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Bay Area police mentality

Park ranger shoots man with stun gun for walking dogs off-leash This authoritarian mentality is becoming more common everywhere across the US unfortunately.

Marin Co Sheriffs Tase Elderly Man in Own Home

In July of last year. The man, Peter McFarland was treated by paramedics at his home after a fall, then, a pair of Sheriff's Deputies entered the house and insisted that McFarland come to the hospital with them. Since the Sheriff's Department, as always Defending Their Own Pigs, doesn't want to disclose even now what the reason the Wannabee Gestapo wanted him to go to a hospital rather than remaining at home, the reasons are "unclear". Meaning, the PIGS made a command decision and as usual over-reacted when somebody refused their Imperial Storm Trooper Orders. So they knocked the 64 year old man to the floor and tasered him 4 times. The one they were so "concerned" about his injuries. Just not concerned enough to accept a lowly CIVILIAN not Instantly Obeying Their Torture Freak Coward Orders. I would bet, and probably be right, that the PIGS took videos of it to jack off to them later. It's the Policeman Way, taser and other use-of-force videos are like porn to Cops. They charged him with disobeying a policeman and resisting arrest, both charges later dropped. But not before they got their sick giggles from tasering somebody who was helpless. This was in Woodacre, right around the bay from where the Oakland Transit PIGS murdered Oscar Grant.

“Suspected” Illegal Immigrants shoot and wound AZ Deputy over “suspected” bales of Marijuana.

Only thing missing, several things actually, are the bales of Marijuana and the suspects. The only thing tying immigration and Smuggling to his shooting is his testimony. And, really, Pigs LIE. They lie even when they don't have to lie. But any time they fire a shot, for whatever the real reason is, they'll LIE about the person at whom they're shooting. Happens, so it seems, every damn day. They lie to cover their guilt when they arrest somebody for the non-crime of talking back to them. They Lie to cover their use of tasers, beatings while the inmate is handcuffed, and the jailhouse "Suicides" which are quite often the actions of Killer Kops. They have accomplices who regularly accept anything that spews forth from their Lying Pig Snouts. Judges, Prosecutors, the jail doctors (themselves deputized Kops who aren't going to ever testify against their fellow PIGS.) and the Coroner, also a Pig who won't testify against his fellow Pigs. But even lacking anything beyond the word of the PIG, Fox News and all the "Back the Badge " MORONS who infest this nation are going to chant that it WAS Illegal Aliens, that it WAS marijuana smuggling... Because that's their level of intelligence. Or lack thereof.

Remember the Y2K plot?

The one that was supposedly broken by U.S. Customs on one side of the border and the RCMP on the others. That would be Customs before they became the Terrorist acronym "ICE", under the Liberal Bill Clinton, and the Canadian Cops, who, according to the Right Wing Screaming Club, are wimps whose idea of Torture is serving the tea with 2 sugars instead of3 a tad cooler than it's supposed to be served and forgetting to begin and end a sentence with the word "Sir". Seems the Rush Limbaugh "professional torturers" who know all there is to know about the Law, the Constitution that is the basis of that Law and how to interrogate people, wanted to have instead of a usual method of arresting, booking, and charging a Human Being with a felony, wanted to skip straight to the pulling out of fingernails, waterboarding and Crucifixion. Seriously, Right wing freaks, listen up... Torture is a sex crime, a violent rape. The persons who engage in torture are in fact Rapists. You would commit our national security into the hands of Perverted Assholes who get sexually aroused by human beings screaming in pain. They need a check-up from the neck-up, not a cushy government job, not guaranteed unlimited immunity from prosecution from their Violent Sexual Predator Rapes. And the MORONS who support these policies of allowing Torture Freak Sadist Rapists to hold the lives and deaths not only their bound and helpless victims but also the lives and deaths of Americans everywhere who are put at risk because they're wasting their time and our money Getting Their Pathetic Little Rocks Off. If you're Stupid enough or Insane Enough to trust YOUR safety, and of course mine, to people who are that Mentally Off-Balance that they enjoy, sexually, the pain of others then you also need a Check-up from the Neck-up.

