Jacksonville Cop Threatens Black Man With Jail After Jaywalking


A viral video posted to Facebook last week shows a Jacksonville sheriff’s officer threatening a young black man with jail time after he crossed the street without a walk signal.

The video shows Officer J.S. Bolen detaining Devonte Shipman and threatening to take him to jail for “disobeying a direct order” and “resisting without violence” after he stopped him over for jaywalking.

The Sheriff’s Office said it is reviewing the video but that Bolen is not under investigation at the time. Bolen cited Shipman twice for failing to obey a walk signal and not having a license. Shipman’s friend was also detained, but was not cited.

Shipman, 21, told the Times-Union he lives within walking distance of where the stop happened in Arlington. He said the officer approached in his car and told him and his friend to come over because they had just crossed the road against the signal. He contended that the signal was still blinking when they started walking and stopped halfway through.

Initially, Shipman said, he declined to approach the officer’s car because he didn’t understand why he was being stopped. As soon as the officer got out of his car, Shipman said, he started recording.

“There’s no way I was disrespectful or anything to make this man react the way he did, period,” Shipman said.

In the video, Bolen tells Shipman he is being detained for crossing the street outside the crosswalk and not waiting for the signal. He orders him to wait by his patrol vehicle.

“If you don’t, I’m going to put you in jail,” Bolen says. “So go to my car.”

Shipman calmly questions Bolen, who appears agitated in the video. He tells the officer that he’s not resisting and walks over to Bolen’s car with him. Bolen continues to threatens to detain him, for “up to seven hours,” while he figures out his identity because Shipman doesn’t have his license on him. Shipman volunteered his name and date of birth when asked.

The Sheriff’s Office cited Florida statute 322.15(1) as to why Shipman was given a citation, but the statute only applies to drivers, not pedestrians. It states that every licensee must have his or her license on them “when operating a motor vehicle.”

Shipman said he was as calm as possible and recorded the encounter out of fear it might turn violent, because of how upset the officer seemed.

“If you look at the video, if you pay attention to his body language, he’s grabbing his hands like he wanted to do something to me,” Shipman said. “I didn’t escalate the situation. I was trying to figure out what I did wrong.”

Diallo Sekou, a grassroots black activist who is running for Katrina Brown’s seat on the city council, said these types of pedestrian infractions are routinely handed out in the city’s black communities. He said reshaping those policies is one of the reasons he decided to run for office.

“It’s walking while black,” Sekou said. “This is Jim Crow when it comes to these laws and ordinances in the city.”

When Shipman questions what he did that was illegal, Bolen states again that he crossed against the walk signal. Shipman says he simply wasn’t paying attention.

“You act like I really just committed a serious crime that’s worth this time right now,” Shipman says.

Bolen counters that “it is worth the time.”

“There was two cars that were coming through the intersection that had to slow down,” Bolen says in the video. “They had the right of way, not you.”

As the two argue, another person crosses the street and is not detained for it.

The video comes as the Sheriff’s Office prepares to roll out its pilot program for body cameras in early July. But it’s unclear whether this type of situation would have required the officer to record the encounter.

Shipman appears incredulous throughout the video.

“Three cop cars, all because we crossed the mother——ing street though,” Shipman says. “We crossed the street, that’s all we did.”

Shipman said he has no intention of paying either citation and that he and the officer already spoke about meeting again in court.

“He was like, ‘I hope you take that option to take it to court,’” Shipman said, “‘Because I promise you I’m going to be there.’”

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Ramarley Graham’s Mother Releases Internal NYPD Docs Critiquing Officers Involved in Son’s Death

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The New York Police Department (NYPD) let ex-officer Richard Haste avoid responsibility for killing Ramarley Graham by resigning three months ago. But Graham’s family and supporters still seek accountability for other officers’ involvement in his 2012 death. They publicly released internal NYPD documents admonishing Sergeant Scott Morris and Officer John McLoughlin yesterday (June 22), citing them as proof that they should be fired.

The documents—emailed to Colorlines by Communities United for Police Reform (CUPR)—include the NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Trials Rosemarie Maldonado’s ruling on Haste’s departmental trial and the Firearms Discharge Review Board’s (FDRB) report on the shooting. Both reports found Haste, his partner McLoughlin and their on-the-scene supervisor Morris guilty of misconduct.

The departmental review indicates that McLoughlin aided Haste, and that no one knew “whether Ramarley Graham was actually inside [his grandmother’s] apartment.” The report also criticizes Morris for offering “no direction to the officers” before they stormed into the home.

