Crime-fighting: UK Style

This is so sad, it is funny. Diogenes’ Middle Finger: Eating Your Daily Gruel In London Might Just Get You a Trip to the Dungeon.

So the cops in a UK town have taken some “dangerous weapons” off the street. (Click thru for the photo of those weapons.) There is most of a set of steak knives, a couple of what appear to be either Wüsthof, or J.A. HENCKELS chef’s knives, or some imitations, a couple of sharpening steels (hey, they have pointy ends. sort of) …

It’s also hard to miss the 3 pot roast forks as well as a rusty spoon. Wait. A rusty spoon?
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In the annals of crime fighting, bragging about taking a rusty spoon off the streets qualifies as the most pathetic law enforcement action ever. British thugs started using knives to victimize people. The natural reaction was to ban knives because without knives assholes have no way of hurting other people. Criminals found and exploited a loophole and apparently started using hammers and so UK police asked citizens to report anyone buying tools in a hardware store. I’m not even kidding about this.

Steel pipe and rocks will be outlawed next. In that place where Great Britain used to be.

“How come they didn’t show a search warrant?”

Good thing we live in a free country; I would hate to live in a police state. Niland family outraged after Marshals invade their home; held at gunpoint.

In a police state cops can show up, without a search warrant, invade your house, damage your property…

A family who’s lived at their home in Niland for 11-years feels unsafe and violated after they say the U.S. Marshals intruded on their home without any decency or respect for their rights.

The US Marshals were “looking for someone.” Of course they are always looking for someone, it is what they do. But they really got things wrong this time.

So they found someone who was, maybe, the right age, but the wrong person. They didn’t seem interested in his ID, or in providing any of their own identification.

“I had to ask four times before I even got anything. They didn’t want to give me anything, I feel like they gave me a fake name, fake badge number, and [officers] just ended up leaving,” Jonathon said.

And then there is the property damage, because cops can’t search anything without breaking shit gratuitously. Hey, it’s fun to break shit, especially if you know you won’t have to pay any damages.

Definitely a Case of Cops Behaving Stupidly

They were searching for a guy who had been arrested 12 hours earlier. Authorities shot a woman during a botched raid at her home. The real suspect was already in jail.

I’d say that they need some new procedures.

Speaking with local media, Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran acknowledged that Rylee was never a suspect and blamed authorities’ errors on a “miscommunication.” Officers were searching for 41-year-old Nicholas McLeod, who, according to jail records, had been booked more than 12 hours earlier on drug charges. Cochran said police would not have gone to the house had they known he was already in custody.

So there will be no one held accountable. As per usual. Cops can show up at your door at any time of day or night, and when they surprise you awake, they can shoot you because you respond to surprise. Good thing we live in a free country, I would hate to live in a police state.

The Deep State Will Destroy This Country

American Greatness writes about The FBI’s Darkest Hour.

Our Constitution won’t protect us unless our own cops with guns respect it. After 2016, one wonders whether the FBI looks upon the most famous alumnus of its Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, with fear—or envy.

But then elected officials don’t respect their oaths to “defend the Constitution” so why should their lackeys?

It’s the greatest scandal in U.S. legal history. Most chilling of all is that the current FBI chief, Christopher Wray, recently shrugged-off FBI agents lying to the FISA court. He said of the damning Horowitz report that, in his mind, what was “important that the inspector general found that, in this particular instance, the investigation was opened with appropriate predication and authorization.”

If that’s what he believes and thinks is important, then the FBI is truly constitutionally bankrupt.

The article includes footnotes to the Inspector General’s report. (Hat tip to Small Dead Animals: When The FBI Does It, That Means That It’s Not Illegal.)

Justice? What’s that?

Prosecutors want to “win.” They don’t care about Justice. ‘Innocent Man’ inmate to walk free, but for how long?.

U.S. District Judge James Payne in August ordered Karl Fontenot, 55, to be released by Thursday, writing in his nearly 200-page decision that newly discovered evidence provides “solid proof of Mr. Fontenot’s probable innocence.” The judge cited numerous problems with his conviction including: new evidence establishing an alibi and other suspects; sloppy police work; bungled crime scenes; and the prosecutor’s withholding of evidence and knowing use of false testimony, among other things.

“This pattern and practice resulted in a systemic due process violation of Mr. Fontenot’s constitutional rights,” the judge wrote of the case that John Grisham featured in a bestselling book and Netflix documentary.

