NYC police ticket man for running “too early”

In further evidence that the police state is alive and well in the United States, New York City police ticketed New York City jogger and resident Peter Shankman for the dangerous crime of jogging through New York’s Central Park when it was “closed”.

Mr. Shankman was training for an Iron Man competition when police stopped him at 4:30am Thursday and issued him a citation because, according to city police, the park opens at 6am – making jogging through the park at 4:30 to be illegal.

Shankman wrote on his Facebook page:

At 4:30 this morning in Central Park, at mile 2 of my ten mile run, I was stopped by the police and given a summons for exercising in the park “before it opened.” Apparently, Central Park doesn’t “open” until 6am, and my exercising (running) in the park before 6am is illegal. Note – Running in the park. Not “performing sex acts for crack,” or “laying down explosive charges,” but “running.” Because apparently, a 215 pound man running through Central Park at just over a 9:10 pace is a threat to Manhattan.

To answer the question of why I was running so early – I needed to do ten miles today as part of Ironman training. If I didn’t start that early, I wouldn’t be done before my first meeting of the day.

Apparently, police in New York City are looking for things to do at 4:30 in the morning.  No murders, hijackings, thefts or violence was taking place early that morning, leaving Shankman and other joggers brazen enough to be seen jogging through a closed Central Park to be ripe for a ticket.

Enjoy your freedom and liberty…while you still have it.

DHS: Requiring suspicion before conducting searches “harmful”

Operating under rules put in place by George W. Bush in 2008, the Department of Homeland Security has assumed the authority to search people’s electronic devices close to our nation’s borders.  This means cell phones, cameras and computers can be confiscated and searched by the DHS, without cause, without suspicion and without any warrant – completely removing 4th amendment rights from everyone in the area. Continue reading

Auburn police officer fired for resisting department’s quotas

Auburn, Alabama’s police force is facing scrutiny from freedom watchdog groups after one of its officers was fired for resisting heavy new quotas designed – according to the officer – to put people in jail and increase revenues.

Former Auburn police officer Justin Hanners claims that his department gave officers strict orders to “make contact” with at least 100 people per month.  Making contact means investigating, ticketing and arresting, and in a town of about 50,000 people, the requirement seemed a little bit more than extreme.

“I got into law enforcement to serve and protect, not be a bully,” said Hanners, who claims to have audio recordings of his superiors instructing officers to issue tickets and put people in jail.  ”There are not that many speeders, there are not that many people running red lights to get those numbers, so what [the police] do is they lower their standards,” Hanners remarked.

Hanners consistently raised concern up his chain of command, believing the policy to be focused only on increasing revenue for the city.

According to a Reason.com report, the superior officer that targeted Hanners for firing recently retired, citing medical reasons.

Police survey: Gun controls do little to increase safety

According to a survey from PoliceOne.com, more than 15,000 police officers resoundingly believe that the gun controls being discussed in Congress and passed in several states are meaningless to public safety and will not reduce violent crime.

Asked what effect the White House’s position on gun controls would have in improving police officer safety, more than 60% said “none”.  Asked if the assault weapons ban would reduce violent crime, more than 70% said “none”.  95% of officers surveyed said that magazine limits will not reduce violent crime.

Once again, those most intimately involved in stopping violent crime and experienced in the lawful use of firearms resoundingly believe most of the proposed gun controls to be ineffectual on their face.  The majority of officers believe that stiff penalties for those who commit a crime with a gun would do more to curb violent crime than trying to remove guns from the hands of law-abiding citizens, something I wrote about recently.

Gun companies refuse sales, apply same civilian limits to police

0202123In an effort to protest the continued destruction of basic second amendment rights, several gun companies are now restricting sales, or refusing to sell, to police and law enforcement in the same way the state restricts sales to law-abiding citizens.

This means if the state limits magazine capacity to 10 rounds or less, gun companies will apply that same restriction to law enforcement in the state.

Several companies, like Olympic Firearms and LaRue Tactical, have implemented policies that no longer provide exceptions to law enforcement, and many are encouraging other companies to follow suit.  LaRue Tactical will only sell firearms to police and law enforcement that comply with state restrictions imposed on civilians.

Olympic takes it one step further.  ”Legislation recently passed in the State of New York outlaws the AR15 and many other firearms, and will make it illegal for the good and free citizens of New York to own a large selection of legal and safe firearms and magazines,” wrote Brian Schuetz, the president of Olympic Firearms, who is refusing to sell any firearm to New York state personnel after the passage of its recent gun control law.  ”Due the passing of this legislation, Olympic Arms would like to announce that the State of New York, any Law Enforcement Departments, Law Enforcement Officers, First Responders within the State of New York, or any New York State government entity or employee of such an entity – will no longer be served as customers.”

Another seller, York Arms, is refusing to sell any firearm to any New York state government department due to the state’s new restrictions.

Both Cheaper Than Dirt and Spike’s Tactical will limit sales to police and law enforcement in states that limit civilian purchase and use.

Barrett Firearms refuses to sell firearms to California state law enforcement due to the state’s restrictive gun control statutes, arguing the state is in violation of the 2nd and 14th amendments to the United States constitution.  The president of Templar Customs issued a strong statement against restrictive gun controls on their Facebook page and announced they will no longer sell firearms to government personnel in the state of New York.  EFI, LLC now restricts the sales of firearms to government personnel to match state restrictions to citizens.

These policies come after some states have taken the opportunity after the Sandy Hook school shooting to remove the ability of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves from these very same killers.  States like New York, California and Colorado have implemented the strongest controls on guns in recent weeks.  Colorado just passed a set of 4 laws that significantly restrict gun purchasing, transfers and magazine capacities.