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When the police turn against citizens

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It’s always a danger sign when the police start to turn on the citizens they supposedly are protecting. Ed Brayton:

Here’s an appalling story of sheriff’s deputies in San Luis Obispo, California conspiring to fake a police report and invent a reason why they violated the 4th amendment. A man was target shooting on his own property in an unincorporated rural area and someone called 911 to report hearing shots fired. Based solely on that information, they cuffed the guy and searched his home — without anything remotely like probable cause.

They then took his keys from him to open a locked gun safe in his home, again without anything even approaching probable cause. As the deputies admire the guns they found in the safe, they were told by dispatch that the man had a clear record and that the weapons in his safe were legally registered. Having found nothing, they then had to invent a reason why they went in.

The whole thing was caught on the audio recorders the deputies were wearing — a perfect example of why every single law enforcement officer should have such recorders on them at all times when they’re on duty. There are three Youtube videos documenting all of this and they are worth watching in their entirety.

Bear in mind: The man has done nothing illegal at all. All of the weapons that they seized were legally registered. And they were executing an illegal search to even see the guns in the first place. Every one of those deputies should be fired, immediately.



Written by Leisureguy

30 July 2010 at 9:00 am

Posted in Daily life, Government, Law

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  1. If someone had reported that he had a bag of marijuana the deputies would probably have shot the man’s dogs, too.



    30 July 2010 at 10:05 am

  2. These officers just seemed so trigger happy. Like they were really super bored with the day to day mundane stuff. All ready to Lock & Load and play the Rambo Sheriff top gun role.

    I am very glad they had the video and audio and as i said before I do now, agree that the videoing and taping is a great idea as long as they don’t have the option of turning off the machines at their convenience.

    So I wonder if the Laws will be turned to practice your 4th amendment rights but call and tell us about it first. When I go overseas I have to call my bank or else they block my credit cards the moment I begin them as they report my using as suspicious activity. I have to e mail or call the bank and tell them basically my itinerary.



    30 July 2010 at 3:30 pm

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