Stephen Zunes, a professor of Politics and chair of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco, discusses Congress’s bipartisan effort to undermine war crimes investigations of Israel’s war on Gaza.
This information was shared by a person who recognized the value in transparency.
Date of Incident: 10/2013
Individual Responsible: Jerry Peek
Outfit: Lyon County Sheriff’s Office
Jerry Peek, a former Lyon County (NV) Sheriff’s Office employee, is now caged. After rumors that he was sleeping with those caged at the Lyon County jail surfaced, Peek was placed on paid vacation (aka Administrative Leave), and months later, fired when the claims were substantiated.
A related write-up from KOLOTV.com noted that:
The Nevada Division of Investigations found evidence of several crimes, filed these charges with the Nevada Attorney General and obtained a warrant for the arrest of Peek, who was taken into custody October 14, 2014. He is charged with six Felony charges and three Gross Misdemeanors with a total bail of $750,000.
The charges are: Coercion, Asking or Receiving Bribe by Public Officer, Voluntary Sex between Prisoner and Another, Preventing/Dissuading Victim from Reporting Crime, Misconduct of Public Officer, Open or Gross Lewdness, Indecent Exposure, and Inhumanity to a Prisoner.
Peek’s former colleagues at the Lyons County Sheriff’s Outfit attempted to mitigate the severity of the situation, by claiming that “these types of crimes occur across the country” before trying to shore-up the perceived legitimacy upon which they depend for the perpetuation of their coercion-backed institution, “We are a transparent agency and we want to ensure you that we will continue to be a transparent agency”
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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