Call the Cops at your Own Risk

Would you dial up a known criminal, like a murderer or rapist, to come help you after you’ve been the victim of a crime? No? Then why in the world would you call the police after you’ve been assaulted, robbed or otherwise violated?

The police do not consider their job to protect you. They used to at least pay lip service to “keeping the peace”, but nowadays in the USSA it is clear their job is to enforce the law. In fasco-communist America, the law stopped being about your protection decades ago. The law is about the expansion of state power and control. That’s why there are so many of them, with more coming all the time.

There are literally thousands upon thousands of reasons in the Federal Code for the police to arrest you. That’s the very essence of a police state. Everything is literally a crime. As Lao Tsu said in the 6th century, BC: “The more artificial taboos and restrictions there are in the world, the more the people are impoverished…The more that laws and regulations are given prominence, the more thieves and robbers there will be…”

In an environment like this, police cannot merely be keepers of the peace. They must be enforcers of the law. And enforcers use force, of course—intimidation and sudden and shocking violence in order to make you obey. And compliance is exactly what the police expect. They long ago stopped being “public servants” and became more akin to plantation overseers. Rapper and philosopher KRS One pointed out the similarities in his track, “Sound of da Police”:

“The overseer rode around the plantation

The officer is off patrolling all the nation

The overseer could stop you what you’re doing

The officer will pull you over just when he’s pursuing

The overseer had the right to get ill

And if you fought back, the overseer had the right to kill

The officer has the right to arrest

And if you fight back they put a hole in your chest!”

The most egregious example of this switch from protection to abuse is the so-called War on Drugs. The heightened prosecution of drug use (which was entirely legal a century ago in the US and in fact widely used in many products) has been right at the heart of the state’s increased monitoring and intrusion into personal life.

Do you want protection from theft and physical aggression? Or do you want “law enforcement”? Law enforcement is what allows the police to bust down your door and arrest you on suspicion that you may be using a plant that the state doesn’t like. Protection from theft and physical aggression is something that could be much better provided by free market transactions. You could simply buy yourself an alarm system or weapon. Or you could pay for bodyguards and remote ’round-the-clock monitoring and dispatch from a firm who will send people to actually help you and not gun you down. These people would also never bust down your door, kill your pets and hold automatic weapons to the heads of your children on suspicion that you might own plants that some politicians and voters don’t like. In every way, the private market protection option seems much better than the public option.

CALL THE COPS AT YOUR OWN RISK

An 83-year-old grandmother recently learned the hard way of the dangers of calling the police. Debra Towler of Altavista, Virginia, called 9-1-1 and hung up without making a report. This triggered an automatic officer dispatch to her home. The police claim to have heard gunshots from inside Mrs. Towler’s home. But even if that’s true – and police regularly lie to cover up their mistakes – odds are that Mrs. Towler fired those shots for the same reason she called the police: she thought her home was being invaded. That would explain why she ran out the back door to her sister’s house when officers tried to get in the front door. It would also explain why this church-going octogenarian wouldn’t drop her gun when the police started barking orders at her from afar. They responded by gunning her down.

This woman would have been alive if she’d simply defended herself instead of calling the publicly funded police. If there really had been intruders, she probably frightened them off by being armed. In any case the police would not have arrived in time to save her from being robbed or assaulted. All the police can do is show up to ask a few questions and interrogate the victim or some witnesses in case the victim is dead. Sometimes, apparently, the police themselves cause the victim’s death.

If just one private protection company did this one time, the typical statist would be calling for that company to be shut down with the murderers jailed. Yet when the publicly funded police botch things up this badly, the typical person finds a reason to blame the victim. A free market protection company – perhaps provided by the same company that insured Mrs. Towler’s home – would have treated Mrs. Towler like a customer whose harm they are paid to prevent. The publicly funded police force is under no such pressure to provide customer service. Their priorities are to enforce whatever nonsense laws are on the books and to use whatever lethal violence they deem necessary to keep themselves out of harm’s way.

Why do people put up with a monopolistic police force? Think about it. You are forced to pay (with taxes) for police who aggress against you for personal behavior that’s not anybody else’s business.

Again, the police cannot stop a criminal from harming you or from stealing your property. They can only show up to “investigate” the crime after it’s been committed. The only way police can be truly proactive is when it comes to enforcing intrusive laws about personal behavior that doesn’t harm anyone else, like driving faster than the ridiculously low posted speed limits, or not wearing a seat belt or bicycle helmet, or using plants that politicians and your neighbors don’t like.

I HAVE NOT NOR WILL EVER CALL THE PUBLIC POLICE

In my 41 years I have never once called the government (9-1-1) for any type of emergency. I’ve always instinctively known it was immoral and, in most cases, useless. Here in Mexico no one would ever consider calling the cops for anything—they know what the Americans are now learning. Here, the police are far more like tipsy Barney Fifes than they are like robocops.

A month ago my wife called. She was with our $10-a-day bodyguard, but he didn’t have his pistol on him that day and she said three very large men were following her in Walmart. I told her to go to the very back of the store and tell some staff what was happening and wait for me.

I arrived in less than 5 minutes on my scooter with my gun and sprinted to the back of the store. I saw my wife and bodyguard safely standing there and was relieved. We then went to the kitchen area of the store and got both my wife and my bodyguard some sharp butcher knives. We then went through the checkout and cautiously exited the store, with everyone well-armed (not to mention my bodyguard is a professional boxer and my wife takes kickboxing and Kung Fu lessons each week and is a powerlifter —and I’m a former amateur boxer).

By that point the three men had left. Whether it was a real threat or not is anyone’s guess. But this form of self-protection beats government protection any day. Not only was my response time certainly faster, and my “skin in the game” meant I’d fight anyone to the death to protect my wife, whereas government police will almost always choose their own safety over yours. But a really interesting thing happens when you stand up for yourself and don’t depend on others for your protection. It feels great.

Plus, there is the fact that the government police who we could have called likely would have tried to beat, rob or kill us. This happens all the time, worldwide—not just in the USSA. In Tunisia, for example, women are charged with indecency for being raped by cops. In the US, beatings and shootings by cops are the issue, not rapes (usually). Look at this recent thug scrum in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York. After watching police pile on and abuse this young man, even the guy who called the police wishes he hadn’t called to report the young man sleeping in the community center.

“I regret making the call,” says the caller, “I should have let him sleep.” I believe a lot more Americans are going to be expressing similar sentiments in coming years. They will learn the hard way that calling the cops is most likely to make a bad situation worse. Your average person in the USSA still probably labors under the illusion that the police are actually there to help them, and that the public police option actually is superior to the customer-service based private options. That’s a very dangerous illusion. In fact, it could easily cost you your life. Just ask Mrs. Towler. If you’re stuck in the dangerous USSA police state, then TDV Homegrown can help you understand how to survive unscathed.

Rule #1: Never call the cops. Just like with health, prevention is a far best treatment for criminal acts. Check out TDV Homegrown for more details. (If you have the option of getting free of the USSA police state entirely, then try out a TDV Weekly Basic subscription for some great insights on expatriating.)

DON’T EVEN TALK TO THE POLICE

The police cannot help one bit once the crime is committed. They are unlikely to figure out who committed the crime. And they care more about somebody getting convicted for the crime than they are about the right person getting convicted for the crime. Police will lie in court. They don’t care about finding the culprit. They just want a conviction. And any patsy will do. So don’t talk to them. Ever. They will happily see innocents carted off to jail as long as they get to look like they’re doing their jobs.

Their own safety is far more important to them than your safety. After all, they are the sacred praetorian class, defenders of the law and the lawmakers, while you’re just a subject who is forced at gunpoint to pay for their salaries. You’d be far better off being a voluntarily paying customer.

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Absurd: Sheriff’s deputies claim HIPAA violation, charge man with two misdemeanors for filming them in public

 

 

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(EndTheLie) – In a strange case, Andrew Henderson from Minnesota was charged with two misdemeanors after he filmed two Ramsey County sheriff’s deputies in public. The most unusual aspect of the case is that one deputy said he violated the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in the process.

Getting arrested for filming police is hardly surprising these days, especially when people are brutally beaten for exercising their right to film police carry out their public duties in a public space.

