commented on Former Cop Cynthia Whitlatch Appealing Her Firing to Discredited Review Board
Officer Whitlatch should win her appeal and be reinstated.
For everyone who's actually seen the video of the police encounter, two things become immediately apparent:
1) There's no video record of whether Wingate swung the golf club at Whitlatch or not. It is neither proven nor disproven. However, Whitlatch seems completely sure that it was caught on video when she is asking Wingate to put down his weapon for the first dozen times. It sure doesn't sound like a bluff to me -- it sounds like a police officer (incorrectly) confident that the camera has her back.
2) Wingate is a fucking tool from the start. When you're holding a weapon and a police officer wants to talk to you, it's common courtesy to set it down temporarily for everyone's safety. It's like during a traffic stop when you keep both hands on the wheel. Let the officer maintain control of force no matter whether the stop is legit or bullshit.
Wingate tries to get away with this crotchety old man routine, but that's no excuse. It would have been a simple matter for him to set his club down and then try to reason with the officer. He makes no attempt to do so. I put myself into Wingate's position and assumed he was falsely accused. I would have set the club down at the first direction and then continued asserting to the officer that I hadn't done anything wrong, and that she had been mistaken about what she had seen. Had Wingate done that, Whitlatch would probably have sent him on his way.
I'm glad to see that apparently the City Attorney has decided to take the civil suit to trial. Wingate doesn't deserve a nickel. And in contrast to the bleating from the anti-police posters on this blog, Whitlatch demonstrated enormous restraint in not just tasing the man for refusing her lawful disarmament order for the 15th time. Wingate could have been taken down pretty hard, but instead he kept running his mouth as he was frisked against the cop car.
I have no patience for police who brutalize citizens and think they can get away with it, and I also have no patience for citizens like Wingate who think they can hold on to a weapon when contacted by a police officer, only to file suit later for hurt feelings when they are eventually disarmed.
commented on US Senate Democrats are Filibustering Until Congress Does Something About Gun Control
As much as so many of you on this board hate the idea, firearms ownership is a civil right, the same as your freedom of speech, freedom to be secure from unreasonable search and seizure, etc.
The moment that someone has an administrative procedure to challenge their inclusion on the No Fly List or any other Enemies List®, (thanks, Dick Nixon) then it makes sense to add that group to the list of prohibited purchasers. But not one second before.
If you don't want to tell Mohammed Wahhabi bin Laden that he has the right to challenge his classification in front of a Federal judge, then tough. As a citizen, he has the same civil rights as you and I do, and they will *not* be revoked without due process of law.
commented on Seattle Trump Supporters Gather in a Top-Secret Location
@1 "a lot of people couldn't be around others they strongly disagree with and keep their cool"
Because a lot of people in this country are hyperpartisan blowhards, who seriously think that people across the Team Blue/Team Red divide are evil.
Thankfully, most readers are seeing through Ana's fearmongering article | about a campaign office | in a state that Trump won't win | which is operating with discretion | in a city known for violent protests. *eyeroll*