Nevertheless, Oklahoma’s attorney general is appealing the decision, and local prosecutors are mulling whether to retry Fontenot.

Cops were “desperate” to close a high-profile case, even if that meant sending an innocent man to prison for 35 years. What do they care?

More Proof British Cops Don’t Care About Rape

It is barely a crime in the UK. If you gauge by how often it is prosecuted. Britain’s most dangerous rapist Joseph McCann who went on a sickening cocaine-fuelled rampage after being wrongly released from jail TWICE and was found by police in a tree is guilty of sex attacks on 11 victims including boy, 11, and woman, 71.

In this case, the bit of proof that British cops don’t give a damn about rape:

He’d been twice released from jail, the second time without parole board hearing

The Mail is “charitable,” and says that the cops were not evil, just stupid. They can be both.

When the cops initiated the high speed chase, they had interrupted his attack on two 14-year-olds.

He will probably face a “life sentence.” But in the United Kingdom, “Life” is not life. Not usually. So while the judge can decide he will die in prison, that doesn’t usually happen, and he will likely be eligible for parole eventually. (Keeping dangerous criminals off the street is “uncivilized,” or something.)

Accountability in the Chicago PD?

Who’d a thunk it? Chicago police commander who had underlings babysit son is demoted by interim Superintendent Charlie Beck.

Superintendent Eddie “Special Ed” Johnson was fired for lying to Da Mayor (and the people) about an incident where he passed out behind the wheel of his SUV. And just like that, the dominoes start to fall.

Grand Central District Cmdr. Anthony Escamilla, whom the city’s inspector general accused of misleading investigators about directing on-duty officers under him to babysit his son with special needs, was stripped of his position.

And with that “incentive” About 20 Top-Ranking CPD Officers Plan To Retire In Wake Of Former Supt. Eddie Johnson’s Firing.

According to Second City Cop (who gets the Hat tip on that 2nd link) there is more to come.

  • There was ZERO reason to go from six Deputy Chiefs to eighteen
  • There is no need to have commanders in charge of units of less than two-hundred-fifty officers
  • Homan Square needs to be subjected to an efficiency review and about five-hundred bodies reassigned to District patrol

The Chicago PD has its problems. But like most organizations problems start with management. And certainly there are bad cops. I’ve documented any number of them both here and at the archives. But Chicago needs the police to solve crime, get criminals off the street and hopefully restore some semblance of civilization. And that wasn’t happening under Special Ed.

Cops NEVER Use Drop Guns to Justify a Shooting

No that would never happen, especially in a place like Chicago, where the cops have Never crossed any lines. Never ever. </sarcasm> Gun from Chicago buy-back program found near dead gang member in police shooting.

According to an AGG report, William Stewart Boyd traded his father’s old .38 caliber Smith & Wesson snub nose for less than $100 in a gun buyback in 2004. It was supposed to be destroyed, but somehow the same handgun with serial number J515268 was found next to a dead body involved in a police shooting eight years later.

William Stewart Boyd isn’t just an average man-off-the-street. He’s a judge in Cook County. In his quote he seems genuinely shocked to discover that Chicago PD appears to be up to No Good. Maybe he hasn’t been in Cook County very long. (Or he might have heard of Jon Burge and his midnight crew, the Special Operations Section of Chicago PD, the shaking-down of tow-truck-drivers, etc.) Hat tip to Bacon Time, who says This May Be The Worst Gun Story Of The Decade.

Hialeah Cop Gets Pass on Sexual Battery

JusticeCops and prosecutors protecting their own. (Justice? What’s that?) Women and girls said a Hialeah cop sexually assaulted them. The chief gave him a raise.. (For those of you who are challenged by the subject of Florida geography, Hialeah is a suburb of Miami.)

Starting in 2015, internal affairs investigators gathered evidence that Menocal had committed “unlawful sexual activity” with minors, a second-degree felony, and had broken more than 20 departmental rules and policies. The evidence was handed to Velázquez and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office — but neither the police chief nor prosecutors acted to punish him.

Far from disciplining Menocal, whose well-connected family has held high-ranking positions in South Florida law enforcement, Velázquez gave him a raise — and moved him back onto the SWAT team as a coordinator.

Rules apply to the little people, not the cops. And especially not if his family is “well-connected.” (Hat tip to Wirecutter.)

“Some animals are more equal than others.”

A sure sign that you live in a police state is the existence of two sets of rules: one for the cops, and one for the little people. Police Officers Accused of Domestic Violence Can Plead Down Charges — and Keep Their Guns.

A VOSD review of domestic violence-related cases involving police officers in San Diego County over the last decade found that prosecutors often find themselves on the opposing end of orders allowing cops to go back to work with their guns. Sometimes, though, prosecutors put up no fight at all.

Justice? Serve and Protect? They have to protect their own, before the rest of us come into consideration.

A one time occurrence? Look at the story of Drew Peterson, a cop in suburban Chicago, who was convicted of murdering one of his wives, only after his last wife went missing. Lots of calls to 911 resulted in not a single police report. Gee, I wonder why.

And since I doubt people read Animal Farm anymore, here is some info on where that title comes from.

Cops and Their Shoot-first Policy

Over nothing, or an open door, people are getting killed. ‘Egregious’: Medical alerts, tripped alarms and open doors have all gotten people killed by police at their homes.

You shouldn’t be killed because you left your front door open on a warm evening. But that’s exactly what happened to Atatiana Jefferson.

Dick Tench was shot because the Medical Alert on his mother-in-law’s cellphone went off, by accident, around midnight. When a flashlight was shown in through the window, he assumed someone was up to no-good, and armed himself. He was shot shortly after that. Because of a fucking medical alert.

Tench says the deputy who shot him never announced himself as law enforcement before he opened fire. In Jefferson’s case, the officer failed to identify himself as police and shot her less than a second after screaming, “Put your hands up. Show me your hands,” according to police officials.

More than one cop on the scene? They will be shouting conflicting orders at you. Because training doesn’t include “only one set of instructions.” Training doesn’t include much, it seems.

They “feared for their lives.” Because they never thought being a cop should be dangerous. Or something. And yes, I get it. Cops have a dangerous job. More truck-drivers die on the job every year. And the fact that cops have a dangerous job doesn’t mean they get to shoot at everyone in America who is exercising their Second Amendment rights.

Fort Worth to Review Police Procedures in Wake of Atatiana Jefferson Shooting

Good. Someone needs to stop cops from killing people for the crime of owning guns. Fort Worth City Manager Appoints Outside Panel to Review Police Department.

Mayor Betsy Price called for the review after an officer shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson in her home last month.

I’m sure the cops will be suitably outraged when they are told to not shoot first and ask questions later. Or something.

NYPD Cop Steals Cash from Undercover Officer

Putting the Criminal in “Criminal Justice System.” NYPD officer suspected of stealing from suspects caught taking cash from undercover cop in sting operation, sources say.

Do you think the rules apply to cops? Because he clearly didn’t think so.

A Manhattan cop under investigation for allegedly stealing money from people he’s arrested wound up taking cash from the wrong suspect — an undercover officer posing as a drunken driver, police sources said.

Joseph Stokes, who’s assigned to the 7th Precinct on the Lower East Side, was busted Tuesday after the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau set up a sting, sources said.

That’s Grand Larceny. Not that justice has been served yet, but I don’t think there is 100 percent chance that he won’t get away with a slap on the wrist. Because while internal affairs may have arrested him, I’m fairly certain that a lot of cops don’t think they should have.

Cops Shoot Fleeing Kid in Back of Head

They sat on the video as long as they could, but discovery is a thing in the American legal system. Shooting an unarmed teen in the back of the head was justified, police said. Then video emerged.

Murrietta-Golding, 16, takes eight steps before the officer fires a bullet that shatters the teenager’s head, just above his brain stem.

He died three days later in a hospital.

Cops were searching for his brother when they shot him. Not him.

At the time of the shooting, cops said they “feared for their lives” because he reached for his waistband. He was holding up his pants and running away. He was really executed because he disrespected their authority.

Chandler [an attorney] was denied access to the surveillance video by police and city officials, he said, and received it only as part of the trial’s discovery process.

Former Fort Worth Cop Charged With Murder

JusticeHe resigned on Monday. Former cop who killed black woman in her home charged with murder.

The video released by police shows two officers searching the home from the outside with flashlights before one shouts, “Put your hands up, show me your hands.” One shot is then fired through a window. The officer does not identify himself as police.

I can recommend an opinion piece in the National Review. When Cops Create Their Own Risk, Innocent People Die for Their Mistakes.

