This video below is infuriating. It’s a collection of video-shorts on police violence.
But, these video-shorts have been “cherry-picked” to support the contention that the America’s police have become increasingly prone to committing violence against innocent Americans. And there seems to be no doubt that the cops are dangerous to the people. But how dangerous? Is the growing volume of video evidence of police abuse simply the unfortunate result of a plethora of video cameras on the streets that record and post only the very rare instances of police abuse, or are the “pigs” really running wild?
• Most Americans believe it’s tough being a cop. Cops are portrayed as working in a dangerous world where they might be shot and killed at any moment by “bad guys”. And they’re all heroes, of course. So we need to give ’em a little latitude whenever they go off the rails. After all, the stress of their highly dangerous profession could drive any of us off the edge from time to time, right?
But, actually, police work isn’t that dangerous–at least not to the cops. Aol Jobs lists the 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in the US as measured by number of deaths for every 100,000 full-time workers. Those dangerous jobs range from #1, the most dangerous–fishing workers–to #5–roofers (I used to be a roofer for about 11 years but I never saw or heard of any other roofer dying on the job–except maybe from a hangover)–to #7–farmers–to #10–taxi drivers.
Cops didn’t even make the top ten. You are more likely to die on the job as a fisherman, roofer, farmer, or even a taxi driver, than you are as a cop. So, if the stress of being a farmer or a roofer isn’t enough to justify flipping out and beating the crap out of some innocent person, why should we tolerate unwarranted violence from members of the even less dangerous and presumably less stressful occupation of policeman?
• In the video below, we see is evidence of a police “mentality” that’s prone to abusing and even oppressing Americans rather than serving them.
Is this “mentality” growing? Hard to say. Maybe police have always had a tendency to abuse but, thanks to the internet, we are only recently beginning to see evidence of that tendency. Maybe the truth is finally coming out. Or maybe the tendency to abuse has recently grown to a level that can no longer be concealed or overlooked.
Clearly, this video shows evidence of a gang mentality among police where they refuse to stop their partners from committing assault or even murder, they lie in concert to protect their profession, and they frequently conspire to commit official oppression by preventing complaints from being filed against members of their profession. As the video observes, the cops are protecting their “turf” and demanding “respect”–just like any other common street gang member.
• The cops no longer “serve and protect” the people. They “serve and protect” the government. They are the knee-breakers for the mob that presumes to run this country. They are one of the primary reasons that the Pew Research Organization reported that 53% of the American people feel personally threatened by the government and 75% distrust the government.
The cops see themselves as isolated from the public in the same sense that the Bloods or Mexican Mafia see themselves as isolated and separated from mainstream America. They feel surrounded, perhaps desperate, but also heroic. Their fundamental loyalty is to their profession and fellow officers–their “gang“–not the American people.
Ideally, that gang mentality will be eliminated by reintegrating the police into American society. That reintegration could be best achieved if the police could somehow learn to earn, rather than demand and coerce, respect. That reintegration could be best achieved if the cops would show that they are dedicated to enforcing the people’s rights rather than the government’s powers.
If the cops won’t serve the people, but instead opt in favor of oppression, then it’s time to review the original purpose for the Second Amendment. Nobody want that. Not really. But if the only way cops can gain respect from the people is by force and violence, then it’s probably and unfortunately true that the only way the people can regain respect from government is also by force and violence.
If push comes to shove, the government will work diligently and desperately to persuade the American people that some elements of the people (drug dealers, street gangs or “sovereignty movement” members) have initiated violence and the “heroic” cops must respond in kind.
But that won’t really be true. The truth is that if we see major domestic violence, it’s already been, and will continue to be, initiated by the government against the people.
This video is evidence that such violence has already been institutionalized, is implicitly authorized by our government and is ongoing at this time.
• Note the number of skin-head cops who perpetrate the violence in these incidents. If you run into one of these bald-headed pigs, you can presume he’s a psychopath looking for a reason to bust someone’s, anyone’s, head.