The FDRB report said all three officers “exercised poor tactical judgment” and additionally reprimanded Morris for “failure to supervise” his officers or train them in proper street narcotics enforcement unit (SNEU) guidelines, which require that all seven unit members (Morris, McLoughlin and Haste’s SNEU team only had six members) have guideline protocol training. McLoughlin and Haste admitted to not having that training during Haste’s departmental trial.

Graham’s mother, Constance Malcolm, says in a CUPR statement accompanying the documents that these violations demonstrate that McLoughlin and Morris should be fired and face departmental trials, which were promised but have not yet happened.

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Police Investigate Seattle Officer Who Shot Charleena Lyles After He Left Taser In Locker


One of the Seattle police officers who fatally shot Charleena Lyles is under internal investigation for violating department policy by leaving his uncharged Taser in his locker for more than a week leading up to the shooting, the Police Department’s civilian watchdog said Saturday.

Officer Jason Anderson, on the force for two years, told investigators after the shooting that he did not carry his Taser during his shift June 18, when the shooting occurred, according to interview transcripts released by Seattle police.

Seconds before the shooting, Anderson said, when Lyles pulled a knife, the other officer, Steven McNew, called out for him to use his Taser on her. Anderson replied that he didn’t have it, and within seconds, as Lyles began moving toward the two officers, Anderson said, they both shot her.

The shooting of Lyles, a 30-year-old African-American mother of four, by two white officers has drawn an outcry from family and others, who say race was a factor.
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Anderson said after the shooting that even if he had other less-lethal weapons, he would have shot Lyles because she had lunged at him with a knife and looked as if she was going to try to stab the other officer. Anderson said he feared for his life and had to suck in his stomach and move back to avoid being stabbed.

Anderson said that for the last couple of months he had been considering abandoning the Taser altogether, saying it was taking up too much space on his vest and belt for his slender frame. When the Taser’s battery died, he left it in his locker and didn’t get it recharged. He said it had been in his locker, uncharged, for one to two weeks.

Seattle police policy says officers who are trained in using Tasers and have been issued one must carry it with them during a shift. Anderson said he told his squadmates about forgoing the Taser, but did not mention telling any superiors.

Pierce Murphy, the civilian head of Seattle’s Office of Professional Accountability (OPA), said that after Anderson told detectives in interviews last week he had left the Taser behind, the department referred the case to the OPA for investigation.

Murphy’s internal investigation team will look to see if there were good reasons to explain why Anderson didn’t have his Taser. They’ll give their findings and a recommendation to police Chief Kathleen O’Toole, who could discipline Anderson.

Murphy said the case was unusual and there aren’t set guidelines for disciplining officers found to be violating the Taser policy.

“There’s no cookbook here,” he said.
“Nothing but his gun”

Lyles had called police to her Northeast Seattle apartment to report a burglary last Sunday. Three children were inside during the shooting, including one who crawled onto Lyles after she was shot in the midsection and fell facedown on the floor, according to the police transcripts.

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Philando Castile Murder: Mother Gets $3m Over Police Shooting


The family of a black driver killed by a police officer during a traffic stop in Minnesota will receive $3m (£2.4m).

The shooting of Philando Castile last year made international headlines after his girlfriend broadcast the aftermath live on Facebook.

A civil lawsuit for wrongful death has concluded with the news that Valerie Castile, his mother, will receive the money from the city of St Anthony.

The Hispanic police officer who shot him was acquitted of manslaughter.

Mr Castile, a 32-year-old school cafeteria worker, was stopped by police last July and the encounter began cordially.

Police officer Jeronimo Yanez informed him his brake light was out and asked for his insurance and licence.

But when Mr Castile politely told the officer about the gun he was legally carrying, things became tense and seconds later the officer opened fire, after shouting “Don’t reach for it!”

Last week, the family of a black man shot in Ferguson, Missouri, reached a $1.5m settlement over his death, which sparked riots and a national debate about police use of lethal force against African Americans.

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New Mexico Deputy Arrested & Fired For Stealing Meth On The Job

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A New Mexico deputy was arrested and fired for allegedly stealing meth on the job.

“I’m very surprised. I’m very shocked. I didn’t think that could be happening in such a small town like this,” said Reginald Beacham, Clovis resident.

