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Endangering Lives to Protect Government Cartels

June 25, 2009 by

Some French tourists “mistakenly” got into an “unlicensed” taxi after arriving at JFK Airport, so New York police chased the van for several miles, putting the lives of everyone in danger before the driver crashed the van. The AP dispatch makes it sound as though the police were heroes and the van driver was a villain:

Plainclothes police recognized the man who enticed the tourists, Ian McFarland, as a repeat offender previously arrested for corralling passengers into unlicensed cars. A Port Authority officer reached inside the van to try and grab the keys, but the driver, Khaalif Preacher, sped off with the tourists inside, knocking the officer to the ground, Kelly said.

Port Authority police sped after the van, which snaked through residential streets and traveled about seven miles through two boroughs before it crashed through a gate at a U.S. Postal Service facility in the East New York section of Brooklyn.

The tourists said they screamed and prayed during the chase.

“I was scared,” Paris resident Esther-Ethy Mamane, 26, said Wednesday at a news conference. Mamane and her mother, Claudie, traveled to New York to attend a religious seminar. She said she tried to keep the other passengers inside the van calm during the chaos.

In other words, protecting state-run transportation cartels was so important that the authorities were willing to sacrifice individual lives. No doubt, the media is going to make the police into heroes, but as far as I am concerned the real villains are the ones who would endanger others just to prevent poor people from earning a decent living.


tfr June 25, 2009 at 10:48 am

> protecting state-run transportation cartels was so important that the authorities were willing to sacrifice individual lives

Nope. He knocked the cop down. Doing something even vaguely insulting, to many cops, is like “dissing” an urban gansta’ drug dealer. And because the State approves of its enforcers cracking down on those who would defy their authority, nothing will be done to stop it.

Walt D. June 25, 2009 at 11:10 am

The following article expands on this mentality – that the occupants of the van may have no civil recourse if killed as the result of a high speed pursuit.
“The number of deaths is spelled out in “Motor vehicle crash deaths related to police pursuits in the United States,” by F. P. Rivara and C. D. Mack, Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center and Departments of Pediatrics and Epidemiology, University of Washington, Seattle. Injury Prevention (April 2004) 10: 93-95. Abstract. Full text is available online. (Requires registration and $8 payment).
The study examined all traffic fatalities in the U.S. from 1994 to 2002 and determined that 2,654 fatal crashes resulted from police pursuits, involving a total of 3,146 deaths. According to the study, 1,048 of the decedents were not in fleeing vehicles, but rather were occupants of another vehicle, pedestrians or bicyclists. Forty police officers died in the course of such pursuits.”

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