It is very true, you know. The people of this country seem to have totally forgotten that having unlimited power and virtually no oversight is a guaranteed way to breed corruption. But why does that matter? What effect does it have on the world right now? Well, to answer that question, one has to look at the police forces of America. In this post, several stories of police corruption are going to show this very contention.
The first story is from New York City. The story goes that a black man named Jatik Reed. He was stopped by cops, claiming that they saw him smoking marijuana, and had a bag that supposedly had Crack residue inside of it. The police then claim that he threw a punch at them, so they proceeded to brutally assault him. Of course, video footage was released showing that this was an unprovoked attack.
All over the country, the police are filmed doing stuff like this, but one interesting reaction was during the case in Florida. Police surrounded the parked car of Raymond Herisse. They fire at his car with abandon, killing him and wounding several bystanders. One witness describes that the police were shooting until their guns were empty. With a half-dozen cops shooting the standard-issue Glock pistol that police are issued, that is a potential of 90 rounds going into the car of a man who is parked and from all evidence, never shot back or opened fire. It was a revenge-killing.
The reason that this story is important is because one man filmed the cops with his phone. When the police saw this, they went over and took the phone from him, smashing it on the ground. Luckily, the footage survived of the police murdering this man because this man who filmed them was quick enough to hide the SIM card in his mouth, even as the cops assaulted him and took his camera.
All over this country, stories come up of the police arresting people and even sometimes charging them with crimes for filming them breaking the laws that they are trying to protect. It is a right that is guaranteed that the average citizen can film the police, as a measure of ensuring justice, but the bigger question is – what is it that they want to hide?
Perhaps it is stories like one that happened in Fulton, Missouri. The SWAT police there raided a house, looking for drugs, and decided that they would shoot the family dog. When it got off of its chain, the police shot the dog six times with their pistols, and twice with shotguns. But the story doesn’t end there. The police went over to the puppies of this dog, who were in a cage. They pepper-sprayed the puppies, and the were even about to shoot them. Of course, they only found enough marijuana in this man’s house to get him a misdemeanor charge. Pepper-spraying puppies, for a misdemeanor.
That’s another thing – murdering a family’s pet is nothing new. There is an entire blog that shows the instances where the police have murdered a family dog. But what would have happened had the cops who pepper-sprayed the puppies gotten filmed? What would have been their punishment? Well, in all likelihood, nothing. They wouldn’t have gotten punished at all.
It can’t be denied that there is little to no fire that the police in this country’s feet are being held to. It is every week that a story comes out of some cop who arrests a girl for “abusing 911” when her dad was having a seisure, or brutally assaulting somebody on the street, or pepper-spraying puppies. These cops do these things, and little to nothing happens to them. In fact, the legal system of this country is complicit in this abuse of power
For those who deny that, here is another story. In the city of Philadelphia, there was a police officer named Michael Paige. He forced a man, named James Harris, to give him oral sex in his police cruiser. When charges were pressed against him, the judge came to the decision that Harris was lying, and that this was consensual sex that he was claiming was sexual assault. This cop forces a man to perform oral sex, and he has no punishment whatsoever. The legal system is absolutely in favor of this abuse.
Finally, a story from all over the country. Police are seizing people’s assets, not even charging them with anything. They pick targets who are poor enough so that they can be reasonably sure that this person will not fight back against them. They take their stuff and auction it off to make money.
America has created a culture where we are giving badges and guns to people, requring very little training for them. They are given nearly-infinite authority over other people, and are now being affirmed that the hammer of justice will not come down on them when they do something wrong. Why do people think that such a position wouldn’t attract some total and complete deranged lunatics? Why do they think that there wouldn’t be a large number of people in that profession who are sociopaths, looking to exercise their authority over others?
Absolute power corrupts. This is something history has taught us. And yet, we are not hearing anything from the public. When one comes onto a website and says something, or video footage is released, what is the reaction? For the most part, blind compliance. People simply choose not to listen to it, or claim, “it’s just a few bad apples.”
The problem goes deeper than that, and until we get some oversight on the cops, and hold their feet to the fire, this kind of rampant abuse will continue, and Officer Paige will force more men to blow him. More puppies will get pepper-sprayed. And more people will get beaten on the side of the road for no reason.
Of course, they will do that, with the parents of all the children saying, “the police officer is your friend.”