An excellent, provocative article. Follow the links to some of the other articles that are referenced.
IMHO what we now have is an totally unaccountable mob of thugs in blue uniforms, called “police” that are far worse than any so called “Vigilante” mob. A vigilante mob can be fired upon. Very much unlike the vigilantes in blue.
In the past year I was the victim of a Seymour “Police officer” by the name of Mullins, (2) that kidnapped, tortured, terrorized, and extorted money from me. After his rape of my person was finished just like the stereotype rapist he asked me “why don’t you like police”. (Did you like it?) To which I should have responded — “I don’t have anything against people that protect my rights, but I have every animosity against criminals like you, that violate my rights.” This was no minor matter. I understandably still suffer from horrible panic attacks whenever I enter the town of Seymour…..
The Seymour “police department” showed what it was really all about when it criminally covered up another crime a few months later, when I was assaulted, and robbed of personal property by a Mr Terry Kelley the owner of the “K Trading post” This was all caught on camera, and ignored by the Seymour thugs in blue. It seems as if criminals are in the business of protecting other criminals, to our extreme detriment.
…….The fact remains that, in addition to boasting the largest prison population in the world, the US also lays claim to one of the most violent and militarized forms of law enforcement – complete with chilling echoes of a past in which “uppity” behavior or “independence of mind” was cause for immediate execution.
Particularly in low-income communities, police have become more predators than protectors, seeing citizens not as their employers, but as a source of income, a means to fulfill arrest quotas, and increasingly, an enemy to be subdued.
While the US may be an extreme example of these ills, none of this should come as a surprise. In a monopoly system, devoid of competition and meaningful accountability, police and the prison system have perverse incentives: Not to prevent crime, but to arrest and imprison as many people as possible. Not to make neighborhoods safe, but to extort as much money from citizens as possible.
So what is the solution? Are we required to choose between the lesser of two evils: An abusive and unaccountable police state, where officers of the law are free to murder, steal, rape and assault with impunity – or a world of brutal and equally unaccountable lynch mobs? Are these the only options available to us?
Fortunately not……… Read More