Cop torturing by taser gets a little out of hand down South

Yes, once again it is the State of Louisiana, which is the state the whole country has fallen into in actuality. Cop torture by taser gets yet more bad press, but cops like to torture at times, and here in Colorado Springs these cops have tasers, too. Dead Black Man Was Tasered Nine Times by White Cop I mean you might have not even heard about this story, what with the press having to spend so much time talking about Commander-in-Chief-Wannabe Obama's tour of the war lands? Why do Americans not protest these tortures by cops using taser? This is what the thugs at the top call 'Homeland Security'? It seems like we're getting National Insecurity worse than Obama Bin Laden ever could have delivered. And let's face it, being Black has gotten much more dangerous lately in this country not less. Blacks just don't have as much money, poverty is a crime, and crime gets you tortured by cop tasers here in America the Beautiful. Let's register these Black people by way of the criminal injustice system. Put a brand on them why not? Baron 'Scooter' Pikes you had a bad attitude! See what you done? Now Taser International PR will have to work overtime to help the National Security State 'protect life', trademark impending. Snappy music on the site there, Dudes. So let's go torture! Got any more spare Black folk to electrocute? Long live the South! The KKK lives on! Ain't that sweet? Department of Homeland Security? What a damn joke... What a Frankenstein this country is on tasers.

Jermaine Ward dies and police begin cover up of their murder by taser

Here we go again! Yet another police murder by taser and the cover up has already begun. The police say they tasered Jermaine Ward while he was uncuffed, while his companion who was also arrested, says that he was handcuffed already. Can you tell who is telling the truth here? Possible cause of the original stop by police? Jermaine, who is Black, had a White girlfriend in the car with him. Florida Cops Taser and Kill a Man The police say the handcuffed man was resisting arrest and not following orders. Did they taser him because he refused to spit out the weed he was trying to swallow? Did the tasering cause him to later choke to death? Did the police officer even care that he was putting a man in danger of losing his life over an inconsequentiality? With the taser, the police can become cop, judge, and executioner in a heart beat. Why does the Police State love electricity so much, I wonder? Police State America abroad; Police State America at home.

Recreate-68 versus the City of Denver

The Denver Post only covered half the story of the RECREATE-68 event today, the half calculated to best represent the city in anticipation of hosting the Olympics of the political realm. Councilman Charlie Brown spoke of needing to emulate the Athens 2004 security model.

Black teenager taser-murdered by cops at his workplace over eating Hot Pockets

Yes, once again we see the police using their tasers to murder somebody. This time, they came and tasered a 17 year old kid working at a Food Lion grocery store, who hot eaten some Hot Pockets there and gotten into a dispute with his supervisors over it. His mom had actually sent him back to the Food Lion telling him to settle the matter like a man. Teen Dies After Shocked by Taser by Police While at Work (Be sure to see the video where the mom talks about the police's actions) The cops settled it like the thugs they are. And how proud the Food Lion managers there must be for their role in all this. Lesson here? When thugs (police) are given lethal weapons to use, they will kill people with them. Researching some to write this commentary, I found that this kid whose last name is 'Turner', was not the only Turner to be tasered to death by police. Google some, and check it out. Interestingly enough, just days after the Obama speech on race matters, I could find no media outlet that either mentions the race of the supervisors of this Black teenager, or the race of the cops that murdered him. What are they trying to hide, I wonder?

911 response post 9/11

9/11 is the excuse for what happened to Hope Steffey after a 911 call. The Torture State's Domestic Face. Do you think that 911 and 9/11 have nothing to do with each other? Then think about the men held 5 years without charges in the Guantanamo torture camp. Where are your rights now? Tasered?

