My proposal to save the City time and money on internal investigations

Since the investigation of the Pridefest arrest took Pittsburgh’s Office of Municipal Investigations nearly 3 months to come to a conclusion that surprised no one, I’m proposing the attached form, Form BS, to make these inevitable exonerations more speedy.  The City wants input from it’s citizens, and I’m here to save us all time and money.

My proposal (you’re welcome):

Office of Municipal Investigations Form BS for Internal Investigations of Police Officers (pdf)

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It’s a new day

Not very shocking news comes out of the mayors office on Friday afternoon.  The internal investigation discovers police are innocent.  No politics here!  They even had a mysterious “outside agency”

From City Paper’s Blogh by Andrew Zimmerman

The city announced this afternoon that officer Souroth Chatterji did not use excessive force when he arrested 19-year-old Ariel Lawther at a June 15 PrideFest event.

City’s full statement here including this last line..

. Upon the arrival of new Police Chief Cameron McLay, the city will complete an evaluation of its training procedures, so that we can learn from this incident and adopt and implement best practices in handling similar situations in the future.

If there was no wrongdoing, then why do you need to “adopt and implement” best practices for the future?  Or is that just a load of horseshit to appease those of us who aren’t blind?

I would like to see a full report by the investigators including all of the video and pictures they used.  The city was asking us which information we’d like them to make public a few months ago, here’s a perfect example of something that can be made public for all to look at. 

Local indie journalist Don Carpenter got an answer from the mayor’s office. From

When asked for copies of these reports, pictures and videos, I was told the reports are not going to be released and are for OMI (internalt affairs) use only. Ariel Lawther, the woman arrested and assaulted by the officer declined comment but referred me to her lawyer who was unavailable when I called. (Left a message)

The liberal mayor’s statement also read “it also obtained an independent third-party use of force review by an outside agency that arrived at the same conclusion.”

Which outside agency?

And what about allegations from onlookers and others that the officer was making bigoted statements?  Was that question even asked as part of the investigation?

These are preliminary questions of course.

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Ashona Osborne, Pittsburgh fast food worker, arrested

on Democracy now.

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I love this band

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Yay Cops!

I’m not against law enforcement.  I think everybody on Wall Street should be round up and thrown in jail.  Hedge fund managers, petro industry CEOs and other assholes that lay waste to entire ecosystems, should not be free let alone wealthy.  Violent people should be thrown in jail.  Many presidents and vice presidents, not just Bush and Cheney, should be arrested, tried convicted at the Hague.

There are cops out there who are doing good every day, and have to put up with a lot of shit.  There are cops who think drugs should be legalized, who see the militarization of the police for the psychotic bullshit that it clearly is, who are just as sick when they see one of their brothers use excessive force against nonviolent people or women, who truly want to protect and serve the public.

Here are some examples.  As critical as I am of abuse of authority, it’s not at all hard to find good deeds done by officers who took the job for the right reasons.


Five cops in Waldo, Florida spoke out against their chief for giving them illegal traffic ticket quotas


Before a packed room, Officer Brandon Roberts told commissioners they were required by Chief Mike Szabo to write 12 speeding citations per 12-hour shift or face punishment.

“We’re doing this with a heavy heart,” Roberts said. “We would never want to go against our fellow officers but we have no faith in our chain of command.”

Waldo has long been notorious as a speed trap. In 2012, the Alachua County town of roughly 1,000 residents was rated the third worst speed trap in the country, according to a poll conducted by the National Motorists Association.

Documents provided by Waldo state that roughly half of the city’s $1 million budget comes from an item listed as “police revenue.”


Bath Township, Ohio Police investigate a Fox News jagoff who claimed he was shot by a teenager.  The story turned out to be false, so they charged his jagoff ass with falsification and obstruction


McNeely said detectives could not find witnesses to support Heben’s story. Video cameras also fail to show Heben at the plaza. In addition, he said, cellphone records show Heben was not at the plaza at the time of the shooting.


Norm Stamper, former police chief of Seattle, talking about police militarization during the historical uprising against the WTO in 1999 on Colbert—norm-stamper

Colbert: Things went crazy… what’d you do?

