Tuesday, December 8, 2009
The Thin Blue Whine, Pt. I: Petulant Police Demand Impunity
Stand up for thuggery! Hundreds of Portland, Oregon police officers and supporters surround City Hall during a protest march on behalf of Officer Chris Humphreys, who was placed on administrative leave (that is, paid vacation) following repeated use of unnecessary force -- including the lethal beating of a terrified and helpless 145-lb. man who suffered from schizophrenia.
Violence "is unpredictable, chaotic and thoughtless" by its nature, observed Peter Taylor in a recent op-ed column published in The Oregonian. "It doesn't like to be confined and doesn't lend itself to cooperation.... It is saddening to see the effects of violence on its victims, those who witness it and, yes, also those who wield it against others."
As the final clause in that sentence suggests, Taylor's point is not to sympathize with victims of "unpredictable, chaotic and thoughtless" violence, but rather to defend those who often employ it. Taylor is an officer with the Portland Police Bureau, and his column was intended to explain why he -- along with several hundred others -- took part in a protest march and rally outside Portland's City Hall in defense of Officer Chris Humphreys.
Along with his comrades, Officer Taylor wore a customized t-shirt containing the slogan: "I am Chris Humphreys." He used the same rallying cry to wrap up his op-ed column. And like his comrades, Taylor -- either through invincible innate ignorance, or as a result blindness induced through cult-like devotion to his professional clique (these are not mutually exclusive possibilities) -- cannot understand that this description is an indictment.
Last month, Humprheys was put on administrative leave (which is a "money for nothing" proposition) after shooting a 12-year-old girl point-blank with a "less lethal" beanbag round during what we're all but required to call a "fight" or "altercation" on a MAX train platform in Portland. The 12-year-old, who was banned from traveling on the train, put up what resistance she could when Officer Aaron Dauchy tried to place her under arrest. She was down on the ground and wasn't going anywhere when Humphreys, after circling around to find the best angle, shot her with the beanbag round. A third officer was present during the incident, just in case the two tax-engorged "heroes" couldn't handle the little girl.
Two police officers should be able to handle an unarmed 12-year-old girl, even one who weighed 150 pounds, most of it bad attitude.
"I don't care how big she is," commented retired police officer Mike Davis, a 30-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau. "Two grown men using proper holds should be able to subdue her and get her into the police car without incident."
Davis, who now works for a fitness company, believes that episodes of this sort are the inevitable product that results from adding "less lethal" toys to the arsenal of physically unfit police officers.
"The officers are in pathetic shape, for the most part," Davis told The Oregonian. "If you don't have any confidence that you can handle something physically, you go up the ladder too quickly on the continuum of force." As a result, police "rely too much on all these little tools we've go: Taser. Mace. Beanbag gun. Asp. You can't shoot everyone. You can't Taser everyone. Well, maybe we can."
When fired at point-blank range, a beanbag round can seriously injure or even kill a victim, so the victim was lucky to escape with a bad bruise. But this is not the only reason the girl shot by Officer Humphreys could consider herself fortunate. The last time Humphreys was involved in a case of excessive force, the victim didn't survive.
Twice a victim: James Chasse, seen here before being lethally "protected and served" by three of Portland's, ahem, "Finest," was a successful musician before being stricken with schizophrenia.
On September 17 2006 (Constitution Day, ironically enough), Humphreys was one of three law enforcement officers -- two PPB officers and a Multnomah County Sheriff's Deputy -- who chased down and beat to death a 145-pound schizophrenia victim named James Chasse.
Known to many people in his neighborhood as a gentle and talented man -- a successful musician and artist before the onset of his mental illness -- Chasse was beaten so severely by the bold and valiant guardians of the public that nearly all of his ribs were fractured. Several of them had been pulverized. He was also treated to a dose from law enforcement's favorite "non-lethal" toy, the portable electro-shock torture device (more commonly called a Taser).
