Posts Tagged ‘taser’

Why is This Lady CHP Officer Standing on the Central Freeway? The Better to Stop and/or Tase You

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

I have no idea how anyone could think that it was a good idea to end America’s primary east-west interstate freeway at Market and Octavia, but that’s what we have with the two-lane Central Freeway off-ramp these days.

Anyway right at the end of the off-ramp, the shoulder turns into a right-turn-only lane. And that’s right where this California Highway Patrol officer was standing the other day, with her prowler blocking your path.

Thusly.

“The current standard issue firearm for CHP officers is the Smith & Wesson Model 4006 TSW in .40 S&W. Each CHP patrol car is equipped with a Remington 870 Police 12‑gauge shotgun and a Colt AR‑15A2 in .223. Additionally, some officers are authorized to carry a taser.” If she has a Taser, she would be carrying it like this.

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So I guess she was looking for CVC 21755 Pass on Right Safely violators?

Due to the perpetually congested traffic conditions there’s no place for you to hide after seeing the black and white Crown Vic.

It’s a living.

Anyway, I’ve never seen this kind of law enforcement technique of standing about on a freeway and waiting for the perps…

OMG, They Made a Movie About the AC Transit Bus Fight – On Netflix Now – Entitled “Bad Ass” – $$ for Epic Beard Man?

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

This incident in the East Bay a few years back…

…has been made into a movie called Bad Ass:

Which I guess is old news.

But the new news is that you can watch this flick for free now via the NetFlix.

It’s just released. See?

“This movie is: Exciting”

(But, sorry streamer-only NetFlix people, right now you can only have them mail you the DVD or the Blu-Ray – you can’t just stream this to your device.)

And no, I don’t think Vietnam Tom Bruso, or anyone else on the bus that day…

…will get a dime out of Bad Ass.

That’s Tinseltown for you…

Occupy Oakland Update: Google Maps Now Shows Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza as “Oscar Grant Plaza”

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Editor Jon Brooks of News Fix, “KQED’s bay area news blog,” has this today:

So our morning anchor, Joshua Johnson, was doing a story on the Clorox earnings report, and in the process of finding exactly where their headquarters is located, came upon this:

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Try it yourself – type ”Oscar Grant” into Google Maps:

Oscar Grant Plaza, of course, is the name that the Occupy Wall Street people have given to their tent city location.

KQED has made a call down to Mountain View saying, “Hey Google, what’s the deal?”

We’ll see.

(I’m sure no one intended any dis for Frank H Ogawa.)

Great catch, Joshua Johnson.

Great post, Jon Brooks.

[UPDATE: Get more details right here. "NAParish" took steps to change the name back to Frank Ogawa Plaza at 8:44 AM this morning but that action is still pending. (It's like a Wikipedia editing war. Remember those, back in the aughts? Just like with that tiresome "Violet Blue" woman - I guess you can do the same thing on Google Maps. See below.)

[UPDATE II: Oh no, now, per Google Maps, Frank Ogawa Plaza has two names. See?

I imagine that "Oscar Grant Plaza" won't be on Google Maps at all in the very near future.]

[UPDATE III: And now it's back to normal, back to plain old Frank H Ogawa Plaza. "Google Reviewer Sanjeevi" has, once again, put the big DENIED stamp on the idea of any political name-changing. Google's "Local Names" feature is being abused no longer. Case Closed.]

“Negative note 38 mins 24 secs ago by NAParish
Reason: The edit could be misleading
This is not an “official” name, and this edit should have been denied. See commentary on previous edits.”
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“Denied on Oct 31, 2011 7:39pm by NAParish
Reason: The edit could be misleading
There are two problems with this edit. One is that Google doesn’t seem to allow this type of political commentary by “renaming” an official feature. The name that some Occupy Oakland protesters are using doesn’t fit into any of the categories Google allows (Local is for the name in the local language, like using La Tour Eiffel as the “local” name for what speakers of English commonly call the Eiffel Tower). See http://goo.gl/gCf78 for the types of names that are allowed. The other problem is that the official name is Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, not just Frank Ogawa Plaza — and the official name should not have been removed a few edits back.”

Japantown Taser-Gun Cell Phone Mugging Foiled by GPS – Suspect Caught in Twitterloin at 7th and Market

Friday, September 30th, 2011

The SFPD has just fleshed out this story of a trip to Japantown gone wrong.

Turns out the guy trying to fence(?) the booty is less than 18 years old.

Anyway, all the deets:

“SFPD Arrest Suspect by way of Smartphone GPS Technology
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Posted Date: 9/30/2011

San Francisco Police Officers at Northern Station arrested a suspect in connection with a robbery by way of GPS technology.

