That is why it is so disturbing that it seems like almost everything has become a crime in America now.
As we continue to criminalize relatively normal behavior our slide toward becoming a totalitarian state will only accelerate.
We are throwing anyone and everyone in prison these days. It is getting absolutely ridiculous.
Today, the United States leads the world in the number of prisoners and in the percentage of the population in prison.
The United States has 5% of the world's population, but approximately 25% of the world's incarcerated population.
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According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, as of the end of 2009 a total of 7,225,800 people were either on probation, in prison or on parole in America.
That is a sign of a very, very sick society. Either we have a massive crime problem or the "control grid" that our leaders have erected for us is wildly out of control.
But how in the world are we supposed to have a healthy economy if our entire nation is being turned into one gigantic prison?
Sadly, it is not just hardcore criminals that are being rounded up and abused by authorities these days.
The following are 14 of the most ridiculous things that Americans are being arrested for....
#1 A Michigan man has been charged with a felony and could face up to 5 years in prison for reading his wife's email.
#2 A 49-year-old Queens woman had bruises all over her body after she was handcuffed, arrested and brutally beaten by NYPD officers.
So what was her offense? The officers thought that her little dog had left some poop that she didn't clean up.
#3 A 56-year-old woman who was once a rape victim refused to let airport security officials feel her breasts so she was thrown to the floor, put in handcuffs and arrested.
#4 In Milwaukee, one man was recently fined $500 for swearing on a public bus.
#5 Several years ago a 12-year-old boy in South Carolinawas actually arrested by police for opening up a Christmas present early against his family's wishes.
#6 In some areas of the country, it is now a crime to not recycle properly.
For example, the city of Cleveland has announced plans to sort through trash cans to ensure that people are actually recycling according to city guidelines.
#7 A 12-year-old girl from Queens was arrested earlier this year and taken out of her school in handcuffs for writing “Lex was here. 2/1/10" and “I love my friends Abby and Faith" on her desk.
#8 Back in 2008, a 13-year-old boy in Florida was actually arrested by police for farting in class.
#9 The feds recently raided an Amish farmer at 5 AM in the morning because they claimed that he was was engaged in the interstate sale of raw milk in violation of federal law.
#10 A few years ago a 10-year-old girl was arrested and charged with a felony for bringing a small steak knife to school.
It turns out that all she wanted to do was to cut up her lunch so that she could eat it.
#11 On June 18th, two Christians decided that they would peacefully pass out copies of the gospel of John on a public sidewalk outside a public Islamic festival in Dearborn, Michigan
and within three minutes 8 policemen surrounded them and placed them under arrest.
#12 A U.S. District Court judge slapped a 5oo dollar fine on Massachusetts fisherman Robert J. Eldridge for untangling a giant whale from his nets and setting it free.
So what was his crime? Well, according to the court, Eldridge was supposed to call state authorities and wait for them do it.
#13 Once upon a time, a food fight in the cafeteria may have gotten you a detention. Now it may get you locked up.
About a year ago, 25 students between the ages of 11 and 15 at a school in Chicagowere taken into custody by police for being involved in a huge food fight in the school cafeteria.
#14 A few years ago a 70 year old grandmother was actually put in handcuffs and hauled off to jail for having a brown lawn.
Only in America…
Herrin - An Illinois woman recently found herself under arrest and put in debtors' prison over an unpaid $280 medical bill she didn't even owe in the first place.
Breast cancer survivor and Herrin, IL resident Lisa Lindsay had received a $280 medical bill by mistake according to the Daily Mail.
However after inquiring about the charges Lindsay was told she didn't have to pay but somehow the bill still made its way to a collection agency.
Thinking the matter was put to rest, the southern Illinois teaching assistant surprisingly received a visited from Illinois state troopers one day
and was promptly taken from her home in handcuffs and whisked away to jail.
After all was said and done the arrest ended up costing Lindsay more than $600 in total after legal fees were added to the original amount.
"I paid it in full so they couldn't do it to me again," said Lindsay.
Cases such as Lindsay's are becoming increasingly more common across the country with one third of the fifty states currently allowing debtors
to be imprisoned for the inability to pay their debts.
Why in the world would anyone approve of the police arresting ordinary Americans for such things?
"It seems as if the Department [of Justice] sees the value
of the Bill of Rights as no more than obstacles to be overcome."
