Law Enforcement Crime is Out of Control

You know, when I did a post a long time ago about hating cops, I got a lot of shit.  I had to listen from people about how I am a hypocrite and how the cops are our friends and the cops who do heinous shit are just a few bad apples.  I argued, but people still believe that the cops are our friend.  Hell, there was a recent poll that showed that people believe the word of police officers more than normal people.  Why?  I’m not asking that just to be a dick.  There is real reasons why I am constantly skeptical of everything the cops say.  Because the crimes committed by cops, who get almost no repercussions, is out of control.  And it needs to stop.

More and more, these stories are being broadcast.  Part of me is really glad that the Internet has made it so easy now to get out videos of abusive cops.  But it doesn’t seem to be enough.  As I said, the public, overall, still trusts cops.

Now, it’s easy to point to Ferguson and say that that is a perfect example.  I disagree.  The problem with what happened there is that the evidence and testimony was all over the place.  I do believe that Darren Wilson was guilty as sin, but I can at least understand why the grand jury might be a bit indecisive.  Recently, however, another case as become national news that makes that look like nothing.

In NYC, A cop strangled a man named Eric Garner to death, with five of his buddies helping out.  Why?  Well, he was illegally selling cigarettes and they felt he was a threat.  There is video of this.  It was shot on a cell phone.  One of the cops being filmed yells, “camera!”  They then take it and destroy it.  Thankfully, these stupid pigs aren’t especially tech savvy. The video was saved in this guy’s Cloud, which he accessed and uploaded it.  Now, all of the cops involved in this should have been tried and convicted.  But, who has the only person who has gotten criminally charged been?  The guy who filmed it!

That’s right, the grand jury that would have indicted the cop who choked Garner gets off without so much as a slap on the wrist.  He killed an unarmed black man who, as evidence clearly showed, posed no threat at all.  Yet the grand jury saw fit not to indict him.  I’m with Jon Stewart on this – I honestly don’t know what to say.”  Why?!  Why is this piece of shit not going to trial?!  That’s the weirdest thing – it’s not even an actual trial.  The grand jury decides if this goes to trial.  But, once-again, they do nothing.  I just don’t know how to register this.

Police in America are out of control.  There have been five major-headline killings just in the last month.  Two of them were unarmed black men.  One was a black teenager who had a BB gun, but the cops didn’t even verbally tell him to get on the ground or anything.  They just pulled the trigger when they saw the BB gun.  Cops killing innocent people is becoming a national pastime.  Part of me figured – why not make them wear video cameras?  That seems like a step in the right direction.  Then I read a story about a cop in Albuquerque who had three camera “malfunctions,” and each time it was in a use of excessive force.  One of which was shooting and killing 19-year-old Mary Hawkes.

Another story I read just got me so enraged.  There was another story in Albuquerque about a bunch of cops, heavily-armed with military hardware, gun down a dude with a pocket knife.  They shoot him to death, and afterwards, what do they do?  They decide to use beanbags.  Oh, that’s good,  The guy is already dead, so now we’ll use the non-lethal suppression weapons.  What the fuck?!

It isn’t just killing people, either.  In Detroit, a story came up about a bunch of cops actually robbing people.  For real, actual cops (including a 17 year veteran of the force) were holding people up and taking their money.  The Detroit PD tried to play it off like they were fake cops, but evidence was found proving that they were real.  That’s what we have in this country now.  Real cops really committing real crime and getting away with it.

The justice system is almost laughable in how pathetic its response has been.  This isn’t a new thing.  A cop forces a man to blow him in his squad car, the judge says that the guy he was forcing was lying.  The grand jury doesn’t indict a man who is shown to be clear-as-day strangling an unarmed man who posed no threat.  The prosecutor in the Ferguson case is shown to have been SO nice to the cop who killed Michael Brown.  Before video cameras, you didn’t have cops coming forward when their compatriots did this shit.

So, other cops won’t fight against this.  Prosecutors won’t fight against this.  Judges won’t fight against this.  The people won’t fight against this.  Who will?  If nobody will hold the police accountable, then what are we supposed to do?  I’m putting that out there.  This is a problem that we need to acknowledge is a problem.  And the lack of people’s willingness to believe that the cops might not be the good guy is simply baffling.

I can’t think of another group of people who, if a video was shown of them strangling someone to death, would not suffer any punishment.  Except maybe a two-week paid vacation.  Yeah, that’ll teach ’em!

Where does it end?  Who will stand up and demand justice?  What the fuck is going on?!

