The Onion: Bloomberg Defends NYPD’s Controversial Stop And Kiss Program
In this video a young man is sitting in his car when he tells the police officer asking him questions to “shut up.” What happens next is a cookie cutter case of power trip brutality caused by the cop escalating violence to unneeded levels. The man was not resisting in the least, yet this cop proceeds to pummel him with his night stick and then pepper sprays him.
It is unclear what exactly caused the cop to detain this individual but it is not at all unclear as to who escalated the situation to violence.
Imagine changing one single variable in this situation: the man doing the beating is not a cop.
How would those bystanders act differently? Doubtless they would come to the aid of the man being pummeled. The assailant is certainly outnumbered. And in those moments when it seems the brutal and unjustified beating would not end, it would be natural and right for either the victim or a bystander to use defensive violence to end the assault, even lethal force if necessary.
Instead, the assailant continues completely undisturbed. And, if history is any indication, he is likely to face very little repercussions (though he would surely face none, if not for this video recording).
Iceland is top 9% in per capita gun ownership…
From the island that was once the location, a millennium ago, of maybe the closest a society’s come to pure libertarianism comes news that Iceland’s had its first police shootingin history.Via euronews:According to an Icelandic news agency, an armed man in his fifties had been making threats to his neighbours, prompting police to evacuate the apartment building where he lived.
Shortly after 05:00 am local time the man started to fire shots from a window. Police returned fire. According to eyewitnesses, some sort of smoke bomb was thrown into the apartment through a broken window. Armed police entered the apartment of the gunman at around 06:00 am and the man was shot in the process. He was taken out in a stretcher and taken to hospital before being pronounced dead.
Other European countries have similar track records. Police in Germany shot 85 roundsin all of 2011. Iceland, though, is different. Unlike much of Western Europe, the country is “awash with guns.” It also has one of the lowest violent crime rates in the world. But strict gun laws aren’t useful in preventing police shootings anyway—witness Chicago, the number of puppycides that enter the news cycle, and the various police shooting stories that involve no firearm, except the police’s.
This is just mind-blowing. The cop arrests this man because he challenged the idea that he, as a father, had higher claim over his children than the state. And because the father - who was not being aggressive - would not concede to the cop’s ramblings, the cop arrested him. Watch the video, but only if you don’t mind getting upset.
As I noted yesterday with regards to a different issue: if this were a non-state school and private security, this would not happen.
A Tennessee man was arrested yesterday for trying to pick his special needs kids up from school. The school wanted the parents to sign a form to allow their children to walk home “unsupervised.”
Naturally these parents questioned the safety of this new policy. They went to school and called the Sheriff’s department to voice their concern over the new policy, when one of the officers begins his power trip.
At one point the father cites the law that allows for him to pick up his children when school is out. The officer then has the audacity to tell the father, “Yes, school is out you can pick up your child, but it doesn’t say when, now, does it?” I’ll be damned if some bureaucrat on a power trip is going to tell me when I can and cannot have access to my children.
Soon after the cop is made to look like the tyrant fool that he is, he does what all cops do when backed into a legal corner, arrests someone.
As much as I hate that this happened, and I recognize police brutality is a huge problem, the fact remains that all the facts are not know AND America has something y’all seem to remember for people like the Boston Bomber but forget when it comes to policemen: innocent until PROVEN guilty. He has not been proven guilty and the investigation by the police department has not finished. You cannot abandon this principle.
- "all the facts are not know (sic)"
Cop tasered boy with his hands up and walking away, causing boy to hit his head on the ground when he fell which lead to brain damage and a coma. What more need be known?
- "innocent until PROVEN guilty."
Such a principle is an important element in a properly functioning criminal justice system, but the point is that one need not be proven guilty in a court of law to be fired. If this were private security in a private school, the security guard would have been - at the very least - suspended immediately and the school would have dealt with the private security firm swiftly so as to please the parents and students. After all, unlike cops and public schools, private security and private schools are dependent on the voluntary patronage of willing customers. Parents concerned that their children might be killed by over-zealous security would no doubt find a new place to send their kids.
- "the investigation by the police department has not finished."
Considering the overwhelming majority of such investigations tends to absolve officers of wrong-doing, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for a just outcome.
