POLICE ARE BREAKING THE LAW.
GOVERNMENTS ARE BREAKING THE LAW.
IS THE ONLY ANSWER CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE? OR WILL DEMOCRACY PREVAIL?
Three years ago in 2018 a cop broke the law. He was protected by police management until the truth of the incident was revealed by defense lawyers and the local news.
Initially, the real police incident report was withheld. The report given was 6 pages. The report withheld was 12 pages. The video shows police tasing and punching a man in handcuffs. The deliberate cover up by police trying to protect themselves is criminal. The city of Roswell "settled" for $10,000. As long as these incidents are just "settled" instead of going to court, things will never change. After all, the city doesn't care. It is paying the settlement with your money. The officer resigned and is facing criminal charges but the city and police department are ready to sacrifice one lousy cop to protect their lousy system.
Bad cops protected by bad cop management and bad city administrators (Remember, they "settled". With your money.) will perpetuate the criminal behavior of police and other government agencies until they are forced to change their "evil ways".
News of cops behaving badly during the pandemic is overshadowing cops behaving badly pre-pandemic. Long before the George Floyd incident in May of 2020, cops were routinely breaking laws and trampling people's 1st and 4th amendment rights. In the George Floyd case, the city settles for $27 million, Benjamin Crump gets a fat fee and the city doesn't give a rip about the cops sacrificed. And the beat goes on. It's so routine most people just accept it. They shouldn't. It leads to today's tyranny. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. For those who need the translation, "The more things change, the more they stay the same."
There are just too many incidents of bad and criminal behavior by police everywhere to claim there are "a few bad apples". These are dirty cops. More disturbing, these dirty cops report to dirty supervisors and dirty managers who, themselves, are complicit by supporting and protecting the dirty cops. AFter all, they were dirty cops doing the same thing before they were promoted to dirty supervisor. If dirty cops report to dirty managers, who is protecting the people. Not the politicians who are also complicit in protecting the dirty police services. It leads to today's tyranny.
This is an example of police killing a man for jaywalking. Why did they push the incident to deadly force? Because the man insulted their ego by not cooperating. How dare you defy our authority? We'll fix you. We'll kill you. And what will happen to the cops? If history is any guide, they'll get off with a slap on the wrist. The ciy will "settle" with your money and the beat goes on.
"Back the blue" started as a tone-deaf response to people who had legimate complaints against dirty cops. The "thin blue line" flags displayed by cops shows the thoughtless solidarity of good cops who support bad cops and mindeless blind supporters. Is it any wonder people are suspicious and/or scared of any interaction with cops. The danger is real. To quote Forrest Gump's momma, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get." When a cop stops you, with or without cause, you never know what you are going to get.
Until there is a wholesale change in the behavior of the police, their management and the arrogance of bureaurcrats and politicans these incidents will continue. The slightest enfringement of a persons right must not be tolerated. Police departments need to be cleaned out from top to bottom to eradicate, once and for all, the unconstitutional actions of the police. And, in the face of the pandemic, the same goes for bureaucrats and politicians who have forgotten who they work for. They need to be stripped of their power to lord it over everyone in the name of health and safety.
Americans are good people but they are not stupid. Their patience will run out. Cops will get killed when people are pushed to far. Revolution will happen when people are pushed too far.
"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty."
Thomas Jefferson, 1796
I can't figure out if my fellow Americans are just being excessively patient or have deteriorated into "timid men".