on $10,000 bond since his Tuesday arrest. He has been charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a felony, stemming from the casino visit, which police reports show happened in July. The case came to light in November, when one of the girl’s mothers discovered hundreds of lewd and explicit Facebook and text messages between Della Rosa and her daughter and showed them to a Parker police detective. The detective said they were evidence that Della Rosa was “grooming” the girl for a possible sexual encounter, according to the eight-page affidavit.

D.C. police officer beat his wife, who has a brain tumor, in the head, prosecutors said

A D.C. police officer beat his wife, who has a brain tumor, in the head in an effort to kill her, prosecutors said during a detention hearing in a Prince George’s County courtroom Thursday.

Professors Detail Brutal Tangle With Police

The call was a routine medical emergency, a sick man having a bad reaction to medication. But before it was over, it involved the police and led to the wrongful arrest of a City University of New York professor on the Upper West Side. And it all started with a glass of wine.

Ex-Prince George’s County corrections officer will get 3 years for smuggling contraband

A former Prince George’s County Department of Corrections officer was sentenced to three years in prison for smuggling drugs and other contraband to inmates. Rashaad Jones, 25, pleaded guilty in November to possession with intent to distribute and misconduct in office after a Department of Corrections internal investigation into Jones’s activity, according to county officials.

Connecticut Cop Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison After Arresting Priest for Recording

A New Haven cop who claimed he was in fear for his life when he arrested a priest for video recording him as he bullied an Ecuadorian immigrant in a convenience store was sentenced to 30 months in prison Tuesday, indicating that justice prevails every once in a while.

Police board rejects deal to suspend Chicago cop 60 days in woman’s death

In an unusual move, the Chicago Police Board has rejected a proposed deal under which a police sergeant had agreed to be suspended for 60 days because his gun was used in the shooting death of a Northwest Side woman four years ago. The police board scrapped the deal that police Supt. Garry McCarthy had struck with Sgt. Steven Lesner, instead ordering a full inquiry into the events that led to Catherine Weiland’s death.

Harvard Lectures On Libertarianism Parts 1 & 2

Introductory basics of libertarianism, a short lecture and discussion with Dr Michael J. Sandel at Harvard University. Each video is around 25 minutes and gives a general overview of libertarian political philosophy, with discussion from attendees/students and some brief criticisms/rebuttals.

Selected highlights of the lecture.

  • Individual human rights serve as the highest value and the basis of justice within the context of libertarianism.
    • In contrast to utilitarianism – the highest form of justice or value being that which provides the greatest utility or benefit for the maximum number of people.
      • The libertarian value of self-ownership, or the self as individual property, versus utilitarianism: May a doctor use a healthy man for his organs if they provide a greater quality of good for more people? The right of the individual, on the basis that he is his own property, is greater than the potential good arising from the sacrifice of that individual to the benefit of others. This is intrinsic to libertarianism. If self-ownership provides the basis for an individual’s right to his body, the same principle of self-ownership applies to the individual in respect to all that he owns.
  • As individual liberty is the fundamental, basic human right what laws or restrictions by the state are illegitimate?
    • Paternalist legislation. This is coercive legislation designed to guide or protect. Seat belt laws are used as an example.
    • Moral legislation. This is coercive legislation designed to enforce moral values. Prohibitions on homosexual marriage are an example.
    • Any form of taxation used to redistribute wealth from those who have earned it legitimately to those who have not.
      • This does not include all forms of taxation.
      • Legitimate income is defined as that which is earned with consent in the context of free trade.
  • Taxation as slavery.
    • Earnings and property are reflected as a product of work and time worked.
      • To take a portion of income is to take a portion of time worked, to be applied elsewhere.
        • This is therefore tantamount to forcing a person to work elsewhere, thus can be expressed as a form of slavery.
          • Taxation = forced labor = slavery.
      • To force an individual to work and/or appropriate a share of that work violates the principle of self-possession or self-ownership.
        • Additionally, as taxation is coerced (under threat of force) it calls into question the fundamental idea that we have liberty and ownership over ourselves.
  • Objections and rebuttals.
    • Those with less have more need.
      • The benefits of taking from those with more in order to give to those with less do not outweigh the benefits, or fundamental right, of liberty within self-ownership.
      • To need something is not to deserve or be entitled to it.
    • Taxation is via consent within a democracy.
      • There is insufficient representation of individuals to demonstrate true consent.
      • There is no obligation to demonstrate or democratize fundamental human rights.
        • “Liberty is not up for a vote.”
    • Those with more have a debt to society.
      • The debt to society has already been paid by the service or value created that resulted in earning more.

A few final thoughts. A young lady named Victoria in the lectures brought into question if individuals, living within a society, truly have self-ownership. That is, that we may in fact not have true ownership over ourselves but are fully or partially owned by the state. Although she was attempting a critique of libertarianism, this reinforces a libertarian premise – state slavery. If we are owned, in full or part, by the state then we are fully or partially slaves of the state. This raises many ethical and political questions, one of which is if we are slaves if we have a right to be free of our chains. The American Revolution centered around the issue of taxation and the role of individuals as subjects – not individuals in a state of self-ownership. This also implies that slavery is permissible today, in the given context of the government owning slaves.