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    Rand Paul, Barack Obama, And East Haven CT: Harassing Air Travelers OK—But Not Illegal Aliens
    By James Ryan on January 31, 2012 at 11:27pm





    Thomas E. Perez, Eric Holder's Grand Inquisitor



    When Senator Rand Paul was detained by Transportation Security Agency (TSA) airport security agents on his way to Washington D.C. to address the Right to Life March, the Obama Administration stood behind the agency’s actions. It always does. Last year, it defended an intense public pat-down of a 6 year old girl as “following proper screening procedures”. In 2009, the TSA forced a 4 year old severely disabled child to remove his leg braces and walk through a scanner without assistance. Numerous other similar examples can be found.



    But the Obama Administration is zealous to protect illegal aliens from similar intense scrutiny by local police officers.



    On January 24, the day after TSA agents detained Senator Paul, federal agents swept down on East Haven, Connecticut, a suburb of New Haven, and arrested four police officers—Dennis Spaulding, Dennis Cari, Jason Zullo and Sergeant John Miller, the head of the police union—in a 6 AM (why was this necessary?) raid:





    The East Haven officers assaulted individuals while they were handcuffed, unlawfully searched Latino businesses, and harassed and intimidated individuals, including advocates, witnesses and other officers who tried to investigate or report misconduct or abuse the officers committed, according to the federal indictment.



    FBI arrests 4 officers in troubled Conn suburb, by John Christofferen, AP, Jan 24, 2012



    “Harassed and intimidated individuals”? Sounds like the way the TSA treats air travelers.



    Thomas Perez, the notorious Hispanic activist appointed Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights by the Obama Administration, held a gloating press conference in Connecticut the same day.



    But the incidents of actual alleged violence in the federal indictment, over a four year period, are frankly fairly trivial. The indictment even presents as serious evidence the fact that one of the officers apparently talked privately about "persons who have drifted to this country on rafts made of chicken wings and are now residing" in East Haven, i.e. engaged politically incorrect Crimespeak. Needless to say, if police officers can be arrested on federal charges for making negative comments about criminal suspects, we will soon be left without any police officers in the entire country. (Perhaps that’s the idea.) And, in typical legalistic fashion, much of the indictment focuses a supposed cover-up that began after federal investigations got underway.



    However, the recent charges appear to be part of a federal pincer move against East Haven. In December, the U.S. Department of Justice released a “Letter of Findings Regarding East Haven Police” , claiming that the East Haven Police Department engages in "a practice or pattern of systematically discriminating against Latinos.” Tellingly, it particularly complained that the EHPD was contacting ICE to find out the immigration status of individuals arrested for traffic violations (!) and also that only one EHPD office was “fluent in Spanish.”



    The primary evidence the EHPD’s “systematically discriminating”: while Hispanics now make up a bit over 10% of the town's population—doubling since 2000; East Haven is overwhelmingly white, almost half Italian—they made up a greater percentage of drivers pulled over. AP’s Christofferson reported:





    Nearly half or a third of the drivers pulled over by certain officers were Latino, and the number of Latinos pulled over by certain squads was "extraordinarily high," said Roy Austin Jr., deputy assistant attorney general for the civil rights division.


    (Austin [pictured right] is also participating, with Perez, in the federal lawsuit against Maricopa County Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio for his efforts to stop crimes committed by illegal aliens.)



    But it’s not extraordinary. Federal data show Hispanics are three times as likely to commit crimes as whites. Their driving records are particularly awful. When you take into account that, in any scenario, some people will be both above and below the average, along with the likelihood that some officers were assigned to patrol more heavily Hispanic parts of town, it should not be considered unusual at all for the traffic stops of a few officers to be a third or nearly half Hispanic.



    AP’s Christofferson also reported another Obama Administration claim: “Latinos who were stopped for minor violations were subjected to harsher punishments, such as arrest or vehicle towing, than were non-Latinos.”



    This may sound unfair—until you consider what circumstances typically lead to arrest or vehicle towing in traffic stops. Arrests are made if a driver is found to have committed a crime, such as driving without a valid license. Vehicles are towed if it is unlawful for the driver to continue driving the vehicle—for example if the driver does not have a valid license or the vehicle is not properly registered. Illegal aliens in Connecticut, as in most states, cannot obtain drivers' licenses and Connecticut requires a valid driver's license to register a vehicle.



    Thus any illegal alien stopped by police while driving in New Haven (or anywhere else) is likely to be arrested for driving without a valid license and have his unregistered vehicle towed.



    So what we have here in New Haven is a handful of officers making, all things considered, an easily understandable amount of traffic stops of Hispanics. Once stopped, the Hispanics have a higher chance of being illegal aliens, who then get arrested for driving without licenses or other offenses, and who also have a higher chance of having their vehicle towed due to improper registration or other offenses.



    Yet the Obama Administration arrests and accuses police officers of “unreasonable harassment, intimidation, and searches” of Hispanics based primarily on these easily explained statistics.