A coroner's report listed "blunt force trauma" as the cause of Chasse's death. The official report on Chasse's arrest described the cause of death as "broad-based .... blunt-force chest trauma" consistent with an impact in which the victim was slammed against a hard surface with a body on top of him -- in short, with being "pancaked."
Chasse weighed 142 pounds. Humphreys, a well-fed tax-feeder, outweighed him by roughly 100 pounds. Humphreys initially claimed that he didn't land on Chasse, but rather went "right over and past" him. That would mean that the fatal concussive blows that wrecked nearly all of Chasse's ribs were the result of either hands-on brutality, or an immaculate beating by unseen creatures from another realm. My money is on some combination of "pancaking" and gang violence inflicted by Humphreys and his comrades.
Witnesses at the scene describe how Humphreys and his colleagues (tax-feeders only operate in packs, remember) repeatedly punched and kicked the victim. The officers did admit -- in the highly qualified, self-justifying language of trained liars -- to using "pressure point" strikes and judiciously applied blows with fists and forearms. But by that time, according to the post-mortem, were incidental to Chasse's death; the fatal damage had already been done by the time those blows were struck. Chasse's "offense" was public urination.
The beating he endured, however, was "street justice" administered for the supposed crime of "contempt of cop," which he committed by fleeing from the armed strangers who accosted him, as would any rational person incapable of effectively defending himself against the state's designated agents of "unpredictable, chaotic and thoughtless" violence.
A life drains away while tax-feeders dither: The mortally woundedJames Chasse lies hog-tied at the feet of the police who beat him. Why weren't the EMTs -- the only people in this picture ready and inclined to do something worthwhile -- permitted to take him to the hospital?
After being beaten to within an inch of his life, Chasse was taken to jail. He slipped that final inch en route to the hospital -- not in an ambulance, mind you, but bound hand and foot in the back of a police car.
Nearly two hours had elapsed between the beating and Chasse's death, much of it wasted at the local jail. Detention officers, after taking a good look at the victim, refused to book him into the jail, demanding that he be taken to a hospital instead. Had he received immediate medical help, Chasse might still be alive. An ambulance was available on-site after the arrest. But the Droogs who murdered him -- Officer Humphreys and Kyle Nice, and Deputy Bret Burton, who has since been hired by the Portland Police Bureau -- had other priorities.
When it comes to beating and hog-tying people on the streets, the murder of James Chasse wasn't Chris Humprheys' first rodeo. An investigation conducted by the independent Wilamette Week discovered that Humphreys "has used force more often than almost all of the other 785 officers" whose arrests were cataloged in a PPB database. Only one officer had been involved in a greater number of "use of force" incidents.
Humphreys was second among 422 officers who used takedowns, restraining holds and pressure points on suspects. Among 295 officers who had used "impact" strikes -- the use of punches, kicks, batons, or flashlights -- Humphreys was at the top of the list. He was number five on the hit parade of officers who had injured suspects. Of the 17 suspects injured at his hands, only two of them were taken to a hospital.
In one episode, Humphreys struck a man 30 times with his baton before discovering -- D'oh! -- that the victim wasn't the suspect he was after. This incident led to a lawsuit against the Portland municipal government that was settled for $90,000 in taxpayer money. Under the terms of that settlement, Humphreys wasn't required to admit wrongdoing.
Last July, Multnomah County hit up the taxpayers for another $925,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by James Chasse's family. This happened after the PPB review board reportedly cleared Humphreys and his cohorts of wrongdoing. Not that there was a great deal of suspense involved in awaiting the board's ruling, of course.
Thugs in arms, unite! Sgt. Scott Westermann, chief commissar of the Portland police union.
Even if one concludes that Chasse's death was the result of a tragic mishap rather than a crime, Humphreys still has the kind of baggage that would make him, at best, a dubious representative of the police.
