Tarvis Brown, 28, was stopped by Punta Gorda Leos for DWB in a car that looked like the one they were searching for. They had their guns drawn and Tarvis got back into the car and drove off. Tarvis was scared so he fled. I’ve talked alot about this but even though most Leos are pretty good people, never run from police. Tarvis could have gotten shot and killed by these guys and he was completely innocent of any wrong doing. He thought that his license might have been suspended. Did the Leos cut him a break because the Leos made a mistake, no they arrested him for felony fleeing with a $2500 bond. No word on whether they found the guy they were looking for.
Archive for June, 2009
Leon Young, who faces trial Aug. 4 on a misdemeanor charge of DUI, resigned from the police force rather than being terminated, according to a department internal affairs report.
Young, 40, was stopped at a DUI checkpoint set up on College Parkway on Jan. 24 by the Lee County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office. He was with the department since 2006 and had previously worked for the Lee and Hendry sheriff’s offices.
According to the documents, investigators made three sustained findings about Young — that he broke the law, that he didn’t conduct himself in a way that reflects favorably on the department and that he attempted to use his position as an officer to gain leniency with deputies.
The report states Young was arrested around 2:30 a.m. Jan. 24 in a Publix parking lot. He was “uncooperative, confrontational and became agitated” and also used racial slurs as he was being arrested.
Good thing this officer resigned because he is as dumb as a bag of hammers. If you check out my questions and answers on Florida DUI checkpoints (checkpoints are a pet peeve of mine as they should be to any libertarian), you’ll know that you don’t have to go through the checkpoint, it’s voluntary. You would think that at least the Leos would know this. The guidelines in any jurisdiction running these aberrations of the Constitution have to allow you at least one time to turn around after they notify you that you are approaching a checkpoint. In Hillsbourgh county, they actually have signs indicating where you can turn around to avoid the checkpoint. I asked them once, “Don’t all the drinkers just turn around?”, and they said to stick around for awhile. Drivers drove up after hitting the cones, they drove up and couldn’t navigate into secondary, they drove up and before the officer could say anything, they would admit to being drunk. In this instance, maybe the checkpoints serve a purpose. I’m surprised that investigators didn’t make a sustained finding of stupidity of Leo.
I’m going to try to get the video of this encounter at the Lee county sheriff’s office. This will probably demonstrate how even Leo’s get angry when their Constitutional rights are abused.
On any given day in Sarasota County, the number of people arrested for victimless crimes is around 60% to 80% of the total. Yesterday, Leos arrested 65 citizens and 41 were for “crimes” that did not involve harm to another person or someones property.
Most of these arrests were misdemeanors, but some were heinous felonies like driving a car to work too many times without a government permit. In FL, this is a very serious crime which can get a violator 5 years in the State prison. Most of these victimless arrests have some things in common. The alleged perpetrator is poor, unemployed or homeless. The alleged perpetrator is “arrested” for some type of street cleaning statue. In wealthy counties like Sarasota, PWM (people with money) do not want humans on the street especially after dark. Of course, PWM don’t want to help anyone that is on the street, so they (don’t put me in the PWM category) just come up with a lot of petty victimless crime laws and ordinances to put poor street people in jail.
The problem with this is we are arresting about 55 people a day in Sarasota County and the jail only holds 750 people. If we arrest 55 people a day; that is over 20,000 people in a year. And more and more of street people are being arrested now because of the recession and unemployment problem that isn’t going to go away very soon. Plus even if there were any jobs which there aren’t, nobody will hire someone who is “in the system”, so the victimless crime perpetrators are fined out the wazoo by the court (the court can’t keep them in jail) and then they don’t show up for court or don’t or can’t pay the fines, so they are arrested for another victimless crime of VOP or contempt (I wonder why they are contemptuous?) which they get more fines for which they can’t pay. You get the picture. The court is drowning in this sea of petty victimless street cleaning crimes.
My blog is dedicated to the education of citizens about individual rights, especially in Florida and in my area that is the West Coast of Florida, Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte Counties. Yesterday, a young lady was arrested near the BP in Port Charlotte by an undercover officer because she allegedly offered him sexual favors for cash. She is being held on $2500 bond. Solicitation of prostitution in Fl is a 2nd degree misdemeanor normally with a bail of $120. Not sure why this 21 year old committed such a heinous act as to warrant a $2500 bond, but I guess I’ll do some research on that. Some people, maybe, alot of people in Florida think that street sex soliciting is not to be tolerated, but who did she hurt, who did she batter, and where is the harm to others? People (probably mostly men) are entering into a business relationship with her voluntarily. She doesn’t try to steal their money or property and she doesn’t try to force them into a trade that is not agreed to by both parties. This is the archetype of the victimless crime.