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I'm an American Citizen. If You Want to Remain a Cop, Don't Violate My Human Rights

In light of the horrific situation in Ferguson, an op-ed ran in today's Washington Post, chillingly titled, "I'm a cop. If you don't want to get hurt, don't challenge me." Not "obey the law." "Don't challenge me."

Here's a bit of what this upstanding public servant has to say:

Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don't want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don't argue with me, don't call me names, don't tell me that I can't stop you, don't say I'm a racist pig, don't threaten that you'll sue me and take away my badge. Don't scream at me that you pay my salary, and don't even think of aggressively walking towards me.

He even echoes Cartman, bemoaning "outright challenges to my authority."

The officer who wrote that claims to have worked in internal affairs, but that's a little difficult to swallow. After all, a man who knew that police officers will regularly produce badges before raping sex workers, or that over 10 percent of juvenile inmates report being sexually abused by jailers, would know better than to make a statement like, "if you don't want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you."

A more informed bottom line would go a little more something like this: when cops armed like an invading army force observers from Amnesty International to their knees, at gunpoint -- which happened in Ferguson the night before that piece ran -- they aren't enforcing the law, they are breaking it. They are criminals, they should lose their badges and they should be sued. They should not get to kill people without trial for walking aggressively.


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directed at this column, by John Whitehead, Tenth Amendment Center.

I understand many officers have to deal with those who decide to act as lesser humans who are moral resistent, but when they roll this attitude over to respectful people they cross the line. When SHTF and people lose respect for law enforcement, guys like this will become main targets for revenge for using disrepectful 'jackboot' treatment against people.


Pigs are plentiful in the animal farm.


It is sad

This mentality just boggles my mind.

They, the ones who voluntarily accept public offices and swear oaths to the effect of not violating rights of the public actually believe they can give commands to the public. The public servants think they can give commands to their masters the public. They honestly believe that.

This mentality turns the entire USA into one large prison where they are the prison guards and we are the prisoners.


...good post...

Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

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Tred of the militarized cops?

So is everyone else.

Its beginning to show.

Beginning, I say. Just wait until the shtf. We were just one squeeze away from that last night, as was posted on the DP earlier.

It was an untrained, unthinking, shitting-in-his-pants cop with a semi-automatic weapon trained on Constitutional citizens exercising their Rights.

Oh, yeah, that was close.

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