Yet Sgt. Scott Westermann, capo of the Portland police union, insists that Humphreys has always "exemplified everything one could imagine a police officer should be." That is to say, all cops should be Christopher Humphreys. Which would mean, of course, that there would be nothing wrong with all detainees ending up like James Chasse.
Humphreys was put on "administrative leave" -- a supposedly punitive paid vacation -- after shooting the 12-year-old with the beanbag shotgun. This decision riled up Westermann and his knuckle-draggers, who began howling that Humphreys had "suffered" enough.
Following a union no-confidence vote and the above-mentioned street march, Police Chief Rosie Sizer and Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman decided to placate the armed legions by putting Humphreys back on active duty, albeit behind a desk.
In a spectacularly perverse coda to the affair, Humphreys -- the one whose bulk inflicted the mortal injuries on an incurably sick, helpless man, the same officer who rarely considers it necessary to take the victims of his officially sanctioned violence to the hospital -- has filed a stress disability claim.
This little bit of benefit-spiking will probably pay off handsomely when it comes time for Humphreys to collect his taxpayer-provided union pension. None of his victims -- past or future -- will enjoy the same benefits, of course. And the taxpayers will continue to absorb the costs of indemnifying the "unpredictable, chaotic and thoughtless" violence carried out by police who insist that the public should see Humphreys as Chaucer's "parfait, gentil knight," rather than a marauding misfit with a government-issued license to kill.
Whole lotta Rosie: Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer folded like a poorly manufactured deck chair in the face of the local Jackboot Union's demands. (Hey, is it just me, or does Rosie look like Sean Hannity in a Princess Di wig?)
"Portland police are all about imposing discipline, not exercising it," observes Oregonian columnist Steve Duin, who laments the culpable neglect displayed by an "aloof [police] commissioner, absentee mayor and anything-goes police chief."
That Humphreys is considered a model police officer by the police union comes as no surprise to critics of the increasingly militarized Portland Police Bureau.
As is the case elsewhere in recent years, the PPB has become increasingly aggressive even as violent crime has continued the downward trend it has followed pretty consistently for more than a decade and a half. Duin lists some particularly egregious examples:
*Eunice Crowder, a 71-year-old blind woman, was pepper-sprayed "with such enthusiasm that her glass eye popper out of its socket"; police then shot her with a Taser four times "as she lay in the dirt." None of the officers responsible for that atrocity were disciplined
*Barbara Weich, a 58-year-old art gallery owner, was convicted of "contempt of cop" when she reacted with disdain after being given a ticket by motorcycle cop Greg Adrian. After pursuing Weich for a short distance and pulling her over, Adrian hit her in the face "with enough force to leave bruising on her cheek and neck," then grabbed her arm, pulled it through the window, twisted it, put his weight on it, and fractured it. Adrian, naturally, was never disciplined.
The experience of Don Joughin's family offers a useful snapshot of the vulgar arrogance and casual violence that define Portland's police culture.
In August 2002, George W. Bush inflicted himself on Portland, which meant that the local police were deployed in riot gear to keep demonstrators caged inside "free speech zones." At one point a contingent of police unleashed a volley of pepper-spray against protesters who weren't content to be cattle-penned in a holding area blocks away from the presidential route.
Local activist Don Joughin, who had brought his wife and three children, including an eleven-month-old baby, sought to leave the area without being trampled by the protesters or baptized in pepper spray by the Jackboots. He turned to a police officer obstructing an exit and asked how he and his family could leave the embattled intersection. "He pointed and said to exit to the [northeast], into the spraying police opposite him," Joughin recalled.
With the crowd pressing down on him and his children, Joughin pleaded with the officer to let him and his family through. "He looked at me, and drew out his can from his hip and sprayed directly at me," Joughin recalled. Joughin didn't bear the brunt of that criminal assault, but his three-year-old caught some of the blast. The assailant then turned on Joughin's wife and the infant "and doused both of their heads entirely from a distance of less than 3 feet," Joughin recalled.
