Republican candidate for Hillsborough County Sheriff, Frank Szabo, said today that he would arrest any doctor performing elective abortions in his jurisdiction. Further, he wouldn’t be opposed to using deadly force:
“I would respond specifically by saying that if someone is under threat, a full-grown human being, if they’re under threat, what should the sheriff do? Everything in their power to prevent them from being harmed,” he said.
When pressed about what he would do if he learned that a doctor was about to perform an elective abortion, Szabo replied he would do what it took to prevent that from happening.
“Absolutely,” he said. “Well, I would hope that it wouldn’t come to that, as with any situation where someone is in danger, but again, specifically talking about elective abortions and late-term abortions, that is an act that needs to be stopped.”
Even if the abortion was legal in the state of New Hampshire, Szabo says that as sheriff, he would not need to answer to any higher authority or public official.
While Szabo has no law enforcement background, he claims his business experience qualifies him for the job.
Are lots of fetuses making 911 calls these days?
I mean, I knew cell phone owning kids were getting younger and younger, but GEEZ.
How precisely does one go about arresting someone who isn’t doing anything illegal?
He doesn’t intend to arrest them. He intends to shoot them in the head under the guise of “deadly force” because they are a threat to fetuses.
You can’t arrest someone if you kill them.
I just want to reiterate something that I did not put in my original reblog: This guy is a terrorist and he is running for a position in which he would be given weapons and the authority to use them.
This man is a terrorist. His goal is to scare and threaten abortion providers up to the point of killing them in order to stop them from providing abortions.
He is a terrorist.
From theCenter for Constitutional Rights
The Biggest Problem With TBPD’s Ownership of “Rescue 2”
The internets are abuzz today, outraged at the discovery that the Tampa Bay Police Department owns a one-of-a-kind armored personnel carrier(APC), and has it stationed outside of the #OccupyTampa protests.
While I too am outraged that TPD would make such an openly-hostile decision, my biggest concern is the de-legitimization of a potentially life-saving tool at the hands of the police. What’s worse, it was de-legitimized for no other reason than to “protect” banks and other corporations from drum circles and chants.
from the Tampa Bay Police website:
The 12-ton Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) can drive through five feet of water and withstand winds up to 130 mph helping police operate under the most severe conditions. The carrier, nicknamed “high-top shoe” for its tall silhouette look, can be used for search and rescue during a natural disaster
While the site also mentions that the APC could be used to respond to acts of terrorism, it’s the use during natural disasters that I’d like to focus on. Here is a piece of equipment that could save lives that might otherwise be lost during hurricanes, and the subsequent flooding, but will now forever be associated with its use as a response to protests.
If it’s truly one-of-a-kind, and capable of travelling at highway speeds, this could have been a tool to save lives nationwide. Sure, it might take a day or two to respond to an emergency on the opposite side of the country. But, when it comes to saving lives, the saying “Better late than never” almost certainly applies. How often do we see injured, but still breathing, people pulled from the wreckage of a natural disaster? When we finally have technology to help these people, why allow it to be demonized by turning it against them first?
The minute you attempt to use an APC to intimidate peacefully-assembled U.S. citizens, you lose any credibility on the claims that it was purchased to fight terror and save lives during disasters. Regardless of how Tampa’s police intend to use the carrier going forward, you’ve introduced the machine to the U.S. public in the worst way possible.
Portland police are looking for the person who threw a chemical bomb at the Occupy Maine encampment in Portland during the early morning hours today.
Sgt. Glen McGary said police responded around 4 a.m. today to an explosion in Lincoln Park at Congress and Pearl streets.
Though no one was injured, McGary said the homemade bomb, which consisted of chemicals poured into a plastic Gatorade container could have caused serious injury.
Occupy Maine’s press release:
Early Sunday morning, around 4am, the members of the Occupy Maine camp at Lincoln Park woke up to a loud explosion. Witnesses who were awake said a car driving by slowed down, and lobbed an IED over the fence. Within a few seconds, it exploded. The blast reportedly lifted a table about a foot off the ground. The table generally requires 2 people to lift and move. The target was the center of camp where the overnight security team was.
One witness said this type of bomb could have caused a lot more damage if certain things were added and a lot of campers are fearful of another attack. Thankfully no one was injured last night but police investigators were on scene for 2 hours to identify the chemicals used and to try to find out who is responsible.
The suspect car is said to be a Silver 4-Door Sedan from the late 80s-mid 90s and possibly a Toyota or Nissan and if you have any more information, you are encouraged to contact the Portland Police Department at 207-874-8575.
#OccupyMaine Media Team
This is completely horrifying and could have seriously injured anyone in the vicinity. Let’s get the word out and help bring the bomber(s) to justice. Remember, those occupiers are your fellow citizens. They’re people, okay? Real people who can be hurt or killed by actions like this. Bombing a group of protesters is terrorism. Period.
Be safe out there, folks.