The police are not your friends. The police are the most dangerous and out of control group that you will come into contact with in your lifetime. Those who read Will Grigg should be all too familiar with the abuses of the police. Will Grigg focuses on reporting the daily outrages of the police around the nation. I often have trouble reading more than the headline and a paragraph or two as I frequently just can’t take reading his specific accounts of misconduct and brutality. Some who know me tell me that I am burdened with too much empathy and put myself into the shoes of others too easily. Maybe. But when it comes to the evidence all around me there is an inescapable conclusion that police abuse is an intrinsic feature of the system. Don’t get me wrong, Will Grigg is not the only one reporting on abuse by the police and legal system; it is becoming a cottage industry to report on the horrors of the police state.
Once upon a time SWAT team raids were reserved for stopping a very dangerous criminal. There were around 3,000 SWAT team raids per year in the early 80s but by last year there were about 40,000 raids. No, we have not gone from 3,000 dangerous criminals to 40,000 in 30 short years: we have gone from having SWAT team raids for very special situations to having teams of militarized police goons invade homes on just phone tips that there may be a little pot being used there. Reason magazine once reported that there were about 5 SWAT team raids a day in Maryland. Radley Balko likes to do a “raid of the day” post in his column.
In a CATO article Balko wrote:
Americans have long maintained that a man’s home is his castle and that he has the right to defend it from unlawful intruders. Unfortunately, that right may be disappearing. Over the last 25 years, America has seen a disturbing militarization of its civilian law enforcement, along with a dramatic and unsettling rise in the use of paramilitary police units (most commonly called Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT) for routine police work. The most common use of SWAT teams today is to serve narcotics warrants, usually with forced, unannounced entry into the home.
These increasingly frequent raids, 40,000 per year by one estimate, are needlessly subjecting nonviolent drug offenders, bystanders, and wrongly targeted civilians to the terror of having their homes invaded while they’re sleeping, usually by teams of heavily armed paramilitary units dressed not as police officers but as soldiers. These raids bring unnecessary violence and provocation to nonviolent drug offenders, many of whom were guilty of only misdemeanors. The raids terrorize innocents when police mistakenly target the wrong residence. And they have resulted in dozens of needless deaths and injuries, not only of drug offenders, but also of police officers, children, bystanders, and innocent suspects.
But the SWAT teams are only a small part of the story. Police misconduct, abuse, and brutality are all around us. Anthony Gregory reported that “About as many Americans have been killed by police since 9/11/01 as died on that day. Between 1980 and 2005, police killed 9,500 people in the U.S., approximately one per day and almost three-fourths as many people as have been sentenced and executed in the United States since colonial times. A study in Harris County, Texas, found that between 1999 and mid 2005, officers in the county shot 65 unarmed people, killing 17.” We even have police using tasers on school children.
There is something truly disturbing about a society that seeks to control the behavior of schoolchildren through fear and violence, a tactic that harkens back to an era of paddle-bruised behinds and ruler-slapped wrists. Yet, some American school districts are pushing the boundaries of corporal punishment even further with the use of Tasers against unruly schoolchildren.
And then we have the new issue of the police killing the pets of citizens for their own perverse enjoyment. It is called “puppycide” these days. What sort of cowardly brute would shoot and kill a pet dog chained up in the back yard of a house or shoot a pet lapdog in the living room of someone’s home?
I wondered why we got such great videos of the meteor that struck Russia the other day. Was it coincidence that so many people were filming at the exact time the meteor struck? No, as it turns out the Russians are so convinced that their police are corrupt and dangerous that many Russians have bought dashboard cameras for their cars to have a visual record to use against the thugs called cops. This very short video explains their deep distrust of the Russian police.
In the three decades since the bombing of the MOVE house we have seen the police at all levels in the U.S. have become the brutal, immoral, corrupt occupying force that many warned against for so long. I read Malcom X when I was in college and at the time I thought he was being paranoid, but now I know that he was just telling us what was coming. The cops have become the standing army the founders warned us against and they are truly the most dangerous gang of criminals the world has seen. (other than the State as a whole)
For much of U.S. history, especially until the beginning of the 20th century, Americans had less government and far fewer police. With the increase in size of the oppressive, bloated state has come the vast increase in the numbers of policemen. The growth of modern leviathan can not be slowed if we continue to have the vast increase in militarized police that we have seen over the last 20 years.
In the last twenty years we have had about three times as many private guards as cops but we don’t hear about abuses by these “rent-a-cops”. It is as rare as hens teeth to hear of abuse or corruption by the private guard services even as the government cop abuses make news every day. Private security guards are defenders of property rights and life.
There is every reason in the world to fight for the elimination of government cops in this country. We would all be better off without government funded, armed thugs terrorizing us at every turn. There is a great list of 50 reasons to abolish the Cops that you should read.
We have seen small towns abolish (or here or here) their police force for various reasons. It should become a movement in this country. Remember, the police do not protect you or your property — they are a great danger to life and property. They are the very definition of evil.