Make Money from Home: Earn $1,000 per Month for NOT Killing People!

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It was a dark and stormy night when the suspected killer, a 17-year-old, hopped inside a car driven by an ex-con who hid the teen and his crime from the police.

With the engine purring and the radio playing softly in the background, the convicted felon slipped the kid a thousand dollars in cool cash. He told the young man that he’d make his crime “go away” if he promised to not use a gun while committing other crimes, an improvement of his current lifestyle.

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The former bad guy eyed the butt of pistol protruding from the teen’s waistband, but said nothing. The youngster thought for a moment and then nodded his head in agreement. The two made a deal—for a guaranteed sum of $1,000 each month, the kid agreed to not kill another person. Not even one. Nor would he be permitted to use a gun while committing any other crime. Because if he did, the convict would cut off his free money. The kid pocketed the ten $100 bills and the pair drove off. The police were not informed of the arrangement.

The next day, just after the sun began to peek above the rooftops of the Big Money condos at the eastern edge of the city, and the thick fog was beginning to break up, the ex-con was busy rounding up four members of the Kill-em-All Gang, a notorious group of murdering drug dealers. One by one the heavily-tatted group piled into the former crook’s car, and when the last one tossed his bag into the trunk and was seated in the back with two others, the driver sped away, heading for the airport.

The four gang members, each with ten crisp $100 bills in their respective pockets, hugged their driver and said their goodbyes. Then they proceeded through security and finally boarded a plane bound for South Africa by way of London.

The driver of the car watched as their plane lifted into the sky and then drove back to town. It was time to find the next shooter. The thick wad of $100 bills in his pocket was in need of a new home.

Does the above crudely-written narrative sound a bit ominous? Scary perhaps (the tale, not the horrid, quickly cobbled writing)? Weird? Odd? Fictional?

Well, hang on to your hats … because the story is true. Yes, in Richmond, Ca., one of the most violent cities in the country, per capita, violent people are earning $1,000 per month ($12,000 per year) to NOT kill anyone.

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That’s right, officials have hired ex-cons to mentor and supervise violent teens who have killed or could be preparing to murder someone. These “supervisors/mentors” drive city-owned cars and have the authority and city backing, and the funding, to pay violent teens the $1,000 stipend each month as long as they abide by the one simple rule—DO NOT KILL.

These violent kids are often sent on pleasure trips to places such as South Africa, Mexico, and London for the purposes of seeing new things, easing their tensions, and to make new friends outside of their inner circle of fellow criminals.

The police are not a part of the program, nor are they privy to the inner goings-on. In fact, suspected murderers have been brought into the program as a means of hiding their crimes from law enforcement officials.

The city of Richmond is claiming success. They say the homicide rate has dropped significantly since they started the program. However, there’s no real monitoring system in place. No official statistics. And no real way of knowing if the program has a true affect on the crime rate.

The Richmond program began by asking 21 gang members to attend a meeting at city hall. They did and each attendee was rewarded with $1,000 in cash, no questions asked and no strings attached. The program leader hired mentors, men who’d served time at San Quentin for crimes involving the use of firearms.

The program also sets aside an additional $10,000 per participant for travel expenses so they may visit other states or countries. The only stipulation required to use the travel money is that the participant partner with someone they’d tried to kill, or with someone who’d tried to kill the participant. The purpose of this unusual stipulation is so they can see that other people are just like them, not a wicked and evil enemy who must be destroyed.

So, what do you think? Should we pay people to not commit crimes? Or, would those funds be better spent by supplementing the already strained budgets of police departments? Or none of the above?

* Other cities are considering adopting this or a similar program. The next could be your hometown, where your hard-earned tax dollars could be used to purchase an all expense paid trip to London for the kid who shot at you while you were crossing the Piggly Wiggly parking on your way to pick up a gallon of milk and the latest copy of True Detective: Tales of Greed, Lust, and Murder. Now doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy? When’s the last time you were offered a free trip to, well, anywhere?

 

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Cop Talk: But I Heard it on TV!!

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Police jargon is like a person’s accent or the climate or types of food. It varies across the country.

I urge you to do a bit homework before injecting dialogue in your books that doesn’t ring true. A quick phone call to a police department’s public affairs office will normally provide the necessary information.

When I was conducting the research for my  book on police procedure I had the opportunity to speak with police officers all across the country about this very topic. Here are a few examples of what I learned:

  • Perp – This is pretty much a TV term. Not many, if any, police officers use the shortened form of the word perpetrator. In fact, most cops don’t even say perpetrator. Instead, they use the more common terms, suspect, subject, or a**hole. Listen to newscasts. You rarely ever hear an officer say, “We apprehended the perp at 0100 hours.” It’s always, “”We apprehended the suspect/subject at 0100 hours.”

I’ve heard officers from the West Coast say it’s an East Coast term and I’ve heard officers on the East Coast say it’s a West Coast thing. The reality is … It’s not a “thing” at all. In fact, a couple of weeks ago while at the Writers’ Police Academy, officers from all over the country participated in the Sunday debriefing panel. I asked each of them, “Do you or your fellow officers use the term “perp” when referring to a suspect?” 100% of the officers said they did not.

Actually, I worked my entire career as a police officer on the East Coast and never once heard “perp” spoken by another officer unless he/she was making jokes about an unrealistic TV cop show.

