The men and women of the Detroit Police Department believe the city is too dangerous to enter, and they want citizens to know it.
Detroit Police Officer Association (DPOA) Attorney Donato Iorio said officers are holding the Enter At Your Own Risk rally at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in front of Comerica Park to remind the public that the officers are overworked, understaffed, and at times, fearful for their lives.
Detroit is Americas most violent city, its homicide rate is the highest in the country and yet the Detroit Police Department is grossly understaffed, Iorio told WWJs Kathryn Larson. The DPOA believes that there is a war in Detroit, but there should be a war on crime, not a war on its officers.
Iorio says the once 2,000 strong force is shrinking rapidly; since the start of summer, hundreds of officers have left the department.
These are the men and women who we look to protect us and police officers cant protect you if theyre not there. Officers are leaving simply because they cant afford to stay in Detroit and work 12 hour shifts for what they are getting paid These police officers are beyond demoralized, these officers are leaving hand over fist because they can no longer afford to stay on the department and protect the public, he said.
And thats why Iorio cautions those who enter the city to be wary.
The explosion in violent crime, the incredible spike in the number of homicides and for officers trying to work 12 hours in such deplorable, dangerous and war like conditions is simple untenable, he said.
Iorio said the department today has less officers than ever, even though crime rates are through the roof.
By denying police officers the appropriate manpower, theres a manpower crisis right now, theres 1,000 fewer police officers today than there was 10 years ago, yet the homicide rate is higher. Theres more crime now than before, so if anything you need more officers, not fewer officers, he said.
Posted by: George Glaigum7976 ||
10/06/2012 16:58 Comments ||
Many of our urban areas are disintegrating. When I travel the Interstate highway system I rarely go off onto side streets. Repo guys know the bad areas. I know a bounty hunter who had his truck jacked. He located it with his gps. He went and stole it back. He let the police know after he got no help from them.
It may be more of an evolutionary feature rather than a bug that needs 'rescuing'. Although, you'll hear the unending whine from those who believe them to be the 'be all and end all' of human habitat.
The rationale for some cities have disappeared, just like hundreds of ghost towns of the Old West. In other cases, the products and services which were once exclusive the large cities are now displaced to smaller entities and communities. You now longer have to go to the Big City for entertainment and culture either.
Obama wants his urban areas. I have seen it time and time again. People don't want you to move up in the world. Friends for years will say, "well I guess that's the last we will see of you". In elementary school going to a higher grade reading group will cause trouble for those left behind. When we had the riots it was the urban areas. Many who have left the cities years ago will tell you "you can't go back".
As the only "friendlies" were Border Patrol and all BP were armed with bean bags and rubber bullets, I think not.
What's that smell? Is there something dead in here or is a lie making its way out of some orifice?
I'd have Game and Fish tranquilize them and take them out to the those locations they normally release bear and other unclothed mammals back to the wild to be back in the natural habitat away from civilization.
[An Nahar] Tunisian police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters in Sidi Bouzid who were demanding the governor's resignation, Agence La Belle France Presse reported.
Around 1,000 people gathered in the central Tunisian town, the birthplace of the uprising that toppled former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali last year, accusing the governor of "incompetence" and calling for him to go.
Some of them tried to break into the provincial government headquarters, but there was a heavy police and army deployment in the area, and security forces fired warning shots and tear gas to scatter the protesters.
The police evacuated the governor from his office.
Separately, a general strike was observed in Meknassy, in the Sidi Bouzid region, called by Tunisia's main UGTT trade union to protest the absence of development projects.
"The strike was 100 percent successful," said Zouhair Khaskhousi, a local union leader, while the regional office of the ruling Islamist party Ennahda called the strike "illegal."
Posted by: Fred ||
10/06/2012 00:00 ||
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In the end many will die, everyone will be re-hired, the mines will become lagging, non-productive People's Mines but the whites will be gone. Yes, similar themes and outcomes are indeed found elsewhere.
In Azerbaijan's capital on Friday, police clashed with about 200 Muslim activists protesting a ban on the wearing of the hijab in the nation's secondary schools. Police officers wielding batons clashed with protesters in the capital, Baku, as they broke up the protest outside the Education Ministry.
Video of the clashes posted on the Radio Azadliq website showed officers beating some of the protesters with their batons and some activists fighting back with sticks. Several police officers were wounded, and 72 people were arrested.
Some protesters carried signs with such slogans as "Stop Islamophobia" and "Freedom for the hijab."
The hijab is prohibited under rules that define what kind of uniforms students must wear in Azerbaijan, a mainly Shiite Muslim country where officials have been seeking to prevent the rise of radical Islam.
[An Nahar] Russia on Friday won an effectively free 30-year extension to military base it leases in Tajikistan to police that country's drug and crime-infested border with Afghanistan.
