Albuquerque is a city with a problem right now. The Albuquerque Police Department has a policy of shooting Albuquerque citizens recently. It’s enough of a problem that the feds are involved, which is a bit like the blind leading the blind, I agree.
“Based on our investigation, we have reasonable cause to believe that APD engages in a pattern or practice of use of excessive force, including deadly force, in violation of the Fourth Amendment,” Jocelyn Samuels
Yes, this is the same federal government that kills American citizens it has labeled terrorists in violation of the VI Amendment; the double standard in ‘law enforcement’ is something you’ll get used to seeing when you start paying attention. Of course, the federal government is completely justified in violating the rights of the citizens; it is the government, after all. And sadly, the citizens have done precious little to protect themselves against an ever-increasingly tyrannical government.
You’re affected by this. You don’t have to be a resident in Albuquerque to be in danger of being killed or victimized by your local police department. Ask Pearlie Golden. Stephen Stern executed a 93-year-old woman because she wouldn’t do what he told her to do. Now, I understand she didn’t comply with his orders to drop her gun; but I also understand Stern had a non-lethal alternative: police officers carry tasers.
Sadly, what makes the Golden case unique is that there was actually some action taken against the police officer who shot and killed a woman who by all accounts was well loved in her town. And this wasn’t even Stern’s first time killing a member of his town.
When officers aren’t killing the people they’re supposed to be protecting, they’re blatantly ripping them off. In February, six police officers were arrested for stealing cars and money from people in King City, California. The people in this area are distrustful of their police department; it turns out with good cause. A healthy suspicion directed toward the ‘law enforcement’ officers in your area can pay off.
I think Amanda Jo Stephen would agree. Ms. Stephen is the most perfidious of criminal: a jaywalker. She was physically assaulted by Austin police officers for failing to identify herself after police officers grabbed her. Unfortunately for the Austin PD, the requirement to identify only applies after an arrest. What can be deduced from this violation of human, much less constitutional, rights is that there is absolutely no other crime being committed in Austin, Texas. It would look pretty bad if Austin PD was assaulting joggers when the crime rate in their city was higher than the national average.
Recently in Denver, the police department took 15 minutes to respond to a 911 call. The address was less than a mile from the police station; a healthy person could have walked that distance in that time. This baffling delay resulted in the entirely preventable death of a woman.
This is symptomatic of police departments everywhere. They demand respect because they cannot earn it. These are the first line of defense the government has against the citizens of the country. These are the agents of the police state that will march you to gas chambers. America’s Reichskristallnacht is coming faster than you think. Cecily McMillan might agree.
What about you? Can you tell me you trust the police after watching this:
The individual circumstances in each of the cases in these videos is entirely immaterial. The police are supposed to be the trained professionals. They are the ones who are supposed to prevent situations from escalating to violence. Put simply, they are paid to protect — not assault — the citizens of their respective jurisdictions. How much trained professionalism did you see in the videos? Most of the police I saw in those videos more closely resembled paramilitary operatives than a protective service.
That the government’s first responders are starting to resemble paramilitary strike forces is unlikely to be a coincidence. If people become complacent about such things now, it won’t matter when there’s a full-time occupational force under direct control of the federal government patrolling the streets. Like the National Guard for instance.
The message is clear: conform or be punished. One of the police officers in the video arrested a woman because her soap bubbles assaulted him. The officer spraying pepper spray on a group of seated Occupy Movement people. The officer cursing at and stealing a skateboard from a kid. The reactions of the trained police officers in these cases is extreme and cannot be justified.
Still trust your police department?
Former Mount Pleasant, NY police chief Brian Fanelli: busted in a child porn ring. Fifty-seven year old Donald Glunt was recently arrested for trading photos with a 16 year old girl. Steven Webb, a Kannapolis, North Carolina police officer, and his wife were recently arrested for possessing and distributing child pornography. Jeffery Williams, a Florence, AZ corrections officer was stupid enough not to remove his collection of child porn before taking his PC to a tech for repairs. These stories aren’t limited to one geographical area or one police department, and are solely focused on officers involved in child pornography.
Officer-involved sexual misconduct takes many forms, and the Cato Institute was kind enough to share several incidents with associated news stories. The numbers cited in this old article are staggering, and again are not limited to a certain geographical region. I’d argue the stories indicate problems on a systemic level: police agencies are staffed by people who are likely to abuse their positions.
I am by no means saying that all police officers are corrupt or involved in these activities. But these are only a few that’ve been caught and reported. There are how many more that haven’t been caught yet? How long before the police officer assigned to your children’s school is arrested and investigated? Maybe he or she is Officer Integrity, but how do you know? Psychological profiling isn’t vetting these people out of ‘law enforcement’ roles; many of the cited cases involved veterans and police chiefs.
Your police department is merely a bureaucracy interested in its own self preservation and continued existence. The officers on your police force are not your friend. They will strip you of your constitutionally-guaranteed rights as citizens in the name of officer safety; and like as not, they’ll beat you up while doing it. Your local police officers are agents of a fascist police state.