Archive for the ‘Law Enforcement For Profit’ Category

Murder all you want but you better not cut hair!

November 10, 2010

From the “you can’t make this stuff up” file:
“Orange County, Florida has seen a sharp increase in crime, with murders up by 45 percent, maybe it’s because police are too busy chasing down barbershops that aren’t licensed properly.”

THE ARTICLE: JOHN STOSSEL: Legal Clip Job

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FBI: Copyright > Idenity Theft

August 11, 2010

Apparently the FBI is increasing it’s enforcemnt of copyright laws while at the same time lowering the priority of identity theft and missing persons cases.

READ MORE: http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/08/10/216252/FBI-Prioritizes-Copyright-Over-Missing-Persons

Los Angeles Red Light Cameras Lead To Increased Accidents

November 16, 2009

The city has claimed that the cameras reduced accidents by 34%, but a little fact-checking proved this assertion wrong:

Is it money or safety? We wanted to know actual numbers of accidents at red light camera intersections to see if they really went down.

When we asked, the LAPD became very defensive. The sergeant in charge told me in an e-mail, “The city would hope that it is the goal of KCBS/KCAL to discuss the positive aspects of the photo red light program.”

So we filed a public records request. The department charged us more than $500 for a computer run. When we got the numbers back, they told a different story.

We looked at every accident at every red light camera intersection for six months of data before the cameras were installed and six months after.

The final figures? Twenty of the 32 intersections show accidents up after the cameras were installed! Three remained the same and only nine intersections showed accidents decreasing.

 

THE ARTICLE: Los Angeles Red Light Cameras Lead To Increased Accidents

More Law Enforcement For Profit…

November 13, 2009

From Detroit (but it’s pretty much the same everywhere)-

Police property seizures ensnare even the innocent

“Local law enforcement agencies are raising millions of dollars by seizing private property suspected in crimes, but often without charges being filed — and sometimes even when authorities admit no offense was committed.”

The Article: Police property seizures ensnare even the innocent

Odessa Cops Get Busted! BRAVO!

December 11, 2008

Corrupt officials are one of the most dangerous things in the world. It makes me happy to see them get caught and even more happy to see them punished!

“KopBusters rented a house in Odessa, Texas and began growing two small Christmas trees under a grow light similar to those used for growing marijuana. When faced with a suspected marijuana grow, the police usually use illegal FLIR cameras and/or lie on the search warrant affidavit claiming they have probable cause to raid the house. Instead of conducting a proper investigation which usually leads to no probable cause, the Kops lie on the affidavit claiming a confidential informant saw the plants and/or the police could smell marijuana coming from the suspected house.

The trap was set and less than 24 hours later, the Odessa narcotics unit raided the house only to find KopBuster’s attorney waiting under a system of complex gadgetry and spy cameras that streamed online to the KopBuster’s secret mobile office nearby.”

Reason Online has a good write-up.

Kopbusters.com

TODAY’S USEFUL IDIOT: The British Driver

September 30, 2008

Only 3 per cent of car accidents are caused by speeding drivers, Government figures have revealed.

Yet there are nearly 7,000 speed cameras across the country which are unable to detect ‘careless or reckless’ drivers who cause three times as many accidents.

Critics say the Department for Transport figures demolish the main justification for cameras.

Proof that speed cameras are a money making scheme in Britain and the Brits are suckers for allowing them.  How’s that nanny-state working out for you?

FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk