Thursday, April 12, 2012

To Serve And Protect

Or to strip search, and violate Constitutional rights of American citizens?

I think it's time for another weekly series here at GGDF. "To Serve And Protect" is always paraded out there on squad cars and in bullshit slogans so I'm going to go with that one. Wednesday is 'hump day' and is just about as perfect of a day to use because your Constitutional rights and those of your fellow citizens are being fucked every day in this country by the "good guys" with badges and guns. Abusive police and other law enforcement officer misconduct needs to be exposed and shared. They need to be held accountable for their actions. We are raised to honor, respect and obey the police from an early age, but there is an ever-growing trend among police departments and other law enforcement agencies across the U.S. these days that is disturbing to say the least. I will be sharing at least one instance per week via Injustice Everywhere. As you can see over at their site, there is no shortage of officer misconduct and direct Constitutional violations by officers in every part of this country. These are the same officers who swore an oath to honor and uphold the law, to serve and protect, or a combination/variation of the two.

If there are any LEOs reading this, and I mean the ones that actually do their jobs with honor and respect, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for not just taking on what has to be a shitty job, but for honoring your oath as an officer and agent of the law. May God protect you and keep you safe.

The below headline caught my eye tonight so I'll use this for the opener.  Don't kill the messenger...
Beloit to pay $265,000 to settle strip search lawsuit
Milwaukee investigation may leave taxpayers on the hook 
The City of Beloit has agreed to pay a teenage boy $265,000 to settle a federal lawsuit claiming police violated his constitutional rights by strip-searching him on the street and slamming his head into a car window.
The settlement comes as authorities investigate allegations of illegal strip searches and cavity searches in Milwaukee - allegations that seven Milwaukee police officers and a sergeant may have sexually assaulted people and violated their civil rights while conducting rectal searches for drugs on the streets of District 5.
Seven officers and a sergeant? Wow! One rouge cop (or 'bad seed') doing this wouldn't surprise me, but seven from the same department and a sergeant? Sounds to me like violating Constitutional rights is just standard operating procedure for this particular department, and has allegedly been that way for a couple years. I'm shocked!
"People have to hold the police accountable," said Madison attorney Amy Scarr, who represented Conner Poff, the teenager in the Beloit case. "They have a lot of authority, and we have to be able to trust them. If their own departments aren't holding them account able, and their own cities aren't holding them accountable, individuals must do so for the sake of all of us."
You've got that right Amy. They do have a lot of authority, and without proper checks and balances and prosecution of the offending officers we have ourselves nothing but tax-payer funded goose-stepping brownshirts making up the law as they go along.

According to court records, this is what went down in this case:
Poff and two others were in a parked car in a residential neighborhood when someone called the police to report drug activity, the records say.
Daugherty asked Poff to get out of the car and patted him down for contraband and weapons, as is standard police procedure, Daugherty testified in a deposition. The officer saw a bulge in the front of the teenager's pants and asked him what it was.
Poff answered that it was his genitalia. Daugherty then said, "I don't believe you. Show me," according to a transcript of the officer's deposition.
Poff unfastened his pants and exposed himself. Daugherty testified that he then pushed Poff against the car "to stabilize him," his deposition says. Poff's head shattered the back windshield, and he suffered a concussion. Daugherty later found a small baggie of marijuana hidden in Poff's underwear.
Well Officer Daugherty sure stabilized him alright. After getting Poff out of a parked car for committing a heinous crime sitting in a parked car in a residential neighborhood, he patted him down which is standard police procedure bullshit, and made Poff show him his junk. When Poff complied with Officer Daugherty's commands, he was rewarded with a concussion from Officer Daugherty's heroic stabilizing maneuver. Lucky Poff!
Daugherty was not disciplined as a result of the way he treated Poff, according to court records. Poff was not charged with a crime but received a municipal citation, according to his attorney.
The officer's statement about why he didn't take Poff to the station for the search "could imply that defendant City has a custom or practice of conducting public strip searches," Crabb wrote.
That sort of custom or practice would leave the city on the hook for possible damages.
Typical. Officers are rarely disciplined for violating someone's rights or for using excessive force unless it happens to be caught on their squad car's dashcam or on home video. (Ever notice how LEOs don't like being filmed? Hmmmm.) Usually the officer just goes about his business as usual once the public eye attention heat is off of 'em.
If the case had gone to trial, Scarr believes a jury would have concluded that the search violated Poff's rights.
"The illegal strip search was a very serious matter," she said. "Even if (Daugherty) had probable cause to do a search, it was done in a manner that I believe the jury would have deemed unconstitutional. . . . There was no emergency that would necessitate doing this search right there immediately on the spot on the street."
Here's that bullshit "probable cause" again. Probable cause is nothing but a free pass for any officer to violate your 4th Amendment rights whenever he or she feels like it. There are many variations of violations that stem from the 'probable cause' bullshit loophole. It happens all the time all over this country because in a lot of cases, officers think it's 'probable' that you don't know your rights, and they are correct! The offending cops constantly get away with rights violations because there are a lot of sheeple in this country that don't even know what the 4th Amendment even is. They'll just do whatever the guy with the badge and gun is telling them to do because they think he's there for The People! I mean, after all, he's there To Serve And Protect citizens of The United States of America. He's a "good guy" right?  Pay close attention at the 3:50 mark on the below Youtube video.

Part 1 of that video can be seen here. Part 3 and the final piece can be seen here.  What a travesty! The U.S. Constitution is being shredded every single day in this country and it's being done by the very ones who are sworn to protect and defend it.

Don't kill the messenger because you don't like the message...

1 comment:

kerrcarto said...

Get a warrant. Even to pat me down.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.