Until next time, a quote,

“The only ones who should kill are those prepared to be killed!”  -Zero, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Peace out,

Maverick

Cops Killing Innocent People Doesn’t Even Surprise Anymore

Well, the cop in Ferguson gets away with murder.  Whatever.  At least there was a trial.  That’s more than a lot of victims of police brutality get.  However, riding on the heels of that is another story from Cleveland.  The police are called about a kid in the park who has a gun.  However, the person who called it in is unsure if it’s a real gun or not.  She says this more than once.  The cops arrive on the scene, and according to the chief of police in a press statement, there was no verbal or physical altercation.  They just saw the kid reach down and opened fire.  Two bullets and the kid is dead.  What weapon did he have?  A BB gun.  And it clearly looked fake, with the large clip out of the top of it.  Did they yell at him to drop the weapon?  Did they tell him to freeze?  According to the statement that they made – no.  They merely opened fire when the kid reaches to pull out the BB gun.  Naturally, the family has a lawyer, and I hope they take these fucking cops to the cleaner.

You know, there is story after story about shit like this, and each time, it just makes me less surprised.  For real, this is becoming normal, in America.  Police killing innocent people who didn’t pose any risk, and as always, they are never held accountable.  No legal bodies will make an example of these cops.  And whenever people call out this kind of behavior, they are told, “well, it’s only a few bad apples!”  I take issue with this line of rhetoric.  Why?  Simple – where are the good cops?  Where are the good ones, standing against the bad ones?

Where were the cops in Detroit, when actual police officers were holding people up and robbing them?  Where were the good cops in New York City, when a 35 year old man who was mentally disabled was being beaten to death?  He was screaming for his dad the entire time.  Where were the good cops when a cop rapes a girl on the hood of his car, telling her that nobody will help her if she goes to the cops?  What good cops came out and spoke out about the rampant use of the SWAT team, like in that instance where they busted into a house on a raid and threw a flashbang into a baby’s crib, mutilating the baby?  Tell me – where the fuck are all the good cops, who should be standing against the rampant corruption and lack of accountability?

I can hear people already – they would lose there jobs if they talked!  Cops do a hard job!  You’ve never been there!  What would you have done?!  Same BS that they always say, because they want to believe that the policeman is your friend.  But we’re learning, with the militarization of the police forces in this country, that when you give cops grenade launchers, they become less about protecting and serving than they do about wanting to play with their new toys.  The worst part is that, with the almost non-existent oversight from the legal system, they get slaps on the wrist.  Time and time again this has been demonstrated.  It’s indefensible!  I have a friend who is going for a law degree, and doesn’t like people trash-talking lawyers and judges.  Well, I’m sorry, but when you have a system this broken, somebody needs to say something.  Here’s what I’m saying – the system is broken.

Here’s a reality that I argued with my old man about for hours on end – the police need to be held to a higher standard than normal people.  When you are given a badge and a gun, with the ability to kill another person, you are expected to be able to handle situations better than normal people.  We don’t expect you to kill a kid without saying a single word to him.  We don’t expect you to kill an unarmed black teenager.  We don’t expect you to rape women on the hood of your patrol car.  We don’t expect you to kick the fuck out of someone who is in custody and has cuffed hands.  We don’t expect you to strip someone naked and leave them like that, cuffed, for hours.  There are a lot of things that we don’t expect.  I can’t be the only one who thinks this way.

But I’m just bitching, right?  What solutions do I have?  Well, the reality is that it would be hard to fix entirely.  This would be a big thing.  However, I do have a solution that could be implemented rather quickly and we have already seen does a lot of good – requiring that ALL officers on duty wear cameras.  After all, if we can afford to give the cops tanks, some cameras shouldn’t be too hard, right?  Although, if you heard that story about a cop that kept having a “camera malfunction” whenever he brutalized people, then even this isn’t perfect.  But it’s a step in the right direction.

Law enforcement’s use of both regular and lethal force is out of control in this country.  It’s weird that we live in a surveillance state, yet they smash the cameras of whoever films them, or in the cases of some states, try to outlaw filming cops altogether.  The police is now so militarized, but without the discipline and restraint of soldiers.  They took their lessons on how to handle this stuff from Call of Duty.  And the fact that people seem content to brush this shit off is mind-boggling.

Something needs to be done.  Now.

Until next time, a quote,

“I consider contributions to society at large to be the most important part of pride in your country, and not mere thoughts.  If patriotism is all about what level of fervor you love your country, or how many fireworks you light off on the Fourth of July, then that’s not a very impressive trait, to me.  Because then you love your country like a four-year-old loves mommy.”  -Zaunstar, Nationalism: Foolish Pride

Peace out,

Maverick