Friday, June 29, 2018

Your Government Will Shoot Your Dog

Snopes called the linked report a "mixture" of true and false information, so they clearly didn't do much research into the history of police officers shooting dogs who posed little or no threat.  They have been getting away with it for years, and this is just the latest example of courts willingness to accept any justification if it comes from the mouth of a police officer.  This shooting was also far from the most egregious:

http://www.dogingtonpost.com/federal-court-ruling-police-can-shoot-a-dog-if-it-moves-or-barks-when-officers-enter-a-home/

Police don't always win in court, but that generally happens when state law is not on their side, or their actions violated the letter of the law with no room for ambiguity, such as shooting a dog just because it was running free after it had returned home:

" Plaintiff’s dog was running loose and being pursued by police officers.  However, the dog had already returned home and was calmly sitting in a parked car when the pursuing officers arrived at plaintiff’s home.  The officers entered on the plaintiff’s property with the expressed intent of killing the dog.  When the officers approached, the dog exited the car and attempted to escape by going to the backdoor step at the end of the home’s garage.  The police officers entered the garage and shot the dog with a shotgun."

https://www.animallaw.info/case/city-garland-v-white

At least sometimes they'll leave a note (though won't call a vet):

https://www.thedodo.com/cop-shoots-dog-bruno-1642021091.html

Some of the links are broken, but there are some "good" examples and analysis here:

https://blog.simplejustice.us/2008/12/24/attack-of-the-puppies/

Unfortunately, the coiner of the term "puppycide" now resides behind a paywall, but you can watch the mini documentary:

https:/mini-documentaryost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2016/08/02/puppycide-the-mini-doc/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.8983fc8ff67b

Trigger alert!  The video is very disturbing as a cop lures a friendly dog with kissing noises and then shoots it:

http://mimesislaw.com/fault-lines/puppycide-just-how-many-dogs-do-american-cops-kill/10561

And now there's a database of dog shootings.  Of course, it's not run by the government.  They don't give a shit.

https://puppycidedb.com/     

Your Government Will Molest Your Children

From the article:

"The Fifth Circuit reversed the district court’s dismissal of the § 1983 action under a Monelltheory of municipal liability due to these school rules.
Applied here, this clearly established law means that Higgins violated the constitutional rights of the twenty-two girls unless Higgins reasonably suspected that the missing $50 cash (1) would be found on that particular girl’s person and either (2) would be found specifically in that girl’s underwear or (3) would pose a dangerous threat to students. For what are perhaps obvious reasons, the parties do not dispute that the alleged search failed all three conditions. It was clearly unconstitutional.
And it required a circuit court of appeals to hold this, because it eluded the vice principal, the school district and the district court judge that such a vague yet permissive district policy that allowed 22 preteen girls to have their panties searched without anything remotely sufficient to suggest that any one of them had the $50 was outrageously unconstitutional."
The link:

Monday, June 25, 2018

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Your Government Will Steal Your Children (not talking about illegals here)

From the article: "Outraged by cases of child protective services taking children from their competent, loving parents on flimsy medical grounds, a group in Minnesota has filed a motion in federal court to do what their organization's name suggests: "Stop child protective services from legally kidnapping children.""

http://reason.com/blog/2018/06/18/cps-mom-baby-cops-kidnapping

Your Government Might Place You On A Secret Kill List

Not a joke.

Really.

Even if you are a U.S. citizen.

The fact that a judge has allowed a case to go forward is heartening:

http://reason.com/blog/2018/06/19/us-citizen-suit-over-perhaps-being-on-a
https://ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2017cv0581-13

From the article: "In other words, the kill list policy is so inherently arbitrary there is no way to procedurally abuse it."

Your Government Makes Promises To Veterans It Can't or Won't Keep

GI Bill Housing Allowance. It's not that complicated - and its very existence is about allowing someone to pay their fucking rent while ...