The video below is unremarkable. Two cops beat up some woman. It’s not like it’s never happened before. If you’re inclined, you can probably find hundreds of videos on YouTube of police caught beating seemingly innocent people.
But this video is different because I saw it posted on Yahoo.com when I opened my email account this morning.
YouTube publishes everything. When it comes to police abuse videos, YouTube posts lots of them. But in doing so, YouTube seems to be so much of an “alternative” media outlet, that we’re not surprised or impressed by police abuse videos. YouTube has volume, but it doesn’t have “weight”.
But Yahoo, on the other hand, strikes me as more “mainstream” than YouTube. Yahoo has more credibility, more “weight” with the average American.
So, when I see a police abuse video posted on Yahoo (right next to a video about whatever Mariah Carey wore at a recent concert), I’m impressed. The Yahoo posting tells me that police abuse is no longer a fringe issue, but has instead become as “mainstream” as Mariah Carey’s costumes. If so, we can expect to see police abuse as an increasingly important issue in the mainstream media as well as in the A.D. 2014 election.
The rising tide against police abuse reminds me of President Obama’s recent announcement that the war on terror must wind down and even his use of drones to assassinate “terrorists” would also be diminished. It’s too early to say for sure, but it appears that the “imperial” federal government and the heretofore growing “police state” know that they’ve gone too far, become so overtly tyrannical that they’ve alienated too many Americans. Perhaps Obama, the government and the cops realize they’re going to have to rehabilitate their images by “playing nice” for a while.
If so, that’s evidence that we’re winning. Our dissidents’ numbers are growing too large to be ignored.
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