Texas High School Student Tased by School Resource Officer/Sheriff’s Deputy, Now in Medically-Induced Coma →
Tasers are meant to be a non-lethal way for police officers to force targets into compliance, but more than 500 deaths have been attributed to Tasers since 2001, largely due to cardiac arrest. At one Texas high school, the use of a Taser by Randy McMillan, a sheriff’s deputy/school resource officer, on 17-year-old Noe Niño de Rivera has resulted in the student being put in a medically induced coma. The family has filed a lawsuit against McMillan, the school district, and the county, and alleges Rivera was tased after trying to break up a fight. Via YNN Austin:The court document says the teenager began to walk backwards with his hands up when McMillan shocked him with the Taser.
Rivera fell to the ground and hit his head on the floor, causing permanent injury to his brain. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital where it was determined he had suffered a severe a brain hemorrhage and was put into a medically-induced coma.
Last week officials with the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office said Rivera was acting aggressive before the Taser was used. They say the two officers ordered the teen to back off, but he ignored their commands, according to a county spokesman, prompting McMillan to use the Taser.
Still, the lawsuit says Rivera “posed no imminent threat of death or serious injury” to McMillan and the deputy was unlawful in his use of force.
The court document also says McMillan used a Taser on another student one year ago, and says the school district and the county sheriff’s office failed to discipline him correctly.
The family is seeking a jury trial. About a hundred students walked out of class last week to protest Rivera’s tasing. KVUE reports the family’s attorney claims to have cellphone video corroborating the family’s story, but did not share it with the TV station. The KVUE story also includes one parent voicing support for McMillan. “I find it hard to believe that an officer of that standing would ever do anything that he didn’t have to actually do. If you’re not there you really can’t judge,” she said.
McMillan has been moved from the school to patrol duty for the time being.
Of course the cop is still on the job…
Cops in New Mexico repeatedly sprayed a woman’s vagina with mace after she was arrested for drugs. They allegedly did this to “punish” her.
God damn the state of New Mexico. It has really gone to hell after Governor Johnson left office.
This is the same New Mexico police recently in the news for anally probing men and women against their will.
When an organization claims a monopoly on force, grants itself the “authority” to harass innocents for even the most minor victimless offenses, and - through the unholy partnership of unions and government - mostly inoculate the members of that organization from retribution for their misdeeds, then it follows that said organization would be attractive to the kind of sick bullies who would enjoy such power.
In the wee hours of the morning on September 13th, Air Force Sgt. Matt Pinkerton and his wife were entertaining guests at their home when an acquaintance of Mrs. Pinkerton’s came knocking.
It was 2 AM. After being told to leave by Matt Pinkerton, who closed the door, Kendall Green decided that he’d kick it in and force his way into the home.
Matt Pinkerton, having armed himself with his Glock 17 9mm prior to approaching the door, then proceeded to discharge two rounds into Green.
Green was subsequently killed in an obvious act of self defense.
But the story didn’t end there, as it should have.
The district attorney’s office has now filed second degree murder charges against Sgt. Pinkerton.
You may be asking yourself under what pretext?
According to the DA, Pinkerton exhibited “bizarre behavior” by grabbing his weapon when an unexpected knock came to his door at 2AM that morning. And, because he failed to call 9-1-1 between the time Green kicked in his door and rushed him, he has now been charged with murder by the state.
Mike Pinkerton, one of the guests and brother of Matt, recalls the incident via Bullets First:
“He (Green) kept coming forward so Matt fired. He rocked backwards and took another step forward at which time Matt took his second shot. He stumbled backwards and fell out the door onto the porch.”
“When the shots were fired Jessica called 911. Matt spoke to the operator; he removed the clip from his gun and the bullet in the chamber. Police arrived within five minutes.”
So what did Matt do wrong when a crazed man broke in his front door at 2am and was after his wife? To me, nothing.
Yet according to the state of Maryland, Matt should have called 911 first and waited for the police.
That isn’t some glib, pro gun caricature of the how when seconds count cops are minutes away. This is the reason he is being charged with murder. It doesn’t help that on top of the lack of a Castle Doctrine Statute the Assistant State’s Attorney, Glen Neubauer, is an rabid anti gunner himself.
Besides maintaining the ridiculous notion that calling 911 while a crazed intruder just smashed his way into your house is the only legal option, Neubauer also claims that even the act of grabbing the gun in the first place is “bizarre behavior in itself.”
Read the full report at Bullets First
As an important note, Mrs. Pinkerton was in no way involved with Kendall Green and a long list of evidence suggests they were merely friends, until Green decided he wanted more out of the relationship, at which point Mrs. Pinkerton ended their interactions.
Thus, it should be obvious that Kendall Green was likely demonstrating irrational emotional and mental behavior the morning he kicked down her door and entered her home.