Shieldher for her own good

I had to elaborate on Tony's clever post about the fun-in-the-stun state of Arizona. I am shocked at the idea of personal tasers becoming as ubiquitous as Tupperware!   Did you ever carry pepper spray, or Mace as it was known when I was in college? It was pitched to women as a sure-fire way to stop a predator in his tracks. Just spray it in an assailant's eyes and he'll stumble around yelling "Ah, my eyes! my eyes!" long enough for his prey to flee. There is a new protection device available from an Arizona company called Shieldher. It is, I kid you not, a personal taser, the TASER® C2. To soften the outright horror at the thought of our already over-armed streets filling with more weaponry, the Shieldher taser comes in innocuous and feminine colors like metallic pink. I imagine this is meant to discourage macho would-be criminals, who might otherwise be inclined to carry one of these weapons to subdue recalcitrant victims. Shieldher is aware of the TASER® C2's potential for misuse: Our mission is to pacify the fears we face daily as women in an effort to increase the quality of our lives! We have received numerous calls and emails that validate the need for this product and we are committed, at Shieldher, to providing the product in a manner that reinforces it as a personal safety device NOT a weapon. Undeterred by the overwhelming likelihood of sinister usage, the company touts the benefits of the personal taser: The TASER® C2 transmits electrical pulses along the wires and into the body of the target, overstimulating the sensory and motor functions of the peripheral nervous system, causing overwhelming incapacitation. I have a daughter going off to college in the fall and, once I overcame my initial horror at the very notion of personal tasers, I began to play with the idea that perhaps it wouldn't be such a bad idea. I rather relish the idea of the grabby cocksure frat boy writhing on the ground much to the delight of his drunken brothers. But mere moments later I recalled what has been beaten into my brain over the years by gun control advocates. A handgun carried for personal protection is far more likely to be used against its owner than his or her assailant. I feel certain that the same will be true for the personal taser. How long until the stopped becomes the stopper? How long until Shieldher's newly-empowered female client encounters a pretty pink taser tucked neatly into the back pocket of anyone desiring her overwhelming incapacitation?

Ho!Ho!Ho! NORAD tracks Santa and the media lets you jolly well know!

The Spy and Bomb crew located under our local Colorado Springs mountains and over the woods to Santa's House at Peterson Air Force Base on the plains is tracking the fat socialist known as Santa Claws. You can find out about this vermin and his nefarious plans thanks to the trillions spent on National Insecurity and their back up crowd from the corporate media and sales teams located world wide. Want the data on this commie? Then go to Santa's Home Page and track on to this derelict courtesy of NORAD's Santa Tracker prominently displayed. Maybe they plan to taser this guy and then waterboard him for more info about his Jihad and the terrorist elves that infect consumerist society with good ill? Our world wide surveillance system and nuclear bomb coordinating system is run in a jolly good manner! Thank you, Federal Government! Thank you, Pentagon! We are safe from Martians, elves, and Arabs for now...

New Orleans

Police attack crowd with mace and tasers where people were trying to express opposition to tearing down perfectly serviceable Public Housing units in New Orleans. The US government wants Black people not to return to New Orleans for the same racist reasons that they didn't bother reinforcing the levees in the first place before Katrina hit. It was then a Black dominated city and the White Dixiecrat political establishment of Louisiana hated having to govern over such a concentration of poor income Blacks. It was an Apartheid city where Blacks had too much sway over the politics of the area in the White Political Establishment's eyes, so the federal government, too, just didn't think it important enough to do the job of holding back the flood waters that might occur, and eventually did. So now they are trying to keep poorer Blacks dispersed by Katrina from being able to return to their former neighborhoods. Nothing has changed. The federal, state, and local governments are engaged in a giant racial relocation program that keeps former Black residents from being able to survive return to their city. White policy here? Divide, keep them away, and conquer. The same policy of divide and conquer used in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Lakota last stand

Long live the newly independent Lakota Nation. They're dead men.   What a time to declare yourself a sovereign nation. Yes it's an eloquent action, especially now it's brave and principled. Russell Means has been waiting for the UN resolution about indigenous rights. Now the stage is set, but look at what's become of the peanut gallery! Just when the US is showing itself to be the superest of powers trampling over whoever's sovereignty. We're helping Turkey to bomb the Kurds in Iraq, we're insisting that the so-called Iraqi government not be able to demand the expulsion of Blackwater from Iraqi borders. So much for even maintaining a pretense of honoring their sovereignty. And from the start in Afghanistan and Iraq, sovereign nations not belonging to us, we decide they needed regime change and we invaded. If the Lakota persist with their succession noise-making, Bush has only to send in the National Guard et fini. We'll have Youtube videos of Native Americans braves getting run over like so much tasering footage, or not even. We teach the crushing of indigenous uprisings at the School of the Americas at Fort Benning. Our Central and South American puppeet clients have been following our instructions for years: send in death squads to eradicate entire villages. Indios gone. And there's the problem of WMDs. Bush's favorite rallying cry will be applicable, unfortunately. The Lakota have an amazing number of nukes. The Defense Department has spread an enormous arsenal of Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles across Native American lands, like so many illegal grub-stake squatters. Now Bush will have to go get them. Otherwise the quiet war against the Lakota will continue undocumented. These are the same techniques Israel is employing with the Palestinians. Shrink their lands, make their lives miserable, offer no hope, until they fade into the dirt. It's genocide.

