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Caught on tape: Cops talk about stealing man’s property over bag of weed

Police officers in Lansing, Michigan are in hot water after an investigative report by local ABC News affiliate WXYZ.

According to the report’s source, officers with the OMNI Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on the home of Rudy Simpson in June 2008, and found a small bag of marijuana and half a pain pill that he’d been prescribed.

While talking about what they should do, officers began to eye the expensive recording equipment around Simpson’s home, ultimately deciding that they could very well take everything if they wanted thanks to the drugs they’d found.

What they didn’t realize is that when they raided the home, Simpson and friends were in the middle of a recording session, and the microphones were live.

“Basically what I heard them talking about is what equipment, what materialistic stuff could they take out of my house,” he told the ABC affiliate. “It seems like…that they were just trying to figure out what they could come out of here with.”

After the incident, Simpson said prosecutors played hardball and even threatened to prosecute him for the medicine he’d been legally prescribed. He forfeited some property and spent time in a half-way home, according to the report.

Simpson also claimed officers were eating his food, and that they stole a gold ring.

Police ended up leaving Simpson’s home that day in 2008 with “a 52” flat screen TV, a DVD player, two computers, a camera and a bunch of DVDs,” reporter Scott Lewis wrote.

Now, two of the officers involved — Lt. Luke Davis and Lt. Emmanuel Riopelle — are facing “dozens” of charges. Both have been accused in a long-running scheme to steal from drug suspects and profit from sales of their property.

In spite of the incident, drug task forces across the nation continue to operate with secret budgets and the backing of laws that permit wanton seizure of property if drugs are discovered.

This video is from ABC News affiliate WXYZ Action 7 in Lansing, Michigan, broadcast Feb. 23, 2011.

[h/t: NORML]

Written by | Stephen C. Webster

Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.

  • Anonymous

    What kind of judge ever gave the law the right to seize assets? IMO it is blatantly unconstitutional, no trial, no conviction, equals no due process. What kind of judge?

  • Anonymous

    I guess this works here, also:

    SOUND: Click! White noise. Another Click! Movie background of car driving on busy street.

    NICK: …hate cops, Guido! I’ll always hate cops!

    GUIDO: Yeah, Nick! I hate cops too!

    PAOLO: Yeah! Me too!

    NICK: I’ll tell you guys what I’m gonna do! I’ll tell ya’ what! I’m gonna get even with every rotten cop in this city!

    PAOLO: Yeah! Me too!

    GUIDO: How ya gonna do it, Nick? How ya gonna do it?

    NICK: You know what I’m gonna do?

    GUIDO: No, no, Nick! Whatcha gonna do?

    NICK: I’m gonna turn in my badgel

    GUIDO: Yeah, yeah!

    PAOLO: Yeah! Yeah!

    GUIDO: Yeah! I’m gonna burn my uniform!

    Firesign Theatre
    How Can You Be In Two Places At Once When You’re Not Anywhere At All?

    http://webspace.ringling.edu/~ccjones/curricula/03-04/satire/readings/sixties/firesign.html

  • Anonymous

    You haven’t heard of the RICO laws and the asset forfeiture program? This has been happening for decades now. The seized assets (which are seized and often sold before a conviction happens) fund more ‘enforcement’ activities. Yes, the police get a commission on raids. Houses, cars, boats, cash, anything they think either came from drug money or was used for distribution. It happens all without a judge and without any real oversight. It’s a cash cow for money-starved local PDs. It’s actually a large part of why some large operations have simply started growing on national park land – the gov’t can’t seize it, and there’s no loss other than the grow when it’s found.

    It’s backwards and wrong, and doesn’t help any of us.

  • Jeebus

    Stealing the contents of a drug users home is standard procedure, the only law the cops broke was discussing it. The Catholic Church used to steal the assets of the homes of suspected witches, the Nazi’s stole the assets of Jews, and now American’s assets are being stolen over flowers.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve seen this my entire professional life. If the cops aren’t stealing for themselves, they quickly become accustomed to the notion of taking the defendant’s property under the civil seizure laws. The fact is that there is a profit motive built into drug prosecutions. Charge a person with possession with intent to distribute and all of a sudden any property he used “in furtherance” of his crime becomes fair game. It’s outrageous and nothing more than legalized theft.

  • Anonymous

    And to make matters even worse now we have the bogus, effing, TSA which has a license to steal our stuff just because we need a ride on the big scary plane. Anyone that thinks we live in a “free” country is sadly disillusioned.

