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January 16, 2014

The police are imprisoning innocent people just for good ratings on reality tv

If you wondered when we officially began living in a dystopian police state, well you can stop. It was thirteen years ago. The First 48 Makes Millions Off Imprisoning Innocents - - News - Miami - Miami New Times
It didn't take long for the cops to arrive. Close behind was a camera crew filming an episode of The First 48, one of television's most-watched reality crime programs. The A&E show hinges on the premise that detectives have 48 hours to solve a murder before the trail goes cold. And in the double murder of Volcy and his 14-year-old housemate, Raynathan Ray, the clock was already ticking. Under the camera's gaze, detectives quickly assembled a grisly assortment of facts. Seven bullet holes pockmarked the apartment. Four 9mm Luger bullet casings littered the floor. The side window was open six inches. Bloody footprints and shoe prints marked the white tile floor like a macabre piece of art. And most important, both victims had been killed by a single gunshot to the back of the head. Whoever executed the boys had been inside the apartment. This had been an "inside job," as the episode would later be named. It was great television. And sure enough, within days, barely past the show's deadline, Miami Police had their man. The missing roommate, 21-year-old Taiwan Smart — who'd been present before the murders but conspicuously absent afterward — was charged on November 18, 2009, with two counts of second-degree murder. "What we have is a circumstantial case, but the circumstantial evidence that we have tells a strong story," Detective Fabio Sanchez said into the cameras as Smart was carted away in handcuffs. Sanchez paused. "It's a shame that these two victims, who were very young, had to lose their lives to a person who they thought was their friend." But the cops' case wasn't nearly as strong as Sanchez made it sound. To lock up Smart — which they'd do for a staggering 20 months — Miami Police would grossly misrepresent witness statements and tell outright lies. They'd take an impoverished kid and destroy his character not only on the streets but on a national scale. Finally, they'd ignore the man who was fingered as the real killer. . . .

January 14, 2014

Ex-cop who shot man for texting in theater planning a "stand your ground" defense

Stand Your Ground really seems to encourage a shoot first, explain later method of resolution to conflict. Maybe the Newtown Kid Coulda Walked?
We have the latest development in the national joke known as "Stand Your Ground" gun laws. The murderous jerk who killed a man in a Tampa theater yesterday because he wouldn't stop texting may be planning to use a "stand your ground" defense. Curtis Reeves, Jr., a retired police captain says he feared for his life after the victim 'assaulted' him with a bag of movie popcorn. Reeves told Pasco County sheriff's deputies Monday that Oulson stood up and struck him in the face with an unknown object when they were arguing inside a Wesley Chapel movie theater during previews. Reeves said he was "in fear of being attacked," according to an arrest affidavit. . . .

January 13, 2014

Police smile as they beat and pepper spray a man in custody

Oh look, yet another video of cops beating the fuck out of people they are supposed to be protecting. police brutality in seabrook police station