A Police State Tends to Select More and More *for* These Kinds of Goons

Cop savagely beats disabled man because of “bulge” in his clothes that turned out to be a colostomy bag.

Cops murder 80 year old in his home, claim they smelled meth. No meth. Widow is suing them for $50 million. I hope she gets every penny and they get life in prison.

Two cops beat holy hell out of defenseless woman in front of her daughter:

Potentially valuable witness to Boston Bomber case dies under incredibly not-suspicious-or-anything circumstances *during* FBI interrogation, rather like 150 other people the FBI has killed and then carefully examined itself to discover it was innocent of murder (Warning! Ritually Impure Source of Information!):

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And with the multiplication of cell cams, the documentation–and the attempt by cops to stop the documentation–multiplies exponentially.

The curious thing about our culture is how little we trust the state (very sensible) and how much we are prepared to make excuses when state agents do this kind of stuff. It will be interesting to see how long we can maintain the schizophrenia as the police and surveillance state grows. At present, we still seem to be at the stage where, as long as our guy is in power, we worry more that it makes him look bad than that the reality is that it’s not Left vs. Right, but our Ruling Class vs. the rest of us.

  • Fr. Denis Lemieux

    I share your concerns very much, Mark. I suspect our willingness to give the police the benefit of the doubt does not come from entirely craven or nefarious motives, though.
    Speaking for myself, I was raised to have a basic respect and admiration for the police as men doing a hard, dangerous job that was a true service to society. I had an uncle who was a cop and took early retirement due to PTSD.
    I think the reluctance to criticize the police comes as much from that ingrained respect, which is quite right and proper, as from anything else. That being said, yes, there is a serious problem here with the exercise of police and state authority.

    • http://thebackporchpundits.wordpress.com/ Christian Ohnimus

      I think the commendability of the police profession only makes these beatings and killings worse. You expect that kind of behavior from terrorists and drug cartels not from those who have pledged their careers to safeguarding society. Many police do an admirable job and deserve our respect. However, when we militarize the police force and increasingly embrace violence we corrupt an honorable profession, attract bad men to fill the ranks, and pressure good men to do bad things.One of the evils of this corruption of the police force is not only the harm it does to civilians but the harm it does to the many genuinely good officers out there.

  • JM1001

    Sadly, it will only get worse as American police forces become increasingly militarized.

  • Gary Keith Chesterton

    Well, this is just great news, considering that I have an ileostomy and have already been humiliated by the TSA more than once because of it. So now I can worry about this, too. Just great.


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