Pure, unadulterated viciousness: Don Joughin comforts his eleven-month-old son after the infant was doused in pepper spray by one of Portland's "Finest."
For several panicked minutes, Joughin tried to flee the area and find help for his family. The police -- you know, those helpful people who, according to official propaganda, are supposed to protect innocent people from criminal violence -- reacted by closing ranks and blocking the Joughin family's escape. They didn't relent until someone in "authority" gave them permission to let the anxious man and his family leave.
The last thing Joughin heard from the heroes in blue as he departed was the derisive comment, "That's why you shouldn't bring kids to protests."
Indeed: If you do, there's a good chance they'll be victims of a criminal assault -- one that would be described as an act of terrorism involving a WMD (a chemical weapon) if carried out against a government official -- at the hands of the police.
We are constantly told that the increasingly frequent episodes of criminal violence by police are aberrations, and that "most" police are good, decent, honorable people. Like many others, I know people in that line of work who meet that description.
My question is this: Just where the hell are those good, decent, honorable police officers when their comrades are committing crimes of the kind committed against Don Joughin's children? How can a police officer direct a weaponized stream of caustic solution into the face of a terrified eleven-month-old baby in the serene knowledge that nobody among his peers would object? What does it say about the police culture in Portland that the reaction of the officers on-site was to rebuke the father of that infant, rather than grabbing the assailant and beating some decency into him?
Well, thanks to the Portland police union, we have our answer. This kind of thing is to be expected of police officers in that city, because each of them is Christopher Humphreys.
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How about a new bumper sticker. Sort of a new twist on an old theme.
Dump Your Local Police
How long will it be before people start shooting the police just because they are fed up with that criminal gang?
How long will it be before people start shooting the police just because they are fed up with that criminal gang?
I don't know, obviously, but I heartily suspect that the first one to pull a trigger will be some Hal Turner-like provocateur on the Federal payroll. That's how things of this sort usually play out.
A very good job on this article. I'm going to send this to as many sources as possible with your consent.
Every Citizen and Police Officer need to understand that when you support a fascist idiot it makes you look like an fascist idiot. Hitler and Mussilini would have loved these guys on his goon squads. People like this can become very dangerous if left to exploit others. As a society we should only allow loyalty to go so far. I personally prefer integrity as a better method of choosing my associations but I have found few law enforcement that appear to have this tendency. I think that they see so much evil that they think they must fight evil with some evil, when necessary.
As you are well aware of, part of the problem is that they are paid by government as "public servants" rather than have to compete in the private sector as protectors of the Citizens. They have become tax collectors for our corrupt legal and political system.
I always like to say that if an institutionalized system is legally allowed to steal or extort money from one Citizen that it legally belongs to and give it to another Citizen who it does not belong to,(taxation) can you rationally expect the financial foundation for this type system to foster an ethical society. Anyting other then very minimal government has failed us for over 5,000 years and we continue to try to unsuccesfully make it work.
I wonder how often the PPB tests for steroids? I have yet to see one of these fine public servants (except for some of the females) who wasn't roided up. I know the look. I am on steroids for a medical condition. I personally know how they affect your mood, temper and body. I would almost guarantee this officer is juicing. (start sarcasm) Maybe Congress can hold some hearings on police use of steroids, like they did with baseball. (end sarcasm)
"...Just where the hell are those good, decent, honorable police officers..."
I would submit that they don't exist -- badged personal acquaintances included. Anyone good, decent, or honorable would have already quit or been fired for refusing orders or ratting on a fellow thug. As such, they can only be described as simply less evil. Anyone seeing these types of things (pepper spraying of small children, etc), who only has their job to lose and still refuses to intervene, is at best "less evil".
I would like to see all of the detractors on this page put on that uniform for 6 mo. before they stand in high judgement of these people.
I would like to see all of the detractors on this page put on that uniform for 6 mo. before they stand in high judgement [sic] of these people.