The video is puzzling and shocking. After receiving a call to a non-emergency number requesting that police check on a neighbor’s house that had its doors open and its lights on, police approach silently. They look into an open door and into a brightly lit room, but they don’t say anything. They then creep around the house, moving from light to dark. They use a flashlight. They keep moving around the edges of the house.

Suddenly, in a mere moment, one of them spots movement in a window. The officer yells for the shadowy figure to put up her hands and then immediately fires a shot.

That also covers other incidents, where people were given conflicting and impossible instructions by cops, and then shot for noncompliance. With impossible instructions.

Another Dead Homeowner, Executed in Her Own Home

Because of an open door, and cop doing a “welfare check.” Texas police officer shoots woman to death inside her home.

A neighbor called about an open door. He shot the homeowner thru the window. They say “a gun was in the house” but they don’t say she was armed when she was executed for the crime of being a black homeowner in her own home.

he officer, who has been with the department since April 2018, was placed on administrative leave while the shooting is under investigation. The department’s major case and internal affairs units and the Tarrant County district attorney’s law-enforcement incident team will conduct the investigation.

I predict that nothing will come of the investigation. Because why would it. All he did was execute one of the Little People.

New York’s Finest? Not Hardly

An NYPD screwup two-fer.

This guy is not the sharpest tool in the shed. NYPD cop points gun at waitress’s head in Queens karaoke lounge: police sources

Two cops go out for drinks after shift.

At one point in the night, one of the lounge’s waitresses noticed Hyun Kim’s gun and asked if he was a “gangster,” according to sources.

“No, I’m a cop and this is my boss,” the cop responded, pulling his gun and racking it, which scattered bullets and his magazine on the ground, according to sources.

“We’re the only ones…” quote goes here. Which in NYC, they actually feel that way.

Then there is this idiot. NYPD officer charged with assault in domestic incident.

The 26-year-old cop, Steve Guerrero, with less than 18 months on the job, was arrested just after 9 a.m. Sunday and charged with assault, according to the NYPD.

Good to see that the selection criteria of NYPD is still strong. Or something.

Police in the UK Failing Victims of Sexual Violence

They couldn’t even be bothered to do the minimum required paperwork in one case. Police officers discouraged child rape victim from reporting attack, investigation finds.

Two police officers called to reports of a 15-year-old girl being raped in a car park questioned the victim’s credibility and discouraged her from reporting the attack, an investigation has found.

She did proceed. The guy was arrested and sent to prison. No thanks to these 2. And the “punishment” they received will ensure that nothing changes. That punishment was written reprimands. Yeah, that will make them sit up and pay attention.

The case was revealed after the proportion of reported rapes prosecuted in England and Wales fell to just 1.5 per cent, sparking legal action against the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

More details at the story, including more personal accounts of how the justice system in the UK is broken.

And it’s the UK, so all the women have been disarmed for their own safety. Or something.

FBI Doesn’t Think They Have to Follow the Rules

Justice

Cops never think that the rules apply to them. Newly declassified court documents reveal FBI FISA violations in targeting Americans.

Newly declassified court documents indicate that the FBI failed to comply with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in targeting Americans while searching through NSA records during President Trump’s administration and after James Comey’s tenure as FBI director.

Because the Deep State doesn’t think there is anything they can’t do.

“Lie, Cheat and Steal” – Chicago’s Gang Unit

Carrying on the fine tradition of Special Operations Section, and the fine tradition of putting “Criminal” in Criminal Justice System. Allegedly. 2 gang officers used police powers ‘to lie, cheat and steal,’ prosecutors allege as trial starts in earnest.

A Chicago police sergeant and an officer on his gang team “used their police powers to lie, cheat and steal” by obtaining bogus search warrants to routinely rob drug dealers of cash and narcotics, federal prosecutors said as the officers’ federal corruption trial got underway in earnest Tuesday.

I’m shocked – Shocked! – to discover that Chicago Cops might be up to no good. Okay, so I’m not that shocked.

Hat tip to Second City Cop who has this to say:

This should also be (again) an indictment of the “merit” system and phone call units. But it won’t be.

The merit system being (apparently) a way to reward folks who are on the inside of the political system.

‡ for those of you who don’t remember the Chicago PD’s Special Operation Section, More Pleas in the Chicago PD SOS Case and Chicago PD Shuts Down Special Operations Section and when they created the Gang Unit, Back to the Future – Chicago Style, though the links are busted since that all happened in 2007. (They want you to pay for the Chicago Tribune archive data.)