Militarization of Police

What's Going On in New Haven?

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New Haven has been having some problems with its nightlife. So they're sending out the SWAT team.

For a moment, employees at a St. John Street cabaret said, they thought they were being robbed when masked gunmen with assault rifles stormed in Monday night.

It quickly became clear, however — as bartenders, patrons and exotic dancers were ordered to the floor and handcuffed — that they were part of some type of raid.

Police had a warrant for a suspected marijuana operation, but it was in a different portion of a 15,000-square foot building that housed several businesses. They just went ahead and raided them all.

"I work hard to run a clean operation," said Johnny, the owner, who didn't want his last name used. "They came in here like gangbusters and put guns on people. They know we're clean."

One person was arrested on cocaine-related charges, but Hoffman said it was an on-site arrest, not because of the search warrant.

"These guys are no joke," said one eyewitness who was at the raid and like other patrons, staff and "handcuffed, naked strippers," was prone on the floor.

He saw agents charging in, some in masks.

"Battering rams, bulletproof shields, assault rifles. They had 30 to 35 people on the floor in cuffs and this whole building was locked down in a matter of three or four minutes," the man said, not wanting to provide his name.

This comes a few weeks after New Haven police sent the SWAT team to raid a bar where there was suspected underage drinking.

Police arrested five Yale students, including one who ended up in the hospital after officers Tased and subdued him. Police said the student was kicking and punching three officers. Eyewitnesses said a cop punched and kicked and Tased the student with no provocation beyond a request to make a phone call, while other students were threatened with arrest if they used cell phone cameras or sent text messages, according to this story and this story in the Yale Daily News.

"It was beyond overreaction. They were like storm troopers," claimed John Carta, attorney for the club's owner, Rommerro Farrah. Click here to read a letter he sent Monday to the police chief.

The incident occurred a week after similar complaints followed the arrest of a Quinnipiac University student who was video-recording an arrest outside Toad's Place. The video captured both a bouncer and a cop ordering him to put away his cell phone camera. Chief Limon said the student was arrested not for taking the video, but for disobeying police commands and interfering with an investigation and with his friend's arrest.

More on the student raids here and here.

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74 responses to “What's Going On in New Haven?

  1. Protecting and serving the shit out of you.

    1. They need the exercise of beating on people to work off the donuts.

  2. It’s a police state, I tell you, a police state! Oh, woe is us! if only we could privatize the police, we would never have to here these horror stories again!

    1. Durrrr hurrrr

    2. I’d settle for some professional “peace officers,” in preference to the Special Forces-wannabes that most cops seem to be.

    3. ARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARFARF

    4. Max, this is part of Obama’s New Order. It’s happening all of the time. You love it.

    1. It sounds like a fart.

      1. A wet, burbling one at that.

  3. “We’re not arresting you for video recording us. We’re arresting you for not stopping video recording us when we told you to stop.”

    How is that not the *exact same thing*?

    1. “And I won’t be filing a civil rights suit because you arrested me. I’ll be filing a civil rights suit because you arrested me without any legal authority.”

      1. Does anyone have a compilation of civil right suits won for transgression such as this: no legal basis for police officer command / arrested for obstructing police officer? I am curious to know the success rate for lawsuits such as this.

        1. I was arrested for obstruction when I was 19. Basically the cop told me not to do something that I had every right to do, I did it, they arrested me. Charges were eventually dropped.

    2. You can do whatever you like unless some thug in the 4th IQ quintile with a badge says otherwise.

      If he says close your eyes and spread your cheeks, you’d better obey or your interfering with a peace officer in the performance of his duties.

      1. 4th IQ quintile

        That sounds like some kind of terrorist code. You’re comin’ with me.

  4. Brazil is a documentary.

    1. and a nut

      and a hair cut

  5. For the record, I condemn this heinous abuse of police power.

    1. Yes, but you’re against the right to resist an illegal arrest, so that condemnation is worth about to two shits.

  6. “Battering rams, bulletproof shields, assault rifles. They had 30 to 35 people on the floor in cuffs and this whole building was locked down in a matter of three or four minutes,” the man said, not wanting to provide his name.

    I’m always impressed when someone uses the proper term.

  7. “”What’s Going On in New Haven?””

    The CT AG is running for the US Senate. He’s gotta show how tough on crime he really is because voters love tough on crime candidates.

    1. Blumenthal has no authority in New Haven. This is NHPD being douchebags all by themselves.

  8. Chief Limon said the student was arrested not for taking the video, but for disobeying police commands and interfering with an investigation and with his friend’s arrest.

    …And what constituted interference? Ohh…taking a video, you say.

    Piggy should be fired and prosecuted for false arrest.

    1. disobeying police commands

      Is not against the law if the police commands have no legal basis. Otherwise, you could be arrested for refusing a police command to sodomoze a donkey.

      and interfering with an investigation and with his friend’s arrest

      Please, God, let the Yale Law School legal aid office take this as a civil rights case. To educate the children, of course.

      1. Well that’s refreshing news.

    2. Well, taking a video does interfere with the standard practice of fabricating evidence and making shit up.

  9. The simple fact of the matter is that any police officer who instructs anyone to stop recording any incident deserves to do federal time for obstruction of justice, a minimum of five years for a first offense.

  10. Note to SWAT team: just because it looks cool when the gangsters on Boardwalk Empire thug it up and terrorize strippers ‘n hos, please try not to follow their example.

    1. Well, as soon as you start a whorehouse where the hookers play the ukelele before they blow me, I’ll promise not to send in the SWAT team.

