Police Brutality Continues Unchecked Across The Nation: Report

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By Joe Wright

The escalation of police brutality continues unchecked across the United States. Literally unchecked, according to the video report and sources posted below.

Citing the Bureau of Justice Statistics data collection of “Arrest-Related Deaths”, it is clear that reports involving potential police misconduct – even including deaths – are submitted on a completely voluntary basis, which has resulted in glaring holes and a long delay in those submissions that are offered.

The exclusions and submission process are telling:

Program Exclusions

The deaths of innocent bystanders, hostages, and law enforcement personnel were excluded from the scope of the ARD program. In addition, all deaths occurring in a jail or other long-term holding facility, state prison, or juvenile correctional facility were excluded from the ARD data collection.  Deaths occurring in the custody of federal law enforcement agencies (i.e., FBI, DEA, or Marshals Service) were only reportable to the ARD program if the death, or incident causing the death, occurred in the presence of state or local law enforcement personnel.

Role of State Reporting Coordinators

Participation in the Arrest-Related Deaths program is voluntary, meaning neither law enforcement agencies nor states are required to submit ARD data to BJS.  As such, BJS relies on the assistance of State Reporting Coordinators (SRCs) to gather records on all arrest-related deaths statewide…. (emphasis added)

Program Coverage

When the Deaths in Custody Reporting Act of 2000 was enacted, only two states conducted a statewide count of all arrest-related deaths (California and Texas, each pursuant to State law).  In the remaining 48 states and the District of Columbia, the ARD program was the first attempt to perform a comprehensive count of all deaths occurring during the process of arrest. The attorneys general of California and Texas agreed to complete statewide reports of arrest-related deaths for submission to BJS.  In all other jurisdictions, BJS worked with state officials to determine which agency would collect arrest-related death reports.

During reporting year 2006, a state criminal justice commission, commonly administered by the governor’s office was the most common data reporting contact (22 states), followed by the state attorney general and state police department (8 states each) (see table 1).  In five states, the department of corrections took a lead role in compiling records.  In over 30 states, the reporting office also served as a state criminal justice Statistical Analysis Center (SAC). (Source and full report)

As we see the current explosion taking place in Missouri – which includes a new report that police will not release the officer’s name who killed Michael Brown – and the continued fallout from the much-maligned Albuquerque Police Department (with a minimal but still revealing DoJ investigation that followed), it is clear that there is very little in place to hold law enforcement accountable.

As these departments continue to be enhanced with weapons of war and given carte blanche for no-knock death squad SWAT raids, we are likely to see a continued escalation of those with absolute power becoming corrupted absolutely.

 

By Jamal Andress –  Newsy


For many, the killing of unarmed Missouri teen Michael Brown brings to mind other instances where officers used deadly force.

“I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe”

​Law enforcement is the only non-military career in the country that offers that power, the use of deadly force, yet its practice remains un-monitored on a national scale and in most states around the country.

While the FBI keeps information annually on hate crimes, aggravated assault and officers killed in the line of duty there is no complete database tracking the police’s use of force.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics has an ‘Arrest-Related Death Report’ but law offices around the country aren’t required to fill it out and a lot of them don’t. As the report notes, Georgia, Maryland and Montana didn’t submit one report for six years.

Now, in the off chance your city or state does compile the information, history says you won’t like the results.

“What we found was a pattern or practice of systemic deficiencies that have pervaded the Albuquerque Police Department for many years.”

Back in April the DOJ investigated the Albuquerque Police Department’s use of force after the APD shot and killed an armed homeless man. They found the officers “too frequently use deadly force.”

“Hey! Hey! Hey! Put the knife down!” Put the knife down! Put the knife down!

A similar investigation was conducted in Seattle, where the Department of Justice ruled that when the Seattle Police Department used force, it was done in an unconstitutional and excessive manner, nearly 20 percent of the time.

And in St. Louis, where Michael Brown was killed, a similar report from 2012. (Video via MSNBC)
From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “On a straight per capita basis, St. Louis officers fired up to eight times more often than others. … From January 2007 through Sept. 30, 2011, the department cleared more than 96 percent of the shootings by officers.”

