Posts Tagged ‘police’

Right, so here it is. A woman was arrested at a Wall-Mart in Tulsa, Oklahoma for attempting to “cook” meth IN the store. The police say she was there for six hours taking chemicals off the shelf and mixing them. You can read the whole story at msnbc.com. So, this meth-head ventured into a store where there were sure to be children (I mean, it was Wally-World after all) and proceeded to try to make meth? Are you kidding me? The story says that security called police after they spotted her acting suspiciously. It took them SIX HOURS to determine that she was acting suspiciously? Again, are you kidding me? This is one reason I don’t shop at Wall-Mart. Call me crazy, but it seems as if that particular retail chain just seems to attract characters like this. I’ll pass, thank you.

Wally-World Meth-Head

Wally-World Meth-Head

A man from Connecticut was arrested Thursday after his son’s daycare center found a joint in the 18 month-old’s lunch box. Apparently the man had dropped it in there while he was preparing the food for his toddler the night before. You can read the original story at NBCConnecticut.com.

Listen, I know there is this huge movement to legalize marijuana going on in the country right now, but folks at the moment it is still illegal. You risk yourself and your family by using the stuff, no matter what your views on it may be. When, or if, pot does become legal then go for broke. One thing I will say, however, is that while you are an adult and can make choices like that – your kids are not. As a parent you have a responsiblity to put their welfare ahead of your own. That’s your legal and moral duty as a parent. So many people fail to realize that when it should be something that goes without saying – in other words – common sense.

Monday Nov. 28, 2011 an Atlanta woman attacked her own two children – one of them with deadly results. The woman’s 8-year-old boy was beaten and thrown out of a window, but the brave youngster managed to run to a neighbor’s house where the police were contacted. Unfortunately, his 4-year-old sister was still in the home. By the time police arrived the mother had already managed to stab her daughter to death. The woman was subsequently shot and killed by the responding officer. Get the full story at 11alive.com.

“Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.” Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa

What manner of evil rules the mind that turns its murderous rage against the most helpless members of our society? What now for that innocent boy who has lost not only his sister but his mother as well to an indescribable madness of the soul? One can only hope he finds a way to overcome the trauma and pain this tragedy has surely writ into his heart.

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems as if pepper spray keeps popping up in the news lately. The most infamous incident, of course, is the protest at UC Davis when the campus police doused a group of peaceful protestors. I know, I know, they were told to move and refused, but c’mon people. They were just kids and they weren’t hurting anyone. Was the pepper spray really necessary? I’d have to say no, but that’s just my personal opinion.

There is also the incident in North Carolina where an off-duty officer sprayed a crowd. You can read the story in another post here at Anonymous Artichoke that specifically addresses it. Anyway, the officer claimed the crowd was getting out of hand and that he only sprayed a little “puff” in the air to regain control. That worked beautifully, of course. What better way to calm people down than to shoot a horrendously painful irritant at them?

Also, there’s the story about the elderly lady, the priest, and the pregnant woman who got sprayed at an Occupy protest in Seattle. Sounds like the opening line for a joke, doesn’t it? Unfortunately it isn’t. Read about it here. The police spokesman claimed that “Pepper spray was deployed only against subjects who were either refusing a lawful order to disperse or engaging in assaultive behavior toward officers” (www.seatlepi.com). Wow, so this 84-year-old woman must have been a hellcat I guess. Add in the priest and the pregnant woman and you’ve got a trio of major offenders there.

There were also several people arrested during the incident. A young girl who swung a stick at an officer, several individuals suspected of pedestrian interference, and a man who threw an unknown liquid on an officer. Hmm, it’s enough to make you think twice about visiting Seattle isn’t it? With all those dangerous people on the loose and all.

On a side note, I had to look up “pedestrian interference” because it sounded so damned stupid I just had to know what it was describing. Here is the definition straight from the Seattle Municipal Code*:
SMC 12A.12.015 Pedestrian interference.

A. The following definitions apply in this section:

1. “Aggressively beg” means to beg with the intent to intimidate another person into giving money or goods.

2. “Intimidate” means to engage in conduct which would make a reasonable person fearful or feel compelled.

3. “Beg” means to ask for money or goods as a charity, whether by words, bodily gestures, signs, or other means.

4. “Obstruct pedestrian or vehicular traffic” means to walk, stand, sit, lie, or place an object in such a manner as to block passage by another person or a vehicle, or to require another person or a driver of a vehicle to take evasive action to avoid physical contact. Acts authorized as an exercise of one’s constitutional right to picket or to legally protest, and acts authorized by a permit issued pursuant to the Street Use Ordinance, Chapters 15.02 through 15.50 of the Seattle Municipal Code, shall not constitute obstruction of pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

5. “Public place” means an area generally visible to public view and includes alleys, bridges, buildings, driveways, parking lots, parks, plazas, sidewalks and streets open to the general public, including those that serve food or drink or provide entertainment, and the doorways and entrances to buildings or dwellings and the grounds enclosing them.

B. A person is guilty of pedestrian interference if, in a public place, he or she intentionally:

1. Obstructs pedestrian or vehicular traffic; or

2. Aggressively begs.

C. Pedestrian interference is a misdemeanor.

Legislative history/notes:

(Ord. 117104 Section 1, 1994: Ord. 116897 Section 1, 1993: Ord. 113697 Section 1, 1987.)

Cases: Subsection B 1 was upheld as constitutional in a challenge based on breadth and vagueness and does not deny equal protection of the laws. Seattle v. Webster, 115 Wn.2d 635, 802 P.2d 1333 (1990).

*Here is the site if you want to look for yourself.

A man who apparently styles himself as a “superhero”, complete with costume and mask, used pepper spray to disperse a fight outside a bar in Seattle. Read the story here. I’m not sure what to make of this one. On the one hand, dressing up in a body suit, wearing a mask, and acting out your fantasies as an “alter ego” is definite therapy territory. On the other hand, stepping in to break up a fight could be seen as the action of a good Samaritan. You’ll have to read the story and judge for yourself. There just isn’t enough information there for me to say, but I couldn’t help posting it here because of the reference to pepper spray . . . and the superhero bit. *Chuckles* Anyone see that movie Kick Ass?