People in Clovis are surprised to hear about the case against the now-former Curry County Sheriff Deputy Brandon Nolen.

According to court documents, Nolen made a traffic stop March 20 in Clovis and seized approximately four grams of suspected methamphetamine, along with a gun and items of drug paraphernalia.

According to investigators, Nolen had an alcohol problem so he was required to take a drug test. A couple of days after the traffic stop, he tested positive for amphetamines, then was fired by the department.

That’s when authorities discovered the methamphetamine seized by Nolen during the traffic stop was missing from his evidence locker.

He was finally arrested this week.

The incident has caused a ripple effect. Now, the DA’s office says that because of the arrest they have had to dismiss more than 30 of Nolen’s cases.

Nolen is charged for the meth and with perjury and tampering with public records — for claiming he put the meth in evidence. He has since bonded out of jail.

The Curry County Sheriff’s Department refused to comment on this story.

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Cop Indicted As Video Shows Him Kick, Stomp Incapacitated Man he Just Shot


Houston, TX — Disturbing video has been released following the indictment of a Houston police officer for shooting a suspect and then kicking and stomping him while he was down. Former Houston Police Officer Bruce Johnson now faces multiple felony and misdemeanor charges.

A Harris County grand jury indicted Johnson last week for the incident which took place on February 16. On that day, Johnson, who was still a police officer, hurried home after learning that a potential burglary was in progress.

When Johnson arrived at his home, he found Derek Carr, who was in the midst of carrying some of Johnson’s belongings out of his home. Like anyone should be able to do if their home is being robbed, Johnson confronted Carr and shot him. However, that is not the reason he’s been indicted.

“Officer Johnson delivered a number of blows with his foot by kicking Carr while he was on the ground incapacitated after he’d been shot,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said at a news conference.

As the Chron Reports:


Prosecutors in the case said Carr, who is in the Harris County Jail and has been charged with burglary, was carrying Johnson family belongings as well as a 16-inch metal tool. Carr, 42, is held in the Harris County Jail and faces a burglary charge — the 11th time he has been charged with burglary since 1992, according to court records.
The two got into a physical altercation. Johnson shot Carr once in the arm and once in the back, Ogg said.

A bystander’s video recorded Johnson after the shooting as he kicked the wounded Carr about 10 times, prosecutor Jamie Reyna said.
Photo evidence also showed that Johnson moved the metal tool, which Ogg said was a clear effort to tamper with the scene.

“He moved a critical piece of evidence,” Ogg said. “It wasn’t a mistake. There’s not a question (about the) intent.”

In a statement, Houston Police Chief, Art Acevedo said the department was “extremely disappointed in the actions of this former employee,” who retired in March after 23 years with the department. Acevedo pointed to the role of the Special Investigations Unit he created to examine “critical cases,” according to the Chron.

It is important to point out that no one here is advocating against defending one’s home from a burglar or other would-be intruder. But that is not the issue in this instance.

On the surface, this case appeared to be a simple home defense issue and no wrongdoing had taken place. However, after the video surfaced and Johnson was found to have tampered with the evidence to change the potential outcome of the incident, it was clear he’d committed crimes.

“While the circumstances in this case on the day of occurrence suggested no wrongdoing, a proper impartial investigation by HPD SIU lead to the discovery of facts and evidence resulting in the indictment of this former employee,” Acevedo said. “The Houston Police Department remains committed to transparency and accountability.”

This is the second case in only a very short time in which a police officer has been indicted in Houston. Hopefully, it is indicative of a new level of police accountability taking root.

Earlier this month, a grand jury indicted Deputy Chauna Thompson and her husband, Terry, for murder in the deadly fight at Denny’s.

Terry Thompson, a 41-year-old Harris County man choked another man to death at a local Denny’s. The dramatic footage of the fight emerged in early June which prompted a heavy backlash by people wanting to know why the couple was not charged. The backlash apparently had an effect.

“We believe that this grand jury true bill is a reflection of our community’s belief that a crime occurred,” Ogg said. “And that crime was murder and it was participated by Terry Thompson and his wife Deputy Chauna Thompson.”

While the indictments appear to show an increased attempt at police accountability, as the Free Thought Project has reported far too often, an indictment rarely leads to a conviction.

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WATCH: CNN Producer Admits Russia Narrative is ‘Bullsh*t’ with ‘No Proof’ for Ratings


In yet another nail in the coffin that is the mainstream media’s conspiracy theory that Russia somehow intervened in the 2016 elections, a hidden camera has captured the essential smoking gun, proving that it’s all lies. A senior producer at CNN was just exposed admitting that Russia gate is nothing but “bullsh*t.”

