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From the Department of "What Are These Boxes With the Glass Eyes?" comes word that Garland, TX, homeowners are upset after their surveillance cameras caught police searching around their property without either a warrant or their permission. One of the officers apparently put his noggin to work and deduced that he and his colleagues were under observation; he was recorded turning one of the cameras toward the wall. Other cameras sneakily continued their work, undetected.

The Locke family is holding out for an apology, though they seem to have already successfully administered an international public shaming.

From the Daily Mail:

Police officers looking for a convicted felon have been accused of violating a homeowner's constitutional rights after being caught on surveillance cameras digging through bags and searching a car without permission.

Officers had gone to the home of Jon Locke on February 5 after an arrest warrant for fraud was issued for his brother Christopher.

One officer can be seen on tape rifling through duffel bags, while another fiddles with a camera in the back yard of the home in Dallas, Texas.

Mr Locke told Dallas News that he wants an apology from Garland police department because the officers conducted a search on his property without consulting him. His brother Christopher does not live at the home.

The police department refused to comment on the matter but said that internal affairs was investigating.

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  1. Mr Locke told Dallas News that he wants an apology from Garland police department because the officers conducted a search on his property without consulting him.

    They didn’t shoot his dog. What more does he want?

    / troll

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  2. The ENFORCE the law dumbass.

    They don’t follow it.

    That is for you fucking little peeons.

    I love JPD

  3. Garland sucks anyway. I live near there, and it’s a fucking hole (except for the Vietnamese neighborhood, which has excellent food). Also there’s some kind of stupid scheme where if you live there, you have to get your electricity through a company that signed a contract with the city so you have no freedom of choice, and the rates are outrageous.

    They do have a Star Trek Lane, though. But it’s in a shitty neighborhood.

    1. TOS or TNG?

      1. Maybe it’s DS9, asshole.

        1. If the place is a shithole then its probably “Voyager”.

        2. Knowing JJ, it’s probably VOY.

          1. Don’t project on Jimbo, Epi. You’re the one with the Robert Beltran fixation.

            1. JJ has the same fixation, Hugh. It’s one of things we role-play together.

          2. I dunno, the extremely low-budget nature of Garland reminds me more of TOS, or possibly first-season TNG.

            1. So is there a stature in town of Wesley getting stabbed through the chest by a pig in a Napoleonic military uniform?

    2. Also there’s some kind of stupid scheme where if you live there, you have to get your electricity through a company that signed a contract with the city so you have no freedom of choice, and the rates are outrageous.

      You mean there’s a choice of electrical utilities elsewhere in Texas? {blinks in astonishment} Where does the line start to move there? Will you take Californians?

      1. Will you take Californians?

        Sorry, all full.

    3. I’ve gotten stabbed 50% of the times I’ve been to Garland. It would have to improve substantially to be a hole.

      1. It’s a testament to Garland that your statement does not surprise me in the least.

      2. Note to self. Avoid Garland, TX.

        Beverly Garland, however… (for SIV)

        1. What’s so great about 403 Forbidden?

    4. Yup shithole for sure

    5. Firewheel is okay to visit every once in a while. But yeah, pretty much what Jim said.

    6. Isn’t Mike Judge’s ‘King of the Hill’ based on Garland, Texas?

  4. The police department refused to comment on the matter but said that internal affairs was investigating.

    A thorough internal investigation concluded that procedures were followed and officers acted appropriately to protect officer safety in pursuit of a dangerous suspect. Mr. Locke was charged with felony interfering in a police investigation and shot 37 times in the face while resisting arrest.

    1. You forgot the charge of “Illegally exercising his rights.”

    2. NEEDZ MOAR PASSIVE VOICE

      1. You missed an opportunity to comment about the fact that this city has a street named Star Trek Lane?

        You’re slipping, old man.

        1. Right into your mom.

        2. Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads!

        3. FWIW, I assumed ‘Star Trek Lane’ was a bowling alley.

    3. wawaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhH!

      Always dependable idiocy.

      1. You’re almost as boring a troll as Tony.

        Almost.

    4. A thorough internal investigation concluded that procedures were followed and officers acted appropriately to protect officer safety in pursuit of a dangerous suspect. Mr. Locke was charged with felony interfering in a police investigation and shot 37 times in the face while resisting arrest no one is innocent, guilt is just a matter of where and when. This new unannounced search and seizure technique is for every ones safety, our Heroes in Blue? just want to get home at the end of the night. Shut up and accept it…consdier yourself lucky that no one (read: you) was hurt

  5. Heroes were maligned.

    Trolls were metered.

  6. “Government has no other end, but the preservation of property.”
    -John Locke

    Looks like he has a good case!

    1. I hoped it looks wasn’t the only person who made the connection.

      1. Derp, I hoped I wasn’t. Auto correct fail. I blame Obama.

    2. Really cool if he can quote himself in court when he sues them.

  7. lol, todays cops dont care about silly little things like warrants lol.

    http://www.PrivateWeb.da.bz

  8. Apology? I would be demanded felony civil rights charges.

  9. The truck belonged to my brother. The bags were mine. I had my brothers truck because I was in the process of mentoring him and helping him lose all his bad connections. I also rented him an apartment in my name just so none of his bad influences could find him (The police knew of this in January). The police accused me of harboring a felon… But I got him everything the day I bonded him out of jail in December. CAN I NOT HELP OUT MY BROTHER TO GET HIM ON THE RIGHT PATH? If the officers would of called me, I would have told them the situation and where he was. This has been horrible on my family and I can really tell my kids that an Officer did the wrong thing. Abuse of the badge is the case here.

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