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Kansas City Police Officer Kills Firefighter

↳ Posted on February 27th, 2014 by Ben Spera

Kc_police-firemanThis is a truly sad story. Not because of any criminal injustice, but because it’s one of the few cases where there isn’t a clear bad guy in this story. Better decisions could have been made by both parties, but neither were exceptionally malicious. A Kansas City firefighter named Anthony Bruno was out celebrating his cousin’s wedding, when he tried to get a taxi to take his inebriated cousin home the cab driver acted disrespectfully towards Bruno’s wife. Bruno then got physical with the cab driver, but it was soon broken up and the incident seemed to be over. Bruno than walked off and that’s when off-duty KC police officer Donald Hubbard walked up. Hubbard was moonlighting as security for the Hotel’s bar and walked up to see what was going on. Read more…

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AutreyA breath of fresh air for American drivers came in the form of a recent decision from U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey in St. Louis, Missouri. A local man was ticketed by police for flashing his headlights to warn oncoming motorists of a police speed trap. The Missouri American Civil Liberties Union took up his case and defended him of the charges in court. The charges were dropped, but the ACLU pursued it even further, filing a civil lawsuit against the police department. Read more…

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image The case Warren v. District of Columbia involves three women who shared a house. Two men broke into the house and began raping one of the women. Her two roommates heard their roomate’s screams and called the police. The police officers that were dispatched drove around the house, knocked on the door, and then left after there was no answer. The two girls continued to hear their roommates screams from the floor below and again called police begging for help. This time, despite promises of help from the dispatcher, no officers were even dispatched to help the girls. The two men then found the two other girls hiding upstairs, abducted all three at knife-point, and took them to one of the attackers’ apartment. For the next 14 hours the girls were raped, beaten and tortured by the two men. Read more…

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dornershootingDuring 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…

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Police Not Guilty in Kelly Thomas Death

↳ Posted on January 14th, 2014 by Ben Spera
Via latimes.com:
Police not guilty in Kelly Thomas death; DA won't try 3rd officer
An Orange County jury Monday found two former Fullerton police officers accused of killing a schizophrenic homeless man, Kelly Thomas, not guilty. 

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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14137_large_net_neutralityAs 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.
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Republican Vs Democrat Deficit Spending

Posted on October 11th, 2013 by Ben Spera

BWOzsQRIEAAUsl4Americans love to play the Democrat vs Republican blame game. Whichever team they aren’t on assumes responsibility for everything that’s wrong with the country. The honest truth is that both parties are just as guilty as the other.

This graph shows deficit spending while both parties were in control. The punch line of this sick joke is that there’s no discernable difference between the two parties’ uncontrolled spending.

Source: Cato Institute

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