After a long night of unrest in St. Louis county, it seems the FBI will open a parallel investigation of the shooting but unlike most violence in and around the country this investigation will not be placed in a broader context or a broader conversation because the information simply isn’t there. (Video via CNN)

The video contains images from Getty Images. 

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  • jay_diggity

    Fear Porn lay unchecked across the nation!! run!!!

  • jclbiz

    If a few of those phycopath pigs were to meet with death (sniper or other) might cause a change of action on there part. But, lots of coward citizens out their
    jclbiz

    • Ranger

      You said it!!

    • paw

      jclbiz, you are a criminal.

    • jbanana

      Uh-oh, you said the “magic” word. Expect a visit from the FBI in 2 to 6 weeks. I got one for a similar comment. Not on this site, but they’re watching all “social media”. Just a heads up.

      • bsroon

        i’m probably monitored – pretty sure the FBI followed me back in Ely Mn after i moved back from Pine Ridge Rez and living there for 9 months.
        i have openly advocated – for years – the possibilty that we may need to have a revolution – but i always state clearly that rebelling against the govt is not the way to get it to work. Even if the govt were tossed somehow – not likely with THEIR “toys” and attitudes – the rich parasites would just buy the next batch to step into office.
        My opinion is that we rebel against the rich. Basic, big picture stuff here – Civilization (not us) is a group of people working for the common good to improve their survival chances and quality of life. At this time the rich morons literally attack the poorer people and have thus forfeited their social contract. Thus if we the people can get together – always the problem – the rich pukes will be lucky if we let them play at all.

        Many deserve trial and execution.

        Cut the head off of the snake and it won’t bite you.

  • jbanana

    The Constitution doesn’t allow “deadly force” anywhere. It also doesn’t allow government agents to carry arms, only the PEOPLE. Armed police are contradictory of the supreme law, as in they violate the right to a fair trial, and due process BEFORE depriving LIFE, liberty, or property.

    • Ranger

      I don’t believe that a cop having a gun contradicts the supreme law, as much as the Judge, Prosecutor, Clerk of Court, Deputy, Bailiff, and the Public Defender all being sworn servants to the “State”, yet proclaiming that you’ll get a fair trial.

      • jbanana

        Good point, but, police with guns appoint themselves judge, jury, and executioner. They also swore an oath.

    • dale ruff

      Article 1, Section 8, clause 15 and 16 give Congress the power to

      conscript people for the militia (required in the absence of a standing army, which Jefferson and others greatly feared), which it would then organize, arm, and control………”

      “….suppress insurrections and repel invasions.”

      Clearly, the control of an armed militia to oppose invasions and rebellions (including most fear of all, slave revolts, for which the militia was primarily employed in confiscating weapons and punishing slaves uncovered on slave patrols. The 2nd gave Congress control over the militias which had been local and state)………..assumes “deadly force.”

      As a lifelong pacifist and atheistic Christian, I strongly oppose deadly force both on moral and strategic grounds (violence begets violence) but I am just saying that deadly force is the toxin which fuels all fascist systems………….and the “militia” which once was dozens, hundreds, rarely thousands…………is now the most lethal and dangerous and murderous nation since Nazi Germany (Israel wins in the peewee league), and the police are now militarized and have a culture of deadly force which has its roots in our history as a violent nation pretending to be the beacon of peace (through deadly force).

      It’s the culture, stupid.

      • jbanana

        A “militia” of the PEOPLE is not to be confused with government sponsored terrorists. No one man can be judge, jury, and executioner. Remember “trial by jury” before the deprivation of LIFE, liberty, or property? A “militia” was intended for a FOREIGN enemy, not for American citizens, as that would be treason. Police ARE a standing army, they’re supplied, trained and supported by the DoD. I don’t know if I agree with you, or if I should go on the attack for that last comment. But I think I agree.

        • dale ruff

          Here is the simple reality:
          The Constitution (clause 15 and 16) gives Congress power to organize and arm the militia, which was a powergrab from states and local communities which had controlled their own militias. Article 1, Section 8 transfers control over the militia, which is organize and armed by Congress) to the central government, a transfer of power.

          The purposes the Constitution states for the mllitia is to enforce the laws, repel invasions and put down insurrections, all under control of Congress.

