US police are a greater threat to Americans than enemy forces are to US soldiers
The hypocrisy of American police is beginning to bother even law and order conservatives. The New York Police Department is rivaling the black community in Ferguson in keeping alive the murders of their community members.
We are constantly reminded of how dangerous it is to be a police officer. A total of 50 police officers were reportedly killed last year in the "line of duty," but the police themselves managed to kill 1,029 Americans during the same time period, most of whom were unarmed and innocent of wrongdoings.
In other words, any encounter between the public and the police is more than 20 times more dangerous for the public than for the police.
That should raise questions about the absence of restraint on the ability of police to use deadly force as a first resort. Yet authorities and white communities invariably defend police violence against the public.
If Americans had half-decent educations, Americans would know that power comes from precedent. The police, like the executive branch, have now established themselves above the law.
The laws that apply to the public do not apply to police, US presidents, presidential appointees, NSA, and CIA.
This URL provides two short videos of Montana police officer Grant Morrison shooting to death in separate incidents two unarmed drivers pulled over by Morrison in routine traffic stops. In both cases, Morrison's first actions are to scream obscenities and pull the trigger. Morrison comes across as completely crazed. It is inexplicable that Montana permits an armed lunatic to roam the streets pulling over cars. You try doing that.
Clearly the police are privileged and, thereby, unaccountable.
According to news reports, during eight years of what is called the Iraq War more US citizens were murdered by the police than US soldiers were killed in the war.
In other words, US police are a greater threat to Americans than enemy forces are to US soldiers who have invaded a foreign country.
The other day I heard a NY police commissioner on NPR defend the NY police violence against Eric Garner that resulted in Garner's death. The police commissioner said that Garner more or less brought on his own death by not quickly cooperating with police orders. When asked if selling single cigarettes out of a pack was a sufficiently dangerous act to justify police use of prohibited choke holds, the commissioner said Garner's single cigarette sales were depriving NY City of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues that could be used for more and better schools and hospitals.
I was surprised to learn that selling "loosies" was a billion dollar business. Somehow that seems about as hard to believe as everything else authorities tell us.
Other countries manage to have police forces that do not indiscriminately gun down their citizens. Yet most Americans will support the police until it happens to them, but keep in mind that every time you get in your car you have placed yourself in far greater danger from police than you face from terrorists.
Dr. Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan Administration. He was associate editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service. He is a contributing editor to Gerald Celente's Trends Journal. He has had numerous university appointments. His book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is available here. His latest book, How America Was Lost, has just been released and can be ordered here.
Picture of Michelle Lane, a victim of Maryland post police beating by Carroll County Sheriff Deputy Zepp which left Michelle with a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. hysicians at University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center confirmed a poor prognosis of Michelle Lane, that she will never return to normal living conditions, status post head trauma and loss of consciousness beating by Carroll County, MD Sheriff Deputy Zepp.
Dep. Zepp used near lethal force, using his body parts and a weapon against and unarmed woman with a known spinal cord injury, on an animal control issue where her daughter’s pony escaped their fence due to Dep Zepp’s friends setting off professional grade, rocket propelled, illegal fireworks. Wreckless endangerment is also noted on charging document requested felony assault and battery due to Zepp efforts to engage in, then cover up his attack of Michelle Lane.
If it weren’t for the CBS reporters who filmed the whole incident while reporting on a 805 Freeway crash, it would be hard to believe that a firefighter who was helping the victims got arrested for not moving his truck.
The on-duty Chula Vista firefighter Jacob Gregoire was helping two people injured in a car crash that happened north on I-805 between Telegraph Canyon Road and East Orange Avenue.
A California Highway Patrol officer asked the firefighters to move the three fire trucks blocking the fast lane, but only two of them complied. The 36-year-old firefighter veteran Gregoire refused to move his truck and continued to provide aid to the victims.
“It’s unbelievable you guys have to treat us like this. We are trying to help you guys”, said Gregoire.
The officer’s response was: “We asked you to clear the road, you said ‘No.’ You are being arrested for not moving.”
Gregoire was handcuffed and retained in the back of a CHP vehicle for half an hour before being released.
