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Brickbats: August/September 2021

News of politicians, police, and bureaucrats behaving badly…

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Body camera video shows two Colorado Springs, Colorado, police officers using their Tasers on Carl Andersen Jr. in April 2019 as he stood in his daughter's hospital room and refused to give them his phone. Police were there because Andersen's daughter was accidentally struck by his fiancée's vehicle as she pulled out of their driveway, and cops were trying to take his phone as part of an investigation into how the girl was injured. Andersen's lawyer says the man was not under arrest and the cops did not show him a warrant for his phone. Neither he nor his fiancée were charged for the daughter's injury. Andersen is now suing the city and the cops.

Police in Uttar Pradesh, India, have charged Shashank Yadav with spreading misleading information after he tweeted an appeal for oxygen for his dying grandfather. Officials insist there is no oxygen shortage in hospitals in Uttar Pradesh, though media reports indicate that COVID-19 has overwhelmed the health care system.

A man in the Philippines died after police forced him to do 300 squats for breaching a COVID-19 curfew. Darren Manaog Penaredondo's family said he left his home to buy water but was caught by police and forced to perform exercises as punishment. Human Rights Watch says people violating COVID-19 restrictions in the Philippines are being abused, claiming that officials locked five young people in a dog cage and have forced people to sit in the midday sun for breaking the rules.

Four District of Columbia police officers were injured and two patrol cars were totaled after the officers engaged in a drag race while on duty in April. "They decided to drag race each other on Anacostia Avenue at 5 p.m.," said Sixth District Commander Durriyyah Habeebullah. The officers have been placed on leave pending a full investigation of the incident.

An Algerian court has sentenced Said Djabelkhir to three years in prison for insulting Islam, the state religion. Djabelkhir, an Islamic scholar and journalist, has argued the animal sacrifice during the Muslim festival Eid is based on a pre-Islamic pagan ritual. He has also said parts of the Quran, such as the story of Noah's Ark, might be more myth than history.

Two Hialeah, Florida, motorcycle cops are facing several counts of official misconduct. Prosecutors say Ernesto Arias Martinez and Armando Perez issued multiple citations to drivers they never even pulled over. One woman says she received a letter from the state telling her that her license would be pulled because she had not paid six tickets. All were issued on the same day.

In Bulverde, Texas, Brian Johnson decided his daughters should learn about business by selling the eggs laid by chickens they were raising. Then someone ratted them out, and they got a cease-and-desist letter from the city. "The selling of chicken eggs or any other animal products produced on the property, from a residentially zoned lot is a violation of city ordinance, regardless of the age of the person conducting the sales," the city said in a statement.

When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit last spring, Louis Goffinet, a teacher in Connecticut, started a Facebook fundraiser to buy groceries for people affected by the virus. He raised more than $40,000, which he used to fund 140 grocery trips, 125 dinners, 80 Thanksgiving pies, rental assistance for local families, and more. In February, the IRS sent Goffinet a 1099-K form, telling him the money he raised was taxable income and that he owes $16,000.

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  2. An Algerian court has sentenced Said Djabelkhir to three years in prison for insulting Islam, the state religion. Djabelkhir, an Islamic scholar and journalist, has … said parts of the Quran, such as the story of Noah’s Ark, might be more myth than history.

    If he tries that again, they’ll ship him to Ken Ham’s ark museum, and make him walk the plank

    1. https://arkencounter.com/

      Apparently the creationists have incorporated dinosaurs into their story, but how they do it seems to be a bit of a stretch. Nothing can be over 6,000 years old, and they all died in the [literal] flood of course; guess they were just too big to make the ark’s manifest.

      1. They must have got them when they were small. Doncha know? Dinosaurs were actually Jesus Horseys.
        /sarc

    2. Shhh…Don’t give the Abrahamic Holy Rollers either there or here any ideas! They already think mere disagreement with their Grim Fairy Tales is bigotry.

  3. A man in the Philippines died after police forced him to do 300 squats for breaching a COVID-19 curfew. Darren Manaog Penaredondo’s family said he left his home to buy water but was caught by police and forced to perform exercises as punishment.

    American Journalist: How can we get that here?