Destroying the evidence of US government torture of POWs

Our despicable national government has just admitted that it destroyed the video taping of its use of torture on prisoners held at the Guantanamo concentration camp for US captured POWs. See article... CIA destroyed video of 'waterboarding' al-Qaida detainees What a group of liars and hypocrites the Bush Administration has assembled at the head of power in the US. First they deny that torture is being advocated, then they say that certain torture methods are in their eyes not actual torture, and then they destroy the evidence of the torture actually already being used on POWs in their hands. And our local governments follow this type of misleadership straight on down the line. Don't believe that? Then go and try to get a municipal resolution passed stating local opposition to the US use of torture in our domestic jails and military concentration camps. See what the reaction would be like down at the city council meetings here in Colorado Springs? Speaking of torture.... do you know that the El Paso County has its school police force equipped with taser guns at middle schools and high schools? Do you know that the city police of Colorado Springs has used these devices on people already, even as some divisions of the United Nations says there is strong evidence that these weapons are being used as instruments of torture in an increasing manner? Just recently I saw the downtown post office flying the black POW/MIA flag that became so promoted by the US Right Wing post Vietnam War. Apparently the concern about POWs is pretty damn selective in the US. When is the US public going to say enough is enough about our government using torture on US held POWs, as it has been doing? Are we all too damn scared now to have POW/MIA bumperstickers on our cars and/ or a flag that demands that all human beings have rights to ethical treatment... even if the US government authorities presume them guilty of some crime or other? We need some symbols like this, and they need to be flown from government buildings in place of that garbage accusing the Vietnam government of torturing US soldiers in secret. The Right Wingers in charge of our municipality prefer to promote war and the use of torture on US held POWs instead of speaking out for human decency though. And currently this city hasn't had enough local citizens oppose this city government-military-industrial complex led by Mayor Lionel Rivera and his corporate backers like Lockheed, et al. The people who ordered destroyed the tapes of the water boarding of POWs held by the US military are war criminals and need to be jailed and tried for their crime of destroying evidence. And then they need to be jailed for ordering the torture of POWs in the first place.

St Patricks Day denoument chronicled

Council must prevent parade pandemonium John Weiss INDY editorial, Dec 6 Largest US Civil Disobedience Movement Underway AfterDowningStreet.org, Dec 6 Ousted protesters unsure of trying luck at St. Patty's parade ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, Dec 1 City attorney says prosecution is 'not in the public interest' CS GAZETTE, Nov 29 St. Paddy's Day Two off the hook CS INDEPENDENT, Nov 29 City Drops Charges Against Last of St Patrick's Day Protesters KRCC, Nov 28 The St. Patrick's Day Two -After a mistrial, the city decides to retry just a pair CS INDEPENDENT, Oct 4 Two of St. Patty's Day Seven Could Be Retried -Charges dropped for all except Fineron and Verlo CS INDEPENDENT, Sept 27 UPDATE: The Gazette article is still among the top commented. Here's a string of the initial comments, in chronological order: hmmmmm wrote: Well this proves that if you break the law, and they did, and complain and whine enough then you can get off. Very disappointed in our DA on this one. quote “When you consider dragging an old woman across the street and not lifting her up, it’s really hard to see how that’s doing nothing wrong,” Verlo said. end quote. When this "old woman" refuses to get up and follow police orders, Yes they did nothing wrong. It's called the law, and they broke it. 11/28/2007 7:44 PM MST on Gazette.com csaction wrote: No part of this trial was ever in the public's interest and the city prosecutors were the last to see that. Some of the police used excessive force and that ruined their case. The parade rules weren't applied to everyone equally, and that ruined their case. You aren't guilty of obstructing the street when the police throw you down in the street. Explaining that you have a permit to march, just like the year before, is NOT failure to disperse. Allowing every politico in town to make a political statement EXCEPT those with a message of peace, is NOT equal protection under the law. The strangest part of the city's position, other than the obvious lame claim that they could get a conviction but decided not to, is Ms. Kelly's apparent distrust of the legal system: "everything the police did was justified and there was probable cause for an arrest, but getting a conviction is another story". It is NOT another story IF the police did nothing wrong and there WAS probable cause for an arrest, and that's ALL been decided by a jury of their peers when they couldn't prove their case to 6 people in this town. Is she suggesting that the jury system is wrong or that we, the people, are too stupid to see that the police and city are always right, no matter what they do? Does she think we can't sit on a jury and decide the ruling based on the evidence, and get it right? The jury already got it right and the city wanted to intimidate the remaining 2 people with the threat of a trial, until the last minute, to stop them from suing for the police brutality, already proven to a jury. 11/28/2007 7:49 PM MST on

