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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Violence Against Police

Police looking for person in police shootings

I'm not happy about this. Four cops were murdered in a donut shop. This is my speculative opinion. Maybe if the police weren't so often breaking the law themselves and getting away with it, things like this wouldn't happen. There isn't this kind of animosity towards police in many other countries. There are places where cops don't even carry guns and are looked on as decent citizens. The police need to clean up their act. They don't deserve to be murdered. Yet, they need to cut the shite in regards to police brutality, tasering, and other nonsense that most people are aware goes on. I'm not saying every cop is bad news. Perhaps even the majority of them are decent people. But too many of them do act like dogs with rabies. Stop acting like pigs, and people will stop making bacon and donut jokes. Be heroes like the firemen and women, and I think this type of tragedy is much less likely to take place.

Here is a story from 2006 which supports my thesis that cops who act like pigs develop an atmosphere which is more conducive to having violent people return the offer.

Police proudly disperse peaceful "roaches" with rubber bullets by Reason Engaged

Maybe I should start keeping track of events by which Amendment they break. File this one under the First. A woman is at a peaceful protest against, of all things, totalitarianism in the US:
(link to ABC News)

Videotaped footage of the protests shows Ritter standing next to a police officer using a bullhorn to announce that the protests would be permitted to continue as long as they remained peaceful.

Ritter is later seen on the tape walking away from a line of officers when she is apparently shot in the leg with a rubber bullet.

She then turns toward the officers and asks, "Did you shoot me? A lady in a suit? Who has been walking peaceably in front of you for half an hour and you shot me when my back was turned?"

Ritter turns to a crowd of protesters and says, "Well, you all saw it. They have been watching me for a half hour. They know I'm not armed." At the request of a photographer, she displays for the camera a fresh welt on the back of her leg, where it appears she has just been shot by a rubber bullet.

An audible barrage of rubber-bullet fire follows, as protesters are heard screaming in fear and pain, and yelling at officers, "What the [expletive] was that? Why did you do that to us?"

The camera then finds Ritter again, crouched alone in the street under her sign as rubber bullets continue to fly around her. She said a rubber bullet pierced her foam-board sign and struck her forehead.

A civilian review board investigated law enforcement response to the protests and found no criminal misconduct.
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In a bizarre turn of events, someone videotaped the police watching the video of the woman being shot:

"The lady in the red dress," Kallman says on the tape, to cheers and laughter. "I don't know who got her, but it went right through the sign and hit her smack dab in the middle of the head." Another officer can be heard off-camera, asking, "Do I get a piece of her red dress?" Ritter said the tape had completely changed her take on what had happened to her that day.

Not only are they not sorry for what they did, they think it was hilarious, and referred to the crowd as “roaches”.

Feel good about your right to peaceably assemble and express free speech?

Authoritarianism - Woman Shot In Face By Police

21 year old Victoria Snelgrove was killed in 2004 by a rubber bullet. Her crime was being a Red Sox fan at the wrong place at the wrong time. And the police wonder why most human beings have little respect for them?

What is wrong with these people? Why would anyone taser a 72 year old woman?

Dashcam Video of Grandma Being Tased

Police suicide rates are very high. Hmmm. I wonder why. Perhaps it has to do with the realisation that the enemy is quite often themselves. It's human nature to not want to be a creep. They went into the thing thinking they were going to be heroes. How'd that turn out for them?

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