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Re: “Bridges McRae Mistrial

Look, the cop wasn't beating up Duane for shits and giggles. Johnson had been arrested and was merely needing to be fingerprinted. Johnson refused a lawful order. Why isn't there blame being put on Johnson/

So what, then, is an officer to do when an much larger suspect refuses to comply with a lawful order? Just wait around until the arrested individual decides to comply?

The video clearly also shows Johnson swing at the officer, stand up after being hit and lunge at the officer.

Again, had this been some suburban punk mouthing off, most people would have said he got what he deserved, or at least would not hold vigil protesting the verdict.

Posted by Milliner on 04/20/2010 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Bridges McRae Mistrial

At what point is disobedience of a lawful order permissible in society? This has nothing to do with Johnson's appearance, it stems from Johnson's (a mutiple arrestee) refusal to allow the officer to fingerprint him. If Johnson, who was already under arrest, has complied with the process, this event would have not occurred.

There is a larger societal implication to this: respect for authority.

Police put their lives on the line everyday, and the orderly operation of OUR society hinges on the notion that people will follow rules. What recourse will law enforcement have if people just refuse to follow lawful directions? You go speeding down the street and a cop puts his lights on. Pull over? Nah.

Walk out of a home with a tv that is not yours? Cop sees you and tells you to stop. Nah. What's the cop gonna do, hit me? Nope, then he'll be put on trial for violating a ARRESTED person's civil rights.

Listen, if the situation had been changed, and the arrested person had been some 20 year old daddy's boy punk from Germantown and he refused to be fingerprinted, and ended up calling the cop a "public servent pig" and saying the cop will be lucky to do security at Putt-Putt after tonight because daddy will have his job, a little ass kicking would be in order. And no one would have been upset about this verdict at all. There would be no vigil. Double standard. Johnson, reglardless of appearance or sexuality, was a habitual criminal that refused lawful orders of a police officer.

So, a 6'5" 250 MAN who refused officers orders, struggled, struck back and otherwise made the officer's job impossible is the victim?

Amazing how society has gotten so soft.

Posted by Milliner on 04/20/2010 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Bridges McRae Mistrial

At what point is disobedience of a lawful order permissible in society? This has nothing to do with Johnson's appearance, it stems from Johnson's (a mutiple arrestee) refusal to allow the officer to fingerprint him. If Johnson, who was already under arrest, has complied with the process, this event would have not occurred.

There is a larger societal implication to this: repect for authority.

Police put their lives on the line everyday, and the orderly operation of OUR society hinges on the notion that people will follow rules. What recourse will law enforcement have if people just refuse to follow lawful directions? You go speeding down the street and a cop puts his lights on. Pull over? Nah.

Walk out of a home with a tv that is not yours? Cop sees you and tells you to stop. Nah. What's the cop gonna do, hit me? Nope, then he'll be put on trial for violating a ARRESTED person's civil rights.

Listen, if the situation had been changed, and the arrested person had been some 20 year old daddy's boy punk from Germantown and he refused to be fingerprinted, and ended up calling the cop a "public servent pig" and saying the cop will be lucky to do security at Putt-Putt after tonight because daddy will have his job, a little ass kicking would be in order. And no one would have been upset about this verdict at all. There would be no vigil. Double standard. Johnson, reglardless of appearance or sexuality, was a habitual criminal that refused lawful orders of a police officer.

So, a 6'5" 250 MAN who refused officers orders, struggled, struck back and otherwise made the officer's job impossible is the victim?

Amazing how society has gotten so soft.

Posted by Milliner on 04/20/2010 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Renewing Juvenile Court

"framework whereby the courtroom work of Juvenile Court was essentially carried out by appointed lawyers designated as "referees." Though the system had its defenders — and continues to have them, long after the retirement of the now deceased Turner — anything so idiosyncratic was bound to outlive its time"

Have you EVER been to Juvenile Court, ANYWHERE in Tennessee? The "referee" responsibility is not just a Memphis "thing"--it was created by the state legislature in 1975 and affects MANY jurisdictions in Tennessee including Nashville, Chatt, Knoxville, etc. Both Nashville and Memphis have one presiding judge and several magistrates who hear cases to speed the flow of cases. People like Steve Mulroy, a law professor not licensed in Tennessee, rail on the referee (now magistrate) notion without realizing that it a state, not local, creation that has been in place for many years. The only logical solution would be to eliminate the magistrate function and create six addional juvenile court judges to hear the cases that magistrates currently hear. Umm, that makes sense. (sarcasm).

Many courts have preliminary arbiters who are put into place to aid in speeding up the hearing process. Circuit court has divorce referees and criminal courts have magistrates who hear bond matters. Should those people be questioned too?

Posted by Milliner on 03/18/2010 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Pro Bowl Rx

A clever idea. I like it. Other options would be to have the Pro Bowl played as the Hall of Fame game in August, or, just eliminate the Pro Bowl.

Posted by Milliner on 01/25/2010 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Pendergest-Holt Perp-walked in Alleged Ponzi Scheme

Who is this "Davis" who shows up unannounced in the middle of the story with no explanation? Seriously crappy "journalism" skills showing there. Please be a little more careful and maybe think about proofreading your work in the future.

Posted by Milliner on 02/28/2009 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Tourist or Terrorist?

Whoever is suggesting this "plan" is the terrorist. The use of force outside of DIRECT self-defense will not be tolerated in a free country. If you threaten me, then you are the criminal. And I'm not a criminal until you have proof of my guilt, and until then don't even speak to me.

Posted by Milliner on 04/29/2008 at 10:05 AM
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