Friday, April 24, 2015

Is Police Brutality Really on the Rise?

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 A New York Police Department officer guards a street as people gather to celebrate the New Year's Eve at the Times Square in New York on December 31, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

With so much footage coming out these days showing officers’ use of force, it’s easy for the general public to think that police brutality is on the rise. But is it really, or are we just seeing more use of force — justified or not — because so many people have access to smartphones and police officers are using more dashboard and body cameras?

The answer to that question depends on who you talk to.

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  1. The answer depends upon the time frame. There was a time when LEO were hired with no training....and bustin heads was part of the job. Then in the 60's or so large departments started implementing higher training standards, rule of conduct and accountability.....smaller departments eventually followed suit. Use of gratuitous force I.e. assault under color of authority.....diminished.

    Sometime about 20 odd years ago things started changing, those in power wanted LEO who would impose their rules on people without question. This led to a change in recruitment away from people seeking to do good towards people willing to use force without compunction......bully's and sociopaths. Since then the instances of gratuitous unnecessary violence started to increase. Waco and Ruby Ridge were watershed events, they showed that LEO could actually openly murder people with impunity, that fact got the ball rolling even more. Now criminal violence by LEO is routine and endemic. The only new factor is the now ubiquitous presence of video recording. LEO violence is maybe increasing but documentation of it is definitely increasing. The question beingnhowmthe system reacts to having their crimes recorded. The evidence is not promising. On occasion video causes the system to put on a show trial and go through the motions but just as often the evidence is ignored, the criminal in uniform is given a wrist slap and it's business as usual. We are also seeing instances of multiple videosmshowing LEO attempting to destroy evidence by stealing and destroying recording devices and arresting citizens who document their crimes so the process of 'lawfare' can be implemented.

    1. The cops need to be held personably liable for their actions.

  2. So do judges, DA's and other public officials. That would solve many problems. And why it will NEVER happen in the current power structure.

  3. A comment on NCRenegade. Makes sense.

    Marines Prep for Riot Control in America
    Posted on April 24, 2015 by David

    Response to Marines Prep for Riot Control in America

    April 24, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    When I was on active duty, our riot control training during 1998-1999 was called Operation Urban Warrior and was held in the then-new Marine Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) facility aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. I distinctly remember that all of the role players/crisis actors wore overalls, trucker hats, patriotic insignias, etc., and constantly screamed phrases claiming their constitutional rights and denouncing the Marines for anti-American activity. We were not training to secure a foreign embassy or consulate. What we didn’t know then was that we were training to be the “peace-keeping” police force of the United Nations (source: State Dept. pub. 7277, 1961) when the full measure of treason is made aware to the American people, that our once-free Constitutional Republic has been infiltrated and subverted by international socialists. We didn’t know then that we were training to eliminate the opposition, because as Karl Marx admitted, “The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism.”

    As the old saying goes, “Train where you fight; fight where you train.” ( End )
    Are the police on the same wavelength as the military. Based on the drill in
    Boston, I would say yea.
    The favored ones do no time.

  4. A Thomas Paine quote I have not read before.
    “There are persons, too, who see not the full extent of the evil which threatens them; they solace themselves with hopes that the enemy, if he succeed, will be merciful.”

    “It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf, and we ought to guard equally against both.”

    (Thomas Paine)