Wednesday Link Roundup

  • In Pittsburgh, a drunk cop committed a hit-and-run against a 22-year-old man who was forced to undergo brain surgery as a result of his injuries. The DA decided not to charge the officer for fleeing the scene because he eventually came back.
  • Matt Mitchell: a man with no shame (Source: BND.com)
    If that story didn’t get your blood pumping, check this one out. A few years ago, Illinois state trooper Matt Mitchell hit another vehicle, killing two young girls. Mitchell was driving more than 100 miles an hour, reading and sending emails, and talking to his girlfriend on a cell phone. Mitchell eventually plead guilty to criminal charges and was sentenced to 30 months probation (no jail time), but not before enjoying a nearly two year paid vacation ($68,000 a year). Now, Mitchell is seeking worker’s compensation for injuries he sustained from the accident that he caused. The lawyer who represented the parents of Mitchell’s victims said it best: “This man has no shame.”
  • Recently, a deputy visited Lewiston, Idaho for firearms training, but evidently failed to learn anything. After failing to check whether or not his gun was loaded, the unnamed officer’s gun “went off.” The bullet was later found lodged in the next hotel room over. Though the deputy could have injured or even killed someone, the local police who investigated the incident decided that he was not guilty of reckless discharge of a firearm.
  • Good news from WTHR: the Indianapolis City-County Council may create an online database that will allow people to run background checks on the city’s police officers. It would include information about complaints filed against officers. Bad news: the city is looking into banning some “artificial drug” called “spice.”
  • The DEA wants your drugs! The federal agency recently announced the new National Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign during which it will accept old prescription drugs at 3,400 locations around the country between 10 am and 2 pm next Saturday. The agency states that “we are aggressively reaching out to individuals to encourage them to rid their households of unused prescription drugs that pose a safety hazard and can contribute to prescription drug abuse.”
  • The Toronto Star reports on some of the heavy-handed tactics used by the city and the police during the G20 summit in June to curtail the ability of demonstrators to effectively exercise their rights. Note that of the 1,105 people who were arrested, only about a quarter were ever charged with crimes.

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