One of the Three Perps in this Video Takes Responsibility for Being a Criminal

One of the Three Perps in this Video Takes Responsibility for Being a Criminal September 12, 2013

As we devolve into a Police Surveillance State, it will be an interesting horse race to see if thugs in uniform will be able to avoid being captured on video when they behave like thugs. Sometimes the all-seeing eyes of the surveillance state see the wrong things. At present, there’s no good mechanism to keep such embarrassments from the public. I expect Caesar will go to work on that problem–as he is already striving to do in places like China. As our Ruling Class syncs up with other Ruling Classes in other countries, I’m sure they can come to some amicable agreement with Google and similar partners of the Surveillance State to help censor these unseemly videos and protect the rest of us from unpatriotic thoughts that might upset us about our just and wise rulers.

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  • Dave G.

    A day after remembering when so many thugs in uniform were eliminated from the payroll, it’s nice to get back to the important focus. Now, how about those thugs in military uniform who willingly serve the whims of this growing police state. Shouldn’t we also focus on what those thugs do to make the same point?

    • Andy, Bad Person

      Are you defending the thugs in the video?

      • Dave G.

        Read it again and see if you can figure out what I’m really saying. I’m saying where is the consistency. The way Mark handles the issues in the military and the way he handles cases like this with the police are painfully different. You can’t miss it. Why? Same state. Same cases of thuggery. Why is one handled one way, and the other another way? Why is the military lauded, while virtually nothing similar about law enforcement? Both have bad apples who do bad things. Both have majorities of good people doing good and brave things. Why the difference? And yes, why drag a story like this out today when yesterday we remembered some of the better examples of those law enforcement officers who, along with others, gave their all?

        • Andy, Bad Person

          So, you’re complaining that Mark lauds what is good about these individuals, and complains about what is bad?

          • Dave G.

            Obviously your whole point is to avoid the point.

    • Michelle

      Actually, civilian law enforcement thuggery wasn’t nearly as commonplace until *after* 9/11. There were cases, some of them quite infamous, before 9/11—Rodney King springs to mind—but there wasn’t a feeling of “Another day, another Bad Cop” until after 9/11. The fact is, in the last decade cops have become less patient, less ethical, less accountable, more bullying, more taser-happy, and more willing to shoot to kill in situations which in the past would never have reached the level of deadly force.

      If you want to bring 9/11 into this, then blame America’s “You will be safe, or else!”-mentality to responding to those terrorist attacks on American soil for why American citizens are now considered cattle to be hot-poker-prodded into line by civilian law enforcement.

      • Dave G.

        I blame America for being everything that Japan had hoped America would be but wasn’t. As for the increase in cases, I don’t know. Do you have any stats for that? There have been cases like this since I was in school (a long time ago), They usually don’t make national news unless of course something like King. Though following that, and for several years, you saw cases shown across the news on a daily basis. I think we just hear about it more today in certain places, like here. With only a couple exceptions, I wouldn’t know about most of these cases if it wasn’t for Mark. My question is, why the differences in treatment? Like my second son pointed out a couple years ago, if our wars are immoral and evil, what does it make those who volunteer to fight them? Why are they ‘off the hook’ compared to the cops who so often are held to the fire?

        • Michelle

          Just because a war is immoral and evil doesn’t make those who volunteer to fight immoral and evil. For example, I happen to think that the so-called American “Civil War” was an unjust war, but I don’t think the soldiers who fought for the federal government were “immoral or evil” (although there were plenty of them, like Sherman’s men, who engaged in war crimes and are personally culpable to the extent they participated without mitigating circumstances). In most cases though, these men (including my great-great-great-grandfather) believed what they were told about the “righteousness” of their cause. Just because they were wrong about the justness of that war does not make them immoral or evil for fighting it. The ones ultimately responsible for the unjustness of that war are those who perpetrated it, first and foremost the Commander-in-Chief.

          As for cops, we have a tradition in this country of respect for the freedom of individuals, for presumed innocence, for law enforcement as a form of public service. Cops, at least in our culture, are expected to protect communities and to uphold the law. When they brazenly ignore the law and start treating citizens as cattle, they are going to be looked upon with contempt. The nature of what their service is supposed to entail, and how far they have fallen below that ideal in recent years, is probably why they are judged more harshly than the military.

  • Andy, Bad Person

    Ugh, I always have to resist my natural impulse to posture as the Internet Tough Guy, and I usually succeed.

    But that man just punched a woman. He needs to have the shit beaten out of him.

  • Rachel

    ugh, these sort of stories are popping up a ton now. What is wrong with our police departments???

  • Bad MF

    A suspect can through my sister’s yard. The police sent a K-9 unit to try to find a scent and track him. No scent trail. But the dog left a huge gift on the lawn. The policeman just watched, didn’t try to pick up, didn’t ask for a bag, didn’t even apologize for the inconvenience. My sister didn’t have a problem with it, but I took it as a sign that some of these public servants don’t consider themselves servants any more. It’s against the law for a regular citizen to do that exact thing, why is ok for a policeman to let his dog crap all over someone’s lawn? He seemed to dare her to say something to him. Anyhow, it seemed a fitting metaphor for this phenomena, though clearly not as awful as a policeman beating a captive woman.

  • Robert Zeh

    Mark, you’re being pessimistic. This sort of thing isn’t new and has been going on for a long, long time (see the Burge case in Chicago). Now there’s more video; that’s the change. In this case, without video, there wouldn’t have been any story at all. Just a police report about a women biting a cop’s finger.