The suspect who cannot be identified due to the fact he is a juvenile, was taken into custody on September 29, 2011 and charged for possession of stolen property.

In this incident, the victim was walking home from work on the 1600 block of Post St. at 11:00 p.m. when she was suddenly shocked in the neck by a stun gun. The suspect then stole her belongings, which included a Smartphone. Shortly after, a group of good Samaritans came to the victim’s aid and she was able to call the police.

Responding officers arrived on scene and asked the victim if she subscribed to a GPS tracking device on her Smartphone. The victim stated, “Yes”.

A tracking device is a service that allows subscribers to track their Smartphone when their device is either stolen or lost. Using GPS technology, the officers were able to track the Victim’s stolen Smartphone to the area of 7th St and Market.

Officers responded to the area and were able to track down the Smartphone through its tracking device software.

The officers were able to detain the suspect who had the Smartphone in his possession. The suspect was placed under arrest for possession of stolen property.”

Well, I guess this is a happy ending…

The intersection of 7th and Market Street in San Francisco is the world capitol of black market iPhone sales:

Via JonathanPercy – click to expand

Hurray!

Which Group Has Unlawfully Killed More People Recently – The BART Police or This List of Arrested BART Protesters?

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Is that a fair question?

I assume that these people, listed below, arrested at this week’s Monday evening protest at or around the Big Four downtown San Francisco BART stations, have rap sheets that the SFPD and the BART Police know all about at this late date.

How many terrorists are on this list? How many murderers?

So BART, by now you should be well aware that you implemented your TASER policy in a poor fashion. Yes, you met the minimum hours of recommended training, just barely, but you screwed up other aspects of that program, right? (BTW, care to apologize for that sometime BART? It’s not too late.)

Anyway, you need to be extra careful about the things that you say these days, BART, right?

Because you’ve painted yourself into a corner at this point, and the only way out is for you to paint these hippies and art students and militant socialists as Madrid-style subway terrorists, you know, those people who literally used cell phones to kill, right?

So, are these arrestees Madrid-style subway terrorists?

I don’t know.

But you do.

Now, do I think that arrestees have a general right to resist arrest? No. And can I articulate facts about that evening in the defense of the BART Police? Yes. Nevertheless, this is Exhibit A in the case against BART and its half-assed TASER implementation:

So that’s at least one unlawful killing from Team BART. Compare that with the below.

The San Francisco Examiner’s list of recent arrestees:

Ryan Ragle, 27, Oakland

Nicholas Nydam, 19, Los Lunas, N.M. 

Blake Trisler, 22, Oakland

Gabriel Meyers, 34, Oakland

Samson Morrison, 37, San Francisco

David Batzell, 26, Santa Rosa

Kelly Taylor, 38, San Francisco

Kathryn Degraaf, 24, Oakland

Christa Sadler, 32, San Francisco

Dominic Pottker, 23, Berkeley

Celeste Obomsawin, 33, Oakland

Mohammed Arsalai, 29, Oakland

Kimani Rigmaiden, 19, Castro Valley

Philip Lonsdale, 24, Los Angeles

Eric Desouza, 29, Fremont

Gregory Fernandez, 27, Oakland

Brian Donovan, 21, Pleasant Hill

David Madden, 37, San Francisco

Ryan Jeter, 28, Richmond

Alonso Izquierdo, 18, San Francisco

Pierre Lucas, 23, San Francisco

Amanda Brown, 26, San Francisco

Robert Benson, 37, San Francisco

Kamaka Patrick, 18, San Francisco

Geoffrey Faubion, 36, Reno

Brandon Gilbert, 20, San Francisco

Ryan Marcel, 20, San Francisco

Robert Echevarria, 22, Portland, Ore.

Sean Yarbrough, 24, San Francisco

Jeffrey Auman, 56, San Francisco

Quincey Carr, 27, Oakland

Luke Belz, 18, San Francisco

Jennifer Boatright, 23, Portland, Ore.

Cameron Aoki, 19, San Francisco

Pick Your Litmus Test: The Next SFPD Police Chief Will Be Non-Male? Non-White? Gaysexual? And What About Tasers?

Monday, January 10th, 2011

I’m thinking, gee there aren’t a whole bunch of women at the reins of power in San Francisco these days, right? Let’s see here, the prospects of having a female Mayor, Board of Supervisors President, City Attorney, District Attorney, Public Defender, Assessor-Recorder, or Treasurer anytime soon would appear remote.

