Today in Unbelievable Police State Outrage News

There is a coda to this: the man subjected to these outrages has been billed by the hospital for thousands of dollars.

I hope he soaks both the cops and the hospital for millions and millions and millions of dollars and that the people who committed this multiple gang bang act of sodomy against him either repent or go to jail till they show real contrition. This is intolerable in a free country and must be met with fierce punishment lest it become the habit of our police state to think they can get away with it.

In other police state news, an Arkansas woman has brought suit against a cop she says tasered for refusing to to show him her breasts.

Police states tend to select *for* these kinds of goons. You need people who are willing to be ruthless when the basis for your power as a Ruling Class is less and less justice and more and more raw force.

  • Gary Keith Chesterton

    As I keep saying, stories like this will not embarrass or chasten police. Instead, they will reinforce the already obvious police bunker mentality. They will close ranks and take an even firmer stand against is, their enemies. They no longer see themselves as ordinary citizens like the rest of us, just with a different job. They no longer see us as fellow citizens to be — ha ha — protected and served.
    And every single attack on them — like the Navy Yard, like the Pentagon shooting a few years ago and the Capitol shooting a few years before that (you forgot those, right?) — makes them choke with outrage and defensiveness. They *have* to have the SWAT teams, etc. because the citizenry, etc. etc. It’s a downward spiral with only one outcome.

  • Elmwood

    Why is ok to bash the police but not the “troops”? These same criticisms could be said for our industrial military complex. Sexual assault and rape in the military is equally intolerable. The big difference is that our military kills innocent people who aren’t Americans. I don’t think God cares about that distinction.

  • Matt Talbot

    “The government is that institution in society that has a monopoly on the use of force.”

    I hear this a lot, particularly (though not exclusively) from the American right.

    In a certain technical, PolySci 101 sense it is true, of course – but it often seems to morph into a declaration that using force is all the government is supposed to do, as if that is its only mission. As if force is what gives government its power and legitimacy.

    • Dillon T. McCameron

      “As if force is what gives government its power…”

      Well…yeah. Mao summed it up pretty well, really.

      • Matt Talbot

        Our government has power because we citizens have granted it power, not because it has rockets and napalm.

        • Dillon T. McCameron

          Certainly that was the idea…but does it amount to anything more than appeasement of “the masses?”

          Could the citizenry revoke that power? That power which is enforced with, as you say, rockets and napalm?

          • Matt Talbot

            Of course we can revoke it – the power of government is actually a fragile thing. See the Arab Spring, Eastern Europe in 1989, and so on.

            • Dillon T. McCameron

              Had to sleep on it.

              So it is about force? And all legitimacy is derived through the ability to use more of it?


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