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Police Brutality:
The Official, Government Position

By Punkerslut

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Start Date: September 1, 2009
Finish Date: September 1, 2009

"...all the history of ancient and modern States is nothing more than a series of revolting crimes... present and past kings and ministers of all times and of all countries - statesmen, diplomats, bureaucrats, and warriors - if judged from the point of view of simple morality and human justice, deserve a thousand times the gallows of penal servitude."
          --Mikhail Bakunin, ~1870's
          "The Immorality of the State"

     At the highest ranks of authority, we find corruption, lies, and extortion. From governors to senators, from congressmen to mayors, from town councilmen to the president -- no position in the United States government is untarnished. They each reek of abuses: special favors for large donors, diluting issues, marginalizing constituent power, empowering executive control, etc., etc..

     When these thieves and murderers are caught, they receive a slap on the wrist. Nixon never went to jail, even though he planned arsons and had been breaking into private offices of his political opponents for years. Presidents have manufactured evidence for the Vietnam War, by using Robert McNamara to issue false statements, as well as the Iraq War, using Donald Rumsfeld. But these types of lies go back to the Mexican-American War and the Spanish-American War.

     The United States didn't enter World War Two against Nazi Germany, until its Allies had constructed, supplied, and operated death camps in Europe. From the beginning of our country, to the present day, the US government has always committed awful crimes, and its oppressors have always gotten away... except where an assassin has acted.

     Of course, if the top masters of war and slaughter get away, then the lowest peons escape from the same persecution. And who are these that live and make a career out of state aggression? It is the police.

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"To me a policeman is worse than a criminal, at least than a minor common criminal; a policeman is more dangerous and harmful to society. However, if people do not feel sufficiently protected by the public, no doubt they immediately call for the policeman. Therefore, the only way of preventing the policeman from existing is to make him useless by replacing him in those functions that constitute a real protection for the public."
          --Errico Malatesta, 1921
          "Further Thoughts on the Question of Crime"

     Everyone should be familiar with Rodney King. A black man is taken from his car and beaten by police officers on video, and the courts wouldn't convict his the police for their violence. One might argue, "The only way to prove a case absolutely is to have a video of it occurring" And yet, this is exactly what happened. There was complete video footage of police officers beating a black man held on the ground. This wasn't restraint or self-defense. It was one man, face-down, on the ground, with a metal batons to his back, head, legs, and arms.

     Upon seeing this video, the judges dismissed it; first, when it appeared in court, and second, when "a special committee of investigation" was appointed. Nothing came of it. Those police officers pulled a man from his car and beat him in public. They continued to patrol the streets and harass citizens, according to their racial profiling, any way that they'd like.

     This year, in January of 2009, Oscar Grant was held on the ground by several officers, while one of them shot him in the back. A crowd had formed, and those who were videotaping were threatened to give over their cameras. But one camera made it through, and we can see it. We are seeing a black man, held on the ground, and being shot. But we are also seeing judges refusing to issue warrants, police officers forcibly confiscating cameras from a crowd, and district attorneys refusing to press charges.

     You can kill a man, but only if you wear a badge. It has always been this way, in every country, in every era.

"...when a prince is with his army, and has under control a multitude of soldiers, then it is quite necessary for him to disregard the reputation of cruelty, for without it he would never hold his army united or disposed to its duties."
          --Nicollo Machiavelli, 1505
          "The Prince," chapter 17


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