The Horror That Is The NOLA PD

I do not know if my reader has heard the horrors of the New Orleans Police department…..they have had problems for decades…..corruption, felonies, intimidation and brutality…….but I recently read a report that made me ashamed that these dicks are sent out to “protect and serve”….a concept that is foreign to the NOLA PD……..

In the latest blow to New Orleans’ scandal-weary police department, a city inspector general’s report claims five detectives failed to do substantial investigation of more than 1,000 cases of sex crimes and child abuse—with one detective cited for stating that simple rape should not be considered a crime. The report, out yesterday, examined the detectives’ work between January 2011 and December 2013 and found “an indifference to our citizens that shouldn’t be tolerated.” They have been transferred to patrol duty pending further investigation. More particulars, per the report:

  • A detective failed to investigate a case involving a 3-year-old brought to the ER for an alleged sexual assault, closing the case without charges even though the child had a sexually transmitted disease. The same detective closed the book with no charges on two cases involving children brought to the ER with fractured skulls.
  • Another detective allegedly told several people that simple rape—sex without consent of one party—should not be considered a crime. This detective handled 11 simple-rape cases, five of which saw no follow-up reports and one with no initial report.
  • Two detectives are accused of writing six reports—on the same day in 2013—to make it appear that they had done follow-up reports years ago.
  • The detectives classified 65% of 1,290 sex crime cases as “miscellaneous,” for which no report at all was written.
  • Of the remaining 450 cases, detectives followed up on only 179 cases; 105 of those were handed over to prosecutors, who in turn prosecuted 74 cases. The report calls on police to fully investigate the 271 cases that the detectives failed to properly check into.

A shameful legacy for the PD……

The Land Of The Free

I have read another report that shows me that this country is losing all compassion…….we accuse people of being poor by choice…..we accuse people on Social Security as being freeloaders……..the country turns its back on its vets…..just a few incidents……

And then I read one that makes me ashamed…….

A simple citation couldn’t keep Arnold Abbott off the streets of Fort Lauderdale, where he’s been feeding the homeless for more than two decades. The 90-year-old man, charged Sunday with violating a new ordinance that clamps down on public feeding of the homeless, dished out meals at a public beach Wednesday, just as he has every Wednesday for 23 years in honor of his late wife, ABC News reports. Shouts of “God bless you, Arnold!” were heard as almost 100 homeless people and volunteers gathered around, the AP reports. Though officers at first only recorded “Chef Arnold,” they later stepped in to issue him another citation.

But Abbott remains undeterred. “You cannot sweep the homeless under a rug,” he tells Local 10. “There is no rug large enough for that.” Fort Lauderdale’s mayor admits Abbott is “a super nice guy” but wants to see him move his program to a nearby church in order to provide a “sanitary” and “safe, secure [setting]“; per the new ordinance, which went into effect a week ago, those handing out food outdoors must make public toilets available. As for what’s next, the World War II veteran says he’ll feed some 200 people at a local church on Sunday, but “I don’t plan to give up the beach,” he says. “I’ll fight for the beach as long as there’s birth in my body.” The AP notes Abbott also runs a culinary school that trains the homeless and finds them jobs in kitchens. (Click for more on his first arrest this week.)

So but in my mind what this man is doing is not a crime…..if anything he should be rewarded for his humanitarianism……not be treated like a criminal………

Any thoughts?

Crazy Crimes

My last day of total bliss…..no news…..no whining……..no mind numbing politics……today I would like to share some of the week’s craziest crimes…………..

(Newser) – An ill-fated attempt to bust into an ex-boyfriend’s home and a drunk driver lost in the worst possible place are among the weirdest crime stories of the week:

  • Some Ways Are Easier Than Others to Visit Your Ex: A tip for would-be home invaders: You might consider attempting to break in the old-fashioned way, say, a window or a door. Most definitely not the way that California woman Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa chose to try to get into the home of her ex, a man she had gone on just six dates with before he ended things.
  • Driver Mistook Jail for Someplace Else: A Michigan woman didn’t have far to go after her arrest on drunk-driving charges. Officers say the 39-year-old was in the Van Buren County Jail’s parking lot when her BAC clocked in at more than twice the legal limit—because she mistook the building for a much, much different locale.
  • Woman’s Entire Cabin Gets Stolen: It’s not too often that your house isn’t where you left it. But that was the case for Josie-Anne Pilotte, who spent three weeks building a small cabin in the Yukon that has since disappeared. At least the cabin kidnappers left behind some consolation items for Pilotte.
  • 500-Pound Suspect Can’t Fit Inside Police Car: Florida police say a 500-pound man resisted arrest by sitting down and challenging deputies to move him. They managed to do so, then realized 45-year-old Howard Hendrix wouldn’t fit inside the patrol car. Based on the 911 call, however, the situation could have been much more uncomfortable for everyone involved.
  • What Not to Text to Your Probation Officer: A Georgia man on probation got himself sent back to jail, with an extra year to serve, after he posed a simple question to his probation officer via text. Did we mention it was a wrong number? The text led the officer to Alan Cross’ home, and what was found there proved to be his undoing.

