Eric Arrr
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1. A conservative who has just been arrested.

Jan 18 Eric Arrr commented on New To Town: Advice to Seattle Newcomers from Seattle Newcomers, Part 1.
Wait, what BBQ place next to Garfield Community Center?

BBQ Pit (RIP) was about 5 blocks down the street from it, across from Twilight Exit, but they closed months ago. :(

Is there something new?
Nov 21, 2016 Eric Arrr commented on Police in Trump's America.
It gets bettermore fucked-up --

Here's a super-close-up of Kris Kobach's proposed first-year agenda for DHS under Trump.

Notice the bit about "______ Record Number of Criminal Aliens in the First Year" where that invisible first word is probably "Deport." Also notice the bit about defining "criminal alien" as any alien who has been arrested -- not convicted -- for a crime.

So, yeah -- local policing is where the Trumpian xenophobic rubber is gonna meet the civil rights road. No doubt there's a lot of cops in Seattle who will be more than happy to make a questionable arrest if the subject is sufficiently brown.
Nov 3, 2016 Eric Arrr commented on In Trial of Cynthia Whitlatch, William Wingate Breaks Down As He Testifies About His Arrest: "I Felt Helpless".
@21,

She's been fired, but she's appealing her termination to the disciplinary review board, which has the power to overturn the chief's decision and reinstate her as a police officer.

This disciplinary review board, by the way, is a 3-person panel stacked 2:1 with Seattle cops, and it only exists because the Seattle Police Officers Guild persuaded the city to create it as part of their collective bargaining agreement. All the more reason to abolish the DRB and tell the mayor (and city council, and city attorney's office) to quit making these types of concessions to the police guild.
Nov 3, 2016 Eric Arrr commented on In Trial of Cynthia Whitlatch, William Wingate Breaks Down As He Testifies About His Arrest: "I Felt Helpless".
@5,

An officer does not need probable cause to initiate an investigative stop. This type of pedestrian stop can be based on a very weak standard called "reasonable suspicion." Courts have defined reasonable suspicion as requiring an individualized (meaning specific as to whom), particularized (meaning specific as to what), articulable (meaning "just a hunch" doesn't cut it) suspicion that a person may be involved in, or about to be involved in, criminal activity of some kind.

In this case, if Wingate really was aggressively waving his golf club around, banging it on stop signs, and making the sort of threatening gestures that Whitlatch claims he was, she would have had reasonable suspicion to initiate a stop based on the belief that he might be up to various kinds of no good (reckless endangerment, harassment, property damage, etc.)

Practically speaking, the question of whether Wingate was really doing these things all comes down to the credibility of her word vs. his. Given that nobody else was reacting in alarm to Wingate, given that Whitlatch has contradicted herself - she thought he was threatening, but didn't initiate the stop right away and instead drove slowly around the block - and given that Whitlatch said he locked eyes with her in a menacing way while he was wearing large dark sunglasses, given Whitlatch's contemporaneous history of racially-charged cultural disparagement... All of this weighed against Wingate's apparently clear mind, harmless disposition, and consistent claims that he was minding his own business, looks very bad for Whitlatch and the constitutionality of the stop.
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Oct 31, 2016 Eric Arrr commented on Homelessness Is a Growing Problem For People, Not For Cars.
Speaking as a guy who owns three cars, plus an unbuilt kit car, a note on climate impact: aspiring automobile hoarders like myself can still only drive one car at a time.
Oct 25, 2016 Eric Arrr commented on Union Contract Prevents Seattle Police from Firing Officer Who Lied About KIRO 7.
@12,

Rest assured, I've got plenty of attention to spare for SPOG's enablers in city government.

But for any horizon broader than the immediate case of the city of Seattle, running down every politician who ever made undue concessions to a powerful union is a losing game. To really solve the problem of police unions which, dare we say, pig out at the negotiating table, the law needs to provide the public with certain basic guarantees which cannot be bargained away.

Such as safeguards against civil rights violations and dishonesty.
Oct 25, 2016 Eric Arrr commented on Union Contract Prevents Seattle Police from Firing Officer Who Lied About KIRO 7.
@1,

The union's job, not unlike an attorney's, is to act in its members' best interests, within certain ethical bounds.

The difference is that when attorneys violate the ethical code of their profession, they actually get punished. But to a police union, punishment for ethical violations is just another chip on the bargaining table.
Oct 25, 2016 Eric Arrr commented on Union Contract Prevents Seattle Police from Firing Officer Who Lied About KIRO 7.
@4,

When this incident occurred in February of '13, it was still the policy of Seattle PD to interpret state law as prohibiting the release of in-car videos to the press and public. It took the WA supreme court until June 2014 to put an end to that policy by ruling in favor of KOMO TV in their lawsuit vs. SPD.

Then, after the June 2014 ruling, it was another year or so before a citizen activist stumbled onto the video sometime in 2015 (I think.) And it was only after that that the video was posted online and Essex Porter learned for the first time that the cop had accused him of disturbing the evidence, that he spoke up on Twitter and said (paraphrasing) "I most certainly did not."

All of which just goes to show how long it can take for this kind of nonsense to come to light, and why the city shouldn't agree to arbitrary time limits on serious matters like honesty and civil rights.
Oct 25, 2016 Eric Arrr commented on Union Contract Prevents Seattle Police from Firing Officer Who Lied About KIRO 7.
Part of the joy of working this problem is figuring out whom to hold accountable.

Is it the Mayor's office? The City Council? The City Attorney's office? The Labor Relations Policy Committee? They all have roles in the process, but damned if anybody knows where the buck stops.
Oct 18, 2016 Eric Arrr commented on Labor Leader to Seattle Police Union: Don't Isolate Yourselves, Show Solidarity With Other Workers.
And while I'm on the subject, I implore Ms. Grant and anybody else who cares about organized labor to recognize this:

Collectively or otherwise, the city and the guild have no right to sit down and bargain away the civil rights safeguards of a public that is not at that table.