All the undercover TV guy does is ask for a complaint form to file a complaint against a police officer. And the intimidating reactions from the cops in the South Florida police stations he visits are astounding.
Watch some of the videos. They also have transcripts of some of the conversations.
One Sergeant who was seen in one of the videos tried to get temporary injunction in court, to stop the TV station from airing his story. The judge denied the injunction.
CBS4 News found that, in police departments across Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, large and small, it was virtually impossible to walk in the door, and walk out with a complaint form.
The I-Team conducted an extensive hidden camera test, carried out by a police abuse watchdog group called the Police Complaint Center. Remarkably, of 38 different police stations tested around South Florida, all but three had no police complaint forms...
In the I-team’s undercover investigation, there was one incident in which our tester went in to file a complaint. After several times asking for a form, being told "you're not leaving without a form," he was asked to leave and actually walked off the property, to the point where the officer reached for his gun, put his hand on his gun and said, "Take a step closer, and see what happens.".
They don't call it the Terrible Twos for nothing. And Isaac has been displaying it with capital "T"s. Being down with a nasty cough for 3 weeks did not help either, though for most part, he was his usual cheery self.. He was almost getting better last week until he helped himself to a box of chocolates on the dining table, and downed 5 pieces before his silent ninja ways were discovered.
So the weekends have been a little chaotic, with our temperamental two-year-old son driving us up the wall. It also broke the heart of Celia, our maid, to see this little fella refuse to eat much, the sickness affecting his appetite. At least he was drinking his milk. Dehydration almost aways means a trip to and a stay at KK Hospital for him and me, if it comes to that. Drips suck. So thank goodness he still drank.
The two girls are fine, except Faith had a brief runny nose. While Ning worked on getting the rascal boy to sleep, Mommy and I played with the girls. Joy likes company. She has been very quick with the smiles, and always greets our faces with a big grin and a gurgle or two. Faith was bouncing on our bed like it was a trampoline, and we had to stop her before she jumped on Joy.
Then for a brief moment, they were lying side by side, looking at Mommy making faces. I don't know when Faith will be able to talk to her little sister. But she knows this little baby is a part of her family and that's a good start.
And the evening was surprisingly cool and breezy, which made our al fresco table (the inside ones were all taken) quite pleasant.
It was also fun to people watch, with some folk dressed to party on a Friday night. We both tittered at one particular lady who had a very tight dress on, to show off her rather ample curves. She kept standing with her chest out, her back in a permanent arch. Her face reminded me of a Pablo Francisco joke I heard in the morning, from a video of his standup routine, the one about spaghetti and shit. The man is a comic genius.
We ordered as light a main meal as we could so we would have room for dessert. Too bad they ran out of the banana pizza.
I hope this letter finds you well. I write to you to explain some changes to current school policy.
With the exception of those with children in the Elite Self-Sufficient Autonomously Independent School Scheme (which are allowed to charge higher fees), most of you have been paying the same school fees for your children all this while.
We wish to inform you that, with immediate effect, all children studying in mainstream schools will pay school fees according to the new means testing scheme.
FYI, there is currently an online petition called "Concerns Over Reduction Of Subsidies For Special Needs Children", started by a parent with a special needs child. Go lend your support and sign it.
Poly student in homemade sex video gets counselling
Teachers in other schools say many teens use phones to capture made photos, sex clips
One of the boy's girlfriends, also a student at the (secondary) school, was not ashamed of her (nude) photos being circulated.
"She was proud of it. She said it was artistic."
Veteran youth counseller Carol Ballhetchet said: "The new technology makes it all very easy and with celebrity bloggers revealing it all, it has become acceptable, even cool."
Give. Me. A. Freakin. Break.
Sure, before bloggers took their clothes off on their blogs, people were all conservative and there were no other places where young people could be influenced by the glamorization and normalization of this exhibitionist behaviour.
Television, movies, pop music, and barely-legal men's magazines, none of that had any influence on kids thinking that filming themselves in the buff/having sex is acceptable and cool. Sure.
Here is a old Boingboing/Yahoo piece on the Cam Girl phenomenon, which has interesting parallels to this situation. And incidentally, as some of us have noticed, "Tammy NYP" is now number one search item on Technorati.com.
Even an American "religious" blog has something to say about it... before someone gets upset by this Even More Latter Day Saints blog, it is a parody, ok?.
Each of the tones in this set come in three formats: AAC, MP3 and OGG. Use whichever one your phone supports. The Series 60 supports AAC and the filesize for AAC is the smallest, so you may want to use that format.
Do save it on your memory card if you want to save space on your mobile phone.
I liked them so much, I did a little remixing of the remix myself. I took one of them and added Isaac singing his ABC song, with Apple's Garageband.
Update 2: Tuesday. 12.19am, 21st Feb 2006. The server is 80% up, so the shows should be semi-available now. With better availability in a few hours time.
Update 1: Monday, 7.40pm SGT, 20th Feb 2006. My podcast host is having some post-system-upgrade issues, so the shows will not be available until they sort it out. Will keep you guys posted, and we are sorry for the inconvenience.
mr brown and Mr Miyagi get interviewed by Mediacorp news for their views on the impact of blogs and podcasts on the elections. What they did not show you were the juicy silly bits behind the scenes. And Miyagi discovers the text version of our interview mashes up both our quotes and attributes them all to him (one more guy and we can be a trinity liao).
Gayle Goh has a small transcript, er, containing my, uh, Channel 5, umm, one-liner (that was one line out of 20 minutes, ah well).
Please note that this video requires Quicktime and it is a large file.
It's bad enough one looks fatter on tv, then chao Miyagi go and take a shot of me off his widescreen TV. Thanks ah.
Miyagi was slightly miffed that the Channel 5 news only had my bit (actually his exact words were "How come don't have me, nabeh."). Because both of us got interviewed by CNA last week for our views on the iimpact of blogs and podcasts on the coming elections.
Later he told me they used his bit for Singapore Tonight on CNA. Eh, how come don't have me, nabeh.
Watch for an upcoming video podcast of the interview, the mrbrown video show: Number 2. A behind-the-scenes look at our little news adventure. It is a hoot.
P.S. The wife tittered when she saw my TV photo, and said, "You look so ugly heheh".
THE police have announced that teens below 17 years old found loitering in public places after 11pm will have their particulars taken and their parents informed.
This controversial measure was decided on because more and more youth are involved in crime and becoming victims of crime.
Now, this does not mean the Government doesn't want our youth to be more enterprising, more rugged and more independent. It just means you should be more enterprising, more rugged and more independent before 11pm.
(Thanks for the help, Mingo, you are a real friend and dude. I really needed a second opinion and the wife always said she trusted your taste better than mine. Heheh. And for once, I found some use for MMS to send images of the watches I shortlisted. Miyagi, I heard, went the flowers route and helped increase the GDP of some rose-growing nation. 99 roses, ok? He so lomantic one.)