Thursday, September 18, 2014

America, I Love You But Your Police Are Out of Control

Let's recap a few basics.

The police are YOUR employees.

Your employees are pointing loaded guns at you and raiding your homes in military style.

That's a problem. A big problem.

This is insane, America. 

"Today a federal appeals court rebuked police in Orange County, Florida, for mounting a warrantless, SWAT-style raid on a barbership under the pretense of assisting state inspectors.

"We have twice held, on facts disturbingly similar to those presented here, that a criminal raid executed under the guise of an administrative inspection is constitutionally unreasonable," says the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. 

"We hope that the third time will be the charm."

This is what happened, and this poor barber is damned lucky he didn't end up DEAD. 

"On August 19, 2010, two inspectors from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) visited the Strictly Skillz Barbershop in Orlando and found everything in order: All of the barbers working there were properly licensed, and all of the work stations complied with state regulations."

"Two days later, even though no violations had been discovered and even though the DBPR is authorized to conduct such inspections only once every two years, the inspectors called again, this time accompanied by "between eight and ten officers, including narcotics agents," who "rushed into" the barbershop "like [a] SWAT team."


"Some of them wore masks and bulletproof vests and had their guns drawn. Meanwhile, police cars blocked off the parking lot."

(Let's just think about that for a moment.  What on earth could POSSIBLY be happening in a barbershop with no known violations for anything, that could possibly warrant guns being drawn, masks and bullet proof vests?!?!? I mean, I get just as mad as anyone when my hair is not cut just right, or my highlights and lowlights don't come out exactly as planned, but SERIOUSLY AND FOR REAL WTF?!??!?) 

"The officers ordered all the customers to leave, announcing that the shop was "closed down indefinitely."

"They handcuffed the owner, Brian Berry, and two barbers who rented chairs from him, then proceeded to search the work stations and a storage room. They demanded the barbers' driver's licenses and checked for outstanding warrants. One of the inspectors, Amanda Fields, asked for the same paperwork she had seen two days earlier, going through the motions of verifying (again) that the barbers were not cutting hair without a license (a second-degree misdemeanor). Finding no regulatory violations or contraband, the officers released Berry and the others after about an hour. "


And like I said, they could have just as easily ended up dead, and nobody would be punished for it.

This is utterly disgusting.

When police are armed this heavily, and there is a Barbershop SWAT Team in your town, you better be scared. Your liberty and life are at stake.

Because Special Scissor Force is no longer a police force, it's an army-and those soldiers-though they are employed by you, the taxpayer, have their guns pointed at you.