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The content below was written by Scott McPherson and originally posted to Patch.com.
Eric Frein Slips Through Police Fingers: Police are acting like an occupying army in northeast Pennsylvania. It isn’t working
According to Pennsylvania State Police, six weeks ago Eric Frein ambushed two state troopers outside a Pike County police barracks, killing one officer and severely wounding another. Frein is then said to have fled into the surrounding woods, putting to use his self-taught “survivalist” training to escape capture.
State Police responded immediately, massing hundreds of officers into a 5-square mile radius, employing armored vehicles, night vision equipment, and even local hunters in an attempt to capture the alleged gunman, believed to be hiding in the dense woodlands of the Poconos Mountains.
No expense has been spared in this search. The manhunt has become so expensive – now running into the “millions of dollars” – that lawmakers in the state are becoming a little uneasy.
Nor have area residents been spared. Those at home when the manhunt began were put on “lock down,” while others have been blocked from returning to their homes. Many have expressed understandable frustration over the way they’ve been treated.
“They walk through the house, they walk through the property, checked out the basement,” said Kent Van Horn.
Schools have been closed, police officers line the roads and man numerous roadblocks, and generally act as an occupying army in the area. Even Halloween events have been put on hold.
“We will find you,” was the message from Lt. Col. George Bivens, on September 26.
But six weeks into the search, police still don’t have their man.
A report on the case Saturday from Fox News has revealed an interesting new development. A woman claims to have spotted Frein “with his face caked in mud and carrying a rifle” near his old high school in the town of Swiftwater. Police say it is a credible sighting. “Based on the sighting, Bivens said it appears Frein has moved about six miles south. He said the search area is being expanded…”
Which means that despite all police efforts, Frein slipped through their cordon.
The search for Eric Frein – and the behavior of law enforcement officials – is reminiscent of events in Boston last year, when two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring over 260 others. After that incident, the entire city was put under virtual martial law, with thousands of police officers and numerous armored vehicles roaming the streets in a massive search for the suspects, pointing assault weapons at city residents, ordering them into their homes, closing businesses, and shutting down the public transportation system.
Only after the lock down was rescinded – and police left the area — was suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev spotted by a private citizen, who immediately alerted authorities to his whereabouts.
There may be a lesson in this for Pennsylvania authorities. Massing a small army to search for one man, even a dangerous criminal, may not be as effective a measure as backing off and letting the public’s eyes and ears do your work for you.
While acting like thugs and treating the local population like pawns, to be ordered about and cower in compliance, must be somewhat gratifying to people who make their living lording it over others, and who are no doubt frustrated and afraid that a member of the civilian population has targeted them for attack, it doesn’t appear to be the most efficacious approach.
This would certainly never be the reaction to the murder of a mere mundane, which happens far, far more often in this country than attacks on police.
The vast majority of crimes are solved not by the police response, but by tips from the public.
Millions of dollars, hundreds of officers, roadblocks, lock downs, and police-state tactics turned up nothing for six weeks. Eric Frein has made a mockery of law enforcement efforts to apprehend him. But just as in Boston, one alert citizen changed the game.
Maybe the police should stop behaving like soldiers in a war zone. People are growing increasingly tired of that.
Micah Purinton shared the information below.
Date of Interaction: Oct 15
Outfit: Winchester Police Department (NH)
A Winchester, NH police employee told me that I owed $600. They told me if I didn’t pay it they would be back with bracelets. I do not feel it is my responsibility to pay anything until told to do so by a judge or the courts prove it is my responsibility.
The officer showed up while I was not home and told my wife if I did not have the money by 3pm that Friday he was coming back with bracelets and that the warrant was all but signed by the justice of the peace. So, I came home and spoke with my wife and explained the law and printed it out. She took the law print out and went down to the police department and when she asked why they think they can show up without a warrant and threaten to arrest me in front of my children.
Long story short, I waited all day for Winchester’s finest to show but they never did. I left for work on Sunday and my wife called me and said she noticed the police have been going by a lot more then normal. I told her to take a walk and see if they approach her again so she went to Rite Aide with my daughter and her friend. On the way back her friend notices the same officer, who pulled up to them. He stops her and claims that in her hand is a beer when it’s clearly a Pepsi. Then he questions my wife – asking what’s in the bag in her hand. My wife pulled out the aero chamber she just picked up from the Rite Aide for my son and shows him what it is. He then asks if she had anything in her purse and she handed him the purse and says, “Would you like to look?”
The police in Winchester – aside from a few lone men – are very corrupt and are bullying me and my family very bad to the point now we want to move from New Hampshire. After being in the army for nine years I moved here to build a safe home for my family thinking it would be a nice change coming from Massachusetts.
It was a quiet and country setting which we liked, but now it has come to the point where we don’t even want to leave the house anymore because as soon as we are seen we are followed watched and threatened and questioned.
