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Lawsuits Involving Local Police Working For DHS Highlighted By The Identity Project
In an article titled, DHS
accomplices face legal liability, Checkpoint USA's seven year lawsuit against several tribal police officers was recently mentioned on the Identity Project's website. The
article also references several other pending cases involving local
police acting on behalf of Department of Homeland Security agencies such as the TSA.
In all the cases referenced in the article,
the courts have been dismissing charges against federal agencies but
have allowed the lawsuits to proceed against local and state actors. The
primary reason appearing to be because local and state actors are
playing the largest role in civil rights violations, even if they are
taking their marching orders so to speak from federal agents.
The gist of the article highlights this evolving relationship
between local, state and federal enforcement jurisdictions. A
relationship I've only lightly touched upon in this blog. Specifically
local jurisdictions, many with their hands out in search of federal
homeland security grants, are increasingly acting contrary to the best
interests of the local populations they serve and more on behalf of the
federal behemoth known as the Department of Homeland Security.
I hope to cover this issue in greater detail in the months to come
and (thanks to links from readers) I've included several
articles below highlighting this evolving enforcement trend.
For those who aren't familiar with the Identity Project (IDP),
here's a brief overview from their website:
"IDP builds public awareness about the effects of ID
requirements on fundamental rights. The First Amendment rights of
assembly, petition, and speech, our fundamental right to travel, and our
basic rights to hold property and transact business are all affected"
"IDP provides advice, assistance, publicity, and legal
defense to those who find their rights infringed, or their legitimate
activities curtailed, by demands for identification."
If you haven't had the opportunity to check out their website or subscribe to their RSS feed, I encourage
you to take a closer look.
The articles included below come from readers of this blog and show a
disturbing trend in which federal Border Patrol agents are involving
themselves in local law enforcement operations instead of patrolling the
border their being paid to secure:
Angeles police hold dragnet after espresso stand robbed Tuesday night
Peninsula Daily News
PORT ANGELES -- Police on Tuesday night were looking for a man
who showed a barista at Just Rewards Espresso, 1001-A E. First St., a
gun and took off with an undisclosed amount of money.
Witnesses said that the robber was in his 40s to 50s,
had gray hair and was wearing a fake beard, a blue baseball cap and a
tan jacket, said Deputy Police Chief Brian Smith.
"He displayed a handgun, and then he took only cash,"
at about 7 p.m., Smith said.
"We aren't going to disclose how much."
Port Angeles officers, along with help from the
U.S. Border Patrol and Clallam County Sheriff's Office, created a
perimeter of a 1-mile radius around the drive-through espresso stand.
They searched within that area for the robber.
"We have officers speaking with several people who fit
the description of witnesses to see if we can rule them out or not,"
Smith said at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Police had not yet arrested a suspect late Tuesday
The Port Angeles Police Department also had police dogs
and their handlers searching for the man.
The police activated a reverse 9-1-1 system to area
businesses in which a recorded message was phoned into the businesses
alerting them to the situation.
"Some of them that had already closed will probably get
that message in the morning," Smith said Tuesday night.
caught after fleeing from State Patrol trooper
By Paige Dickerson
Peninsula Daily News
CLALLAM BAY -- A woman who had been arrested for investigation
of driving while intoxicated late Tuesday night fled from a trooper,
headed to a nearby home and -- while still handcuffed -- asked the
people who answered the door for help, authorities said.
The couple, who the State Patrol did not identify,
called 9-1-1 instead.
Amanda L. Leiza, 26, of Neah Bay was then arrested
again for investigation of driving while intoxicated, as well as
investigation of obstructing law enforcement, felony escape and driving
with a suspended license, and several warrants: a gross misdemeanor
bench warrant, a felony bench warrant, a failure to appear warrant, and
failure to comply with a warrant.
Leiza remained at Clallam County jail in lieu of
$16,250 cash bail on Wednesday night.
State Patrol spokeswoman Trooper Krista Hedstrom gave
Trooper Eric Tilton was transporting Leiza from Clallam
Bay to the Clallam County jail after arresting her on investigation of
driving while intoxicated and several warrants.
In Clallam Bay, Leiza had declined to take a blood
alcohol content test.
While en route to Port Angeles, near the intersection
of state Highway 112 and state Highway 113, Leiza asked for some
When Tilton went around the vehicle to offer them to
her, she escaped the car and began running through the area brush.
Leiza was still handcuffed at the time.
State troopers began looking for her, with help
from U.S. Border Patrol agents, who used dogs to track her.
About an hour later, a couple who lived along the
highway phoned police to say the woman had showed up at their home.
"The couple was nice enough to call the police when she
showed up their house looking for help," Hedstrom said.
"She told them she had been arrested and needed some
Tilton, Trooper Ken Ahrens and Sgt. Gailin Hester went
to the home to arrest Leiza.
She made a first appearance at Clallam County Superior
Court on Wednesday. The date of her arraignment was not available on
shot in face, alleged assailant identified
By Paige Dickerson
Peninsula Daily News
PORT ANGELES — A man who was shot in the face with a .22 caliber
rifle Monday evening was treated and discharged and is recovering, the
Clallam County Sheriff's Office said today.
Jacob Griffith, 33, was shot in the cheek at about 7:40
His roommate, Keith Berlin, 54, was arrested for
investigation of second-degree attempted murder and taken to the Clallam
County jail, according to a statement from the Sheriff's Office.
Deputies and detectives obtained a search warrant and
recovered the rifle and other evidence from the residence at 513 S.
Alder Lane, in unincorporated area east of the Port Angeles city limit.
He was also arrested for investigation of unlawful
possession of a firearm.
Berlin has not yet been formally charged.
Dozens of law enforcement cars flooded the area of the
500 block of Alder Lane, south of U.S. Highway 101 in Morse Creek
canyon, on Monday night.
The Sheriff's Office said today that an argument
erupted between Griffith and Berlin when one interrupted a phone call of
the other — though it was unclear who was on the phone.
“Berlin left the living area where the argument
occurred and returned with the single-shot rifle and shot Griffith,”
Chief Criminal Deputy Ron Cameron said in the statement.
“Griffith was able to escape and ran to a neighbor's
house for help. It appears Berlin had been drinking.”
Sequim police, Port Angeles police, Washington
State Patrol and U.S. Border Patrol units all assisted.
The entire section of Alder Lane was blocked off as
A cloudy sky made for an even darker night as a light
rain fell while deputies investigated the shooting.
The canyon neighborhood is made up mostly of
manufactured and trailer homes.
Deputies wrapped crime scene tape around the yards of
three houses surrounding the one where the shooting occurred.
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