Not One Officer Having a Bad Day. A Department Out of Control

I thought California was all laid back and everything. Apparently not everywhere is. The City of Vallejo, California, Has a Police Problem—and It’s All Being Caught on Camera.

Vallejo has one of the highest per capita rates of fatal police shootings in the state, higher than neighboring cities with similar crime problems, and one of the highest amounts of lawsuit payouts in the Bay Area.

There is the usual litany of arresting people for having the gall to video cops doing their jobs, those charges are (usually) dropped or dismissed, but it does send the “Don’t question my authority” message.

The one part of the story that caught my attention was about a guy executed because he fell asleep.

The officers claimed they feared for their safety when they opened fire. Yet the way they handled their approach amounted to a preemptive death sentence. As David French argued in National Review after the video was released, even if their fears were legitimate at that moment, the officers’ decisions leading up the shooting nearly guaranteed McCoy had no chance of surviving the encounter.

A review by an outside police “expert” found the shooting to be justified.

Cops shoot people at the drop of a hat because they “fear for their safety.” Maybe they should be in a different line of work. Or in the case of Vallejo, they should work harder on securing their own safety without killing people.

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Cops Still Haven’t Figured Out They Are Always on Camera

And he and another cop at the scene were wearing body cameras. Former Baltimore officer and man he punched on viral video testify in assault trial.

Cellphone footage of the incident that went viral last year showed Williams confronting and striking McGrier multiple times on a sidewalk in the 2500 block of E. Monument St. of East Baltimore. Body camera footage from both Williams and a second officer, Brandon Smith-Saxon, provided more angles and details of the altercation.

He resigned the day of, was charged, and is in the middle of a bench trial.

McGrier, 26, suffered a fractured jaw and ribs, swelling around his eye and ringing in his ears from Williams’ punches, his attorney has said. McGrier was hospitalized for three days, according to testimony.

Defense attorney Thomas Maronick argued that the hospital stay of only three days shows, “The injury was not serious in any regard.”

I know lawyers are paid to spin things in their clients’ favor, but is stretching the truth part of that deal? A few broken bones is no big deal. Really?

You Miss Payments And Your Car Will Be Repossessed. Unless…

Unless you are a New York City cop. A Tow Truck Driver Repossessed an NYPD Officer’s Car. Then, He Ended up in Handcuffs.

Just because he missed payments, and the bank had already repossessed the car, didn’t mean it wasn’t stealing. Or something.

But the repo man said he told them it wasn’t that easy: once a car is on the tow truck and logged in, it’s the bank’s property.

Rodriguez said police then surrounded him, accused him of auto theft, and arrested him for possession of stolen property — a felony.

“This is totally wrong. This should have never happened,” said Rodriguez’s boss, Anthony Destefano.

The felony charge disappeared in favor of misdemeanors, but his truck hasn’t been released. Nor has an iPhone, iPad or laptop been returned.

When asked about the incident, the NYPD said, “A male victim stated to police that an unlicensed tow truck was in possession of his vehicle without authorization” and that after a “police investigation,” Rodriguez was arrested and charges were filed.

Rodriguez has already retained an attorney and says he is contemplating moving ahead with a lawsuit against the NYPD.

Can’t have the Little People thinking that cops have to live by the same rules. What kind of Police State would it be if the Cops had to follow the rules?

It Can Be Hard to Tell the Good Guys from the Bad Guys

A criminal with a badge. Former Texas deputy constable accused of raping woman while on duty.

A cop friend once asked me why I have problems with cops. They are a someone I don’t know, who are sure to be armed, and who 99.9 percent of the time will not be held accountable for any bad acts they commit. Do you think this is the first time, this cop thought he was above the law?

A former Harris County deputy constable has been indicted on sexual assault and official oppression charges.

He was on the job when the assault took place.

Lawyers (and Navy Cops) Behaving Badly

JusticeEnough to have the lead prosecutor thrown off a court martial. Lead Navy prosecutor in SEAL war crime case out over email spying.

Navy Cmdr. Christopher Czaplak was ordered off the case against Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher by the judge, Navy Capt. Aaron Rugh, on Monday after Czaplak admitted emailing 13 defense attorneys and paralegals, as well as Navy Times editor Carl Prine, a tracking beacon in an effort to find the source of leaks to the media.

It was part of an NCIS investigation. (So that makes it OK?)

In a related matter the judge released the defendant from pretrial confinement. Military judge frees Navy SEAL in advance of murder trial.

A decorated Navy SEAL facing a murder trial in the death of an Islamic State prisoner was freed Thursday from custody after a military judge cited interference by prosecutors.

It must be the mindset of .gov and .mil in the 21st Century. They think they can do anything. (Hat tip to Mobius Wolf.)

Standing In His Own Yard While Black

I really need to create the “Cops Behaving Stupidly” category. Because, let’s face it, not all of them are running on full thrusters. ‘You Called Me Three Different Names!’ Houston Homeowner Explains Why He Refused to be Arrested by Deputy Who Mistook Him for Fugitive.

I don’t usually feed the trolls with stories that are going to explode on their own, but this cop has to be the stupidest I’ve read about all year.

Clarence Evans was in the yard tossing a ball with his 6-year-old son on May 8 when a deputy arrived at his home.

“He said there was a report of a stolen dog,” Evans told KPRC on May 13. “Then he asks me for my ID, and I said I felt I didn’t need to give that.”

It was after his refusal, Evans said, that the officer, who has been identified as Deputy Garrett Lindley, “grabbed me.” Then his wife Kelly Evans began recording the now-viral Facebook video about a minute into the confrontation.

The description of the interaction is fairly comical, as long as you can ignore the very real possibility that the cop could shoot this guy at any minute.

Why was the cop mistaken? Because both this guy and the fugitive are black and have dreadlocks. I guess this cop doesn’t see too many people sporting dreadlocks.

A second deputy arrives on the scene. He hands the deputy attempting to apprehend Clarence Evans his phone and that deputy shows the homeowner a photo of the suspect.

“Doesn’t that look a lot like you?” the deputy asks.

“No! That don’t look like me! What the f— is wrong with you, man?!” Evans shouts. “You trying to say because I’ve got dreads and I’m black that’s me?!”

Did someone say lawsuit? Yeah, there’s a lawsuit. But can you sue a cop for being a complete idiot?

San Francisco Is Becoming a 3rd-world City in More Ways Than One

Nothing says “third-world-shithole” like a police state. LIBERAL FASCISM: San Francisco police raid home of journalist to find who leaked Adachi report. (All the human excrement around the city doesn’t make things better.)

If Bill Barr were sending FBI agents to raid journalists’ homes in search of leakers, we’d be told that the Fourth Reich had descended on America. (Updated because there are statutory protections in California.)

But this is the Liberal Fantasy Land of San Francisco.

Welcome to the Police State. (Hat tip to The Other McCain.)