the Naylor Boat Ramp in
an Engineering Projects Report!
Chad McLeod also reported about the 911 center,
the North Lowndes Soccer Complex,
the fire warehouse classroom,
the animal shelter,
the courthouse renovation project,
all still to be completed from SPLOST VII funds, which run out next year.
Even with that three-and-a-half-minute special engineering report, the whole meeting took ten minutes Monday morning.
“Gathering information about government officials in a form that can
readily be disseminated to others serves a cardinal First Amendment
interest in protecting and promoting
‘the free discussion of
That means all elected or appointed or employed government officials, from
County Commissioners and City Councils down through sheriff and
police departments to the Animal Shelter.
Police are employees, not elected or appointed, so these rulings would appear
to apply to other governmental employees.
The Illinois and Massachusetts laws have been used to arrest people
who attempt to record on-duty police officers and other public
officials. In one of the more notorious cases, Chicago resident
Tiawanda Moore was arrested in 2010 when she attempted to use her
cell phone to record officers in a Chicago police station.
The article illustrates what I learned over my 30-year career as a
federal agent: Cracking down in one place doesn’t make drugs
disappear, it only moves the trade elsewhere. This so-called
“balloon effect,” combined with the insatiable demand for drugs
across the globe, means that no level of law-enforcement skill or
dedication can make a significant dent.
The only way to pop the proverbial balloon is to legalize and
regulate the drug trade, which would eliminate the opportunity to
make enormous black-market profits. It wasn’t easy for me to come to
this revelation after dedicating so many years to enforcing drug
laws, but it is common sense. Law-enforcement officers don’t have to
chase gangsters selling booze from town to town because we ended the
failed experiment of alcohol prohibition decades ago. It is time we
do the same for other drugs.
Executive Board Member
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
The First Court of Appeals has reached a decision that would allow the
general public to video-tape police officers while they are working. This
decision comes right after several well-known public cases have come to
light involving citizens being arrested for video-taping police.
This specific case in question was Simon Glik vs.The City of Boston
(and several police officers), in which a teenage Simon Gilk was arrested
after videotaping Boston Police abusing a homeless man. While Mr. Gilk was
not interfering with the police, he was arrested on wiretapping charges.
The ACLU had sued on his behalf, even when the charges were dropped,
noting that there was a growing epidemic of citizens in the United States
being arrested by police for videotaping, even when documenting police
brutality and abuse.
The First Court Agreed with the ACLU that this should be legal, and wrote
that: “The filming of government officials engaged in their duties in a
public place, including police officers performing their responsibilities,
fits comfortably within these principles [of protected First Amendment
John Gates, director at the Humane Society of Lowndes County,
noted that county law enforcement doesn’t seem to know much
about animal laws and regulations, in addition to the problems at the
This part caused Joe Pritchard’s head to jerk back:
I think our animals in the community deserves the same rights
as my children, myself, or your animals.
If your animal is in the shelter, it should receive the same
courtesy that you would give it at home.
Chairman Paulk clarified:
If you did certify the ACOs,
they’d still have to be attached to an agency, which means they’d
have to be attached to the Sheriff’s office.
I think it’s interesting that he’s listening to the idea.
Abuse of an animal is a criminal offense. The GA Dept. of Agriculture
is a regulatory agency able only to issue fines, not pursue criminal
investigations. Why are these reports not on the desk of the sheriff of
Lowndes County for criminal investigation? Dismissing the allegations
because the people whose testimony was taken might be biased does no
service to the current or future animals that will pass through the
I was in Amsterdam because my documentary, Damage Done: The Drug War
Odyssey, was being screened as part of a Cannabis Tribunal. Former NYPD
detective Frank Serpico, who is in my film, travelled with me.
We were invited to speak because Damage Done is about a group of cops,
including Frank, and Canadian Senator Larry Campbell, who believe that
the War on Drugs does more harm than the drugs themselves.
We presented a copy of our film to the chief of the Amsterdam-Amstelland
Police, who told me that he became a cop because of Frank.