And if curious about your community and the crime stats. Check out this site the disproportionate numbers are quite telling.
If you truly don't think DUI laws are a major encroaching issue on your civil rights and mark on your name, think again. Read Lawrence Taylor's blog to read how this has become one of the many arms on the supposed "war on drugs." He is truly an advocate and believer that is not about safe roads but about civil rights.
Even when innocent you are guilty even when the Police lie to ensure convictions and protect their own. This story from Mr. Taylor's blog speaks volumes about the amazing ability to turn anything into a DUI. Thankfully this was on film but her recovery is not. Who will pay for the endless hours of needed therapy, the time from work and the of course outrageous hospital costs? The City? Think again. That is a lawsuit years in the making and taking. And no this is not an isolated incident.
Sober Driver Arrested for OWI When Deputy Crashes Into Her Car
Milwaukee, WI. May 3 – A Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Deputy rolls through a stop sign and causes a violent crash. So why was the victim placed under arrest?
A FOX6 Investigation finds that a deputy’s changing story may have changed one woman’s life forever.
Tanya Weyker was hurt so badly, she couldn’t blow into a breath-testing device or perform field sobriety tests. But a Sheriff’s deputy arrested her for drunk driving anyway. And the County hung those charges over her head for nearly a year, even long after blood tests proved she was perfectly sober.
Tanya Weyker remembers it clearly. Not just the crash that broke her neck in four places, but the false accusations that followed.
“My reputation is everything to me,” she said.
At the age of 25, Weyker’s criminal history is as flawless as her posture. She was diagnosed with cancer at age three, and the prolonged radiation treatments literally curved her spine. So doctors inserted metal rods to keep her back straight. The lifelong medical complications have not stopped her from pursuing a college degree. Or from driving a car. In fact, Weyker had never gotten so much as a speeding ticket until the night she crossed paths with Milwaukee County Deputy Sheriff Joseph Quiles.
It was February 20th, 2013, and Deputy Quiles was working the night shift on patrol at General Mitchell International Airport.
As he pulled out onto Howell Avenue to make his rounds, he T-boned a passing car and sent it spinning into a tree.
“Very scary,” Weyker recalls.
Her spine was already fused with steel. Now, she had a fractured neck to go with it.
“It was a miracle I wasn’t paralyzed,” she said.
As rescue workers tended to Weyker, police and Sheriff’s deputies started asking questions.
“One asked if I had anything to drink that night,” she said. “And I told them a few sips from a friend’s drink.”
A deputy noted a light odor of alcohol on her breath. He said her speech was slurred. And her eyes looked red and glassy.
“I explained to him my eyes were red and glassy because I was crying,” she said….
In his official report, Deputy Quiles wrote that he stopped at the stop sign and looked both ways before pulling out. He told a Milwaukee police officer that he never saw any headlights, even though Weyker’s Camry had lights that come on automatically.
“I knew I was innocent this whole time,” Weyker declared.
The truth might never have surfaced were it not for video from a nearby airport surveillance camera. It shows what investigators say is Deputy Quiles’ squad car traveling west on Hutsteiner Avenue, then continuing onto Howell without making a complete stop, as Quiles claimed in his report. The Sheriff’s Office knew about the video just two days after the crash. But no one told Weyker.
Instead, the County sent letters blaming her for the crash and threatening legal action if she didn’t pay for the damage.
Of course, if Weyker was drunk, it would have been easy to pin the blame on her. But less than a month after the crash, test results showed she had no alcohol in her system. And by July, her drug test came back negative too. Five months after the crash, it was clear Weyker had been stone cold sober.
But still the case didn’t go away.
“I don’t think it is fair at all,” Weyker said.
Five more months passed before a prosecutor finally looked at the case and declined to file charges. But even then, Weyker says, she was left in the dark.
“No one called me.”…
Then below I found the blog entry from Talk Left and once again I noted that once Economists get into the picture and now hedge fund moguls are realizing that the money in prison is actually not a winning calculation we may finally get something done with regards to the criminalizing the nation. Maybe its the sudden interest in white collar criminals and the few but still significant convictions and pleas by those in White collars from the street of Wall versus the one on Main.
When our white educated elite have to throw down the orange jumpsuit and spend time with a nice man named Shadrac as a roommate maybe that might be the contributory factor. But hey prison makes strange bedfellows and whatever draws attention to this epidemic, I will take it.
Report on America as a Prison Nation, More Criticism of War on Drugs
Human Rights Watch has a new report, A Nation Behind Bars, with facts on the current state of our prison nation and recommendations to reduce our over-reliance on incarceration.