Chula Vista Fire Chief Dave Hanneman was shocked by the way his men were treated and he praised them for protecting the accident scene with their trucks, like they have been trained to.
Former Cop Headed to Trial for Raping a Child While Other Officers Watched
By Cassandra Rules on October 28, 2014
Pharr, TX — Trial is set to begin December 1, in the case of former Pharr police officer Erasmo Mata, Jr., accused of repeated first-degree felony sexual assaults of a child.
A federal civil lawsuit filed with Texas Southern District Court back in May accused Mata of assaulting the minor five times, on five separate occasions, all while on duty. The suit alleges that the attacks took place in abandoned houses around the city as other Pharr police officers stood by and watched.
The lawsuit also accused the department of engaging in a cover-up to protect the officers from criminal charges, as well as not conducting a rape kit or immediately testing the evidence.
The lawsuit was filed against the officer, the City of Pharr, the Pharr Police Department and the Pharr police chief.
Claims against the City of Pharr and the Pharr Police Chief Ruben Villescas were dismissed, however the motion to dismiss Mata was denied.
The Pharr Police Department did an internal investigation, but the family claims Chief Villescas told them not to hire an attorney and that he would personally take care of the allegations against the officer, Valley Central reports.
While the officers were terminated, neither Mata, nor the officers who allegedly watched, initially faced any criminal charges for the 2013 attacks.
After the lawsuit was filed, the lawyer for the teen asked the Texas Rangers to conduct their own investigation into the allegations. The Rangers found the accusations to be accurate and turned over the results to prosecutors, who presented the case to a grand jury and indicted Mata on July 30.
Pharr’s city attorneys deny that other officers watched the sexual assaults.
If convicted, Mata faces between five and 99 years in prison, as well as a fine of up to $10,000.
Isolated incident? Hardly.
Sexual misconduct is the second highest of all complaints nationwide against police officers, representing 9.3 percent in 2010, according to an unofficial study.
In 2010, 354 of the 618 complaints involved non consensual sexual acts, and over half of those involved were minors.
Earlier this month we reported on an officer in charge of a rape case who is accused of stalking and sexually harassing the victim.
Last month Oklahoma made headlines with three serial rapists in 3 weeks, all officers, as well as one police chief molesting children.
In July, a former New York Police Department officer convicted of planning to kidnap and rape women before killing and eating them was set to go free after a federal judge overturned his conviction.
What’s rare is for the Houston Police Department to punish its officers for excessive force. An eight-month Texas Observer investigation found that during the past six years, Houston civilians reported officers for “use of force”—the department’s term for police brutality—588 times. The Internal Affairs division investigated each complaint and dismissed all but four.
Here are a few examples of cases that Mr. Steering has won against the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department; an agency that has literally gone off of the deep end in the High Desert / Victor Valley area:
Trent v. County of San Bernardino, U.S. Dist. Court, Cent. Dist. of Cal. (Riverside) (2013), $600,000.00 obtained for false arrest and unreasonable force against Domestic Violence victim.
Morgan v. County of San Bernardino, U.S. Dist. Court, Cent. Dist. of Cal. (Riverside) (1996), $714,000.00 settlement following jury verdict for excessive force and false arrest during search warrant execution in Apple Valley, California;
Austin v. County of San Bernardino, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, $500,000.00 jury verdict for false arrest and excessive force;
Lopez v. County of San Bernardino, U.S. Dist. Court Cent. Dist. of Cal. (Riverside) (2002), $50,000.00 settlement for racially motivated battery;
Miller v. City of San Bernardino, et al, U.S. Dist. Court Cent. Dist. of Cal. (Riverside) (2003), $35,000.00 settlement for unlawful detention;
Calderon v. County of San Bernardino, U.S. Dist. Court, Central Dist. of Cal. (Riverside)(2003), $115,000.00 settlement for false arrest and illegal search;
Arroyo v. City of San Bernardino, U.S. Dist. Court, Central Dist. of Cal. (Riverside)(2004), $125,000.00 settlement for unreasonable seizure of person;
Ford v. County of San Bernardino, (2007), $80,000.00 settlement for excessive force;
In re Jane Doe v. County of San Bernardino, et al., (2008), $290,000.00 settlement (prior to filing lawsuit) for sexually motivated mistreatment of arrestee; and
Aubry v. County of San Bernardino, et. al, U.S. Dist. Court (LA) 2012, $325,000.00 settlement for the use of unreasonable force and for false arrest.