The agreement valid through 2042 was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin ...Second President of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Because of constitutionally mandated term limits he is the current Prime Minister of Russia. His sock puppet, Dmitry Medvedev, was installed in the 2008 presidential elections. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law. During his eight years in office Russia's economy bounced back from crisis, seeing GDP increase, poverty decrease and average monthly salaries increase. During his presidency Putin passed into law a series of fundamental reforms, including a flat income tax of 13%, a reduced profits tax, and new land and legal codes. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile... during his visit to the Tajik capital Dushanbe for the 60th birthday celebrations of Tajik leader Emomali Rakhmon.
The bases garrisoned by the 7,000 men of the 201st Motor Rifle Division are among Russia's most important foreign outposts due to their role in protecting the increasingly volatile ex-Soviet lands of Central Asia from the dangers of insurgency and organized crime. 201st MRD was formerly garrisoned in Afghanistan.
"We are practically getting it for free," Putin's foreign policy adviser Yury Ushakov was quoted as saying by news agencies ahead of the signing ceremony.
Putin said the bases would ensure "the reliable defense of our mutual strategic interests and strengthen the security and stability of the Central Asian region."
Rakhmon for his part stressed that Russia had promised to pay for the Tajik military's upgrade and training in return.
Russia has pledged to supply the depleted Tajik forces with "modern types of weapons."
Mountainous Tajikistan's seven million people are collectively the poorest in the former Soviet Union and rely on migration to Russia for subsistence wages.
Ushakov estimated that there were 1.3 million labor migrants from Tajikistan in Russia who send home money equivalent to half of their country's gross domestic product.
The two sides also signed a new labor worker agreement whose details were not disclosed.
Inspired by the nationalist aspirations of Scotland and Catalonia, pro-independence campaigners will hold a mass rally in the heart of the lagoon city on Saturday, calling for an urgent referendum to be held on the issue.
Indipendenza Veneta, a newly-founded pro-independence movement, says it expects several thousand people to turn up for the rally. They will be ferried across the Grand Canal in gondolas to deliver a "declaration of independence" to the headquarters of the Veneto regional government.
It may sound fanciful, and it will be fiercely resisted by Rome, but activists want to carve out a new country in north-eastern Italy which would comprise Venice, the surrounding region of Veneto and parts of Lombardy, Trentino and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The "Repubblica Veneta", as it would be known, would encompass about five million people.
Might as well: if Europe is supposed to be one big happy family, why not each of the kids have their own bedroom?
Recent surveys show widespread support for independence among Venetians, who speak a distinct dialect and feel geographically and culturally distant from Rome.
A poll conducted by Corriere della Sera in September found that 80 per cent were in favour of independence. A more recent poll by Il Gazzettino, a local newspaper, found a slightly lower but still overwhelming level of support 70 per cent.
The political movement was formed in May and shortly afterwards presented a petition with 20,000 signatures to Luca Zaia, the governor of the Veneto region.
"We have gained a lot of momentum from what is happening in Scotland and Catalonia and things are moving fast," Lodovico Pizzati, the head of the movement, told The Daily Telegraph on Friday. "And we are building on a very strong base calls for independence for the Veneto region go back to the 1970s. It may sound crazy but I think Veneto will become independent before Scotland or Catalonia."
Mr Zaia has acknowledged the high level of support for independence but said there is no constitutional basis for Venice and the surrounding region to secede from Italy.
The pro-independence activists say they have meanwhile referred their case to José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission.
"We argue that our right to self-determination is being violated," said Prof Pizzati, a former World Bank economist who now lectures at Venice's Ca' Foscari University.
Italy's economic crisis has only exacerbated Venetians' resentment against the central government in Rome.
"The economic situation here is really desperate, with the recession hitting small and medium-sized businesses. Meanwhile of the 70 billion euros we pay in taxes to Rome, we get back about 50 billion euros, directly and indirectly. We are losing out on 20 billion euros a year," said Prof Pizzati.
After more than a millennia of independence, the Most Serene Republic of Venice, La Serenissima, was invaded by Napoleonic forces in 1797, with the French deposing the last doge. After a few decades under Austrian rule, Venice and the surrounding region was incorporated into Italy in 1866, five years after the unification of the rest of the country.
Posted by: Steve White ||
10/06/2012 09:28 ||
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This is probably already on a map somewhere in the EU as one of the provinces of "The Greater European Republic" or whatever they're calling their desired end point these days.
Given the old saying 'you and whose army' meets a EU that has really no army [that in previous centuries kept aspirations in check] or means to fund such, forcing the natives in line is going to be interesting.
As far as the Eu is concerned it shouldn't matter what size the member states are. Dissolving to smaller parts will make them more dependent upon the larger EU for a number of things and limits the debt they can run up. Of course it also makes countries like Italy more likely to drop out of the EU as well because there is still national pride despite all attempts to suppress it.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.