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May 17, 2008

The People of Yavapai County, Their District Attorney, and Their Sherriff Cordially Invite Serial Killers To Hunt On Their Land

by tarran

If you are a serial killer who is looking for human prey, you can find some very nice hunting grounds Yapavai County in Arizona. At night, you will be able to force any car you want to stop in a deserted spot at your whim – all you have to do is put some blue flashing lights and a siren on your car and act like a sherrifs deputy..

That is because the sherriff’s office has announced that it is willing to use deadly force to stop motorists on highways even if they are in fear for their safety and are unsure whether the person signaling tha they should pull over is a police officer or not.

And, yesterday, a jury in the county gave its stamp of approval, convicting Dibor Roberts of felony flight and resisting arrest after she failed to pull over on a dark highway:

On Cornville Road, well before the populated area, Sheriff’s Sergeant Jeff Newnum apparently tired of waiting for Roberts to reach a settled area. While he was, in fact, a police officer, he now proceeded to justify every fear an American may have about rogue cops. He raced his cruiser in front of Roberts’s car, forcing her off the road. He then smashed her driver’s-side window with his baton and grabbed a cellphone she was using to check his identity. Accounts vary at this point. While police deny it, the press has reported that Newnum dragged Roberts from her vehicle, threw her to the ground, and handcuffed her while driving his knee into her back.

The sheriff argued that Mrs Roberts should have known that the vehicle signaling her was a police cruiser because it was “fully marked”. I doubt this; I don’t think markings will be visible on a dark road when the only illumination is provided by bright blue lights flashing in rapid and slightly disorienting pattern. Nor is the sheriff troubled by the way the traffic stop was effected. In fact, he praised the officer’s actions, claiming that the officer did the stop “by the book”.

So, it seems that the law enforcement community in Yapavai county is adamant: if someone signals a car driving on a dark county road in the middle of the night and orders them to pull over, they should do it, or face a potentially lethal car crash. They should not arm themselves after they stop, because then the officer is authorized to shoot the driver. Rather they should pull over and meekly await the orders of whomever owns the car with the flashing blue lights. And, if they are lucky, it will be a police officer and not a Ted Bundy who knocks on their window.

H/T J.D. Tucille of the Disloyal opposition

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  • oilnwater

    that is awry policy in reaction to the illegal situation in Arizona, which by the way has been in a virtual state of war with illegal Mexicans for some time now. there have been shooting incidents with Mexican drug gangs, Mexican paramilitary, and even a hijacking incident with the proper Mexican military.

  • http://www.1000needles.blogspot.com David Wilson

    Wow, great post, and god does that make me sick.

  • Aimee

    I’m so glad I don’t live in Arizona anymore. But if a stupid law like that can pass there, its only a matter of time before it picks up steam and other states think that is a brilliant law to have.

  • Sean Lynch

    It seems to me the logical response to this is for everyone, everywhere, to make sure they *only* pull over in a safe, well lit, public spot unless it’s pretty obvious the vehicle is a police car (obvious external lights and other stuff that’s easily noticeable and illegal for non-law-envorcement to have), because legitimizing the belief of some law enforcement personnel that they have ultimate authority over us harms our entire society.

    *They* work for *us*. They are the one with the dangerous job, and it’s not our responsibility to make ourselves less safe in order for them to feel safer or for their convenience. If they don’t like feeling afraid or having to follow a motorist to a populated area, they should find another job.

    On the flip side of that, I really think law enforcement personnel probably all deserve a huge raise, at the same time hiring, training, and ethics standards are raised. This is not to say that there aren’t plenty of excellent departments: San Francisco and San Jose, near where I live, stand out as prime examples of the way law enforcement personnel should behave, though given how hard it is for SF to hire officers, I suspect they could all use a raise.

    The two times I’ve been pulled over in the SF bay area when I wasn’t in a safe area, the officers followed me to a safe area before even turning on the lights, for their own safety.

  • http://www.notyourfathersdemocrat.tk/ Thane Eichenauer

    Sean Lynch,
    The problem isn’t how much government police officers are paid or how much training they get, the problem is that they are GOVERNMENT police and they are given power and authority that no other person outside government is allowed.
    Abolish their special powers and you will make it very unlikely that government police will be running citizens off the road as noted above.

    Continue to allow government police (“the King’s men”) to use and abuse their powers and as sure as the sun appears to rise in the morning more situations such as this will occur.

    Power, once offered, WILL be used, monopoly power, once granted is CERTAIN to be abused. The only question is how often.

    I don’t think that we need to worry about the Andy Griffiths of the world, the problem will be the Barney Fife’s of the world who have a government police car, a government police uniform, a government police gun and one too many government police rounds of ammo (e.g. 1 is too many, even if it is (supposed to be kept) in his shirt pocket).

  • Kathleen

    Did you all see this article on AZ courts letting Warren Jeffs off on a technicality? http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/W/WST_POLYGAMIST_LEADER_UTOL-?SITE=ILROR&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

    This is a prime example why the women in this state are having acts of violence against them in record numbers daily, because the criminals know they can get away with it. A female cannot drive or walk down the street without fear of violent crimes to her from any man that approaches her, even those paid to protect her safety when she calls them, as my story below shows.

    I lived in Yavapai County till 5 months ago. I am an educated college teacher. My uneducated booze drinking husband of 1 year started to beat me up. He did it violently three times. I called the Yavapai County and Prescott Police all 3 times on him for this, and they refuse to do nothing. The first time the County Attorney let him off saying that my husband could do whatever he wanted to evict his wife or anyone out of a business office; in other words, violence can happen outside of the home to a wife. The second time, my husband fled and cut himself with a knife and when police found him, he told them I did it. They arrested me on his lies when I called them. I talked to 3 other women that day that were in similar situations with the judges and police in Yavapai County. The third time my husband broke my collar bone, and gave me internal injuries and dumped me off 100 miles away. When I was able to get to the police, the police said they do not have enough evidence since I went to them after going to the urgent care, and 7 days later when I could get someone to drive me to them.

    I find that this state’s police, sheriffs, and judges do as they please because the freedoms that they have been given to Sheriff Joe.

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