          The 2nd Amendment then makes gun rights (which do not make ownership a right but rather the ability to “keep and bear arms.” To keep is custody, to bear is to bear under the control of Congress, to do whatever they demand, whether you like it or not, with a punishment of prison or death for those who refuse to bear arms as Congress directs.

          So the militia clause enacts the transfer of power over the mllitia from local to the federal government, and the 2nd Amendment disguises a duty (to “keep and bear” arms upon conscription, under the control of Congress) as a right. There is no mention of ownership as a right, nor any mention of individual self-defense, hunting, and other “rights” the current majority on the Supreme Court have invented, while ignoring the first 12 words of a one sentence Amendment.

          Power-grab, right of Congress to force you to bear arms on their conditons, masquerading as a right.

          That’s what it comes down to; the rest is just propaganda for guns and fabricated rights.

          • freewheelinfranklin543

            You are one long winded gov troll! Go elsewhere asshole!

          • dale ruff

            Funny! I am a libertarian anarchist, who opposes state tyranny and private tyranny. I suggest that you go elsewere, perhaps Somalia would suit you

            Since I quoted the Constitution, I can only assume that you do not accept it and that your crude insult is intended for the document I have cited.

            The asshole to which you refer is surely your own and the source of your comment.

          • jbanana

            Police ARE NOT A MILITIA. Militia members do not receive a pay check from the government, police do.I was beginning to think you’re a cop, but cops don’t even know there’s a US Constitution, let alone be able to read it. Again, “police” are contradictory to the supreme law, therefore, notwithstanding.

          • dale ruff

            Who said they were?

            When Congress drafts people and organizes, arms, and controls the militia, they certainly do get paid.

            “Clause 15:
            To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

            Clause 16:

            To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the stStates respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;”

            Until the people are drafted, organized, armed, and controlled by Congress, they are just like young men who by law must register with the government, available to be drafted and not yet organized. The people, armed, are not the militia, which comes into being when Congress conscripts, organizes and disciplines them.

            Today, the 2nd Amendment is obsolete, since it was written in the absence of a standing army, because the nation needed a pool of potential soldiers in case of rebellion or invasion. This need no longer exists, since we have a standing militia, which is indeed paid.

            I agree the police are not the militia…..never said they were. They are however, increasingly militarized and acting like a millitia rather than peace officers.

            Police are not contradictory to the supreme law, which leaves to states and local communities the power to organize their own security.

            Until you are drafted, organized, armed, and controlled by Congress, you are not a militia but a potential draftee. Once you are drafted (or join), you receive a paycheck. Those who organize outside of Congressional control are not a militia but am armed gang. Those who are part of the government controlled militia are paid.

  • dale ruff

    A cop was criticized by a protester for being part of a Police State.

    He responded: It’s not a Police State…it’s a Police World.

    US has the most citizen on citizen murder than any other of the 34 advanced nations, which have 80% lower murder rates.

    US military budget is 5 times higher than China, 10 times more than Russia.

    Total security budget for the US is about 1 trillion, more than the total of federal income tax (950 billion last year). US has troops in 140 nations, has recently bombed in 5 nations, and has started 4 wars in the past 15 years, none of which had anything to do with national security.

    So Americans are the most murderous of all “high income” nations by a lot, and the US is, to quote Dr. King ”

    “The greatest purveyor of violence in the world : My own Government,”

    Violent people, violent government (did I mention the US has the highest rate of incarceration in the world?)…..so my question is: why wouldn’t the cops be fascists? In a fascist nation (masquerading as a democracy), in which the interests of the state and the corporations are totally integrated, which is how Mussolini defined fascism in The Doctrine of Fascism (1932).

    The US is an oligarchy, ruled by the economic royalty, with a system of government which on the level of propaganda is a democracy and on the operational level is mostly fascist state, including (beyond economic fascism) perpetual war, a permanent enemy (terrorists), trashing human rights (like privacy) in the name of security, and supported by massive propaganda in which the state/corporate merger follows a pattern of the corporate media repeating govt propaganda (with pretense of differences on trivial wedge issues) but always aligned when it comes to crises like war.

    The rush to war in Iraq was promoted by the government and both left and right corporate media. Non-corporate media, and millions of people in the streets protesting against war, were ignored by the media. The bottom line is that minor political divisions are used to divide the 99% who are NOT being benefited by fascist police, trillion dollar wars with no end, hundreds of billions in subsidies to the richest corporations in the history of mankind in to warring factions. Divide and conquer.

