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Showing posts with label Denver Police. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Denver Police. Show all posts

Friday, November 11, 2011

Denver Police: "Nothing to see here. Move along."

According to the Denver Post, "Out of 232 red flags on Denver officers, two led to formal remediation."

The Post found that "[o]nly twice in three years was a Denver police officer forced to undergo formal corrective intervention even though the department flagged officers 232 times for exceeding use-of-force and citizen-complaint thresholds."

In other news, the sun sets in the west, the ocean is salty and Sandra Bullock is hot.

Government, at any level, can not be allowed to police itself anymore than a fraternity should be allowed to investigate itself on charges of underage drinking or the Lakers should be allowed to call their own fouls.

We readily see the absurdity of the last two. Somehow we overlook it on the first.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Wrongfully jailed without recourse

In her Sunday Denver Post column, "Justice not on city's to-do list," Susan Greene lament's the City of Denver's incompetence.

She lists people wrongfully picked up and incarcerated on warrants by the Denver Police Department, including:

  • A man 7 years younger and 90 pounds lighter than the one listed in the warrant;
  • A man with the same name as the one listed in the warrant (it took EIGHT DAYS to release the wrongfully incarcereated man);
  • A retired man locked up on a warrant for a "long-dead" man;
  • A black man arrested on a warrant for a white man.

And there are people that think giving the police additional power is a good idea. The police can't handle the authority they currently have. I can only imagine what they'll be able to do once they start collecting innocent people's DNA

And it's not like we are talking about minor inconveniences being imposed on the public. We are talking about being wrongfully arrested and locked up. 

Somehow I don't think Patrick Henry would countenance that. We shouldn't either.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Follow up on Baca's arrest and my letter to the editor

The Denver Post printed my letter concerning the arrest of Ricardo Baca. You can find it here.

(The letter was originally posted right here on BlueCarp.)

Some of the comments below the letters are interesting. I love the opportunity to discuss libertarian ideas with everyone.

One person asked me several questions. Here they are, with my responses:

"Why do we have laws, if they are not enforced?" 

We, as a society, have to make choices. Ideally, we would enforce every law on the books to the letter and every law would be just. We don't live in an ideal world. The Denver Police had to make a choice about how to handle a warrant. In my opinion, they chose poorly and wasted our tax money on a relatively unimportant issue. I sincerely hope they have better things to do with their limited resources and money.

"Does Mr. Baca deserve special treatment when he breaks our laws? If so, why?"

He deserves no special treatment. In my opinion, the Denver Police could have and should have handled this situation differently, no matter who the person sought was.

"Does Mr. Baca need to turn his life around, and become more of an adult (i.e. accept responsibility)?"

Absolutely. Mr. Baca, whatever he choses to do with his life, is not using my tax dollars. The Denver Police are. To me, that is a HUGE and important distinction.

"Why did the Denver Post waste time and money printing his column?"

I can not answer that. But the Post is a private company spending private money and using private resources. How they utilize their resources is none of my concern. I can voluntarily read their paper or not.

The Denver Police, however, give me no such option. I have no choice but to pay for their services, and I very much appreciate the hard work and great service they generally provide. However, when they waste public money and public resources, it is our duty to call them out on it. That's what I have attempted to do.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Denver Police: Too many cops, too much money.

Ricardo Baca, Pop Music Critic for the Denver Post, was visited by three Denver police officers at 3:00 a.m. recently. He was sound asleep, like most people, at that hour.

He was arrested. Handcuffed. Put in a squad car and taken downtown. He was locked up for seven hours in a series of dirty cells reeking of urine and Lord knows what else. He was eventually released on his own recognizance.

What were the charges? Assault? Robbery? Theft? Something worse? 


He suffered this indignity at the hand of state agents because he missed a court date on a traffic ticket for a burnt out headlight and failure to have proof of insurance. (He had the insurance, just not the card proving it.)

If the Denver Police can afford the resources to roust someone like Baca at 3:00 a.m. , take him downtown and book him, they have too much money.

They have too many cops.

Apparently they have police officers sitting around looking for things to do. What else explains this waste of time and money, not to mention the indignity imposed on a citizen for a traffic matter?

There is no other explanation. 

An officer with an ounce of common sense might have suggested that someone from the police department call him during regular business hours. An unpaid intern could have made the call. Baca could have been informed that there was a warrant out for his arrest for missing a court date, and that he needed to take care of it or eventually he would be picked up. 

That is all the police needed to do. Heck, they didn't even need to do that. The failure to appear for the court date is in the police computer system. Eventually, Baca would have been pulled over for something. Eventually, it would have caught up with him.

But for someone to decide it was a reasonable use of police resources to send three officers to his house at 3:00 a.m. is an absurdity.

Any future calls for additional police resources should fall on deaf ears. They are wasting your money on trivialities.