Posts Tagged ‘ police violence ’

Why “support your local police” is a formula for despotism

December 11, 2014
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William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  

"According to the SYLP, there is nothing wrong with contemporary law enforcement that cannot be remedied by keeping the police above accountability. This is the material meaning of the slogan, 'Support your local police -- and keep them independent!' The group properly emphasizes the dangers of federal subsidy and control of local police agencies, yet its six-point agenda focuses entirely on augmenting the privileges and immunities that have abetted criminal misconduct and protected abusive cops from personal liability." (12/09/14)

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Eric Garner and the case for police competition

December 10, 2014
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The Canal The Canal
by Julian Adorney  

"The root of why people feel powerless around police is the state’s monopoly on protection. What we need is consumer choice. For people who feel trapped between relying on police forces they can’t change, and being vulnerable to criminals, police alternatives can offer an empowering third option." (12/10/14)

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Why US cops can kill Americans with impunity

December 10, 2014
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Wendy Mcelroy The Dollar Vigilante
by Wendy McElroy  

"Anyone following American news knows the police are entirely out of control. They kill, beat, and brutalize non-resisting 'civilians' with impunity, even if that person is a child, even if he is shot in the back. Police officers who kill unarmed and complying people are almost always vindicated by their department superiors and by a court system that will not prosecute. No wonder homicides by cops are at a two decade high despite a continuing decline in America's overall homicide rate. The problem is not a few bad cops. It is the entire system of law enforcement. And the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) must shoulder blame for giving cops close to carte blanche to kill." (12/08/14)

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Have we reached “Peak Jackboot?”

December 8, 2014
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William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William N. Grigg  

"It does no injury to the truth to suggest that the effort to capitalize on the 'Boston Massacre' was the pre-Independence equivalent of today's 'Hands Up -- Don't Shoot' agitprop campaign. The victims in the March 5, 1770 event had assaulted law enforcement officers, after all. Some, perhaps most, of them were disreputable people who today would be casually denigrated as 'thugs.' Attucks himself, the first martyr in the cause of American Independence, was a law-breaker, a runaway slave of dubious parentage. In addition to committing an act of 'theft' by absconding with the 'property' of his supposed master, Attucks used fraudulent means to conceal his identity and obtain employment on a whaling ship." (12/05/14)

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Eric Garner’s murder reveals the ugly core of government and law enforcement

December 5, 2014
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JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"Here we have Garner, a guy allegedly selling loosies -- single cigarettes -- which are a perfectly legal product. Why is he supposedly selling loosies? Because New York officials inflict on their long-suffering subjects the highest cigarette tax in the country at at $4.35 per pack, plus another $1.50 levied in the city itself. It's not a popular tax, with smuggled smokes making up 60.9 percent of the market. So the powers that be unleash the cops to enhance revenue by tracking down shipments of smuggled cigarettes and, on occasion, putting the occasional small-time street vendor in an illegal chokehold. Which is to say, Eric Garner was murdered for the purposes of revenue enhancement." (12/04/14)

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Abolish the boot heel of tyranny

December 5, 2014
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Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal  

"Cops are where the boot heel of tyranny meets the face of the people. Your turn is coming, no matter how 'law abiding' you believe yourself to be. Unless policing is put to an end. I am sick to death of cops molesting, beating, robbing, murdering, waylaying, raping, and causing general harm and mayhem -- and idiots still fawning over them as if they are HEROES or something. Get a clue: they are not heroes, they are the enemy of everything decent and good. Yes, they may also be the enemy of some bad people too, but don't make the fatal error of thinking that makes them your buddy." (12/04/14)

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The Ferguson distraction

December 5, 2014
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Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"The ultimate cause of this problem is that the police are the domestic armed troops of America's rulers -- falsely called 'representatives' -- and the rest of us are the ruled. They know it, and we are increasingly coming to know it. Most of the 'laws' they enforce against us violate our natural rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The chasm between rulers and ruled exists everywhere in the country, but it exists on a spectrum from the barely noticeable to the extreme. Obviously, it’s most extreme in poorer black communities, where race and class prejudice sit atop the general disdain for the ruled." (12/04/14)

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The Freedom Report Podcast, 12/04/14

December 4, 2014
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The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
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"The Freedom Report podcast today takes on the case of the killing of Eric Garner who was killed by NYPD after they put him in an illegal chokehold." [Flash audio or MP3] (12/04/14)

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Ferguson

December 4, 2014
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Andrew P. Napolitano LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P. Napolitano  

"The failure in Ferguson is across the board. From a city government whose police force makes its minority populace feel vulnerable and defends an unnecessary public killing by one of its cops, to a county prosecutor afraid to take responsibility for a proper public prosecution, to a governor missing in action, to a president who sounds like he wants to federalize police, we have an out-of-control stewpot boiling over into a wave of destruction." (12/04/14)

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Video of the Day: This is what happens when you call the cops

December 4, 2014
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Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger  

"In a healthy, moral and civilized society defined by the rule of law, police can play an important role. They should be people who come from the communities they promise to 'protect and serve.' They should view themselves as a part of these communities, not as something separate and distinct. Police should see their jobs as having a great degree of risk, and must be willing to accept that risk. This means not pretending to be a sol[di]er at war, not choosing the most violent solution to every problem, and not viewing the citizenry as milk cows ready and willing to be drained of their assets via civil forfeiture. Unfortunately, this isn’t the state of the police in America in 2014, and it’s quickly becoming obvious to everyone." (12/04/14)

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NY: Protests erupt as cop skates for “chokehold” killing

December 4, 2014
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Portsmouth Herald    

"A grand jury cleared a white police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of an unarmed black man stopped for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, triggering protests in the streets by hundreds of New Yorkers who likened the case to the deadly police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. ... Protesters gathered in Times Square and converged on the heavily secured area around the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting with a combination of professional-looking signs and hand-scrawled placards reading, 'Black lives matter' and 'Fellow white people, wake up.' And in the Staten Island neighborhood where Garner died, people reacted with angry disbelief and chanted, 'I can't breathe!' and 'Hands up -- don't choke!'" (12/04/14)

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Cameras aren’t a miracle cure for police brutality

December 4, 2014
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Andrew Jerell Jones  

"The miniaturization of video cameras to fit into mobile phones and 'wearable' electronic gear has helped video recordings emerge as a widely-touted panacea against police misbehavior. The thinking has been that video provides indisputable evidence. But today’s ruling, to say nothing of acquittals more than two decades ago of officers involved in the videotaped beating of motorist Rodney King, show that not to be the case." (12/03/14)

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Police should be on, not behind, cameras

December 3, 2014
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Thomas L. Knapp Center for a Stateless Society
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"Police body cameras are all the rage lately. Al Sharpton wants them used to monitor the activities of cops. Ann Coulter wants them used to 'shut down' Al Sharpton. The White House wants them because, well, they're a way to look both 'tough on police violence' and 'tough on crime' by spending $263 million on new law enforcement technology. When Al Sharpton, Ann Coulter and the president of the United States agree on anything, my immediate, visceral reaction is extreme skepticism. In this case, the known facts support that skepticism. It's exceedingly unlikely that widespread use of police body cameras would reduce the incidence or severity of unjustified police violence." (12/02/14)

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We are the enemy: Is this the lesson of Ferguson?

December 3, 2014
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John W. Whitehead Tenth Amendment Center
by John W. Whitehead  

"There was a moment of hope after Ferguson that perhaps things might change. Perhaps the balance would be restored between the citizenry and their supposed guardians, the police. Perhaps our elected officials would take our side for a change and oppose the militarization of the police. Perhaps warfare would take a backseat to more pressing national concerns. That hope was short-lived." (12/02/14)

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“The time has come”

December 2, 2014
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The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by Sean N. Gruber  

"The masses seem to really believe that 'cops put their lives on the line for us every day.' Anyone that really understands the nature of government understands that this is utter non-sense. Cops enforce unjust and unconstitutional laws. Those that resist or question are imprisoned, assaulted or killed. This happens on a daily basis. For doing so -- they are given very nice salaries and a status of superiority in our society. When, on the rare occasion their actions finally bring down a negative response, they drive around in tanks, hide behind riot shields and 'protect themselves.'" (11/30/14)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle799-20141130-03.html  

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MO: Police angry at “hands up” gesture by St. Louis Rams players

December 1, 2014
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CNN CNN    

"A group representing police in St. Louis says it's infuriated after five St. Louis Rams players raised their hands Sunday in solidarity with protesters upset at Michael Brown's death. The St. Louis Police Officers Association says it's 'profoundly disappointed' with those football players who sent a silent but strong message before they took the field Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. ... The police association called for the Rams and the NFL to apologize and discipline the players involved."

http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/01/us/ferguson-nfl-st-louis-rams/  

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Is disarming a cop a capital offense?

December 1, 2014
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William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  

"Officer Jacobs, who had stopped Penn without cause simply because he was a young black man in the company of several black friends, was determined to start a fight. Penn, on the other hand, was determined to avoid one. Penn wasn’t stopped for a traffic violation. The official pretext supplied in the subsequent report was that he had made an illegal U-turn, but that pretense dissolved very quickly during the first trial. He was seated behind the wheel of a pickup truck in a driveway talking with friends when he was accosted by Jacobs." (11/29/14)

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Darren Wilson and the reality of “blue privilege”

November 28, 2014
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William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  

"From its inception, the shooting of Michael Brown was not investigated as a potential criminal homicide, and the inquiry was an exercise in validating the killer's story, rather than testing it against the available evidence. The assumption was that killing was part of his job description -- or, as Wilson has subsequently told George Stephanopoulos, 'I did what I was paid to do.' If Wilson had been a member of the productive class, rather than a state employee licensed to dispense aggressive violence, he would have been presumed legally innocent, but required to justify his actions. Because of his occupation, however, Wilson was considered both legally innocent and presumptively correct, and the investigation became an exercise in justifying the shooter's actions, rather than an inquiry into their propriety." (11/26/14)

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State justice failed Michael Brown. People’s justice is just getting started.

November 26, 2014
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Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"More than three months after Darren Wilson executed Michael Brown in broad daylight in Ferguson, Missouri, the grand jury's decision is in. No state prosecution, no justice from the state's court system, for his crime. Wilson will never be tried, let alone convicted. But in the real justice system, this is not the end for Wilson -- it's only the beginning.

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Cause of death in Utah

November 25, 2014
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"[A]s the Tribune explains: 'so far this year, deadly force by police has claimed more lives -- 13, including a Saturday shooting in South Jordan -- than has violence between spouses and dating partners.' The article goes on to talk about police training and other important issues surrounding police use of deadly force, but the long-term trends and are not clear. We know that violent crime is going down in the country. Are police shootings going up, or have they merely remained stable against the rest of the violence?" (11/25/14)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/11/25/cause-of-death-in-utah/  

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OH: Cleveland city website attacked after 12-year-old boy shot by police; Anonymous takes credit

November 24, 2014
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Anonymous Cleveland Plain Dealer    

"The so-called 'hacktivist' group Anonymous has taken credit for shutting down the city of Cleveland's website after a city police officer shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice, whom police believed to be armed. The manager of the city's server called police about 3:30 a.m. Monday to report the website was 'under attack,' according to police and city officials. A short time later, the city's website went down and is still unaccessible." (11/24/14)

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MO: Nixon declares “emergency” before grand jury decision in Brown killing

November 18, 2014
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USA Today    

"Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon activated the state's National Guard and declared a state of emergency Monday ahead of a grand jury decision in the case of a white police officer who shot and killed a black teenager. The emergency order, in effect for 30 days, instructs St. Louis County Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and St. Louis Metro Police to work together in a unified command to keep the peace should public reaction to the decision turn violent. It puts the county police, rather than Ferguson police, in charge of security in Ferguson if unrest develops in the St. Louis suburb." (11/17/14)

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