Archive for October 3rd, 2011

Episode #37 – CopTalk Podcast

    • In the News
    • Cameras and the Police – More coming in the next show….
    • NY Protests

    In The News:

    http://www.azcentral.com/video/1150177012001
    Phoenix Az brothel poses as church

    http://www.contracostatimes.com/weird-news/ci_18884594
    Courts–Man sues white castle over booth size

    http://www.contracostatimes.com/weird-news/ci_18883879
    burglar tries to claim reward money

    http://policelink.monster.com/news/articles/155535-off-duty-cop-dressed-as-clown-kills-teen-robber

    http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/jail-inmate-lack-of-porn-violates-u-s-constitution-1.223893

    http://policelink.monster.com/news/articles/155485-didnt-expect-to-lose-finger-says-man-who-shot-off-wart

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/12/man-who-exposed-himself-t_n_958955.html#s359950&title=Daphne_Melin

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/15/gumby-theif-boss-joe-clokey-robbery-video_n_963507.html
    Gumby Robbery

    NJ police chief: Double-parking wife not above law
    The Associated Press
    Posted: 09/29/2011 10:14:13 AM PDT

    LODI, N.J.—A New Jersey police chief says no one is above the law—not even his wife.
    Lodi (LOH’-deye) Police Chief Vincent Caruso ordered an officer to ticket his wife after she double parked while dropping off their 5-year-old son at school.

    Caruso told The Record newspaper ( http://bit.ly/pksv9y) he didn’t want her to get any special treatment because of who she is. The chief paid the $54 ticket. It’s not the first time for Paula Caruso. The chief ordered another officer to ticket her two years ago after she forgot to move their vehicle for street cleaning. The chief told the newspaper he loves his wife and she’s very busy driving their four sons around. His wife couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday. The Carusos’ phone number is unlisted.

    Associated Press Posted: 10/03/2011 08:27:37 AM PDT Updated: 10/03/2011 08:29:33 AM PDT

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — An Oakland officer’s city-issued video camera shows the shooting death of an armed suspect during a struggle with police. The Police Department won’t release details on what is depicted in the video of the Sept. 25 incident. The San Francisco Chronicle says the city of Oakland paid $540,000 for 350 wearable cameras last year from Vievu of Seattle. The cameras are worn on the chest of officers. Investigators say two officers pulled over a car and the passenger, who had a gun and drugs, fled on foot. One of the officers caught the suspect and shot him during a struggle. The name of the suspect and the officers has been withheld.

    A pair of Alabama conservation enforcement officers think they’ve come up with the perfect way for avid hunters to honor their loved ones for eternity. Officers Thad Holmes and Clem Parnell have launched Holy Smoke LLC, a company that will, for a price, load cremated human ash into shotgun shells, and rifle and pistol cartridges.

    It’s the perfect life celebration for someone who loves the outdoors or shooting sports, Parnell says.
    “This isn’t a joke. It’s a job that we take very seriously,” he said. “This is a reverent business. We take the utmost care in what we do and show the greatest respect for the remains.”

    The company, launched in July, shipped out its first two orders on Sept. 16 – one from Florida and one from Kentucky – Holmes says. It has established www.myholysmoke.com to promote the service and traffic on it has been growing , Holmes says.

    For $850, one pound of ash will be loaded into 250 shotgun shells. The ash is mixed in the cups that hold the shot, not the powder. The same amount of ash will fill the bullets of 100 standard caliber center-fire rifle rounds or 250 pistol rounds. For the rifle and pistol ammunition, the ash is put into the tips of hollow-point bullets with the cavity sealed with wax. Any remaining ash is shipped back to the customer, along with the loaded ammunition.
    “Some people have been concerned that a small amount of ash will remain in the animal that is shot with the ammunition, Holmes said. “But it’s just carbon, and a small amount at that. You don’t have anything to worry about.” The process takes about 48 hours from the time the ashes are received, Holmes said. “The people we use are all experienced reloaders and know exactly what we want them to do, he said. “Only one bag of ash will be opened at a time, and the equipment will be thoroughly cleaned before the next set of remains is loaded.

    Tim Godwin, a Montgomery landscaping company owner and avid hunter, says he sees no problem with the practice.

    “People have had their ashes sprinkled in rivers and the ocean, there have been ashes spread out of airplanes,” he said. “If you love hunting or the outdoors, this really isn’t much different.”

    People should take care in with how the meat that is shot with this ammunition is handled, cautions Robert Chapin, a toxicologist who worked for 18 years at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
    The animal should be killed quickly by the shot, to prevent any possibility of spreading the ashes in the animal’s blood, he says. The area around where the animal was struck should not be consumed.

    “I would expect that the ashes would pose less of a problem than any lead pellets historically used,” Chapin says.

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    Serious crimes to warn people about http://www.contracostatimes.com/crime-courts/ci_18884334
    SJSU sexual assault  (Don’t walk alone, don’t take risk)

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    And a recent local robbery where 2 suspects used a ruse to get an elderly couple in their 70’s to open their door at 0130 hrs, tied up the woman and beat the man until he opened a safe.

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    Subject: New California law bans warrantless cell phone searches

    http://edition.cnn.com/2011/09/20/tech/mobile/california-phone-search-law/

    New law bans warrantless cell phone searches

    Editor’s note: Amy Gahran writes about mobile tech for CNN.com. She is a San Francisco Bay Area writer and media consultant whose blog, Contentious.com, explores how people communicate in the online age.

Making a Point about Lasers Illegal Use of Devices a Serious Crime

http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2011/september/laser_092611/laser_092611

Laser in Cockpit

What appears as a dot of light on the ground can illuminate an entire cockpit,
disorienting a pilot or causing temporary blindness. | Watch Video


Making a Point about Lasers

Illegal Use of Devices a Serious Crime

09/26/11

Justin Stouder was aiming a laser pointer at a distant tower from his suburban St. Louis yard one April evening in 2010 when a police helicopter appeared in his line of sight more than a mile away.

At the time, the 24-year-old had no idea that his decision to point the laser at the helicopter was a federal felony—or that the beam of light might have serious consequences for the pilot and his crew.

“It’s equivalent to a flash of a camera if you were in a pitch black car at night,” said St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officer Doug Reinholz, the pilot on patrol that night when Stouder’s green hand-held laser “painted” his cockpit. “It’s a temporary blinding to the pilot,” he said during a recent news conference highlighting the danger of lasers directed at airplanes and helicopters.

Interfering with the operation of an aircraft is a crime punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and laser incidents are on the rise. Since the FBI and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began keeping records of laser events in 2004, “there has been an exponential increase every year,” said Tim Childs from the Federal Air Marshal Service, who serves as a liaison officer with the Bureau on laser issues.

Watch law enforcement arrest a suspect with a laser pointer.

In 2009, there were 1,489 laser events logged with the FAA—that is, pilots reporting that their cockpits were illuminated by the devices. The following year, that figure had nearly doubled to 2,836, an average of more than seven incidents every day of the year. And the overwhelming number of the incidents involved green lasers—especially dangerous because the human eye is most susceptible to damage from the yellow-green light spectrum.

Hand-held lasers—about the size of fountain pens—are used legitimately by astronomy hobbyists and in industrial applications. Anyone can purchase one, and technology has made them inexpensive and more powerful. Lasers costing as little as $1 can have ranges of two miles—strong enough to target a variety of aircraft.

And what appears as a dot of light on the ground can illuminate an entire cockpit, disorienting a pilot or causing temporarily blindness. That’s because the farther the beam travels the more spread out it becomes. “At 500 feet,” Childs said, “that two-centimeter dot you see on your wall can be six feet wide.” To date, no aircraft have been lost as a result of laser incidents, he added, but there have been eye injuries, and perpetrators have gone to jail.

Those responsible for “lasering” aircraft fit two general profiles, Childs explained. “Consistently, it’s either minors with no criminal history or older men with criminal records.” The teens are usually curious or fall victim to peer pressure, Childs said. The older men simply have a reckless disregard for the safety of others. There are also intentional acts of laser pointing by human traffickers or drug runners seeking to thwart airborne surveillance, Childs added.

As for Justin Stouder, the helicopter pilot he lasered helped guide police to his house, where he was arrested minutes after the incident.

“I had no idea it illuminated the whole cockpit and blinded everybody inside,” Stouder said during the news conference. He offered a public apology and volunteered to tell his story in the hopes of educating the public about the dangers of laser pointing. “It was really a selfish mistake,” he said of his actions.

How Teens Smuggle Booze Under Your Nose

 

See how teens are fooling parents, teachers — even cops! And it’s so potent they’re getting drunk, sick and worse! The Defenders reveal the secret!

http://www.clickondetroit.com/video/29237120/index.html

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