I’ve mentioned before that I think very little of first responders: police, firefighter, and ambulance drivers. This is a group of highly-entitled people particularly convinced of their own superiority, and full-on believers of their own press. They think they’re heroes simply by the nature of their jobs. The incompetence is maddening and mostly pervasive.
Since the law dictates the mortals get out of their way when they’re on the road, they have no driving ability. Just yesterday, I watched an ambulance driver essentially bully his way through an intersection. And then I came home to find this story in the Colorado Springs Gazette: Woman hit by police cruiser while crossing downtown Colorado Springs street.
Way. To. Go.
The reason this sort of thing infuriates me isn’t a product of an attitude against authority. These people should be held to a higher standard. I should be able to look to the members of the police or fire departments and think they’re professionals. But they’re not. And it’s this attitude despising incompetence that causes me to have such a low opinion of first responders.
I understand accidents happen. But I’m paying attention. I’ve seen ambulance drivers cut off people and do utterly stupid things on the road. I’ve been one of the ones cut off by an AMR driver who doesn’t understand how to drive. I’m paying attention on the roads, and I’ve seen many idiotic and dangerous acts of stupidity by people sporting “fire fighter” plates. It’s obvious they’re incompetent.
They’re certainly setting examples, but they don’t seem to know or care that it’s not the one they think they’re setting.
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.
In Cincinnati, at least three officers unloaded twenty-some rounds into a citizen. Now, for once, it appears as if this act of police aggression wasn’t entirely unprovoked, and that’s a start. At least the man’s dog was murdered for the crime of Being A Dog on the Scene.
But twenty-some rounds at a person for three officers is at least half the capacity of each of those weapons, depending on the weapon used. That’s not disciplined fire by any stretch of the imagination. Trained and competent trigger men should be able to bring down someone in two or three rounds. So at a maximum, three officers firing three rounds each should be a total of nine. That would be disciplined fire. Since trigger discipline comes with training, it’s a safe, logical step to assume that these officers are untrained.
So as if untrained and undisciplined civilians with badges and guns doesn’t bother you, this quote should:
We don’t know how many hit him
Let me get this straight. The police officers who fired these weapons at this person don’t know how many of their rounds hit their target.
In no sane universe is this acceptable. If you don’t know you’re going to hit your target, you should not be pulling the trigger.
While these officers are on leave, they should do some remedial training in weapons safety. Because I don’t trust my chances of surviving a trip to Cincinnati with this level of police incompetence on display.
I spend a lot of time in my car; and since the beginning of June, I’ve spent even more time in my car than usual. The unrequested surplus of free time I spoke about in a previous post thankfully came to an end after only a month, but the result is a one-way eighty-mile commute.
The roads are full of people who apparently have nowhere to be. My commute is impeded by Sunday drivers tootling along at speeds that make the Postal Service appear quick. It baffles me and I find myself longing for the days when driving was difficult enough to do that you had to pay attention to what you were doing.
The accelerator is that long vertical pedal on the far right, folks. That wide horizontal pedal? It shouldn’t be used on the motorway. Ever.
I’m sure it sounds cliché to cast myself as an artist devoted to the craft of driving, but I’m a purist. There is one formula for a proper driving car: engine in the front, two doors and a manual gearbox in the middle, and push at the rear. I believe in this formula so much that when I was starting to have gearbox issues with my 3 Series’s automatic, I swapped it out for a six-speed manual.
Everyone should have to drive a manual-shift car. The backups and slowdowns on C-470 are typically caused by one person over-reacting to something and putting on the brakes. Like Pavlov’s dogs salivating at the ringing of a bell, a pair of brake lights causes nearly everyone one else to put theirs on as well. Here’s a clue for you all: lifting off the accelerator will also cause your car to slow down. With the price of gas nowadays, your using the brake is just converting your money into heat. So quit with the brake pedal already.
And speaking of C-470, the guy who designed that as two lanes needs to be punched in the mouth.
While I’m sure there is a trail of others who’d disagree with me on this, I am not an aggressive driver. I am certainly assertive and I know my vehicle and my ability very well. I know the limits of both. This puts me in an exceeding small category of drivers.
Why, oh why, can’t you fellow commuters drive at least the speed limit? I’m not going to like being stuck behind you if you’re doing the speed limit, but at least I’ll be annoyed with you at the speed limit instead of your chosen five to ten under it. Yes, I’m looking at you, Colorado State Patrolmen, you menaces to public safety; you’re among the worst offenders, and since the sheeple are afraid to pass you, you make it far more dangerous than it needs to be. I understand your sole purpose in life is to generate revenue for the state, but perhaps you should camp at the doughnut shop of your choice for the morning and evening rush hours and let the rest of us get on with our lives.
Cowardly speed traps certainly generate revenue and make fascist cops feel like they serve a purpose, but we all know better than that. Bullied little poindexters who’ve grown up with a chip on their shoulder now can be the enforcers of a double standard that everyone but them see through. The bullied have become the bullies and this cruising under the speed limit with miles of traffic backed up behind them temporarily validates them.
Of course, I wouldn’t ever go on the record as suggesting that “law enforcement officers” (you can’t hear the disdain in my voice when I use that term) are merely fascist enforcers of a pseudo-mission of safety. They’re so petty and small minded, that’d be asking for a bull’s eye on my back, wouldn’t it?
I for one see the speed limit merely as the point at which the State starts hearing dollar signs; I’m sure the coins and cash register sound effects from Pink Floyd’s Money play every time a ticket is printed off in a patrol car.
Sheeple, those signs out there that tell you “Slower traffic keep right” doesn’t mean “unless you’re doing the speed limit”; it means when the person behind you is going faster than you, get the hell out of the way. It’s not your job to ensure I don’t get a ticket, so quit trying to force your slow way of life on me, hey? Move over and let me worry about whether or not I’m going to get a ticket.
Does anyone else think that road works is merely a reason for the State to put up Double Fine zones? How bloody difficult is it to pour concrete or pavement and why, when there’s road works, are there hours when there isn’t anyone working?
But speaking of road works, let’s discuss the inevitable two-to-one lane merge, shall we? I am an unashamed late merger. That means I will typically use the entire road to the point at which the merge is compulsory; it’s not because I’m trying to get in front of you or because I feel I’m better than you and deserve a higher place in the queue than you. I am using the whole road and not wasting volume area. So quit taking life so damn personally and perform the zipper merge cooperatively. If you’re an early or mid-merger, fine; that’s your prerogative. But don’t take it out on me because I view life from the forest level while you’re stuck looking at the trees. Late mergers get a bad rap, but that’s because that’s the one area where non-late-mergers appear to be paying attention to what’s outside the windshield.
For the love of all that is good and decent in the world, fellow drivers, get off your frickin’ mobile phones. You can’t multitask, no matter how good at it you think you are. Quit trying to text and drive. You can’t manage to keep your car in your lane when you’re merely talking and driving, or merely driving… Why do you think you possess the ability to text and drive?
Ladies and queens: put your makeup on before you leave the house. You can’t multitask either.
Don’t make me regret being nice to you. If I let you in front of me, when you get a chance, get the hell out of the way, or speed up. There’s a reason I’m not a Christian motorist: every time I do something nice for someone else on the road, I get stuck behind someone doing all of the above.
I enjoy driving and I’m good at doing it. I am present and focused when I’m driving. In what might be a novel concept for all my fellow commuters, my eyes are out the front windshield, my hands are on the wheel or on my gear shift knob. All I ask is that you are the same.
And failing that, can’t you just get the hell out of the way?