An interesting and frank admission was made by a police leader in the United Kingdom. Assistant Chief Constable Jon Boutcher, who is the national policing spokesman on surveillance, believes crime isn’t down, but instead had moved to the Internet, where it is difficult for law enforcement to detect or deter.
He said criminals were simply carrying out different offences that were not being combated by police forces. He also made a damning assessment of the police’s ability to tackle cyber-crime, such as internet card fraud and online scams.
Mr Boutcher said: ‘Everyone tells me crime is down and we are very good in the police at the moment.
‘I am convinced that crime isn’t down – it is just being done in a completely different way.’
The Hertfordshire officer added that the police force had been slow to formulate strategies to combat cyber-crime, with the College of Policing, the professional body for law enforcement, issuing guidelines only this year.
Official statistics show that overall crime has more than halved in the past 20 years – from 19million in 1995 to eight million offences in the year to September 2013. It is the lowest estimate since records began.
The assessment is interesting, as crime rates have gone down around the U.S. in the past decade as well. Could it simply be that the balance of criminal activity has moved to the Internet, where it is out of sight out of mind?
Eckert’s attorney, Shannon Kennedy, said in an interview with KOB that after law enforcement asked him to step out of the vehicle, he appeared to be clenching his buttocks. Law enforcement thought that was probable cause to suspect that Eckert was hiding narcotics in his anal cavity. While officers detained Eckert, they secured a search warrant from a judge that allowed for an anal cavity search.
The lawsuit claims that Deming Police tried taking Eckert to an emergency room in Deming, but a doctor there refused to perform the anal cavity search citing it was “unethical.”
But physicians at the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City agreed to perform the procedure and a few hours later, Eckert was admitted.
1. Eckert’s abdominal area was x-rayed; no narcotics were found.
2. Doctors then performed an exam of Eckert’s anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.
3. Doctors performed a second exam of Eckert’s anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.
4. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
5. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema a second time. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
6. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema a third time. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
7. Doctors then x-rayed Eckert again; no narcotics were found.
8. Doctors prepared Eckert for surgery, sedated him, and then performed a colonoscopy where a scope with a camera was inserted into Eckert’s anus, rectum, colon, and large intestines. No narcotics were found.
Set to the Yakety Sax of Benny Hill fame, this video of NYPD officers doing… something… to attempt to stop the banned 2013 Broadway Bomb (wiki) skateboard race is sure to make you at least smile, if not burst out laughing.
A 33-year-old security guard is currently hospitalized in Trinidad and Tobago after accidentally shooting off his penis, says the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian.
According to the story:
Police said around 8 am they received a call from a resident that a gunshot was heard coming from a parked car. The police responded and found a 33-year-old man slumped behind the steering wheel.
He was bleeding from his groin area and a .38 firearm with four rounds of ammunition was found in his right front pocket. The man, who said he lived in Lopinot, was taken to the San Fernando General Hospital where he remains warded under police guard. Investigators conducted a trace on the man and found out that he did not possess a firearm users’ licence. He is expected to be charged for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.
In Prestbury, South Africa, Russell George was driving recently when he noticed a police van swerving. The police vehicle would come to a stop and suddenly start off again, leading George to believe the officer behind the wheel was drunk.
PIETERMARIZBURG man arrested an allegedly drunk police officer and locked him up in the back of his police van after watching him drive recklessly through the city streets.
Russell George, of Prestbury, said he was coming down Stott Street and about to enter Mayor’s Walk at about 8 pm on Sunday when he noticed a police van driving fast and recklessly .
“He was driving towards oncoming traffic as he turned into Victoria Road. At this point I was concerned about the safety of other road users,” self-employed George told The Witness. “He suddenly jammed on his brakes and came to a complete stop. I got out of my car and went towards him and I asked him if he knew what he was doing. He started his car and carried on driving.”
George decided it would be best to call 10111. He was told the police would be there shortly.
“After five minutes, no one had arrived. So I jumped out of my car and I approached the driver’s side and asked him to come out. He looked at me and I could smell that he had been drinking.
“I asked him again, and he refused.
“I then grabbed his keys, pulled him out and locked him in the back of his own van,” George said.
The intoxicated police officer, who reportedly began crying after being locked in his own vehicle by the civilian, was arrested and his firearm removed from his person. It turned out there had also been a report from earlier the same evening of the cop pulling a gun on his girlfriend at a nightclub, and a motor vehicle collision in which witnesses identified a police van as having left the scene. The unnamed officer reportedly explained it was his birthday and friends bought him a bottle of alcohol. He did not deny being drunk.
This great article on SkatterTech goes through the author’s first-person account of how he was able to escape getting a speeding ticket for going 45 in a 25 by pleading not guilty in traffic court. He states he had an app coincidentally running on his smart phone at the time that recorded his top speed over the course of his car trip, among other readings, and it clocked him at max 26 mph. He presented his smart phone evidence in court, and this evidence combined with some basic questions he posed to the police officer who issued him the ticket, the judge tossed the ticket out and found him not guilty. Pretty cool story, all things considered. How My Smart Phone Got Me Out Of A Speeding Ticket In Traffic Court [via SkatterTech]
Police in the United Kingdom have expressed “deep regrets” after using a Taser on a 61-year-old blind man after mistaking his white cane for… a sword. The man, Colin Farmer, was reported to have thought he was being attacked by thugs. A police spokesman explained officers “received a number of reports that a man was walking… armed with a samurai sword,” and “patrols were sent to look for the man.” An officer apparently encountered Farmer walking on the street with his cane and believed him to be the person, and fired his Taser after Farmer allegedly didn’t heed the officer’s warning to stop.
“We have clearly put this man through a traumatic experience and we are extremely sorry for that,” police said.
After this incident of apparent mistaken identity, the authorities there did arrest a different man carrying an actual samurai sword on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly.
Filmmakers Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch teamed up with skater Rob Dyrdek and MTV’s Chris “Big Black” Boykin to produce a miniature car chase scene using a remote-controlled RC Porsche 911, Ford Mustang, Nissan GT-R, Dodge Viper, Subaru Baja, and helicopter. The sequence was made to promote the October 30 release of Electronic Arts’ Need for Speed: Most Wanted video game.