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Monday, July 1, 2013
Is America Descending Into A Totalitarian Police State
California Police shoot dog running to owner's side, while they arrested him for taking their picture.
Incidence of out of control violence, by police, when faced with citizens PHOTOGRAPHING THEM, is astounding. Law Enforcement seems to think that public record of their criminal actions is a crime and gives many of them freedom to commit even more violence.
Government has become so large, expensive and uncontrollable, that its agents have become more like totalitarian regime, gestapo, than public servants. The accounts of brutality, violence, unquestionably unnecessary shootings and ridiculous acts of cowardly, violence are escalating every day.
A video posted yesterday on YouTube shows the grisly shooting of a dog by a police officer in Hawthorne, California.
The 130-pound, 3-year-old Rottweiler named Max was shot to death after he escaped through a window in a parked car and ran over to his master, Leon Rosby, who was being arrested for filming the scene on his phone.
The video (watch original on YouTube) shows Rosby, 52, walking his dog Sunday around 7 p.m. near a house with several police squad cars parked outside.
Agents of the Virginia Alcohol Beverage Commission nearly killed because they can't tell the difference between bottled water and beer?
The number of reasons to call their story "questionable" never end.
The real questions are unasked.
What POSSIBLE justification can be made to excuse pointing guns at young women, EVEN IF there were some credibility to the extremely creative story told by the Virginia officers? In an era when students are taught to fear guns, run from violence, wet themselves, rather than defend their person, when rape is threatened, it makes ZERO sense for law enforcement to use criminal levels of violence for what would have been a silly violation, IF IT HAD EVEN BEEN TRUE.
Why does it take SEVEN agents of the state agency to check the bottled water and cookie dough purchase of a 20 year old, female, college student?
What possible vital state interest was served?
Does any thinking American believe the story told by these officers and their supervisors?
What does this incident tell us about the police state policies of the Virginia Alcohol Beverages Commission?
Felony charges were dropped on Thursday against a 20-year-old University of Virginia student who says she panicked when undercover agents from the state's Alcohol Beverage Control division mistook her water purchase for beer.
According to Charlottesville (Va.) Daily Progress, the student, Elizabeth Daly, was walking to her car on April 11 at approximately 10:15 p.m. with a box of sparkling water, cookie dough and ice cream she had just bought from a local supermarket when the agents—six men and one woman, all in plainclothes—approached suspecting the box, a blue carton of LaCroix sparkling water, to be a 12-pack of beer. One jumped on the hood of her SUV; another pulled out a gun, Daly said, as her roommates seated inside looked on in horror.
"They were showing unidentifiable badges after they approached us, but we became frightened, as they were not in anything close to a uniform," Daly wrote in an account submitted to the court. "I couldn't put my windows down unless I started my car, and when I started my car they began yelling to not move the car, not to start the car. They began trying to break the windows. My roommates and I were ... terrified."
Daly's roommate in the front passenger seat told her to "go, go, go"—and that's what she did, apparently "grazing" two of the agents in the process.
The students called 911 as they left the parking lot, police said, and were pulled over by another agent driving a vehicle with lights and sirens, Charlottesville Commonwealth Attorney Dave Chapman told the paper.
Daly apologized when she realized who they were, Chapman said, but agents arrested Daly and charged her with two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer and one count of eluding police—each carrying a maximum penalty of five years in prison and $2,500 in fines. She spent the night in Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.
"This has been an extremely trying experience," Daly wrote. "It is something to this day I cannot understand or believe has come to this point."
Either can Chapman.
"It wouldn't be the right thing to do to prosecute this," he said.
Nonetheless, Chapman "stood by the agents' decision to file charges, citing faith in a process that yielded an appropriate resolution."
"You don't know all the facts until you complete the investigation," he said.