Americans my age grew up to imagery in LIFE Magazine, of cops beating black protesters. Oddly, I think of desegregation as something that happened, and jim crow was a bad period we mostly grew out of.
That’s completely wrong, unfortunately.
The cops have gotten worse not better. Back in the 60s they beat people with impunity, today, they kill them. We need to look at that, understand it, and think about how to deal with it.
There are no “good cops”; that is a myth created by deliberate propaganda campaigns such as Officer Friendly. Probably at least one of the cops in that picture was Officer Friendly, at some school – it’s a disciplinary detail, now, that you can find yourself assigned to if you screw up while you’re dropping fake evidence on a suspect, or there are too many complaints that you hit people too hard.
The July, 2016, shootings in Dallas, [wp] when Micah Xavier Johnson ambushed a group of police officers and killed five, was a racially motivated incident. News has downplayed that fact, presumably because there is a fear that people will think, “that’s actually a pretty good idea.” The shooter was a member of the Huey Newton Rod and Gun Club, a group dedicated to teaching black people how to defend themselves against police. Or, they are para-militants – whatever you want to call them. That’s actually a pretty good idea.
It’s hard for me to write about the police because, frankly, I am scared and disgusted and all I feel that I can do is flail helplessly at the keyboard. Meanwhile, they openly shoot people, now, and they joke about it while they are doing it.
The media probably thinks it’s shining a light on blah, blah, blah, but I think their coverage is too soft-soap. [wp]
The Sacramento Police Department on Monday released dozens of videos related to the Stephon Clark killing – new material that showed officers muting their body-worn cameras at least 16 times, raising more questions about police action in the moments after the fatal shooting of the unarmed black man.
Look, here’s how that should be reported:
The Sacramento Police Department on Monday released dozens of videos related to the Stephon Clark killing – new material that showed officers clearly colluding to coordinate their story after the action. This is completely unacceptable.
Let’s not dance around this any more: cops are forced to wear cop-cams because cops can’t be trusted. When the cops respond by trying to manipulate what the cameras record, they are hiding evidence of a crime that they committed.
Videos show six minutes pass between shots fired and responders attempting chest compressions. Police handcuffed and searched Clark before they began first aid.
Got that? They shot him to death, then they handcuffed the body, and – eventually, after brain death was certain, they went through the motions of attempting life-saving measures.
They’re not just beating people anymore. They’re amping up the violence, not dialing it down. They know they’re going to get away with it because the entire chain of command, all the way up to the president approves.
Hiring stupid thugs and putting them in uniform is not how to accomplish anything but repression: [freep]
Michigan State Police reprimanded Trooper Mark Bessner for violating police procedures during a March 2017 high-speed pursuit.
Among the misconduct cited: Bessner joined the chase without activating his emergency lights, sirens or recording equipment.
Five months later, he was accused of violating procedures again – this time with deadly results.
The death of 15-year-old Damon Grimes, who crashed his ATV after Bessner fired a Taser at him during a chase on Detroit’s east side, was the latest and most severe in a string of disturbing episodes involving the trooper, who resigned amid a criminal investigation into his conduct.
The trooper was allowed to resign, no doubt, so that he keeps his pension and is “resigned” not “fired”; they will recycle him to some other jurisdiction and he’ll be back wearing a badge and carrying a gun – angrier and more dangerous than before. One thing he cannot possibly be is more rational or humane: this is a dunce whose idea of how to stop a kid on an ATV was to shoot them with a taser during a high-speed chase. I suppose all the cops are thinking the kid should have been hosed down with a hail of bullets.
Mark my words: the day is coming when people will start shooting cops. It’s not far off.
Records the Free Press obtained under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act show Bessner was involved in 40 “use of force” incidents in less than four years, including one just three days before Grimes’ Aug. 26 death.
The great mass of American gun nuts, who worship their 2nd Amendment, don’t appear to give a shit about the other constitutional rights of Americans. They say they want the guns in case the government turns oppressive, yet they completely ignore that the police are already oppressive. If they cared half so much about the 4th Amendment as they claim to care about the 2nd Amendment, they’d be shooting cops left and right. It would not be safe for a cop to venture outside of their pigsty. What drives me nuts about this stuff is that America can look and see what the future of this police-state looks like: it looks like Fallujah, Mosul, Kandahar, and Aleppo. Little enclaves of establishment goons in heavily fortified facilities, venturing out to bust caps and break heads until the whole thing explodes in violence and some dipshit on television says “they hate us for our freedoms!”Just make sure you don’t get confused regarding the trajectory of violence: the cops are getting worse. Remember, in 1968 there were over 4,000 bombings in the US. [stderr] It’s hard to write about this stuff because, honestly, I want to call out for insurrection but instead I feel that we should remain moderate and non-violent if we can. Will they let us?