Thoughts, essays, and writings on Liberty. Written by the heirs of Patrick Henry.

July 25, 2010

Double Standard

Idaho: A police dog in the central Idaho resort town of Sun Valley is back on duty after serving a “suspension” for an unprovoked attack on a small schnauzer. Sun Valley Police Chief Cameron Daggett says the 5-year-old German shepherd named Dax took a few weeks off the job after the incident. The dog will […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 8:09 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Police Watch
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July 13, 2010

Did the Jury for the BART Shooting Get the ‘Right’ Verdict?

It was arguably the first nationally broadcast officer involved shooting of 2009. Early January 1, 2009 BART Officer Johannes Mehserle shot and killed Oscar Grant on a crowded platform at the Oakland station. Several videos (see them here) captured by cell phone cameras show what appears to me to be an execution style shooting of […]

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June 3, 2010

Ohio Supreme Court Speeding Ruling Lowers Burden of Proof and Opens the Door Civil Liberty Abuse by Police

Most of us have been pulled over and issued a ticket for speeding or other moving violations at least once in our lives. It’s probably also fair to say that in many if not most cases; we don’t even bother to challenge the ticket because the patrolman says that his radar gun reading showed that […]

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May 15, 2010

Ohio Police Officer Found Guilty In Shooting Of Unarmed Cyclist

Yesterday, an Ohio jury found a local police officer guilty in the shooting of an unarmed motorcyclist: TOLEDO, OHIO — A Lucas County jury has found an Ottawa Hills police officer guilty of felonious assault in the May 2009 shooting of a motorcyclist. After over five hours of deliberations, a jury found that part-time Ottawa […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:45 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Crime and Punishment,Individual Rights,Legal,Police Watch,The Bill Of Rights
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May 4, 2010

This Day in History: 40th Anniversary of the Kent State Massacre

From the Progressive/Left-wing DemocracyNow.org’s coverage: Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Kent State Shootings. On May 4th, 1970, National Guardsmen opened fire on hundreds of unarmed students at an antiwar rally at Kent State University in Ohio. The guardsmen fired off at least 67 shots in roughly 13 seconds. Four students were killed and […]

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April 14, 2010

Quote of the Day – Taken from “Government Brutality and Society’s Shadow”

This is an excerpt from a post from the blog Classical Liberal that was written in response to the post Doug wrote yesterday regarding the University of Maryland student police beating caught on tape. As long as men and women in uniform (State-issued costumes) carry out these violent acts, we think it’s okay, because they’re […]

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Flex Your Rights Presents: 10 Rules for Dealing with Police

The Bill of Rights provides citizens basic protections against unlawful searches and seizures via the Fourth Amendment, protections against self incrimination via the Fifth Amendment, and the right to an attorney via the Sixth Amendment. On a theoretical level, most people probably know this but what does this mean on a practical level? If the […]

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April 13, 2010

Video Captures Campus Police Beating University Of Maryland Student

It’s always a raucous time on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Maryland after a basketball game, especially after a game against the Terrapins long-time ACC rival Duke, and March 5th was no exception as about 28 students ended up getting arrested for rowdy behavior and public intoxication. In turns out, though, that […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:50 am || Permalink || Comments (10) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Corruption,Crime and Punishment,Legal,Police Watch
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March 5, 2010

Quote Of The Day

The state of Washington is currently in process on a bill that will impound any car for 12 hours where the driver is arrested on suspicion of DUI. This will be automatic — whether the car is owned by an innocent third party, or whether someone else in the vehicle can legally drive does not […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:02 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Crime and Punishment,Government Regulation,Government Transparency,Legal,Police Watch,Politics
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December 29, 2009

I’m Going To Turn My Grandmother Into A Radical Libertarian

Okay, maybe not. But I sure have a great way to do so (and maybe to turn a few readers). I’m in Chicago visiting family, sadly with little internet access (sitting outside Panera Bread Co in the car with my napping son in the back). Today we celebrate my grandmother’s 90th birthday. This is a […]