  • Anonymous

    Thank the Reagan Administration. During the 80s the “zero tolerance” notion of how to fight the drug war included not only harsh, draconian sentencing, but provisions for the seizure of suspects’ property to “pay” for the drug war. The police have therefore been incentivized to make arrests and to make the prosecutions stick. The Supremes ruled a long time ago that it’s just okey dokey with them, so don’t expect a Constitutional argument to win. The only thing which will make these seizure laws go away is legislation – and lots of luck with that. Departments have become so dependent upon these assets that it would wreak havoc with their budgets to eliminate these provisions. In the current fiscal climate no governor or state legislator will have the courage to curtail or eliminate these laws, and I’m not even going there with the Republican House. They love portraying themselves as the party of law and order.

  • YeaSayer

    And let’s not forget the Palestinian land that’s been stolen piece by piece by the Israelis for 40+ years.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    What did Clinton say? “There’s too much money in it” to legalize pot/drugs? .. here’s what she was talking about.

  • Anonymous

    Criminal cops?! No sh## !

  • Anonymous

    And just think, these uniformed criminals not only steal with total impunity and never go to jail, but with our tax dollars we also pay them a very nice salary to do it.

  • gypski®

    Time to bring these drug nets to a screeching halt. they re mostly worse then the low hanging fruit that they pick on. Go after the government dealers that perpetuate this fraud.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5Z4JRNXBCO4ZYSUY3WGC3S554I nathan

    JAIL THESE COPS FOR CRIMES AGAINST AMERICAN CITIZENS…LIFE SENTENCE WOULD DO. as a message to any other corrupt cops

  • Anonymous

    it would be very, vey interesting indeed to bug the tables at cop bars here in new york… good way to get oneself killed, too.

    remember this cop i met in kentucky when i was hitch-hiking in the late 1970s… said kids kept leaving drugs in his back seat… gave me a nice bag of herb and some ludes… could be a business in there…

    a TSA goon took my gold gucci nail clipper, of enormous sentimental value to me, stuck it right into his shirt pocket while leering at me “this is a potential weapon!” then when i got aboard flight, found he had also stolen my cashews, sandwich and a fine framed photo of me and my mom which was also irreplaceably precious. and when i got where i was going… no stratocaster guitar, either… at least i got the insurance on that theft.

  • gypski®

    RICO was designed to nab people like the Bush and Koch Families but they have secret immunity. Time that they felt its full effect regardless of national security or state secrets. That’s blackmail

  • Anonymous

    as below and others… there’s the utterly unconstitutional drug wars… remember, prohibition I required and amendment… and the equally unconstitutional ‘drug-exception to the 4th amendment.’ i read some years ago about thsi woman prosecutor in new haven who was famously anti-drug and always applying that ‘exception.’ she’d take it to the maximum and seize a landlord’s holdings if a dealer lived therein… she made whole families homeless. then here teen son started getting busted for dealing and… she kept getting him off… until she was caught and convicted and had all her assets seized… chicken came home to roost…

  • Anonymous

    I’ve said it MANY times before and I’ll say it again. All cops are criminals… 100%! Not 99.9%, 100% of all cops are criminals!

  • Anonymous

    I especially like this.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure the Officers have nothing to fear! There Union will get them Off!!

  • ComradeRutherford

    I have a neighbor that told me to my face that the reason he became a Border Patrol agent is that he wanted to be a cop, but Border Agents aren’t constrained by the Constitution: he joined the BP because he can ‘inspect’ everything without cause or warrant.

  • Anonymous

    We’re all bozos on this bus.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EYINVTYCHV2EYAU46UTLQ6YCNU Daniel

    What a cowardly and shameful profession…

  • Anonymous

    http://www.govdeals.com sells a lot of a siezed property ….

  • Anonymous

    why haven’t the authorities siezed their house and cars along with personals for running a criminal conspiracy under the color of authority?

  • Anonymous

    they have all the right people in place to botch any prosecution if it would occur …….

  • Anonymous

    My first pot buy in NYC was from an ON-duty cop who made house calls. Had a stocked briefcase. Didn’t wonder then where he got it all from but I guess others were jailed for what he then sold to me. So stupid.

  • cannotvote

    These pigs should be put away for life – scumbags!

  • cannotvote

    Bull crap, you scumbag – bring all unions into disrepute by your slanderous rethuglian verbals, rot in you own fecal stained underwear dogbreath!

  • godistwaddle

    Cops thinking laws don’t apply to them? As if this weren’t the case in EVERY police department in the world. I trust cops as I do vipers and large alligators.

  • cannotvote

    Not true, for the most part!

  • Anonymous

    Send the two cops to jail and put them in with the general population. Now that would make a good reality TV series.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    Around Taos a few years ago there was a long string of robberies from small businesses attributed to police. They eventually caught ONE of them in the act, judge sentenced him to the maximum time because he would not rat out any others. These fucking cops even stole the TOWN SAFE.

