Scenes from the Police State

A few months back, we had this charming revelation of what the Police State is preparing itself to do:

The series contains seven targets in all, titled Pregnant Woman, Older Man 1, Older Man 2, Older Woman, Young Mother, Young Girl, and Little Brother. Each of the depicted subjects is armed.

Now, courtesy of the NYPD, comes this charming image of our Protectors:

The front reads: “Fugitive Enforcement NYPD.”

And the quote has a rich heritage in the NY law enforcement community!

Graham Rayman over at The Village Voice remembers:

In 1996, members of the Street Crime Unit, a plainclothes task force which roamed neighborhoods looking for guns, had T-shirts made with the same quote. In 1999, members of the Street Crime Unit shot unarmed Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo 41 times and killed him. The unit was later disbanded.

Former NYPD Commissioner Howard Safir also used the quote during a 60 Minutes interview when describing his work with the U.S. Marshalls Service.

NYPD officer Hasan Hamdy– who a grand jury ruled wouldn’t be indicted for fatally shooting unarmed National Guardsman Noel Polanco last year– was a member of the Queens Warrant Squad.

Always soothing to know when a cop regards his fellow human beings as prey.

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  • Ben

    I don’t want to live here in the states anymore. I think my perception changed with the recent birth of my daughter. It just doesn’t seem worth it.

  • Stu

    I can understand the sentiment given the work Fugitive Enforcement does and taken in context don’t think it is necessarily wrong. But to wear it around on a t-shirt is tasteless and shows a lack of professionalism.

  • Timothy Jones

    Hemingway put a shotgun in his mouth at the end. I’m not much interested in what he finds worthwhile.