Police Are A Threat to Liberty

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I agree that Police are killing Black people in high numbers. However, they aren’t only killing Black people. However, Black people do themselves a disservice by making this a “Black Issue.” Black people are a minority. You need a majority for change to happen.

Stopping shooting yourselves in the face.

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Let us think about this.

Britain didn’t start yelling; “Stop Killing Brits” in World War II and then attack Russia. They made common cause with Russia and America to defeat the Germans.

What have Black people done. Police are killing them in inordinate numbers. Black people start attacking White people on the streets of our cities and at protests. Black people push White people to the side and use strange terms such as “Allies.” I’m not just an ally. As a White American, this is my fight as well. It’s not like I’m against Police Brutality for the sole reason that Police seem to be irrationally frightened of Black people or because Police kill Black people in inflated numbers as compared to all others excepting Native Americans. I’m against Police Brutality because it is a threat to American Liberty. I’m not as concerned with who they target out of proportion or who they fear irrationally. I’m concerned that Police feel that they can murder Americans with impunity by stating that they “feared for their lives” or that they “felt threatened.”

Stop targeting White people at protests. Just stop. It wastes your energy and allows those who are racists and bigots to demean and dehumanize Black people. White people aren’t killing Black people in record numbers. Police are doing that. EVEN BLACK POLICE seem to be strangely and irrationally afraid of Black people on the streets of America.

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Stop attacking those who should be standing beside you. Protesting beside you. Stop and think. What White American feels safe joining in a protest by Black people against the Police when the reality is that they may be attacked merely for the color of their skin. This is self defeating. Oh and stop using Michael Brown as an example of Police Brutality and wrongful deaths. Michael Brown attacked a Cop. Period. I believe that the Cop whom Brown attacked was an undisciplined, ill trained thug. Even so, Brown clearly attacked the Police. He precipitated his own death with his own stupidity.

There are better examples. Tamir Rice and Jamal Crawford are clear example of Police Brutality, Police fear of Black people and the oppression that Police bring to the Black community and to America. The Pastor, Terence Crutcher, who was killed recently is another excellent example.

STOP USING MICHAEL BROWN. He did not deserve to die. Neither did the Cop. Both were wrong. That should not have been a death sentence. However, Brown defeats your purpose in the eyes of a majority of Americans. Even Black people to whom I have spoken believe Brown was an idiot.

Some folks such as Shaun King want to pass legislation to make the Police report their murders and killings to the FBI or in a National Database. We can pass thousands of pages of legislation and nothing will change. We can make the Death in Custody Act a reality. We can make a thousand acts a reality. None of that will matter as long as Police have Qualified Immunity.

The Police know that they can murder anyone and get away with it because of #QualifiedImmunity. No Life Matters to the State and the Police are OF THE STATE.

End Qualified Immunity.

There needs to be top to bottom reform of our Police Departments. Starting with who can join the Police Force. There are too many criminals who are Cops.

US-Flag-Prison72End the murderous, oppression and lie that is “I feared for my life.” It’s a well worn crutch of the Policing Community. Police should be disciplined. End the excuse of “I didn’t know the law” for Police. Citizens can’t use that excuse. Why can Police? End the lies of Police. Police can lie to a Citizen and use statements made because of those lies against even the innocent.

Most importantly, make the Police pay for their mistakes. No more taxpayer dollars should go to fund Police legal fees, fines and rulings. If a Cop is found to have committed a crime, let all fees and fines come from the Police themselves and not the Taxpayer.

Hurt their bottom line.

Finally, disassociate Police Unions from Politics and from City Hall. Police Unions are nothing more than extortion and criminal protection rackets. That #ThinBlueLine needs to be destroyed. It is a criminal organization.

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A Special Class of Citizen Above and Beyond the Law

<> on December 1, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 01: A Chicago police badge hangs in front of the City of Chicago Public Safety Headquarters on December 1, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Following public outcry over the way police handled the shooting death of Laquan McDonald by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced he had fired Chicago Police Superintendant Garry McCarthy. McCarthy, Emanuel and Cook County States Attorney Anita Alvarez have been accused of trying to cover up the shooting. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

What of immoral laws and legislated criminality?

Does it matter that our Politicians use Police Forces to enforce laws that are based on laws and our Citizens are thereby falsely made criminal?

It is said that every Citizen in the United States unknowingly violates up to three laws per day. Simply because the Representatives whom we have elected have been corrupted by Corporations.

We care not for this.

A woman goes to prison for saving the life of her child. You find this moral.

We have no sympathy for the plight of this woman and other Citizens like her.

We care not that Law Enforcers have qualified immunity and have used it to get away with murder in incidents involving your fellow Citizens. We care not that Law Enforcers have used Civil Asset Forfeiture to unjustly and extra-Constitutionally pillaged and plundered your fellow Citizens.

We care not that marijuana was used deceptively to outlaw hemp in order that Corporations such as Dupont Chemicals can maximize profits whilst the State imprisons shiny-badges-dontmillions and uses them as slave labor for other Corporations such as UniCorp?

