Here's a true story about a friend of mine. His van fit the description of a van associated with the abduction, rape and murder of a number of women. An FBI forensics team goes over his van with a fine toothed comb.
They find a machete, rope, duct tape, and discover evidence of sexual activity. He takes a lie detector test, but the results are inconclusive.
Here's what really happened. The machete, rope and duct tape just happened to be a few things he forgot to unload from a recent camping trip. His marriage had been falling apart for a long time. He'd recently met another women and they were having sex in the van. The inconclusive lie detector test was because he was extremely stressed out that his wife would find out about the girlfriend.
He was signaled out for investigation because he stopped to offer assistance to someone broken down on the side of the road. The person refused help, thought my friend was suspicious, and gave the plate number to the police.
He was cleared, but only because they were not able to put him near any of the crime scenes at the right times. His days were all accounted for.
Had things gone a bit differently, he's probably be serving a life sentence right now, for something he didn't do.
So when you think it's fine for the police to search your car, think of my friend.
I'm a believer in the death penalty, but NEVER for circumstantial evidence. I have to wonder how many people have died for things they didn't do.ReplyDelete
The system has some deep deep flaws.Delete
I've lived in the US off and on for about a year in the 1980's and 90's but of course was completely ignorant of all this sort of stuff going on... When I read what you people write about and what things go on in your country, I'm amazed.ReplyDelete
There has to be an end to it.
Only then can there be a new beginning...
There's a lot of disconnect between who we think we are and who we really are.Delete
In the 80s and 90s it was much more in the background. Now the craziness is front and center.
Somthing the politicians and the police in the UK like to quote when trying to bring some new law restricting liberties: "If you've done nothing wrong, you got nothing to worry about"ReplyDelete
And I think, I wonder what Jean Charles de Menezez, Mark Duggan, Ian Tomlinson(look for them on Google) and a few others who were killed by police in the past few yars would think of that?
Also the blind man Colin Farmer walking along a busy street with his white stick, shot in the back with a tazer because the policeman thought he carried a Samurai sword? No, I am not joking. Oh, and the sheep that was tazered by some Welsh copper a couple of years ago!? Oh, and children deemed dangerous too.
They are the proof that even if you've done nothing, you've still got plenty to fear from the men who purport to be looking after you
Yet when we want to film the police, they get upset, as if they have something to hide.Delete
Probably a lot of lessons to be learned from that one if we took the time to ponder...ReplyDelete
I just retired as a LEO. I was one of the good ones, I like to think. I have had ex offenders shake my hand at walmart. I could not wait to get my time in to retire because of the trends I saw coming.ReplyDelete
Alot of young cops think its cool to whip someones ass, even if they didn't deserve it. I tried to teach my rookies to respect people, their families, ect. Heck I had an old thug gang banger shake my hand yesterday asking where I'd been at. They knew I was fair. I did what had to be done and did not abuse authority.
I've worked it all. A few months ago I ran into a 20 something year old kid that was the son of a parental murder suicide I worked years ago. He had a unique name and then I recognized him. He was 8 at the time and witnessed his dad killing his mom and then himself. I stayed with him that night till his adult sister came from 2 states away to get him. We just stood there wondering what to say. He started to cry and I almost went with him. I gave him my number in case he ever needed anything.
I guess my point is that we are not all ass-holes but they are more and more common. Remember, they get treated worse by the public too.
Actually, it's because enough good LEOs did their job that my friend went free. There were some ready to wrap up the case and put a bow on it.Delete
How many would plant additional evidence on him because they "know" he must have done it?
I've seen a lot good men forced out. Thugs are hired and promoted. Not a good trend.
There are plenty of good police officers. It's the few bads apples who end up giving the police a bad name. That and in my book, a lot of politically correct non-sense that ends up making everybody into criminals.ReplyDelete
These days it seems like you're seen & treated as guilty until you can prove your innocence.