The DA goes in & says, this is the law, this is my evidence, does it meet the demands of the law. There is no defense attorney, there is no defense at all - just the DA questioning if he can get over the hurdle of sufficient evidence. That's why out of the 168K GJs over the last 5 years, there have only been 200 that returned no indictments. (~90 GJs were for police with ~85 cleared & 5 indicted)
Their immunity stems from the heft of their night-sticks, the nozzle of their pepper spray cans, and the barrel of their nines.
Their immunity stems from the lack of integrity on the part of the DA's office. If the DA's office held them accountable for the crimes they commit, their nightsticks, spray, & 9mm would be no more formidable than a common criminal's. The DA's won't prosecute & cops know it. Hence they have no incentive to follow the law.
A tough measure? Sure. By I don't expect it to work *because* it's tough. I expect it to work because any officer who erased someone else's personal data without a court order would lose his job and be ineligible to work as a cop anywhere else, ever again.
Won't work because the prosecutor won't enforce the law. Cleveland the cops clearly shot a person who was just turning around to see who was yelling. The DA started his "we didn't get an indictment" press conference with "It's important to remember there are no bad guys here". This is a DA that has previously spent hours ranting about tagging, prostitution, and homeless loitering.
I am leaning toward "bypass the grand jury for public servants" as a solution to ensure that not only is justice done
Won't help a tinkers damn if the prosecutor isn't going to actually prosecute. Do you think prosecutors fail to get a GJ indictment 98% of the time against cops because the system is rigged for cops or because they throw those cases? They can get a murder indictment on the sworn testimony of a meth head who admits to being higher than a kite at the time, but they can't with video evidence when it's a cop?
Look at the Brown case -
- the DA let the cop tell his story for 4 hours with no interruptions and made no attempt to challenge any of the discrepancies.
- The DA presented "the law" to the GJ before starting, telling them they had to view the evidence in relationship to it. At the end of presenting the prosecutions evidence, they 'corrected' themselves by essentially saying 'not really, but don't worry about it.' The law in question was thrown out 30 years earlier as promoting unconstitutionally excessive force.
- The DA is the president of a police organization that was helping fund Wilson's defense.
He threw the case deliberately because he couldn't be seen to do nothing and didn't want to take the case to trial. It's why he refused to step aside for a special prosecutor despite the state's AG recommendation - the special prosecutor would have done their job.
Oh, it will go back up. Probably once Russia has learned their lesson.
Actually it's the shale & oilsand reserves that are supposed to be pressured here. Both are much higher resource costs than traditional pump wells - they can turn a profit at $80/b and be subsidized @ $60 by traditional wells from the same company, but under $60/b things get very dicy.
They got cheaper gas they were entitled to. They didn't get a deal for cheaper gas. They essentially stole cheaper gas.
Um.. I do not think those words mean what you think they mean.
Formally, a flash bang is a "stun grenade" and falls in the "less than lethal" category of offensive weapons.
Note it is not harmless, most people report significant temporary (1 year or less not 5-10 minutes ) or permanent hearing loss. If close to the detonation point, 2nd & 3rd degree burns are common. Vision problems (retinal damage, corneal burns, etc) are another frequent side effect.
These weapons are designed for high risk breaches, not raiding a house in the middle of the night to serve a search warrant after you've already arrested the suspect.
Trade has existed long before mathematics were formally codified.
Not really. The whole 60 seconds to a minute & minutes to hours is because the Babalonians used a base 60 counting system for trade - that's pushing math in trade back 5K years to when they BUILT THE WHOLE NUMBER SYSTEM AROUND IT.
Individual barter goes back earlier, but pretty much as soon as you get into "Trade", you need math to handle it.
You are a little out of date, Odin was downgraded during the pantheonic reorganization. Unfortunately due to a clerical error the one true God is now a central park squirrel named Skippy.
Foamy - his name is Foamy the Squirel