By William R. Toler
The Police State atmosphere has ramped up in Greenville, NC in the past several years.
On Halloween night, the city’s police department had it’s mobile unit set up to patrol the streets, setting up a checkpoint where party-goers were felt up by men and women with badges before they could enjoy the festivities.
According to WITN-TV, more than 100 LEOs were “searching anyone entering the downtown bar area to keep the large crowds of people safe” [emphasis added]. The station also reported that “police came prepared to keep the craziness to a minimum. Among other things, Greenville police say they are wearing cameras and there are cameras mounted all over downtown also keeping an eye on partiers.”
The Orwellian camera system currently consists of 25 cameras downtown. The original plan for the college town called for 52-camera system across the entire city.
During my station’s live shot, I kept hearing a high-pitched squealing noise. The reporter on the scene said he didn’t hear anything. My guess is that it was some type of sonic weapon used for crowd control.
Last year, thanks to the Orwellian cameras and someone freaking out, the campus of East Carolina University was put on lockdown after someone was allegedly seen carrying a gun over their shoulder. It should be pointed out that North Carolina is an open-carry state. Turns out, the panic was caused by…an umbrella.
It’s not just regular police and deputies roaming the eastern Carolina city. There are also Code Enforcement and Parking enforcement officers, looking for those “breaking the rules” so they can extort money from them.
Remember, the root word of enforcement is “force.”