The Pinkertons have set up a Facebook page in an effort to bring awareness to Matt’s plight against an overzealous District Attorney, who himself is a staunch supporter of anti-gun laws.
Through no fault of his own, Matt Pinkerton is now facing the real possibility of being imprisoned for doing what any self respecting, individually responsible person would do – defending himself, his wife, his guests and his home.
His legal expenses have already exceeded $25,000, plus an additional $25,000 so that Sgt. Pinkerton could be released on bond while awaiting his trial. The family was forced to take out loans in order to make these payments.
So, not only is the State now threatening the freedom of a man who defended those he loved, they are impoverishing him and his family for no other reason than to make a political statement.
Report: Thousands of Nonviolent Americans Sentenced to Life in Prison Due to War on Drugs and Mandatory Minimums →
The ACLU released a new report this week examining the growing trend of judges sentencing nonviolent offenders to life in prison without parole. The ACLU found, perhaps unsurprisingly, that the War on Drugs, mandatory minimums, and “tough-on-crime” policies are to blame.
The report, A Living Death: A Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenders, profiles 110 of the 3,278 inmates currently serving their life sentences for nonviolent crimes. Most of the offenders were charged with crimes like possession of small amounts of drugs or petty theft. …
In addition to the inmate profiles—which are a horribly depressing, but worthwhile read—the report discovered several interesting facts about life without parole (LWOP) in the US.
The Number of LWOP Sentences Has Been Growing For Decades
Offenders serving life without parole, whether violent or not, has been one of the most rapidly growing populations in the prison system. According to the report: “The number of people sentenced to LWOP quadrupled nationwide between 1992 and 2012, from 12,453 to 49,081.”
LWOP Is Due to the War on Drugs, Mandatory Minimums, and Other “Tough on Crime” Policies
Nearly 80 percent of non-violent LWOP offenses are for drug crimes. Among the cases the ACLU surveyed, 83 percent of offenders were placed there because of mandatory minimums or three-strike laws—in other words, the judges had no choice. As the ACLU said:
The prevalence of LWOP sentences for nonviolent offenses is a symptom of the relentless onslaught of more than four decades of the War on Drugs and “tough-on crime” policies, which drove the passage of unnecessarily harsh sentencing laws, including three-strikes provisions…and mandatory minimum sentences.
There Are Racial Disparities
Like most aspects of the criminal justice system, there are stark racial disparities in life without parole sentences. Sixty-five percent of LWOP inmates are black, while in some states the disparity is even higher. In Louisiana, 91 percent are black. In the federal system, blacks are 20 times more likely to be sentenced to LWOP than whites.
This Is A Uniquely American Problem
The US is part of the mere 20 percent of countries that even offer LWOP sentences. And of those countries, the vast majority “place stringent restrictions on where they can be issued and limit their use to crimes of murder.” As a result, the US’s LWOP prison population dwarfs that of other countries’. According to the University of San Francisco’s report on U.S. Sentencing Practices in a Global Context, the US’s LWOP population is 51 times greater than Australia’s and 173 times greater than England’s.
I recently posted a video news story (see here) about a slightly built man with Down’s Syndrome who had his colostomy bag ripped from his body (and suffered a beat-down by police) because they believed the bulge that was his colostomy bag contained “illegal drugs.” A couple weeks ago, a man in New Mexico was subjected to multiple forced anal probes, enemas and a colonoscopy (see here) because cops believed he was harboring “illegal drugs” in his clenched butt cheeks.
Such atrocities could perhaps be dismissed if they were aberrations – the actions of isolated, crazed cops in some cracker backwater. But they are terrifying because they’re becoming routine – because crazed – and unrestrained – policing is now the norm.
The origins of the American Police State can be traced back … to the odious “drug war.”
The war on some drugs is actually a war on reason as well as ethics – with the inevitable casualties being human beings, not the “drugs” allegedly being warred upon.
It is based on the twisted notion that some people (government people, whether they are politicians or bureaucrats or their paid enforcers) are entitled to arbitrarily decree that some “drugs” (but not others, the ones they happen to approve of) are – presto! – “illegal” and that mere possession/use/sale/manufacturer (all peaceful activities as such that entail no victim, hence no crime) is sufficient warrant to eviscerate not merely the Bill of Rights but human rights. This demented crusade justifies random rousting of anyone, at almost any time, anywhere, if a cop (or a got-damned dog) believes that person might have the arbitrarily illegal item in his possession. …
It requires a blank-out – the suspension of one’s critical thinking capacity – to take the position that, on the one hand, the meth-maker is a dirty drug pusher who is responsible for the negligent or criminal actions of his customers … but the wine maker is a respectable member of the community and not responsible for the negligent or criminal actions of his customers.
