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Three weeks later, according to the lawsuit, police went to Dymond's school, where she was an honor student, and arrested her for assaulting a public servant. Griffin says the allegations stem from when Dymond fought back against the three men who were trying to take her from her home. The case went to trial, but the judge declared it a mistrial on the first day, says Griffin. The new trial is set for February.
"I think we'll be okay," says Griffin. "I don't think a jury will find a 12-year-old girl guilty who's just sitting outside her house. Any 12-year-old attacked by three men and told that she's a prostitute is going to scream and yell for Daddy and hit back and do whatever she can. She's scared to death."
All this is according to a lawsuit filed in Galveston federal court by Milburn against the officers. The lawsuit alleges that the officers thought Dymond, an African-American, was a hooker due to the "tight shorts" she was wearing, despite not fitting the racial description of any of the female suspects. The police went to the wrong house, two blocks away from the area of the reported illegal activity, Milburn's attorney, Anthony Griffin, tells Hair Balls.
Early on the morning of Oct. 2, 1992, 31 officers from the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Border Patrol, National Guard and Park Service came roaring down the narrow dirt road to Scott's rustic 200-acre ranch. They planned to arrest Scott, the wealthy, eccentric, hard-drinking heir to a Europe-based chemicals fortune, for allegedly running a 4,000-plant marijuana plantation. When deputies broke down the door to Scott's house, Scott's wife would later tell reporters, she screamed, "Don't shoot me. Don't kill me." That brought Scott staggering out of the bedroom, hung-over and bleary-eyed -- he'd just had a cataract operation -- holding a .38 caliber Colt snub-nosed revolver over his head. When he pointed it in the direction of the deputies, they killed him.
Later, the lead agent in the case, sheriff's deputy Gary Spencer and his partner John Cater posed for photographs arm-in-am outside Scott's cabin, smiling and triumphant, says Larry Longo, a former Los Angeles deputy district attorney who now represents Scott's daughter, Susan.
Despite a subsequent search of Scott's ranch using helicopters, dogs, searchers on foot, and a high-tech Jet Propulsion Laboratory device for detecting trace amounts of sinsemilla, no marijuana --or any other illegal drug -- was ever found.
...Both of these bellicose units were formed [LAPD CRASH TEAM, and NYPD Street Crimes unit], in part, because there are no victims or witnesses in drug crimes as there are in murders, rapes, and assaults. Thus, many cops, with encouragement from their superiors to produce the arrests demanded by city hall, began to regard everyone in certain neighborhoods as suspects. In 1968 in Terry v. Ohio, the US Supreme court approved letting officers frisk people under questioning for suspicious actions in the interests of officers safety. The court permitted an external 'pat down' for weapons, but not a search for drugs. Nevertheless, millions of times a year in the name of the war on drugs, police officers do illegally search people and, when they discover drugs, perjure themselves so that the evidence is admissible. These police FELONIES have become so commonplace that they have found their way into police jargon. In the NYPD, cops joke about 'TESTILYING' instead of TESTIFYING. In the LAPD, it is laughed at as 'JOINING THE LIARS CLUB'.
These aggressive tactics have not conquered the drug problem, but throughout the nation they have provided an umbrella under which some cops have become BADGE CARRYING GANGSTERS, committing THOUSANDS of crimes such as murders, kidnappings, armed robberies, stealing and selling drugs, and framing people. The results have been devastating to the victims, to minority communities, and to honest cops.
Guilty cops, after being caught in predatory felonies, rationalize their conduct. They dehumanize the 'enemy'. New York cops call their victims 'mutts' and 'scum'. While members of the LAPD refer to them as 'assholes' or 'dirtbags'. The rogue cops universally talk about a sense of street justice permeating their departments. "The ends justified the means. These were bad guys. We did what we had to do to get them.' As one convicted sergeant put it.
The public does not realize that police drug gangsterism is not just a local problem, but has become a NATIONAL EPIDEMIC. The police code of silence and tendencies of police chiefs and mayors to put a DAMAGE CONTROL SPIN ON SCANDALS have obscured the magnitude of police drug-related crimes. Assurances that only a few cops are involved and that action has been taken so that it can "NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN" reassure citizens. But the ugly truth is that the confrontational style of policing illustrated by NY and LA, permits the gangster cops to go on with their crimes for years. One of the great ironies is that some of the worst gangster cops are far from rotten apples. They have outstanding arrest records and own more commendations than their fellow officers do. Otherwise-honest cops and even superiors hesitate to report gangster cops, because all too often the message from city hall is one of law and order and denial of police misconduct. Whistle-blowers are more likely to be FIRED THAN REWARDED.
Thankfully, the nation is recent years has enjoyed welcome decreases in crime, and fewer police officers have been slain in the line of duty. A booming economy, the decline of the crack coc aine market, and demographics probably had as much to do with it as the police. And crime decreased in large cities such as San Jose and San Diego, which rejected abrasive police methods in favor of working in partnership with neighborhood groups to reduce disorder and crime. WHERE POLICE CRIME FLOURISHES IT CAN ONLY CREATE DISRESPECT FOR THE LAW AND POLICE, AND CREATE MORE CRIME.