Homeland Security Dept’s new puke ray

All sorts of new toys for the police to torture and abuse people with are now coming into use to supplement the taser. The puke ray is perhaps going to be too messy and not torturous enough for our delicate and fastidious 'peace officers' to prefer though. The video didn't really mention this, but the weapon is designed to make victims throw up all over themselves while wretching from the vertigo induced by the police's puke ray. But perhaps donut eating cops can hit their targets better with this device than they can with mere pepper spray? And there is still the old fashioned police dogs to abuse people with. And maybe they'll soon bring back the rack, impalement, and crucifixion soon? Not to mention waterboarding... None of this is 'torture' though when it's used on others, and not used on those who make it legal. It is merely 'uncomfortable'. Oh! They have brought back waterboarding already. Never mind. My lobotomy.

Liberals and Labour

The Labour Party of Britain has changed nothing at all from Tony Blair under PM Gordon Brown, just as the Democratic Party has changed nothing 7 years into the Bush presidency. Both still are corporate creations masquerading as popular parties of the common folk. The latest political scandal in Britain shows that 'The Labour Party' should actually be called The Property Developer Party. In the US we really no longer have even the semblance of a Labor Movement, after its stagnant and corrupted leadership has spent decades after long decades monetarily supporting The Property Developer Party aka as The Corporate Trial Lawyer's Party, etc. Union dues promoting corporate views, in short. There is nothing democratic at all about The Democratic Party so this strategy of top down nothing (voting DP candidates) has led all of us into the dead end alley of total corporate control over ALL. We now hardly have a hint of what alternative direction would be like. Because of this labour misleader co-option, all real organizing of the US Labor Movement will now have to be essentially a totally illegal activity if it is to have any chance to succeed at all, and American (and British workers, too) have gotten way too soft for this sort of battle. It was always the industrial workers that were the backbone for tough fights anyway, and much of that base has been 'outsourced' to outside the national borders of 'The Homelands'. So what we have today, is a Labor Movement where Starbucks' and Borders' clerks make up some of the more militant sectors of the Anglo-Saxon working class. Oops!!! I hope I didn't scare anybody with that word?... working class... Liberals are now not from Labour, but are from the middle class, and worry about their food intake (healthy or not?), bowel movements (regular or not?), and image (polite or not?) while 'protesting'. They are non-violent, turn the other cheek types, and not picket sign carriers walking the line subject to the company's goons coming their way. Liberals now come more from churches than they do from blue collar jobs, so they are not going to bruise it out 'violently' witht he companies, as actually ultimately this has to be done again for progress to be made on class issues. US Labor is now isolated,tasered, jailed, and sick (due to worsening health care and job conditions, worsening diet, and worsening 'entertainment' options). The only help for this sad situation might just have to come from workers in foreign countries actually standing up to the corporate goon squads (US military) we now, in America, consider absolutely normal to have all around us? OK, that's all I got to be said about Liberals and Labour... I gotta go shopping now! I got some coupons I need to use. Workers United For Good Coupons!

Why?

