I don't actually care much for people who deliberately stand in their front yards videotaping police officers, often enough just so that they can get hassled and make a statement about the MAN. It's pretty juvenile and petty and doesn't actually promote civil society or engender trust.
Kyllo v. United States, 533 U.S. 27 (2001), held that the use of a thermal imaging device from a public vantage point to monitor the radiation of heat from a person's home was a "search" within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment, and thus required a warrant. Because the police in this case did not have a warrant, the Court reversed Kyllo's conviction for growing marijuana.
Seattle considering body cams for police.
Should Cops Wear Body Cameras? [video | 01:44].
Butler County (KS) Officers get cameras on their uniforms.
the_artificer: "the use of a thermal imaging device from a public vantage point to monitor the radiation of heat from a person's home was a "search" within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment, and thus required a warrant."
The second reason I can offer for reading what follows is that it is not chock full of opinions, but experimental evidence. Liberals have stereotypes about conservatives, and conservatives have stereotypes about liberals. Moderates have stereotypes about both. Anyone who has watched, or been a liberal arguing with a conservative (or vice versa) knows that personal opinion and rhetoric can be had a penny a pound. But arguing never seems to get anywhere. Whereas if you set up a fair and square experiment in which people can act nobly, fairly, and with integrity, and you find that most of one group does, and most of another group does not, that’s a fact, not an opinion. And if you keep finding the same thing experiment after experiment, and other people do too, then that’s a body of facts that demands attention.
The last reason why you might be interested in the hereafter is that you might want more than just facts about authoritarians, but understanding and insight into why they act the way they do. Which is often mind-boggling. How can they revere those who gave their lives defending freedom and then support moves to take that freedom away? How can they go on believing things that have been disproved over and over again, and disbelieve things that are well established? How can they think they are the best people in the world, when so much of what they do ought to show them they are not? Why do their leaders so often turn out to be crooks and hypocrites? Why are both the followers and the leaders so aggressive that hostility is practically their trademark? By the time you have finished this book, I think you will understand the reasons. All of this, and much more, fit into place once you see what research has uncovered going on in authoritarian minds.
"A group of Rochester citizens meeting to show support for a woman arrested while video taping a police traffic stop claim police harassment.
Members of the group IndyMedia say several police officers converged on Clarissa Street late Thursday afternoon and began ticketing their parked cars for being more than 12 inches from the curb. A member of the group video taped the incident and posted the video on line. The pictures show police using a pink ruler to measure the distance from the curb to the wheels, and then issuing parking tickets.
Spokeswoman Dawn Zuppelli says this was obvious retaliation. 'This was a clear intimidation tactic. And I'm outraged about it. It was an appalling use of city (police) resources. They told us it was citizen complaints about how the cars were parked, and I don't believe it for a second. I absolutely think we're being targeted. They're leaving us a message that they are angry about this. It's gotten international coverage at this point, the misconduct of the RPD and they want to let us know that they're not happy about it,' Zuppelli said."
"An Indymedia activist video-documented [06:42] some of the measuring activities, which you can see here. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Rochester police chief says the officers hadn't been assigned to ruler patrol, and that an investigation will now take place—possibly to coincide with their other investigation regarding the circumstances surrounding Good's arrest. Well, it's good to stay busy." *
Mazzeo says the officer told him Good claimed to know the man that was being frisked in the video. He says because she claimed to have an association with the man, the officer had further reason to be concerned about her demeanor.
" ... First Assistant District Attorney Sandra Doorley said after court today that the office agreed to the dismissal of the charge because Good’s actions did not meet the needed elements of the crime.
The dismissal of the criminal charge, however, may not bring an immediate end to the controversy. Police say they have started an internal investigation into whether Good’s arrest by Officer Mario Masic was justified. Also, Good is considering a civil lawsuit, according to local lawyer Donald Thompson.
That action could challenge the training programs for Rochester police, Thompson said. ..."
In a joint statement from the mayor's office, the police chief, and the city council president, all three city leaders say they see no purpose in pursuing the charge.
"We believe that the incident that led to Ms. Good's arrest and the subsequent ticketing for parking violations of vehicles belonging to members of an organization associated with Ms. Good raise issues with respect to the conduct of Rochester Police Officers that require an internal review. A review into both matters has been initiated," the statement reads.
"Whatever the outcome of the internal review, we want to make clear that it is not the policy or practice of the Rochester Police Department to prevent citizens from observing its activities - including photographing or videotaping - as long as it does not interfere with the safe conduct of those activities. It is also not the policy or practice of the Department to selectively enforce laws in response to the activities of a group or individual. This has always been the case and it is being reinforced within the Department, so that it will be abundantly clear to everyone."*
While Emily Good visited the library on Thursday afternoon, someone broke into her home and stole the very iPod she’d used to make the controversial film of a police stop, Good said today.
After court and the dismissal of the criminal charge against her this afternoon, Good revealed that her home was broken into during an hourlong period while she visited the library.
The thieves also stole money, Good said, but other items — such as her roommates’ laptops that were in plain view — were left. She said she thinks someone was watching the home because they knew when she was not there.
She did file a police report, Good said.
“The police took 25 minutes to come,” she said. “They showed up with seven officers.”
Whoever broke into the Aldine Street home kicked through a back door, Good said.
“The door was destroyed,” she said.
"For prosecutors, however, the question was much more narrow: Did Good illegally impede police as defined by the state’s criminal laws? ... First Assistant District Attorney Sandra Doorley said after court today that the office agreed to the dismissal of the charge because Good’s actions did not meet the needed elements of the crime."*
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