Lt. Peter Salzone shot himself multiple times in the stomach on Friday, had been recently told by the feds that he was wanted for questioning as a witness in their ongoing corruption probe. To add insult to injury the NYPD placed him on modified assignment and stripped him of his badge and gun while he was still unconscious recovering from his self inflicted gun shot wounds. The probe is directed at four upper echelon NYPD officers who were accepting bribes, in the form of vacations and prostitutes, in exchange for police escorts, department access and gun licenses.
A video circulating the internet shows two young men driving around all day, stealing Trump signs on display in peoples yards. However one attempt turned violent and the men were caught on video punching a lady in the face multiple times.
An individual crashed the Sunday Bears game wearing a gorilla costume and a white t-shirt with the words “All Lives Matter” written on it. While fans running onto the field is nothing new in sports, it’s not everyday that an idiot in a gorilla costume decides to make a play for the most racist moment on ESPN in 2016.
NASA cut the feed from the International Space Station (ISS) after the presence of an unidentified flying object was spotted. The new video is being used by alien hunters to promote the existence of extra terrestrial life. I for one believe it is arrogant to think humans and animals are the only form of life in existence throughout the vast universe and obviously I am not alone.
During the “Seeds of Hope” dinner Kevin Johnson, the Sacramento Mayor and former NBA guard, was hit in the face by a pie thrown by Sean Thompson. Immediately after the Mayor proceed to tackle and beat Thompson to a bloody pulp. UFC fighter and former WEC champion Urijah Faber said, “There was another guy that was being detained who was all dirty, dressed kind of raggedy, and bloodied up at this point who was being held for the cops to come and grab him.”
Faber also said Johnson described it as a clear-cut case of self-defense, but is such a violent response appropriate to being pied in the face?
“I asked him (Johnson) what happened and apparently the guy had come from behind and just slammed him in the face, sounds like half punch, half pie slamming in the face and then they got into a scuffle and started rolling around on the ground and looks like that guy got the worst of it,” said Faber.
Thompson a member of the Occupy Sacramento camps and the former Sacramento City College student body senator. His motivations for his activism are police brutality and the extreme inequalities” between the upper and lower class. Thompson has been charged with felony assault of a public official and one misdemeanor charge of battery on school or park property.
Thompson was arrested three times prior for illegally camping in front of city hall during the Occupy Sacramento protest and the president of the local police union justified pepper spraying him for unauthorized used of the podium after he turned his back on the city council during a public meeting.
He’s lucky he didn’t get doused in pepper spray, as three cops moved in immediately, put on high alert by his unorthodox and unauthorized use of a podium. – Mark Tyndale, President Sacramento Police Officers Association.
Kevin Johnson went home with his family with no injuries and Sean Thompson was treated at the hospital before being transported to a cage where he is currently being held on a $100,000 bond.
Watch: Interview with Sean Thompson
Patrick Roth submitted a video of a traffic stop he was forced to participate in after he passed the police station for the third time in one night. Three police officers were involved but only one of them seemed to think it was about a cracked windshield. The other two were more interested in determining who kept driving past them and defending themselves from an imagined war on cops.
This originally started as a Facebook rant but I felt like I touched on some good points and wanted to elaborate on them further in a more appropriate forum and to a larger audience.
I have been threatened so many times by those who blindly support any action committed by the Thin Blue Line Gang it’s not even funny. In fact I’ve had copsuckers tell me if it wasn’t the for the police presence they would attack me… I’ve even had uniformed police officers approach me and tell me if it wasn’t for them one of their supporters would have attacked me for my opinion or my peaceful actions. I guess this validates their perception that they in fact are keeping me safe, but ironically fail to connect the dots that the very people they are claiming to protect me from are In fact their most dedicated supporters.
How about that for some police state irony?
What I have gathered from these engagements, is that the people who support the police are the ones who need the police. Not to protect them from ambiguous hoodie wearing thugs but to restrain them from committing violent acts against anyone who challenges their fragile statist belief system.