    I have personally witnessed the sheriff’s dept steal from a pot growing suspect as well, and seen them point AR15 (or M16?) rifles at normal people passing down the street while they did so.

    Cops are NOT your friends. They are either A) thugs who were bullies as kids, or B) people with good intentions that turn a blind eye to their thug friends.

  • Anonymous

    If you want to stop crime, … start at the cop shop.

  • Anonymous

    hey, a whole precinct house in brooklyn was busted for selling crack and
    yet, only one ever actually did time for what any young black guy would do
    10 years… and he got 3 years of ‘house arrest.’ a few years ago, read
    stats on this… takes something like 800 charges before a single policeman
    actually goes to PRISON… guess what a study by SFSU showed in 1989 are the
    jobs preferred by serious schoolyard bullies?
    1. police. 2. lifer in military. 3. prison guard. 4. mental hospital
    attendant. 5. nursing home attendant. any questions? ‘you have the right to
    remain silent.’

  • Anonymous

    If a cop has been on the force for 6 months I GUARANTEE he’s done something criminal. You walk into a room of cops and ask two questions…
    1. Have you ever broken criminal law while on duty? everyone will say no.
    2. Have you ever seen or heard of an officer break the law on duty? everyone would say yes.

    What they don’t realize when they’re answering these questions is when they saw that other cop breaking the law and did nothing about it, they committed a criminal act… it’s just that cops believe that crossing that blue line is worse than committing a criminal act.

    Don’t tell me it isn’t true, I know cops, I KNOW it’s true! And if you actually think a cop would turn in a brother then you’re about as naive as they come – it doesn’t happen.

    If a cop has been on the force for 6 months he has either witnessed a crime by another cop or heard about a crime committed by another cop. Once that’s happened and he didn’t report it – he or she should be in PRISON!

    That’s why, 100% of all cops are criminals!

  • Anonymous

    Obviosely cannotvote is a cop. and since he cannotvote can’t vote, he’s prolly a criminal cop with a felony record in a state that doesn’t allow voting for felons.

    Methinks cannotvote doth protest too much.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry, that’s just a really stupid statement. Next you’ll be telling me that every member of some demographic group is _________________________ (fill in reprehensible category here). Sweeping generalizations are idiotic and reflect a mind too lazy to engage in nuanced thinking. There are plenty of good cops. I’ve met them. And there are plenty of jackass cops. I’ve met them, too. And there are some outright, flagrantly crooked/criminal cops. Have also met them. They’re not all the same any more than all members of any particular group are the same.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Damn straight. If they manage it in Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland, etc., shouldn’t be difficult domestically.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    And bennies and collective bargaining. Everything that you can’t have cause “we’re broke”.

  • Anonymous

    The profession? You’re attacking the entire profession? Jeebus, and when someone is robbing you or burglarizing your house or raping your wife just where are you going to turn for help? It’s like a rash of stupid came and infected this thread. There’s nothing wrong with the profession of law enforcement. SOMEBODY has to do the job. And there’s also nothing cowardly about being a police officer. I’ve known cops who were injured or even killed while doing their jobs. Ever watch a single cop trying to approach the driver’s window of a car he’s stopped? Ever think of just how exposed that cop is at that moment? I’ve been a defense attorney all my career, so I’m the cop’s natural antagonist, but I’m not an idiot so I don’t go around saying I think the world would be a better place without cops. I’ve represented too many criminals to entertain such a silly notion. You think you’d want to be around some of the people I’ve represented? The thugs, gang members, robbers, sex offenders, fraudsters, drunks, and drug addicts who abuse and use everyone around them? Think the world would be a better place if you COULDN’T pick up a phone and get a cop involved? We need to get rid of the crooked and abusive cops, but keep the ones who are just trying to do the job they were hired to do, serving and protecting the public. Even when they’re my opponents, if I know them and their work and that they’re honest, then they have my respect for doing a damn difficult job.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    PAinted people with a broad brush is always wrong. There are still cops that are on the up and up. Prove otherwise.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Please hand in your badge and sidearm.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    BPs are much worse than cops, aren’t they?

  • cannotvote

    I’m friggin English, that why I can’t vote – ya maroon non union kochbreather! Pussies like you make the word apathetic seem tame to describe your spastic political ineptitude. Read this: http://www.redcoat.me.uk/page6.htm and learn how your stupid history has you by the nutz, and there’s nothing you can do about it, because apathetic douche-bags like you never pay attention just shoot off at the mouth and squirt from the nethers – bleedin idjiots! If twots like you took an interest in the process from the getgo the World wouln’t be in such a frenzy – dickwad, all asleep at the wheel since you all first got conned.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LM54MKJEKQEP6GMWROBABKCTOI Larry M

    Our entire judicial system is in the gutter. How about those judges that sentenced children to boot camps for kickbacks? It really goes on and on. And if my memory serves me right, it was those black-robed baboons on the Supreme Court that made it legal for police to steal.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LM54MKJEKQEP6GMWROBABKCTOI Larry M

    In addition there have been “suspects” killed by overly-materialistic cops because the cops wanted something very badly.

  • Anonymous

    There are crooked doctors, crooked teachers, crooked attorneys, crooked firefighters, crooked bartenders, crooked bankers and crooked street sweepers, too. Do you want to vilify each and every profession that has ever had members that felt they were above the law?

    How about toning down your self-righteous bullshit for a minute and realize that without a police force, people like you are completely fucked? Without them, you’d make an easy target for the violent criminals that they do their best to control. If some of them violate their oaths and break the law, then they should be dealt with accordingly. Tell you what — if some thug or psycho decides to attack you or your family, don’t call 911, because whoever responds will be a criminal, according to you. Just sit there and take it, and hope they’ll get bored of beating your ass or raping your wife/daughter/mother and move on. Let me know how that works out for you.

    But until then, shut the fuck up with your nonsense about “the man” or whoever it is you think has so horribly wronged you and stop painting entire professions with one stroke of your ignorant brush.

  • Anonymous

    You are a fucking idiot. Just go away.

  • Anonymous

    And guess what — I saw a guy going almost 90 mph on my way to work this morning, and I didn’t report him. Doesn’t that make me just as bad as any cop who hasn’t turned in one of his coworkers?

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I can’t say I’m shocked. After living in Lansing it became clear that the police and fire were in bed with local politics to such a degree that justice only exists for political contributors of significance. Businesses get closed because someone wants a failed inspection to make way for a new owner and new development. There are people who have watched fire dept personnel fire water PAST a burning building and into the alley behind it…because it served various persons to see that building out of the way. (Note: this is part of how Lansing cleared the holdouts away for its lovely ballpark downtown.)

    I knew one guy who got arrested during a DUI check…because he bragged that he wasn’t drunk…and was right. They strip searched him and his truck until they found a pocketknife…in the truck…with a length of 2 inches…then listed it as a concealed weapon and hauled him off. He got out of the charges…but the point was made: “We can get you on something, anytime, anywhere…if you give us a reason to try.”

    There should be only one cure for dirty cops: death penalty. What they do is too important to tolerate pervasive corruption. This kind of thing will always be a problem when there are so many layers to protect them from paying for crimes.

  • Anonymous

    I know cops… talk to them. They all agree with me. There isn’t a cop in the country who hasn’t witnessed or heard about a crime by another cop. They don’t turn them in – that’s a crime.
    Hey, if the jackboot fits…

  • Anonymous

    Welcome to Amerika where everybody is out to get what they can. Problem is that we are now stealing from each other since there is little opportunity for someone to get what they want through hard work. But, then again there is something about the make-up of most people who want to have authority over the average citizen. Cops have been stealing stuff from “drug” users since Hearst started all this in order to ensure that he got to use his forested property for paper pulp and not have to compete with a much cheaper source known as Hemp.

  • Anonymous

    Funny you should mention it. I actually feel safer dealing with crap myself instead of calling cops. And yes, I can take care of myself.

    That being said, whether or not we need cops has nothing to do with the fact that they’re all FKN criminals!

    I know cops, and I talk to them and they laugh at the fact that ANYONE could work for the force without being somehow involved in a criminal activity by or with others in blue. It just doesn’t happen… even internal affairs is there to prove cops are innocent, not to get to the truth. You’re being kinda foolish and naive.

  • Anonymous

    actually no… because you didn’t swear to uphold the law.

  • Anonymous

    spoken like a true criminal cop. Or maybe you’re a cop’s spouse who doesn’t want to face the fact that you’re married to a criminal so you take it out on those who speak the truth.

  • Anonymous

    Just talk to them… find one cop who hasn’t witnessed a crime by another after 6 months. It cannot be done.

  • Anonymous

    Ok, tough guy. Good luck out there.

    And I’m sure all those cops you supposedly “know” and “talk to” readily make fun of themselves and their colleagues just to reinforce your fantasies of organized crime down at the police precinct. Right.

  • Anonymous

    Yes. They all agree with you, Peter Lawrence. None of them would even think of denying that they’re just thugs paid by the government to suppress your rights, because they know you’re too smart for that.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, so you’re a criminal British Bobby. And that makes you better?

    And I’m actually considerably more involved than you.

  • Anonymous

    I’m thinking you’ve never talked to one, otherwise you’d know

  • http://twitter.com/jessepriest Jesse Priest

    “when someone is robbing you or burglarizing your house or raping your wife just where are you going to turn for help?”

    Police don’t prevent or stop those crimes. They are merely a clean up crew. Will they stop a robbery? If they get there fast enough and someone is able to contact them. Will they lift a finger to recover your stolen property? Nope. Will they be able to stop a rape before it happens? Nope. One in progress? Maybe. Will they ask what the victim was wearing and how much she’s had to drink? Will they be dismissive of the attacker? YES, that’s why 1-3 rapes go unreported.

    Perhaps people who advocate for the elimination of police are acting from emotions that come from a place of anger and frustration. Why the anger? Because rarely are LEO’s held accountable for their actions thus placing them in a higher class. It’s class warfare and one day you’ll be a victim of the pigs too.

    But to call them all stupid is disingenuous at least. There are all kinds of ways to approach peace officers and law enforcement and shockingly, some of them are effective and don’t involve theft and abject violence.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure half of them start off with good intentions.

  • Anonymous

    No, spoken like someone who has been around long enough to see lots of police officers do a lot of good for a lot of people. Unlike you, who chooses to continue defending his absurd argument that all police, everywhere, with 6 months of experience or more, are criminals.

    Just stop already, because you sound absolutely ridiculous. Part of growing up, which you clearly need to do, is learning to admit when you’re wrong.

  • Anonymous

    Welcome to the new america. Eventually they just won’t even try anymore to act as if it’s a free country.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care how much good they do. George W Bush protected the largest environmental area by any one president in history. Does that mean he isn’t a criminal and shouldn’t be tried for treason?

    And I’m pretty sure part of growing up is actually realizing the truth and trying to deal with it instead of sticking your head in the sand.

  • Anonymous

    This is perfectly appropriate for America. Once the cops seize the citizen’s property, the citizen will have to go out and replace it. This is a win for the cops who get to profit from the stuff they seize, and a win for the corporations that get to sell the victimized citizen all new stuff. In fact we could say that this is an ideal win-win situation in any banana republic, not just the US. No wonder America is having so much success in fostering its anti-drug paranoia throughout South America.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if they are that dishonest….then how often do they plant drugs on the premises just to get people’s belongings. Definitely glad I don’t live there. It is damn bad when you cannot trust your local law enforcement. It gives law enforcement a bad name when hoodlums like this steal and victimize people they are investigating.

  • Just call me PB.

    I’d be sure to let the prosecutor, judge, and the dirty criminal cops know that if justice isn’t served to my satisfaction, I would personally make sure vigilante justice was served to my satisfaction.

    The sad part is many cops are dirty and many lie and the stupid judges believe their word over yours. That’s where the movie Law Abiding Citizen comes in…….. good stuff when necessary.

  • Anonymous

    do they pay you to enforce the laws/?
    if yes , then yes

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FONW6K3ZWV4BU4ZTCDCSZHHH6E Mick Jagger

    So who is the real criminal…someone who smokes a flower or someone that breaks into someones home, threatens them and then steals all there things. Revolutions have been fought over less.

  • Anonymous

    “one day you’ll be a victim of the pigs, too”. Well, I can see where you’re coming from. I HAVE been a victim of crime. I’ve also been representing criminals for 26 years. I’ve also represented cops, and gone after cops for their misbehavior. Don’t lecture me about how I’ll see your point one day when I become a crime victim. I see more crime in a year than you’ve seen in your whole pathetic life of bitching about how bad cops are while sitting in your relatively safe community secure in the knowledge that there actually IS such a thing as a police force in your community which MOST of the time actually accomplishes its purpose of preventing crime just by being there and somehow manages to collar at least SOME of the local criminal element even if it’s not as aggressively as you’d like. You make ALL sorts of assumptions about how cops handle rape reports or other types of crimes. Well, as in all professions there are competent cops and incompetent cops and chauvinistic cops and enlightened cops. I’ve see police officers go very aggressively after accused rapists and they’re not talking about what the woman was wearing when she was assaulted. Where I am many of the cops working sex crimes are women themselves, so your suggestion that this is the way all cops handle such matters is bullshit. Have you ever lived in a place where there IS no police force? I have. I lived in West Africa for a while. The only protection against crime was the disinclination of people to commit crimes, but when someone was accused of a crime he was often chased through the streets by an angry mob which sometimes beat him to death. Think that would be a great way to run a community? When we were traveling about my husband and I always had a supply of cheap beer, hard candy, and small bills (CFA francs) so we could pay off the soldiers at the impromptu military roadblocks we encountered. People in this country complain about no accountability. They can’t know what that is until they’ve been at the mercy of some uniformed, illiterate thug who has to be humored and bought off just to get him to leave them alone.