    The Republican mayor, Joseph Maturo, supported the police officers. "I stand behind the police department," he said. "We have a great police department." After Police Chief Leonard Gallo, apparently the unnamed co-conspirator in the indictment, announced his decision to retire, Mayor Maturo said "His decision to retire at this time is a selfless act, designed to assist in the healing process," described him as a devoted public servant who "performed admirably in both his personal and professional life."



    (Vindictively, Democrats controlling the police commission have just voted that Gallo be fired, depriving him of his retirement package).



    Members of the Connecticut Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission, an arm of the Connecticut state government established in 1994, have been demanding that both Chief Gallo and Mayor Maturo be forced out of their jobs.



    The Main Stream Media reports, of course, do not question why the state government has such a commission in the first place—aimed at benefitting a specific race, and lobbying in supposedly federal areas of immigration and foreign affairs; or both.



    But April Capone, the Democrat whom Maturo narrowly beat in 2011, gave a news conference predicting that the combination of federal litigation and tort actions could cost the town “millions and millions of dollars [Ex-mayor: Bias claims could cost town millions, AP, December 21, 2011]



    She may be right. It’s almost as if the Obama Administration and the heavily Democratic plaintiff bar were colluding.



    When Mayor Maturo was asked what he'd do to reassure Latino residents following the arrests of police officers on abuse and discrimination charges, he said he'd probably go out for a taco meal. Of course, in our crazy world, this casual comment has become an international scandal even bigger than the alleged police abuse—here’s a story in the London Daily Mail about it.



    Maturo promptly caved in the usual way. [Tacos For Dinner? Mayor Regrets Remark About Latino Outreach, By Korva Coleman, NPR, January 25, 2012]



    How much better if he’d said:





    “Law-abiding Latinos have nothing to fear. The real issue here is the determination of Obama’s Minority Occupation Government and its political commissars in the Justice Department to suppress all American resistance to the illegal immigration invasion.”



    Last word to the New York Times [East Haven Police Chief Retiring After Charges for Officers, by Peter Applebome, January 30, 2012]:





    Some in the community stood behind Chief Gallo.



    “He and the East Haven Police Department are doing their job right,” said Ferdinando Cerrato, 79, a retired barber who said he has lived in East Haven for 47 years.



    The Latino influx in recent years is ruining the town, he said, adding that it is “becoming a third-world banana republic.”



    James Ryan (email him) is an intelligence analyst who lives and works in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

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    AP’s Christofferson also reported another Obama Administration claim: “Latinos who were stopped for minor violations were subjected to harsher punishments, such as arrest or vehicle towing, than were non-Latinos.”



    This may sound unfair—until you consider what circumstances typically lead to arrest or vehicle towing in traffic stops. Arrests are made if a driver is found to have committed a crime, such as driving without a valid license. Vehicles are towed if it is unlawful for the driver to continue driving the vehicle—for example if the driver does not have a valid license or the vehicle is not properly registered. Illegal aliens in Connecticut, as in most states, cannot obtain drivers' licenses and Connecticut requires a valid driver's license to register a vehicle.



    Thus any illegal alien stopped by police while driving in New Haven (or anywhere else) is likely to be arrested for driving without a valid license and have his unregistered vehicle towed.


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    Following making of a traffic stop, is there a way to determine when arrest should be made so as not to profile the illegals, short of imposing quotas aimed to streamline arrests statistically for legals and illegals?
    Last edited by Peter Szarycz; Feb 01 2012 at 10:17 AM.

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    Pence says stop demeaning police...

    Stop Using ‘Every Opportunity to Demean Law Enforcement’
    October 5, 2016 – At the vice presidential debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., Tuesday, GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence said there should be a “complete and transparent investigation” whenever someone is killed because of police action, but he chastised Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her running mate of seizing “every opportunity to demean law enforcement” by accusing them of “implicit bias” when there is a tragedy.
    “We ought to assure the public that we'll have a full and complete and transparent investigation whenever there's a loss of life because of police action, but, Senator, please, you know, enough of this seeking every opportunity to demean law enforcement broadly by making the accusation of implicit bias every time tragedy occurs,” Pence said. Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine said communities and police are made safer through “community policing,” adding that Clinton also has a “comprehensive mental health reform package” and will “fight the scourge of gun violence.” “The way you make communities safer and the way you make police safer is through community policing. You build the bonds between the community and the police force, build bonds of understanding, and then when people feel comfortable in their communities, that gap between the police and the communities they serve narrows,” Kaine said. “And when that gap narrows, it's safer for the communities, and it's safer for the police. That model still works across our country, but there are some other models that don't work – an overly aggressive, more militarized model,” said Kaine, criticizing GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s call for “more stop-and-frisk” policing nationwide.