Why Are These Cops So Infatuated With Colons?
“Do you have it up your ass? Do you have drugs in your ass?” The Free Thought Project July 28, 2014 Timothy Young is one of many forced sodomy victims of New Mexico Law Enforcement. According to Reason TV, In October of 2012, Timothy Young was pulled over for failing to use...
The Free Thought Project Cassandra Rules July 28, 2014 No strangers to brutality, Santa Ana PD have been up to no good yet again; and like before- its been captured on video. Surveillance footage from June 20th shows vicious officers savagely beating 27 year old Edgar Vargas Arzate as he is held face down
A mother and daughter are suing the Orange County Sheriff’s Office after a negligent SWAT raid on their home left the daughter full of bullet holes and their family dog dead. The Free Thought Project Matt Agorist July 26, 2014 The mother and daughter, who are choosing to remain anonymous, are the latest victims
“Once he was on the ground it was a wrap. They beat him constantly and did not let off of him” The Free Thought Project Mike Sawyer July 26, 2014 An Michigan man was left hospitalized after a run in with Ecorse police Monday morning. The victim, Allen Donald, had his right jaw fractured
Police Did Nothing To Rescue A Drowning Man
In Alameda, California a suicidal man succeeded in drowning himself on Crown Beach when police officers didn’t do anything to go out in the water and rescue him.
They received a call earlier that day from a woman that said her son was going to kill himself that day.
They came to the scene but just stood there along with firemen and onlookers that were also present.
A witness said that the man stood with his head above the water and looking at the crew for about an hour, but no one even reacted, which she thought was weird, because there were plenty of time to do something about it.
They claim that they did not have proper certifications to get out legally and rescue the man.
Even entering the water after his death was illegal for them. People are shocked because this was an emergency situation, this was a situation that is about rescuing someones life, and still they didn’t “dare” to enter the water? The police men said that they are not trained to get into water.
Even the firefighters didn’t get out so everybody waited till a young woman volunteered to get out in the water and bring back the dead body.
The rescue men in Alameda should have the right certifications to get out in the water legally, but this is still a problem and they blame the budget cuts.
Young Officers Shot &
Killed Wrong Man
In Nashville, Tennessee two young police officers wrongly shot and killed a 61-year old man in his home, thinking he was involved in a drug-related incident.
John Adams, was shot three times by officers Kyle Shedran (25) and Greg Day (24) after he reportedly shot at them with a sawed-off shotgun. The man’s widow, Loraine, says that she thought it was a home invasion when the officers burst into their house. In the panic that ensued, Loraine shouted to her husband to get his gun, which he did.
The officers handcuffed Mrs. Adams and locked her in another room before the shooting began. Mr. Adams was shot three times and died later at the Vanderbilt Medical Centre in Nashville.
Lebanon Police Chief Billy Weeks admitted that the police had gotten the wrong information from a drug informant and had made a mistake when breaking into the house. He said “It’s a very severe mistake, a costly mistake. It makes us look at our own policies and procedures to make sure this never happens again!”
Weeks insists that the two young officers were not at fault, although the widow of the deceased thinks otherwise. Loraine Adams was quoted as saying “They need to get rid of those men, boys with toys!”
The case is now being handled by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation as well as the NAACP (The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) who feel that race may have played a part in the officers’ hasty actions, considering that the two young officers were white and John Adams was black.
Cops Caught On Tape Beating Up a Suspect and Celebrating
A horrific footage shows two police officers heavily beating a man who’s helplessly lying on the ground, and then doing a chest bump in celebration of the whole act. These two officers didn’t know they were caught on the surveillance camera of the parking garage where the incident took place. After the video had been released in public, the officers got fired from the service.