The senior producer, John Bonifield was secretly recorded as he described the intense speculation that Russia aided the Trump presidential campaign as “bullsh*t.” Filmed on a hidden camera, the senior CNN producer admits the organization’s anti-Russia reporting is purely for ratings.

“It’s mostly bullsh*t right now. Like, we don’t have any big giant proof,” Bonifield tells a reporter in secretly-filmed footage.

In the video, an unidentified journalist is asking the senior CNN producer why they are covering the Russia conspiracy theory so heavily, given there has yet to be any concrete evidence showing it.

“So why is CNN constantly like, ‘Russia this, Russia that?’” the journalist asks, to which Bonifield responds, “Because it’s ratings.”

“Our CIA is doing shit all the time, we’re out there trying to manipulate governments,” Bonifield says.

“I think the President is probably right to say, like, look, you are witch-hunting me,” Bonifield admits.

CNN pushing the Russia conspiracy theory is doing exactly what it is designed to do, keep people tuned in and distracted and Bonifield admits that is exactly what’s happening. “Our ratings are incredible right now,” he says on the video.

As RT reports, Bonifield explains how far CNN pushed the Russia line, describing a meeting in which reporters were told by the CEO to stop covering climate accords, urging instead “Let’s get back to Russia.”

“It’s a business, people are like the media has an ethical phssssss…All the nice cutesy little ethics that used to get talked about in journalism school you’re just like, that’s adorable. That’s adorable. This is a business,” Bonifield says in the video.

The footage was released by conservative activist James O’Keefe via Project Veritas.

It is important to point out that Project Veritas has been known to spin its videos by heavily editing them to make their case. As RT notes, O’Keefe formed Veritas in 2010 claiming its mission is to “investigate and expose corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud and other misconduct.” It has since been sued for its information-gathering methods, primarily targeting liberal organizations, and presenting its findings in a misleading, highly edited format.

This video, however, needs no heavy editing to get the point.

The CNN Russia hysteria apparently got too big for their own good, however, and they have since been caught with their hand in the ratings cookie jar.

As Buzzfeed noted over the weekend, CNN is imposing strict new publishing restrictions for online articles involving Russia after the network deleted a story and then issued a retraction late Friday, according to an internal email obtained by BuzzFeed News.

The email went out at 11:21 a.m. on Saturday from Rich Barbieri, the CNNMoney executive editor, saying “No one should publish any content involving Russia without coming to me and Jason [Farkas],” a CNN vice president.

“This applied to social, video, editorial, and MoneyStream. No exceptions,” the email added. “I will lay out a workflow Monday.”

Perhaps CNN knew that this video was about to be released. Or, perhaps, they had simply been proven wrong too many times. Either way, the curtain is getting pulled back.


As the Free Thought Project has continuously reported, there has yet to be a single shred of concrete evidence proving interference in the 2016 election by Russia. In spite of the mainstream media putting out stories of anonymous sources confirming Russian hacking, other than documents claiming it happened, the public has seen nothing.

This complete lack of evidence was backed up earlier this month during fired FBI Director James Comey’s Senate testimony, during which he admitted he’s never seen any evidence of Russian interference in the election.

Hopefully, with the release of this video, people will wake up to what’s really going on. American’s are being distracted with ‘bullsh*t’ so the establishment can continue to fleece them, wage wars for profit, and usurp their rights. Make no mistake, no matter what you hear on the television, it is business as usual in Washington.

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Rape Victim Commits Suicide After Being Bullied by Cops Protecting Her Wealthy Attacker


Over one year after 21-year-old Megan Rondini committed suicide, a new report is giving insight into the abuse she experienced at the hands of the wealthy man who allegedly raped her and the police who covered it up.

When Rondini was found dead on Feb. 26, 2016, the only note she was accompanied by was an intake form for SMU’s mental health center, in which she revealed that she thought she was “better off dead” more than half of the time, and she listed her major life crises as “Raped, bullied by police, changed university,” according to a report from Buzzfeed.

Just one year before she ended her life, Rondini was attending the University of Alabama on an honors scholarship. She had a 3.8 GPA, she was part of a coveted MBA program, and she was working after class at a lab studying Alzheimer’s disease.