    We are conquered by the paradox of a “democratic” fascism. The key is that we are not a democracy except at local levels, where only local issues are concerned. Bush in 2000 was not elected by a majority; 21 sparsely populated states, with less population than California (with 2 Senators and votes) have 42 Senators (2000% more with less population), enough to block the will of a the majority up to 59, who represent over 75% of the nations’ citizens.

    And the House Republicans got 1 million fewer votes but won 2/3 of the seats, due to district manipulation to pervert a true democratic vote (gerrymandering)….so the party with the least votes got far more seats.

    The Court, of course, is unelected AND no Justice has ever been removed….so this is absolute power, which corrupts absolutely.

    Not one branch of government is democratic. The minority dominates in the Senate, thru the filibuster (another perversion of free speech and democratic rule), and the minority dominates in the House. And 5 male Catholics are able to select Presidents, destroy laws, and do the magic of making the legal institutions based on state charters into people and money, which is property, as the kind of free speech the Founding Fathers had in mind in guaranteeing free speech to the people. Jefferson and most of them (95% slaveowners) were very wary of the “moneyed aristocracy” of the corporations. They would never give basic human rights to institutions which they feared. The Founding Fathers were not corporation men,; they were another class, the slave owners.

    So it’s no surprise in a fascist nation, whose facade of democracy is exposed with every election, every Congressional vote masks a brutal fascist identity of the central government and the leading corporations which fund most politicians. But don’t get down on America…..after all, it’s not a Police State…….it’s a Police World.

    • Kansas Bright

      Actually, the USA is not now, nor has she ever been a “democratic” country. We are a Constitutional Republic. The US Constitution defines our government and the duties assigned to each branch. Lists exactly what duties they have. Also has a list of natural rights that are forbiddens; they are unalienable so above the powers of those who serve within our government to mess with in any way (lawfully).

      The USN Constitution does NOT allow for governmental professional law enforcement. It is forbidden to them. The ONLY lawful authority is the Militia of the several states which is we the people training a few times a year (after our initial training period) and enforcing:
      – Enforce the US Constitution and each state’s Constitution,
      – Enforce and keep the “Laws of the Union” (which are constitutional laws ONLY),
      – Protect the country against all enemies both domestic and foreign, and
      – “to suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”.

      No other group is assigned those duties. The US Constitution guarantees to each state its own “Republican form of government”. It is every state’s Militia that is the ONLY Constitutionally assigned force to “counter Invasions” and “Domestic Violence” within our nation.

      It says it here within the Constitution of the United States of America:
      US Constitution, Article I, Section. 8, Clause 11: “To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water”.

      The congress has the duty to grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal when they are needed to enforce the US Constitution, the laws, or defend the people and the nation. This is using private citizens in their own privately owned crafts to defend the USA and her people, this is using the Militia.

      And here, Clause 15: “To provide for calling forth the Militia to
      execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel
      invasions. ”
      This clause is very straightforward. The militia of each state is taxed with the defense of the USA and her people, not just with the defense of their state; and they are to be armed with weapons that
      can repel any invasions bearing modern weapons of war. Congress is required to provide those military grade weapons for the militias in Clause 16.

      Clause 16: “To provide for organizing, ARMING, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress”.

      Notice that there is NO mention of arming law enforcement or foreign terrorists with US military arms, just the state Militias.

      Richard Henry Lee: “A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves …”

      George Mason, Co-author of the Second Amendment: “I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few public officials. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”

      St. George Tucker, a lawyer, Revolutionary War militia officer, legal scholar, and later a U.S. District Court Judge, wrote of the Second Amendment: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, and this without any qualification as to their condition or degree, as is the case in the British government.”
      (The Supreme Court has cited Tucker in over forty cases, in the major cases of virtually every Supreme Court era.)

      Thomas Cooley: “The right is general. It may be supposed from the phraseology of this provision that the right to keep and bear arms was only guaranteed to the militia; but this would be an interpretation not warranted by the intent. The militia, as has been explained elsewhere, consists of those persons who, under the law, are liable to the performance of military duty, and are officered and enrolled for service when called upon. . . If the right were limited to those enrolled, the purpose of the guarantee might be defeated altogether by the action or the neglect to act of the government it was meant to hold in check. The meaning of the provision undoubtedly is, that the people, from whom the militia must be taken, shall have the right to keep and bear arms, and they need no permission or regulation of law for that purpose”.