Where do you get the idea that it's improper for employers to judge the performance of their employees? Or is it your position that the people exist to serve the needs of the state's armed enforcers?
There's nothing about a state-issued costume that morally exalts a tax-fed parasite above the productive people from whom he extracts his sustenance.
Good Morning, Will -
First, I would like to state that it was nice to meet you personally this past Sunday AM via a happenstance meeting while we were both shopping for grocery items.
As to the article, it is time that abuse by cop be forced as an issue at the local, county and state levels. This issue should be put forth in an aggressive, demanding fashion with no hint of retreat as we demand that cops do their jobs and make sure their jobs are not that of abusing citizens, holding them AND their bosses responsible for all that goes down that is abusive in nature. When abuse occurs, fire them AND their bosses forthwith, delivering the pink slips coldly, assertively and with a tone of vengeance, insuring they feel the heat they have so easily forced on their victims. Such treatment should also include the fact that they can no longer work in any law enforcement role ever again.
These nauseating, faux human beings who get off on hurting others are not fit to be free, let alone inflicting their odious selves upon the public, much less on a public that pays their salaries. Are we all masochists by legal decree?? Sure seems so. We pay these creeps to beat us up for no cause with no recourse from the powers that be?? Sure seems so.
Such is life in amerika, the former light in an otherwise dark world. The federalization of cops has proceeded apace and "we are now all federal goons" should be their motto instead of the ludicrous "protect (the cops) and serve (ourselves)" motto that is so misleading any longer as to be an overt lie.
We have what we have for tolerating that which we tolerate. As an aside,it seems the people of Portland are a very tolerable sort. If so, sooner or later it will happen to them. What will they think then?
Hey Anon Badge Fluffer at 7:41
Why not use your real name? I make it a point to always use my real name when I make a post on a blog comment. Are you too gutless? You can scold us on how we don't respect the government thugs, but you can't say who you are? Sounds like you are just as cowardly as the SWAT thugs who wear ski masks so their victims can't identify them.
If I had been in Don Joughin's shoes, I would have taken careful note of the name and badge number of the blue gangbanger that PS'ed my family before walking away for the time being. Sans family presence, I would have reacted immediately by inflicting as much physical injury upon said gangbanger as possible, even at the hazard of my own physical well-being, but that would not do with women and small children present. No, I would have walked away with Officer Oinky's information and then launched a 24/7 surveillance of said porcine parasite, waiting for the ideal moment to catch the coward alone. I'll leave what would ensue at that point to the readers' imaginations.
Anon badge licker, in addition to what William replied, how can you possibly try to defend the actions of these feral, low IQ goons? Beating a sick 142lb man to death? Then refusing him medical care? Pepper spraying an infant? Shooting a 12 yo with a bean bag round? Breaking a woman's arm? You are a sick and twisted pervert, I certainly hope you do not also wear a funny clown suit and a tin star, LOSER!
A Russian general recently said it is the individual responsibility to stop abuse wherever and from whomever they see it, even the police.
Its sad that we need to hear these simple truths from a communist instead of our own establishment.
Anon badge licker, in addition to what William replied, how can you possibly try to defend the actions of these feral, low IQ goons?
He can't, which is why he posted anonymously and ran. This is typical cop behavior in cyber venues, the equivalent of their forming "feral herds" on the streets ("officer safety", you know). We've seen the last of this guy in this thread. Just as they avoid responding to citizen emergencies that would put themselves in danger, cops rarely ever stick around a forum such as this where they have to defend their positions with facts and reason, and thus suffer humiliation and disgrace.
I think it is time to rid Portland of an obviously incompetent police chief. He can't control his officers and they are woefully unprofessional. Perhaps the whole force needs retraining on their own time of course.
Great article, as always.
I guess my question for you is this: If there are 'honorable' individuals who serve as police officers who won't stop this type of behavior, how can they be described as honorable?