    The cure for cop mis-, mal-, or nonfeasance ISN’T to make stupidly sweeping statements such as “all cops are bad”, or “wait until you’re a crime victim, and then you’ll agree with me that all cops are pigs”. The cure is to raise the standards – educational and ethical for police – and to give them proper training and supervision with accountability for their actions, and to prosecute the wrongdoers. Political leaders who fail to go after bad cops can be voted out.

  • http://twitter.com/Howieisright Howieisright

    Grand theft prison time should be in they’re future.

  • Hologram5

    It’s the illusion of freedom that keeps the sheeple inline. Docility through medication and the allusion to freedom is the anchor. Good little people…

  • Hologram5

    Awesome, almost right out of a dimestore novel. Love it.

  • Anonymous

    he has a tape of this and he still lost his stuff and had to go to a half-way home?

    he clearly had a fantastic lawyer.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/FPBFO6RC5R2HHIP3VXSFU2RZQA mjj

    I think they will be making new friends shortly.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SNWFFXPS52MCMBHFSVHS7A6FFM Don

    And that last paragraph is the heart of the matter. I live in a college town. In a rural area that has a lot of “urban” students. The steroidedly addicted cops beat the shit out of anybody who doesn’t tan as well as the townies ad there is no outcry, until they prey on the townies when school is on break. But do our city fathers object? No, because they receive their cut of the proceeds while the officers receive their medals.

    The thin blue line is the epitome of hypocrisy and criminality. Wasn’t it LAPD chief Bill Gates who said that the LAPD was then biggest street gang in the county?

  • Anonymous

    Ha ha ha ha. Nick Danger, perfect!!

  • Anonymous

    Ha ha ha ha. What’s great about that record is the sporadic beeping of that clown horn!!!

  • Anonymous

    That was good stuff.

  • cannotvote

    Yeah but your writing is pretty banal! As there are good cops there are bad ones, as there are zionist, there are good Jewish people – you can’t go labeling all with the same brush – it ain’t right! Though no taxation without representation is a lie, it wasn’t then but actually is now – go figure! http://www.redcoat.me.uk/index.htm

  • Anonymous

    Assistant District Attorney Mark Brooks stole $627 from me after I was arrested at a festival I was playing at with a small amount of alleged marijuana and a new glass pipe during an un-constitutional raid.

  • Anonymous

    Please . oh please send these pigs to jail.

  • Anonymous

    I have to pay to air up my tires =(

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GCPX7DXZGK2H2CPNYRR5IS5A64 Turnip Mcgee

    “they can take your property without charging you with a crime . . .”

    And. They send you the bill.

    Love these idiots that assert that they are free. . . have they looked around lately – did they smell the fascism?

  • Anonymous

    Hahahaha, I see someone is paying attention….

  • Anonymous

    She probably would like to set up those Florida-style police roadblock/confiscation points where police seize anyone’s cash at will. You got cash??? You MUST be up to no good, now try to get your money back, citizen.

    It would be very easy, at this point, on this comment board, to quote the ‘Stones right now, and say “all the cops are criminals, and all the sinners, saints”….but then I hear a voice, a union brother in Wisconsin, that heard our call, and told Walker: “We know who you work for, we work for the People….” and am reminded of my 5th grade lesson on generalizing and being specific.

    Specifically? Those cops with ethics and morals are too bloody few and far between…..WAY TOO FEW.

    Solutions? Vote for ANYONE other than a democrat or republican next election: do your homework, study the issues, grade the candidates, vote for the one that most closely is aligned with your vision and goals for our country.

    Hint: grade and judge performance on PAST efforts, not on what they promise to do right…AFTER you elect them again….is America Charlie Brown to Lucy’s Establishment place-holder? If not, quit expecting her to hold the f#cking football.

    Job One: ridding ourselves of Bush’s “Electronic Voting” without receipts. Two: real debates, with 5 candidates. FIVE candidates for president EVERY election on EVERY ballot. Or would that cost too much in ink????

    If the company making ATMs can take my card, process my info, give me CASH AND A RECEIPT from my account 7000 miles away instantly….then surely the SAME COMPANY, which tallies our votes, can issue me a receipt stating which candidate I just voted for.

    Or something is f#cking ROTTEN. Other than Cass Sunstein.

  • Anonymous

    if you can find one cop that’s on the force that has never seen another cop break the law, I’ll retract it and say it’s 99.9% but at that point it doesn’t matter.

    As Far as taxation without representation and The Boston Tea Party – actually, if anything, the colonists were angry that there wasn’t enough taxation on the East India Trading Company – a monopoly corporation at the time. And if you live in Washington DC it isn’t a lie. You don’t get a representative in DC.

