Unda koala raids.

Streetbeat October 09


Once the word reached Sydney about the frozen koalas I knew there'd be dramas. The Big Bosses wife is a wildlife carer obsessed. I got the job cos of my intimate connections with a certain Well Known Tourist Attraction who supposedly had a frozen K in their fridge. Plus it was me who put in the report about the Rally rumours. It was hard to get a look in the WKTA but I managed to work a way in the dead of night. Sure enough there he was, a big frozen male taking up most of the freezer. And a goanna, and a wallaby! From there the rumour mill went berserk until we found ourselves on the trail of giant catapults which were supposed to hurl the frozen hairy 'rocks' at the rally cars from hundreds of metres away. It was all nonsense I realized when I found out the whole freezer was emptied for a celebratory indigenous feast well before the rally but by then the story was a reality and no one believed a word from me.




One of Nimbin's 6 registered informers has been giving us false information making it very confusing. It's very rare for us to have double agents in this game but the Boss let slip that I might use this column as a warning to any of our registered and unregistered informers (RI's and UI's) that any play like this is risking a public tasering. Believe me, we know how easy it is to set anyone up for a 'squirt' as we say. We have strict instructions to only use the glock handgrip on the taser also which very conveniently cuts off the camera, though the audio will still be on to record your screams. There is going to be quite a few public taserings in Nimbin to pull you rabble back behind the white line.


Mind you, the ultimate unda nightmare nearly trapped me the other day. We had our full force (FF) operating in Cullen and surrounds when the local uniforms (LU's) started handed out move on orders (MOO's) like they were going for a record. Later I discovered they were. Suddenly the only people left on the street were unda's, RI's, UI's and a few lonely looking shopkeepers. I disappeared fast which is a regular feature of unda life.


They didn't get the record that day but I can tell you 5 LU's are driving down to Sydney this month for the annual PIPS night. We all know Nimbin is one of the easiest places in NSW to improve your bust rate. Even the most hopeless LU's can get a dozen MOO's and RCS's (reasonable cause search's) in a Nimbin week. "Reasonable cause" according to the new points system makes Nimbin policing like taking candy from a baby. 5 points for a long beard (2 for short), 5 for long hair and 5 for no hair or very short, 5 for 'hippy' clothes and 5 for being in a known druggie zone which is all of Nimbin, and we only need a total of 10 for reasonable cause to be reasonable. No argument there.


I'm off now on the LEAP tour with the renegade Stamper who's trying to convince our Big Bosses to legalize all drugs. Is he mad, we'll all be out of a job. He was an unda for over twenty years in Seattle and then did the full rebirth. I must admit he's making sense I'll be back for the bbq which is coming up to the park to show our trust is growing. 21 .



Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Deep Undercover

Posted by PCM

Kristina Goetz of the Memphis Commercial Appeal has this story about an officer doing "deep undercover."

She also had to restrain her police instincts to break up a fight at a convenience store or call social services if she saw a dealer hit his child because being caught would compromise the larger goal.

And what larger goal was more important than preventing physical child abuse? I would sue the police department if I were an assault victim and a police officer present did nothing. But such is the nature of the war on drugs. Locking up a drug dealer (not preventing drug use) is more important than preventing injury or the beating of a child. All the evils she saw? Those weren't caused by drugs. They were caused by bad people in bad conditions. And people who commit bad crimes should get locked up. So let me get this right. All the crimes you saw, the poverty, the desperation, the tricks, the violence, the child abuse? You saw people in f*cked up situations doing bad sh*t. And you were a police officer and you let it happen. You let all that slide because you were fighting some bigger fight. You rationalized that you needed to let some crimes slide so that you could go "up the ladder" and maybe even lock up some "kingpins" and win the war on drugs? Did you? In a year's time, this officer's work "resulted in more that 280 arrests — from low-level drug peddlers to big-name dealers." And is Memphis safer? Have murders gone down? Has drug use gone down? By being "deep undercover," you ignored your oath as a police officer to defend the laws and the Constitution of our land. Look, it's not like this officer didn't give her all. So did LEAP founder Jack Cole. They just gave it for the wrong reasons. Like Jack Cole, perhaps she too will speak out against the war on drugs. Maybe she'll wonder if some of the people she locked up weren't really that bad. Maybe she'll feel bad that some people are in prison because they were in bad situations and they trusted her. They thought she was their friend. And for all I know, she might have been their friend. And then she ratted them out. That would be a heavy weight on my shoulders. [from Cop in the Hood]


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