As was pointed out by another poster (Anonymous @ 7:40), they cannot be described as such.
It is because of this type of behavior on the part of the so-called "good" police that I won't trust any of them.
Clearly the police in many cities have become Brown Shirts. I believe this is intended throughout the hiring process. I say this because the parasite elitist know they are criminal engaging in ripping off the citizens and need hard core goons to put fear into the citizen body. Its going to get a lot worst before it gets moving in the right direction. I have no answers on how to fix things but have the ability to see what is going on in real world terms.
As a Portland resident, I've had a front row seat on this parade of cop corruption for at least three decades. A neighbor who grew up here says whereas the county Sheriffs have been fairly decent, the PPD has been rotten since at least the 1950's, all his adult life.
In years past, the firefighters and police unions were separate, the firefighters wanting nothing to do with the police union, citing its' corruption. (Think about -that- one for a minute...)
This latest cop tantrum is but the most visible in a long line of outrages.
It's what I've come to expect in a town with a utopian "it takes a village" - type socialist city council and an openly homosexual pedophile mayor.
We truly get what we deserve.
I've said for quite some time. . . there is no such thing as a "good cop."
So many people try to put incidents like these down as the results of a "few bad apples," but where are the "many good apples" who should be out preventing or prosecuting? Nowhere to be found - ergo, they're all bad apples, just waiting for their turn to terrorize with impunity.
I fear it will take "We, the People," pulling a page out of their playbook and preemptively maiming them, before any real changes will be made - only when "they" become as fearful for their lives as we are will the Gestapo re-think their position (if it is, in fact, possible for them to think).
Cops depend on the goodwill of society. Due to their unrestrained criminality that goodwill is gone.
The pendulum always swings back...
Here is a sad tragic local story. Two cops racing each other down RT 1 early one morning when two teenagers turned left into one of the speeding (90 mph)cop cars and were killed instantly. The cop walked away.
Makes me wonder when citizens are going to get so fed up that they begin to go armed. This is getting beyond ridiculous. Maybe if a few people started defending themselves with lethal force the average person would shake themselves awake.
I am not advocating for this, mind you, but only speculating.
Will, your work on the front lines in the battle between liberty and tyranny is unequaled.
This type of behavior is to be expected from a system that is based on a monopoly on the use of force backed by the power to tax. Security is a good like any other and should be left to the free-market. Private security protects people and property thus it has a defensive mindset and seeks to provide a useful service. The purpose of government police forces is to enforce arbitrary laws thus is has an offensive mindset that seeks to enforce obedience to commands. We must seek out and support private security for protection and fight against legalized monopolies.
I laugh every time I see on the news about some cop getting blown away. The only thing funnier is when more than one gets it, like the four in Seattle recently.
I wore the uniform, so to speak, for about five years. For Military Police, we already had far greater legal latitude in violent responses. When I started, the system disciplined cruel and unusual roughness. Before I left it, they were already reversing course.
The system there could not be fixed, because the fix was coming down from the top. My associates in civilian police departments were facing the same thing. This is a new national standard, which I saw in writing in 1993 before I left. It's also a big reason why I left, though they begged me to stay. I was a martial arts instructor, and rather large.
Some few states and locales are resisting, but an awful lot of individuals are swallowing it all. Today, I trust no one with a badge. But I'm no threat to them, given my peculiar mystical brand of faith.
At this point I think that the only way I would trust the police would be if I knew that the individual officer was an active member of a pacifist religion such as a Quaker.
Isn't Portland a leftist utopia surely the gentle police would hurt no one in that liberal paradise. Before the local law enforcement encrypted their radio and phone traffic we used to listen to tough guy cops get bitchsmacked by their fat bon bon chewing heifer housewives it was great for laughs.