The man on the footage is Nicholas Blume, who was stopped just for a traffic violation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Police officers John Doyle and Robert Woolever took him to the parking garage of the Barcelona hotel where they threw him to the ground while Woolever kept kicking him in the head over a dozen times. Blume was pinned to the ground and unable to defend himself while the kicking continued. After the cops finished with the beating, they did a bizarre thing – congratulating each other on the job and doing a celebratory chest bump.
STORIES OF THOSE
Police Are More Dangerous To The Public Than Are Criminals.
The goon thug psychopaths no longer only brutalize minorities–it is open season on all of us –the latest victim is a petite young white mother of two small children
The worse threat every American faces comes from his/her own government.
At the federal level the threat is a seventh war (Syria) in 12 years, leading on to the eighth and ninth (Iran and Lebanon) and then on to nuclear war with Russia and China.
The criminal psychopaths in Washington have squandered trillions of dollars on their wars, killing and dispossessing millions of Muslims while millions of American citizens have been dispossessed of their homes and careers. Now the entire social safety net is on the chopping bloc so that Washington can finance more wars.
At the state and local level every American faces brutal, armed psychopaths known as the police. The “law and order” conservatives and the “compassionate” liberals stand silent while police psychopaths brutalize children and grandmothers, murder double amputees in wheel chairs, break into the wrong homes, murder the family dogs, and terrify the occupants, pointing their automatic assault weapons in the faces of small children.
The American police perform no positive function. They pose a much larger threat to citizens than do the criminals who operate without a police badge. Americans would be safer if the police forces were abolished.
The police have been militarized and largely federalized by the Pentagon and the gestapo Homeland Security. The role of the federal government in equipping state and local police with military weapons, including tanks, and training in their use has essentially removed the police from state and local control. No matter how brutal any police officer, it is rare that any suffer more than a few months suspension, usually with full pay, while a report is concocted that clears them of any wrong doing.
In America today, police murder with impunity. All the psychopaths have to say is, “I thought his wallet was a gun,” or “we had to taser the unconscious guy we found lying on the ground, because he wouldn’t obey our commands to get up.”
There are innumerable cases of 240 pound cop psychopaths beating a 115 pound woman black and blue. Or handcuffing and carting off to jail 6 and 7 year old boys for having a dispute on the school playground.
Many Americans take solace in their erroneous belief that this only happens to minorities who they believe deserve it, but psychopaths use their unaccountable power against everyone. The American police are a brutal criminal gang free of civilian control.
Unaccountable power, which the police have, always attracts psychopaths. You are lucky if you only get bullies, but mainly police forces attract people who enjoy hurting people and tyrannizing them. To inflict harm on the public is why psychopaths join police forces.
Calling the police is a risky thing to do. Often it is the person who calls for help or some innocent person who ends up brutalized or murdered by the police. For example, on September 15 CNN reported a case of a young man who wrecked his car and went to a nearby house for help. The woman, made paranoid by the “war on crime,” imagined that she was in danger and called police. When the police arrived, the young man ran up to them, and the police shot him dead.
People who say the solution is better police training are unaware of how the police are trained. Police are trained to perceive the public as the enemy and to use maximum force. I have watched local police forces train. Two or three dozen officers will simultaneously empty their high-capacity magazines at the same target, a minimum of 300 bullets fired at one target. The purpose is to completely destroy whatever is on the receiving end of police fire.
US prosecutors seem to be the equal to police in terms of the psychopaths in their ranks. The United States, “the light unto the world,” not only has the highest percentage of its population in prison of every other country in the world, but also has the largest absolute number of people in prison. The US prison population is much larger in absolute numbers that the prison populations of China and India, countries with four times the US population.
Just try to find a prosecutor who gives a hoot about the innocence or guilt of the accused who is in his clutches. All the prosecutor cares about is his conviction rate. The higher his conviction rate, the greater his success even if every person convicted is innocent. The higher his conviction rate, the more likely he can run for public office.
Many prosecutors, such as Rudy Giuliani, target well known people so that they can gain name recognition via the names of their victims.