      1. That was a nice touch. And, the redhead who posed as the coatcheck girl to hand Jimmy his gun? I want her on my staff (hurr) as well.

        1. Staff? Are you a tranny or something? I’m not sure if I hope so or if I hope not.

          1. There are too many dick jokes and “I banged your mama” jokes to let a little thing like being female get in the way. But if this whole whorehouse startup is going to go anywhere, I do need a better name for those in my employ.

            1. Hit&Run works pretty well as a name for a whorehouse.

              Also, you have seen the Dick Towel video, correct?

              1. My work is now blocking YouTube? Can this mean no more death metal links?

                But, I have seen the Always Sunny Dick Towel clip. You should get one. If your shoes conceal not your toe cleavage, can dick-revealing fashions be far behind?

                1. If I can’t show my Dagny-pie Kool Kieth clips, what is the point of living? There’s metal, but it’s…it’s not the same.

                  1. Thanks, firewall. No trouble with that one. I don’t know what lowered my IQ more: this or the new T-Swift that my friend said I just had to iTunes. Barf.

                    1. You’d better dismember this pseudo-friend, quick-like. Taylor Swifting is unforgivable.

                    2. T-Swift veterans for truth?

  11. “They were like storm troopers”

    Fixed that

  12. New Haven police sent the SWAT team to raid a bar where there was suspected underage drinking.

    Dear New Haven PD:

    What the fuck is wrong with you people?

    1. We gotta stay in practice for when we get The Call.

  13. Stanford wants some.

    http://www.ctpost.com/default/…..709828.php

    1. “Do we need an emergency services and counter-terrorism unit?” Nivakoff said. “It was clear to me after 9/11 we were one of the few departments that didn’t have one.”

      Way to make two completely unrelated statements. I swear, that part reads like it’s straight out of The Onion.

  14. “These guys are no joke,” said one eyewitness who was at the raid and like other patrons, staff and “handcuffed, naked strippers,” was prone on the floor.

    Hang on, still mulling over this part of the story.

    1. Next time I bet they waive the cover charge.

  15. As we all know, the baboons with guns do this because they know they can get away with it. If the New Haven PD tried to pull this shit on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation, they end up tied to the fucking railroad tracks, naked.

  16. “handcuffed, naked strippers,” prone on the floor

    Excuse me for 5 or 10 minutes…

    1. Same here, Im on lunch break too so no one will miss me if Im gone for a few minutes.

  17. Please, God, let the Yale Law School legal aid office take this as a civil rights case. To educate the children, of course.

    But R C, they’re no match for Team Harvard’s ConLaw scholars. They get slaughtered.

    1. Good point, good point.

    2. Unless the students parents donated a new library, or the students were a minority the odds of Yale stepping up are slim to none.

  18. Blood in the streets in the town of New Haven;
    Blood stains the roofs and the palm trees of Venice;
    Blood in my love in the terrible summer;
    Bloody red sun of fantastic L.A.

  19. Move along, nothing to see here, just new professionalism, move along, move alo…PUT DOWN THE CAMERA! PUT DOWN THE CAMERA OR WE’LL OPEN FIRE!

  20. “they end up”

    “They get slaughtered.”

    Sheesh.

  21. “Battering rams, bulletproof shields, assault rifles. They had 30 to 35 people on the floor in cuffs and this whole building was locked down in a matter of three or four minutes,”

    Yep, they’re real brave and tough when no one else is armed.

  22. New Haven facing $17M budget deficit

    Meanwhile the chief of police, Frank Limon, says he hopes to maintain current patrols.

    “It’s a challenge, but it’s doable,” he said.

    I reckon not.

    1. Budget balancing at the NHPD:

      (1) Fire the SWAT team.
      (2) Put a semi-auto AR in every 4th patrol car (for the two times a year that they actually need a SWAT team), funded raised by auctioning off semi-auto ARs to the citizenry.

      Hey, if you won’t trust a beat cop with a semi-auto .223, WTF are you giving him a 9mm for?

      1. Hey, if you won’t trust a beat cop with a semi-auto .223, WTF are you giving him a 9mm for?

        Good point. Lets arm them with polish sausage and cheese wheels. We’d all be better off.

  23. to quote bill old riley “they’re kicking down doors?”

  24. Is it sadistic to find some joy in Yale kids, many of whom we can thank for the current police state getting tased?

    1. I don’t think there are many kids now attending Yale who are to be blamed for the current police state.

      1. What about the Legacy admits? Can we laugh if they were Legacies?

      2. I’m pretty sure their families carry the burden. Sins of the father and all…

    2. The majority of Yalies get financial aid.

  25. “Police arrested five Yale students, …”

    Well, police over-reach isn’t all bad…

  26. Tomorrow’s news:

    New Haven SWAT Teams Raid Local Kennel…

    Chief says “we needed the practice, not many dogs in nightclubs.”

  27. Maybe it takes jackbooted pigs to knock some question authority sense into those statist punks.

    1. After all, what better way to make a LIbertarian than to police-state someone in collage. I mean, isn’t that where they decide if they’ll be liberal or conservative anyway?

  28. Ahhhh. There’s the cool, soothing Balko nut-punch we thought we’d been gypped out of with that stuff of his posted yesterday. . .NOW who’d thinking that having a washed and weel fitting cup isn’t worth it? Huh? HUH?

  29. The raid on the Yale party seems to have brought to a head what had been building up for a long time. This past weekend there was a community rally: http://www.yaledailynews.com/n…..brutality/

  30. Y’know, I can’t help but think it’s the best thing for those Elis, really.

  31. We see no legal problems with any of these raids. No reviews are planned.

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