They're going to destroy any chance of getting the bill passed if they keep fantasizing about "what COULD be", instead of being practical. They don't even have land secured for brand new light rail systems in Cobb or Gwinnett, and they've been talking about it for many years. If the bill passes, it's highly doubtful they can go from talking to planning to security to building the things in ten years.
They could easily have a full commuter rail system up and running in less than 3-4 years if they used existing tracks (shared) and existing types of commuter rail cars. Several easy to build stations with large parking lots could be installed all up I-75 and I-85 (as well as GA400) and could potentially take tens of thousands of cars off of rush hour roads here. Likewise, adding budget money to the "Xpress" commuter bus system would go into effect almost instantly, and also allow them to possibly offer mid-day and Saturday service as well.
But instead, area leaders are getting dollar signs in their eyes due to this bill, and will come up with every fanciful idea that CAN'T be done in time - turning off voters, and assuring a "No" vote, causing NONE of the projects to get done.
I'm not saying that bad police action shouldn't be videotaped the the bad cops not reprimanded. If you are somewhere and see cops abusing their power - YES - pull out the flip video, the cell, whatever, and videotape them. Call the media, turn it in, etc. Fine. I get that.
My point is that the guy in this article and his little group don't sound like people who JUST report bad cops. They sound like, I'll repeat, ambulance chasers, who interfere with the good cops, too. I'll repeat - when GOOD cops are trying to subdue and/or take down a criminal, they need to have 100% of their attention focused on that criminal. If you have hippies jumping around them like paparazzis a few feet away waving cameras around, it DOES distract those cops from doing their job. And I'll repeat again too - ANY distraction during those crucial moments can cost the cop(s) their lives. And no, I don't work for law enforcement on any level.
Summing up: Reporting/catching BAD cops is a good thing if you do it when you see them breaking the law/rules. Following police scanner broadcasts and jumping around like paparazzi for EVERY arrest is NOT cool, and potentially can cause someone to get hurt. Just my personal opinion - you don't have to agree.
They need to get rid of the movie theater if they want to rid the place of a chunk of the problems there.
Ok, I don't think anyone will argue that there are corrupt cops out there that don't do their jobs by the book and need to be booted. But there is also a difference between doing something to help the community and catch these people, and being an "ambulance chaser", too.
Marlon Kautz sounds like an ambulance chaser to me - or maybe he's just trying out to be a TMZ reporter. I dunno. But after watching video interviews of him, he has that whiny "in your face" chip on his shoulder that makes me think he must almost taunt the cops when he's video taping them. Does he jump up and down and squeal, "You can't stop meeeeeee you can't stop meeeeeeee", while he's doing it, too?
Dude, please. Get a haircut and flush the 420 out of your system. You're getting in the way of arrests when they happen. ONE SECOND is all it takes for a crook to take advantage of a distracted cop, and maybe kill them or at least get away. When you're waving your cam around, you're causing the cops to take their attention away from the crooks, and that could cost someone their life. Things may swing that way back home on the West Coast, but this isn't Seattle - we have REAL crime here, and the good cops need all the help they can get... not kiddies with cell cams trying to distract them.
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