      Samuel Adams: “Under every government the last resort of the people, is an appeal to the sword; whether to defend themselves against the open attacks of a foreign enemy, or to check the insidious encroachments of domestic foes. Whenever a people …
      entrust the defence of their country to a regular, standing army,
      composed of mercenaries, the power of that country will remain under the direction of the most wealthy citizens.
      And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of
      conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are
      peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms; or to raise standing armies, unless necessary for the defense of the United States, or of some one or more of them; or to prevent the people from petitioning, in a peaceable and orderly manner, the federal legislature, for a redress of grievances; or to subject the people to unreasonable searches and seizures of their persons, papers or possessions”.

      Samuel Adams: “It is always dangerous to the liberties of the people to have an army stationed among them, over which they have no control … The Militia is composed of free Citizens. There is therefore no danger of their making use of their Power to the destruction of their own Rights, or suffering others to invade them..”

      Patrick Henry: “If you have given up your militia, and Congress shall refuse to arm them, you have lost every thing. Your existence will be precarious, because you depend on others, whose interests are not affected by your infelicity.”

      William Rawle, whose work was adopted as a constitutional law textbook at West Point and other institutions, and was United States Attorney for Pennsylvania, describes the scope of the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms: “The
      prohibition is general. No clause in the constitution could by any rule of construction be conceived to give congress a power to disarm the people. Such a flagitious attempt could only be made under some general pretence by a state legislature. But if in any blind pursuit of inordinate power, either should attempt it, this amendment may be appealed to as a restraint on both.”

      Justice Story, Associate Justice, Supreme Court wrote; “The next amendment is: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
      The importance of this article will scarcely be doubted by any persons, who have duly reflected upon the subject. The militia is the natural defence of a free country against sudden foreign invasions, domestic insurrections, and domestic usurpations of power by rulers.
      It is against sound policy for a free people to keep up large
      military establishments and standing armies in time of peace, both
      from the enormous expenses, with which they are attended, and the
      facile means, which they afford to ambitious and unprincipled rulers, to subvert the government, or trample upon the rights of the people.
      The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them”.

      Tench Coxe: “Who are the militia? are they not ourselves. Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American… The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”

      Cockrum v. State: “The right of a citizen to bear arms, in lawful defense of himself or the State, is absolute. He does not derive it from the State government. It is one of the high powers delegated directly to the citizen, and is excepted out of the general powers of government. A law cannot be passed to infringe upon or impair it, because it is above the law, and independent of the lawmaking power”.

      Andrews v. State explains, this “passage from Story, shows clearly that this right was intended, as we have maintained in this opinion, and was guaranteed to, and to be exercised and enjoyed by the citizen as such, and not by him as a soldier, or in defense solely of his political rights.”

      Bliss v. Commonwealth: “Arms restrictions – even concealed weapons bans – are unconstitutional, since arms bearing is an individual right and the legislature may not restrict any aspect of such a right.”

      Nunn vs. State: ” ‘The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’
      The right of the whole people, old and young, men, women and boys, and not militia only, to keep and bear arms of every description, and not such merely as are used by the milita, shall not be infringed, curtailed, or broken in upon, in the smallest degree; and all this for the important end to be attained: the rearing up and qualifying a well-regulated militia, so vitally necessary to the security of a free State. Our opinion is that any law, State or Federal, is repugnant to the Constitution, and void, which contravenes this right”.

      • dale ruff

        The nation declared its independence based on the core values of equality and consent of the governed, which is a good definition of democracy.

        The Constitution set up a system of minority rule, otherwise known as tyranny.

        A Constitutional republic, if it lives up to the values of equality (all votes count thete same) and consent of the governed (implying majority rule) is also a democracy.

        The US pretends to be a constitutional and democratic republic, but in fact is is an oligarchy, a plutocracy, which is a form of tyranny which rejects equality and consent.

        The militia is organized, armed, and controlled not by the states (who are allowed to select officers)states but by the Congress. Clause 15 and 16 of Article 1, Section 8, took the control of the militia away from the states long ago.

        There is nothing in the Constitution, or any court rulings in over 200 yrs, which prohibits state and local governments from setting up police departments.

        Seeing so many falsehoods in the first few sentences, I was unable to read your entire post, but when you start off with falsehoods, you lose those interested in the truth.

        The US has a system of federalism, with many layers of government. Each level of government has the power to protect itself with police forces, whether state, county, or city. That is not the issue: the issue is the militarization of the police and their culture of brutality.

      • John

        Very nicely put…
        Long Live The Republic…

  • DallasMMS

    Obviously it’s the crony system that plagues the 99% while the 1% rule. Are people so apathetic they can’t see the problem – why do we let them control us? The lies from MSM and gov are intertwined into a total mindfuck with a barrage of information daily. People are absorbed into their own world because it’s designed, breaking the economy, health care, and PC 24/7 is a war of attrition. We are turning into a society running towards Martial Law with open arms from apparent gangs, Ebola, to protect the half’s from the half not’s. Looting and plunder it outrageous, yet what would poorer people resort to… there’s one thing that gets everyone’s attention… money. Public marches really don’t grab media attention unlike outright lawlessness – especially towards the establishment.

    Make no mistake this is a police state. With the ability of SWAT to be a corporation, they are immune to legal prosecution, likewise they don’t have to comply with any accountable agency public or privet, due to legal abdication. How convenient.

    To sum it up we have been sold out a long time ago without us even knowing what happened. Bush senior told us about a NWO and we cheered during the speeches. We have destabilized the Middle East (Saddam was put in by the CIA…Bush, was head of the CIA), Central America (see Regan and Iran/Contra et al. Cartel and sympathetic mass immigration), Africa (see Ebola) all the way back to Vietnam and the Cuban Missile Crisis – yea it’s that ugly. The war machine makes way to much money…. make guns, sell guns to both opposing armies, put in puppet governments. If a puppet gets out of control just start over, sounds like Congress, Senate and President, for over 60 years running strong.

    How can we stop it? It would take a massive Epiphany of the people or total destruction and I’m leaning towards the latter unfortunately, simply because the people can’t compete against their apathetic distortion of the truth. The rich think it’s all good, the poor are given gov handouts, the total amount of public servants, gov agencies, lawyers, intertwined into a slavishly somnambulant serf of the gov machine of Money. The other 40% have to pay – that would be the tax payer. But wait that me and you..hummm. How about a shut down the economy day? Well that wont work people have to make a check, but what a thought. Nothing like the thought of the big boys not making money for a day to see what that feels like huh?

  • paw

    There is no police state in the U.S. Also, this article is wrong in its premise. The FBI annually produces statistics that detail officer involved fatalities. BTW, the prison system in the U.S. does not include police officers because it is not run by police, but by the corrections system.
    This article also fails to conclude the facts relating to the number of citizen on citizen fatalities. Percentage wise, there are far fewer officer involved fatalities than compared to the general public killing the general public.
    That being said, if you don’t like the police in the U.S., then go live in Zimbabwe where real police brutality exists, or go live in the U.A.E. where you can be arrested and imprisoned without trial for 6 months or more just for holding hands in public with the opposite sex. Or, you can move to Canada, Australia, Japan, China, an E.U. country, South Africa, or other country that does not allow its citizens to legally possess firearms. Bunch of whiners….

    • dale ruff

      I would judge a police state by the degree of lethal force and the number incarcerated. The US has more people in prison than any other nation, 90% more than most other advanced nation and far more than nations like China and India, which have 4 times more people.

      So the US has the highest rate of locked up individuals in the world, including so called police states like Russia, Iran, or Syria (all of which have far lower rates of incarceration).

      As for lethal force, the last decade alone the number of people killed by police has reached nearly 5000, with over 400 per yr. This is more killings than a nation like UK has had in the last decade, and it is more than the nations of Japan, UK, Spain, Austria, and several o ther advanced nations, combined, have each year.

      In 2011 the German police, for instance, discharged .a total of 85 bullets, with 49 being warning shots. According to Der Spiegel Officers fired 36 times at people, killing six and injuring 15. Adjusting for population, German police killings were 95% less than in the US.

