Well nightmares really do come true. Have you ever dreamed about tanks rolling down the streets and your peaceful life being turned into a war zone? It may become a reality if homeland security has its way. I have not seen this on any of the nightly news programs I have watched or read about it until this week. I thought we had Police, Sheriffs, Marshalls to uphold the laws in America, and act as peace keepers. If a real calamity happened they call out the National Guard. Then and only then would we see military gear being manned by trained soldiers. The Defense Department started a 1033 program in the late 1990’s. This provides state and local law enforcement agencies with free surplus weapons, body armor, armored vehicles and night vision equipment. Have you ever heard about that 1033 program? I sure hadn’t. I have never seen our Keep Reading
It’s been many years now for the City Of Seattle to clean up their police force. Not sure what is taking them so long. I’m guessing they just keep having meetings about it but no one is brave enough to make any final decisions which may have an impact on the situation. Finally, it appears something is happening with the City of Seattle Police force. The man hired to repair, reform, and monitor the Seattle police brutality issues is Mr. Merrick Bobb. He is a hired consultant who hopes everyone involved “will roll up their sleeves” to make this process work. Merrick Bobb does have a respectable background which dates back to his groundbreaking work on the Rodney King beating.
Before beating people up on Emerald City Journal, however, I do like giving new hires a chance to do their work. I do have some concerns now, however. He made a statement saying that he “is aware of resistance but hopes to move forward”. I guess if I was in charge as the boss, people with resistance to me or my policies would be shown the door. I guess that is the difference between us. I truly hope it works out for him.
It’s official the Seattle Police Department will become more transparent. They introduced “Tweet By Beat” and I must say it’s an amazing step in the right direction. The program was started last week and gives the the ability to interact with the community better. It allows the public to get a better idea of what is happening day by day. Say there is a shooter or robber in your block – now you have a way of knowing and can lock the place up. Right now they have 51 neighborhood twitter accounts being updated and running wild. They even automated the process so it’s hands free for staff.
It’s to bad it took so much pressure from the public and the DOJ to make the Seattle this happen but none the less it’s an amazing step forward by the City, the Dept, and Seattle Police Chief John Diaz.
Here is a screen shot to give you an example of what it looks like:
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Now if we can only get more agencies across the nation to be more transparent like this. It would be a great way to keep everyone informed about tasks and program spending by line item. Proceedural items could be discussed faster and loser programs would be notice faster so they could be eliminated before going broke.
I’m so proud of the Seattle Police Department for taking this step they did a fantastic job.
When is it OK to litter? When is it OK to taunt a policeman who tells you to pick it up? When is it OK for three drunken Bellevue police officers to be circling a cop taunting and swearing at one Seattle Female cop who has told them to pick up their trash they threw down? When is public drunkenness OK. The answer here seems to be if you are a Bellevue policeman celebrating at a Seahawks game in Seattle.
The facts are facts, and it’s either against the law or it isn’t and that includes everyone. Old, young, female, any color skin. But three policeman from Bellevue seem to be an exception. WHY? Linda Pillo, Bellevue Police Chief says the conduct of the drunk officers are not how her office is ran, and apologized for their actions. If this is not the kind of reputation she wants Bellevue to have then FIRE THE THREE STUPID DRUNKS. Just because they were flashing their badges and bullying and taunting and using F bombs with the Seattle Police shows what their character is. The Chief is withholding their names because they have rights. What the heck does that mean if it is not shielding them? Right now the entire police department’s 219 members are suffering because the three drunks are being shielded. If you or I or God forbid four black kids in baggy pants with their hats on backwards had did what these cops did they would have been arrested before they even got into the game to ruin it for the people who had paid a huge price to take their kids to a football game.
They are calling this hooliganism. I think it is much more than that. These three Bellevue police officers are evidently unruly drunks and it can’t be their first time. Drinking might make a guy stagger around and maybe make you think you can dance better or look smart because you are drunk. You may think you can even drive better but even a drunk knows better than to bully and taunt a policeman who is telling you to pick up litter. Even after calling in back up cops these drunks were allowed to go on into the stands to cause more trouble. They were finally escorted out but not arrested for public drunkenness, disturbing the peace, disrespecting everyone and using F words in front of the Seattle Police, and families. One drunk supposedly told the man who complained about them in the grandstands that “he better stay out of Bellevue”. Is that really OK? Even this is like the Seattle Police saying well we will look the other way if it is a “fellow cop”, even from another city. Seattle Police say no laws were broken? Do you wonder why people don’t trust or respect officers the way they used to? It’s incidents like this over and over that cause it. Just because they have a badge does not mean they can do something in public that the rest of us are not allowed to do.
Did the Seattle Police give them a free ride home? Did they call them a cab? Did they ask who was the designated driver? Evidently a extra woman was along that was not a cop but supposedly was drunk too. Did Seattle Police alert anyone to watch for their car once they pulled out of the parking lot? Cop’s sit behind a sign watching people leave a tavern and then nail them. These three off duty drunken Bellevue cops should not be given a PAID LEAVE for the month long investigation the Chief says it will take. They should at the very least be on unpaid leave and turn in their badges and guns until the investigation is over. Their pictures and names should be in the paper if for no other reason than to protect the other 216 Bellevue cops. Right now they are all under a cloud of suspicion because the chief is protecting the three drunks. Why were they not arrested for obstructing justice or something? In a month we will never hear about it anymore, their names and faces shielded and the cover up will be complete. LLL
As budgets get tighter and more and more people are watching where the spending is coming from, The Social Security Administration disclosed that they recently purchased 174,000 hollow-point bullets for ammunition needs. It turns out the Social Security Administration trains and has a force of 295 agents (armed) who investigate Social Security fraud and other crimes. These agents execute warrants and make arrests across the country (who knew?). These agents carry .357 caliber pistols! Internet bloggers are surely talking about this new revelation. In particular the type of ammo and how it causes much more damage as compared to other ammunition options available.
So… what’s the point of having the police for these issues then? I guess this makes the Social Security Administration their own judge and jury of who should be arrested and have their house ripped apart at night. While investigating this news I ran across the another agency, NOAA’s Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement who recently are taking bids to purchased 46,000 rounds of ammunition and shooting targets.
I say let the police do their jobs and serve warrants properly. We don’t need these “agencies” making per-decisions of who they believe is guilty and should be taken down. Another example of wasted spending and resources.