Because I am working on three major writing projects, I won't be able to do a full blog post today. Instead, I have these links that should remind us that for the most part, the proverbial line has been crossed in this country to where the police and prosecutors have become the law.
The first lesson for anyone is never to call the police if one actually needs help, for the police are not there to help anyone: they are there to try to find a way to arrest someone or worse. This woman begged the police not to tase her Downs Syndrome child, but the officer did it anyway. Now the mother and her other son are charged with crimes.
In this one, not only did the police officer kill a youngster on a bicycle, a youngster who had committed no crime but apparently was in fear from the officer -- a well-founded fear, given that the officer killed him. However, what makes it worse is that the officer then is seen ON CAMERA planting a gun on the dead youngster, but nothing happens to him. So, as we saw in Tonya's case in which Tim Deal and the prosecutors planted false evidence, even when police manufacture evidence and do it in broad daylight, the authorities always protect them. Here is commentary by Tom DiLorenzo and Will Grigg on this homicide.
(Yeah, I know, had the kid stopped, the officer would not have run over him and killed him, so it is the kid's fault. The officer showed good judgment, and when the cop planted the gun on the dead youngster, he was just "doing his job.")
Finally, if you cannot afford an ambulance, but try to get to the hospital anyway, you are likely to meet your friendly police officer who not only will threaten you, but also will make fun of your condition. One of these donut-eaters even threatens to arrest one of these elderly men -- after the man gets out of the hospital.
Yes, "Protect and Serve" actually means that police protect each other and you and I are to serve those who wear the blue costume. As one who has been brought up to respect the police and those in authority, I will say that I have come to my present position with a lot of fear and, frankly, disillusionment. I want to believe that police and prosecutorial work is honorable. I want to believe that judges really want to do what is right.
However, what I have seen in the last several years absolutely shatters that belief that I have held since childhood. What is the problem? It is the lack of accountability. These people have "captured" the apparatus that holds them accountable, and there really is nothing we can do any more except to try to expose it and hope that some sunlight helps.