By Joël Valenzuela on January 2, 2014
The cops are out of control. So much so that some of us are dreaming of a post-police world. Well, there’s no more need to dream. Wake up. It’s happening right before our eyes. And it’s about time. The police have gotten so far away from their purported role of protecting the people that more often than not they have ended up doing the exact opposite.
The tragic case of Marlene Tapia provides a perfect deconstruction of everything that’s wrong with today’s police state. First, Tapia was detained on suspicion of possessing narcotics. Never mind that she wasn’t hurting anyone, or that said narcotics were intended to make her, or someone someone else, happy, even if only temporarily. The officer involved was protecting or helping absolutely no one. Next, Tapia was strip-searched, a gross and forceful violation of her privacy and person. Again, such a procedure protects no one and only comes into play because of the aforementioned substance restriction. Finally, upon noticing evidence of a concealed substance protruding from Tapia’s body, the officer sprayed her genitals with mace, serving absolutely no purpose other than to cause her pain and humiliation.
What’s the worst part of this story? That everything the officer did except for the macing was standard procedure? That the officer had been “disciplined” for her torturous action, yet remained on staff? Or that millions of us involuntarily pay for an armed force to visit violence and aggression upon us?
How can we get the police to start working for us again? By making them private. Now I know you’re thinking this is just another libertarian fantasy. It isn’t. It’s real. And where is it happening? In the land of government failure: Detroit.
Yes, we’re talking about private citizens picking up the slack left by police incompetence. But we’re also talking about something even better: the Threat Management Center. This Detroit-based business has effectively filled the protection void left by law enforcement. But it gets even better. The Threat Management Center’s sole priorities are the protection of the people under their charge. They have specific incentives to focus exclusively on safety, and find non-violent ways of defusing tense situations before resorting to force. Since they’re privately funded, they have a direct incentive to make their customers happy. Any form of misconduct can instantly result in a loss of funding.
Booking photo of Ofc William “Bud” Walker(Photo: Fairfax County Police)
FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- A former Fairfax County Police Department spokesperson's child pornography case has been continued until September 8, WUSA9's Peggy Fox reported Wednesday.
William "Bud" Walker, a well-known, 15-year member of the department was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday afternoon.
Walker was relieved of his duties back in April after being charged with two counts of possession of child pornography, according to officials.
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Chicago, IL — A deeply troubling police dash cam video has been kept from the public by the city of Chicago which showed CPD officer Marco Proano, fire into a car occupied by six unarmed teenagers. Police did not want the public to see this video.
City lawyers successfully convinced a federal judge to put the video under the protective order, which prevented parties to the lawsuit from releasing it publicly. However, after watching the video, Retired Cook County Judge Andrew Berman was so disturbed that he leaked it to The Chicago Reporter. Neither Berman nor the Reporter are subject to the order.
“I’ve seen lots of gruesome, grisly crimes,” said. Berman. “But this is disturbing on a whole different level.”
In March, the teens won a federal lawsuit against the city and three police officers, using the video as the center of their case. The city has yet to pay out the $360,000.
According to The Chicago Reporter, The city’s Independent Police Review Authority, known as IPRA, has not completed its investigation of the incident 18 months later. FBI officials would neither confirm nor deny a Chicago Sun-Times report that the agency is investigating the shooting.
In the video, Proano shoots into a moving car of six unarmed teenagers. Two of the teenagers were shot – one in the shoulder and the other in the left hip and right heel, according to court documents.
CPD’s policy prohibits officers from firing at moving vehicles that are not a threat. The teens in the car posed zero threat to the Proano, who jumped out of his cruiser and immediately unloaded his weapon into multiple unarmed teenagers.
After the shooting police discovered that the car was stolen. However, the teen was found not guilty after the prosecutors were unable to prove he knew the car was stolen. Even if they had stolen this vehicle, the actions by OfficerProano would not have been justified.Proano has yet to face even a slap on the wrist. He was never disciplined and remains an active member of the Chicago Police Department
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