  • Anonymous

    Now there are some assets that deserve to be confiscated.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L3CO7EDEIVXRO47OAWUBUUBJXA Textynn Textynn

    Every arrest, incarceration, UA, concerning marijuana are all an excuse to exploit people. It is nothing more than an invention to rob people, incarcerate them for profit, and an excuse to hurt people who enjoy hurting people. I wish they would use these resources towards stopping human trafficking and child abusers.

  • Guest

    So, the war on drugs is really abuse of our rights? Noooo… couldn’t be. /s

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    Law Enforcement Officers are the chief cause of crime.

  • cannotvote

    Cops are innocent until proven guilty, just like everyone else.Not that there’s not a bunch of bad apples but you have to prove their guilt, not me!
    http://www.redcoat.me.uk/page3.htm J hancock was a scumbag and a murderer, also a tax evader and a privateer – as many were and their counter parts today aren’t much different!

  • Angra Mainyu

    Isn’t that the biggest, most tyrannical bullshit they’ve pulled? Nevermind the numerous infringments on our human rights, but 9 out of 10 gas stations won’t even provide free air, while we’ve been taught that air is our birthright? They still will charge us an arm and a leg for a few molecules of nitrogen and oxygen, plus a myriad of other gases… I’ve thrown molotovs for less.

    Of course, you know they game the temperature and pressure gauges at gas stations to make you come back sooner for your fix. To what level will they not stoop to rob us of every last dollar?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EHJJXSTSSOCXLTSQBUVIDYUF7M Dave

    Lets here that garbage the cop ass kissers are always spouting about how cops have a really hard job and nobody appreciates all they do. Bull shit. They sit on their fat asses in a car most of the day eating donuts. They are called pigs for a very good reason. Even the supposed “good cops” keep their mouths shut when they should speak up about the crooked cops.

  • hourglass1

    gawd what a completely screwed up country …

  • CaptainHowdy

    These cops will get off the hook with slaps on their wrists. Cops are the enforcers for the crime syndicate government of this country.

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately, Bush is innocent until proven guilty too but that doesn’t mean he’s not a tool or not deserving of a firing squad for what he did. Don’t let guilt or innocence get in the way of the facts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046573071 Matt Mosley

    Fucking cocksuckers. I bet they get let off for “all the good they’ve done”.

  • cannotvote

    bUsh is something else altogether – you’re talking apples and oranges. Look I’m I’m no cop lover but I do believe that there are good cops just as there are good catholic priests and valid protestant ones too, as there are scumbags amongst them – and consequently won’t throw the baby out with the proverbial bathwater in dealing with the actions of a few to judge the all!

  • CozmicSeer

    You got that right. Next time a politician runs on the platform “law and order”, just remember it’s anything but. The Reagans(mostly Nancy and her “Just say no” campaign) got this into motion along with the Rockefellers who also pushed this hard as lawmakers. People like this have no respect for the Bill of Rights and use these asinine laws to subjugate us while living as elites. Those are the ones the laws should be against.

  • Anonymous

    Sure there are good ones… for that first 6 months before they’re taught what’s what. I have a good friend who was a cop who left the force after 6 months because he realized how much of a criminal he would have to be to stay.
    That first time they take a donut they’ve broken the law “I’m more willing to protect this area than that other one because I don’t get free food there”. That first time they park illegally to have lunch, they’ve broken the law “I’ll tell people it’s because I never know when I’ll have to leave suddenly even though has ever had to do that”. When that becomes ok, it’s suddenly ok to pull someone over for a “busted tail light”. “Maybe I’ll get a bust for something”. Then it’s easy to handcuff someone and detain them just because they’re jogging and black at the same time – “he must’ve been running for a reason”. Suddenly it’s ok to beat someone. You just found with a pistol and brick of hash, “He was guilty anyway.” “I’ll just plant thia knife so his death will be justified… I know those other guys that are watching won’t say anything because that would be wrong”.
    Saying 6 months instead of 2 weeks is pretty liberal,

  • cannotvote

    So what you’re saying is that you’re a liberal cop hater?
    I think you’ll find that most progressives aren’t the hating type – perhaps a short coming of progressives. Maybe we need a mass murdering cop killer like you to practice what he seems to be preaching – but I think that may not be a fair description of you. Look, when you live a world that has more guns that people in it, you expect to get a brutalising control mechanism – America has been this way since it’s inception, the very fact that you have the right to ‘roll your sleeves up’, really screws your nation up. The resulting confusion is by design, it keeps you all subdued, by necessity or you’d all be up in arms, this is further exemplified by religious division – again designed to keep you all confused. Then further to that you dumb down the proletariate, by diminishing the quality of your education – and hey presto you get the likes of you, whinging about the irrelevent and failing to realise what the real malaise all about. You been lied to, misled and diverted from the simple path to cohesion by a bunch of scumbag elite who keep you all distracted by these irrelevencies – abortion, gun contol, plus a whole slew of others via a propagandising controlling media – when all the time you miss the real issue of being fucked over, lied to and treated like the sheep you all are – the police are just the dogs that bite at your heels, corralling you into fences that surround your ineptitudes – get up and do something about what ails you, instead of just whinging about shit – ACT.

