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November 23, 2005

Stop That Loitering!

by Eric

With a hat tip to View From The Porch, we have this lovely photo from Rochester, NY.

Dangerous Loitering

Just to be clear, this man was stopped and arrested because he was “loitering”. He had not actually committed a crime at the point that the police began arresting him. The full story is here.

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  1. When did it become necessary for the police to look and act like paramilitary groups? Just curious.

    Comment by tkc — November 23, 2005 @ 12:35 pm
  2. tkc,

    The police became paramilitary organizations because of the War on (some) Drugs. The Feds passed out all sorts of military surplus equipment (everything from BDUs to M-16s to even M113 APCs) so the cops to fight the Drug War.

    Comment by Kevin — November 23, 2005 @ 1:11 pm
  3. He probably didn’t see them coming because of their clever camouflage.

    Comment by Tam — November 23, 2005 @ 3:49 pm
  4. hehe!

    Of course, since it turns out that he had a “crime gun”, nobody is going to get upset by this. What we will hear, if anything, is that if he wasn’t doing anything wrong, he wouldn’t have anything to worry about. This is, of course, the same line that the Soviet Communists used and the German Nazi’s. But that’s okay, we’re a liberal society, not one of them danged commie or nazi countries.

    Comment by Eric — November 23, 2005 @ 3:55 pm
  5. tkc,

    The police have become militarized because of the War on (some) Drugs. The Feds passed out all sorts of military surplus crap in the name of fighting (some) drugs.

    Comment by Kevin — November 24, 2005 @ 11:15 am

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