Stamper: Well we gassed nonviolent and nonthreatening protestors.

Colbert: Good for you, good for you.

Stamper: This militarization movement is really exacerbating a strained relationship between police and communities across this country.

Colbert: How do we fix that?

Stamper: We end the Drug War.  We end it yesterday.

which brings me to…

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (L.E.A.P.) – cops who want to end the stupid drug war


Vision Statement
LEAP envisions a world in which drug policies work for the benefit of society and keep our communities safer. A system of legalization and regulation will end the violence, better protect human rights, safeguard our children, reduce crime and disease, treat drug abusers as patients, reduce addiction, use tax dollars more efficiently, and restore the public’s respect and trust in law enforcement.

This dude


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Wendy O Williams makes people uncomfortable with a mild opinion

I feel like Wendy O Williams here sometimes.  Everybody wants me to be all nice and positive while I watch humanity absolutely crumble.  Yeah it’s about ice cream, and based on veganism, which is probably true, but I don’t think animal products hurt when the animals are raised well, which they almost never are.  However, the issue isn’t the point.  It’s that nobody can HANDLE an opinion that upsets their worldview.  They want their nice comfortable talk show where they can be free to not contradict their sponsors.

In this way, cowardice is hidden under the veil of “positivity”




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“he actually views his job, in one of the city’s toughest neighborhoods, as one of service to the community”

 This is a great comment on the fascist blog post put up by the Washington Post “I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me.”
8:28 AM EST [Edited]

My brother is a cop in a mid-sized city in the midwest, and he has been on the force for almost 25 years. Once upon a time, the force was made up mostly of people without military backgrounds. Today the reverse is true. My brother tells me that now nearly everyone on his police force is a military veteran. Most were NOT MPs, but mostly infantry or other combat troops. This is due to the fact that entrance exams to the police academy allow veterans, no matter what job they did in the military (even mess cook), to score 10 to 25% lower than those who have no military service and still qualify.

Combine this with the change in training with its emphasis on viewing citizens as threats and the money that police departments are given through the homeland security department and the confiscations reaped due to the “war on drugs” (which, he tells me, we are losing – Badly) which they may spend only on weapons and military-style training, and what you get is what we have now – a police force which has forgotten that they are supposed to be peace officers, and that the citizenry they are supposed to serve and protect (even the criminals) are not enemy combatants.

My brother has used his gun exactly once since he became a cop, and it was to put a dog that had been mangled in a staged fight out of its misery. He has numerous commendations in his file from the people who live in the neighborhood he patrols because he actually views his job, in one of the city’s toughest neighborhoods, as one of service to the community. He doesn’t view the residents as enemies and they don’t view him as a threat. We need to ditch the military emphasis that has insinuated itself into our local policing and go back to the community service model of law enforcement. It works.


 Also this one…
7:50 AM EST
I had to sign up and post because this article set me off. It is a PERFECT example of what’s wrong with 21st Century Law Enforcement. I am a 48 year old White Conservative with an Ivy League education and I used to be one of these “law and order” types when I was younger. NO MORE. The modern day police scare the living hell out of me. And if I (a white Republican from the suburbs) feels that way, I can only imagine what a poor Black person must feel. 
The “don’t question my authority or I might shoot you” attitude exhibited by this author is ALL TOO PREVALENT” out there in the world of Law Enforcement. At this stage of my life, I fear the Police FAR more than I fear common criminals….FAR MORE. 
Virtually every encounter I have with the police these days…from being pulled over for allegedly speeding…to asking a beat cop for directions in the inner city…turns into a potential confrontation as the Officer takes an aggressive and accusatory posture. I am treated like a Criminal for no reason. And when you have the audacity to actually ask the Officer why he is being so hostile, you are threatened with arrest and taunted with the threat that he may just decide to make up some charges. I kid you not… 
And these are NOT isolated incidences…the Police have a cultural problem that needs to be changed and changed quickly. And the arrogance in the tone of this editorial is a great example of what I mean.
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