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Detained by Las Vegas Police for Openly Carrying a Sword While Walking (Video)

Las Vegas Police Detain Black Men Walking While Open Carrying Sword

Two black men were detained, handcuffed, questioned, and photographed by Las Vegas police officers because they were walking while (legally) carrying a sword.

On Saturday (11-14-17), while I was out on a bike ride, I noticed a Las Vegas police helicopter circling the Walmart parking lot just ahead of me. As I reached the area where it was, I looked over and saw three LVMPD police cars with their lights on at the outer edge of the Walmart parking lot.

Once I was inside that parking lot, I could see that they had two black men in cuffs outside of a Dotty’s Casino (a small local “casino” chain that realistically amounts to more of an oversized bar) within it located on Nellis and Boulder Hwy. across the street from the Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino. So I started filming them with a GoPro mounted to the handlebars of my bike.

(See Video embedded below)

At the end of the video, I asked those two men what they had been stopped for and they told me that it was because someone had called to report that they had a sword, something that is by itself not actually illegal (as long as it is openly carried it’s legal just like a firearm or any other non-prohibited weapon). They stated they had been taking the sword to a nearby pawn shop, so they could sell it.

Obviously, they were eventually released without any sort of charges, since they had committed no crime, although the cops made them pose for pictures, which generally means they intend to add them to the gang registry and means that they will be harassed and profiled at every opportunity in the future based on that designation. That’s a pretty common practice by Metro for minorities, bikers, and others that they consider to be the “usual suspects.”

Although this fortunately didn’t result in any sort of physical violence being used against the men, Metro’s “finest” felt the need to not only respond with three patrol officers, but also at one point to have their lieutenant come by. And of course, as was mentioned already it gave them an excuse to play with their new “rescue” helicopter that’s usually busy circling downtown. (Apparently, there’s a lot of stranded hikers down there.)

Beyond the question of whether this was a case of racial profiling (whether it be by the police themselves or the security guard who apparently called them), as the men who had been detained stated, there’s a very real chance that someone will end up getting killed anytime the police are called. Not only does Las Vegas have a history of police violence without any sort of consequences, but not too long ago just one state over, in Saratoga Springs, Utah, an innocent man was shot to death for the non-crime of using a samurai sword as part of a cosplay outfit.

The reality is you should never call the police unless you’re comfortable with the idea that the person you called them on might end up dead. The cops don’t murder someone every time they show up (yet), but if do, they will absolutely get away with it every time (and they know that they will, too).

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NYPD Used Helicopters and K-9’s to Catch 16 Year Old Who Skipped $2.75 Subway Fare

The NYPD took a little time off recently from trying to avoid getting swept up in the city-wide corruption and bribery probe that has prompted many high-ranking New York cops to retire early.

Instead they kept themselves busy wasting thousands of  dollars to conduct an “all night manhunt” for a teenager accused of skipping out on paying the fare for the subway, which costs less than three dollars.

BTW, 16 year old Rhamar Perkins eventually turned himself in at a precinct police station near where his daring turnstile leap had ignited the “Fugitive” style, manhunt.

Which, of course, means that the helicopters and dogs that sprang into action around the city in response were literally a complete waste.

Via the Raw Story:

New York police launched an overnight aerial manhunt Monday night (June 20th) in search of a boy who skipped paying $2.75 to ride the subway, the New York Daily News reports.

But even after police brought helicopters and scent dogs out to search for him, the 16-year-old ended up turning himself in a few hours later, according to the Daily News. He’s been charged with escape and theft of services.

Additional details, via the New York Daily News:

He made a run for it about 9:45 p.m. Monday after he was caught jumping a turnstile at the Rockaway Ave. station in Brownsville and brought to the NYPD’s Transit District 32 headquarters for processing, cops said.

About four and a half hours later, he surrendered at the 75th precinct stationhouse in East New York — four miles east of his escape.

Perkins escaped while being processed by a veteran community affairs officer and her rookie partner, sources said. When the veteran stepped away to do paperwork, she asked her partner to keep an eye on Perkins, who managed to slip out the back door.

Apparently, the New York police have been distracted with all the bribery going on and a “string of prisoner escapes” has embarassed the NYPD lately. That’s prompted Commissioner Bill Bratton to threaten to “severely discipline” cops who allow prisoners to escape. So they just ain’t playing no games anymore. If you skip out on a train fare, it’s gonna be the NYPD that let the dogs (and helicopters and possibly dogs in helicopters) out.

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