Sunday, September 9, 2012

I'd Like to Report a Crime: Predatory Law Enforcement Actions in Lexington

I witnessed an armed robbery in broad daylight. The thieves were bold, armed, wore no masks, didn’t hurry. They weren’t afraid of being caught. Although, it turned out they sure didn’t want anyone watching.

The Herald-Leader reported this robbery. They got a couple of facts wrong, starting with calling the looting of a retail store an “enforcement action.” To the handful of us recording the siege, it was hard to distinguish this “enforcement action” from a 7/11 smash and grab.

botany bay winchester road lexington kentucky policing for profitI arrived just after nine grown men had swarmed into the Botany Bay on Winchester Road. After they handcuffed the four young unarmed employees, aged 18 to 24, the looting began.

Much of it is on video shot through the front window. The entire raid would have been recorded except that the first thing the vandals did was rip out the security cameras. (They also stole the modem and router. Why? Did they feel compelled to further punish the tax-paying law-abiding business owner? They appeared to be all in for that enforcement action.)

The safe was open so they took the few hundred dollars there. They must have been disappointed they didn’t get to actually break into the safe because they destroyed it anyway. Keep reading here...

1 comment:

  1. posted by Becka D. Maryvile, TN. I agree ENTIRELY!!Very well said and very well written. More ppl need to come together and stand up to put a stop to this. I really related to your comment about marijuana and i have been emailing ppl in 'higher' positions about it. We all know that marijuana is a helpful healing herb, that has never taken a life. We also know that it makes you happy very social and pleasant to be around. Alcohol has a very different effect and i know several men that get drunk and start fights, beat their wives and girl friends and yes,sadly, even their little children.You will never see someone high on weed pickin a fight. Alcohol has killed hundreds of thousands of ppl. Cigarettes, while they dont really cause intoxication, are toxic. Its a proven fact they are addictive and abused. And yet again have killed hundreds of thousands of ppl. Marijuana has killed no one and is use -illegally- by more ppl than you would think. i personally know a man that is a serious pot smoker, who has been diagnosed with cancer THREE times and beat it EVERY time doing nothing but smoking marijuana. his doctor tried to tell him he would die without radiation/chemo and yet he has been in -pot induced- remition for almost ten years!! Marijuana is not the only phycoative plant thats illegal. Our trees,plants,herbs and spices are continually being added to the docket of banned and illegal substances. Why you ask? if you can grow a plant that replaces your need to purchase alcohol and cigarettes, how much money would the government make then?? Anything that replaces the need to purchase cigs and alcohol are being banned. Not because it hurts ppl but because plants grow wild and unless its illegal you can plant a lifetime worth in a single season. bye bye beer. When you can clearly see alcohol and cigarettes KILLING PEOPLE and marijuana HEALING AND HELPING does it not make you stand back and say wtf?? And the comment about cops breaking into your home, STEALING your children and your valuables really should make an impact on ppl because that is EXACTLY what they are doing!! Marijuana is safe makes you happy and alot of ppl i know are much better ppl using weed. But the government makes more money with fines and drug busts than making it legal. think how much money would be lost if they legalize weed everywhere? plus the drop in cigarette and alcohol sales. Marijuana is NOT illegal because its "bad" for you. Its illegal because its bad for the governments pockets. I know this is slightly off topic but not really. its the same point. If we do not stand up as a whole and stop our money hungry law makers and enforcers, we are going to end up in the same spot other countries are in. Total government rule and no freedom at all!! everyone sits back saying "what can i do?" Well thats easy. rally. protest.write informed letters to ppl in office. get together in groups and get signatures of every person who sides with you. but do it legal. check your county laws. one man in colorado had 600 signatures to get weed legal in his city but it was rejected because he did not staple the papers together in the right way!! it was rejected for STAPLES!!! so check your local laws. and have websites ppl can voice on. If there was one person that started this, it could snow ball and that single person could change the country and maybe the world.their name would become famous and they would have more followers and supporters than any other cause. Because lets be honest, different walks of life and different races RARELY agree. But ppl from EVERY race,EVERY religion, EVERY social class and EVERY walk of life smoke weed or use herbs that are continually being banned. Stand up to these money hungry greedy "lawmakers" and take back OUR country!! - posted by Becka