Indeed, the cases have become so numerous that it has become somewhat expected at this point. This particular case, however, also involves alleged evidence tampering on the part of police, which is also disturbingly common when police brutality is filmed.

In this case, Henderson was filming deputies frisk a man with a bloody face outside his apartment building in Little Canada after which paramedics loaded the unknown man into an ambulance

“Police are in a position where they have a certain power that should be watched by the citizens,” Henderson said. If he lived in New York City, he would probably be labeled a “professional agitator” for this type of activity.

“The best way to watch them is to film them and hold them accountable for their actions,” Henderson added.

Jacqueline Muellner, a deputy since 1980, approached Henderson and confiscated the camera.

The audio of the encounter was captured by Henderson’s smartphone and is provided by the Pioneer Press.

“We’ll just take this for evidence,” Muellner said. “If I end up on YouTube, I’m gonna be upset.”

Henderson, who insisted that he was well within his rights to film them, refused to give his name to Muellner.

Indeed, according to Jane Kirtley, a professor of media ethics and media law at the University of Minnesota, agrees that Henderson was within his rights.

“I wish the police around the country would get the memo on these situations,” Kirtley said. “Somebody needs to explain to them that under U.S. law, making video recordings of something that’s happening in public is legal.”

According to Kirtley, the courts have been “pretty clear” on the issue.

“Law enforcement has no expectation of privacy when they are carrying out public duties in a public place,” Kirtley added.

While the spokesman for the Ramsey County sheriff’s office, Randy Gustafson, refused to comment on the details of the case since it’s an “ongoing investigation,” he did tell the Pioneer Press, “It is not our policy to take video cameras.”

“It is everybody’s right to (record) … What happens out in public happens out in public,” Gustafson said.

Yet Gustafson said that when an officer decides the recording is needed for evidence, the officer would take the recording and send it to investigators. Gustafson claimed that the officer would return the camera on the spot, which Muellner did not do.

Henderson said that the day after his camera was taken by the deputy on Oct. 30, he went to the sheriff’s substation to retrieve it. When he did, he says that he was told the camera would not be returned to him at that time.

A week after that, Henderson was charged with two misdemeanors: disorderly conduct and obstruction of legal process.

According to Henderson, a 28-year-old welder by trade, he was filming from around 30 feet away and the deputies did not warn him before Muellner took his camera.

In the citation, Muellner wrote, “While handling a medical/check the welfare (call), (Henderson) was filming it. Data privacy HIPAA violation. Refused to identify self. Had to stop dealing with sit(uation) to deal w/Henderson.”

Jennifer Granick, a specialist on privacy issues at Stanford University Law School said that the deputy’s claim that his recording somehow violated HIPAA was pure nonsense.

“There’s nothing in HIPAA that prevents someone who’s not subject to HIPAA from taking photographs on the public streets,” Granick said. “HIPAA has absolutely nothing to say about that.”

HIPAA deals with the handling of private health information by healthcare providers.

Indeed, Granick said that she had actually never heard of a case in which any law enforcement agency attempted to cite HIPAA to prevent someone from recording.

When Henderson returned to the sheriff’s office in mid-November to retrieve his camera and get a copy of the police report, deputy Dan Eggers would not give him either.

Instead, Eggers pulled Henderson aside to talk to him, which again was recorded by Henderson.

“I think that what (the deputies) felt was you were interfering with someone’s privacy that was having a medical mental health breakdown,” Eggers said. “They felt like you were being a ‘buttinski’ by getting that camera in there and partially recording what was going on in a situation that you were not directly involved in.”

Eggers said that Henderson should “have a little respect” for the unknown man’s privacy.

Interestingly, Eggers said that the incident report noted that nothing was recorded on Henderson’s camera.

Eggers asked, “I mean, were you just pointing it?”

“No. It was deleted,” Henderson replied.

“You deleted it?”

“No. She [Muellner] must have deleted it,” Henderson said.

Eggers claimed that such a thing was simply not possible. “There would have been some documentation about that,” Eggers said.

One might point out that people don’t usually document when they illegally destroy evidence.