…. My drugs of choice were alchohol and tobacco. By the age of 14 my friends and I were getting falling down drunk about once a week, and I smoked two packs of cigarettes a day for over 15 years, but alcohol and tobacco were legal. “DRUGS” were the illegal ones – the ones that I would never use. Actually, alcohol and tobacco are the TWO WORST drugs anyone can use – 56 times as many people in the US die as a result of using all the illegal drugs combined. Each year in America, thanks to the LEGAL cigarette industry, 430,000 people die from smoking. Thanks to the LEGAL liquor industry, another 110,000 people die from ingesting alchohol, while 12,000 people die each year as a result of all illegal drugs COMBINED. And there are no deaths recorded caused by the ingestion of MARIJUANA.
Unbeknownst to my bosses or me was the fact that much of the drug war had already been based on inflated statistics, fabrications, and outright lies before we ever got involed.
Despite Nixon’s assertion to the pre-election Disneyland crowd that drugs were “decimating generations of Americans,” drugs were so tiny a public health problem that they were statistically insignificant: far more Americans choked to death on food or died falling down stairs as died from illegal drugs.
In fact, if the diary of Nixons Chief of Staff, H.R. Haldeman is to be believed, Haldeman reported that during a meeting with Nixon in 1969, Nixon emphasized, “You have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks. The key is to devise a system that recognizes this all while not appearing to.” The system they devised was the War on Drugs, and for Nixon’s purposes, he could have hardly hoped for more. The war on drugs has spawned the most RACIST laws seen in the US since the 1896 Supreme court ruling of “separate but equal” in Plessy v. Ferguson.
Arrests for drug law violations in 2008 are expected to exceed the 1,889,810 arrests of 2006. Law enforcement made more arrests for drug law violations in 2006 (13.1 percent of the total number of arrests) than for any other offense.
Someone is arrested for violating a drug law every 17 seconds.
Police arrested an estimated 829,625 persons for cannabis violations in 2006, the highest annual total ever recorded in the United States, according to statistics compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Of those charged with cannabis violations, approximately 89 percent, 738,915 Americans were charged with possession only. An American is now arrested for violating cannabis laws every 38 seconds.
Since 1992, approx. 6 million Americans have been arrested for Marijuana charges, a greater number than the entire population of Alaska, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming combined. Nearly 90% of these arrests were for simple possession, not cultivation or trafficking. During the same years arrests for Cocaine and heroin, have sharply declined, indicating the increased enforcement of marijuana laws is being achieved at the expense of enforcing laws against the possession and traficing of more dangerous drugs.
There may be as many as 2 million children in the U.S. who have one or more parents in prison or jail. That's close to two out of every 100 children (Wright & Seymour, 2000).
Research indicates these children are traumatized by separation from their parents, confused by the parent's actions, and stigmatized by the shame of their parent's situation. Deprived of income and guidance, these children are vulnerable to poverty, to stressful shifts in caregivers, separation from siblings, and other family disruptions.
After an exhaustive, federally commissioned, study by the National Academy of Sciences institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1999, examining all of marijuanas health risks, the authors concluded, “Except for the harms assosciated with smoking, the adverse effects of Marijuana use are within the range tolerated for other medications.” (It should be noted that many risks assosciated with marijuana and smoking may be mitigated by alternative routes of administration such as vaporizations.) The IOM further added, “There is no conclusive evidence that Marijuana as commonly used in the community is a major casual factor for head, neck, or lung cancer.
"In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up."
Originally posted by imysbbad
hi king9072- I agree with you on everything you said about this problem in America. I get so mad over here in my stomping grounds over this stuff almost daily! My blood just boils and I am afraid what I might do if they try that mess on me. It has happened a few times( on my son's- just to get at me) but I guess they know I would probably snap on their as---- if they came in my face with their 'off the book' tactics. It really gets to me and I have to really try to control my anger when it comes to this. (BTW, it helps to have some dirt on these bad boys!)
Originally posted by HugmyRek
I don't believe cop hating is the answer.
One in Every 31 U.S. Adults Were in Prison or Jail or on Probation or Parole in 2007
Posted 11 December 2008 WASHINGTON, Dec. 11
More than 7.3 million men and women were under correctional supervision in the nation's prisons or jails or on probation or parole at yearend 2007, the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. About 3.2 percent of the U.S. adult population, or one in every 31 adults, was incarcerated or under community supervision at the end of 2007. This percentage has remained stable since reaching more than 3 percent in 1999.