We care not that Richard Nixon used the “Justice” system to target his enemies whom he labeled hippies, spics and niggers in order to quell dissent against the evil that was the war in Vietnam?

These immoral acts that have resulted in the criminalizing of mine and your fellow Citizens give you no pause?

Truly?

Are we simply in denial of these realities?

One can research all of these issues easily on the World Wide Web.

One can read about the militarization of our Police forces that began under Bush and was furthered by Clinton, Bush Jr and Obama that has resulted in a completely negated purpose of the Posse Comitatus Act.

Many of those whom we would call criminal are simply victims of a corrupt and immoral Justice system that has been perverted by our Politicians and the behest and to the benefit of Corporations.

It has been known for decades that marijuana can heal those who are afflicted with epilepsy. It has been known for decades that marijuana can help with brain trauma. It has been known for decades that marijuana has properties that can help to and in some cases aid in the actual curing of cancer.

Yet, there is no profit in a plant that grows in nature.

We now have synthetic marijuana. For the first time in the history of human use of marijuana, we have had overdoses.

Why? Because of the immoral, deceptive drug war. That selfsame drug war that has resulted in the incarceration of millions of non-violent Citizens for victimless crimes conjured by the State at the behest of Corporations.

At what point do we stop and think.

In Ferguson, arrest warrants were issued for simple misdemeanors. These arrest warrants resulted in loss of life, destruction of property and much damage in the relationship between the Law Enforcers and the Community. These activities resulted directly in the protests and violence after the shooting of Michael Brown.

I care not that Brown attacked the Cop. I care that a Police shot a Citizen and killed him. That is tantamount to extra-judicial punishment. It was a death sentence for the simple crime of jaywalking and daring to stand up to injustice within a community.

At what point do we question the activities of our Law Enforcers and our Politicians?

Do we never question the State? If it is not right to question the State, how, then, are we a free people.

Police are enforces of law. Police are tools of the State. They are not honorable heroes who are acting selflessly. Especially not in this age wherein we have Police treated as a Special Class of Citizen who are above the law. Qualified immunity gives Police a license to kill. Police are taught in special seminars to shoot first and ask questions later. Police are told to state “I was in fear for my life” any time they are involved in a shooting.

Others may worship these Special Citizens. I do not. I see that they are The State and the State should never be worshiped but always questioned.

One must wake up…before it is too late.

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An Open Letter to the American Police

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The Police are an arm of the State.

They are enforcers of Law.

As such, the People should always have the benefit of the doubt. This is part of the reason that we broke off from England.

What you seem to want is for the Police to be beyond reproach. You want obedience. Immediate acquiescence to Police Authority.

Is that the America which you really want?

A people who obey without thought. A people who are so cowed by authority that they think not at all and simply obey commands from perceived authority.

That sounds a lot like the Soviet Union or Saudi Arabia. That does not sound like America.

When the Police can do as they please and violate the Constitution with impunity, we are all slaves.

Already, the Fourth Amendment is all but meaningless.

Police enforce laws that are immoral and based on proven lies and propaganda.

If being anti-Police means that I question their word over that of the People of the United States, then, by all means, call me anti-Police. I will always be thus.

I am for Liberty.

Liberty is impossible without hard restraints on the State Police Forces.

Police already have Qualified Immunity. Police have Civil Asset Forfeiture. Police have Unions which make them unaccountable to the People.

This is not Liberty.

Police should always be accountable to the People. They should not be above the law.

I can’t believe that these beliefs are being espoused in America.

Ben Franklin said that it is better that 100 guilty men go free than One Innocent be imprisoned. American Police today seem to believe the opposite.

In America today, we have innocents in prison because our Justice system is stacked against the Citizen. We have hundreds of thousands of Citizens in prison for nothing more than smoking a plant.

This is not Liberty. This is tyranny.

Police should always be questioned for they are an arm of the State. Traditionally, they are one of the first organizations of the State to be used AGAINST the people.

And do not say that you would not allow this to happen because it has and is occurring as I type this.

The War On Drugs is nothing more than a War on Liberty. It was conceived as such and it will always be so. When Nixon put the American Drug Policy and created the forerunner to the DEA, he did so to target his enemies on the Left whom he characterized as “hippies, niggers and spics.”

That is the origin of drug prohibition. The marijuana policy of the Federal Government was created on a foundation of lies. Lies that have been exposed to the light of day and still the Police want to prosecute this lunatic war on a plant that grows wild in nature.

This is one of the few areas on which I can agree with Obama. The American Police are out of control. Most enforcement of law is centered on revenue raising. Police aren’t out there protecting and serving the people. They are raising revenue for the State. They are raising revenue to pay their salaries and to fund all of the cool toys of war that they now use against the People of the United States of America.

Murders go unsolved so that Police can waste millions of dollars burning marijuana plants and arrest 16 year olds for possession of a few ounces of weed.

Police in America should be ashamed of themselves.

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QUOTATION: That it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer, is a Maxim that has been long and generally approved.
ATTRIBUTION: BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, letter to Benjamin Vaughan, March 14, 1785.—The Writings of Benjamin Franklin, ed. Albert H. Smyth, vol. 9, p. 293 (1906).

