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Even Brownshirts Step In It, Once In Awhile

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083014_TE_protect-and-serveIT’S TIME FOR EUREKA CITIZENS TO HAVE A ROLE POLICING THE POLICE

This is a timely issue that all Eurekans and residents of Humboldt County need to address. It’s interesting that the people at this blog were able to see this problem in this community and write about it, but cannot see just how big a pile of shit they stepped in themselves. They can condemn the Eureka Police Department, the Chief of Police and the City Council for gross “crimes against humanity,” BUT what they cannot see is what they ARE themselves – that, in their own way, they do and commit the same kinds of crimes. They need a Review Board to check and censure their own “criminal” conduct.

Sadly, their hypocrisy totally negates any credibility they might have. If you want proof of this observation just follow the comments.

Until people can learn to take responsibility for their own lives and what they do, Review Boards are nothing more than an empty panacea. If you want accountability, then you first must learn to actually STOP at all stop signs.  Problem is, I don’t expect anyone over at that blog to understand that…

–Joe

Another Knee-Jerker

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“Papers please,” they demand.

Another police tool.

Last week it was license plate scanner – a necessary police tool to track and document who you are, where you live, work, shop and play. Today it’s “Irrigation crackdown” in the Times-Standard. Another necessary police tool in the form of the law AB 2284 by Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro, D-Arcata on the governor’s desk for signing. Chesbro says, according to Megan Hansen, “this legislation gives law enforcement new tools to protect public resource lands and private industrial timberland from harmful environmental practices. He defines the “practices” as “drug operations.” The “tool,” he says is, law enforcement (peace officers = Megan Hansen) would have to power to stop and question people transporting visible irrigation supplies through unpaved or gravel roads.

“Transporting visible irrigation supplies” sounds innocuous enough, doesn’t it? Would that be “supplies” on a big truck or in the back of pickup? What’s next fertilizers, building materials? Maybe it’s permanent security check points at county lines or better yet one between Eureka and Fortuna, at Bridgeville, Garberville, Trinidad – you name it.

It’s always the same thing with Knee-Jerkers. There’s always some overriding need to supplant, ignore or parse long established law.

Stand Your Ground and DIE – WHY?

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This is an update to the postings: 1) Resist AND Die – Why? And 2) Self-Defense Is a Bitch, posted on the Joe Blow Report

The legal right to self defense, the right to defend with lethal force whenever an individual is threatened, or their family, or their country, that is granted to all American citizens has been nearly eviscerated in the American populace’s’ psyche. To try to counter that decadence 36 states enacted various forms of a “Stand Your Ground Law.” Such laws and the individual’s legal right to carry weapons for self-defense, the ability to “stand your ground, threatens the already weak and effeminate, delegitimized police and their masters, the ruling oligarchy represented by their various employers. That conflict was graphically illustrated in the fatal shooting of Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr., a 68-year-old African-American Marine veteran in White Plains, New York. Another situation just like the Fortuna police shooting of Jacob Newmaker. Both killings were racially motivated; one “black trash” and the other, “white trash.”

You can read about Kenneth Chamberlain’s tragedy on Democracy Now here: Killed at Home: White Plains, NY Police Called Out on Medical Alert Shoot Dead Black Veteran, 68

If you don’t think something like this “home invasion” by the police couldn’t happen in Eureka, you’d better think again. Our homes are the one place, even the latest Supreme Court has ruled, that we not only should “feel” safe, but be safe and secure. This fixation on protecting police health and safety at all costs including the general public jeopardizes everyone. It was reported in the March 25, 2012, Times-Standard: Shots fired near G and 11th streets in Eureka Notice this excerpt: ”By that time, the police were there and had set up a perimeter,” he said. “There were three officers with assault rifles checking out the church, and so I cleared out of there.” Are we to believe that the use of “assault rifles” in a residential neighborhood does NOT threaten everyone within range. Is the civilian population in Eureka reduced to being collateral damage now? I always understood the reason the police were issued handguns and shot guns was to PROTECT the general population from the penetrating power of a high-powered “assault rifle.

Here are a couple of links to local blog Humboldt Herald about this issue, one in particular on how the local county Board of Supervisors worked with both the Eureka Police Department’s acting Chief of Police and the Humboldt county Sheriff to collaborate on a quick-fix law to deal with Occupy demonstrators. The comments show the local thinking. Russia? Latin American Banana Republic and Pooping on Liberty.

–Joe

A Sad Reminder – MacLeod Cartoon

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Police Violence at Occupy Oakland

–Joe

What’s Next for Indian Sovereignty?

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[UPDATE Below]

Kym Kemp, Redheaded Blackbelt, posts an interesting commentary on police raids on the Indian Reservation in Covelo, CA titled: Sovereign Nation Or Subject To Local Laws?Round Valley Marijuana Raids Bring Activists And Tribes TogetherPoses some interesting possibilities.