WELCOME TO THE JEW WORLD WORDER,THE SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN,FAKE JEWS(KHAZARS)HAVE TAKE CONTROL OVER THE USA.BIBLE,REVELATION 2:9,,3:9.USA IS FINISH,THE JEWISH MARK OF THE BEST IS COMING 666,THE SIX POINTED STAR.
Feeling better now?
For some reason, I'm not particularly terrified at the prospect of the "Mark of the Best," whether it's Jewish or of any other religious persuasion.
And I'm startled to learn that the USA is Fin(n)ish. I've known only a few naturalized Finns, and they're all wonderful people.
Seriously, though, aphasia is a horrible condition, particularly when reduced to print in all caps. Please, get help.
"...if I knew that the individual officer was an active member of a pacifist religion such as a Quaker."
My friend that would be surprising. I didn't know Quakers involved themselves in police work. I'll say what I've said to my friends so many times. Find yourself a small town with no money for any police shennanigans, or a dept. for that matter, and a penchant for staying out of peoples business. I feel small town America... rural, mountainous, out of the way, is the way to go, if you can. Any place that has too many "bodies" busy or otherwise, and too much money and stolen "toys" to play with, are simply itching to screw with someone. It's their reason for being, their "Raison d'être", and they don't brook having paychecks or broken ribs questioned.
Based on what I read at the blog of Niki Raapana yesterday you can't even escape Big Brother in remote areas of Alaska. The UN Agenda 21 program is fully entrenched even there.
Will, I think you are only one step away from excusing Nazi concentration camp guards, on the grounds they were nice to their family and friends off duty. Today, the only good policeman is one who has retired from policing. Similarly, consider the military. Anyone who would quibble with the Oath Keepers' list of orders they won't obey is a psychopath.
From "A Touch of Evil" (Welles)
"A policeman's job should be hard! The only time it's easy is in a police state." (paraphrased)
We live in a police state.
But their job might get harder as animosity towards them grows exponentially with every crime they openly commit.
Those 4 cops that got their just reward...why was the alleged suspect shot on sight? Was he even a suspect?
Don't they arrest people anymore?
Mr. Grigg's suggestion of some "provocateur on the Fed payroll" is intriguing.
I have a rather interesting .pdf that is going around in the local law enforcement community this week that fits along the lines of this article (contact me if you'd like).
Seems there's been a case of an officer's social networking site comments that have scuttled a prosecution . . . The tax-feeder was bragging about his heavy handed tactics and it bit the state's case in the butt . . .
In Male Fide
Sic Semper Tyrannis
Yes, I would very much appreciate receiving that .pdf file.
Please send it to WNGrigg[at]msn.com. Thanks.
I was recently rereading the graphic novel “V for Vendetta” and was surprised at the way author Allen Moore handled the police force in his hypothetical world of the future. They were essentially a state-sanctioned gang, but when the going got rough they began hiring real (read, non-sanctioned) thugs to help suppress the people.
While I disagree with Moore’s thesis that anarchy is the ideal state, he definitely nailed many of the problems with government in general. I highly recommend the book as an entertaining and enlightening look at government.
On a different note, we should be careful to condemn the system, but not necessarily all the people in it. I despise our government, I despise its wars, and I despise the lying scumbags that enable them to spread their tyranny. However, we must remember that a good majority of the people in this fair land don’t use the brain God gave them, and those that do are usually misled. Our goal must be Education, not Inflammation. Don’t alienate the decent people who have (for whatever misguided reason) chosen to aid Leviathan in its quest for more power. Don’t make them choose between the forces of Order (even if it’s corrupt) and Anarchy (how they usually view us). You catch more flies with honey then vinegar. If all we do is yell, then we will only be one more lunatic in the prisons of Our Dear Leaders.
John Birch Society (CFR Front)
The Brotherhood of Belmont
This is not in line with the subject matter at hand, but I found these writings very disturbing and was extremely curious as to your thoughts on them. This is a very scathing indictment of Robert Welch and the JBS, Larry McDonald and many others, with an ennormous amount of reference material to back up the charges.