Of course, neither of them “pushed” anything.
They each made an intoxicating substance and offered it for sale. Neither forced anyone to purchase or consume the intoxicants. People freely chose to do so. And their subsequent actions – their free will choices – are not the responsibility of the persons who made the intoxicants any more than GM is responsible for what I do with the 200 MPH-capable Corvette they sent me to review. …
This is why we have forced anal probing – and thugs in costumes ripping the colostomy bags from the side of mentally handicapped people. Because of the unwritten coda that people who partake of socially unacceptable, arbitrarily illegal “drugs” are an open-season class of subhumanity.
Never could I imagine a situation in which two grown men would need to taser a 94 pound, 10 year old child to subdue him. But apparently Indiana police can.
Last week, news wires, blogs and pundits lit up with the horrifying story of David Eckert, a New Mexico man who last January was subjected to a series of invasive and degrading drug search procedures after a traffic stop. The procedures, which included x-rays, digital anal penetration, enemas and a colonoscopy, were all performed without Eckert’s consent.
Eckert was pulled over by Deming, New Mexico Officer Bobby Orosco for making a rolling stop at a stop sign as he was leaving a Walmart parking lot. According to a subsequent search warrant, Orosco thought Eckert appeared nervous. A drug dog was called in, which alerted the officer to Eckert’s seat. The officer then claims he received a tip from another, unnamed officer that Eckert had previously hidden drugs in his anus. (Eckert apparently has a prior record.) Based on all of this, the police officers were able to get both Deputy District Attorney Daniel Dougherty and a local judge to sign off on all the humiliation that followed. (According to the original report, the hospital then sent him a bill for the “services,” and has since threatened to send a collection agency after him).
Days later, a second resident of New Mexico came forward with similar allegations. Timothy Young says that after a traffic stop in October 2012, he too was subjected to x-rays and a digital anal exam without his consent. New Mexico news station KBO-TV was first to report both incidents, which were performed by physicians at the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City, New Mexico. In both cases, doctors and police failed to find any illegal drugs.
A third alleged victim has since come forward, although this woman says her anal and vaginal searches, x-rays and CAT scans came courtesy of federal border patrol agents, and without a warrant.
These incidents raise troubling questions about how the criminal justice system and medical establishment could allow for such extreme and invasive measures based on such little suspicion for nonviolent drug offenses. Oddly, according to constitutional scholars and medical ethicists I’ve consulted, the indignities imposed upon Eckert and Young were both illegal and unethical. And yet it also may be that (a) none of the law enforcement officials or medical personnel responsible for the violations are likely to be held accountable in any way, and (b) they could probably do it all again tomorrow, and still wouldn’t likely be held accountable. …
Some courts have determined that these were violations of rights — and perhaps more, or even the Supreme Court, will follow. But the bubble of infallibility we’ve built around the public officials we entrust to respect and protect our rights means that our rights can be horribly, egregiously and illegally violated … but the illegal part only really matters on paper. At worst, taxpayers will compensate the victims, but the violators will survive to violate another day. …
Take a few steps back, and it’s rather astonishing that we’re even discussing this. These men were sexually assaulted, and not really even under the color of law. If we’re actually discussing whether government actors can or should be held accountable for digitally penetrating a suspect’s anus, then subjecting him to multiple enemas, then forcibly sedating him and shoving a camera up his rectum, whether they should be able to legally require medical personnel to assist them, and all in pursuit of evidence of a nonviolent, consensual crime — we’re already far, far removed from a system that takes justice or constitutional rights very seriously.
A Los Angeles school teacher has pleaded guilty to a series of heinous abuses against his students, including blindfolding them and feeding them cookies laced with his semen.
Elementary school teacher Mark Berndt pleaded guilty on Friday to abusing 30 students at Miramonte Elementary School for the last two decades. Berndt was caught after a photo technician reported dozens of blindfolded third graders in photographs he was developing for Berndt. When investigators searched Berndt’s classroom, they found semen on a spoon in a trash bin. Berndt had been feeding his students cookies laced with his own semen.
After being removed from the classroom in 2011, Berndt was paid $40,000 by the school district to drop the appeal of his suspension. The school district has already settled 63 cases relating to the abuse, with 71 still pending.
The guilty plea calls for Berndt to spend 25 years in prison.