He was echoing Voltaire, “that generous Maxim, that ’tis much more Prudence to acquit two Persons, tho’ actually guilty, than to pass Sentence of Condemnation on one that is virtuous and innocent.—Zadig, chapter 6, p. 53 (1749, reprinted 1974).

Sir William Blackstone, in his Commentaries on the Laws of England, 9th ed., book 4, chapter 27, p. 358 (1783, reprinted 1978), says, “For the law holds, that it is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.”

 

America is either a Nation of Laws or it is not. Police cannot be above the Law.

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On March 23, 2005, I lost a good friend. He was a rookie Police Officer. He’d been on the job about a year.

I helped Pete build up the courage to ask out his future wife who is one of my best friends. Pete was a good guy.  A moral man who would have been a good Cop.  I’m not sure if that would have helped or hindered his career. I would have hoped that he’d have risen through the ranks and tackled the hard questions of Policing in modern day America. I would hope that he’d have done some good and, perhaps, even gone on to bring change and accountability to the Police force of Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky.

However, his life was cut short. I would blame this on poor training. Pete wasn’t equipped, yet, to be out there on his own and survive. He wasn’t trained to survive. Like most officers, he was trained to respond and to “shoot first.” However, he wasn’t equipped to deal with a mentally ill 16 year old with a death wish. Because of that, he died. The Louisville Metro Police Department failed Pete massively.

I have an Uncle who is a career Cop. Another Uncle has been a Sheriff of a small locality right outside of Louisville proper.

I’ve spent 3 years in Afghanistan training Afghan National Police forces and working with amazing people who happen to be Police.  Some of them decry the State of the Police forces in America. Some of them…well, they are part of the problem.

By no means do I hate Police.  What I absolutely abhor is the corruption inherent in our American Police forces.

I was asked by Afghan Police constantly how they could combat the corruption that is rife within their Police Forces. I never had a good answer. Cops who fight corruption die. They are killed by fellow Officers. They are allowed to be placed into dangerous situations that lead to their deaths so as to rid the corrupt Cops of the rat. A good Cop who tries to do something about corruption is ostracized.  They’re run off the job. They are bullied. This is American Policing.

I have spent a good deal of time researching American Police. What I have found is rampant corruption and Cops who believe that they are above the law. The problem is that the US Courts have given them qualified immunity. This, in fact, does place them above the law.

This must change or America can not be a nation of laws or a nation of Liberty.

Random Thoughts on the Destruction of American Liberty

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The DNC and GOP are evil.

Neither are good for the country.

Both are good for their respective Lobbyists and Special Interests.

Both target key demographics and lie to them to get elected.

Unions represent the interests of their respective organizations. Police Unions represent the interests of Police. They lobby for legislation that will benefit the Police. Laws such as COPS and 1033, qualified immunity, confiscation, etc.

The Wars on Poverty, Crime and Drugs were initiated by Democrats. All of these so-called wars benefit the Police, empower the police and destroy the rights of the Citizens.

The War on Terror was initiated by Republican Bush 2. However, Obama has taken that war and run with it. He’s made it his own. The NDAA, NSA spying, police militarization, assassination, rendition, invasions and occupations…all of these things were started by someone other than Obama, the Democrat. Yet, Obama has taken them and injected elephant steroids into these programs and gone about the business of destroying the Constitution.

Any Political Party that centers on the corruption that are American cities is bound to be corrupt.

Police have, historically, been Democratic run organizations. Not Republican.

Military members joining the police forces enmasse is a recent phenomenon. This is happening recently as a result of the terrible economy and programs put in place by respective Clinton, Bush 2 and Obama DOJs.

Our current volunteer military is only 30 years old. Prior to the “All Volunteer” military, our nations military services were made up of careerists who retired after they left service and draftees who were mostly poor. These draftees left the service and went into all career fields and some into none as most were from the poor or lower middle class.

This preposterous idea that the Police forces in the military are made up of mostly ex-military is patently false. I looked it up and it can’t be proven or disproven because no one (not even the DOJ) keeps statistics.

I have been researching American police forces for some time now because of Obama’s continuation of Bush’s War on Liberty. Police come from predominantly working class familes. They enter the police force between the ages of 21 and 24. That does not give the majority of them time to enter the Military, ETS and then join the police as a goodly majority of Police have at least 2 years of college. This is a prerequisite for some, if not most, Police forces.

Police Brutality, of late, is a direct result of the Bush/Obama war on Liberty and the Constitution.

Both the Military and the Police are tools of the State.

Police forces have been given qualified immunity. This means that they are not accountable to the citizenry and not held to the same law as the rest of the citizenry. They are, in fact, above the law. Bush and Obama have brought this about via legislation, “Wars on…,” and court appointments.

This must change or America will no longer be a free nation but, instead, little better than Maoist China.

The Democrats are no better than the Republicans. They are the same. This is an age old tactic. Divide and conquer.

By choosing D or R, you are defeating yourselves and destroying America.

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