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