Police state sting operations gone wild: Police arrest black woman for LOOKING at wad of cashSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Wed, 04/24/2013 - 14:10
(NaturalNews) The United States incarcerates more of its citizens per capita than any other nation on the planet, a real point of contention among many policy analysts of all political stripes. So why, then, do we as a nation tolerate intentional efforts by police departments around the country to artificially grow the prison population?
New York City resident Deirdre Myers is just the latest person to ask that question, and for good reason: She was the recent target of an NYPD "sting" operation that is, pure and simple, designed for one thing only - the manufacture of criminals.
It works like this: Cops in the Big Apple place small amounts of cash, a credit card or even a pack of cigarettes unattended somewhere - a subway platform, park bench or in a car - then wait to see if someone picks them up. If so, cops swoop in and bust them.
'I've never been stopped for anything in my life'
Naturally the NYPD has defended this obscene manufacture of crime as a "valuable" crime-fighting tool - a way to catch career criminals and deter theft in public places. But courts, fortunately, are beginning to take as dismal a view of this practice as are an increasing number of Americans.
In a recent ruling, Judge Linda Poust Lopez threw out larceny charges against Myers because there was no proof that she was trying to steal anything, adding that she was framed by a sting operation that, frankly, has taken the tactic too far. Myers, in turn, has filed suit against the NYPD for false arrest.