Archive for February 12, 2008

YouTube Justice: Officer Rivieri Suspended

February 12, 2008

Cop Suspended After Skateboarder Confrontation

Tuesday, February 12, 2008
WBAL Radio as reported by Steve Fermier and Associated Press

A Baltimore police officer shown on a YouTube video berating and roughly handling a skateboarder at the Inner Harbor has been suspended.

Sterling Clifford, a spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department and the mayor’s office, says the incident involving Officer Salvatore Rivieri, a 17-year-old veteran, is the subject of an internal affairs investigation.

Get this bit:

Paul Blair, head of the police union, had not seen the video but he warns that videos show only part of a story.

Tell me, Mr. Blair, what this video shows.

Previously here:
Well Now. Look Who’s Being Searched For!
Steroid Rage? Viagra Failure?
I Hate Nazis

Reference: BeOS Clone Haiku

February 12, 2008

First look: Haiku poetically resurrects BeOS

Ordinarily I wouldn’t care, but this line jumped out at me:

I look forward to the day when it is a viable operating system for day-to-day use, and, when it achieves the requisite level of hardware compatibility, I fully intend to install it on my Eee PC, where Haiku’s extreme responsiveness and fast boot time will be of significant value.

Emphasis added by me.

Hey, there will soon be CloudBooks out there too! (Yes, the Everex site still says touchdown this Friday, February 15th.)

CloudBook, Do You Haiku?

Well Now. Look Who’s Being Searched For!

February 12, 2008

In my WordPress Dashboard of search terms that have led people to this blog:

officer rivieri
baltimore skateboard rivieri
baltimore police skateboard

It’s this guy.

Hmmmm … if these are lawyers building a case, please drop me a line so I can follow up.

Despite what’s happening with other police departments, this is still supposed to be America, right? And there is still freedom of speech? And only criminals should fear the police? Is that correct?

Ha Ha Ha! Best Buy Cements Its Rep!

February 12, 2008


How much compensation does a consumer deserve for the loss of a laptop computer loaded with personal information? Raelyn Campbell figures it’s $54 million — if you throw in a little extra for lost time and frustration.

Six months after bringing a damaged laptop computer into a Best Buy electronics store for repairs, and three months after the firm admitted losing it, Campbell filed the whopper of a lawsuit recently in Washington, D.C., Superior Court.

That’s not really the interesting part.

Read the Comments! Best Buy is ALL FAIL!

Did He Ever Fail Any Students?

February 12, 2008

Retired Teacher Reveals He Was Illiterate Until Age 48

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — John Corcoran graduated from college and taught high school for 17 years without being able to read, write or spell.

If he failed students, I smell a whopping lawsuit brewing …

What Country Is This Again?

February 12, 2008

Woman Calls Police for Help, Gets Violently Strip Searched
The victim was kept in a cell for six hours, was not allowed to make a phone call or to get medical assistance for cuts and bruises she received.

Quote 1:

Hope Steffey’s night started with a call to police for help. It ended with her face down, naked, and sobbing on a jail cell floor.

Quote 2:

When you’re finished watching the video of the strip search, go ask your favorite candidate of “hope” and “change” and all those other lies just exactly what he or she is going to do to end this rising nightmare of an authoritarian state.

She is, of course, suing. How I would like to be on that jury.

Go see the video. Get mad.

Update: The video has since made its way to YouTube. I can now embed it here. Watch it!

Steroid Rage? Viagra Failure?

February 12, 2008

Alleged officer of the law in Baltimore has fun verbally waterboarding a fourteen-year-old:

I see kids skateboarding all over the place in Manhattan. I’ve never seen this happen to them.

Why doesn’t Officer Rivieri do something constructive, like petitioning for a skateboard park?

Here’s the Baltimore Police Department website.