Police in the US now rival
criminals, and exceed terrorists, as the greatest threat to the American public.
Rogelio Serrato is the latest case to be in the news of an innocent person
murdered by the police. Serrato was the wrong man, but the Monterey County,
California, SWAT team killed the 31-year old father of four and left the family
home a charred ruin.
The fact that SWAT teams
often go to the wrong door shows the carelessness with which excessive force is
used. In one instance the police even confused the town's mayor with a drug
dealer, broke into his home, shot dead the family's pet dogs, and held
mayor and his wife and children at gun point. But most cases of police brutality
never make the news.
Most who suffer abuse from
the police don't bother to complain. They know that to make an enemy of the
police brings a lifetime of troubles. Those who do file complaints find that
police departments tend to be self-protective and that the naive and gullible
public tends to side with the police.
However, you can find
plenty of examples of police brutality on Youtube -- more than you can watch in
a lifetime. I have just searched Google for "youtube police brutality" and the
result is: "497,000 results." There's everything from police shooting a guy in a
wheelchair to body slamming a befuddled 89-year old great grandmother to
tasering kids and mothers with small children. The fat goon cops love to beat up
on women, kids, and old people.
The 497,000 Google results
may contain duplicates as more than one person might have posted a video of the
same event, and the incidents occurred over more than one year. However,
probably only a small percentage of incidents are captured on video by
onlookers, and many incidents of police brutality have no witnesses. What the
videos reveal is that a large percentage of police move with alacrity to assault
the public. The number of incidences could be very high. One million annually
would not be an exaggeration.
In contrast, according to
the U.S. Department of Justice, in 2009 (the most recent year for which data is
compiled), there were 806,000 aggravated assaults (not including assaults by
police against the public) by criminals against the public, of which 216,814
were committed by hands and feet and not by weapons. (In the U.S. if you merely
push a person or grab his arm, you have committed assault. "Freedom and
democracy" America uses any excuse to multiply the number of
Considering the data, one
might conclude that the police are a greater danger to the public than are
Indeed, the trauma from
police assault can be worse than from assault by criminals. The public thinks
the police are there to protect them. Thus, the emotional and psychological
shock from assault by police is greater than the trauma from being mugged
because you stupidly wandered into the wrong part of town.
Why are the police so
aggressive toward the public?
In part because their
ranks attract bullies, sociopaths and psychopaths. Even normal cops are proud of
their authority and expect deference. Even cops who are not primed to be set off
can turn nasty in a heartbeat.
In part because police are
not accountable. The effort decades ago to have civilian police review boards
was beat back by "law and order" conservatives.
In part because the police
have been militarized by the federal government, equipped with military weapons,
and trained to view the public as the enemy.
In part because the
Bush/Cheney/Obama regimes have made every American a suspect. The only civil
liberty that has any force in the U.S. today is the law against racial
discrimination. This law requires that every American citizen be treated as if he were a Muslim terrorist. The Transportation Security Administration
rigorously enforces the refusal to discriminate between terrorist and citizen at airports and is now taking its gestapo violations of privacy
into every form of
travel and congregation: trucking, bus and train travel, sports events, and,
without doubt, shopping centers and automobile traffic.
This despite the fact that
there have been no terrorist incidents that could be used to justify such an
expansive intrusion into privacy and freedom of movement.
The TSA has not caught a
single terrorist. However, it has abused and inconvenienced several hundred
thousand innocent American citizens.
The abuse happens, because
people with authority are dying to use the authority. The absence of terrorists
means that the TSA turns innocent Americans into terrorists. There have been so
many absurd cases. One woman traveling with her ill and dying mother, who
required special food, had contacted the TSA prior to the flight, explained the
situation, and was given permission to take the special food onboard. But when
she went through "security," the food was taken away, and when she protested she
was arrested and hauled off, leaving the elderly mother in a wheelchair
Others have been arrested
because a member of the household used a suitcase or carry bag to take guns and
ammunition to the gun club or on a hunting trip and forgot to remove all the
ammo, or the explosives test detected gunpowder residuals. Boy Scouts forgot to
remove pocket knives from backpacks that they took on camping trips. Lactating
mothers forced to give up breast milk. And so on.
These are the "great
dangers" that the TSA protect the american sheeple from, and the sheeple submit,
even servilely thanking their oppressors for protecting
Submission is what the
government and the police want. Anyone who argues with TSA or the police will be
abused. An American who stands up for his rights is likely to be beaten to a
pulp. TSA has announced that such Americans are "suspects" and will be held in
And "our" government
assures us that we have "freedom and democracy." We have a police state, and
everyone who forgets it is in deep trouble.
The Amerikan police state
is closely allied with police states all over the world -- Egypt, Yemen, Jordan,
Saudi Arabia and Israel in the Middle East and former constituent parts of the
Soviet Empire in Central Asia. The U.S. government never lifts a finger in
behalf of democracy anywhere. In fact, the U.S. government quickly moves to
overthrow democracy wherever it rears its head, as the U.S. recently did in
Honduras. Before Honduras it was Palestine where the U.S. overturned the
election that brought Hamas to power. Now Washington is targeting Lebanon where
Hisbollah has gained.
Everywhere on earth the
U.S.government prefers an autocracy that it can purchase to free elections that
bring to power candidates unwilling to serve as American
The U.S. government is the
most determined foe of democracy in the world. Yet, Washington lectures China,
which has more civil liberties than Bush/Cheney/Obama permit
If americans ever find the
emotional strength to acknowledge the oppression under which they live, they,
too, will be in the streets.