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    Innocent Mother Kidnapped by Cops, Jailed 7 Weeks, Because of 20yo Clerical Error

    http://thefreethoughtproject.com/inn...7-weeks-error/

    Claire Bernish December 21, 2016 1 Comment

    Chicago, IL — A Chicago mother of a six-year-old boy found herself behind bars for 49 days, without bail or recourse — missing his birthday and Thanksgiving — because inept bureaucrats made an egregious clerical error.

    Indeed, Latasha Eatman might be lucky she didn’t have a lengthier stay in a cage — the error was only discovered when a Cook County Sheriff’s Official ordered an audit of first time offenders currently housed in the jail.

    More than two decades after a judge dismissed a community service order for minor marijuana possession, Eatman’s nightmarish captivity began, courtesy of a series of blunders that never should have happened.

    “I’m thinking in my mind, like, what have I done?” the mother told CBS Chicago in an interview, discussing a raid by two Chicago police officers on October 14, who were attempting to determine if the store where she’d worked for 15 years was selling illegal — read: untaxed — cigarettes.

    Officers wrote the store a ticket and placed Eatman in cuffs — but she had no idea they would be stealing the next seven weeks of her life without any conceivable just cause.

    CBS reports, “The officers had discovered a 1994 warrant that said Eatman was wanted for not completing the community service, which she was originally ordered to perform after a low-level 1993 marijuana arrest. Eatman had tried to perform the community service repeatedly at the time, but the organization she was supposed to work for was closed or had no room for her whenever she showed up. Her judge at the time acknowledged the effort she put in and terminated her probation, according to Cara Smith, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office’s chief police officer.

    “But somehow a warrant for Eatman’s arrest remained on file.”

    Smith told the outlet it took ten days before a judge even heard Eatman’s case — but that he seemed hostile and suspicious of her story — and even threatened to send her to prison. He denied bond, and she spent an additional 39 days locked up — missing her son’s sixth birthday and Thanksgiving.

    For seven weeks, Eatman desperately tried to prevent the child from finding out where she actually was.

    “I told my son I was at work, out of town for my boss,” Eatman explained to CBS. “I told him at first I was at school. And he was like, ‘You’re at big girl school?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah.’”

    Eatman had committed no crime — and the officers responsible for locking her up had merely been acting as armed tax enforcers and victimless crime investigators — “beat cops to ensure vice taxes are being adhered to,” as Reason describes.

    Cara Smith accidentally became Eatman’s savior after ordering an examination of instances in which women were behind bars for the first time — staff stumbled upon the innocent mother’s case.

    “We raised holy hell with the prosecutor’s office,” Smith told CBS.

    Eatman was freed the following day.

    “You wonder why these communities don’t trust law enforcement. Can you imagine a more thoughtless, cruel way to handle this? She was treated like a real criminal,” Smith noted of Eatman, who is African American.

    Eatman’s stay in jail tragically isn’t an aberration, Smith explained, as shoddy communication between police, sheriff’s departments, prosecutors offices, and other agencies isn’t infrequent.

    Add to that unfair laws, bias on every level, and a whopping number of people serving time for nonviolent offenses, and it’s readily apparent why a massive swath of the populace prefers the term ‘injustice system’ to characterize the incarceration-industrial complex.

    “This case terrifies me,” Smith added. “Let’s remember, her bills continued. Her rent and her heat, all those things continued to accrue despite the fact that she was in jail.”

    Eatman will probably never be recompensed for the time lost locked in a cage for literally no reason — but what is really appalling is how easily this happened to an innocent person. A shamefully voluminous number of federal, state, and local laws — and a callous court system, indifferent to much of anything but expedience — have crafted a juggernaut of a backlog and a swiss cheese complex of ways to fall through the holes in the barely-functioning system.

    “Without so much as an apology or an explanation, it took 49 days of her life away,” Smith said of the Eatman fiasco. “For no reason at all. And that included 49 days she wasn’t with her son. It included 49 days she wasn’t working. Without so much as an explanation of what happened to her.”



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    More money, bigger budgets and more laws, and this will be sorted out in no time.




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    I'm sure there were other reasons that she should have been locked up for. The important thing here is that she was off the streets and not selling things to people who want them.

    Just glad no officers got hurt taking her down.
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    Wouldn't happen to me.

    I'm a law abiding citizen
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    Eatman was freed the following day.
    She should have been out in 10 minutes.

