Tuesday, February 19, 2008

MP5 or MP3?



This is an MP5






This is an MP3 player

See the difference?

Apparently some people in the UK cannot

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/feb/13/ukguns.police

Now, this isn't about british silly gun laws. It is about OTHER innalienable rights they like to trample as well.

quick summary if you want to skip the article. Man listens to MP3 player, it is black. Lady sees it, thinks it is a gun and calls police. Police come in droves with guns drawn, see it is an MP3 player, take the man to jail anyway, mugshot him, fingerprint him, and DNA sample him, and put them all on file for later use. Half a day later he is free to go.

Now, I don't have a problem with the lady freaking out by what she miss-saw. Maybe she needs new glasses. She doesn't need to identify what is going on, nor is she authorized to detain and question, nor is she equipped to deal with it if she turns out to be right. Calling the cops is reasonable.

The cops, going on this phonecall, are also reasonable to show up in force, weapons drawn.

However, there is where it ends. They had the guy on camera the whole time, if he had a gun, real or fake, and ditched it claiming he only had an MP3 player, it would be found out. He didn't. The Police should have said "We got an innacurate report, please go about your day as normal sir, sorry for the inconvenience, sorry if we startled you, but we got to check these things out"

Hauling him away is draconian. Processing him in is draconian, keeping his fingerprints and DNA on file to compare to later criminal cases, or to do anything with (sell/allow access to researchers?)

Now, whenever he is filling out a job app, he must answer the question "have you ever been arrested, and for what" with "Yes, suspicion of illegal firearms activity"

I've yet to see an application with a second question of "Were you exhonorated?"

They have applogized. So what. They should remove his fingerprints from file, destroy the DNA sample, and purge the arrest record.

This is why we tossed those bastards out in 1778

8 comments:

w1ndst0rm said...

The player says MP4 right on it!

I agree that the DNA sample was too much.

andrew said...

Just the DNA sample?

So the fingerprinting, mug shot, haul him downtown, throw him in a holding cell for hours, and possibly a full body-cavity search was fine, just the DNA sample pushed it over the edge?

and yes, I am putting words in your mouth...kind of

Anonymous said...

welcome to the year 1984. Its all happenin

Anonymous said...

you're moking with the UK people that they don't know the diference betwen a gun and a Mp3 player...

BUT

you DON'T know the diference between a MP3 and a MP4...lol

and it says "MP4" right on it!!!

you're mooking at youself too...lol


LOOOOOOOSERRRRRRRRRRRRR

Anonymous said...

how do you get that piture of the mp5 on your blog ?

Anonymous said...

"you're moking with the UK people that they don't know the diference betwen a gun and a Mp3 player...

BUT

you DON'T know the diference between a MP3 and a MP4...lol

and it says "MP4" right on it!!!

you're mooking at youself too...lol


LOOOOOOOSERRRRRRRRRRRRR"



Yeah, you're a retard.
It is also an MP3 player, it is both.

Anonymous said...

Guys, mp4 is just a better format of mp3 (i think it's used for video)

I would think you guys would have commented on how the mp5 (which is the gun pictured above) Isn't mentioned anywhere in the article and is only relevant because the name is similair

and if you think the cops in the UK make weird mistakes, then you guys haven't been to a few places in South Dakota

Rhys Skinner said...

you stupid stupid stupid idiot i cant believe you such a prick to believe that crap!!! no-body in the uk thinks that!!! I even joke about people like you!!! To think that there are people that actually think that is just unimaginable... i honestly pity you!

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