Not just NYPD being abusive, nationwide we are seeing increased abuse of power and militarization of the police. Public apathy and support of such abuse only make things worst as our jurors seemingly are very reluctant to convict them and therefore they get the free pass to abuse more.
Originally Posted by roguenuke
In your previous posts, you stated that we have to follow strictly the jaywalking law and observe where to cross and what to do or not to do according to what the signal light indicates otherwise we deserved to be stopped by the cops and ticketed.
But, walking is as fundamental as breathing air and taking in food and water in terms of fundamental right and liberty. Nobody can tell us where to walk or when to walk or not to walk unless we posed a danger to others.
To me, a strict regulation of walking under jaywalking law is fundamentally against the Constitution when liberty is concerned. In most states, pedestrians are not harassed by police for crossing where they find convenient if they observe safety precaution and did not violate the safety of others such as a coming motorists. In most states, pedestrians are cited for jaywalking only when an accident occurred and the pedestrian involved is found to be at fault. To charge the pedestrian for a wrong doing relating to unsafe walking/crossing, there must be a code for the offence, thus the jaywalking law was enacted mainly for that purpose.
This precinct implemented enforcement of jaywalking law so strictly in very short period time (within 12 hours of that day) and expect people to know what's going on let alone the old man who had been doing what he had been doing before without getting into trouble with the law. And then all of the sudden he was stopped by the police and stood against the wall?
He didn't even know what's going on and you want to tell him to argue his jaywalking case in court?
And funny that the goal of the sudden strict enforcement was to “reduce serious injuries and fatalities on our streets to zero… with strong enforcement” but within 12 hours the cops had already put an octogenarian all bloodied to the hospital. I call it bs.
It's just an convenient excuse for squeezing more revenue from the people of NY and at the same time to flex their dictatorian muscles:
Bill de Blasio Crackdown on Jaywalking Leads to Beating of 84-Year-Old Man | FrontPage Magazine
New York City does not ticket or arrest jaywalkers under normal circumstances. Giuliani’s administration briefly tried it and gave up. Even Bloomberg, who criminalized salt and soda, left jaywalking alone.
The cops on the barricades understand the futility of ticketing pedestrians for jaywalking. “This is just taking hard-earned money from people who can’t afford it,” an officer told the Times during Giuliani’s jaywalking crackdown of 1998. Another adds, “I just don’t think that walking across the street is a crime, and I wouldn’t feel comfortable getting down on people for doing it.” <snip>
New York is a pedestrian city and jaywalking is for places like Los Angeles that are automobile cities.
I don't know from what kind of country you had transplanted from, but let me tell you, absolute power, when tolerated and freely given, corrupts. Those who abuse power will test your patient and your level of apathy. When those who abuse power is given an inch they want a foot and soon you will be consumed once you're conditioned into the apathy mode and by then it's already too late. Nothing is more fundamental than your right and liberty to walk wherever you want and whenever you want as long as you're not violating the rights of others and putting their lives at risk.
New York is more and more becoming like a police state, thanks to people like you who question the injured victim and not the action of the cops. You allow the police state to tell you where to walk, when to walk and what not to do or do and pretty soon you might find yourself like sheep herded into the trains and headed to the gas chamber while thinking you're going to get a nice shower and clean clothes before your dinner.