Click to read about more crazy crimes, including the story of a man who went to extremes to avoid court.

Humans never cease to amaze me at the lengths they will go to commit a crime…….

Enjoy the rest of your weekend…..I know I will.

24 Armed Cops and a Military Truck Dispatched to Take Money from Old Man – Hit & Run : Reason.com

Since Ferguson and the protests and the reaction of the police America has been told about the militarization of police departments….and of course there are those that feel the police need this military equipment to deal with modern situations……

I for one think that logic is preposterous……but then I read a piece like this and then my feeling is it is unnecessary and pathetic….

After reading this article my only reaction was….,REALLY?

 

24 Armed Cops and a Military Truck Dispatched to Take Money from Old Man – Hit & Run : Reason.com.

Iraq: Mercenaries And Murder

While Americans were breathing a sigh of relief over their waning fear of Ebola…..BAM!  We have something else to clog the airways with endless hours of trivial bullshit…..the armed attack on Canada’s Parliament building…..the shooting was horrific….what followed afterwards is trivial filler.

But while you were sitting on the edge of your seat there was another news item that will be little reported.

The murder of Iraqi civilians by American mercenaries, oh my bad….American security consultants in 2007…….

.Four former Blackwater security contractors were convicted today in federal court for a 2007 mass shooting in Baghdad that left Iraqi civilians dead, the AP reports. (Some accounts cite an original death toll of 14, but the BBC notes that an Iraqi investigation later raised the total to 17; about the same number were injured.) Nicholas Slatten was found guilty of first-degree murder, while Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, and Dustin Heard were found guilty of voluntary manslaughter, attempted manslaughter, and gun charges. The defense had claimed its clients were acting in self-defense after insurgents and Iraqi cops shot at them, while prosecutors painted a picture of the guards having a “low regard and deep hostility toward Iraqi civilians,” as the AP describes it.

The defendants were ordered to jail immediately. Slatten faces life in prison and the others long stretches, but all are expected to appeal. On the day of the Sept. 16, 2007, shootings in Nisur Square, Blackwater guards were trying to clear the way for a State Department convoy before shots rang out, Reuters reports. There was “gunfire coming from the left, gunfire coming from the right,” as hundreds of Iraqi people in the square fled, a prosecutor said in closing arguments. The case incited Iraqi outrage and anti-American feelings around the world and made some question what rules government-employed security contractors had to follow overseas, Reuters notes. (Not surprisingly, Blackwater isn’t known as Blackwater anymore.)

I have been a very vocal opponent of these so-called private security companies, which in reality is a bunch of highly paid mercenaries….who act like they are not to be held accountable….that they are above the law.

There should be NO need for private security firms……it is solely to drive large profits to private hands.

These, especially Blackwater, are private armies…I am sure there should be some sort of constitutional thing concern this situation….

Anyway….did anyone see the movie 7 Days in May?  Maybe you read the book?  If not may I suggest that you do so and see what I am talking about…..okay?

The Old College Try

My days at college was when students were leading the way to social justice and cultural change and along the way we were faced down by police and national guard and sometimes a few campus security were part of the coalition of the willing to beat down the students.

Today we have students that are willing to protest to the point of arrest and jail…….but are they willing to demostrate and face down the federal government?  Or at least a militarized campus security?

It’s not just municipal police forces that have obtained military-style weaponry through a federal program: Modified grenade launchers and M-16 rifles are on college campuses, too, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports. The publication finds that 117 colleges have received equipment thanks to a federal system called the 1033 program. The program, which lawmakers and President Obama are reassessing following events in Ferguson, Mo., provides the equipment to colleges for free; the educational institutions just have to pay the shipping costs, the Chronicle notes.

The University of Central Florida has a modified grenade launcher intended to shoot tear-gas canisters; Hinds Community College, in Mississippi, also has a grenade launcher. At least 60 schools have M-16 assault rifles, and Ohio State has an armored vehicle. The 1033 program “is a force multiplier for us,” says the head of both Florida State’s police and an international campus police group, citing understaffing. “We are not given budgets comparable to some large cities and municipalities, so we need to find ways to make it reach.” But other campus figures question the system; click for the Chronicle‘s full report.

Granted we have a few whackos that want to shoot up the campus or a few that go on some crime spree like smoking dope…..but does any of that justify the need for military equipment on our campuses and institutions of higher learning?