The serious criminals have already said fuck the police and they are prepared to go as far as to kill, anyone not just law enforcement, to protect their profits. A simple way to eliminate these criminals would be to end the war on drugs and legalize individual choice. One cannot legislate another into freedom and choosing to continue a violent campaign that ruins lives and escalates tensions between law enforcement and the communities they serve only makes life more dangerous for everyone.
Instead of recognizing that the actions of the police when enforcing these arbitrary dictates as damaging as a whole. These miscreants cling to their oppressors out of the childish fear that without them they would be unable to act in voluntary fashions with those around them. They have been so conditioned to believe that without a government watching over them it would be chaos, they have been rendered effectively helpless without their government minders.
Well you wanna know what chaos is? Chaos is over one thousand people killed by cops in the US as a yearly average. Chaos is mass incarceration for victim-less crimes. Chaos is being forced to pay for monopolized services that you may not want or need. Chaos is having to comply or die.
Most of the people on this planet have already voluntarily agreed not to harm one another without just cause and as such do not need an institution that enforces arbitrary dictates at the barrel of a gun. They are perfectly capable of exchanging goods and services, as well as, doling out justice in an equitable fashion without the help of a 3rd party middle man.
So why then do you continue to defend the outdated idea that because humans are naturally bad, a separate group of humans armed to the teeth, is necessary to enforce the rules of an entirely different group of humans? If you truly believe yourself capable of interacting voluntarily with those around you than you have already transcended the need for any law other than “do no harm.”
Last Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to reconsider the lifetime sentence that was handed out to Lee Carroll Brooker, a 75-year-old disabled veteran suffering from chronic pain.
A 2011 drug bust brought Booker and his son down on cultivation charges for growing a few dozen cannabis plants on his sons property. The weight of the plants was approximately two kilograms, triggering an Alabama law that requires a mandatory minimum sentence for anyone who has prior felony convictions and is in possession of greater than . . . you guessed it . . . two kilograms of marijuana.
In total, the weight of all plant matter collected was just 2.8 pounds. Which is actually less than a full two kilograms. Brooker’s son was sentenced to five years of probation and five years of prison, the prison sentence has the possibility of being suspended if he does well on probation. During his sentencing hearing the trial judge told Brooker that if he could render a lesser sentence he would. Last year Roy Moore, chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court wrote a six page opinion in which he stated that the sentence was “excessive and unjustified,” and said it revealed “grave flaws” in the state’s sentencing laws.
The foundation for Brooker’s argument is that the punishment violates his 8th amendment prohibition of cruel and unusual punishments. Life without parole is the 2nd harshest punishment that a criminal offender can receive. The harshest is the death penalty and one could argue that it is more compassionate to die in your sleep than to have to live the rest of your days in a cage. Regardless, neither should be mandatory sentences for any crime.
A life sentence for growing some plants in your backyard does more than show the “grave flaws” in sentencing laws but it also proves that the most dangerous threat to our freedom is people who, regardless of their own conscience are, in their own words are, “just doing their job”. The sentencing judge publicly displayed his disagreement for the punishment and still chose to enact it because it was his job to ruin this man’s life. While the judge himself would never drag Mr. Brooker or his son to a cage himself, he has no problem ordering their caging against his own moral constitution.
The police officer whose job it is to capture Mr. Brooker and take him to the cage will do so because it’s his job. The jailer will proceed caged and guard him because that is his job and none of this is about what is right but is only what is legal. Lee Carroll Brooker is one of at least 14 people serving life in prison for pot and is one of eight who are over the age of 62.
The Toronto Maples Leaves, a Canadian team in the National Hockey League, has filed an opposition to Snoop Dogg’s application to trademark the logo for his company ‘Leafs by Snoop’.
The Mendocino city council recently voted to quadruple the amount of cannabis plants allowed to be cultivated, so long as an interim permit is first obtained. The vote was passed to accommodate cooperatives that need to cultivate a larger amount in order to meed the needs of patients unable to grow their own medicine. Overall an individual is allowed to grow up to 99 plants with a permit from the sheriff. Without a permit a patient can only grow 25 plants per parcel.