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  1.   Unfortunately, people still drive without restraints, some thinking they're safer with out seat belts, thinking the air bags are all the protection they need, thinking they are super safe drivers and nothing will happen to them on the short drive to the store, or those accidents happen to other people.  They might be right, and if their timing had been a little different, or they decided not to drive down a road where we had a sobriety checkpoint set up, they might have not been cited.   One early morning I was on my way home and a car with one headlight passed me in a construction zone.  It was about 0400 and I noticed the car did not have any lights in the rear.  My intention was to stop the driver and ask if the emergency flashers worked so I could follow the car home and issue a warning instead of a citation.  As soon as I walked up to the car, the charming woman, with cigarette dangling from her lips, shouted "Just give me the fucking ticket and leave me alone!"   I hadn't even said a word to her, but I immediately noticed she wasn't wearing her seat belt and neither were any of the six children in the car.  Two were young or small enough to require a car seat, yet they were standing on the rear bench seat jumping up and down and there were two children in the front passenger seat.  Change in plans.  She didn't have her license with her, but I took her information and the car registration back to my cruiser.   Her driving privilege was suspended because of a recent second DUI conviction, the car did not have a valid inspection sticker, the county tax sticker was two years out of date, the license plates were issued to an RV, none of the seven occupants were wearing seat belts, and she had equipment violations because of the lights.  I had the car towed because she didn't have anyone who could come drive the car after I removed the plates.  I called Child Protective Services to take the children to the shelter, and I arrested her for driving while suspended.  I pulled into my driveway at 0730.   At her trial, the Judge was not very pleased with her, but gave her a dressing down for driving with six children bouncing around in the car.  She was sentenced to 12 months in the Adult Detention Center, with all but 30 days suspended pending good behavior.  Her driving privilege was suspended for five years.  I can't remember the amount of the fine; however, all but $300 was suspended.  Because two of the seven seat belt citations I issued were for not having child seats, the State gave her two car seats.  The child car seat program is funded exclusively by fines for seat belt violations, which were about $25 for each offense and no court costs.  The program provides great seats, which in the mid-90's retailed for about $600 each.  This means 48 violations paid for her child car seats.
  2.     Sorry...I'm throwing the bullshit flag on this, as this is the most common excuse I heard when issuing citations for drivers and/or passengers not wearing seatbelts.  My point of reference is from many years working as a Deputy Sheriff in the Patrol Division with hundreds of traffic accident investigations where I was the first responder or conducting the accident reconstruction.  I have NEVER unbuckled a dead person, and I have NEVER taken a statement from a person "flung" from the vehicle.  I have assembled body parts from people ejected from a vehicle and then killed because of the impact with a stationary object, crushed when the vehicle rolls over them, or they are ejected into oncoming traffic and run over.  A couple of 80,000 pound tractor trailers traveling at 65MPH can reduce a human body to small pieces faster than the trucks can come to a stop.  I accept there are likely vehicle accidents from which survival is impossible and wearing a seat belt and air bag would not have mattered, but I have never worked such a case.
  3. Coronavirus

    I received my first Moderna injection through the U.S. military system 24 hours ago and have an appointment for my second injection on 7 June.  I don't have any side effects, and the only slight tenderness in my arm is restricted to a small area at the point of injection, or no different than any flu shot I've received over the decades.    I did have some trouble sleeping last night, but discovered it was the Band-Aid tugging at the hair on my arm.  After I pulled off the Band-Aid, sweet relief and sweet dreams. 
  4.   This might be the problem.  I tried on a much newer thread by Guest.   Perhaps you could copy the contents of the first Guest post into Tor's post and delete the Guest post (or move it to the dead post graveyard).  This would keep the thread alive.  
  5.     I tried, after logging out and logging back in, but it didn't work.  Apparently, the forum software thinks the thread is over 5,000 days old.      
  6. He took a photo of the Lunar Module, Eagle, as it orbited the Moon and the Earth in the background.  As this was before the concept of the selfie, he was the only human in existence not in the photo.   https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/michael-collins-picture-1969/    
  7. Michael Collins, Apollo 11 Command Module pilot, is dead at the age of 90.   https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/statements-on-passing-of-michael-collins
  8. Coronavirus

      The rules appear to vary greatly with the Toom and Bauhaus stores in my driving area.  The garden centers are open to all customers without a Termin or Corona test, but access to the main area of the store varies.  For example, the Bauhaus Fachcentrum in Mallau and Mannheim are now open only to tradesmen or commercial customers without a Termin or Corona test.  The Bauhaus Fachcentrum in Darmstadt is open to all customers with a Termin and Corona test with negative results.  The Bauhaus Fachcentrum in Heppenheim is open to all customers without a Termin or Corona test.   https://www.bauhaus.info/aktuelle-lage/fachcentren   The Toom in Pfungstadt is open to all customers with a Termin and Corona test.   https://toom.de/service/services-im-markt/einkaufstermin/#c43520   The Toom in my city is not listed in the Toom Termin website, but after checking the store's website, I discovered access is restricted to tradesmen and commercial customers without a Termin or Corona test.   I noticed last week that the parking lot of the Pfungstadt Toom had a special area set up with a drive through tent.  It is a free drive-in (walk or bicycle) Corona quick test facility.  Appointments are recommended, but they appear to be accepting anyone.   https://www.pfungstadt.de/buergerservice/neues-aus-dem-rathaus/corona-alle-wichtigen-informationen/schnelltestmobil-com/
  9. Police brutality in the USA

