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4/23/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Harassed by the police

I am a vet of the U.S. Navy. I'm sending out this letter to all the vets in the Kingman area. We took an oath to defend this country and its people against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Please allow me to share a disturbing story with you.

My son, a 30-year-old white male, was walking to work on a Saturday night in Kingman. He was in his work uniform and apron, doing nothing but walking to work to support his family the best he can. He was stopped and harassed by Kingman police for suspicious activity. Really? Walking to work?

Is this what we fought for? As I sat here writing this letter, I started to cry!

What did I fight for? And where are we going? God help us!

Paul Bissonette Jr.

Maverick's Neighborhood Watch Coordinator

Golden Valley

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

It would seem to me the police were doing their job by checking on an individual (color not relevant) in a residential area late at night. It is always interesting how when someone’s home is broken into one of the immediate responses by the usual suspects here is, “Where were the cops? They’re never around when you need them!” and yet when a person is stopped and a check run the ire – from the exact same people – is palpable.

We see people here raving about how dangerous Kingman is – there are home invaders running rampant in the city – car thieves abound – businesses are burglarized at an alarming rate – all reasons for having a huge stockpile of weapons. And yet when a simple check that proved the young man was neither a threat nor wanted takes place, suddenly the police are the bad guys.

What did we fight for, Paul? I don’t know if you served in combat, but I did and what I fought for was the right of the military industrial complex to make billions – if not trillions – of dollars at the expense of the lives of more than 58,000 of our troops. No one has fought to protect our nation since World War Two.

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Story was disturbing, ACLU does take such cases, you might write them with all information and if wrong has been done someone can be brought into a civil court and made to explain it at the very least!

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: Stephany Bissonette

This letter is about my husband. I was shocked when he told me he was stopped walking to work. His name was ran and he was not allowed to continue walking to work until everything came back. He was very OBVIOUSLY in his work uniform and wasn't doing any wrong. People shouldn't be harassed on their way to minimum wage jobs that they need to support a family of 5!

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: d duke

just not right !! we want to be protected by the police, but, really? somethings wrong.

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: pl .....

I wish you hadn't felt the need to specify that he was a white male. What if he were Asian, black, or had a physical or social impairment? (And I am white, btw) I moved from Kingman to Bullhead City, where police broke into my motel room last July 11th after an incident the day before - I had exited my room to go somewhere and a cop car happened to be parked in front of me for some reason. I had forgotten something in my room and turned back immediately to get it, before exiting the room again. The cop noted this, and it was all they needed to commit their crime the following day. A few days earlier, I had been pulled over late at night with a burned out tail light. The cop used that to ask where I lived, including what room number. We live in a criminal police state. I've been writing about the crimes they committed in Kingman. I finally threw the law to the wind as they did and made my stand, receiving no support - in fact receiving scorn from those who should have supported me. And the whole system right on up the national ladder lined up to exploit the situation, while the inmates here at the Miner's web forum keep throwing breakfast cereal onto each other, and myself, from their high chairs (oh, and to answer your question - you fought for the cultists' long-term goal of a New World Order, where the Rule Of Law destroys all opposition).

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: Origional Kingman Resident

Our society has traded our freedoms, for which you and your fellow vets protected, for an increased sense of security.

By the time society realizes the truth of what we traded away, it will be too late to get it back again.

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