Hello again ATS!
Over the years I have occasionally posted about my concerns that a rising trend known by various names, including
Predictive Behavior Modeling
possesses a great, great potential for being abused by
those in power, particularly in regards to law enforcement.
It appears now that my fears were not simply “conspiracy” based flights of fancy or paranoid delusion. An eighteen year old man named Connor
Deleire has been arrested in New Hampshire on charges that began from nothing more suspicious than parking in an area flagged by computer analysis as
being a “hot spot” for potential crime.
Before the law enforcement cheerleaders chime in… The actual charges this young man faces are trespassing
. Only I
challenge the veracity of those charges wholesale. The young man was in a public parking space, not at all trespassing by any stretch of the
imagination and how can one resist an arrest that has no basis to begin with?
The Manchester PD is defending the action by stating that the victim could not provide a “legitimate reason for being in the area.”
The fact of the matter is that, by all metrics, it appears this young man was targeted simply because a computer told the police to watch an area and
he happened to wander into that area. All aspects of his arrest occur absolutely and totally because of this singular fact.
In a very real sense, he appears to be the first American citizen on record being arrested for a minority report style “pre-crime”.
Oh, and the young man was also pepper sprayed, Tased, handcuffed, beaten and had his head “bashed against the ground”.
Seriously. What have we become, as a nation, when looking like this, after dealing with cops, is as common as it is now? That many of us are probably
thinking “He got lucky I guess. At least they didn't kill him.” I mean think about it folks, Lee Harvey Oswald killed ( or was believed to have
killed ) the most popular human being on the planet and HIS mug shot didn't look as rough as this kids does.
That's truly saying something. Anyway…
Here are some excerpts from a local article about this particular event as well as a link to another article that is more opinion based and
Link to local news story
Link to secondary, opinion based piece
The father of an 18-year-old man who was Tased and pepper-sprayed during a center-city confrontation with police said his son had a very good
reason for being in the area, but police ignored it and insisted on searching and handcuffing him.
Connor DeLeire, 18, of Hampton Falls was diagnosed with a concussion at Portsmouth Regional Hospital and will visit his physician today...
“They bashed his head against the cruiser, they bashed his head against the ground. They dragged him around,” said John DeLeire...
DeLeire’s father said his son gave the police officer a legitimate reason for being in the area. His friend was picking up a niece who lived a block
away, and Connor DeLeire was sitting in the car waiting for them.
According to the initial police statement, Connor DeLeire was sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked 2000 Honda Accord on Merrimack Street. When
police approached and started speaking to him, he started shaking.
He grew agitated, objected to any searches and tried to prevent police from accessing his pocket, where a fully loaded gun magazine was eventually
found, police said in a statement.
Police charged DeLeire with resisting arrest.
“The police officer’s doing his job. He’s trying to change the crime pattern in that neighborhood,” Willard said.
He said DeLeire was from out of town and sitting in a parked car, behavior typical of a customer looking for a prostitute. And he was glancing down at
his lap, which is a sign of potential drug use, Willard said.
Read through that all again carefully. It is truly chilling. Apply that kind of BS to something you, yourself, might do…
Imagine that you're driving through town and a family member, friend, client, co-worker… whatever… texts you with an important message. The kind
of message you really need to reply to. It's a conversation that is important for whatever reason. So, being a law abiding citizen, you quickly look
for a spot to pull over and legally park in as texting and driving is both illegal and dangerous.
So, there you are, parked, holding your phone and texting. As it happens I think most of us put our phones near to our laps while doing this. It's the
natural position for texting.
Guess what folks? If some computer program happened to show that the random place you parked happens to be near a corner where crimes are more likely
to happen than other places? You are now in exactly the same situation as this young man was.
What's to stop somebody with a badge from doing the same to you – all in the name of “changing the crime pattern”?
We bought into the idea of giving up Rights for the sake of national security. Sad but true. But do you recall accepting the idea that the Bill of
Rights is out the window in the name of stopping hookers???
Low level drug dealers???
In the name of lowering crime in some specific neighborhood???
Because some analytic program predicted that a specific parking lot or section of street has a higher likelihood of being where a criminal might
To be clear, I am not at all in the camp that feels that cops are inherently bad people. I do support the idea of law enforcement vigorously. I also
fully understand and defend that the behavior of some does not at all condemn an entire group in any situation. However patterns of behavior are
emerging, and have been for some time now, that clearly indicate that law enforcement has some very, very deeply ingrained cultural flaws that simply
have to be addressed and corrected. Plainly put, we are CITIZENS and not an INSURGENCY. They are PUBLIC SERVANTS and not AN OCCUPYING FORCE. I cannot
state it any more clearly than that.
edit on 11/2/15 by Hefficide because: (no reason given)