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Police Brutality in America and WorldwideTim King Salem-News.com
"Don't threaten me under color of authority" - standard reply for any police who object to videotape.
(SALEM, Ore.) - A rich person can buy their way out of most problems in America, after all this is a country where presidents launch unilateral wars that claim a million plus lives over bad information. But that aside, when it comes to push and shove, all of the money in the world won't necessarily get you out from under the jack boot of police brutality.
Of course the people who believe in this practice, generally redneck types in pick up trucks; they are almost never the victims of this practice. Cowardly cops who don't find brutality beneath them, generally like to attack smaller, older, more vulnerable people. They attack family men, grandmothers, they abuse children...
Police brutality. Let's face it, this is almost a standard practice in America. In defense of their actions, the officers later tend to talk about their "fear" and such things, but the video included with this article tells an entirely different story... that is of police not being the victims at all, not at all.
This week, a two-tour Marine Combat Veteran was shot in the head by cops in Oakland, we have been following that as closely as possible; it is a tragedy and one we won't forget. Occupy Wall Street-inspired police violence is a problem in many parts of the country right now and the Wall Streeters themselves are sending out press releases calling these Americans 'mobs' and really, being against the movement is being against America, people need to get that part figured out.
First, let's begin at the beginning, and that is with police standards and training. This is where the stage is set for so many thousands of visible police abuse cases.
They are taught to abuse, it is policy among American police to abuse, they just find ways to justify their actions. Absolutely anything for the sake of "officer safety" flies under the wire, they just have to say the right things and cops can get away with all types of crimes against citizenry.
A great example is the Taser device that police frequently kill people with, even right here in Salem, Oregon. They employ these weapons on people for the same reason a dog licks itself, because they can. Police who came before them knew how to handle matters without these deadly heart-stopping devices. I'll never forget how one story I wrote about the new "triple shot" Taser brought a letter of wrath from the designer of the weapon, Steve Tuttle in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Tuttle wrote to me, objecting to several points in the article. I hope every politician reading this article and every taxpayer for that matter, can try to imagine their father, mother, daughter or grandparent being subjected to this level of outright no-holds-barred torture.
I wrote at the time on 4 August 2011, that skateboarding on a sidewalk, being disrespectful, refusing to sign a speeding ticket; the reasons people are being tased by overzealous police today, are not worthy and do not meet the justification test.
There actually aren't words to describe how badly this device is eroding support of law enforcement in the United States. We're the YouTube generation and the controlled atmosphere of the regular media channels is slowly slipping away.
Nobody is Immune
In a nation that allows police power to escalate to the level it has, there is little safety for anyone. Because I know his former promoter Pete Bennett, and because of the heartwarming stories Pete has share with me personally about Michael Jackson, I find myself horrified to know that when he was arrested, police in Los Angeles beat the shit out of him.
Nobody is immune, nobody is safe, and it isn't the criminal that they need to fear. Even if a person has an encounter with a criminal, the problems experienced are generally short-lived, however how bad they are.
But if you raise an objection to things like police brutality, government approved racism and violations of civil and human rights, you might find yourself in a world of hurt.
Michael Jackson was a small framed man, he was a gentle soul, falsely accused of crimes that were never proven against him and in fact recanted; the soiling of his name was an extended money and bribery ploy and little else. Police abuse of him was even sicker and worse than it is in other cases, but then little kids, grandparents, war heroes, none are safe from police, who have way too much power. Their decisions today have major impact, whereas it is the courts and judges who are supposed to have the impact. Police have too much power, they need more checks and balances, and they need to be fired if ever proven to be abusive, but they typically are kept on as employees.
I've seen it so many times, I'm sick of it. Below is a series of videos that tell the story of what is happening today with police, but before this report is through, you will see a video that is epic and just, where police who abuse have a whole group turn against them over their thuggish behavior toward one man.
This one is for me, sort of the 'grand daddy' of the police abuse clips, because this woman was not sure it was a real cop, so she delayed pulling over until she was in what she believed to be, a safe spot. This takes us beyond the brutality, to the use of unmarked police cars for traffic stops. Anyone can buy an old police car and if they are a criminal, thanks to police using unmarked cars, they can just carry a red light and pull over anyone they like. Of course the criminals generally do this in unpopulated areas, and the woman driving this car was smart enough to know that. She didn't anticipate the criminal disgusting behavior of the officer though. The officer's brutal violence should be enough to get him tossed out of police work forever, though for all we know it earned him an award...
Here is a classic; an insane cop, absolutely out of his mind, threatens and attacks an ambulance driver who was pulled over while transporting a patient. The cop got five days off, that was his total punishment, then back to the road to abuse more people...
The next clip shows a man who is being arrested, and has to go to the bathroom. He tells police he has to relieve himself, he isn't unclear, but this is where police come to life, and they beat him for expressing his bodily need...
Of course nobody is surprised by cops in LA and New York beating and abusing Americans, particularly those of color, and others who police feel they have the power over. This clip is from New York...
San Jose, California is another place known for police abuse and corruption. This is a clip of a man being brutalized inside of their main jail booking area...
Human beings can easily be distraught by all kinds of things, particularly the loss of a child. However if you happen to have experienced a terrible tragedy, and you brush a cop in America the wrong way, you can be in a world of trouble a one father learned...
I don't know too much about this one, Spain is certainly known as a place with a history of violence and state terrorism, this was a home base for the fascist movement. Today police brutality appears to be a large problem...
A blind elderly woman was the victim of police brutality in this video. I have said it before and I think someday people will respond; the Taser needs to be treated just like any other deadly weapon, each time one is used an investigation should be launched. The tilted scales are where they are from years of public apathy...
Sadly, we could add a hundred similar clips to this article, there is no shortage of them, sadly. This is absolutely part of what is on the minds of Americans today who are protesting in increasingly larger numbers.
Sadly, one of the tools police use to control the exposure of their crimes is YouTube and anything police don't like they have removed. Often people republish the clips, but it is a never ending struggle to find police violence clips on YouTube last any time at all.
So praise the good police still among us and do everything you can to end the reigns of the bad ones, including the moderately bad ones. A nation where drug laws are structured to benefit Mexican drug cartels is bad enough, this treatment of Americans is unacceptable.
This final clip was shot in 2010, and is the only one like it on this page. The video won't restore balance after watching the last several videos, but it shows that there is human justice in this world. We know police frequently abuse people, and once in a while the tide turns.
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