Brickbats: November 2020

News of politicians, police, and bureaucrats behaving badly from around the world


Douglas County, Nevada, Public Library Director Amy Dodson said a statement from the library in support of the Black Lives Matter movement was not an attack on police. But that's not how Sheriff Daniel Coverley interpreted it. "Due to your support of Black Lives Matter and the obvious lack of support or trust with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, please do not feel the need to call 911 for help," Coverley wrote in a letter to the library. A spokesman later said that, despite Coverley's letter, the sheriff's office would continue to respond to emergency calls from the library.

Police in Golden Valley, Minnesota, used drones to see if anyone was bathing nude or topless on a secluded beach on Twin Lake. Nude and topless sunbathing is illegal, but visitors have been stripping off at that beach for decades. Police Sgt. Randy Mahlen told a local TV station that using drones to police nude sunbathing is "no different than a surveillance camera in a…high-crime area."

The city of San Diego has been paying for three years to lease the former Sempra Energy headquarters, even though asbestos issues have prevented the city from occupying the building. When a local TV station obtained documents that showed, among other things, that the city did not seek an independent assessment of the building, City Attorney Mara Elliott opened a criminal investigation of how reporters got the material. After the station posted a copy of a letter it received from Elliott's office, the city announced it was dropping the investigation.

The Chinese government has ordered Christians to remove religious symbols and objects from their homes and replace them with portraits of Chairman Mao Zedong and President Xi Jinping, according to Bitter Winter, a magazine that monitors religious freedom issues in China.

London Metropolitan police officers, accompanied by police dogs, raided a home and arrested a 12-year-old boy after someone reported seeing a black male with a gun. The weapon turned out to be a BB gun with a blue slider showing it wasn't a real firearm.

Several employees of an Arizona Department of Child Safety office were fired after a photo circulated showing them wearing T-shirts during work hours that read "professional kidnapper" on the front and "Do you know where your children are?" on the back.

A teenage boy being held at Los Angeles County's Eastlake Juvenile Hall developed enlarged breasts after being given estrogen, a female hormone, without his family's permission as a treatment for oppositional defiant disorder, according to a lawsuit.

The Phoenix, Arizona, police initially said they were responding to an emergency domestic call when they fatally shot a man in the doorway of his apartment. In fact, they were responding to a noise complaint.

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  2. Why is a library, a public institution, discouraged from stating that Black Lives Matter? White supremacy, plain and simple.

    1. Why is the police department, equally a public institution, discouraged from replying that Blue Lives Matter?

      1. If only librarians and cops could work together, and kick doors for overdue library books.

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        2. My library no longer has overdue fees. I’ve had a couple of books checked out for over two months now. Good thing I read crap no one else wants.

      2. In case you’re never been to a library, they aren’t solely operated by black people. Government employees speaking in self interest is VERY different than government employees speaking in the public interest, even if you think they’re wrong.

  3. I expect Biden to order all Americans to replace their religious symbols with symbols of masks and covid.

    1. The Christian cross is a symbol of anti-Semitism because it implies that the Jews are responsible for Jesus’ death. Although, in my opinion, Pilate’s decision was the legally correct one.

      1. Joe Biden is a crook.

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        2. Trump is a crook and demonstrably so.

          1. PS: Joe Biden is corrupt AF!

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            No. Thought so.

            1. It’s been shown that various companies he’s invested in profited to the tune of $20M (total) from decisions he’s made as President.

              The problem isn’t that he isn’t a crook, the problem is that he’s nowhere near the caliber of crook that Biden, Harris, Clinton, Schumer, Cuomo, Pelosi, or Obama (or even Bush, Musk, Gates, Bezos, etc.) are.

          3. Did you find a laptop owned by one of Trump’s kids? Didn’t think so.

  4. We’re not arresting the sunbathers, just closely monitoring the hot bodies.

    1. Infrared cameras FTW.

    2. “no different than a surveillance camera in a…high-crime area.”

      I declare this women’s locker room to be a high crime area in need of surveillance!

      *sips from Female Body Inspector mug*

      1. I imagine the cop assigned to this laughing like Beavis and Butthead when he finds some nudists.

  5. The left claims democracy dies in the darkness yet they do nothing and say nothing about China’s policies. They are frauds.

    Joe Biden is a crook.

  6. The Chinese government has ordered Christians to remove religious symbols and objects from their homes and replace them with portraits of Chairman Mao Zedong and President Xi Jinping

    The Pope immediately complied.

    1. He probably gave them the idea, better to defeat capitalism.

  7. The first and the last three incidents reported, I recall from MONTHS ago. These are really, really old things to be reporting as current items.

    The estrogen injections was an old story on October 1st, when it was released that the Juvenile Hall had falsified the consent form

    1. It’s from the magazine which is written two months before the date on the cover, so it can have time to be printed, distributed, stocked, then sit on newsstands for a full month and appear new.

      Magazine publishing trick the entire industry follows.

      Subscribers could read this a month ago, just weeks after it was written and mailed out, online or in print.

      Now it’s released to public domain, 4 weeks after that.

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