Black Americans are getting sick and fed up with the entire racist criminal injustice system of the US. Still fresh in memory is the picture of White cops with guns turning back Blacks trying to cross the Mississippi Bridge to get out of New Orleans. In mind, too, is the new blatantly open use of torture not only of American military held POWs, but also of Black common folk held in US prisons around the country. Thousands marched against racial profiling this week In D.C., their protest fed by the movement to defend the Jena Six. Why? Why? is the question that was asked in Miami this week, too, and got a young man shot down by the police there. Why? too another taser death, not just in Canada, but in Miami that same week, this time of a Black man? Why? Black Agenda Report reports these stories of the Miami events. Executed ‘Walking While Black’ in Miami Why? The answer is simple. We live in a world ruled by corporations run by Whites of privilege. They control and run a police and judicial system run and controlled by Whites of privilege, too. We live in a US privleged White world where a White privileged and dominated system arrests and tortures prisoners of color without any sense of the human indecency of their actions, fed by an even larger White community that cheers this on. We live in a racist US society. Nothing that much has changed from the past. MLK's 'dream' is still a dream and not any reality. That is the answer to Why? For Black Americans especially there is no national security under the so-called national security state. Instead, it is a state of criminal injustice Blacks live under and promises of change for the better cannot be fed when all the recent changes have been for the worse. Racial injustice cannot be disappeared, when class injustice is the norm.

Police taser kills another mentally ill person

Pity those that are mentally ill, for they must fear for their lives from those supposedly sworn to protect them. The current police weapon of choice, or course, is now the taser. The police continue to pretend that the taser is a non-lethal weapon just as the government continues to pretend that it doesn't brutally torture prisoners. And most all of us pretend that we live in a society ruled by the goodness of Law and Justice. Video of police killing another mentally ill person. When will we be able to get this nasty weapon away from the police? This weapon allows the police to get lazy, as seen on the film of this murder, and lazy police kill people without any consequence to them at all. The police have always gotten away with murder, but at least police murder was once considered illegal. Police murder with tasers is now not illegal and is a way to force people into a Russian Roulette game played with their lives, while being totally in the hands of an uncaring police force.

Tasered for asking Kerry about 2004

University of Florida student Andrew Meyer is pulled away from the microphone and tasered after trying to ask John Kerry why he conceded the 2004 election, and why, if he's so concerned about an impending war with Iran, he doesn't advocate impeaching President Bush. Then he tried to ask Kerry about Skull & Bones. Here's another angle on the aftermath, with Kerry telling everyone to remain calm.

Favorite photos of St Patrick’s Parade

The shirts versus the skinheads as child and companion look on Peace marchers catch up Officer Paladino halts bookmobile, Marshall Pete Page blocks paraders Parade monitor Dougie Haig phones organizer John O'Donnell We will not be silenced Paladino enters bookmobile and retrieves Eric by the wrist Eric is subdued by Officer Paladino and co Paladino grabs Esther's attention and pulls her to the ground Paladino releases Esther from arm-bar hold, girls cry Officer Paladino will not tell us his name Excessive force officers? Elizabeth is twisted off her feet Paladino carries Elizabeth off without clearing the ground Officer Wrede breaks Molly's banner and tries to take it Molly is led off by the throat Bill and Frank are apprehended Frank is moved using a pain-compliance hold (illegal choke-hold) Hillbillies applaud as- -their kids get a civics lesson We are driven off at taser point Men in blue wore wrong color to the parade No dialog Elizabeth makes her exit (Photo credit due Mark Lewis, Eric Barker, Kate Holbrook et al. See all the pictures at www.CSAction.org.)

