Off the Press- Lawofficer
The Providence (RI) City Council voted Thursday to give first passage to the Community Safety Act, a far-reaching ordinance designed to curb profiling by the city’s police but the odd benefits it gives to criminals and specifically gang members has many in law enforcement shaking their head.
The council voted 12-0 to approve the ordinance as hundreds of supporters cheered. Mayor Jorge Elorza has already said he intends to sign it into law.
After reading the details of this ordinance, the only ones that will be cheering in a few months will be the criminals.
While the politicians covered up the terrible provisions in this act by saying that it was simply designed to “curb profiling,” what was really inside it will create one of the most lawless cities this country knows.
The violent crime rate in Providence is already 134% higher than the state average and the passing of this ordinance will be the best thing that Rhode Island criminals have seen in some time.
Developed by activist groups, the Community Safety Act is weighed heavily towards giving benefits to the criminal element. If you don’t believe us, just look at the official logo (above) of the Act. It shows the police at the bottom, which is exactly where the politicians have placed them by passing this ordinance.
No one in law enforcement will argue that racial profiling should not be eliminated but this Act uses that premise to handcuff law enforcement from simply doing their job.
Here are some of the items that the future victims of Providence Crime need to be aware of:
- Traffic stops can no longer be used as probable cause to investigate further criminal activity.
- Police may not ask for identification more than once including “police may not consider an individual’s lack of proof of identification or failure to respond to a request for identifying information as probable cause or reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.”
- Police may not photograph anyone below the age of 18 and if a photo (under certain guidelines) is allowed, it must be destroyed in 90 days.
- “Police may not inquire about an individual’s immigration status.”
- There is an entire appeal process for anyone listed as a gang member to not be listed as a gang member.
- “If an individual has no convictions within a two-year period after their name has been placed on the “gang list,” and no new evidence meeting the criteria for inclusion on the “gang list” has been found, the name shall be removed and all related records destroyed.”
And of course, the ordinance ends with an entire page on how police will be prosecuted and sued for any violation of anything in the ordinance of which must goes far and beyond any case law or practice that any agency in this country is currently doing. Actually, the piles of paperwork that the Act requires of a police officer after they stop someone is done in another city….Chicago. Hasn’t that worked out well there?
Now there will be some that are not educated in the dynamics of what this ordinance will cause that say we oppose this because we want police to racially profile others. That is ridiculous. It is against the law for race to be the sole indicator on profiling and no one in the profession agrees with racial profiling but passing this ordinance because a small section prohibits racial profiling is like eating a salad with a milk shake. Any of the benefits of the salad go away after you drink the 1000 calorie shake.
Let us be clear. The City of Providence is in deep trouble. Their crime rate is already off the chart and this Act gives all of the rights to criminals and in an odd way, gang members?
Of course when crime skyrockets, the activists and the politicians won’t blame themselves. They will blame the cops. It’s a tired tradition and one that hopefully the public will not buy because they will be too busy buying property outside Providence, Rhode Island.
Thousands of bikers are riding to the Grand Strand for Memorial Day Weekend Bikefest, and one local biker wanted to make sure the meaning of the holiday is not forgotten.
“This brings people together in unity and harmony and that’s why we love doing it,” said Lewis Clark, with Redline Power Sports on Highway 501.
Memorial Day Weekend Bikefest holds a special place in his heart.
“My son and law and my oldest daughter met here at Black Bike Week. They’re happily married and I have to beautiful grandchildren,” he said.
Clark is also a U.S. Army veteran, so he makes sure bikers stop to remember what this weekend is really about. On Friday, he held a ceremony to honor those who have fallen in service. Clark invited the Horry County Fire Rescue Honor Guard to participate in the ceremony. He also took a moment to recognize all the veterans in the audience.
“My life was not in danger but when I look at what’s going on now, we’re in harms way all the time so I just had to pay honor to those who have given their lives so that we can be free,” Clark said.
Paul Bowerman rode to Myrtle Beach from Baltimore, Maryland for the weekend. He’s a member of the Black Tigers Motorcycle Club. He’s also a veteran.
“It touches my heart. As veterans, we really don’t have anyone but each other that understand it,” he said.
Bowerman served in the U.S. Navy during Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He said service is another bond he’s shared with many bikers, over the nine years he’s come to Bikefest.
“We all wrote a blank check to Uncle Sam. Some got cashed some didn’t. Those that did, may they rest in peace. And those that didn’t, we’re here to support each other,” said Bowerman.
Whether he’s with fellow bikers or veterans …
“It’s not about a color. It’s not about a religion. It’s not about anything but brotherhood,” he said.
Source: Abc News Australia
Police raid which seized everyday items from alleged bikie clubhouse all about ‘disruption tactics’
By Anna Levy
The police operation, named Taskforce Maxima, targeted a shed just north of Brisbane allegedly used by the Brisbane Rebels OMCG chapter as a clubhouse for disorderly activities on Friday night.
It was conducted under the Serious and Organised Crime Legislation Amendment Bill, which allows police to execute a search warrant to seize items and issue consorting warnings and Public Safety Orders.
Officers searched the shed on Gympie Road at Lawnton and seized a number of items, including Rebels paraphernalia such as flags, vests and belts, as well as an entertainment system, lighting system, band equipment, a cash register, a large quantity of liquor, and a drinks price list.
Police said the items would be used as evidence in an application to the Brisbane Magistrates Court to have the location declared as a restricted premises.
‘We will be relentless in dismantling their organisation’
Ten people were detained during the search, nine of whom were identified as Rebels members and issued with consorting notices and Public Safety Orders, which would ban them from entering the premises until Monday.
Police Minister Mark Ryan said the new laws had been effective in shutting down “a very significant operation”.
“People may have often heard me say that in Queensland we have the toughest, strongest, most comprehensive anti-organised crime legislation in the nation, and with our recent decision to support Taskforce Maxima becoming a permanent unit within the Queensland Police Service, with extra resources for police and of course these tough, strong, comprehensive laws, we see today [Saturday] some news that that work is paying dividends,” Mr Ryan said.
“They’re designed to disrupt organised crime activity, and we see last night that coming into action: disruption of organised criminal activity, disruption of an emerging clubhouse and people who are involved in organised crime being held to account.”
The Organised Crime Gangs Group’s Operations Commander, Detective Superintendent Roger Lowe, said seizing the property was part of “disruption tactics” to stop OMCG members using this or any other space.
“If the Rebels were to establish themselves at a private residence and undertake the same activities, whether it be habitually consorting or undertaking a premise that we believe is entertaining disorderly conduct, we will take the same action,” he said.
“I explained to them that if they’re going to meet at another premise or they’re going to meet at a private residence, we will be there, we will not stop, we will be relentless in dismantling their organisation.
“The premises is adjacent to a school, adjacent to a childcare facility that runs at night and adjacent to residential areas. I am sure if you ask the people that live in those areas, they don’t want a bikie clubhouse being established in their area and this warrant gave us the power to enter, seize, dismantle and deny.”