From 2/05 to 1/09 I saw some of the most vile things humans can inflict on others as a police officer in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, it wasn’t in the streets of LA. It was in the confounds of LAPD police stations and shops (cruisers). The enemy combatants in LA are not the citizens and suspects, it’s the police officers.
Ex-LAPD Officer Chris Dorner, who is wanted after shooting 3 police officers today. This quote is from the manifesto he released before that, detailing the many injustices and counts of police brutality he witnessed as an LAPD officer, how he was fired for reporting what he witnessed, and how he intends to punish the police for their actions.
Meanwhile, today the LAPD has already shot 2 innocent women they thought could have been Dorner. The 2 victims were delivery women, delivering newspapers in a vehicle similar to the suspect’s.
Anyone familiar with the LAPD knows that this portion of Chris Dorner’s manifesto is largely true, regardless of what little else we know about the shootings and the massive manhunt currently underway.
Dorner says things have gotten worse since the Rampart scandal; I can easily believe that. Why would they be better? Rampart scratched the surface and quickly vanished from the papers; how much more shit goes down every single day? Murder, rape, gun dealing, drug dealing, pimping, framing, cover ups, these are the LAPD’s stock in trade. Yeah yeah there are some good cops whatever, my personal experience is that the LAPD makes the NYPD look like saints — and I’ve had both of those forces draw guns on me and taunt me with explicitly racist murder threats.
Dorner was recently at the US Naval base in San Diego, so who knows what kind of artillery he was able to access, and Mexican border police have been instructed be on the lookout for him and to shoot him in the head on sight. It’s hard to imagine this story ending well.
Don’t honor these fallen officers/dirtbags. When your family members die, they just see you as extra overtime at a crime scene and at a perimeter. Why would you value their lives when they clearly don’t value yours or your family members lives? I’ve heard many officers who state they see dead victims as ATV’s, Waverunners, RV’s and new clothes for their kids. Why would you shed a tear for them when they in return crack a smile for your loss because of the impending extra money they will receive in their next paycheck for sitting at your loved ones crime scene of 6 hours because of the overtime they will accrue. They take photos of your loved ones recently deceased bodies with their cellphones and play a game of who has the most graphic dead body of the night with officers from other divisions. This isn’t just the 20 something year old officers, this is the 50 year old officers with significant time on the job as well who participate.
Farmers are never going to get cheap access to these genetically engineered varieties,” Charles Benbrook, a research professor at Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, tells Bloomberg. “The biotech industry has trumped the legitimate economic interests of the farmer again by raising the ante on intellectual property.”
DuPont competitors Monsanto have been known to relentlessly sue small-time farmers who have been caught abusing their own patented GMO products, but the latest maneuver is being considered by some a form of intimidation. DuPont has cut a deal with Saskatchewan-based Agro Protection International, a company that contracts mostly retired police officers to patrol potential violations of IP law.
A U.S. Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a woman in Chula Vista last month was suspended four times for misconduct during a nearly four-year stint as an Imperial County sheriff’s deputy and quit before being fired, court documents show.
The attorney for the woman’s family filed a wrongful death claim Friday with the Border Patrol seeking damages and raised questions about agent Justin Tackett’s departure from his sheriff’s job.
The name of the Border Patrol agent alleged to have shot Valeria Munique Tachiquin-Alvarado is Justin Tackett.
Do you know if the Border Patrol has rules for deadly force? Customs & Border Protection’s web site doesn’t have any.
In June of last year, we reported on an unsettling patent filed by Apple that would allow certain infrared signals to remotely disable the camera on iPhones. It showed the potential downsides of bringing cameras into the world of wireless connectivity, which appears to be the next big thing in the camera industry. Now, a newly published patent is rekindling the fears of those who don’t want “Big Brother” controlling their devices.
Orwellian might be over used, but it’s fitting in this case
Suitcase-sized and portable, StingRays are used by law enforcement to track mobile phones in real time. The device electronically impersonates a cellphone tower and dupes the mobile phone into connecting through its own antennae.
Documents obtained by L.A. Weekly through the Freedom of Information Act show that the Los Angeles Police Department is quietly using the StingRay. (Police in Miami, Fort Worth and Gilbert, Ariz., also are known to have the devices.)
LAPD refuses to discuss how it uses the powerful tool, perhaps copying the FBI’s playbook, which argued in the Rigmaiden case that revealing too many details would cause serious harm to future investigations.
The department, through a spokesperson, refused to comment on the device, despite repeated requests from the Weekly. Through the department’s Discovery Unit, which handles requests from the public and media under the California Public Records Act, LAPD also declined to reveal any information on how the devices are used.
LAPD even refuses to say whether its detectives are required by police chief Charlie Beck and the Los Angeles Police Commission — all of whom are appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa — to obtain a search warrant before the StingRay is deployed against unsuspecting L.A. residents’ cellphones.
The FBI has argued that a search warrant is not required, a question at issue in the Rigmaiden case, and one that Beck’s people refused to address.
But LAPD is using the devices.