Tasers in the hands of human nature

I happened upon videos of cops tasering arrestees. Gruesome scenes of obvious sadistic indulgence. Sometimes prolonged and repeated. While the taser has become a popular tool for the police to deal with uncooperative subjects, it's hard not to see pure sadism in the guise of standard operating procedure. The police bark their orders (usually, "put your hands behind your back") and give a warning about using the taser. If still no compliance, zap. Rather, ZAAAAAAAAAAP. Then the officer repeats his instruction. If the subject is still dealing with the pain, or is disoriented by having fallen, or cannot register the policeman's command, no matter, ZAAAP again. More howls, more uncomprehending, ZAAAP, ZAAAP, until the officer deems it safe enough to sit on the subject and pull the subject's hands behind the back himself to apply the handcuffs. Try laying stomach down on your bed and raising your arms to clasp your hands behind your back. Of course you can do it, but it's very easy to feel like you cannot. Imagine if you are recovering from the pain of the electroshock, or you're bruised from hitting the ground, or perhaps you are disoriented from alcohol, as in many of the cases. While tasers do appear to be reducing our peace officers' exposure to physical contact with suspected criminals, did we mean to remove the human, humane element of their task? We didn't hire robots for the job, for example. We probably intended, and we pay police accordingly, to exercise some elbow grease. The job description for a police officer must include apprehending suspected lawbreakers humanely. We don't authorize them to shoot suspects or drive Mack trucks into them, even if some law-enforcement researcher was to discover a non-lethal way that could be done. With tasers, aren't we touching on the abrogation of the right to due process under law? A person is innocent until proven guilty, we all know that, but it applies here because a person suspected of a crime must not be punished before their day in court. Police maintain that the taser is not a means of punishment, but instead is a non-lethal method to induce compliance with recalcitrant subjects. Putting aside the already numerous taser fatalities, the taser would have to be non-painful as well to comply with the 14th Amendment. Viewing the videos, it's plain to see that tasers are excruciatingly painful and are being used by policemen as torture devices. Even to threaten to use the device is torture. Torture and the threat of torture is banned by international convention. I must admit a cynical enjoyment of some of these taser videos. The large majority of subjects not cooperating with the police are drunk. In these videos, they were pulled over for drunk driving or for a domestic disturbance influenced by alcohol. I sympathize with the officers who cannot get through to those people, especially when they are derisive and combative. The drunks try to avoid the commands they're given using tactics of delay or distract or abuse. Of

CSPD Officer Erwin Paladino of 2003

Has it been made clear enough in the multitude of retellings of the events of St. Patrick's Day 2007, that an Officer Erwin Paladino was the chief agitator in the police camp? He directed the arrests and handled most of them with two chief accomplices, guy with taser and guy of choke-hold. (Maybe not coincidentally the three men in blue in our T-shirt advert image at right.) The other of the fourteen policemen on the scene stood in the wings to receive us as we were removed from the parade route. If the police had been interested in removing us efficiently from the street, the officers could have handled it on one swoop. Instead Paladino was let to do the dirty work, dirtily, throwing me to the ground, yelling at us pell mell, acting over-taxed when in fact the police outnumbered us. Police misconduct, 2003 Imagine our surprise when Mark Lewis, reviewing the videotapes from the wrongful arrests of peace activists in 2003, discovered that the chief police bully in that case was the same Officer Paladino! You can hear him on the tape telling a woman she could walk to Boulder because he was impounding her car, then handcuffing her before she could even do that. She and friends were standing outside of a Dairy Queen, where they'd parked, after the tear-gassing of the antiwar rally. The Dairy Queen Dozen won a settlement from the city of Colorado Springs, an admission that the police had acted improperly. And yet four years later, here's the same wrongdoer, Officer Paladino, pulling the same uncivil behavior, the same abuse of authority, the same escalation of brutality, worse actually, in the midst of children and elders. We're told that any admission of wrongdoing on the part of CSPD could never include a reprimand of a particular officer, certainly not one like Paladino who wraps himself in a flag whenever there's a fallen officer memorial. To tell you the truth, I got the very strong impression, on St. Patrick's Day when we were trying to learn his name from the other officers, that they weren't too proud of his actions either. Most of the police bent over backward to treat us with consideration, as something of an apology for what went wrong on the street. Paladino would not tell us his name when we requested it, and when it came time to record it on most of our arrest forms, the officers filling out our paperwork pretended amnesia it seems, they didn't want to betray his name either if he wasn't brave enough to give it himself. That's a man not likely respected by his colleagues. Until our trial, until criticism can be brought on police misconduct, who might Paladino be mishandling today? We were fortunate to have cameras focused on us at the parade, and to have a large crowd protecting us with its gaze. What of the hapless vagrant in a dark side street? He bears the brunt of the policemen's abuse of authority, regularly beaten