Are we looking at the no man’s land of Iraq and Afghanistan  in our backyard? More and more the police departments are filling their ranks with these war veterans. The Federal Government has successfully co-opted all the local and state policing authorities, producing a “us or them” mentality that is second only to a total state of paranoia. Notice what she says:

In raids reminiscent of earlier, more stringent law enforcement almost 20,000 plants, 2300 pounds of processed marijuana, 19 firearms and over $40,000 in cash were seized. Over 40 people were arrested. (42 actually)

Trippet describes the raids as very hard-hitting. She says there were “…three days of relentless helicopter noise, hovering at tree top level” over the Round Valley Reservation.  She calls these three days “…a prolonged terrorizing of the town but only the latest assault on Indian people.”

These people coming together should realize the potential consequences of their actions, “bringing activist and Indian tribes together. What do you think will happen when all any of these “Federal, state and local agents” need is to simply smell or get nothing more than just a hint of some kind of activity they can brand or label as some sort of a conspiracy? You already get that smell with the “sovereign nation” issue. What happens when these people determine to defend that sovereignty? These raids were in the light of day. What’s next? Some sort of extra-judicial hunter killer teams working in the dark of the night? 19 guns, 40 people, half of them probably women – what about the children and other innocent people?  The simple accusation of terrorism takes away all legal rights of citizenship.

What I’d like to know is how did they know who to go after?
[PressDemocrat’s October report]

[UPDATE :: Saturday, January 1, 2011]

Here is a copy of a rather interesting comment posted on the Kym’s article above:

Thanks for bringing this up Kym. The ugly face of racism shows it face again in Covelo.
From what I heard, this was more of a military raid on the Indians than a law enforcement action. Whilst those thousand pound crops in the hills go “unnoticed”, the tribes got pounded. Again from hearsay, it was my understanding that the helicopters were flying very low, with manned machine guns in the open sidedoors. They would never get away with doing that around SoHum.
Shortly thereafter the Laytonville Rancheria was subjected to the same low flying helicopters surveillance, but no raids.
I sincerely hope this gets some national press.

I don’t know what makes him think “they” would never get away with a military-style operation in SoHum. Maybe he should take a second look at how the Sheriff’s Department and local police departments are enforcing the law these days. Might start by asking someone that’s on parole how it is.

–Joe

Why ONLY “Looking Forward” is Suicide

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Humboldt County any Better?

Here are three articles that touch everyone in Humboldt County, if not the North Coast. We’ve got a new Sheriff and maybe a new District Attorney. Any reason or assurances they’ll change anything?

Why would anyone want to sit on a jury and be a part of this corrupt mess?

U.S. Prosecutors: Breaking the Law for a Conviction

A six month investigation by reporters Brad Heath and Kevin McCoy at USA Today has revealed more than 200 cases where prosecutors with the U.S. Justice Department — the elite of the elite — either broke the law or ethics rules to obtain a conviction, sending dozens of innocent people to years behind bars for crimes they didn’t commit.

And the prosecutorial misconduct uncovered — condemned by judges as “outrageous” and “flagrant,” ranging from lying to juries to withholding key evidence that could free a defendant — wasn’t limited to certain corrupt pockets of the country here and there, but was widespread. And experts say it’s only the tip of the iceberg.

Read the rest…

Researchers Uncover Widespread Prosecutorial Misconduct in California

Mark Sodersten spent 22 years behind bars for a murder that the evidence suggests he didn’t commit, with a California appeals court overturning his conviction and admonishing the prosecutor in the case for witholding taped interviews with witnesses that could have exonerated him.

“This case raises the one issue that is the most feared aspect of our system—that an innocent man might be convicted,” the justices wrote after reviewing the case. Unfortunately for Sodersten, the court’s 2007 decision came too late: he had died six months prior. But despite his death, the court issued the decision anyway, saying the case’s “impact upon the integrity and fairness that are the cornerstones of our criminal justice system” required them to do so just to maintain public confidence.

Read the rest…

U.S. Dwarfs Vietnam in Reports of Police ‘Excessive Force’

Human Rights Watch issued a report last month decrying the use of excessive force by police in Vietnam, noting that 19 such incidents that resulted in 15 deaths were reported in the state-controlled press over the last year — with zero consequences for the officers involved.

“Police brutality is being reported at an alarming rate in every region of Vietnam, raising serious concerns that these abuses are both systemic and widespread,” the group’s deputy Asia director Phil Robertson said in a statement.

Yet if police brutality is “systemic and widespread” in Vietnam — and all signs are that it is — then it’s a struggle to come up with an appropriately scathing term with which to describe the situation here at home: in the first six months of 2010 alone, there have been 439 credible reports of excessive force in the United States, according to the National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project (NPMSRP), resulting in no less than 60 fatalities

Read the rest…

[Photo: Peter Stinson]

–Joe

What Does This Mean? :: No Comment – REALLY!

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It appears Kevin Hoover came by and commented on his comment.

What does this mean?

Joe,

Your deconstruction is truly majestic. It should go into a blog museum if they ever start one.

K

Kevin Hoover

September 3, 2010 at 4:49 pm

I guess that is saying something. Too bad he didn’t take the time to explain himself. It might have helped with his credibility and legitimacy. Considering what’s revealed – probably wasn’t any better defense than offered.

–Joe

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