I thought we had budget cuts - why are they trying to spend more tax dollars that we don't have?
Until he can show he's competent to enforce the laws he's already got, he shouldn't be given any more.
Napoleon I don't see how you expect the city to score a conviction on a bogus charge. The point is to bend the law so that contempt of cop actually becomes a crime, because obviously the police can do no wrong.
Broadening the Obstruction statute is horrible public policy and indicative of Seattle's slippery slide into a police state.
Under item "1." in this rewritten statute, a citizen could be arrested for simply asking a police officer for the time of day. And SPD will arrest you for something as minor as this. I have a photocopy of a $3500 check from the City of Seattle which says so.
I, too, thought budgets were tight. Every time I see a story about some waste of money, I wonder about priorities.
And this is a bad thing because obstruction of justice is a good thing?...
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me, you might want to read about how Blacks are arrested on 'contempt of cop' charge at higher rate before spouting off about "obstruction of justice."
I once heard a cop accuse someone tell someone who was filming a patently illegal arrest that that they needed to stop what they were doing because it created a risk of injury, and that they were required by law to surrender the tape from their camera. I assumed the cop was blowing ass but, evidently, under parts (3) and (4), the officer was correct.
That's just double plus good.
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