Americans have long maintained that a man’s home is his castle and that he has the right to defend it from unlawful intruders. Unfortunately,
that right may be disappearing. Over the last 25 years, America has seen a disturbing militarization of its civilian law enforcement, along with a dramatic and unsettling rise in the use of paramilitary police units (most commonly called Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT) for routine
police work. The most common use of SWAT teams today is to serve narcotics warrants, usually with forced, unannounced entry into the
These increasingly frequent raids, 40,000 per year by one estimate, are needlessly subjecting nonviolent drug offenders, bystanders, and
wrongly targeted civilians to the terror of having their homes invaded while they’re sleeping, usually by teams of heavily armed paramilitary units dressed not as police officers but as soldiers.
These raids bring unnecessary violence and provocation to nonviolent drug offenders, many of whom were guilty of only misdemeanors. The
raids terrorize innocents when police mistakenly target the wrong residence. And they have resulted in dozens of needless deaths and injuries, not only of drug offenders, but also of police officers, children, bystanders, and innocent suspects.
This paper presents a history and overview of the issue of paramilitary drug raids, provides an extensive catalogue of abuses and mistaken
raids, and offers recommendations for reform.
"Uncertainty is a very important factor, and, instead of decreasing as time goes on, it grows. Outside, in the streets, in the general community, "everyone is happy. One hears no protest, and certainly sees none. You know, in France or Italy there will be slogans against the government painted on walls and fences; in Germany, outside the great cities, perhaps, there is not even this. In the university community, in your own community, you speak privately to you colleagues, some of whom certainly feel as you do; but what do they say? They say, "It's not so bad" or "You're seeing things" or "You're an alarmist."
"And you are an alarmist. You are saying that this must lead to this, and you can't prove it. These are the beginnings, yes; but how do you know for sure when you don't know the end, and how do you know, or even surmise, the end? On the one hand, your enemies, the law, the regime, the Party, intimidate you. On the other, your colleagues pooh-pooh you as pessimistic or even neurotic. You are left with your close friends, who are, naturally, people who have always thought as you have.
"But your friends are fewer now. Some have drifted off somewhere or submerged themselves in their work. You no longer see as many as you did at meetings or gatherings. Informal groups become smaller; attendance drops off in little organizations, and the organizations themselves wither. Now, in small gatherings of your oldest friends, you feel that you are talking to yourselves, that you are isolated from the reality of things. This weakens your confidence still further and serves as a further deterrent to – to what? It is clearer all the time that, if you are going to do anything, you must make an occasion to do it, and then you are obviously a troublemaker. So you wait, and you wait.
"But the one great shocking occasion, when tens or hundreds or thousands will join with you, never comes.
"Snitch" investigates how a fundamental shift in the country's anti-drug laws -- including federal mandatory minimum sentencing and conspiracy provisions--has bred a culture of snitching that is in many cases rewarding the guiltiest and punishing the less guilty.
Upon entering the new millennium, our nation marked the end of the most punishing decade in our people's history. More people began a prison or a jail term in the United States during the '90s than any other decade on record. There are now over two million incarcerated in the country often called "The Land of the Free."
Nightfall does not come at once
As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such a twilight that we all must be aware of change in the air-however slight-lest we become unwilling victims of the darkness.
~Justice William O. Douglas~
Originally posted by Nola213
Are the police perfect? Of course not, because they are made up of humans just like you and me. I'm thankful (usually) hehe, that there is a police, instead of no police.
These threads while informative, are just getting redundant, imo.
From personal life experience, I feel that the people who support the actions of gangster police, are those who have never had to deal with the police in a manner which did not favor them.
Why? Well, perhaps it was cause my father wasn't the most upstanding citizen. But isn't justice promised to all?
It's a shame that citizens now feel they must protect themselves and their property
So for that critical time, where you have an invader in your house, or that gun to your head, what do you do?
People on this forum also seem to view drug stories with the sense that "oh well these people are bad, and the cops just did what they had to do" and the ends justify the means.
arrested her for assaulting a public servant.
forcefully beating you
Or do you fight back FOR YOUR LIFE?
Are you guys getting this? Absolutely NO EVIDENCE that this little girl did anything wrong, she was just black, and wearing tight shorts. So shes a criminal prostitute.
WHY ARE THESE AFRICAN AMERICANS RIOTING? THE POLICE WERE DOING THEIR JOB!
This is not speculation, THIS IS REALITY PEOPLE!
Sure, maybe this doesn't happen in your posh, predominantly, white suburb, but it does happen many other places across the US EVERY DAY!
So when your on your front lawn, and a van pulls up and 3 men jump out and start dashing towards you, are you going to turn around, lay down and put your hands behind your back?
But WHY! WHY DOES THIS STUFF HAPPEN? The answer is the growing contempt for law enforcement. So why, again, WHY is there contempt for the law?
In asset forfeiture cases, you are GUILTY until proven innocent
there is such contempt for law enforcement, especially in areas of excess poverty and minorities.
6 Million people, now with criminal records
Over 80% of serious crimes in this country are committed because of the prohibition of drugs.
imprisoned and have their lives ruined over simple possession
I tried marijuana several times at a younger age