      Your ignorance of gun laws is profound. You claim that Canada, Australia, Japan, China, an E.U. country, South Africa, do not allow citizens to legally possess firearms. This is false.

      Canadians are allowed to own guns, tho it is a privilege and not an absolute right, with nearly 2 million owning firearms legally.

      Australia also allows gun ownership, with about 800,000 licensed to own guns.

      IN the EU, gun ownership is permitted in all nations, with strict laws. Germany, for instance, has 1 gun for every 3 citizens.

      Japan has very restrictive gun laws, tho citizens are allowed to own guns if they meet the requirements. 320,000 are licensed.

      South Africa, the one nation on your list which is not an advanced nation, has nearly 2 million legal gun owners.

      American citizens who are outraged at police brutality and the militarization of the police should stand up for their rights. Those telling them to go elsewhere would be better off following their own advice.

    • jbanana

      You’re delusional, the ENTIRE US is a police state, just read the news. WE shouldn’t have “to move” THIS IS STILL AMERICA, WE HAVE RIGHTS. WE have the right to keer and bear arms NOT THE GOVERNMENT.

    • thokhan

      Here to troll and poke holes in your story
      Canadians do have legal firearms
      You need a permit to aquire them
      USA is police state lite
      G20 Seattle proves it
      Ron Paul bumber stickers that gets you on a “blacklist” proves it
      Etc etc etc

  • “Back in April the DOJ investigated the Albuquerque Police Department’s use of force after the APD shot and killed an ARMED homeless man.”

    I think you meant “unarmed.”

  • Edwin Vieira

    The epidemic of homicidal “police” violence across this country could be stopped in its tracks with a single prosecution for violation of the victim’s constitutional and civil rights under Title 18, United States Code, sections 241 and 242. Look up those sections and see what the penalty is for a violation of civil rights where death results. Once a single such prosecution were successfully carried out, with the ever-present threat of more of them, this scourge would largely end. So where is the United States Department of Justice?

    • jbanana

      Here’s a thought, how about prosecuting ALL of the murderous gang members who assassinate citizens? We’re in a one sided war, they can shoot and kill us, but we’re “not allowed” to defend ourselves against these THUGS, or we become the criminals. They can kill with impunity, but if we fight back we’re the “bad guy’s”. This country is INSANE.

  • Geezer

    The police will help create the system that will take their souls. Repent,Get Saved, Get Raptured. Jesus Christ is waiting and watching.

  • AffinityNetNews

    We The People no longer live in a Constitutional Republic. We now live in a marxist/fascist totalitarian corporate police-state called:

    THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA INCORPORATED aka USA Inc., a private foreign owned off-shore international criminal corporation, that is copyrighted, trademarked and registered by international bankers and their global ruling elite shareholders.

    This silent coup and bankruptcy took place beginning in 1871, and was largely finalized in 1938, after all the states of the union were reclassified as sub-corporations or franchisees to USA Inc., and were subjugated under international treaties fomented during the Geneva Convention in 1938, and were illegally and covertly domesticated as shell-corporations to the international banksters for financial default on war-debt.

    All assets owned by the old USA Inc., that was created in 1871, were seized and placed into the hands of the Rothschild banking/military empire.

    All sovereign men and women were silently reclassified without their knowing into corporate fictions, and were collateralized as bond-servants to pay-off all war-debt to the Rothschild banking empire past and present forever.

    If you suffer from the absurd delusion that you are free, try not paying your property taxes, or income taxes to the fraudulent privately owned IRS Incorporated, and see how free you really are.

    The police departments are actually sub-corporations as well, and each a has its own DUNS #, on the NYSE, and no longer function under the organic Constitution of 1776, but now dictate under International Uniform Commercial Code or UCC, as private corporate entities and officers of the privately owned and copyrighted court system that is controlled from the Middle Court of Inns, Financial District of London City, England for Crown Incorporated.

    All police as well as all so-called law enforcement are classified under US Statute Code and this also includes all Sheriff departments as of 1938:

    “Agents of Foreign Principle” as they do not represent the American People but rather, the financial interests of USA Inc., for Crown Incorporated and its largely foreign elite shareholders.

    We The People will never regain our liberty until we fully are aware of what enslaves us.

    To learn more please go to: stopthecrime.net

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