However, all of that changed in July 2015, when Rondini accepted a ride home from one of the wealthiest men in Tuscaloosa. T.J. Bunn Jr. or “Sweet T” is a member of the ST Bunn Construction family. His father and the owner of the company, Terry Bunn, is listed as one of the most influential men in Alabama, in addition to being an influential University of Alabama donor and supporter.”

When Rondini reported her encounter with “Sweet T” to the police, she did so after escaping from his mansion, going to the hospital for a forensic exam, and then arriving at the police station in the middle of the night, according to the report from Buzzfeed.

“The 34-year-old later told authorities he offered 20-year-old Megan a ride home because he and a friend saw her leaving downtown Tuscaloosa alone. Megan couldn’t remember how she ended up in Sweet T’s white Mercedes on the way to his ornate mansion … But, Megan later told police, she was sober enough by the time he pointed her toward his bedroom to know she didn’t want to have sex with him—and, she said, Sweet T should’ve known it, too.”

Alabama’s rape law states that the victim must be an individual who “engages in sexual intercourse with a member of the opposite sex by forcible compulsion,” or who is “incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless or mentally incapacitated.”

Buzzfeed reported that because the investigator who interviewed Rondini “quickly decided she hadn’t fought back against Bunn—she hadn’t ‘kicked him or hit him,’” the investigation concluded that “no rape occurred,” and the investigator then began “building a case against Megan, questioning her for multiple crimes she wasn’t even aware she had committed.”

“She did everything that she could to protect herself and to get help,” Megan’s father, Mike Rondini, told Buzzfeed. “She should have gotten that help, and she didn’t. That is a failure on everybody’s part.”

The report also noted that in Tuscaloosa, all sexual offense cases are handled by a multi-agency homicide department, and it is up to a grand jury to decide if the cases move forward.

However, according to the captain of Tuscaloosa’s homicide department, up to 50 percent of all reported sexual assaults are labeled “special inquiry,” which means that “the victim does not know what or if anything happened” and the investigators don’t think the accusations will result in criminal charges.

As of February, only 10 cases out of 98 sexual assault reports in 2016 were heard by a grand jury, and 12 out of 124 from 2015. (Those numbers don’t include a few dozen cases that are still pending.) The county district attorney’s office couldn’t say how many sexual assault cases in Tuscaloosa led to formal charges, because it did not begin using a computerized tracking program until late last year.”

Instead of taking her allegations seriously, investigators picked apart Rondini’s story. She claimed that after Bunn forced her to have sex with him, he passed out, and she couldn’t get out of his room. She said she tried to escape from the second-story window, but then couldn’t find her keys, and went on a frantic search that included taking a gun she found in Bunn’s car because she was leaving the house in the middle of the night, alone. The part about Rondini taking the gun was the part investigator Adam Jones seemed intent to focus on.

“Before I ask you any questions, you got any reasoning behind why you did what you did?” Jones said.

“What do you mean?” Rondini said.

“I just need you to tell me, once we get into the questioning, what your reasoning was about why you did these things,” he said.

“I was never going to hurt anybody with it,” Rondini said, crying. “I got it just to protect myself but I don’t eat meat, I could never kill anything, even if it came to that point I wouldn’t have been able to use it on a person.”

Eventually, Jones returned to Rondini’s rape allegations. “Based on your statements to me, you said that you never resisted him,” he said.

“I did resist him,” Rondini said, listing the ways she did, from repeatedly telling Bunn she wanted to leave to turning away when he kissed her. “I wanted to go home,” she said. “He didn’t take me home.”

“Look at it from my side,” Jones replied calmly. “You never kicked him or hit him or tried to resist him.”

Ultimately, with help from the Tuscaloosa police, Rondini never filed charges, and Bunn was never held accountable. Rondini left Tuscaloosa and transferred to SMU at the end of the fall 2015 semester, before taking her own life in early 2016.

Following the release of Buzzfeed’s report, the Bunn family was quick to release a statement, claiming that the report “distorted or disregarded matters of fact.”

“While a police investigation found no evidence of sexual assault, the young woman admitted to acts that subjected her to possible criminal prosecution,” the statement from the Bunn family said. “At one point, the young woman’s family took steps to bring civil action against various parties who are the targets of these unfounded accusations. Such action would undoubtedly include demands for financial compensation.”

The University of Alabama also released a statement, insisting that the recent news accounts “do not tell the full story.”

