DailyPaul: How can we seek justice after being abused by cops or other government thugs?Submitted by Resistance_2009 on Wed, 01/30/2013 - 14:06
How can we seek justice after being abused by cops or other government thugs?
By Martin Hill
January 30, 2013
This is in regards to the discussion about the thread Women Suing State Troopers Over Roadside Cavity Searches.
Something I would like to add in all this is that when some of our rights are abused, people like the idea of SUING to get recompense. This is a fine idea, i support it. However, the truth is that it is very difficult to find a lawyer for such a case unless it is over-the-top blatantly abusive. However, as DailyPaulers know, our rights are often abused everyday in ordinary situations where we ain't tazed, raped, brutalized, etc - but our rights are still violated. Even the Ron Paul worker in one famous case resorted to hiring the ACLU as counsel. Which is fine, I suppose, but points to the lack of liberty lawyers. Also, the recent victory of Terry Bressi of checkpointusa.org who won about 250k in a settlement with border cops, that case took about ten years to settle. Bressi pointed out in one of his blog posts (ill try to find it later) is that that tendency of FED COURTS is to drastically LIMIT jury verdicts, if any, -to as little as one dollar- unless there is aggregious abuse (such as in this molestation case).
When one has trouble with cops, it's KEY to document everything in such a case and first file official complaints, state and federal, then go from there. I've had police departments admit wrongdoing to me in writing which from what I understand is very unusual. I am in federal court right now suing two jackboot scum pigs. They are now defendants in a federal civil rights lawsuit and it is a very long and complicated process but I don't stop, and trust me, they will not forget what they thought at the time was their ORDINARY, CONSTANT, petty abuse of power. They are drunk on power. Welp, I hope they enjoyed it, haha, because thery are reaping their rewards. Lovers of liberty must be RELENTLESS.
The first federal magistrate to handle my case was literally a JANET RENO ADVISOR (!) who issued a ruling DEMANDING I prove that police agencies can be sued. What? See, this is the kind of insanity we are dealing with. (I did write and file the brief in response to hers). There is another DPer who posted somewhat about his exploits in federal court last year after having his rights violated by cops too.
However, this poster gave scant details and wouldnt even give the case name or #. Because the cops had settled, and he had singed a non-disclosure clause (a "shut up agreement", so to speak) which was a feature of the settlement. Well, he gets paid but this hardly helps the rest of us understand how to navigate this behemoth, does it?
Anyway, I highly suggest always having a camera ready. I've had cynical people ask me if I sleep with a camera. Well, actually, if you have your cell phone next to you, then yes, you sleep with a camera and you'd better turn it on whenever you interact with cops. Also, there are apps which allow you to stream video live to the internet and save in a third secrue loication in case the cops seize your camera as youre filming. If anyone has any recommendations on these apps please give them.
I believe a key point is preparation. To practice interactions with law enforcement. Refuse warrantless searches, as it has been proven for decades that police actually, literally plant drugs and guns in innocent peoples cars for fun. Check out flex your rigths video by the ACLU, and show it to your family and friends. It is helpful.
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