Well, it is meme worthy!
Eric Kohler’s family isn’t asking for much, considering the circumstances.
They just want to know where their son is. They want to know he’s OK (or if not, they painfully need to know that, as well…nothing tears the soul apart more than the not-knowing).
Kohler, 27, is a visual effects producer here in Los Angeles and he has worked on several big movies. Sounds like he has quite a future in store for him.
And then he went missing just before Thanksgiving, on November 24.
According to the Huff Post, the data, the information is there; but due to the layers of privacy-protection and bureaucratic unyielding formalities, no one, not the police, Range Rover (his car make, which is missing as well) or LoJack will make the decision to simply help triangulate the whereabouts of the vehicle which would most likely help in the search for Eric as well.
“We really tried pushing with the Los Angeles Police Department to get somebody on this, but they didn’t even assign a detective until yesterday afternoon,” [sister, Kristina] Loren said. “It’s really frustrating. They act like it’s not a big deal, like he’s some young Hollywood guy who took off and will just show up. And we’re like, ‘No, this is not who he is. He’s dedicated to his work and didn’t just choose to leave on his own.'”
Kohler’s sister said her brother’s Range Rover is equipped with a LoJack device, but police have yet to request the GPS data from the company and Land Rover refuses to share it with the family without a court order.
“My mom’s been on the phone bawling to the corporate guy at Land Rover and all he’s say is, ‘Sorry ma’am, there’s nothing I can do for you,'” Loren said. “It’s insane. I understand there are privacy laws, but there should be exceptions in cases such as this where someone’s life is on the line. How can they not understand that?”
Kohler’s family said they plan to hire an attorney if authorities do not move forward in requesting the information. The LAPD hasn’t responded to requests for comment from HuffPost. But a spokesperson from Land Rover said LoJack is a separate company and that they are looking into the issue.
I certainly understand the importance of protecting privacy, and making exceptions is a grave, slippery slope. But this predicament that the Kohler family find themselves mired in: stuck between the ability to know where their son’s car is and the walls of systemic refusal hiding behind the law and corporate barriers, is unfathomable.
I had an idea yesterday when reading this.
Why not allow people, when purchasing LoJack or vehicles equipped with it, to sign a waiver which allows LoJack to track their position if they have not turned up, let’s say 24 hours, after reported missing with the police? This way, everyone’s ass is covered; if you sign a waiver, it’s on you. I would certainly sign such a document. For my sake and my loved ones.
After a brief encounter this morning, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is a single patented ghetto-ass douche move that reigns supreme above all others.
This action is the one that truly denotes a base, trashy character infused with odious amounts of insignificance and ignorance. Nothing screams “I’m as useless and valueless a human being as there can be” as listening to hip hop loudly on your cellphone while you’re in public.
This is as bad as it gets, man.
I’ve seen Blacks and Hispanics blasting such shit on public transportation, on the sidewalk, everywhere.
This is the lowest form of subhuman life. It’s not that the act of listening to shitty hip hop (sorry for the redundancy) loudly on your cellphone is innately a trashy move…it’s the fact it is an accurate signal that everything else you do, the entirety of your pathetic life, is shrouded in loutish opportunism and stunted “intelligence.”
My suggestion? Buy earphones (they are cheap…if you’re too cheap, steal some). Stop listening to that brain-killing hip hop garbage and begin listening to civilized White music that soothes and grows the soul.
And get rid of the cellphone. You can’t afford it.
The Guardian has published the first of a 5-part series examining the culture, and tragedy, affecting Kern County here in California. The county darkly boasts of having the highest per capita rate of police-involved killings of civilians in the United States. The chart below lists American counties with 10 or more police killings in 2015.
One thing that strikes me right off the bat: these are areas with large Hispanic populations. Los Angeles county, a national behemoth of population clustering, makes the cut. Forget Ferguson or Chicago or Cleveland, they have nothing on the locations in this list, but you would never know it judging by the media’s hysteria level. Black civil rights groups have done this kind of thing [public protest] for ages and have demonstrated they are quite articulate and demonstrative in portraying their side of things. Whether one agrees with their methodology is another matter, but it is what it is.
(**On edit, they “have nothing on Los Angeles County”**)
The opening sequence from The Guardian lists victim names of some police shootings in Kern County over the last couple of years and the pattern is rapidly apparent.
Is it a matter of “practice” or simply a cultural/ethnic artifact?
Black people are typically more emotionally expressive, to say the least. They hold nothing back, even when engaging in such behavior is to their collective detriment. It makes sense that they will make the largest hay out of the “smallest” things and police killings seem to follow the same pattern.
From my personal experience, Hispanics (Mexicans in my case) tend to be more reticent about public displays of defiance. The corrupt elitism that festers in many Hispanic governments and communities is an outgrowth of this “shut up and mind your own business” mentality. It allows crooked authorities to thrive quietly while everyone goes about their life. Hispanics make terrible civil rights subjects.
In fact, according to this graphic, in 2015, Blacks are actually quite safe from the police in Kern County. Whites and Hispanics are the targets of the day.
(*Note: In some news reports, Benjamin Ashley was dubiously referred to as Black…he may be mixed, but to refer to him as Black is laughable. The only victim whose ethnicity is unknown was shot on Sunday and reports have not been released. Everyone else is verified Hispanic or White.)
To be sure, there are public displays of protest in Kern County, but rather than destruction of their own community or indulging in histrionic displays of playground behavior, the scene that typifies most Kern County “rebellion” looks something like this.
This promises to be a clear, undramatic deconstruction of police misbehavior in Kern County.
Police misbehavior does exist and we all know it. Only through such clarity and calmness, can and should police abuse be examined, not from the gutter perch of dramatics and violence.
I’ll be reading.