Comments by kmiac
Posted on June 24 at 1:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Might want to do a follow up, Gazette. Owens and Nelson weren't partners. There were six officers that received citations for that call. It's great to see the Gazette finally cover a story that shows the good things that SPD does, but at least get your facts straight.
Posted on June 23 at 1:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)
So the squatters will have power for a while. I'm sure that money couldn't be put to better use...
Posted on June 18 at 10:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Posted on June 11 at 11:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)
People are arrested when they are jaywalking, a police officer stops them for the violation in order to issue a ticket, they refuse to stop so the police have to now stop them. If you bothered to read the article, though, the charge was disorderly conduct for obstructing traffic. That is an arrestable offense. The search would have then been a search incident to arrest, which he would have no right to refuse anyway. I'm sorry you are frightened of the police arresting someone that committed a crime.
Posted on June 10 at 11:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)
“It was definitely excessive, excessive, because, I mean, all I wanted to do was go home,” Parker said of the police response.
Oh, he just wanted to go home so it must have been excessive. Gplante, he was not pepper sprayed for jay walking. He wasn't jay walking and the cop just walked up and pepper sprayed him. He was told to stop so a ticket could be issued and refused to do so. Should the cop then just say, "OK nevermind the ticket then. Go on home"? No. I've watched as people have cheered and thanked the cops for arresting the people selling drugs and harassing people in this area. The Gazette just pulled their usual move and told the criminal's, I mean their employee's, side of the story. Listen to his friends' commentary as they threaten to shoot up the cop cars. These aren't just a couple kids hanging out getting harassed by the cops. They are drug dealers and criminals and they have no respect for anyone or anything.
Posted on June 10 at 6:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)
What was wrong with the title this story was originally posted under ("Man claims excessive force by SPD")? Not dramatic or anti-schenectady enough for the AM editor?
Posted on April 7 at 11:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I wonder how the County would feel about one of their dispatchers writing such a letter. First, administrators aren't hired to handle calls, so your comment about them not doing the job hired for is completely incorrect. Your final comment about the "all powerful" union is funny considering you and the rest of the dispatchers belong to a union yourselves. The only statement you made that seems to have any real truth behind it is that the city needs more cops. The rest sounds like the grumblings of a disgruntled employee.
Posted on April 5 at 11:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)
A very well written response, Reader1. It's nice to see someone able to look at things in an objective manner.
Posted on April 4 at 7:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Will, how do you know they didn't engage him in conversation first? Are you under the assumption that they just approached him, said nothing, fought him, tased him, he ran away, they caught him, and then took him into custody? All with no conversation at all having taken place?
Posted on April 4 at 10:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)
1963, you're right. Interactions between police and citizens should not end in citizens being killed. Unfortunately when people decide to physically fight with police, especially if they have health problems, it is a possibility. Tasers were sold to police as "less lethal" not "non lethal", it may sound like semantics but there is a difference.
To Mr. Robinson, I wouldn't say it's the police that label neighborhoods like Arbor Hill as high crime areas just so they can "stop, detain, and harass our youth". I think they're labeled as such because they are areas of high crime. Also, how can you honestly say the police should have "left him alone" without even knowing why they approached him to begin with? Let's not make this about race, the last two individuals that died after the use of tasers in the Capital Region were white.