    1. JFree gets a boner.

  4. In Bulverde, Texas, Brian Johnson decided his daughters should learn about business by selling the eggs laid by chickens they were raising. Then someone ratted them out, and they got a cease-and-desist letter from the city. “The selling of chicken eggs or any other animal products produced on the property, from a residentially zoned lot is a violation of city ordinance, regardless of the age of the person conducting the sales,” the city said in a statement.

    Weren’t we told that we didn’t need any laws to head this stuff off because no one was enforcing such edicts?

    1. There’s a Karen everywhere. Also those eggs they didn’t sell make for great pranks.

      1. Maybe slip one in Karen’s hot mailbox or under her hedges.

    2. Well the are The Constitution, The Bill of Rights, and The Reconstruction Amendments, but who enforces those anymore?

  5. In February, the IRS sent Goffinet a 1099-K form, telling him the money he raised was taxable income and that he owes $16,000.

    This is the least shocking story in this list. That’s how it works, folks. If I throw up a go-fund me and collect $100,000 for poor people in Azerbaijan, unless I form a non-profit yadda yadda yadda, all that shows is people threw $100,000 and that’s income. Period. Be smarter than that.

    1. “…unless I form a non-profit yadda yadda yadda, all that shows is people threw $100,000 and that’s income.”

      Yeah. Not too smart. But no need to actually form a non-profit — any number of non-profits whose goals and objectives even sort-of match up, would be happy to handle the money and paperwork for a small percentage. In fact, more than a few existing non-profits have “piggy-backed” on existing 501’s when they first started.

  6. Four District of Columbia police officers were injured and two patrol cars were totaled after the officers engaged in a drag race while on duty in April.

    Look, guys. We understand if you execute a warrant based on false information, or shoot an unarmed man in the back. But wrecking a police car?!?!?! That’s unacceptable!!!

    1. But were they wearing masks?

      1. They were wearing the most fabulous masks, to go with their wigs, their earrings, their high heels and ball gowns. How else would you have a drag race?

        1. If they’re sentenced to prison, the guard RuPaul will tell them: ” You Better Work, Bitch!”

  7. A man in the Philippines died after police forced him to do 300 squats for breaching a COVID-19 curfew.

    If he couldn’t survive that, he was already doomed from covid

    1. Do 300 squats without a break, then see if you agree “he was already doomed.”

      1. That leftie couldn’t do 30 squats to save his life.

  8. What I learn from these can be summarized in one sentence.

    “Do no good.”

    1. And as the Harry Potter shirt says: ” I solumnly swear that I am up to no good!”

  9. Brian Johnson did give his daughters an education about business: that only government approved business may conduct business.

    It’s mercantilism and socialism the important fact being government controls it rather than free people.

    It seems the lesson the government wants Mr. Goffinet and others to learn, is similar, except in this case the non-profit charity business.

  10. Delightful reporting; illuminating illustrations. Brickbats are still Reason’s best draw after 5 decades.

  11. Body camera video shows two Colorado Springs, Colorado police officers using their Tasers on Carl Andersen Jr. in April 2019 while he was in his daughter’s hospital room and refused to give them his phone. Police were there because Andersen’s daughter was accidentally hit by her fiancee’s vehicle as she was pulling out of her driveway, and police officers were trying to grab her phone as part of an investigation into how the girl was injured. Andersen’s attorney says the man was not under arrest and that police did not show him an arrest warrant for his phone. Neither he nor his fiancée were charged for the daughter’s injury. Andersen is now suing the city and the police

  12. The last one is made up or has the details all wrong.
    The IRS doesn’t issue 1099-Ks. It would have been sent by the fundraising app. The IRS wouldn’t have audited his 2020 taxes by this point so they also haven’t told him how much he owes.
    He also would only owe around 40% in taxes as stated if he is in the highest tax bracket having made over $518401 in total income in 2020.
    It makes me question how many of the other blurbs were exaggerated.

  13. How about a brickbat for Belarus for kidnapping their own sprinter and trying to fly her across international borders before her event?

    At least Poland has helpfully agreed to host her, if she continues her athletic career there….

  14. Police in Uttar Pradesh, India, have charged Shashank Yadav with spreading misleading information after he tweeted an appeal for oxygen for his dying grandfather. Officials insist there is no oxygen shortage in hospitals in Uttar Pradesh, though media reports indicate that COVID-19 has overwhelmed the health care system.

    Don’t tell me the Sacred Cows who get first dibs on all the food in India are also hogging up all the Oxygen!

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