    “That would be a big mistake, because it polarizes the relationship between the police and the community,” Kaine said. Kaine, “a gun owner” and self-proclaimed “strong Second Amendment supporter,” recalled the mass shooting at Virginia Tech University while he was governor, saying “that painful situation” revealed “gaps in the background record check system” that could have been prevented. “So we're going to work to do things like close background record checks, and if we do, we won't have the tragedies that we did,” Kaine added. Pence said he and Trump will give the police “the resources and tools” they need to “restore law and order.” “Police officers are the best of us, and the men and women, white, African-American, Asian, Latino, Hispanic, they put their lives on the line every single day. And let me say, at the risk of agreeing with you, community policing is a great idea. It's worked in the Hoosier state, and we fully support that,” Pence said.

    Police “also hear the bad mouthing that comes from people that seize upon tragedy in the wake of police action shootings as a reason to use a broad brush to accuse law enforcement of implicit bias or institutional racism,” Pence said, “and that really has got to stop.” Pence then referenced the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C., saying the officer involved in his shooting was “an African-American police officer in Charlotte named Brentley Vinson,” who followed his father into law enforcement. “It was a tragedy,” Pence said. “We mourn with those who mourn. We grieve with those who grieve, and we’re saddened at the loss of life, but Hillary Clinton actually referred to that moment as an example of implicit bias in the police force. “When she was asked in the debate a week ago whether there was implicit bias in law enforcement, her only answer was that there's implicit bias in everyone in the United States,” Pence said. “I just think what we ought to do is we ought to stop seizing on these moments of tragedy. “We ought to assure the public that we'll have a full and complete and transparent investigation whenever there's a loss of life because of police action, but, Senator, please, you know, enough of this seeking every opportunity to demean law enforcement broadly by making the accusation of implicit bias every time tragedy occurs,” Pence added.

    The moderator, CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano, asked Pence about Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-S.C.) personal account on the Senate floor of being stopped by law enforcement seven times in one year. “He said, ‘I have felt the anger, the frustration, the sadness, and the humiliation that comes with feeling like you're being targeted for nothing more than being just yourself.’ What would you say to Senator Scott about his experiences?” Quijana asked. “Well, I have the deepest respect for Senator Scott, and he's a close friend. And what I would say is that we need to adopt criminal justice reform nationally. I signed criminal justice reform in the state of Indiana, Senator, and we're very proud of it,” said Pence, adding that he worked on “a second chance act” while he was in Congress. “We have got to do a better job recognizing and correcting the errors in the system that do reflect on institutional bias in criminal justice, but what Donald Trump and I are saying is let's not have the reflex of assuming the worst of men and women in law enforcement. We truly do believe that law enforcement is not a force for racism or division in our country,” Pence added.

    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/...aw-enforcement

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    Granny says, "Dat's right - he was followin' police procedure...

    No charges for Charlotte officer who fatally shot Keith Scott: prosecutor
    Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 - A prosecutor on Wednesday cleared a Charlotte police officer in the killing of a black man whose death touched off civil unrest, and he presented detailed evidence to rebut assertions that the slain man was unarmed.
    Officer Brentley Vinson was justified in opening fire on Keith Scott and won’t face charges, Charlotte-Mecklenburg District Attorney Andrew Murray said. In a 40-minute news presentation to news reporters, Murray produced evidence that Keith Scott was armed with a handgun and the officer who killed him feared Scott would shoot. The announcement “profoundly disappointed” Scott’s family, but they haven’t decided whether to file a lawsuit, their lawyer said. Scott, 43, was killed Sept. 20 in the parking lot of an apartment complex.

    Much of Murray’s presentation centred on the gun and debunking witnesses who said Scott wasn’t armed. Murray displayed a store’s surveillance video taken shortly before the incident, showing the outline of what appeared to be a holstered gun on Scott’s ankle. He said Scott’s DNA was found on a Colt .380-calibre semi-automatic handgun recovered at the scene. He shared a Facebook conversation from the man who said he sold the stolen gun to Scott and recognized him from TV coverage after the shooting, and police radio traffic where officers talked about the gun before confronting Scott.

    He also released his report online and asked the public to review his findings before protesting again. Two nights of protests after the shooting resulted in looted stores near the scene and in downtown Charlotte, millions of dollars of damage, a fatal shooting and more than two dozen injuries to police officers and others. “The community should read the report. Digest the report. Please do not act viscerally on news snippets,” Murray said.

    A group of several dozen people gathered at Charlotte police headquarters in the rain Wednesday night, saying they don’t believe Scott had a gun. They said a white officer actually shot Scott and Murray and state investigators were using Vinson as a scapegoat despite body and dashboard camera footage only showing Vinson firing his weapon. The protests remained calm. Murray said his team of homicide prosecutors reviewed the evidence, along with other lawyers. He said the investigation relied on 63 State Bureau of Investigation agents working for 2,300 hours. Murray said every one of them agreed with his conclusion. “All of the credible, available and believable evidence supports the conclusion that Scott was armed with a gun,” Murray said.

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