The American justice (sic) system serves the political ambitions of prosecutors and the murderous lusts of police psychopaths. It serves the profit motives of the privatized prisons who need high occupancy rates for their balance sheets.
But you can bet your life that the American justice (sic) system does not serve justice.
While writing this article, I googled “police brutality,” and google delivered 4,100,000 results. If a person googles “police brutality videos,” he will discover that there are more videos than could be watched in a lifetime. And these are only those acts of police brutality that are witnessed and caught on camera.
It would take thousands of pages just to compile the information available.
The facts seem to support the case that police in the US commit more crimes and acts of violence against the public than do the criminals who do not wear badges. According to the FBI crime Statistics in 2010 there were 1,246,248 violent crimes committed by people without police badges. Keep in mind that the definition of violent crime can be an expansive definition. For example, simply to push someone is considered assault. If two people come to blows in an argument, both have committed assault. However, even with this expansive definition of violent crimes, police assaults are both more numerous and more dangerous, as it is usually a half dozen overweight goon thugs beating and tasering one person.
Reports of police brutality are commonplace, but hardly anything is ever done about them. For example, on September 10, AlterNet reported that Houston, Texas, police routinely beat and murder local citizens.
The threat posed to the public by police psychopaths is growing rapidly. Last July 19 the Wall Street Journal reported: “Driven by martial rhetoric and the availability of military-style equipment–from bayonets and M-16 rifles to armored personnel carriers–American police forces have often adopted a mind-set previously reserved for the battlefield. The war on drugs and, more recently, post-9/11 antiterrorism efforts have created a new figure on the US scene: the warrior cop–armed to the teeth, ready to deal harshly with targeted wrongdoers, and a growing threat to familiar American liberties.”
The Wall Street Journal, being an establishment newspaper, has to put it as nicely as possible. The bald fact is that today’s cop in body armor with assault weapons, grenades, and tanks is not there to make arrests of suspected criminals. He is there in anticipation of protests to beat down the public for exercising constitutional rights.
To suppress public protests is also the purpose of the Department of Homeland Security Police, a federal para-military police force that is a new development for the United States. No one in their right mind could possibly think that the vast militarized police have been created because of “the terrorist threat.” Terrorists are so rare that the FBI has to round up demented people and talk them into a plot so that the “terrorist threat” can be kept alive in the public’s mind.
The American public is too brainwashed to be able to defend itself. Consider the factthat cops seldom face any consequence when they murder citizens. We never hear cops called “citizen killer.” But if a citizen kills some overbearing cop bully, the media go ballistic: “Cop killer, cop killer.” The screaming doesn’t stop until the cop killer is executed.
As long as a brainwashed public continues to accept that cop lives are more precious than their own, citizens will continue to be brutalized and murdered by police psychopaths.
I can remember when the police were different. If there was a fight, the police broke it up. If it was a case of people coming to blows over a dispute, charges were not filed. If it was a clear case of assault, unless it was brutal or done with use of a weapon, the police usually left it up to the victim to file charges.
When I lived in England, the police walked their beats armed only with their billysticks.
When and why did it all go wrong? Among the collection of probable causes are the growth or urban populations, the onslaught of heavy immigration on formerly stable and predictable neighborhoods, the war on drugs, and management consultants called in to improve efficiency who focused police on quantitative results, such as the number of arrests, and away from such traditional goals as keeping the peace and investigating reported crimes.
Each step of the way accountability was removed in order to more easily apprehend criminals and drug dealers. The “war on terror” was another step, resulting in the militarization of the police.
The replacement of jury trials with plea bargains meant that police investigations ceased to be tested in court or even to support the plea, usually a fictitious crime reached by negotiation in order to obtain a guilty plea. Police learned that all prosecutors needed was a charge and that little depended on police investigations. Police work became sloppy. It was easier simply to pick up a suspect who had a record of having committed a similar crime.
As justice receded as the goal, the quality of people drawn into police work changed. Idealistic people found that their motivations were not compatible with the process, while bullies and psychopaths were attracted by largely unaccountable power.