"He’s going to jail essentially for the rest of his life," the attorney for the students and their parents told the Associated Press. "You can’t ask for more than that."
The school district had received reports of Berndt abusing students since the 1990s, but did not act until the the police intervened.
So for those of you following at home, this teacher was abusive to students for 30 years. The school district ignored reports of abuse until the police got involved, and when he was finally fired, the school district (read: taxpayers) paid him $40,000 to drop his appeal.
Then there’s this teacher who tied a student’s hands together and tried to tape her mouth shut:
A high school teacher has been suspended for allegedly taping a student’s hands together and then trying to tape her mouth shut. Greg Sims, a science teacher at Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, Florida, will be suspended without pay for five days.
According to Superintendent Walt Griffin, Sims “taped a student’s hands together, attempted to tape her mouth closed as a means of addressing her disturbing the class and taped her book bag to a pole in the classroom.” Griffin also notes that Sims’ behavior was “unacceptable conduct” and “egregious” for a professional educator.
Yet this is not the first time Sims has been in trouble for misbehavior. In 1999, he was sent an official warning letter, in 2001 he was suspended without pay for “embarrassing students,” in 2005 he was again warned for calling a female student a “derogatory name,” and in 2008 he was suspended without pay for “repeated misconduct” and “embarrassing students.” All three suspensions stem from charges of embarrassing female students.
The school-district spokesman, Mike Lawrence, said that Sims would “likely” face firing if he has any more trouble when he returns to the classroom next week. Which is good because they should definitely wait and see if the behavior is part of a pattern before jumping to any permanent conclusions.
So this guy also has a long history of abuse, and his punishment here is a five-day suspension. And the most the school district offers is that he would “likely” face firing if he abuses students again.
Look, there are crazies in this world. There are bullies and jerks and evil-doers in all walks of life. But in a private setting, this kind of abuse would not be tolerated. If these were private schools, there would be no way school management would keep this kind of teacher on staff. Such teachers would be a deterrent to potential students and parents (the school doesn’t get paid if no one is enrolled), and it opens the school up to expensive liability.
With government-run schools, the priorities are reversed. Enrollment is based on a regional monopoly, and funding is essentially guaranteed. The unions, in turn, prioritize teachers over students - and make it all but impossible to fire poor or abusive teachers.
And sometimes this leads to dead children.
We see this kind of thing all the time with police, as criminal cops get slaps on the wrist and paid time off. Such is the unholy matrimony of unions and the government: unions need not appeal to the masses who actually foot the bill, they only need to placate the inherently corrupt politicians and bureaucrats who make the actual decisions. And when things are turned to voters, concentrated benefits dictate that those who gain most (unions) are more motivated to vote than those whose losses are dispersed among many. And everyone else is easily duped with cries about “public safety” and “for the children.”
"As with any service business, there’s a natural feedback system built-in that is obscured by government interference: school administrators would be sensitive to making sure parents’ demands are fulfilled. In a free market in education, schools face the risk of losing students if they don’t fulfill [certain] demands."
Privatization, a free market in education, is what is required:
[H]aving locally controlled schooling… forces schools to compete for students and thus lets parents hold the teachers and administration accountable. …
[S]ince no taxpayers would be on the hook for a penny, only the parents [and guardians and students] - and not the public at large or bureaucrats or union leaders - have a say.
The best schools will produce the best adults, and that’s where the parents will send their children. The bad schools will go out of business. The rich can already opt out of bad schools, so why not dismantle the infrastructure that keeps the poor from doing the same?
Empowering the consumers fosters competition, which means greater accountability, lowered costs, increased access, and better catering to specific demands.
Which means abusive teachers aren’t very likely to continue their behavior for years…
Police Officer Fires Gun at Minivan Full of Kids
I meant to post this yesterday.
The driver’s initial “offense” was a non-violent violation of a speeding limit.
Here’s William Grigg’s take:
Police do not exist to protect persons and property. Their primary mission is revenue collection at gunpoint on behalf of the political class. In Occupied America, refusal to submit to such extortion is an offense worthy of summary execution of the rebel — and any innocent bystanders, including children.
Rihanna Ferrell was stopped by a road agent for violating the speed limit. After the parasite turned his back, Ferrell drove away. She stopped again a short distance away, and the revenue collection agent attempted to abduct her (or, as he would put it, arrest her). Ferrell was in the company of her five children, the oldest of whom — her 14-year-old son — quite commendably came to his mother’s aid when an armed stranger violently laid hands on her.
