Sacramento cops are rolling out a new program this Memorial day to allegedly combat drunk drivers. While the reasoning for this new program may sound just, its implementation is anything but.
If you are out in a bar this weekend, be prepared to have multiple officers come in and ask the patrons in the bar to blow into a breathalyzer.
DUI roadblocks are apparently not invasive enough, so the Sacramento PD instituted a program to attack the source, the places where alcohol is consumed.
Obviously the site of several armed officers walking into a bar with breathalyzers in hand is a buzz kill, to say the least.
One of the bar patrons who’s been exposed to the program explains, “Admittedly we were a bit put off when we were gonna walk in and saw a bunch of cops with breathalyzers.”
A “bit put off” is an understatement, however.
While these officers are promising not to “test and arrest,” the very idea of police entering private property and having people submit to breathalyzer tests is appalling. The inside of your body is no business of the state and when this clear violation of your personal space is accepted, freedom loses.
This program also leaves the door wide open for entrapment and further rights violating searches by creating unnecessary confrontations.
Hopefully, this program does not take wings and spread to other municipalities as it is a leap forward for the nanny surveillance state, and giant step back for liberty.
This is how bad things start, when they do a “public service” just to let you know you are drunk. What is next thy will walk into your back yard to check everyone at your Memorial day BBQ?
Be careful what you are willing to accept in the name of public safety, Apathy is Guvments friend.
Omaha lost a police officer and community leader this week, but Olivia Ruth lost even more – the mother she will never know.
As the family of Kerrie Orozco grieved for the 29-year-old, seven-year veteran following her death Wednesday in a shootout with a fugitive, the city’s flags flew at half-staff, the police department rallied behind the simple phrase “Kerrie On,” and donations poured in for Olivia Ruth, the baby Orozco had just given birth to prematurely. Orozco was working her last shift before going on maternity leave to be with her baby when a criminal’s bullet struck her just above the bulletproof vest that might have saved her life.
“She was so excited to be a mother.”
– Laurie McNeil, aunt of murdered Omaha police officer
“She was so excited to be a mother,” her aunt Laurie McNeil told FoxNews.com Friday.
Olivia was born premature Feb. 17. Orozco was set to bring her home from the hospital Thursday and go on maternity leave. Wednesday’s tragic events changed all that.
“She had the bassinet all set up by the side of the bed,” McNeil said. “She just wanted to be ready.”
Orozco was part of a fugitive task force searching for convicted felon Marcus Wheeler. He was being sought for an earlier Omaha shooting. As they closed in on the suspect Wednesday afternoon, Wheeler, 26, opened fire.
Police said one of his bullets struck Orozco in the chest and exited her back. An inch lower and it would have struck her in her bullet-proof vest.
McNeil told FoxNews.com she had a bad feeling when she looked at her phone Wednesday and saw a breaking news flash reporting an Omaha police officer had been shot.
“I immediately turned on the Internet and started watching,” the aunt said, choking back tears. “I was hoping to see her walk across the screen.”
As her deepest fears grew, McNeil sent Orozco a text asking, “Are you Ok?” She tried calling. She didn’t get an answer.
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Hector and Kerrie Orozco married in 2011. Little Olivia Ruth was Kerrie’s first baby. (Omaha Police Department)
“Then they said it was a female,” McNeil said. “I knew it was her because I knew she would be right there in the middle of it.”
McNeil said when Olivia was born at 26 weeks, Orozco texted her a photo. The girl weighed a little over 2 pounds at birth. Now the baby is healthy and weighs 8 pounds and was to go home Friday to her father, Hector Orozco.
The police officer was planning to spend time with McNeil and her loved ones, especially the baby whose initials spell “ORO,” gold in Spanish.
“Our new lunch buddy,” Orozco said in the text to McNeil that accompanied the photo.
“I can’t wait to meet her,” McNeil texted back.
Their first lunch date was going to be next week.
“Now she is going to be buried on her original due date,” McNeil said.
She said her niece always wanted to be a cop. “She was just a doer,” she said. “Whether it was church, 4-H, everything she was involved in, she gave 100 percent.”
She also said Orozco was a “very strong Catholic girl” who was always smiling.
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Orozco was a fixture in the community, spending her off hours coaching children and working with the Special Olympics. (Omaha Police Department)
“She was a saint,” McNeil said.
Orozco and her pals from the high school volleyball team called themselves the Wolf Pack.
Recently Orozco told the Wolf Pack in an e-mail her baby girl was tiny but a fighter, Jennifer Ploen, a member of the group, told the Omaha World Herald.
“It’s so hard to accept that Kerrie is gone,” Ploen said. “I am so happy she got those moments with her daughter.”
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Flags were flown at half staff Friday as the city mourned the loss of a cop, mom and community leader. (Omaha Police Department)
Police radio calls show police desperately trying to save Orozco’s life after she was shot.
“Help an officer 30th and Martin Avenue! Help an officer 30th and Martin Avenue! Officer down!” a male officer radios to dispatch.”Get a squad here now!”
Orozco coached baseball for the North Omaha Boys and Girls Club and was a Special Olympics volunteer. She also took in rescue dogs and was a Girl Scout mentor.
Her family includes her husband Hector and two step-children, 6 and 7.
“I Can’t Drive 55” was the lead single and first track from Sammy Hagar‘s eighth studio album VOA in 1984. Perpetuated by a very successful music video, it became a concert staple that continued throughout Sammy’s tours as a member of Van Halen. The song is a reference to the National Maximum Speed Law in the United States, that originally set speed limits at 55 miles per hour (89 km/h).
It is the 100th song on VH1’s 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs
“I was in a rent-a-car that wouldn’t go much faster than 55 miles an hour. I was on my way back from Africa. I did a safari for three months throughout Africa. A really great vacation after Three Lock Box. I was traveling for 24 hours, I got to New York City, changed planes, Albany, New York. Got in a rent-a-car. Had a place in Lake Placid at the time, a little log cabin, I used to go there and write with my little boy. Aaron, at that time, went to North Country school when I was on tour. I would go there and see him. It was a really cool getaway. But it took two and a half hours to drive there from Albany. And I was driving from Albany, New York at 2:00 in the morning, burnt from all the travel. Cop stopped me for doing 62 on a four lane road when there was no one else in sight. Then the guy gave me a ticket. I was doing 62. And he said, ‘We give tickets around here for over-60.’ and I said, ‘I can’t drive 55.’ I grabbed a paper and a pen, and I swear the guy was writing the ticket and I was writing the lyrics. I got to Lake Placid, I had a guitar set-up there. And I wrote that song there on the spot. Burnt.”