Much of the blame can be attributed to “law and order” conservatives. Years ago when New York liberals began to observe the growing high-handed behavior of police, they called for civilian police review boards. Conservatives, such as National Review’s William F. Buckley, went berserk, claiming that any oversight over the police would hamstring the police and cause crime to explode.
The conservatives could see no threat in the police, only in an effort to hold police accountable. As far as I can tell, this is still the mindset.
What we observed in the police response to the Boston Marathon bombing suggests that the situation is irretrievable. One of the country’s largest cities and its suburbs–100 square miles–was tightly locked down with no one permitted to leave their homes, while 10,000 heavily armed police, essentially combat soldiers armed with tanks, forced their way into people’s homes, ordering them out at gunpoint. The excuse given for this unprecedented gestapo police action was a search for one wounded 19-year old kid.
That such a completely unnecessary and unconstitutional event could occur in Boston without the responsible officials being removed from office indicates that “the land of the free” no longer exists. The American population of the past, suspicious of government and jealous of its liberty, has been replaced by a brainwashed and fearful people, who are increasingly referred to as “the sheeple.”
Face-breaking Florida Police
Under Investigation for DUI Arrest
The Police were forced to beat her... they feared for their life... They really had no choice...
On July 5 last year Kelly Thomas, a 37-year-old schizophrenic homeless man, was so badly beaten and stun-gunned by Fullerton California police officers that he was left unrecognizable. He died 5 days later from blunt force trauma to the head.
Up to 5 police officers assault him with batons, tasers and fists. When the unconscious and bloodied body of Thomas was finally delivered to the local hospital, the doctors determined that he had suffered multiple broken bones in his face, several cracked ribs and a crushed thorax. Doctors also found that Thomas had choked on his own blood during the attack. He was on life support for 5 days before passing away.
Shelved for nearly half a year, the case was revived last week when a bus driver handed over to the press an amateur video which shows how Kelly was brutally beaten.
On Monday 7 May, footage of the brutal beating and stun-gunning of Thomas was shown in a courtroom. It shows Thomas calling for his father in pain: "Dad, they’re killing me. Dad, dad". Thomas is clearly heard pleading for his life, "OK man, I can’t breathe," "I’m sorry, dude, I’m sorry!"
I was surprised to learn that selling "loosies" was a billion dollar business. Somehow that seems about as hard to believe as everything else authorities tell us.
CHP Officer Accused in Beating of Grandmother Identified in Federal Lawsuit
Man Goes to Jail for Public Intoxication, Comes Out Looking Like He Went Through a Meat Grinder
One night in a jail cell left a Denton, TX man gruesomely wounded. The Free Thought Project Matt Agorist July 26, 2014 Jason Bishop, 38, is claiming that he was a victim of police brutality after spending a night in the Denton City Jail for public intoxication. Bishop is a street...
Tennessee Police Robbing Motorists On The Highway
If you plan on driving through Tennessee on the Interstate 40, you better not be carrying a large amount of money with you. As it turns out, the police patrols have a right to seize your cash under suspicion that it’s drug money, and keep it without any proof you obtained it in an illegal way.
The reporters from News Channel 5 interviewed one of the victims, Karen Petrosyan, whose father was arrested for driving the truck in which the officers found two large blocks of cash containing nearly $200,000.
“What’s wrong with having a large amount of cash?” asked Karen Petrosyan. ”If I am a criminal, if they allege me to be a criminal,” he said, “why would they settle? They do not just let criminals go.”
Petrosyan and his father were released with no charges, but he will still have to come back to Tennessee and prove that his money wasn’t drug related. Due to the current law, in case the owner doesn’t take legal action to prove that their money is legal, the police get to keep it all.
Ricky Chandler, Dickson police chief, admits that they use money to invest in the force, creating new teams to patrol the road. Since these teams are paid out of the seized money, their jobs depend solely on the amount of money they find. It’s no wonder these teams have collected millions of dollars so far using the civil asset forfeiture laws that are a direct breach of some of the essential civil rights.
THIS is just a small sample. THIS is not a few bad apples.
Imagine if we didn't spend hundreds of millions of dollars annually for settling law suits for police abuse...