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More news on US as a Police State: Police tase a man for no reason

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In St. Paul, police used a Taser gun on a man because the man is black. Pure and simple.

Fortunately, the man had turned on his cellphone video so we have an audible record of the encounter. No telling how many encounters like this go unreported for lack of evidence. NOTE: Body cameras should be REQUIRED of all uniformed officers, and the missing-video presumption should apply. (Missing-video presumption: if the police cannot produce a video that should be available but has been “lost” or “accidentally” erased or whatever, then the presumption is that the video corroborates the account given by the defendant—which does seem a safe presumption.)

Here’s one account (with video) and here’s another. Both make good points, and the comments are interesting.

A few notes from the comments to the above:

DaveM48 writes:

By law, in Minnesota, one is not required to show identification to a police officer unless one is actively suspected of a crime (which includes traffic stops). “Your papers, please” is not supposed to be in the vocabulary of any law enforcement officer. That said, you stand on your rights at your peril. One must ask, in such situations, whether the game is worth the candle.

One is perfectly free, in a situation like this, to ask “am I being detained?” which would be the only circumstance under which showing identification can be compelled. Unfortunately, the answer is all too likely to be “yes”, and they’ll make up something when you get to the station. . .

Wesley Sandel writes:

“Citizens may resist unlawful arrest to the point of taking an arresting officer’s life if necessary.” Plummer v. State, 136 Ind. 306. This premise was upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States in the case: John Bad Elk v. U.S., 177 U.S. 529. The Court stated: “Where the officer is killed in the course of the disorder which naturally accompanies an attempted arrest that is resisted, the law looks with very different eyes upon the transaction, when the officer had the right to make the arrest, from what it does if the officer had no right. What may be murder in the first case might be nothing more than manslaughter in the other, or the facts might show that no offense had been committed.”

“An arrest made with a defective warrant, or one issued without affidavit, or one that fails to allege a crime is within jurisdiction, and one who is being arrested, may resist arrest and break away. lf the arresting officer is killed by one who is so resisting, the killing will be no more than an involuntary manslaughter.” Housh v. People, 75 111. 491; reaffirmed and quoted in State v. Leach, 7 Conn. 452; State v. Gleason, 32 Kan. 245; Ballard v. State, 43 Ohio 349; State v Rousseau, 241 P. 2d 447; State v. Spaulding, 34 Minn. 3621.

Finally, a legitimate reason to carry a gun.

Here’s the video:

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29 August 2014 at 8:59 am

A Jon Stewart segment definitely worth watching

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27 August 2014 at 2:29 pm

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Playtime for a mountain lion

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A determined cat. (Good 1-minute video, but I can’t embed it.)

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22 August 2014 at 10:54 am

Posted in Cats, Games, Video

John Oliver on Ferguson MO

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18 August 2014 at 5:49 pm

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Fascinating documentary of a life in progress

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Really quite good: Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings

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10 August 2014 at 6:29 pm

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An interesting look at Pyongyang

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Via Verge, which provides the context for the video:

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10 August 2014 at 9:39 am

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Video of NASA experiment

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9 August 2014 at 11:22 am

Posted in Technology, Video


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