Archive for August, 2009

MADD Criticizes Obama for Beer Summit

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

It’s interesting that Mothers Against Drunk Driving has taken no position against texting or talking on a cell phone while driving — practices which have repeatedly been proven more dangerous than drunk driving.  See, for example, Inebriated or Texting: Which is More Dangerous?.  If anyone still questions MADD’s underlying agenda….


MADD, Industry Clash Over Beer Summit

Politico.com.  Aug 3 –President Barack Obama’s beer summit may have made peace among its participants, but the event seems to have inflamed a long-simmering fight between Mothers Against Drunk Driviing and the alcoholic beverage industry.

"MADD is no longer an organization that opposes drunk driving, but an anti-alcohol group that has been hijacked by the modern day temperance movement,” Sarah Longwell of the American Beverage Institute said in a statement emailed to reporters.  “That someone in a position of leadership at MADD would criticize President Obama for simply drinking beer, illustrates the neoprohibitionist mentality that now dominates the group. … MADD’s position on the ‘Beer Summit’ should remind Americans that the group once dedicated to preventing drunk driving has transitioned into leading the anti-alcohol movement."

The beverage industry’s wrath was triggered by comments the head of MADD’s Delaware chapter made last Friday, commenting on Obama gathering Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge, Mass., Police Sgt. James Crowley to chat about issues raised by Crowley’s arrest of Gates at his home earlier in the month.

"It’s a well known fact that young people tend to mimic the actions of the adults,” Nancy Raynor of MADD told WDEL-AM of Wilmington, Del., according to audio posted on the station’s website. The station summarized Raynor’s comments as suggesting that convening the men over beer "could be a bad influence."…
 

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DUI on a Horse

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

More idiocy from the "War on Drunk Driving" front…


Charges Dropped in "DUI On Horse" Case

Dalton, CA.  Aug. 1 (article originally published by News Channel 9) –Two men charged in for driving under the influence on a horse have had their charges dropped…

District Attorney Kermit McManus told the Citizen that it came down to distinctions in the case–between a vehicle and a horse.  McManus said a horse "did not meet the definition of a vehicle."


Duh…..Lucky we have razor-sharp legal minds in the D.A.'s office to second-guess the boys in blue.

(Think this is a fluke?  See my my past posts, DUI on a Horse?DUI on a Horse, Drunk Riding and New Law: A Horse is not a Vehicle.)   
 

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Cops Frame Woman for DUI

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

How easy is it for a cop to frame someone for drunk driving?  Very….if you forget there’s a video tape running in the patrol car:


Charges Dropped Against Woman Framed by Cops

Miami, FL.  July 29 – Alexandra Torrensvilas was the target of cops who pinned a DUI on her for an accident they caused. Now she has been cleared of charges after the Broward State Attorney’s Office officially dropped the four DUI citations on Wednesday.

But the saga is far from over as now prosecutors turn their attention to the four Hollywood police officers who made up an intricate story to cover for a February traffic accident involving a cop car. The scheme was caught on one of the officers dashboard cameras.

The disturbing video shows Alexandra Torrensvilas, 23, handcuffed in the back of the squad car as the officers get their stories straight on what they are going to say happened.

Officer Joel Francisco crashed into the back of Torrensvilas’ vehicle at a light on February 17 at midnight. The cop radioed to other officers who converged on the scene and hatched a way to bail Francisco out.

 Officer Dewey Pressley, 42, arrives and questions Torrensvilas, who tells him that she has been drinking. The 21-year veteran officer seizes the opportunity and arrests her for DUI. But the plot thickens from there.

The cops begin to brainstorm believable excuses for the accident. ..

Then, another cop debates with Pressley on who is going to write up the fabricated report to clear their police comrade…

"I’ll write the narrative," Pressley says. "We’re going to bend this a little bit."

Civilian Community Service Officer Karim Thomas joins the three senior officers and the four cops go so far as to change the angle of pictures of the accident to make it look like Torrensvilas swerved in front of the cop car and caused the accident, not Francisco.

Throughout the tape, the cops acknowledged what they are doing is illegal, but when you are the law, there is nothing wrong with bending it for a fellow cop, one says…

The cops even do a final rehearsal before Villa is taken to the city lock up.

"We’ll take care of it," one officer says. The others reply: "We’re good."

The police officers are currently on administrative duty pending a state attorney’s office investigation.


Do you really think this is an isolated event?  How easy is it for a cop to simply claim that a driver drove erratically, appeared drunk, failed field sobriety tests and then "refused" a breathalyzer test — making it his word against the accused? Doesn’t it make you wonder about all those self-styled "DUI Super Cops" out there who get awards, promotions and huge overtime pay for racking up massive "drunk driving" arrests?


( Thanks to Hockey Bobc.)
 

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