2003 police over-reaction under-revisited

In March of 2003, as an invasion of Iraq loomed ever imminent, citizens of 800 cities worldwide mounted the largest peace rally in history. In Colorado Springs three thousand people assembled in Palmer Park to urge President Bush to chose diplomacy instead of war. The participants were peaceful, but the police incited frustrations by diverting traffic from Academy Boulevard which prevented drivers from seeing the anti-war banners and eventually used tear gas to prompt the crowd to disperse. Colorado Springs was one of only two peace rallies in the world where police used tear gas that day. Many Springs families with small children were caught with no way to escape the gas. After a subsequent review, the CSPD admitted it had overreacted. As part of a legal settlement with the people they had arrested, the department agreed to host a public meeting to discuss matters of police conduct with respect to a citizen's right to assemble peacefully. The meeting would involve a panel discussion on the issues and would be videotaped for public broadcast and for purposes of training incoming police officers. After four years of legal wrangling, the meeting is finally scheduled to happen this Friday, May 4th, at the Senior Center on Hancock and Uintah. What an unfortunate coincidence that the arrests this Saint Patrick's Day happened before Friday's citizen-police meeting. As we are now well familiar, on March 17 at the annual parade, forty five permit-holding participants were prevented from carrying peace banners in the Saint Patrick's Day parade. Ten of them were brutally removed and seven of those were arrested; I was among them. The police and parade organizers still admit no wrongdoing, but bystander videos and photographs captured the police display of excessive force. In the aftermath of the arrests, the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission has asked the Colorado Springs City Council to hold a public meeting to address police department policy with regard to what happened that day. As yet they've only agreed to meet in private, to acquaint themselves better with peace activists. While we welcome a better acquaintance, the PPJPC is not interested in obtaining a permission slip to exercise our right to self expression. We are interested in every American's natural rights and civil liberties. We hope to establish an understanding that our city police department will implement a policy to honor and respect those rights. For that purpose we are requesting a public meeting where Colorado Springs residents who were alarmed by the heavy handed law enforcement can voice concern and give their input. The meeting on Friday will only address the police misconduct of 2003. The Saint Paddy's Day Seven, as we are being called, currently face charges in Municipal Court for obstructing a public event. The American Civil Liberties Union has agreed to represent us because at play are violations of multiple amendment rights. The police use of illegal choke holds, menacing with a taser and reckless brutality causing physical injury fall under illegal search and seizure and citizenship rights.

Statement regarding The City of Colorado Springs responsibility for its police attack on the St Patrick’s Day peace marchers

Statement regarding The City of Colorado Springs' responsibility for its police attack on the Saint Patrick's Day peace marchers   As has now been widely reported, the citizens that decided to march in the peace section of the city's Saint Patrick's Day parade were violently dispersed by city police officers. Many of us received no notice at all to disperse, let alone a reason for why the already paid permit for was being declared invalid. What process or procedure was there in place for revoking this permit, other than the police telling us to get off the city street in an abrupt manner?   Our only 'notice' for most of us, was actually to turn and see some of our friends and companions being manhandled by police officers, wrestled brutally to the ground, and threatened with tasers and choke and pressure holds. Most of the officers involved gave no verbal identification of themselves, and it was hard to see any name tags in this abrupt melee instigated by city police officers. The City of Colorado Springs police acted in reckless disregard to our rights, our health, and appeared to relish the opportunity to stick peaceful people in a heavily tax subsidized city event, with criminal charges, instead of engaging in trying to resolve an issue in a way where nobody would be hurt. What was especially egrarious to us, was the fact that officers in their 20s and 30s were assaulting people principally in their 60s and 70s, in front of children, some below the age of 10. Why was this done? What real and solid rules had been supposedly broken by us? Why the millisecond notice and in this rough a manner? Afterwards, some of us made efforts to look for the rules we had been charged in the media with breaking. We looked for literature and we looked for web sites that might fill us in with info and guidelines for participation about this event? What we found was nothing. We wondered how was it that in such an unclearly organized event, with an unclearly identified organizer, the police moved in on us like a hurricane? What we discovered is unsettling. The press afterwards repeatedly declared that police were asked to remove us by 'event organizers'. Such was the story that city police spokepersons gave. So the search began to find and identify the 'event organizers', and to try to find their relationship to the city itself. What we came up with, was that a rather shadowy company called O'Donnell and O'Donnell, Inc had declared themselves the private party involved. They were in charge of issuing the permits. So we wondered, just what were the costs involved, and did the city itself pay much of the cost of Saint Patrick's Day? And we also wanted to find out what other events

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