  • Vic – This is another one I’ve seen in books countless times. Again, not all, if any, cops use “Vic” when referring to the victim of a crime. Well, TV cops do, but real-life cops? Not so much. Actually, some real-life cops refer to their police cars, if they’re driving a Crown Victoria, as a Vic.

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What word do cops use when referring to a victim? That’s an easy one. They say victim or dead guy. Maybe even an occasional “maggot snack.” But not Vic.

  • Juvie – This is a nickname given to a place of detention for juvenile offenders, or to the actual troubled children. Again, not all, if any, members of law enforcement use this term. Most simply say juvenile, or youthful offender, or (hold on to hats because this one’s a real shocker) some even call those troubled youngsters “kids.” I know, shocking, isn’t it?

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Crime Rate is Down? Not at SlayMart or Robbery Lobby

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So, your city is listed as one of the safest in your state. How wonderful for you and your neighbors.

Now that the new report is out you no longer need to fear those bullets whizzing by your head as you stroll down the sidewalk. Nor should you concern yourself with the gang members battling it out in the parking lot of your favorite store, SlayMart.

Those purse snatchings, robberies, stabbings, shootings, and bloodstained pavements? Nope. No worries. Because the crime rate is down and you know it’s so because today’s headline says it’s so.

Well not so fast.

Here’s how a police department/city can skew the numbers to make even the most dangerous city in the country look good … on paper. And they some do.

First of all, when crime reports are issued for public review we should, before taking the stats at face value, look at the number of actual calls for service. That’s the real meat of situation.

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Oakland, Ca. police calls for service report.

How many times did officers report to locations where shots were fired? Where purses were stolen? Where assaults occurred? What’s the tipping point for determining when a theft warrants arrest as opposed to a issuing a summons?

In our area, for example, a simple theft typically must exceed $950.00 before police are allowed to physically take the suspect(s) into custody (for a felony). Otherwise the crooks receive a summons, if caught, and that often equates to no report to UCR ,which in turn does not show up in the grand total of crimes reported to the public.

After all, if police respond to a million calls about people breaking into cars and never do more than take information and/or write a simple summons, but write no report, well, this large number of tickets doesn’t come into play on the official crime tally. It’s only certain crimes in certain categories that show up in the federal Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR)— the violent crimes of murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, and the property crimes of burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. In 1979, arson was added as the eighth category. Remember, too, that police departments are NOT mandated to provide information to the government for inclusion in the UCR reports.

To add to the so-called pretend “decreases in serious crime,” California passed Proposition 47, a law that instantly transformed many felonies into misdemeanors. For example (from Balletpedia):

The measure requires misdemeanor sentencing instead of felony for the following crimes:

  • Shoplifting, where the value of property stolen does not exceed $950
  • Grand theft, where the value of the stolen property does not exceed $950
  • Receiving stolen property, where the value of the property does not exceed $950
  • Forgery, where the value of forged check, bond or bill does not exceed $950
  • Fraud, where the value of the fraudulent check, draft or order does not exceed $950
  • Writing a bad check, where the value of the check does not exceed $950
  • Personal use of many illegal drugs

In January 2015, it was announced that as many as 1 million Californians may be eligible to change past felony convictions on their records under Proposition 47.

Many businesses directly attribute a spike in shoplifting claims to California’s proposition 47. Thieves can now grab up to $950 and run without fear of a felony arrest/conviction.

So, if you want to know how safe your community really is, read the local police department’s calls for service/daily blotter, etc. Don’t rely totally on what you see in the media or in those published UCR reports published by the FBI. The latter is by far the better of the two, but even it is not 100% accurate.

In the meantime, trust your instincts. If a local Gang Members 101 union meeting is taking place in the SlayMart parking lot, well, you might want to consider shopping at another store. But, shopping at a business that uses a bulls-eye as their logo kind of gives me a willies when thinking of all the shootings these days. And let’s not forget KillZone Auto Parts, Corpse and Barrel, Robbery Lobby, Drug Buy, The Home Invasion, and Totally UnSafeway.

Speaking of crime …

 

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Happy Cops Whistle While They Work

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While sitting at my desk trying super hard to come up with a new blog topic for the day, I heard the sound of a whistle blowing outside. The sharp but distant tweetings were coming from a nearby soccer field, signaling that what was likely an exciting game was currently underway. And then it hit me, I once wrote an article about, of all things, police whistles. So, without further adieu, I present to you … a Saturday “tweet.”

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Police officers use whistles to attract the attention of motorists and pedestrians, and to call for assistance from fellow officers.

Prior to the use of whistles, officers used hand rattles to summon back up. Radios eventually took the place of whistles; however, the shrill-sounding devices are still used when directing traffic or for signaling pedestrians.

Types of police whistles.

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The model 300, a solid brass, nickel-plated whistle, comes with a water-resistant cork ball. This high-quality piece of police equipment can even be imprinted with a logo of choice.

Finger whistles are equipped with an adjustable finger band.

Whistles are available in various colors, such as those pictured below. They’re made of molded plastic.

Whistle with lanyard and rubber safety tip.

Rubber safety tips in assorted colors.

Whistle hook (pins to uniform shirt).

20″ snake chain with button hook (attaches to shirt button and whistle).

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Civilian Safety Packs contain a whistle for blowing when in danger, and a key ring that can be used as a weapon of self-defense. The manufacturer advertises this pack as being ideal for people who live alone, college students, women, and senior citizens.

24K gold-plated whistles are sometimes presented as awards. They come in velvet-lined walnut cases.

And, just for fun, the number one song on this day in 1966.
 

 

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