The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, (and Explosives!) has been fighting cigarette smuggling by smuggling cigarettes. Agents buy smokes in low-tax states like Virginia and sell them in high-tax states like New York. The sting operations are supposed to help build cases against smugglers, but ATF is cashing in too.
By law ATF may keep booty to cover "operational expenses." As if the line between law breakers and law enforcers wasn't blurry enough already, a recent inspector general report highlights a "serious lack of oversight" at the agency. Seems that confidential informants have been allowed pocket, not expenses, but profits amounting to millions of dollars. ATF agents have "misused" $162 million in sting operation profits and "lost track" of $420 million cigarettes. (Yes, this is the same ATF that lost more than a thousand weapons during the infamous Fast and Furious fiasco.) And if you're having trouble distinguishing the "good" guys from the "bad" guys, just remember: The "good" guys are the ones who get taxpayer-funded salaries and pensions.
But hey, don't federal agents have better things to do! Well, ATF's own most-wanted list features men suspected of crimes like murder, so yeah, agents could focus more time busting violent criminals. Then again, cigarette smuggling is much more lucrative.
The owner of a Raleigh County Dairy Queen waits 3 hours for police to arrive after catching a copper thief in Glen Daniel.
911 operators said a state trooper was dispatched to the Dairy Queen on Route 3 at 6:30p.m. on Sunday.
According to Dairy Queen owner Christy Milam, it would be three more hours though before help arrived.
She said she first learned of the theft after receiving a call that the power was out at the store. When Milam and her husband arrived; however, they discovered at least two people attempting to steal copper.
At that point, Milam said she called police while her husband chased one of the suspects down the street.
When he finally had the suspect at gunpoint, she said her husband was able to detain the man for almost an hour, but released him after an hour without police backup.
"I would just hate to see someone with the brains blown out behind the counter waiting three hours for police to get there," said Milam.
59News reached out to state police for their side of the story on Sunday.
State Police confirmed Trooper Robinson with the Whitesville detachment was dispatched to the scene, but would not confirm the time of his arrival or whether an arrest was made.
More than 90 percent of those accused of a crime forgo their constitutional rights and plead guilty. The rarity of jury trials is because government officials have deliberately engineered the system to bypass the Constitutional safeguards provided by a jury trial.
“Democracy means that if the doorbell rings in the early hours, it is likely to be the milkman.”—Winston Churchill
It’s 3 a.m. You’ve been asleep for hours when suddenly you hear a loud “Crash! Bang! Boom!” Based on the yelling, shouting and mayhem, it sounds as if someone—or several someones—are breaking through your front door. With your heart racing and your stomach churning, all you can think about is keeping your family safe from the intruders who have invaded your home. You have mere seconds before the intruders make their way to your bedroom. Desperate to protect your loved ones, you scramble to lay hold of something—anything—that you might use in self-defense. It might be a flashlight, your son’s baseball bat, or that still unloaded gun you thought you’d never need. In a matter of seconds, the intruders are at your bedroom door. You brace for the confrontation, a shaky grip on your weapon. In the moments before you go down for the count, shot multiple times by the strangers who have invaded your home, you get a good look at your accosters. It’s the police.
Before I go any further, let me start by saying this: the problem is not that all police are bad. The problem, as I point out in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, is that increasing numbers of police officers are badly trained, illiterate when it comes to the Constitution, especially the Fourth Amendment, and, in some cases, willfully ignorant about the fact that they are supposed to be peacekeepers working for us, the taxpayer.
Yesterday was a terrible day for me. An officer from The Mooresville Police Department came to my house bent down on his knee and called my chihuahua to come to him out of my yard. Well she started walking to him…and so did my pit bull. The officers backup started to pull out her taser but before she could the other officer that was on his knee managed to stand up and fire his 9mm gun at my pit bull. Hitting her 3 times AND busting the back window out of my Suburban. One of the bullets went into Pinchs paw and shattered the bones. The others were deep muscle wounds in her other legs. Thank GOD we found a vet to help us with her. She had surgery last night and is going to be okay. But here’s my question…What would you do if an officer fired his gun at your house just to hit a dog who was not threatening him. He shot at her just because she was a pit bull. And he was scared. My chihuahua would’ve bit him before pinch would’ve. Even the vets said she was a wonderful dog and very gentle even with half her paw blew off. The MPDs claim person has already called about fixing my back window on my truck but I feel like they should pay the vet bill too!!! He called them out of their yard. Then shot my baby girl. Because he was scared. Keep in mind this was during the day in the middle of subdivision. I’m still shaken up by it all. I’m just thankful my baby girl is gonna be ok. But again I think MPD should pay for her vet bill. What do y’all think??
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD MT.NET, IF THERE'S ONE THING YOU DO IN LIFE, IT'S KEEP POLICE AWAY FROM YOUR PETS.
