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Bloomberg steps on his own tongue, eh?

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by Dave Workman, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. Dave Workman

    Dave Workman Western Washington Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  2. Chee-to

    Chee-to Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Mayor Bloomberg Says Cops Should Go On Strike Until Americans Give Up Their Guns - Hit & Run : Reason.com

    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told CNN's Piers Morgan last night that he doesn't "understand why police officers across this country don’t stand up collectively and say we’re going to go on strike, we’re not going to protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what’s required to keep us safe."

    We've been hearing a lot of that recently. Earlier this year, The New York Times reprinted a Department of Justice press release and slapped this lede on top of it: “As violent crime has decreased across the country, a disturbing trend has emerged: Rising numbers of police officers are being killed.”

    Bloomberg and The New York Times are both wrong:

    In 2008, ten times more civilians regular people were killed by cops than cops were killed by perps.
    In 2011, 72 cops were shot and killed in the entire U.S.; in L.A. County alone, cops shot and killed 54 suspects the same year--22 percent of those people were unarmed.
    As Scott Reeder reported at Reason this morning, "Farmers, ranchers, commercial fishermen, loggers, garbage collectors, truck drivers, construction workers, pilots, steel workers, roofers, and others are far more likely to face death on the jobs than police or firefighters, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics."
    And as Choire Sicha wrote earlier this year, "2008 was the ten-year low for police officers being killed, and 2012 is, so far, year-to-date, down 49% from last year."

    Bloomberg, the commander of "the seventh biggest army in the world" went on to say that "police officers want to go home to their families. And we’re doing everything we can to make their job more difficult, but more importantly, more dangerous, by leaving guns in the hands of people who shouldn’t have them and letting people who have those guns buy things like armor piercing bullets.’’

    The statistics say that the jobs of police officers are getting increasingly safer. After all, even the smallest departments now have access to battle-tested body armor, weaponry, vehicles, and unmanned drones; SWAT and raid training courtesy of outfits like Academi (the company formerly known as Blackwater now trains officers "who conduct warrant service, fugitive apprehension, SWAT operations and drug search warrants who are in need of sound tactics and techniques"); asset forfeiture funds from the Department of Justice; and a neutered-and-spayed 4th Amendment, courtesy of the United States Supreme Court.

    Thanks to all of that, cops are more likely than ever to return safely to their families every night.

    But what about the rest of us? What about Kelly Thomas, who screamed for his father while five cops beat him to death? Or Patricia Cook, shot to death by a deranged alcoholic with a badge? Or Andrew Scott, killed during a wrong-door raid? Or Nick Christie, gagged and pepper-sprayed to death by prison guards? Or Seth Adams, shot four times by a cop behind his family business, then left to die? Or Wendell Allen, who was unarmed when a New Orleans cop shot and killed him during a raid? Or Ramarley Graham, the 18-year-old New Yorker shot and killed by plainclothes cops for trying to flush a small bag of marijuana down the toilet? Or Kyle Miller, killed by Colorado police for waving a BB gun in the air? Or Todd Blair, killed by Utah police for raising a golf club above his head?

    That's a smattering of names from the last year or so. A complete list is impossible, though you could spend months culling names from local media outlets. It would be significantly longer if we included people who were shot, but didn't die; or people who were just shot at by cops. It would be exponentially longer if we included people who were beaten, intimidated, wrongly arrested/incarcerated, or otherwise abused by police officers.

    Didn't these folks want to go home to their families? Didn't they want to be safe when they were in their homes with their families?

    They didn't get memorials. Their hometowns didn't shut down traffic for their funerals. The mayor didn't speak at their prayer vigil, if they had a prayer vigil. Their congressmen did not speechify about them on C-SPAN. No one proposed laws in their honor. No city or state official called for a national conversation about anything.

    In most cases, here's what happened, and often happens: Cops who kill get a paid vacation, and the local district attorney, or state attorney determines that protocol was followed. The cop comes back with a tan and a mandate. A big ugly shrug is standard operating procedure.

    Maybe Bloomberg is right; maybe America's cops should go on strike.
     
  3. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    Here's a rebuttal from from a police officer: http://www.officer.com/blog/10746111/rebuttal-to-mayor-bloomberg

     
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  4. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Chee-to "Thanks to all of that, cops are more likely than ever to return safely to their families every night. But what about the rest of us?"


    The 2nd Amendment is there to protect US. It is a shame WE civilians have let and keeps letting OUR government workers pass laws to take the 2nd away from US. What right do they have to tell US, make US do what they think WE should do? Its OUR country and OUR government, for the People and buy the People. The government can complain all it wants but they are supposed to be working for US.
     
  5. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

    That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,....
     
  6. revjen45

    revjen45 Snohomish County Well-Known Member

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    Once again Bloomers has outdone himself in belching cretinous twaddle that astounds even those who should be used to it by now. With no cops how will the gun bans be enforced? The peons will just gun up special and go about their business. (Stack the dead dirtbags here please) What will the Persecuting Shysters do for income without the enforcement mechanism to supply them with busy work? No offence to LE, but offered the choice berween the police and Mr. Mossberg, Mr. Mossberg is right there with a response time of 1200 fps. Then the thumb suckers and bed wetters who don't have the means to protect themselves would see that they need to get on the back order list for a High Point. The response from Frank Borelli on Officer.com is what I would expect from an honorable man, but then honor is a concept totally unfamiliar to Bloomers.
     
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    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Well said, good sir!
     
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    RB87 Oregon Active Member

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    accessbob Molalla, OR 2A Supporter

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    biggie24420 Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I wish I was there when he said what he said.... because I would have gone up to Bloomberg and asked him WHAT DID THE FIVE FINGERS SAY TO THE FACE?.............. SLAP!
     
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    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    What's the sentence for assault?
     
  12. biggie24420

    biggie24420 Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I don't know, but it would have been worth it hahahaahah.... I was kidding with my original post but I would have paid to see someone slap Bloomberg for his dumb comment. I would say lets talk like grown adults and be respectful(us vs. Bloomberg), but Bloomberg is a worthless POS and he should be relieved of his duties.
     
  13. codezilla

    codezilla United States Member

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    Bloomberg gonna Bloomberg
     
  14. Flyingswords

    Flyingswords Texas Active Member

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    Bloomberg certainly aint welcome on my property. Thats for sure.
     
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    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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  16. Misterbill

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    Bloomberg is an idiot. Most people in this country cheered when NYC was destroyed in the movie "Independence Day."

    It's no longer a part of the USA. It's some ideological gulag stuck out in the NE.

    Hell, you can't smoke on the STREET there without getting a ticket. Citizens are stopped with no probable cause and frisked.

    This is what the Wacko Liberal Elite would like every city to look like:

    Sky-high taxes
    City employees who are paid triple what the average person makes
    ZERO personal freedoms

    Welcome to NYC. A total craphole that smells worse than Tijuana on a bad day all August.

    Sure...Bloomberg is just a great guy...If you're insane.