but I really can't tell if it's stupidity, or malign intent.
The city of Oakland, California now wants to ban any object that could
be used as a "tool of vandalism," including hammers, wrenches,
slingshots, shields and presumably anything else with a blunt edge such
as garden rakes or sticks.
The city claims these objects will be illegal to possess during a
"protest," but a protest can be defined as any two people standing
around, or walking down a street, or even just talking loudly. There is
no official definition of a "protest," meaning the police can invoke the
ordinance any time they wish. That's how these laws always go: they get
interpreted and deployed far beyond their original intent.
Speaking of abuse of authority,
5 Apologies to the Cops Who Beat Me Up for No Reason
...You explained that you had received a domestic abuse 911 call from our
apartment landline despite the fact that we have neither a phone nor a
landline from which to call....
I think I'd want some explanations of this crap.