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More Evidence of a Police State

You know you're living in a police state when cops spend their time "solving" crimes that they actually created in the first place. Take a look at this report from NY1 News:
    For Aquarius Cheers and Kia Graves, it started as a routine trip to Target Thursday night to buy their daughter diapers. They were waiting for a train at 59th Street.

    "I look around and I end up seeing this bag," recalled Cheers. "It was a Verizon bag. I took it, and look inside of it. I saw there was some electronics. Next thing I know the train is coming."

    They grabbed the bag and rushed for the train.

    "I was like 'just bring the bag,' not thinking twice about it," said Graves. "I was thinking 'oh we could find a receipt in there,' and possibly go back to the phone company Verizon."

    Then a team of undercover officers grabbed Cheers and charged him with petty larceny.

    "I was like, 'what is that?'" said Cheers. "And the officer said, that what I did was basically akin to shoplifting. I was like, 'but I'm not a shoplifter. I'm not a thief.'"

    The NYPD calls the sting Operation Lucky Bag, where officers plant a bag and arrest those who take it and do not turn it into a uniformed officer posted nearby.
What, New York doesn't have any murders left to solve? This only proves that the primary function of "law enforcement" is to collect revenue for the state.

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Blogger Ryan S. said...

This news story is exactly the sort of blatant immorality in law enforcement was lamenting in my review of Constitutional Chaos. Any law enforcement officer who participates in this egregious subversion of due process is immoral and betrays his oath of office, and is not much better than the two-bit thugs they purport to protect us from. God will hold them accountable for their subversion of the rule of law. This is not petit larceny under the common law rules, because there is no mens rea (criminal intent). A good criminal defense attorney can fight these charges, despite the dirty attempt of a prosecutor to coerce a plea. The real extortion/crime is the law enforcement wasting people's money by extortive fines and then compelling them to seek legal counsel for their criminal defense, and otherwise destroying the reputation of hapless innocents as law-abiding citizens. But baiting people like this with apparently lost/misplaced items is immoral. Entrapment of this sort never proves the predisposition to commit a crime; and the real crime is that committed by the cops in subversion of justice. The late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White rightly observed that the government may not "originate a criminal design, implant in a man's mind the disposition to commit a criminal act, and then induce commission of the crime so that the government may prosecute." Never say a criminal defense attorney is bad profession. With cops like those we need some honest ones.

12/21/07, 12:35 PM  
Blogger Lee Shelton IV said...

Thanks. I definitely need to add that book to my reading list.

12/21/07, 1:52 PM  

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