Police commit arrests to reach quotas and man illegally tased
The police are sometimes wrong. Sometimes often. Police in New York City demanded quotas for NYPD patrol officers. Innocent young men are often arrested for mild conduct, in order to reach quotas. But before being brought before a judge, these arrestees are often released, because the cop just needed to reach his quota. NYPD officer Adil Polanco recorded these quota demands by police supervisors. Unfortunately, still much hasn't changed in the NYPD.
In Idaho, Robert Peterson went to court to contest the ticket he received for riding his bicycle at night without lights. He wanted to take his video camera into the courtroom but was denied by bailiffs because he didn't have permission beforehand. Now, I grant he was rude and pompous, but that in of itself is not a crime. He tried stepping by the bailiff but was blocked from entering with the camera. Peterson then took a couple of step backs. He was not enraged and was not violent.
Unfortunately for him, and the law, he was tased. Tasers we were told when they came out, were meant to be used in place of firearms in certain circumstances. Well, a guy getting on the nerves of a bailiff is not one of those circumstances. Peterson was charged with three counts of battery plus criminal contempt. The person who should be prosecuted is the bailiff, but that is not going to happen in a society where we allow law enforcement officials this much ability to discreation to violate the law.
Finally, a Carlos Miller, who is quite good with cameras, was arrested by Miami Police early this year. He was arrested in a crackdown of an Occupy Miami event. The thing about the video he recorded, which the police tried to erase by the way, is that I can see no individuals other than Miami police and a few cameramen.
Who were they trying to get to leave the streets? The streets in the video, except for them, are as desolate as a North Dakota praire in winter. What was the point in arresting him. Remember, when police are granted authority to clear the streets, it is because the streets are clogged and traffic or other pedestrians cannot walk.
Unfortunately the government has been crafting unlawful assembly laws to arrest even just three people who meet even for lawful purposes (such as expressing their constitutional right to protest) when the police (subjectively) say their is a breach of peace. Of course, police aren't always objective examiners of a breach of peace and have targeted civil rights demonstrators, anti-war protestors and union pickets, for arrest. Simply because they did not agree with the police views of those activists. Why do we tolerate this kind of behavior?