-- Prof. Sanford H. Kadish
How to Make a Citizen's Arrest Against a Cop
HOW TO FIGHT POLICE ABUSE: A COMMUNITY ACTION MANUAL
Police abuse is a serious problem. It has a long history, and it seems to defy all attempts at eradication.
The problem is national -- no police department in the country is known to be completely free of misconduct -- but it must be fought locally. The nation's 19,000 law enforcement agencies are essentially independent. While some federal statutes that specify criminal penalties for willful violations of civil rights and conspiracies to violate civil rights, the United States Department of Justice has been insufficiently aggressive in prosecuting cases of police abuse.
An alarming number of abuses by law enforcement personnel against citizens (including against the unarmed and elderly, handcuffed female prisoners, and even children are being dragged out of schools in handcuffs for such ‘offenses’ as wearing a politically incorrect T-shirt, etc.) have been reported in the news in recent years. Further, the creation and enforcement of dubious, un-Constitutional laws and other abuses of power by local officials in Washington DC, CA and NYC are being reported in record numbers.
It is time for citizens to fight back, to strike out against such abuses through the creation of citizen posses. Citizen arrests of politicians and law enforcement, the use of Jury Nullification tactics and more should be initiated against this abuse of the public trust…after all, you can’t trust the fox to protect the hen house.
Sometimes outmoded and abusive police practices prevail largely because no one has ever questioned them. In such cases, the simple act of spotlighting a problem can have a powerful effect that leads to reform. Just by raising questions, one person or a few people -- who need not be experts -- can open up some corner of the all-too-secretive and insular world of policing to public scrutiny. Depending on what is revealed, their inquiries can snowball into a full blown examination by the media, the public and politicians.
One of dozens of recent examples of out-of-control cops-80 year old killed:
In the United States, civilians are empowered to stop perpetrators in the act of a serious crime and use reasonable force to hold them until an officer of the law arrives on the scene. The conditions under which this is permitted vary from state to state, so it's important to understand the laws in your region in case you are ever in the position to stop a criminal. Read on to learn more about how to make a citizen's arrest in the United States.
What is an arrest?
We can thank Black's Law Dictionary for a good definition: "The apprehending or detaining of a person in order to be forthcoming to answer an alleged or suspected crime." See Ex parte Sherwood, (29 Tex. App. 334, 15 S.W. 812).
Why We Need a Citizens Posse
A strong argument can be made that the right to make a citizen's arrest is a constitutionally protected right under the Ninth Amendment as its impact includes the individual's natural right to self preservation and the defense of the others.
Indeed, the laws of citizens arrest appear to be predicated upon the effectiveness of the Second Amendment. Simply put, without firepower, people are less likely going to be able to make a citizen's arrest. A random sampling of the various states as well as the District of Columbia indicates that a citizen's arrest is valid when a public offense was committed in the presence of the arresting private citizen or when the arresting private citizen has a reasonable belief that the suspect has committed a felony, whether or not in the presence of the arresting citizen.
A citizen may place a police officer under arrest. However, a citizen is not protected in the same manner as a law enforcement officer. If a citizen attempts to make a citizen's arrest unlawfully, the officer may use physical force and arrest the citizen; the citizen may then face criminal prosecution. Citizen's arrest laws vary from state to state. Research your state's laws and carry out an arrest of an officer in the proper manner to avoid injury and prosecution.
Research your state's laws concerning citizen's arrest. Use the Internet to search for your state's laws or visit your local law library. Gain a firm understanding of your state's laws.
Witness an officer committing a crime. In most cases, the crime must be considered a felony in your state and you must physically witness the crime in order to make an arrest.
Never file a complaint directly with a police agency e specially if the complaint is of a serious nature, see an attorney! If you do plan on hiring an attorney, get one who doesn't work in your area. Don't get a lawyer from your town, county or from the surrounding counties. Local lawyers work with same judges, prosecutors and police officers on a daily basis and may not want to win your case as bad as you do.
You may also contact your State Attorney General. For serious incidents call the ACLU hot line 1-877-634-5454 or contact the Department of JusticeClick here for the (DOJ) site.
Here’s an ACLU step-by-step manual
This MSU site offers a compilation of resources focusing on web sites dealing with police corruption or police integrity issues. Related topics include Law Enforcement and Police Use of Force.
Read more: http://www.ehow.com/how_8261339_make-arrest-officer.html#ixzz2tgHPIcFz
Police Abuse and How to Fight It
When did America become a nation of frightened wimps?
Why are our civil liberties disappearing?
It seems like ever since 9/11 the whole country has gotten "security fever".
