Officer Christopher Webb probably won't be invited back to Career Day at a Tularosa New Mexico area Elementary School anytime soon. The school was holding a career day so that children could learn more about different professions and start thinking about what they wanted to be when they grow up. Well Officer Webb was sent by the police department to demonstrate what deputies do. The cop allegedly made a skit where he asked a boy to clean his patrol car. When the boy jokingly said no as part of the act, the deputy drew his taser. What was supposed to be a safety instruction all of a sudden went horribly wrong when the Taser allegedly discharged, striking the boy. Now Brendan Spaar realizes that this was an accident but you can never be too careful with these sorts of things. Next time Officer Webb should make sure that his Taser is set to stun (bad Star Trek pun).
Who knew it was against the law to talk too much? California has some crazy laws as one of Riverside's residents found out last month. 60 year old Karen Wright was speaking at public meeting of the Riverside City Council when she went over her allotted three minute speaking time. When politicians go over their allotted time, they are given a light or a buzzer. Award winners are played off by the band and even variety show contestants are given the hook. What was Karen given? Handcuffs and a police escourt out of the building. Now Brendan Spaar always likes hearing the rest of the story so it may not be as cut and dry as it sounds. Turns out they asked Karen to wrap up her statement but she refused. A sherrif deputy came up to her and asked her to take her seat and she refused. The woman became irate and the officers had to handcuff her and remove her so that the meeting could continue. While the arrest will probably be thrown out, there should be procedures in place for disruptive people. If the woman didn't respond to repeated attempts to end her statement, then you need to maintain order. That's what a sargent at arms is there for. He or she is there to remove disorderly people and Karen Wright was obviously disordly.
US. District Judge William Griesbach has recently ruled that police officers can install cameras on private property to catch drug dealers. This sounds ok at first glance but what if Brendan Spaar was to tell you that these deputies could install the cameras without asking for permission first? That's right, the sherrif deputies can install cameras on private property without obtaining a warrant first. This should serve to reinforce the point that Americans have no expectation of privacy even on their own property. If someone wants to watch you, they will watch you. To think that we have rights in this country is to be misinformed. The first Amendment went out the window a long time ago and now the 4th is about to be a thing of the past. All the while, Americans are only concerned with protecting the 2nd Amendment. Why have a 2nd Amendment if you aren't going to use it to defend the others
Here's another case of the technology boogyman. This time, a school in Texas tries to use technology to track students within its walls and parents freak out. What the school is doing is implanting the chips in the children's skulls. What's wrong with that? Ok seriously, they are putting RFID chips in the ID badges that the kids have to wear anyway when at school. These chips can allow a teacher to see which students are in her room, eliminating the need to spend 5 minutes of every class calling roll. Brendan Spaar remembers when Ben Stein called roll in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. This wouldn't happen anymore thanks to technology. Why are parents upset about this?
One parent named Jay Stanley says ""What kind of lesson does it teach our children if they're chipped like cattle and their every movement tracked?" What Mr. Stanley fails to realize is that children in school are treated as assets just like inventory at Best Buy. Wouldn't you want the school knowing where your boy or girl was at every moment of the day? What if someone came to the shcool and kidnapped little Jay Jr? The RFID would notify school security immediately that the child had left school property. Let's hope this technology takes off and the boogyman is put back under the bed where he belongs.
Brendan Spaar is an avid photographer and tech blogger from Forsyth County, Georgia since 2012. When he's not working or volunteering, you might see him exploring all the great places in search of things to share in his blog.Favorite quote- "If you call failures experiments, you can put them in your resume and claim them as achievements."