Posts Tagged ‘police’

Town Lays Off Police Dog

September 30, 2010

Town Lays Off Police Dog

There will be ten fewer feet on the beat in Jeanette Pennsylvania. The small Westmoreland County town just laid off three police officers and a drug-sniffing police dog. The police department also lost three meter maids and a secretary.


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Arizona: ‘Show Me Your Papers!’

April 29, 2010

Arizona: 'Show Me Your Papers!'

Welcome to Arizona. Papers, please.

Arizona’s new “Support Law Enforcement & Safe Neighborhoods for Paranoid White People” law was originally based on a simple-minded concept of “trespassing.” Now it preempts federal law under a dubious claim of “concurrent enforcement.” In practice it means local police can stop people who speak with accents or have tan complexions without cause and demand documents proving their legal right to tread on Arizona soil. You can buy a gun in the state without a permit, but carry your passport in Arizona if your skin is tawny.

Actually, in the name of fairness, everyone  in The Grand Canyon State may be asked to show their papers. Arizona could pitch this as a tourist attraction:

 “So Near and Yet So Totalitarian.”

Now that Governor Jan Brewer has signed this racist absurdity into law, four things are sure to happen:


A Teachable Moment and a Beer

July 29, 2009

A Teachable Moment and a Beer

(Washington, DC) Thursday evening at 6:00 PM, three gents will share a beer down at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.  The host invited two New England residents for a brewski and a “teachable moment.”  Let’s hope they have the right lesson plan.


Blind Justice

February 12, 2009

Blind Justice

This week’s Washington City Paper carries Arthur Delaney’s television review – he writes about the Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) system of DC’s Metropolitan Police Department. He says it’s a turkey.

Mr. Delaney’s verdict is the only one this TV program has seen. MPD CCTV imagery has never been used to obtain a conviction in court.