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  • What the Hell is Going On With the Police in This Country?

    Okay. A police officer in Ferguson, MO shot to death an 18 year old, recently graduated from high school, black kid. None of the details of this event have been made public, so I won't comment on that. The community, understandably, is highly upset and is protesting this action. Yesterday, it was reported that the police are abusing journalists and not allowing them to cover the protests. Today, two journalists were arrested, one from the Huff Post and the other from the Washington Post.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/0...n_5676829.html

    This is what the police look like:



    Really?

    I hate to break it to you, but that's not policing. That's a military unit.

    I'm beginning to think it protest is now illegal in the U.S.
    Last edited by Rohirrim; 08-13-2014, 06:24 PM.

  • #2
    It's only been getting worse since I read this.... armed grown men trained "professionally" in fear of dogs at first and now unarmed teenagers

    Police Raid Berwyn Heights Mayor's Home, Kill His 2 Dogs

    By Aaron C. Davis
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Thursday, July 31, 2008

    A police SWAT team raided the home of the mayor in the Prince George's County town of Berwyn Heights on Tuesday, shooting and killing his two dogs, after he brought in a 32-pound package of marijuana that had been delivered to his doorstep, police said.

    Mayor Cheye Calvo was not arrested in the raid, which was carried out about 7 p.m. by the Sheriff's Office SWAT team and county police narcotics officers. Prince George's police spokesman Henry Tippett said yesterday that all the residents of the house -- Calvo, his wife and his mother-in-law -- are "persons of interest" in the case.

    The package was addressed to Calvo's wife, Trinity Tomsic, said law enforcement officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing.

    Tippett said police are working to determine for whom the drugs were meant.

    Calvo said yesterday that he did not know how the drugs wound up on his doorstep. He works part time as the mayor and serves as director of expansion for the SEED Foundation, a well-known national nonprofit group that runs urban public boarding schools.

    "My government blew through my doors and killed my dogs," Calvo said. "They thought we were drug dealers, and we were treated as such. I don't think they really ever considered that we weren't."

    Calvo described a chaotic scene, in which he -- wearing only underwear and socks -- and his mother-in-law were handcuffed and interrogated for hours. They were surrounded by the dogs' carcasses and pools of the dogs' blood, Calvo said.

    Spokesmen for the Sheriff's Office and Prince George's police expressed regret yesterday that the mayor's dogs were killed. But they defended the way the raid was carried out, saying it was proper for a case involving such a large amount of drugs.

    Sgt. Mario Ellis, a Sheriff's Office spokesman, said the deputies who entered Calvo's home "apparently felt threatened" by the dogs.

    "We're not in the habit of going to homes and shooting peoples' dogs," Ellis said. "If we were, there would be a lot more dead dogs around the county."

    Calvo, 37, has been mayor of the 3,000-person town near College Park since 2004. His wife is a finance officer for the state, he said.

    The investigation that led police to their house in the 8500 block of Edmonston Road began in Arizona, officials said. There, a police dog at a shipping facility identified the package as being filled with marijuana. Prince George's officers posed as deliverymen and brought it to Calvo's home.

    Calvo said he came home early from work Tuesday. While walking the dogs, Calvo said, he noticed several black sport-utility vehicles and a woman parked in a car down the street.

    "I figured someone was having a party," he recalled.

    It was the police. They were watching, waiting for someone to bring the package into the house.

    As Calvo returned to the house, he said, he spotted the large package that his mother-in-law had told a deliveryman to leave on the porch. He placed it on a buffet table near the front door and went upstairs to change.

    "I brought it inside because I figured it was something we'd gotten for the garden," he said.

    Moments later, just after he had undressed, Calvo said, he heard his mother-in-law scream that someone was coming toward the house. He looked out his bedroom window and saw officers in SWAT gear running across the lawn.

    "I heard a loud crash and then 'bang, bang, bang,' " he said, recalling the sounds of the police shooting the dogs. "I hit the floor."

    As the police came in, Calvo said, they shot his 7-year-old black Labrador retriever, Payton, near the front door and then his 4-year-old dog, Chase, also a black Lab, as the dog ran into a back room. Walking through his house yesterday, Calvo pointed out a bullet hole in the drywall where the younger dog had been shot.

    "I understand they have a job to do, but it didn't have to go like that," Calvo said. He said the police could have knocked on his door and asked him about the package. "I've never done drugs in my life. Anyone who knows me knows that I am so adamantly opposed to them."

    Police said yesterday that, when they seized the package during the raid, it was unopened.

    Berwyn Heights Police Chief Patrick Murphy said county police and the Sheriff's Office had not notified his department of the raid. He said town police could have conducted the search without a SWAT team.

    "You can't tell me the chief of police of a municipality wouldn't have been able to knock on the door of the mayor of that municipality, gain his confidence and enter the residence," Murphy said. "It would not have been a necessity to shoot and kill this man's dogs."
    Last edited by El Minion; 08-13-2014, 06:47 PM.

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    • #3
      Nice comment: "We're not in the habit of going to homes and shooting peoples' dogs," Ellis said. "If we were, there would be a lot more dead dogs around the county."

      Some real empathy there.

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      • #4
        ....and Labs are well known for their "attack mode"......mine "attacks" his food every day....beneful is an endangered item in our house......

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        • #5
          Just stupid, arrogant, scared, angry white men.... oh, are we talking the police or Republicans.... I will have to check the thread title again.

          One of the cops was caught on tape calling the black crowd of protestors "****ing animals"

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          Last edited by Guess Who; 08-14-2014, 12:22 AM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Guess Who View Post
            >>Just stupid, arrogant, scared, angry white men.... <<
            This.

            Because a small wiener doesn't fix itself.

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            • #7
              Oh my god he called an angry mob ****ing animals. We are going to need some extra hate crime legislation and Holder better launch a probe.

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              • #8
                It's one thing to protest, it's another to riot and loot. It's a pretty rough area, the FBI released a stat yesterday that in 2011 there were over 274(IIRC, edit to follow) gun related murders in this same county.

                This morning I saw video of a group of guys looting a wheel store of all the chrome wheels. Is that necessary?

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                • #9
                  Hummm........ sounds like a bunch of ****ing animals to me.

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                  • #10
                    I'm trying to figure out why the cops in Ferguson, MO need desert camo fatigues, combat boots and Humvees.

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                    • #11
                      It's much cheaper to outfit a department with government surplus items than purchasing brand new "police" equipment.

                      A department near me purchased a military MRAP vehicle from the government for $1.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Rohirrim View Post
                        I'm trying to figure out why the cops in Ferguson, MO need desert camo fatigues, combat boots and Humvees.
                        See post #6.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by El Guapo View Post
                          It's much cheaper to outfit a department with government surplus items than purchasing brand new "police" equipment.

                          A department near me purchased a military MRAP vehicle from the government for $1.
                          How ironic is that?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by El Guapo View Post
                            It's one thing to protest, it's another to riot and loot. It's a pretty rough area, the FBI released a stat yesterday that in 2011 there were over 274(IIRC, edit to follow) gun related murders in this same county.

                            This morning I saw video of a group of guys looting a wheel store of all the chrome wheels. Is that necessary?
                            Is shooting tear gas and rubber bullets at a news crew necessary?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by peacepipe View Post
                              Is shooting tear gas and rubber bullets at a news crew necessary?
                              Good question.

                              Makes you wonder who the real "animals" are here.

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