Suddenly we need to "get tough" on everyone...and violate the spirit of our Bill of Rights
Yes, crime is making a comeback, but once upon a time the police in this country were able to handle crime quite well and be courteous and helpful to ordinary citizens at the same time.
But today it seems like nearly every single encounter with police ends up being negative.
It does not have to be that way.
The rest of the world sees what is going on in this country and many of them are deciding that they simply do not want to spend their tourist dollars here anymore. That is not a good thing for our economy.
As the government continues to get even bigger and exerts even more control over our lives, many of our own people are getting sick of it and are moving abroad.
“Juries have the power to judge the facts of the case as well as the law itself.”
Jury Nullification: A Tool We Can Use
Reign in the law
The fabric of American society depends on the right to "trial by jury", and by one's peers, of course. There's no need to impede justice and the court system.
Simply nullify. Don't let the state punish people for so-called "crimes" that don't actually have any victims.
Jury nullification has been used to protect religious freedom,
protect escaped chattel slaves and to fight alcohol prohibition.
The founders knew that the jury and the power of nullification therein were vital components of fighting growing tyranny.
Since the passage of the 2001 PATRIOT Act, the United States has become increasingly monitored and militarized at the expense of civil liberties. The 2012 passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has allowed the military to detain indefinitely without trial any US citizen that the government labels a terrorist or an accessory to terrorism, while President Barack Obama’s signing of the National Defense Resources Preparedness Executive Order has authorized widespread federal and military control of the national economy and resources during “emergency and non-emergency conditions.”
Since 2010, the Department of Homeland Security’s If You See Something, Say Something™ campaign has encouraged the public to report all suspicious activity to local authorities, even though actions that the DHS identifies as “suspicious” include the constitutionally protected right to criticize the government or engage in nonviolent protest.
Abuse of Citizens Rights started with the unPatriot Act
The War on Terror will never end, nor is it meant to end. It is designed to be perpetual. As with the War on Drugs, it outlines a goal that can never be fully attained.
Did anyone really think this was going to be temporary? Yes, this disgusting power grab gives the government the right to sneak into your house, look through all your stuff and not tell you about it for weeks on a rubber stamp warrant. Yes, they can look at your medical records and library selections. Yes, they can pass along any information they find without probable cause for purposes of prosecution.
The U.S. had been moving toward a total police state since about 1913; but in 2012 the final nail in the coffin of democracy and justice was hammered into place with the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, Title X, Subtitle D (NDAA).
NDAA authorizes the military to detain even US citizens under the broad new anti-terrorism provisions provided in the bill, once again without trial.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned about government, they work hard at circumventing the Bill of Rights and the Constitution!
There is almost nothing a citizen can do today without government permission and/or oversight. In localities, a family cannot even hold a garage sale or build a doghouse without permission from city hall. Returning war vets tell us they are angry at defending our rights only to see them bashed by politicians and bureaucrats.
Consider the impact on freedom recent laws have had…
>>Travel restrictions. A passport is now needed just to go to Canada and the TSA has made airport travel a nightmare (and the TSA hopes to extend their reach to bus, rail and highway systems).
>>No financial privacy. US citizens cannot even get a prepaid debit card without a Social Security Number, which is in direct violation of the Privacy Act of 1974.
>>Drones on the drawing board. It’s estimated government agencies will have at least 30,000 drones patrolling our skies and at least one civilian has been killed. Defense contractors, knowing the wars are ending in the Middle East, have pushed this in order to remain profitable, just like the invasive airport scanners.
>>Militarization of police forces. The DHS has given out millions of dollars in military grade equipment to local police and SWAT teams are now used to deliver even routine warrants. Government agencies now routinely use warrantless searches and detainment under the guise of the Patriot Act (give ‘em an inch and every agency will stretch the truth and definition of laws to suit their purposes).
>>National ID in progress. Washington has been extorting states to require privacy-bashing driver’s licenses and more states are jumping on aboard. We predict that ObamaCare will require a national ID using your socialist slave number in order to get medical services.
These are just a few examples of our growing police state.
According to several national polling sources, 82% of the American people are unhappy with elected leaders and feel they no longer serve the people.
We no longer live in the land of the free. In fact, the United States isn’t even in the top 10 freest nations anymore. Economic freedom is the sole right to private property, a free market economy, and the individual choice to invest, work, produce, and consume without governmental restraints. According to the Heritage Foundation, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Australia all outrank the United States.