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  • ddartley

    “Determinations are made by whoever operates the vehicle that the predicament they’re in requires lights and sirens,” he said. “In the case of the accident, the determination was made by the detective operating the vehicle that there was a security reason that he needed to remove his vehicle from that predicament and that required him to get out of traffic and negotiate the intersection using lights and sirens. ”

    Such nice vague language “a security reason” certainly dramatically increases the suspicion that it was nothing but impatience for traffic, doesn’t it?

    “Officials with police-equipped cars include County Comptroller Howard Weitzman, Consumer Affairs Commissioner Roger Bogsted, Deputy County Executive Timothy Driscoll, and Taxi and Limousine Commission chief Joe Ciercio.”

    Goodness gracious. Little boys playing with toys. Consumer Affairs? T&LC Commissioner? Do they also have laser guns and Buck Rogers costumes??

  • Steve

    The following Times article is also of interest:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/18/nyregion/18suit.html?ref=nyregion

    Apparently a shopkeeper at 69th & Madison is suing for an injunction against homeless people who frequent the sidewalk in front of his shop. Interestingly, the lawyer for the shopkeeper admits that vagrancy laws are no longer constitutionally enforceable in scenarios like these, but he tries to advance an equally unconstitutional (albeit novel) theory that the presence of persons on the sidewalk may constitute a “nuisance” to others.

    From both a legal and a public policy perspective, I hope this suit fails. As the homeless advocate says in the article, as long as there are not enough homes in NYC for everyone who needs them, the streets (sidewalks)must be available to the homeless.

  • There are good graphs comparing the global warming bills in the senate linked from:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/18/washington/18climate.html?hp&ex=1169182800&en=9599292dce4cf75b&ei=5094&partner=homepage

    Sanders/Boxer is the best. McCain/Lieberman lowers emissions almost as quickly, but it also subsidizes nuclear power.

  • “…there was a security reason that he needed to remove his vehicle from that predicament and that required him to get out of traffic and negotiate the intersection using lights and sirens…”

    Riiiiight. I see cops use this tactic all the time to get to a restaurant or ATM machine. Security? Abuse.

  • ddartley

    RE: “NYPD’s Latest Technology Catches Car Thieves:”

    Another reason to ban car alarms.

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