This is from friend, RICHARD RIDER. I posted this story and talked about my my radio show on Saturday, but I just can't leave it alone. Everyone should know this story, and hopefully be compelled to find out what their city's manager and other city staff personal in their cities and counties, are paid by us, the taxpayers.
Richard wrote in an email blast today "COMMENT: Many of you probably heard about this travesty already, but it bears repeating -- especially with my indignant comments added.
Bell, California is a city of 37,000 low income people -- mostly ill-educated, compliant minorities. They've been raped by their own city government. Sadly, there's no better description for what has happened.
I've seen countless cases of politicians and government workers gouging the citizenry, but this example sets a new standard."
Here's a link to the LA Times Story: Is a city manager worth $800,000?
Bell isn't a big town, or a wealthy one. But some of its top officials are paid double or triple the salaries of their counterparts elsewhere.
Here's a link to a VERY short summary of the story from a Rostra blog entry Richard Rider posted, with his comment below it.
Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"
"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night.
But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.
|Death of an innocent.||Death or injury of a police officer.||Death of a nonviolent offender.|
|Raid on an innocent suspect.||Other examples of paramilitary police excess.||Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.|
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