  • Guest

    I think you meant to say “an excuse to hurt people for people who enjoy hurting people.” Great comment other wise, and I agree!

  • Anonymous

    Never talk to cops even if you think you know them. Never let them in your house or car. Always ask them if you are free to go, am I under arrest officer or can I be on my way. If detained never let them question you just say I wish to have an attorney present as I am exercising my Constitutional rights. yada yada Then they say “It will go easier on you if you…” and then you simply repeat what you said before in rational and polite speaking voice. If you are black, brown, or poor… run like hell. The only thing that intimidates police is a white rich dude. How many times have you seen a guy in business suit getting wacked on?

  • Elim

    How in the fuck do these cops get a judge to sign a warrant on the basis of an anonymous tip? The tip was phony, obviously. That Luke Davis asshole is probably the one who called in the tip.

    No wonder everyone hates cops so much.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not the cops fault when it comes to corruption. It’s the moralistic laws that create the problems. I’m old enough to remember when cops were there to protect and serve. The laws against consensual crimes and banned substances always create corruption but when Nixon ratcheted up the war on people in 1971 crap really hit the old rotary oscillator. Stealing private property has become the normal operating procedure. In fact a lot of the departments actually put it in their budgets as a source of revenue. We don’t have a clue how deep this goes but safe to say our lawmaker$ are also in on the “scam”. We need to end this drug war before it ends us. copssaylegalizedrugs.com

    And then there’s this; http://stash.norml.org/maui-police-lobbying-against-medical-marijuana-on-duty-in-uniform

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, those “baboons” have helped keep the wheels of this “cash cab for cops” rolling. It all starts at the top.

  • overdoneputaforkinit

    So the banks can file phoney legal paperwork to take your house and also confiscate and sell your stuff, even if they don’t hold the mortgage, and also the cops can raid your home and take all your valuable stuff, if they find a tiny, tiny bit of marijuana. Do we live in a materialistic society?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PWZAZBDDS63ZMWKS6WP2NGMTPQ jARED

    Why should you not have to pay to run that motorized pump. If you want free air, just open your tire and let it fill up. If you need a motor and electricity, then you have to pay.

    A sense of entitlement and complete ignorance are not an attractive match.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3WYAWTN4LJ2TAZGFCL3U4H6AWM TheGuru

    …and these are the guys that we trust of lives with. Sad as it may seem, these law enforcement officers are an example of a shockingly significant portion of their community.

  • Sandi

    I remember being a single parent trying to get by on $2 an hour plus tips. I was so far below poverty level that it seemed impossible to ever make my way out of the hole. DARE and other drug enforcement officers drove around beautiful hot rods as a way to show off to the drug dealers. Those rods were paid for from property seizures.

    They claimed it was supposed to be a deterrent. It wasn’t. It was kicking those who were down and making them wonder why they were trying so hard to make it out of poverty legally when it’s obvious that the PowersThatBe don’t play by the same rules. It only pushed many over the edge and into the black market economy.

    Few police departments today still “Protect and Serve”. They’ve forgotten that they are public servants. They’ve created a mentality of us vs. them out on the streets and now, in many places, it’s all out war. It’s time to change that.

  • Anonymous

    There is no gawd.

  • Anonymous

    This is completely unconstitutional. The cops get away with this because typically, most people do not have the money to mount a proper legal case against the cops. In addition, the prosecutors, cops, and judges will always work together to ensure that the corruption continues. Basically here is the decision making process for crooked cops who are about to violate someone’s rights:
    1. Does this person have adequate funding to take proper legal action against us (upwards of $50,000)?
    2. Does this person have the inelegance, discipline, and motivation to go through a legal battle, which could possibly take well over a year to complete?
    3. In other words, is this person a lazy pothead, or does he have his act together?

    In the end, if you have the guts, and put forth the effort, you will win. If not, they will screw you.

  • Anonymous

    No, I’m a centrist hater of criminals whose job is not just to know the difference but to set an example.

    I’m not missing any issues. I know what needs to be done.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed… goes to my very first statement. They’re all criminals.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jacob-Trailertrash/100001877745318 Jacob Trailertrash

    Hey Anonymous when you finish with the Koch brothers here are your next targets.

  • Rush Goofbaugh

    like child molesters…. these criminals gravitate to the job for a reason.

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