Posts tagged Prosecutors

Oops, our bad (cont’d).

    <p><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/reason/DailyBrickbats/~3/-yXLabm1-EI/sage-wisdom">Sage Wisdom. <cite>Daily Brickbats</cite> (2011-06-17)</a>:</p><blockquote><q>A Broward County, Florida, sheriff's deputy spotted Robin Brown when she was bird watching one day. He thought that the sage she had with her was marijuana, and a field test seemed to confirm that. He didn't arrest her then, but confiscated the sage and sent it to the crime...</q></blockquote>

Want to guess how much compensation she might be able to get from police and state prosecutors to make up for the harassment, arrest, abduction, sexual assault, torture, and confinement that they inflicted on her, a completely innocent bird-watcher, based on nothing more than belligerent ignorance, a fraudulent “field kit,” and pure, callous negligence?

Ha, ha, it’s a trick question. Even if she does win her lawsuit (which will be hard; the system overwhelmingly favors immunity for government violence), the police and prosecutors will never pay anything for the damages she’s awarded. Government police and state prosecutors never pay for what they do to innocent people; you pay for their crimes instead, when they send the tax bill on to you.

Oops, our bad (cont’d).

    <p><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/reason/DailyBrickbats/~3/-yXLabm1-EI/sage-wisdom">Sage Wisdom. <cite>Daily Brickbats</cite> (2011-06-17)</a>:</p><blockquote><q>A Broward County, Florida, sheriff's deputy spotted Robin Brown when she was bird watching one day. He thought that the sage she had with her was marijuana, and a field test seemed to confirm that. He didn't arrest her then, but confiscated the sage and sent it to the crime...</q></blockquote>

Want to guess how much compensation she might be able to get from police and state prosecutors to make up for the harassment, arrest, abduction, sexual assault, torture, and confinement that they inflicted on her, a completely innocent bird-watcher, based on nothing more than belligerent ignorance, a fraudulent “field kit,” and pure, callous negligence?

Ha, ha, it’s a trick question. Even if she does win her lawsuit (which will be hard; the system overwhelmingly favors immunity for government violence), the police and prosecutors will never pay anything for the damages she’s awarded. Government police and state prosecutors never pay for what they do to innocent people; you pay for their crimes instead, when they send the tax bill on to you.

Friday Lazy Linking

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<li><p><a href="http://marjaerwin.livejournal.com/25556.html">Of course we shouldn't give more power to Google. <cite>Marja Erwin</cite> (2011-02-16)</a>. <q>http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/02/16/new_book_explains_how_google_has_taken_over_knowledge_and_learning... but how would it be any saner to give that power to government-run replacements, who would use that power to control our access to knowledge, who would use that to share their news and suppress opposing news, and who would have a chilling effect on what people are willing...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Wednesday 2011-02-16.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://libertarian-labyrinth.blogspot.com/2011/02/pre-pub-price-for-ak-press-proudhon.html">Pre-pub price for AK Press Proudhon anthology. Shawn P. Wilbur, <cite>Two-Gun Mutualism &amp; the Golden Rule</cite> (2011-02-14)</a>. <q>AK Press has posted an attractive sale price for the Proudhon anthology, Property is Theft!, which ought to be available any day now. There are other sale prices out there, but none that give you a good deal and also put the revenue in the hands of the radical business...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Wednesday 2011-02-16.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://catandgirl.com/?p=2836">Adventure Travel. Dorothy, <cite>Cat and Girl</cite> (2011-02-14)</a>.  <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2011-02-17.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://flipfloppingjoy.com/2011/02/14/as-you-read-about-the-trail-of-brisenia-floress-murderers/">as you read about the trail of Brisenia Flores’s murderers… bfp, <cite>flip flopping joy</cite> (2011-02-14)</a>. <q>Please note how rarely MSM is calling her murderers white supremacists and how rarely the organization they are a part of is called a hate group. Notice how key phrases like “hotly contested issue” keep coming up as code words for “white supremacist violence.” Notice how the Minutemen are never...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2011-02-17.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://slacktivist.typepad.com/slacktivist/2011/02/joseph-and-the-appalling-tyrannical-despot.html">Joseph and the Appalling Tyrannical Despot. Slacktivist, <cite>slacktivist</cite> (2011-02-12)</a>. <q>Since it's in the news, I thought we might revisit a story about Egypt -- a story from long, long ago, from the book of Genesis. It's a story that I've long found confusing and disturbing. The book of Genesis, as its name suggests, is a collection of origin stories....</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2011-02-17.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2011/02/17/better-that-84000-be-libeled-t">Better That 84,000 Be Libeled Than 10 Go Free. Radley Balko, <cite>Radley Balko: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2011-02-17)</a>. <q>Last weekend, visitors to some 84,000 websites, mostly personal and small business sites, saw this pop up on their screens: The domain seizures were part of &quot;Operation Save Our Children,&quot; which according to a Department of Homeland Security press release, nabbed 10 websites that were distributing child pornography. The problem...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2011-02-18.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2011/02/11/i-believe-the-germans-have-a-w">I Believe the Germans Have a Word for This. Radley Balko, <cite>Radley Balko: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2011-02-11)</a>. <q>Incumbent food truck magnate in Austin develops totally-civic-minded-and-not-at-all-protectionist &quot;health, safety and environmental concerns&quot; over a massive increase in the number trucks that have sprung up to compete with him . . .   . . . demands city council pass stricter regulations of his own industry . . .   . . ....</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2011-02-18.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2011/02/16/how-hard-is-it-to-fire-a-polic">How Hard Is It To Fire a Police Officer? Radley Balko, <cite>Radley Balko: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2011-02-16)</a>. <q>According to the Orlandon Sentinel, Davie, Florida police officer Kevin Kilpatrick has been on paid leave for seven years. During that time, he has received full pay and benefits, plus annual raises. He has collected more than a half million dollars for doing nothing. The department has twice tried to...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2011-02-18.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://reason.com/archives/2011/02/14/sticklers-for-procedure">Sticklers for Procedure. <cite>Radley Balko: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2011-02-18)</a>. Legal lynching. (Cont'd) <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2011-02-18.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2011/02/08/welcome-to-the-era-of-belt-tig">Welcome to the Era of Belt-Tightening. Radley Balko, <cite>Radley Balko: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2011-02-08)</a>. <q>The U.S. Navy spent $450,000 to send four F-18 fighter jets from Virginia for a spectacular flyover before Sunday&#39;s Super Bowl. Or we&#39;ll just have to assume it was spectacular. It wasn&#39;t televised. And the stadium roof was closed. But I bet it sounded cool. CORRECTION: My mistake. The flyover was...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2011-02-18.)</em></p></li>