Ya know, I generally support whatever the cops want to do to make our streets safer, as long as they are within the bounds of reasons.
But when shit like this happens, enough is enough.
Sgt. David Perry of the Truro Police Department and other law enforcement authorities here say that the program is voluntary but that they will pay close attention to those who refuse to provide DNA.
"We're trying to find that person who has something to hide," Sergeant Perry said.
In Massachussets, asserting your constitutional rights is the same as having something to hide. Of course, in Taxachussets, its not as if the courts will actually protect you either.
As if that story is bad enough, we then learn from Say Uncle that the cops in Tennessee haven't read the constitution either.
Witt said that when he was pulled over he was told his vehicle had been weaving. A check of his driver's license showed it had been suspended in connection with a child support payment issue from a previous relationship. Witt also admits he had a .25 caliber pistol and no handgun carry permit. Several other officers arrived, and Witt was charged with driving on a suspended license and two weapons charges, one involving the pistol, the other a switchblade knife.
He said when he was placed in a transport vehicle to be taken to jail, he asked the driver to tell the other officers that there was a money bag containing more than $19,000 in the trunk that needed to be secured.
"They never even knew about that bank bag until I told them about it," he said.
After Witt made $6,000 bond, he and his wife, Martha, returned to the sheriff's office to see about getting his property back. He said they went into an office with Aikens. No one else was there, Witt said.
"He had $10,000 laid out on the table," Witt said. "He told me that I was going to 'donate' the rest of the money to their drug fund, and he would give me a receipt for that. He said that a drug dog had hit on the car, and he told me that they could take all of the money and the car, if they was so minded, on grounds of suspicion of drugs."
Witt said Aikens also told him, falsely, that in Tennessee, it is illegal to carry more than $10,000 in cash.
Luckily for Mr. Witt though, it seems that the court's in red state Tennesse are far more protective of the rights of the average citizen than in the Traitorous Lout's home state (Teddy Kennedy's date disposal problems not withstanding)
"I was totally honest with them, but they treated me like a dog," said Witt, who gave his account of the events in an interview with the News Sentinel in his Hamilton County home.
Witt's nightmare gradually became even worse for the two officers.
First, Witt sued, and got all of his money back plus legal fees.
And last month, after hearing Witt's story, a Loudon County grand jury indicted both officers for extortion, a felony. They are accused of threatening to seize Witt's car and all of the $19,649.25 in a bank bag in his car if he did not make a "donation" to the county's drug fund.
Like I said. Fuck The Police!
UPDATE: Apparantly, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals seems to agree with me . . . the police can't be trusted and are no more than common criminals. As Jeff as Alphecca points out, selling a gun to a police department tantamount to encouraging and facilitating crime and a black market.