He handcuffed one of the drivers and put her in the back of his patrol car, then waited for the other drivers to leave.
After the two were alone, the woman said he raped her in the backseat while in uniform and wearing his gun belt, according to court records. He then took her to jail for reckless driving. Investigators said DNA and video evidence confirmed the woman's story.
(10-23) 08:11 PDT SANTA ROSA -- Sonoma County sheriff's deputies reportedly shot and killed a 13-year-old boy Tuesday who was armed with what turned out to be a fake rifle in Santa Rosa, the third fatal officer-involved shooting in the Bay Area in less than a day, authorities said.
Andy Lopez died at the scene of the shooting near Moorland and West Robles avenues after being shot while carrying toy gun that belonged to a friend, according to the Press Democrat, citing the boy's father.
On Monday night, Union City police shot and killed a parolee armed with a pipe. Early Tuesday, a San Bruno officer shot and killed a stolen-car suspect who had aimed the vehicle at him, authorities said.
A Las Vegas police officer shot and wounded an unarmed man he mistakenly thought was a homicide suspect Monday night.
Police said the shooting happened about 10:30 p.m. at a 7-Eleven near Nellis Boulevard and Stewart Avenue.
The officer told investigators he thought the man was the suspect in a pair of Sunday killings at the Pacific Harbors Sunrise apartments, near Sahara Avenue and Nellis.
The officer told the man to put his hands in the air, but he hid his right arm as he backed away from the officer, police said. The officer, whose name will be released after 48 hours, felt threatened and fired at the man.
“The individual was struck once in the abdomen and was transported to University Medical Center,” Deputy Chief Al Salinas told reporters at the scene Monday. “Subsequently, there was no weapon found.”
The man is expected to survive the shooting. He is not a suspect in Sunday’s homicide investigation.
Police refused to release the name of the man who was shot, citing the ongoing investigation.
The officer has been placed on routine, paid administrative leave pending an investigation into his actions.
Monday’s incident was the 11th Las Vegas police shooting this year, and the third involving an unarmed suspect.
Just to quickly recap her story, Gabby is an honor student who was brutally beaten by Bloomington IL police officers back in June. She was hit in the face with a night stick by a female officer, which knocked out her teeth. She was choked unconscious and when she came to, she was forced to walk across a parking lot full of people with her naked chest exposed. She suffered a concussion and had to spend 2 days in jail with limited medical attention. Since then she had to have emergency dental re-construction surgery and is still left with bruises over her body.
Now, Gabby is in another fight—she is facing two felony charges that might send her to jail for 3-5 years. She has never been in trouble before and she is in desperate need of your help.
Can you believe this shocking video?!?! Police caught red handed in trying to incite violence and start a riot! If they would have been successful, that would have giving the police an excuse to attack the public protesters
This behavior is SICK and those police along w/ anyone involved need to be held accountable.
NBC's location scout, Philip S. Plowden, tries to force citizen to stop legally filming from a public sidewalk. Calls for the police to intimidate citizen for exercising First Amendment. NBCUniversal was filming an episode of their new show "Chicago PD" when they intimated and infringed on my 1st amendment right to free press.
A veteran police sergeant in North Texas was arrested Tuesday and accused of stealing fancy new tennis shoes during a drug raid.
Sgt. Antoine Williams, 37, a supervisor in the Fort Worth Police Department's narcotics unit, took the sneakers during a search of a suspected drug house in East Fort Worth on Oct. 16, according to court documents.
Two officers involved in the raid reported what had happened, and the department's Special Investigations Section searched Williams' Arlington home on the following day, the documents said. Inside, investigators seized four pairs of shoes, including Air Jordans similar to the shoes missing in the drug raid.
Idaho police shot and killed a dog over the weekend in front of a two-year-old boy. While the cops from Boise, Idaho say they felt threatened by the dog, named Kita, the owners of the dog dispute those claims, according to a report by Idaho media outlet KTVB.
On Sunday, two officers were investigating a theft in the area where Kita and the Stropkai family lived. Gabrielle Stropkai said she let her dog out to go to the bathroom. The police say they were threatened by the dog because she was running towards them. “The dog came upon the officers quickly and they felt it was about to bite them. This is a very dog friendly community,” Deputy Chief Pete Ritter said in a statement to KTVB. “Dogs running loose are a safety risk, for people and for the dogs. This was a very unfortunate situation for everyone involved.”
The family and some other witnesses have a different story. “ She was walking by and went 'ruff ruff' just a couple of little ruffs and that's when she was walking by she didn't jump at him or anything,” said one witness, though other witnesses said the dog was “barking and snarling.”
Gabrielle Stropkai said the cops quickly decided to shoot Kita. “In about five seconds he pulled his weapon, asked whose dog it was, and shot her in the back of the head,” she told KTVB. This was all done in front of her two-year-old son named Hayden.