Thursday, January 18, 2007

Police state item of the day ...

Arrested For... Walking?

In Atlanta, Georgia, police can arrest you for just walking down the sidewalk.

Or hanging out.

It happens mostly in poor black neighborhoods. Which is why some call this offence "walking while black."

The charge is "DC-6" -- Disorderly Conduct in a Known Drug Area. Most people think "disorderly conduct" involves, well, acting disorderly.

But that's not the case.

According to the DC-6 ordinance: "It shall be unlawful for any person [to] ... be in or about any place where gaming or the illegal sale or possession of alcoholic beverages or narcotics or dangerous drugs is practiced, allowed or tolerated[.]"

In other words, a person can be arrested simply for being in what police
consider a "known drug area" -- even if he or she is just walking down the
street or chatting with a neighbor.

And what's a "known drug area?" Well, that's another problem. It's apparently anywhere police say it is, according to a police employee interviewed by theAtlanta newspaper Creative Loafing. The employee said there is no official list of "known drug areas." Instead, it's "all up to the officer's discretion."

"It's one of those catch-all laws that police use when they can't think of any
other charge," says American Civil Liberties Union Legal Director Gerry Weber. "It's a street-clearing device."

DC-6 arrests are far from rare. In fact, according to Creative Loafing, it is
the most frequent non-traffic offense cited by Atlanta police. Over 7,500 DC-6 arrests -- about 22 per day -- were made in 2006.

Weber says the ACLU is seeking the right case for a legal challenge. With 22 arrests per day, that shouldn't be hard.

Walking unmolested down the street. Another freedom lost to the Drug War?

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Show notes for Jan 17, 2007

LCTV will re-air Tuesday night's legislature meeting at 8 p.m. tonight, 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday. You've got to WATCH it. It will give you an entirely different emtion than listening to/reading the news reports.

A female speaker at the meeting last night said the Sunday AES/Chamber ads were actually valued at about $6,000.

Robert Connolly, business manager of Local Labor 91 says 91 has been blamed for a lack of development in Niagara County. But in actuality, it's the politicians fault, he said.

On Kevin Pierce

Monday, January 15, 2007

Niagara County IDA info

So I got a list of IDA board members and how to get ahold of them from a member of the Niagara County Legislature ...

I thought I'd share it with you ...


Niagara County Industrial Development Agency


Board of Directors 2006

Henry Sloma, Chairperson
President, HM Sloma & Associates
Mail: 3506 Hyde Park Boulevard
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
Phone: 282-6188
Fax: 282-6178
email: henry@hmsloma.com

Thomas J. Kraus
President & CEO
Niagara USA Chamber
Mail: Vantage Center
6311 Inducon Corporate Drive
Sanborn, NY 14132
Phone: 285-9141
Fax: 285-0941
Cell: 481-4197
email: traus@niagarachamber.org

John J Petrozzi, Second Vice Chairman
Fiddler Roofing Company
Mail: 2806 Thornwoods Dr.
Niagara Falls, NY 14304
Home: 731-1471
Fax: 731-1471
Cell: 990-7200
Work: 284-1322
email: roofdoctor007@aol.com

Steven H. Brown, Treasurer
CPA Brown & Company
Mail: 4992 Sweethome Road
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
Phone: 298-8000
Fax: 298-8554
email: steve@brownandcompanycpa.com

Frank V Roma, Assistant Treasurer
Mail: 552 29th Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14301
Phone: 285-0874
Cell: 417-7332

Deanna Brennen, Secretary
Associate Director of Economic Development
Small Business Development Center
Mail: 50 Main Street
Lockport, NY 14094
Phone: 434-3815 x28
Fax: 433-5155
Cell: 432-7056
email: deanna@wzrd.com

Gerald Zell, Assistant Secretary
Business Manager, IBEW Local 237
Mail: 223 75th Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14304
Phone: 297-3650
Fax: 297-8471
email: ibew237@yahoo.com

Angelo Massaro, Esq.
Attorney at Law
Mail: 631 Main Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14301
Phone: 285-0908
email: amassaro@nfschools.net

Michael W. Tucker, Mayor
City of Lockport
Mail: Municipal Building, One Locks Plaza
Lockport, NY 14094
Phone: 439-6665
Fax: 439-6668
email: mayor@elockport.com

America for sale?

Looks like there's another election fiasco in Florida ...

This one involves those new electronic voting machines ...

http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/politics/~3/73796691/0,72452-0.html

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