It would be an interesting subject for you to write about, IMO, concerning the influence of the Masonic order in relation to the "Great Conspiracy" of our time
I have now seen the light! Thanks guys. I move that we imediately, if not sooner, hire the private security firm Black Water to provide nice safe security for all of us. Because it is private we can trust them. Thanks for opening my eyes. I knew if there was a problem, you would all find the right solution.
In the interests of accuracy, I should point out that Blackwater (or Xe, as they're now called) are about as "private" as the Federal Reserve: Like the Fed, they're a public/private or fascist entity.
Or, Brave Heart, if private security firms were held accountable to their customers like any ordinary, respectable enterprise is, then we might see a reduction in the abuse of power. As it is, government and the various appendages thereof are largely unaccountable to their supposed masters, as evidenced by The Thin Blue Whine, Part 2.
Private enterprise responsible to customers=accountable.
Mr. Grigg, Your Right on the mark.
But the people ARE Shooting back every day. I watch some story about people shooting cops durring a Drug bust or Trafic stop, or any number of other Police events. The point is, It Is happening, and we all play by the Rules and call a person a Criminal, just because the TV Media and LEO's call them a criminal for what they did.
It's like a Duck is a Duck, till you say it is a Chicken, then we see a chicken.
That is what is happening EVERY DAY around this country and WORLD.
Liberranter is correct:
Target the thugs individually, do the necessary surveillance, get them while they're alone and then "take out the real trash" accordingly. Oh, and do be as lenient and compassionate as the *cough* police *cough* would be...
I used your post in one of my blog entries. Perhaps I go just a little farther than you do, but that bit about the 11 month old made my blood boil. My kid is 4 years old now, but I remember when he was eleven months old.
Just as Wendy McElroy linked to you asking "Where are the good cops" I linked to you asking "What is a good cop" and came to the determination that in some jurisdictions there aren't any.
What is a good cop?
It's hard not to cry in anger over reading about a police officer spraying an 11 month old.
It is interest that if you follow the money (as Deep Throat in the WaterGate Scandal) stated, it will lead you to the corruption. Money is also the solutions to most of the socio-economics today. Police Brutality & corruption are a result of poor law and governmental policies. Police face a very unenviable position of having to enforce bad laws that cause them to be disliked and distrusted within their own communities. Having to bust people for smoking pot, writing a traffic ticket in a speed trap, arresting hookers and very importantly having to enforce tax laws and other revenue generating laws that are excessive and unconstitutional to feed an equally corrupt and wasteful bureacracy. Politicians have pledged to improve every aspect of our society and over the last 40 years we are worst off today then ever in my lifetime. The bureacracy is an immoral drain on society that is both protected and maintained by law enforcement. Any system that takes money or property from someone it rightfully belongs to and redistributes it to someone it doesn't rightfully belone "by force or the threat of force" will not promote an ethicaly society. Why do you think that our founding fathers were so adamant about limited government and limited taxation. Taxation is a Necessary Evil, so you better keep it to a minimum. So who would pay the police? For those of you who don't understand how free enterprise works, you would dummy. Since you would only be minimaly taxed, you would now have the ability to pay for your own security just like they did many times throughout history. When the King pays the Cops who do you think there loyalty is to; Not "You" my friends. When you and your neighbors pay for police protection under just social policies you will foster a much different officer of the peace. Those who advocate free enterprise (you paying for law enforcemt directly) instead of government paying it(socialism) know that no system is perfect but socialism seldom prospers while free enterprise most often succeeds. Socialism is administed by force and free enterprise is administered by voluntary contract. Do you want to continue to be ruled by the force of a gun or whould you rather determine for yourself those contracts which you want to enter into or not? Do you want the local cop to be beholden to you or the Mayor? This is a warning that if you continue to choose the current system of socialism, we a a society will continue to digress to even lower levels of corruption, violence and unethical behavior.
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