Monthly Archives: November 2014




Denver Cop Punished For Ripping Up Homeless Man’s ‘Need Weed’ Sign

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Denver Cop Punished For Ripping Up Homeless Man’s ‘Need Weed’ Sign

A Denver police captain has been punished for ripping up a homeless man’s sign seeking legal recreational marijuana. An internal investigation found Capt. Joe Black violated the man’s free speech rights when he destroyed the “Need weed” sign the was holding July 28 near the 16th Street Mall, reported the Denver Post. Black had no grounds to destroy the sign and changed his account of the incident during the investigation, police said.

The homeless man, whose full name was not identified in the disciplinary letter, said Black told him that asking for marijuana was aggressive panhandling. Black said the man became belligerent when he and another officer told him he could not sit or lie on the ground. The officer claimed he took the sign because the man could potentially use it “to swat at members of the public,” and he later told investigators that the man swatted him with the sign.

Black, who commands the police department’s juvenile division, will lose four days of time off as punishment. The sign incident took place six days after videotape showed Black shoving a fan three times at Coors Field. The fan, Alex Buck, was thrown out of the ballpark but was not charged in the incident – which remains under investigation. Black was working off-duty as a security guard in both cases.


Henry Sapiecha

New Porsche 911 offer deal for NSW Australian Police


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Sydney police have traded in their Porsche Panamera sedan for a 911 Coupe.

Provided for free under a deal with the manufacturer, police will use the $209,100 sports car as a conversation-starter at community events and on social media.

The 911 Carrera has a 3.4-litre engine that makes 257kW of grunt – less than a V8 Holden Commodore patrol car, but enough to drive it to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds, on to a top speed of 289km/h.

NSW Police Force Superintendent Alan Sicard says the force has already received nearly 1,000,000 Facebook hits as a result of its partnership with the brand.

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“Up until now our partnership with Porsche has been with its Panamera sedan. Swapping into an eye-catching 911 Carrera will up the ante to become an even more effective means to enable social dialogue,” he says.

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NSW police’s previous Porsche Panamera.

“Although the 911 might make an ideal Police response car in some people’s eyes, the true value of the sporty Carrera in police decals is that it will draw attention and curiosity with younger folk especially which is exactly what we aim to achieve.”

Police say the car will not be used for high-speed pursuits, and taxpayers will only foot the bill for fuel and tolls used by the car.

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The thoroughbred sports car should not prove expensive to run, as its 9.0L/100km fuel figure is only a little more than that of Holden’s entry-level Commodore.

But officers driving the Porsche may need to treat it carefully, as a well-meaning officer destroyed the engine in a one-off police Ford Falcon GT in February by feeding it the wrong fuel.

NSW Police have used a variety of vehicles for community awareness duties, including a Volvo S60 Polestar sedan, Lotus Exige and supercharged HSV GTS sedan.

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While they may be fancy by local standards, Australian police specials pale in comparison to the Dubai police fleet, which is home to machines such as the Lamborghini Aventador and Bugatti Veyron.

Henry Sapiecha