They picked up my nine-year-old daughter for walking down the street and they questioned her about what me and her mother do for a living, who lives at my home, and asking who drives this car and that car… This is out of control they had no right to talk to her or approach her.
They bullied another man so bad he hung himself. It is out of control – they state they don’t need a reason to pull you over anymore or to arrest you. Please guys you need to approach this matter before another person gets pushed too far. The people of Winchester are scared of their own public safety. Guys, let’s raise up and fight back!
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Ralph Holder shared the content below.
Date of Interaction: 13 SEPT 13
Individuals Involved: Charles McGregor, Patrick Hannon, Chief James Seusing, Dep Chief Bukhunt, Capt Andrew Lavoie and Newton Chief Lawrence Streeter
Outfit: Nashua Police Department (NH)
Phone: (603) 594-3500
I recently filed a lawsuit in Superior Court against the Nashua PD plain clothes detectives Charles McGregor and Patrick Hannon who, with the approval of Chief Seusing, Deputy Chief Bukhunt and Captain Lavoie. showed up at my house in Newton, NH (35 miles outside of their authority and jurisdiction) for the sole purposes of harassing, threatening and intimidation because I exercised my First Amendment Right and profanely criticized Chief Justice Linda Dalianis for her role on refusing to hear an unconstitutional race based court decision denying my son’s right to attend public school in the State of New Hampshire because of his “race and skin color”. Also named in the suit are Donald Goodnow, Jason Jordanhazy, Seusing, Lavoie, Bukhunt and Newton Chief of Police Lawrence Streeter who refused my complaint of the officers criminal trespass onto my property for no legitimate law enforcement purposes. They came to warn me for calling Dalianis a lying fucking racist bitch for denying her role in the Unlawful Court Ordered Racial Segregation in Education.
In 2003, Brock, Broderick, Dalianis, Duggan and Nadeau unanimously refused to hear my appeal that used my son’s “race and skin color” to change his principal place and State of residence for “school purposes” then refused to publish an opinion why they tolerated and perpetuated the Institutional Racism. Judges Edwin Kelly, Robert Lynn, Tina Nadeau and Administrator Regina Apicelli helped whitewash the manifest bias.
See a problem? I criticize a racist judicial official for what she did and she, Jordanhazy and Goodnow sent the Nashua PD thugs after me. Never mind the fact the State previously falsely arrested me and maliciously tried to prosecute me in 2007 as retaliation for saying something they didn’t like that was ruled was not criminal. I was acquitted and had the record annulled. I spent part of my adult life in the military and nearly all of my life in the law enforcement career field protecting the rights of others. I earned my Undergraduate and Master’s in Criminal Justice with high academic honors. The very first two cases I studied as part of my constitutional law course was Brown v. Board of Ed and Palmore v. Sidoti. The government cannot use a suspect racial classification without showing a compelling government interest and any use of such classifications requires the decision be reviewed under “Strict Judicial Scrutiny”. No one has ever been held accountable for the manifest bias though Part I, Articles 2 and 8 of the State Constitution was intentionally violated thanks to corrupt judiciary, the Judicial Conduct Committee and Attorney Discipline office.
Take a good look at the case of Tipton v. Aaron. It was heard the same year (2004) the Justices refused to hear my appeal. Only one reason can account for the significant differences in the two rulings.. DALIANIS and the OTHERS support Institutional Racism. She may finally be forced to explain herself to the public. God knows I tried repeatedly only to face persistent corruption and cover-up even at the federal court level. The Bigot in a Black Robe even down played the manifest bias at her confirmation hearing with the Governor’s Executive Council. It was unambiguous case of racial discrimination engaged in by the NH Judicial Branch but apparently the two detectives neglected to do their due diligence by investigating the underlying facts before they decided to show up at my house in a show of force..
What’s become of this society where the police can’t even trust senior court officials to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Nashua Police Detectives are supposed to be investigating felony level crimes not acting as THUGS for the NH Supreme Court Chief Justice, her Administrative Director Goodnow and Security Manager Jordanhazy. The State promotes the myth of a color-blind legal society, yet there were two complaints of racial bias in 2004. In the sixty years since Title IV of the Civil Rights Act was first enacted to eradicate racial discrimination and the ruling of Brown v. Board of Ed, young Black children still have to tolerate unlawful court ordered racial segregation in education imposed by the NH Judicial Branch .
SENDING THOSE TWO MY HOUSE FOR NO LEGITIMATE LAW ENFORCEMENT PURPOSES WAS A BIG BLUNDER. WILLFUL BLINDNESS TO IMPLICIT BIAS DOESN’T EXCUSE ANY OF THEIR BEHAVIOR. THE LAWS AND THE RULES THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO CONTROL AGAINST IMPLICIT BIAS WERE RECKLESSLY DISREGARDED. HELP ME BY TURNING OVER THE HOME ADDRESSES OF THOSE MENTIONED SO THEY CAN BE PROPERLY SERVED A SUMMONS BY THE SHERIFF IN THEIR INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY.