Because freedom can't protect itself
Texas isnt the only place this is happening . Try southern GA , Camden County where the PD purchased a Dodge Viper with "seized" money.
Someone should be looking into what Barry Washington was doing when he was a state trooper in Panola County.... Everyone in Carthage had a pretty good suspicion that he was on the take then....
Someone should look into what Barry Washington was doing when he was a state trooper in Panola County... Many people in Carthage had a pretty good idea that he was on the take then...
Texas law, chapter 59 of the code of criminal procedure, does not permit seized funds to be donated to non-profits.
Not far enough. They should have demanded that the cops involved be removed from the street.
What occurred in Tenaha only begins to describe the rampant corruption that has been going on in Shelby County Texas for decades. This is the county that voted 73% for the GOP presidential candidate. It is not only blacks and other minorities that are systematically targeted with persistent and incessant harassment, kidnappings, and death, but almost anyone who does not conform to the social values of the Masonic social order rampant throughout the South and most of the rest of this country. Here in Shelby County and contiguous counties, and also in Houston, Lufkin, Dallas and Fort Worth Texas, as well as in Shreveport Louoisiana, Ruston, West Monroe and Monroe Louisiana is the use of GPS Tracking Surveillance used extensively for decades. The homeless, in particular have been targeted, as well as those chronically unemployed. Yes, and most of our homeless Veterans have been targeted. Try to understand why, when the unemployment rate goes up, homelessness goes down. Where do you think all those homeless people are? If you don't have any idea what's being written here, then try to understand Matthew 23!
GPS Tracking installed in automobiles in Shelby County is Rampant.
Franklin county Missouri, Saint Clair and Union. They have can and will get you and kill you if you try to be more than a meek and frightened compliant little mouse. If you stand up for yourself at all mysterious things begin to happen. Usually group intimidation, "accidental automobile homicide" and corrupt mistreatment by local city and local state. They have connections by proxy of their maffia. It is a mafia. There are lots of "accidents" and gang beatings and bullying of our children in the schools. The police are very corrupt and dangerous here. Put it to the test. See for yourself.
Thank every one, who helped to bring this horror to a end. I personally am ashamed of not having in some small way tried to stop the obvious criminal abuse by the local "law" officers and officials. I would like to apologize to any and all who were abused while traveling thru this small town. I much like, most citizens living around this community, were not aware of all the facts, yet I'm sure,none, were blind or ignorant as to some portion of the abuse. Personally I had witnessed enough to know, I should stand up and call the attention of our community, to this, as it was flagrantly a violation to the constitutional rights of any and all citizens. This old farmer prays forgiveness for his inaction, as I am guilty as, any, for turning a blind eye to the situation.
My Profound apology to the abused as well as all Americans,
It should be noted that officer Barry Washington is retired from the Texas Department Of Public Safety, He was stationed several years in Panola county where he gained the nickname " Big Nose Barry" due to his repeated reports the reason for having stopped a vehicle on US Hyway 59 was because he smelled drugs!
I would be much more impressed with the ACLU's actions if these criminal conspirators, from the Mayor, the DA, and the Police Chief on down were charged with the obvious crimes they are guilty of. Instead, there is NO mention of the ALL victims getting their money & property back, their records cleared, the town paying heavily for their pain & suffering. If I, as private citizen, did even HALF the extortion of these officials, I'd be looking at a Bernie Maddoff sentence. Instead, they'll retire with full benefits and honors with the promise they'll be better in the future. Sorry ACLU, not very impressed. This should have been front page news everyday until Texas -or the DOJ- relented, and prosecuted these people. Public shaming with faces attached to the names goes alot further that quiet proceedings in a sterile law office...
I am sick reading this but not surprised. Texas is a lousy place, if you're not among the so-called elite (??) -look at the idiot pres. they produced. Unfortunately, not by choice when I was living in Fla. at the age of 20 my boyfriend & I were stopped as we set out in his car for a day of sightseeing upstate. He was in the Coastguard stationed in Coconut Grove at the time & his car had Vermont plates. The fat red-faced bubba who stopped us for nothing I can even remember, but took his money as he knew he couldn't return to the area to go to court. That ended our day very early & we just returned home. I have always hated the south, the drawls, the ignorance, the arrogance. I grew up there but got out as soon as I could!
After reading about this in the New Republic Magazine, I did a search and found this website on the subject.
I will be sure to ALWAYS AVOID this corrupted town and I am a white person too. I don't need to be singled out while on tourist road trip way from the security of home. This scares the creeps out of me in the 21st century in the USA.
Secondly I see the ACLU settled for nothing other than the return of illegally seized assets. If the ACLU had any brains, they should demanded the arrest(s) of all police and town officials involved and their prosecution from an outside-the-area law enforcement.
With only a 'settlement' these law enforcement creeps are still free to terrorize motorists passing through town.
The towns' people should be ashamed for allowing this happen and don't give the same nazi jew killing campaing excuse we didn't know about it.
These people are just gang members in uniform. What a joke! Instead of protect and serve, it's lie and steal. I don't have any plans to visit that area, but I'll make sure never to set foot there. Those "officers" should be ashamed. When police power gets too strong, this is what you get: abuse. Cops are people, too, and subject to the same imperfections we all are. Limiting police power=more freedom, because obviously these folks can't handle the power they have.
this american brand of somalian piracy has been going on for decades ... back in the 60's and 70's carolina and georgia local cops would stop college kids driving to florida for spring break ... my friends and i were taken to a back room in a restaurant by a fat pig of a georgia cop, where he and his buddy made us empty our pockets and give them all the cash we had ... they went through our wallets, bags etc ... left us penniless ... no ticket, just a blatant armed robbery of the northern college kids they so hated ... i live in oregon now, and it's much more sophisticated, but it still goes on ... rural counties are trying to augment their sagging budgets by harassing mororists with bogus speed traps with unmarked lowered speed limits ... these are the public servants who are supposed to be protecting us from real crime, not inflicting their own brand of crime ...
This doesn't just happen in the South, it happens all over the country. Excellent start though, ACLU. For the people saying that the ACLU didn't do enough because the people involved are not in prison, I don't think it wasn't up to the ACLU. Criminal charges would have to be made by the police or DAs office and they obviously were not going to arrest and charge themselves with crimes.
I have read about this in the New Yorker. The comments here, in part, show why this occurs and not just in Tenaha Texas. It occurs all over the US. It began with 1914 era drug laws based in racism and the constant media barrage on the evils of drugs then and now. Drugs are not evil. Drinking and driving is a bad decision but MADD is worse. My point is that the public buys into the overblown media frenzy which in turn allows lawmakers to create more laws and for law enforcement to demand more "tools". The "tools" are what we see here: illegal traffic stops, no probable cause, profiling, theft, ransoms, coercion abuse of power and the erosion of our Rights.
Police have become badge heavy "cowboys" and the justice system is now the "just us" system. Not many people I ask know their Rights as to a traffic stop and police know this. Tenaha is not corrupt as some here state, it is a criminal enterprise. All those involved should be imprisoned. One resident apologizes! Sir! Start paying attention to your government! Stop supporting the out-of-control campaign by MADD and citizens who know nothing but demand more and more laws. You and a million more just like you have allowed this to happen! The insanity of giving up Rights and believing police will protect you should be clear to those who could not see before now.
If everyone simply started to exercise their Rights abuses would diminish. You do not and must never talk to police. Never allow a search without a warrant including your vehicle. Drug dogs are illegal without cause and a warrant. During a traffic stop roll your window down 1 inch and no more and again, do not say a word. The Fifth Amendment grants the Right to us to remain silent at all times. Police will cajole you with their bag of tricks but say nothing. Do not get out of your vehicle. If they become belligerent and demand that you exit your vehicle then speak, but only to ask for a supervisor and a member of a separate law enforcement agency be present. If they draw their weapons and kill you then it is your fault for giving them all those "tools" over the years. Also never drive through a DUI checkpoint. Turn around as soon as you are aware you are approaching a checkpoint. It is legal for you to do so. A checkpoint is illegal!
The propaganda that the public has been fed over the years has been the image of a brave officer doing everything to protect the good citizens is now obvious. The truth is that they do not have to and will not protect you. If you speak to an officer you are a fool. They can and will use anything you say against you. Police are not your friends. They never saved a student from a shooter at a school, it is not their job but it is every gun owners fault! Does that make sense? Of course not but that is what many citizens believe and they howl for gun bans. If citizens were disarmed this sort of criminal behavior by police and the courts would escalate beyond anything imaginable but you would never ever hear about it. Disgraceful Officer Washington used the "I smelled marijuana" statement numerous times and therein is the result of drug laws and constant government intrusion into our lives. Yes drugs are dangerous but only when they are illegal.
If you wish to learn of a larger corrupt agency that makes Tenaha look like rank amateurs research the DEA. Find out how Richard Nixon changed racist drug laws into political prisoner offenses even going as far as to magically change marijuana into a narcotic. He had to resign after being caught in a criminal conspiracy which should have sent him to prison. Instead he was pardoned. Every law passed during his administration should have been negated. He was a criminal yet his sociopath ways live on in the self-serving laws he passed and are somehow still accepted by this country. Tenaha is the direct result of Nixon's evil schemes and we have only ourselves to blame. I would say to contact your representatives in government but they no longer act on your behalf. Again I will say that is what you wanted by handing over your Rights and not paying attention.
The same type of thing is happening in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. The law enforcement agencies here can just take money out of your wallet during a traffic stop based on the fact that the money COULD have been used to purchase drugs. The forfeiture actions are usually filed in Tippecanoe Superior Court 4. If you check the court records online, many of the defendants named in the actions have no criminal case filed against them.
Not only can you lose your cash, you can lose your car, house, retirement savings, and anything else you own. Whatever property the prosecutor and law enforcement agencies want to grab, they can take under the Indiana forfeiture statute, and you don't even have to be arrested, charged with, or convicted of any crime.
Tippecanoe County has to be one of the most corrupt counties in the State of Indiana, and most of the citizens here don't seem to care. I can guarantee that forfeiture abuse is going to increase if a certain candidate for Superior Court 4 wins the upcoming primary election. People have a short memory here.
Does anyone know what Fed facility Barry Washington is in? He pulled this shit with me, my wife, and my 10 month old child.... telling me he pulled me over for going 2 miles under the speed limit. He then proceeded to take my belongings, my medication for an ailing tumor, my wifes cash, really all she had left from my doctors apps., and claimed that we had marijuana in our child seat. I'm wanting to write him a letter and see if taking my belongings was worth the time he's doing now.
Did any of the plaintiffs get any reimbursements or financial award in this case? Or did new rules just get put into place going forward? Was anyone in the police department charged for anything?
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