    This shows the soulless character of these sub-human automatons.

    They need to be resisted at every turn.



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    Make them feel alone.

    Make them so miserable that the lesser evil among them will quit and get real jobs.

    Make the remainder so pent up with anger and hate that they step beyond the line, time and again.

    Force them to become ever more blatantly criminal.

    Leaving the status quo remain is on all of us. When we do this and the quality of our lives goes down the toilet, we have nobody to blame but ourselves.

    If you're going to fight them, then fight; or STFU and stop complaining. As for myself, I defy them in every way I can.

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    Something's got to give at some point.... this whole system is breaking apart at the seems.
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    And she still got off easier than Eric Garner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by osan View Post
    She should have been out in 10 minutes.
    Quote Originally Posted by jllundqu View Post
    Something's got to give at some point.... this whole system is breaking apart at the seems.
    Why do you guys say silly things like this?
    It's apparent, and has been for years now that we have the data at our fingertips, that this system is working exactly as intended.

    If the intent of this system was to do anything other than what it did, then it would do that.
    Someone would correct it. Someone would assign or assume blame and fix it.
    Nobody does that.

    Clerical errors that put innocent people in jail for weeks is somehow something new now?
    Come on, everyone on this site knows better than that.
    They've had over two centuries to make it right.
    They didn't.
    The current system is not going to change.

    Try to reform this system, and immediately someone will point out that the audit was done and picked up the problem, so there's no problem.
    There are no crimes against people.
    There are only crimes against the state.
    And the state will never, ever choose to hold accountable its agents, because a thing can not commit a crime against itself.

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    “I’m thinking in my mind, like, what have I done?” the mother told CBS Chicago in an interview, discussing a raid by two Chicago police officers on October 14, who were attempting to determine if the store where she’d worked for 15 years was selling illegal — read: untaxed — cigarettes.
    she's lucky they didn't just choke her dead

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    Quote Originally Posted by fisharmor View Post
    Why do you guys say silly things like this?
    It's apparent, and has been for years now that we have the data at our fingertips, that this system is working exactly as intended.

    If the intent of this system was to do anything other than what it did, then it would do that.
    Someone would correct it. Someone would assign or assume blame and fix it.
    Nobody does that.

    Clerical errors that put innocent people in jail for weeks is somehow something new now?
    Come on, everyone on this site knows better than that.
    They've had over two centuries to make it right.
    They didn't.
    The current system is not going to change.

    Try to reform this system, and immediately someone will point out that the audit was done and picked up the problem, so there's no problem.
    The only mistake here is that the arrest warrant that was out for her should have been followed up on YEARS ago.

    To let a dangerous fugitive just run free like that, for 20+ years, puts us all at risk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jllundqu View Post
    Something's got to give at some point.... this whole system is breaking apart at the seems.
    If only it were.

    "The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty - and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies."
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    Quote Originally Posted by angelatc View Post
    And she still got off easier than Eric Garner.

    I find this fact strangely unsatisfying.

    "The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty - and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies."
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    Quote Originally Posted by osan View Post
    I find this fact strangely unsatisfying.
    She did not get strangled on the sidewalk.
    Ergo, the system works.
    Literally, that's the argument. People literally say this.
    There are no crimes against people.
    There are only crimes against the state.
    And the state will never, ever choose to hold accountable its agents, because a thing can not commit a crime against itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fisharmor View Post
    Why do you guys say silly things like this?
    It's apparent, and has been for years now that we have the data at our fingertips, that this system is working exactly as intended.

    If the intent of this system was to do anything other than what it did, then it would do that.
    Someone would correct it. Someone would assign or assume blame and fix it.
    Nobody does that.

    Clerical errors that put innocent people in jail for weeks is somehow something new now?
    Come on, everyone on this site knows better than that.
    They've had over two centuries to make it right.
    They didn't.
    The current system is not going to change.

    Try to reform this system, and immediately someone will point out that the audit was done and picked up the problem, so there's no problem.
    Thread winnar^^
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    Quote Originally Posted by fisharmor View Post
    She did not get strangled on the sidewalk.
    Ergo, the system works.
    Literally, that's the argument. People literally say this.
    You mean like "she got raped in the mouth... at least she didn't get raped in the ass"?

    "The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty - and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies."
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    Ummm, I ain't said it lately.... Goons gonna goon!!!
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