The video below demonstrates very poorly trained State Troopers. I have encountered some very inappropriate and even astoundingly ignorant utterances from the mouths of LEOs, corrections officers, and probation officers in Alaska. Cops just like nurses need to continue to do the next right thing even in the face of belligerence, anger, swearing and negative comments. How the police behave and what they say to people often dictates how citizens respond to them. Some are bullies and know exactly what to say to make people angry with the intent of using their response to find something to arrest them for. This is the same behavior a domestic abuser uses to find an excuse to assault or a workplace bully uses to cause a behavior they can use against their target. Where is Parnell's little "Respect" program? I guess it doesn't apply to LEOs. Violating rights is standard procedure, then they do an "investigation" and declare that the officers were operating within the boundaries of their job and nothing ever changes. This time there is a video.
"I know now that you are a drug abuser and you are in denial about it...denial, it's not just a river in Egypt...and the worst part is you are defensive about it, unnecessarily (one of his favorite words) so...a denier of their own substance abuse." I guess he got his mental health training during the fifteen week trooper training session and has decided to spread his wisdom "unnecessarily". They require a GED or a high school diploma to be a trooper too. This young woman made him feel "unnecessarily" stupid, so when she went to grab the door as he finally looked like he was leaving he shoved her rather than step out of her house as he had been asked to do, you know like his partner immediately did. He stayed as long as he did to manipulate a reason to arrest her.
I agree with the trooper that having pot sitting around where children can have access to it is irresponsible, but so is leaving guns or alcohol where they can get to them. Does this trooper have beer in his refrigerator and kids at home? The role modeling of use of chemicals is also irresponsible. I also agree that recreational use of Marijuana is a bad idea and smoking anything is a very bad idea. I am very outspoken about my disgust with cigarette smoking and even though I had to walk through the cigarette smoke of eight people to shop at Safeway including employees, not a damn one of them was arrested, all that happened was my bitching about it. There are huge numbers of people who drink large quantities of alcohol or use meth, heroin or other drugs such as the ones doctors write prescriptions for. Alcohol and meth are known to produce behaviors which get people into trouble and cause harm to others. Marijuana is the best bad choice and considering some of the other problems that are not taken care of in Alaska what is going on with the cop in this video?
In many cases people with mental health problems are self medicating, because getting treatment is very difficult in Alaska. Recently with the decrease of over 8 million dollars for mental health care people are on their own. Why does this trooper bother berating someone for drug use when treatment is close to non-existent? Drugs, alcohol and cigarettes are endemic problems in Alaska, taking away funds for the dysfunctional treatment that we had in this state is insane. The acceptance in many communities of the use of these chemicals in large quantities is seen as normal behavior. Why is the state of Alaska not educating the public and making sure people can get treatment? Why do they just want to fill up prisons and keep hoards of people on probation?
My comment from the ADN:
I had a trooper in the Homer area who had been sent to assist me
threaten to arrest me, the victim. A court order allowed me to go to a
particular property to retrieve my stolen property. He was angry and had
an attitude. I am in my 50s, I call those kind of guys, punk boys. He
did not allow me to get my property, telling me the judge didn't know
what he was doing and had issued the wrong kind of court order. I am
sure he is a legal scholar (sarcasm) and yes this particular judge has
huge issues. I then became upset and waved my arms around while I was
talking. He threatened to arrest me for disorderly conduct for saying I
was calling my attorney to tell her about his actions. He expressed his
anger that I would do that. I then continued. Since a huge part of the
problem was the failure of the troopers to do their job on many
occasions that had resulted in with my being harmed already I was very
surprised they would not assist me. I am afraid of this officer who was
transferred to the area I live in now. The troopers destroyed photos
another trooper had taken of my property the night DA John Earthman and
former Judge Ben Esch had me wrongfully arrested by warrant. Lies and
snarky comments have come from the troopers to the highest levels. It
was well known I was in a dangerous situation and my property would be
stolen by a psychopath when my wrongful arrest was engineered. One of
the skills LEOs generally learn to do is tolerate the nasty things
people say, because they are allowed to due to the first amendment. When
it was determined that this woman did not want them in her home and
they had no business there they should have left the scene. This woman
was in her home, they had no warrant or probable cause and she could say
whatever she pleased whether anyone else agrees with her or not. They
have every right to notify the probation officer of a potential
violation of conditions or even arrest the person on probation if the
pot is not supposed to be in her home, but no right to assault people.
One reason for staying longer and engaging in an argument is to attempt
to find a reason for arrest, that is manipulative and bullying behavior
based on showing her who is dominant and retaliation.
Disorderly conduct is a charge used for just about any situation in which a cop is pissed at someone and wants to retaliate.
One night in Homer I had one of many nights from hell in the lodge where meth was being cooked and two adult males were partying with two underage women. I had to call the troopers several times to get them to respond. The trooper said he thought one of the males was on meth. I had complained to them about a four year old in that mess and when I let the trooper in the lodge an adult female locked herself and the child in the bedroom while the two underage girls fled out the back door and hid in an old motorhome. The father was clearly high and had been all night on multiple substances. The trooper's supervisor would not allow him to go into the bedroom to do a welfare check on the child. Then it was several weeks before O.C.S. showed up and they were gone. What are the priorities here? Underage parties where alcohol is supplied by adults results in huge problems (as they found out the hard way) and small children should have welfare checks done when they are in bad situations. They don't intervene in these kinds of situations, but find a way to arrest a young woman because she is mouthy.
A couple years after I made a stink about it people were disturbed about the meth labs and the meth in Homer along with all the crimes related to it. I had also lived at another place there where I was sure meth was being cooked. The Homer police and the troopers did nothing. The choices being made in this state by law enforcement are maddening to me.