A thugscrum soon coalesced and laid siege to the family’s vehicle, breaking windows and terrorizing the children. Ferrell took off again, prompting one of the cretinous tax-gatherers to fire several shots into the rear of the vehicle — an act of criminal attempted homicide. Following an extremely dangerous chase, Ferrell eventually pulled over and surrendered.
The actions of the mother may be considered intemperate and irresponsible, and they will be punished as if they were actual crimes — which they were not. Ironically, the headline supplied by ABC News underscores the identity of the real criminals in this encounter: “Police Take Aggressive Action When Mother and Her Kids Resist Arrest.” All aggression is criminal, and only aggression (force or fraud) can be considered criminal.
The behavior of the police in this episode was close kindred to that of occupation forces in Iraq who would often fire indiscriminately into vehicles that refused to stop at checkpoints. Indeed, this is entirely typical of the tactics employed by the Regime’s domestic army of occupation.UPDATEThis traffic stop occurred outside Taos, New Mexico — a state where every routine traffic stop is freighted with the very real possibility of rape or other sexual assault at the hands of police and their medical enablers. That entirely plausible fear should be regarded as a compelling defense for Mrs. Ferrell’s actions.
Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs warns travellers that U.S. cops are on "unprecedented" killing spree →
A shocking report prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) for the Federal Assembly (FA) is urging a new law be passed giving to all Russians traveling to the United States a “warning” that American police officers have entered upon an “unprecedented killing spree” that in the past decade has seen nearly 5,000 innocent civilians gunned down without benefit of either charges being filed, or being convicted of a crime.
Two of the worst American cities for police abuse likely to be visited by Russian citizens, this report says, are Chicago, which was condemned by the United Nations for its practice of widespread police torture, and New York City whose government paid out over $1 billion between 2000-2010 in lawsuit claims related to police abuse, and last year, 2012, had to pay out another $131 million to settle civil rights and police abuse claims too.
Grimly to be noted, this report continues, are that the statistics for the nearly 5,000 people killed by American police officers in the past decade, including 587 killed in 2012 alone, may not even be the true total of these deaths as a study of killings by police from 1999 to 2002 in the Central Florida region found that US national databases included only one-fourth of the number of persons killed by police as reported in the local news media.
To the types of people being targeted by these US police “killing machines,” this report says, are many with disabilities and mental illness, including:
Down Syndrome patient Robert Ethan Saylor, 26, who was brutally straggled to death by 3 Maryland sheriff’s deputies on 12 January and whose last words were cries for his “mommy” to come help him.
To the “kill first” mentality of American police officers this report cites the 29 November 2012 public execution of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams by Cleveland Ohio police officers, who for daring to flee from police after a traffic stop were chased by 104 police officers for 25-minutes and then gunned down in a hail of 137 bullets.
Even though 63 of the 104 Cleveland police officers were suspended for the execution of Russell and Williams, this report says, no officers in the killing of Saylor or the shooting of Bennett have been charged.
In fact, this report states, the lack of American authorities holding their police officers responsible for killing of innocents is virtually unheard of in the United States and has caused this unprecedented “explosion” of police violence.
Equally to be blamed, this report continues, are America’s wars over the past 12-years that has filled its police departments with veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan who have yet to acclimate to civilian life and are, in essence, still in “combat mode.”
Two of the many examples cited in this report of this “combat mode” mentality held by American police officers include:
Allen Hicks, in 2012, who was arrested by Tampa Florida police officers for “not following orders” and was thrown into a jail cell where he was later found to be having a stroke, and which a few months later he died from in hospital.
Elliott Williams, in 2011, who was arrested by Tulsa Oklahoma police officers on a minor charge and was left in his jail cell for 5 days until he died, all the while being neglected and his health ignored.
What’s even worse, this MFA report warns, is that this unprecedented “killing spree” US police officers are now on is only going to get worse as these once honored guardians of the peace have become more militarized.
And as further warned about the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): “American neighborhoods are increasingly being policed by cops armed with the weapons and tactics of war.”
To if the Obama regime will attempt to stop this police “killing spree,” this report concludes, it does not appear likely as President Obama has just nominated as his new Homeland Security Secretary former Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson, and who has said, “US citizens do not have immunity from assassination when they are at war with the United States.”
And to whom these Obama regime leaders feel they are “at war” with, the MFA says, was recently revealed in US Court documents relating to a lawsuit against the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) which shockingly revealed that the invasive personal searches conducted by them upon their own citizens has nothing to do with preventing terrorism, but is, instead, designed to make these people as compliant to police authority as possible.