Kirtley noted that the seizure of the camera, followed by the alleged destruction of the recording “raises significant Fourth Amendment issues for [Henderson] … The seizure here was not to preserve the evidence — it was to destroy the evidence.”

The day after Henderson’s conversation with Eggers he received a copy of the incident report and two days later his camera was finally released.

Interestingly, while Muellner’s personnel file “includes numerous awards, commendations and thank-you letters,” according to the Pioneer Press, she does have two citizen complaints from the 1980s, although the sheriff’s office said the complaints were “not sustained.”

Henderson, who posted a video on YouTube explaining his side of the story (see below) says he will not take a plea deal if offered one by prosecutors since he’s “in the right.”

“If they don’t drop it, I’m definitely going to trial,” Henderson said.

Henderson, who is representing himself in court, appeared in Ramsey County District Court on Jan. 2 and a pretrial hearing was rescheduled for Jan. 30.

“He said he reached out to the ACLU more than a month ago, but was ignored,” according to Carlos Miller.

When a police officer can be targeted by their department for actually protecting the public or thrown in a psychiatric ward for reporting corruption, it seems that negative behavior from law enforcement is almost guaranteed.

Second trooper suspended for roadside cavity search in Texas

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(RT) -A second Texas State trooper has been suspended without pay for being involved in a roadside cavity search that subjected two women to humiliating searches of their genital regions.

The two troopers are now facing a lawsuit by the women, who claim they were searched unconstitutionally without probable cause. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced Thursday that State Trooper David Farrell has been suspended without pay effective Dec. 21, after Trooper Kelley Helleson was suspended without pay on Dec. 19, pending the outcome of the investigation.

The two victims, 38-year-old Angel Dobbs and her niece, 24-year-old Ashley Dobbs, claim they were traumatized from what they consider a case of public sexual assault. After Farrell pulled them over on the side of a highway for throwing a cigarette butt out the car window, the trooper called his female colleague to search the women’s bodies and vehicle for marijuana.

No narcotics or contraband were ever found during the vehicle search, but Farrell insisted that his colleague search the women’s bodies. Using the same latex glove on both women, Helleson searched their anuses and vaginas and irritated one of the women’s cysts, causing “severe and continuing pain and discomfort,” the lawsuit states. The search occurred on the side of the road while illuminated by the police car’s headlights, in full view of oncoming traffic.

“I was molested, I was violated, I was humiliated in front of other traffic,” Angel Dobbs told WFAA. “I had to watch my niece go through the same thing and I could not protect her at that point.”

After Helleson finished touching the women, they were released with a warning not to litter.

Initially, only Helleson was suspended from her position, since she conducted the physically violating search. But it wasn’t until the Dallas Morning News published a video of the search that the DPS took any action.

Two days later, the second trooper was suspended for failing to stop the violating search, but this suspension was not announced until Thursday.

The incident of the roadside cavity search is currently being investigated for possibly violating the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable searches.

“This is outside the constitutional grounds by a mile. It’s not even close. This has to stop. These two need to be stopped,” attorney Scott Palmer told NBC.

“What we’re dealing with is a Class C misdemeanor. It does not justify any type of pat-down, let alone an invasive search of cavities of women,” he added.

The case will go to a grand jury this month. The DPS has not publicly commented on the incident.

Meet the Highest-Paid Police Officer in the Country

(WealthWire) -Last month, we told you about San Bernardino, the city in California that’s struggling with bankruptcy after paying out excessively high incomes to state employees.

In light of the situation there and all across the state, it shouldn’t surprise you to learn the best-paid officer in the 12 most-populous states was based in California.

Last year, 53 year old Jeff Talbot retired from his position as California Highway Patrol division chief with $483,581 in salary, pension, and other compensation.

From Bloomberg:

“I think some of our rules were negligent, and I think people were allowed to build up overtime pay who shouldn’t have been, who accumulated leave time and furlough time,” said Marty Morgenstern, a member of Governor Jerry Brown’s cabinet and secretary of the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency, which oversees labor relations, employment and unemployment.

In North Carolina, only three state troopers made upwards of $100,000 last year. In California, over 5,000 troopers did.

And California cities like San Bernardino continue to file for bankruptcy while shelling out high salaries to their public employees