During the manhunt for former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner, eight police officers unloaded over one hundred rounds into a truck containing two innocent women driving their paper route. Both LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and the department’s civilian oversight board admit that the officers violated their ‘official policy.’ Such a violation would justify Chief Beck firing the officers, but instead, he is returning the officers back to street duty. He said that he “appreciate[d] that the officers involved in the incident took action with intent of protecting the ‘target’ and his family; however, the chain of events which unfolded and the extent to which the use of lethal force occurred did not meet my expectations, consequently there were innocent victims wounded.” Read more…
Within days of his acquittal, Jay Cicinelli is demanding his position as a police officer back. Him and another officer were charged with the murder of a homeless man, Kelly Thomas. Despite the video footage of Cicinelli repeatedly hitting Thomas, a jury acquitted him and his co-defendant of all charges. The video footage and pictures of Kelly taken afterwards are very graphic and hard to stomach. Kelly repeatedly apologizes and screams in pain, yelling for his father as he’s beaten. Read more…
The shooting on Capitol Hill of Miriam Carey, an unarmed woman who refused police commands to stop her car, was a familiar situation for any veteran of the Iraq War, with one significant difference — rather than moving through a progressive escalation of force while attempting to defuse the situation, Capitol Hill police officers went straight for their firearms and shot to kill. Since returning from my service as an Army combat medic in Baghdad six years ago, I have watched American police become more aggressively violent than my fellow soldiers and I were ever trained to be.
As a Marine and two-tour combat veteran of the Iraq War, I can personally vouch for this. I’ve been noticing it for a few years, but I was hoping I was just being paranoid and jumping to conclusions prematurely. At this point however, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Read more…
Despite the media’s comparison to the Trayvon Martin shooting, the shooting of 68 year old Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr. is a puzzling story that is hard to justify. Mr. Chamberlain wasn’t a truant, troubled teen, or anything other than a well respected, upstanding American citizen. He was a U.S. Marine veteran and retired correctional officer. Most importantly, unlike the Martin fiasco, Mr. Chamberlain’s story is recorded ver batim on tape, thanks to his Life Aid medical alert system installed in his home. Read more…
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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality
As a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.