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December 4, 2009

Liberty Rock Friday: “Prison Song” by SOAD

Here’s a perfect song to complement my recent call to action to pass the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009. System of a Down “Prison Song” Toxicity (2001) Written by: Tankian, Serj;Malakian, Daron;Odadjian, Shavarsh; and Dolmayan, John They’re trying to build a prison, They’re trying to build a prison, Following the rights movements You […]

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November 20, 2009

Cory Maye to Have a Second Chance at Justice

With my busy work schedule as it is, I managed to miss the very encouraging news that Cory Maye will get a new trial! I think it will be very interesting how his second trial unfolds now that he will have a better legal team with better expert witnesses to debunk the dubious testimony of […]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 5:14 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Castle Doctrine,Crime and Punishment,Legal,Multimedia,Police Watch,Property Rights,The War on Drugs
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October 22, 2009

Risk and Compliance

For the first time today, TASER international has acknowledged that the use of their electro-compliance device has a higher risk to the health of the restrainee than they have advertised Taser: Don’t shoot stun gun at chest First time company has suggested there is any risk from its stun guns AP – updated 8:23 a.m. […]

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October 21, 2009

Government Reasonability Quiz

On Monday morning around 5:30 a.m. in Springfield, Virginia, Eric Williamson was making coffee (in the privacy of his own home) in the buff. Unbeknownst to Williamson, a woman and her 7 year old son could see him in all his glory as they took a shortcut through his front yard. The woman, horrified that […]

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September 28, 2009

Sorry Granny, “But For The Good Of Everyone, The Law Was Put Into Effect.”

I tells ya, sometimes ya just gotta to make an example of ‘em: When Sally Harpold bought cold medicine for her family back in March, she never dreamed that four months later she would end up in handcuffs. … Harpold is a grandmother of triplets who bought one box of Zyrtec-D cold medicine for her […]

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September 15, 2009

What’s Next, Richard Gere’s Hamster?!

After reading the litany of Radley Balko’s Puppycide chronicles, I still took solace in the fact that if some brute squad mistakenly came to bust down my door instead of a neighbor’s, my 10 lb Yorkshire Terrier, who I refer to as a “barking cat” due to his laziness, would probably not get himself shot. […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:34 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Incompetence,Police Watch
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Nearly 1.5 Million Americans Arrested For Victimless Crimes In 2008

The new FBI Crime Report is out and reveals some interesting information: Prostitution and “commercialized vice” — 75,004 arrests Gambling — 9,811 arrests Drug Possession — 1,401,188 arrests Heroin or Cocaine Possession — 342,210 arrests Marijuana — 754,224 arrests Synthetic drugs (i.e., crystal meth) — 56,184 arrests Other “dangerous” drugs — 248,570 Which leaves us […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 10:04 am || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Crime and Punishment,Legal,Police Watch,The War on Drugs
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September 4, 2009

Shooting the Messenger

JERICHO, Ark. – It was just too much, having to return to court twice on the same day to contest yet another traffic ticket, and Fire Chief Don Payne didn’t hesitate to tell the judge what he thought of the police and their speed traps. The response from cops? They shot him. Right there in […]

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September 3, 2009

Georgia Pastor Is Latest Victim Of War On (Some) Drugs

A Georgia Pastor was mistakenly killed in the a police drug string operation: STEPHENS COUNTY, Ga. — A pastor was shot and killed following a drug sting in Stephens County, Ga., on Tuesday, and the officers involved and friends of the pastor are giving different versions of what led up to the shooting. The Stephens […]

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August 19, 2009

Another Genuine Case of a Police Officer ‘Acting Stupidly’ (So where’s Obama?)

A 38 year-old mother of three, who posed no threat to the police or anyone else, was tasered right in front of her children in January of this year. Yet to my knowledge, President Obama has failed to address this genuine case of the police “acting stupidly.” Maybe it’s because Audra Harmon cannot help the […]

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