“Information published by news outlets this week has unfortunately ignored some significant facts,” the statement from UA said. “When Megan went to the hospital, a University advocate met her at the hospital to provide support and stayed with her throughout the examination process.”

The Rondini family’s lawyer, Leroy Maxwell Jr., told AL.com that the family is planning to file a federal Title IX complaint against the University of Alabama by the end of June.

“Megan was loved by everyone who came in contact with her.  Her loss is everyone’s loss,” Maxwell said. “Title IX, the University of Alabama, the Tuscaloosa Sheriff’s department and the overall judicial system in Tuscaloosa let her down on every level. Through litigation our firm is committed to doing everything in our power to shine a light on Tuscaloosa’s systemic problem with sexual assault.”

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Cops Brag About Harassing Homeless Man Fixing Bikes for Money, So Facebook Destroyed Them


Kennewick, WA — A 38-year-old homeless man was attempting to earn some honest money by providing a much-desired service to the residents of Kennewick, Washington last week, when he was threatened with extortion and arrest by the local police department who effectively ended his enterprise. After the Kennewick Police Department threatened the homeless man and prevented him from making a living, they took to Facebook to shamelessly brag about it. However, Facebook was not buying it.

The homeless man was not selling drugs, panhandling, or harassing local businesses and their patrons. He was providing willing customers, who were in need of bicycle repairs, with a service for which they agreed to pay him.

The man was operating out of a van and was set up in a parking lot behind a bank, under a tree, out of the way. He was harming no one, and, in fact, was actually helping.

However, he had not asked his local government for permission to make a living through the offering up of his skills — so, they set out on a mission to destroy him.

The Facebook post on the Kennewick Police Department Facebook page reads:

We responded a call where the businesses in the 100 block of Vista Way were complaining about a 38 year old transient out of Spokane who had set up a make shift bicycle repair business behind the CHASE bank. Officers stood by until he had packed all his stuff up and left He was also warned about getting charged with not having a business license and or trespassing if we find him set up somewhere else.

After bragging about ruining a man whose only ‘crime’ was trying to make a living by selling his skillset, the police department received some much-needed backlash.

They’ve received hundreds of comments on their post calling them out for shutting down an honest man trying to put food on his plate as well as bragging about it.

One user summed up the situation nicely, noting that threatening the man with arrest over a business license is nothing short of extortion.

“Hi, we’re the police/government. We steal your right to sell your skills for your own survival and be a productive member of the community, and then sell it back to you in the form of a license. Because we’re above the law and too cheap to earn a living besides through extortion”. Which is worse: people running their own businesses, or bums sleeping in corners all over the city? Taxation, licenses, and fines are all Theft and Extortion.

Another user pointed out how senseless it is to go after a man who is earning money, trying to not be homeless, while at the same time decrying their approach to homelessness.

Way to go Kennewick PD, you have successfully stopped a dangerous criminal. If he wants to eat he should beg for money like all the other homeless in this communist state. It’s a shame that some of them actually try to work instead.

Taking a humorous and sarcastic approach to the ridiculous nature of this post, one Facebook user pointed out the obvious.

Please go to every yard sale, every kid mowing a lawn, and everyone who has a car posted for sale and ask them for a business license. I don’t want anyone doing business without paying their extortion fees to you and your gang.

Don’t you have a church bake sale to go bust up some where?

Summing the situation up perfectly, Facebook user, Brent, wrote:

You proudly publish the fact that you harass entrepreneurial people and make it hard for them to work and earn an honest buck? What was the public safety concern? Might he have accidentally left someone’s tires a bit squeaky? Thank God you were there to keep the community safe!

What the response to the Facebook post illustrates is that a heartening trend is growing on social media showing that people are waking up to the state persecuting individuals over victimless crimes. A previous example of this trend was illustrated by the Alameda County Sheriff’s department posting a photo of a deputy arresting a man for selling fruits and vegetables on the roadside and attempting to justify it. When people read the department’s justification, they lashed out — peacefully — to let them know what they were doing is wrong.

Legality does not dictate morality. 

The photo, which has sparked so much backlash online, depicts a deputy confiscating strawberries and mangos while the man selling them sits on the sidewalk in handcuffs.

What’s going on in the photo is clear as day. However, the sheriff’s department took to penning a lengthy post in a futile attempt to explain and justify it. Naturally, they were owned by Facebook.

Hopefully these police departments heed the advice on their own pag because this is how progress is made. The citizens already see it. It’s time for cops to see it too.

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