More Scenes from our Emerging Police State

…chronicled here. Particularly notable is this SWAT officer punching out an unarmed and puzzled guy on a cellphone (in “self defense” sez he) and then fleeing the scene. The victim was required two brain surgeries and was on life support for 40 hours. The assailant cop had already figured prominently in a raid on the home of innocent people in which he threw a flash-bang at an unresisting woman that resulted in third and fourth degree burns and her winning a million dollar suit against the cops who assaulted her. He’s still employed but on “administrative leave”.


There’s a lot more than just this story at the link. As long as we let the state treat us like subjects and criminals instead of as free citizens, the state will continue to train its cops to act this way.

The best thing we can do is pray for them. Father, have mercy on the cops who have done these things or are tempted to do them, and in particular, pour out your grace and healing on their victims and grant them the grace to forgive those who have hurt them. Mother Mary, pray for them. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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  • meunke

    And yet, these are the paragons of virtue we are suppossed to trust with unrestricted access to any weapons they want. It’s because civilians can’t be trusted with arms, I guess.

  • quasimodo

    The cops do a job that I am incapable of. I am grateful for the job they do. It takes a certain kind of individual to perform that function … therein lies the problem. Not all of those individuals are trustworthy enough to hold the position training and power safely. It is hard to differentiate who is who.

    • S. Murphy

      I’m sort of inclined to think that somebody who assaults another guy in a bar or restaurant and then hides behind his badge to claim ‘the guy was being bad… and I had to hit him in self-defense,’ is either delusional or a bad apple. That the organization he works for paid out to settle for harm he did in a raid that hit the wrong house and apparently didn’t discipline him may be another example of covering the institutions arse/deep denial that is so well demonstrated by sexual abuse cases – in the Church, at Penn state, in public schools, etc. I’m not sure it reflects a police-state mentality so much as, well, institutional loyalty taken too far. This guy seems to be so beyond the pale – unlike the fully-armored dud spraying college kids with pepper spray in front of his fully-armored colleagues — that I’m not sure it’s a good example.

    • Jamie R

      You’re right – cops do a job that I can’t do. If I routinely busted down doors, shot dogs, and beat people up for no reason, often at the wrong address, I’d go to jail. I can’t do that. It’s a good thing cops are out there to do the job that you or I can’t.

  • quasimodo

    I suggest that one of the aspects that institutional loyalty assumes is the police state

  • Tom

    The police need to clean up their own by upholding high standards and not let them hide behind the badge.

  • MikeTheGeek

    Tossing the flash-bang was probably his assigned task in the raid. The fault for that one would fall on whoever targeted the wrong address. Such things happen, but such things result in perfectly justified lawsuits. This latter deal, however, seems pretty far over the top. Getting in a fistfight is typically not the most righteous act; getting in a (non-duty) fistfight when you are a police officer would rise to the level of disciplinary action. Running off afterward should get one fired and thrown to the prosecutorial wolves. Perhaps he can start a new career with the TSA…

  • Geoffrey Merritt

    I am a police officer. I guide my actions of my job by keeping Romans Ch 13 verse 1 to 4 in mind everyday. “for it is a servant of God for your good. But if you do evil, be afraid, for it does not bear the sword without purpose; it is the servant of God to inflict wrath on the evildoer” Are there bad cops? Yes, we know that….and we try our best to find those and get rid of them. 99% of the officers I work with do the best job we can within the limits of the law. Those 1% that are misrepresenting Law Enforcement are the ones that make the news and give is a bad name. Hope that helps.

    • Katheryn

      My husband, also an officer, would agree.
      And for what it’s worth, my hubby was doing an off -duty security job. He had to deal with a special needs child who was clearly afraid of him, uncooperative, and acting “squirrelly.” My husband didn’t raise his voice, put his hands on the child, threaten him, or call for backup. The boy is alive and well.

    • Mark Shea

      Thank you for your service. Most police officers are fine people. However, the people who hire and fire police are not fine people. They are people interested in weaponizing domestic police in the paramilitary forces because they no longer see Americans as fellow citizens, but as subjects and cattle to be herded. And so stories like this one proliferate because bad cops get rewarded and protected by our political class while good ones get slowly weeded out.

    • Jamie R

      I’ll believe the good cops are opposed to the bad cops when their unions stop sticking up for the bad cops.

      • pghmama

        Unfortunately, that has been my husband’s experience working in local government. One municipality he worked in was poorly run for decades and the police chief just would not do his job and discipline officers, and hired buddies instead of good guys, and then complained when my husband tried to keep the department to its budget (a few officers had figured out that they could call in sick for their shift, then take the next shift and get paid time and a half, and the chief was doing nothing to stop this, and kept asking the municipality for more money.)

        Granted, this was more along the lines of coming to work, doing nothing, and expecting to get paid for it, rather than engaging in thuggery, but you can bet every time someone tried to figure out what the heck was going on and trying to stop it, they brought up the “We’re heroes and we risk our lives for you” line. Not sure how robbing taxpayers blind so you can not do your job counts as heroism.

  • Weary

    I stopped trusting cops when one broke my mother’s ribs in jail. Let me explain.

    My mother was a corrections officer working with another officer who had a major crush on her. He kept flirting with her and she kept telling him to leave her alone. He thought it would be a great sign of affection to try to trip her as she walked by him, for which she scolded him in front of the inmates where the incident occurred. To save face in front of the inmates (priorities, amiright?), the other officer felt it would be prudent to come up behind my mother and bear-hug her and lift her up in the process. The result was my mom resisted the surprise of an unknown man picking her up from behind, struggled, and broke 6 ribs in the process thank’s to the officer’s wonderful grip.

    The incident was caught on camera, was witnessed by dozens of inmates, and was also witnessed by a nurse who happened to be there at the time. Despite this, the blame was placed on my mother, she was intimidated into silence by her superiors and eventually fired for “causing trouble” when she wouldn’t shut up, and the other guy got off scott free. Mom was rewarded with unemployment “benefits” since no one hires someone fired by law enforcement. God Bless America.

    I know there are good people in law enforcement. Unfortunately, they are not allowed to do anything good for society because the bad guys are in charge…

  • Geoffrey Merritt

    Sorry, I have to comment again. I have been a police officer for 16 years now. I am involved in recruiting. At almost every interview, the candidate states he/she wants to be a police officer to “help other people”. And they carry that vision on for about 3 to 4 years after the academy. But years of seeing the evil people do to each other (and there is true EVIL from Satan on the streets) it starts to wear on officers. Those that are not strong in faith will start to be effected by that evil. It is not that they turn to evil, but there is a slippy slope that can overtake an officer like that (example is the video on this blog or some of the behaviors you see from the characters on the TV show “Southland”) if he/she is not careful. I am not trying to make excuses for bad behavior. I belong to an ACTS group called Shields of Christ. It consists of first responders (fire-police) who reach out to other first responders so that we can raise each other up in Christ so we can be those true servants of people….just like we said when we first interviewed for the job.

  • Nobody

    Sorry … what is a fourth-degree burn? Never heard of it before, thought there were only three … ?