So, yes, we have a woman fire chief, but even so, there’ll be a lot of pressure to find candidates of the female persuasion for SFPD Chief, wouldn’t you think?

So let’s say that candidate is you. The first thing you’ll need to do is figure out is what you’re going to do about the TASER issue. If, as is the case with former* Chief George Gascon, you’re a firm believer in the TASER then you should get that info to the deciders ASAP. Say something like, “Forget about me if you won’t let me start up a well-run TASER program ASAP, with or without community input.”

That would be a bold move, huh? But otherwise, you’re not going to get any kind of TASER program during your term.

Stay tuned below, for a TASER program ranking.

Yes this is a TASER in SF, but it’s on the holster of a CHP officer:

So, a ranking of Taser programs, from worst to first:

3. A half-assed program, the kind run by BART

2. No program at all.

1. A well-run program, the kind that the SFPD would most likely have.

Has the lack of an SFPD TASER program resulted in a few deaths the past year? It would so appear.

*So far, assuming his appointment to District Attorney holds….

Oscar Grant Verdict: SFPD Takes a Stab at Community Relations in the Western Addition

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

The SFPD is trying to prepare for the aftermath of the upcoming Oscar Grant verdict.

This was the scene at the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center in the Western A today:

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I don’t know, I think that problems, if any, will spring up near BART stations.

Anyway, they’re trying…

“Be Heard, Teach Peace!”
July 6-8, 2010 SF Community
Outreach Engagement Event

Three, one day events, each day held at a different location:

  • Tuesday – July 6, 2010 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm at the Joseph Lee Recreation Center, 1395 Mendell Street
  • Wednesday – July 7, 2010 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm at the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, 1399 McAllister Street.
  • Thursday – July 8, 2010 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm at the Visitacion Middle School, 450 Raymond Street.

Activities Planned at Each Location:

  • Write message to the San Francisco Community
    • Express your opinions and feelings
  • Free hotdog, food, and drinks
    • Paid for with donations from APOA, OFJ, and businesses
  • Open “microphone” speaker forum
    • Encourage youths to speak-out
  • Provide grounds and equipment for sports
    • Allow youths to engage in athletic games

George Hearts TASERs, So Why Shouldn’t the SFPD have Conducted Energy Devices?

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

San Francisco Police Chief George Gascón wants his SFPD to be equipped with Conducted Energy Devices (CED’s, aka TASERs), but he needs to get approval from the Police Commission to get going. So he’s working the media and the Internets to get the word out about the benefits of stun guns.

Check the Facebook (started up just yesterday), the Twitter, the YouTube – the SFPD is all over the place these days. And here’s the elevator pitch for CEDs from the SFPD in a punchy 7.5 minutes. And here’s the whole news conference from today.

Chief Gascon (in conducted energy neckware) making his case today as Police Commissioner Jim “The Hammer” Hammer looks on.

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Am I missing something here? Is there some reason why the SFPD shouldn’t have CED’s? Our Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol have access to TASERS when they’re on the job in SF, so why not the police?

Next week’s Police Commission hearing, skedded for March 3rd, will give the red light or, more likely, the green light.

To Be Continued…

Both AC Transit Bus Fighters Speak Out – Planned Boxing Rematch Cancelled

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Here’s some fresh video from YouTubes’s doghousefm. It seems that the famous incident started when Epic Beard Guy Thomas Alexander Bruso boarded an AC Transit bus so he could go “to Frisco to get some weed.” His original plan for his mother’s funeral:

“I’m going to wear a powder blue fucking suit, and a white shirt and a red tie and a fucking breast cancer pin…”

Comes now the fight loser “Michael” (who appears to be on a first-name-only basis with DJ “JV“):

“First of all, I’d like to aPOlogize to AC Transit…”

It goes on and on, Black History Month, 5150, bygones, veterans, arthritis, murder, parole, apologies, brothers, stolen money, leaking, ass kicking, Strike Force(?) Showtime TV, 10,000 kids, cocaine - it goes on and on.

Can’t remember which morning-zoo / dawg-pound joint this screengrab came from. Oh yes, it was from WILD 94.9 FM:

And here’s more information about the now-cancelled plans for a rematch.

We’re approaching endgame on this one…

A Message from Thomas Bruso: “Don’t Fuck With Old Senior Citizens, They’ll Surprise You”

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Well, somebody tracked down Epic Beard Guy Thomas Bruso after he got released from John George Psychiatric Pavilion.

Here he is, straight outta Caffe Trieste in North Beach, Tom Bruso:

Wow, he runs the gamut.

He mixes fact with fiction – how can you sort it all out?

Here’s the reaction on KRON 4.