Policing Change?

The Baltimore Police Department does a damn poor job with female and transgender victims.Suspects are ignored, rape kits left dormant, victims are treated as criminals and transgendered people are treated like trash.

Their Police Commissioner, Kevin Davis, has promised “a sea change,” beginning with a “trusted captain” heading a new Sex Offense Unit.

At least, that’s the official story. But maybe the feds and the Commissioner are being too hard on the department.

Capt. Steven Hohman, the commander of the department’s Special Investigations Section, which contains the Sex Offense Unit, declined to respond to individual examples in the report. “I believe that much of the work was being done,” Captain Hohman said. “We just weren’t very good at documenting.”

In other words, the United States Department of Justice’s review of Baltimore City Police Department wasn’t necessary. Their report? A waste of time and taxpayers’ money. The Baltimore Police Department wasn’t continuing to keep a higher percentage of rapists on the street than other cities do. They weren’t coercing prostitutes or ignoring crimes against transgender individuals. No, the cops were just a little lax in their paperwork.

Captain Hohman is the captain in command of that “new unit”. And according to him, all Baltimore needs to improve is their paperwork.

I feel safer already.

Man with weapons, map of military base arrested – CNN.com

During the struggle, officers noticed that Woodson was wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying an assault rifle in his coat.

Officers searched Woodson’s hotel room and found another assault rifle, a grenade launcher, a police scanner, another bulletproof vest, a map of a U.S. military base, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a Middle Eastern-style headdress, the statement said.

I’m glad they caught him before anyone got hurt, and I’m very interested in seeing what this turns up. I see this as someone planning to go on a massive killing spree and pin it on an Arab terrorist. (Because all Muslim terrorists wear distinctively Middle Eastern clothing when they attack on foreign soil.) If he actually wore this stuff, he’d have been wearing it. Instead, he decided to wear a military-style coat over his assault rifle. In a convenience store. Did he want to get some quick cash for his getaway?

Evidently he was planning to get away, leaving only a false description to go on.

But why? Possibilities:

  • Maybe he wants the government to ratchet the wars up a bit?
  • Maybe he lost someone to a real Arab terrorist? (And lost it, and bought tons of weapons, and decided to kill other military members/government employees. Umm…not.)
  • Or maybe someone hired him to put pressure on the DOD? Because that’s an awful lost of expensive weaponry for a man stupid enough to do this. I mean, really–an assault weapon in a convenience store? The headdress? No Koran?

Curious, though, as to who the other bulletproof vest was for, if anyone. I’m very interested in seeing what else comes out about this crime, and seeing if the media follows or squashes it. I’m thinking they might. The feds aren’t going to treat it as a foiled terrorist attack? Planning to attack a military base is a federal crime. If Woodson isn’t an Arab terrorist, but intended to pin it on fanatical Muslims, that’s still terrorism. Terrorism does include an attempt to force policy change by force and subterfuge.

 

Man with weapons, map of military base arrested – CNN.com

US Child Soldiers: Boy Scouts fight terrorists, secure borders

Here’s a new twist in our military society: Boy Scouts being trained to kill.

The program, to be fair, includes females, making war the only gender equality program in the discriminatory program. (Homosexuals still need not apply.)

This is about being a true-blooded American guy and girl,” said A. J. Lowenthal, a sheriff’s deputy here in Imperial County, whose life clock, he says, is set around the Explorers events he helps run. “It fits right in with the honor and bravery of the Boy Scouts.”

“Honor”?

In one training mission,

…several Explorers were instructed on how to quiet an obstreperous lookout.

Put him on his face and put a knee in his back,” a Border Patrol agent explained. “I guarantee that he’ll shut up.”

Read on for more notable quotes from the New York Times article:

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