      It has been 25 years since I last pinned on a badge, strapped on a gun, and became a lawman.  At the time, the demographics of my county were about 45 percent Caucasian and the remaining 55 percent was Black, Hispanic, and other.  The Detention Center population was about 75 percent Caucasian, 20 percent Black, and 5 percent other.  I went back a couple of years ago to visit a friend on the Sheriff's Department, and the county demographics have skewed in favor of Caucasians because of population growth, but the Detention Center mix was about the same.  My friend was a new recruit that I had the pleasure of training as his FTO.  Now he is a Captain, with his own mix of recruits, and a few more years to go before mandatory retirement.
  10. Police brutality in the USA

      I suspect every sector using carbon-based life forms as a source of labor will have employees with "issues".  From my experience and observations in my former department, overt and covert screening does exist, and the probationary period never really ends.  Those who exhibit undesirable characteristics and cannot, or will not, change their behavior are removed.  The Sheriff is an elected official and all Deputies serve at the pleasure of the Sheriff.  When the Sheriff is elected, all Deputies must be sworn in again.  Those who do not receive the formal invitation to the swearing in ceremony know their time with the Department has ended.   As a Deputy Sheriff in a rural county, I lived in a virtual fishbowl for all to see and judge.  Those of us assigned to the Patrol Division had take-home cruisers and were encouraged to use the vehicles for personal business within the county, but we were required to respond to any call or observed violation while using the County's resources.  The cost of using the vehicle for personal uses was greatly offset by having an additional marked cruiser on the streets with an equipped and trained Deputy ready for anything that comes over the radio.  Those who did not want to be available left the cruiser and used their own vehicle.  About half of the time I went shopping, I responded to calls, made traffic stops, or assisted others as necessary.  A few times a quick trip to the store turned into a four-hour event by the time the accident scene was cleared or the assailant was booked and reports filed.  Then it was back to the store for an unmelted quart of ice cream.
  11. Police brutality in the USA

      Your guess is as good as mine when it comes to armchair evaluation of another nation's law enforcement policies.  My observation in the UK and Germany is the general population has a higher level of respect for law enforcement than some areas in the U.S., but my opinion is somewhat affected by first hand experience with the tender mercies one person can inflict on another in my presence.
  12. Police brutality in the USA

      I will assume, based on your response, that your entire knowledge of law enforcement tactics and procedures comes from the media and not months of intensive training at a law enforcement academy, followed by another month of being shadowed by a Field Training Officer.  I will assume that you have not been in situations that resulted in you being shot, stabbed, kicked, punched, or spat on while trying to restore order or stop aggression (I have).  If so, you are in good company with most of the population.   The officer did not empty the magazine in his weapon.  From what I remember, he fired four rounds, but it does not matter.  We are trained to shoot center mass in order to protect our lives and the lives of others.  If that can be done with one round, wonderful.  If that requires every round of ammunition available, so be it.  The number of rounds required to accomplish the result is irrelevant.  Had Ms. Bryant been on PCP, or similar substance that suppresses the physiological response, it is unlikely that she would have noticed four rounds.  Had Ms. Bryant complied with the repeated verbal commands from the Officer, it is unlikely that any rounds would have been needed.   I have been in several potentially deadly encounters where the assailants were armed and tempers were raging as I arrived on the scene.  Some encounters ended safely for all, some did not.  In each event, the outcome depended on the level and speed of cooperation of those involved.   Unfortunately, for reasons known only to Ms. Bryant, attacking another woman with a knife was very important to her.  The responding Officer had no way of knowing what had happened prior to the attack, not that it mattered.  What mattered were the events that occurred in his presence.   You are certainly entitled to your opinion.
  13. Police brutality in the USA

      Unfortunately, this is the issue.  The officer has a split-second to make a decision, while the attorneys will have weeks, months, or years to second guess the decision.   Concerning your last sentence, I am also waiting for someone to suggest this.  It plays well on TV and the movies, but in real life it is not practical, and in my former jurisdiction, was expressly forbidden.
  14. Police brutality in the USA

      After watching the bodycam video being dissected in slow motion over and over again last night, a benefit the responding officer did not have, I am confident that as a former LEO I would have made the same decision.  The woman had what appeared to be a knife, clearly visible in the video, was not responding to verbal commands, and was moving towards another person.  It is not reasonable to expect the responding officer to know the woman was a 16-year old girl, with "issues", and living in a foster home, not that any of this would have been relevant at the time.   I'm not picking on you, Anna, but assume you had the proper escalation of force training that the officer likely had.  Aside from your training and experience, the only tools you have available in the moment are what you have on your duty belt.  You have a fraction of a second to recognize the threat and another fraction of a second to react.  What would you do to remove the threat and protect the other person?
  15. abuse of nominative pronouns?

      This is what I said in my post.