Despite Claims of Danger Around Every Corner, 2013 Saw Fewest Cop Deaths in 125-Years
We’ve all heard the claim that “action X by a police employee to a non-police employee was justified due to concerns of ‘officer safety.’” One need just swap the position of the people in such scenarios – “action X by a non-police employee to a police employee was justified due to concerns of ‘non-police employee safety,’” to realize that the former is just a blanket catch-all to eliminate any questions about an incident.
Almost assuredly, corporate media outlets follow that cue. But without a doubt, the family and friends of the police employee’s victim aren’t silenced. And thanks to technology, they’re better positioned to inform others. They stand with a growing number of people who recognize that such misdeeds aren’t isolated. Killers are responsible for their actions, whether or not they don a badge.
There is a clear pattern of double standards being afforded to those with badges by their colleagues in the supposedly truth-seeking criminal justice system. Rather than waste time trying to advance a “reform” or new “leadership” or the creation of a “civilian review board” or the adoption of “bodycams,” one must realize that the default to cover-up, to be corrupt, and heavy-handed, and even for the “good” cops to be silent about the “bad” cops, is inherent in the very structure of the police monopoly. For more, see: http://copblock.org/library
The video below, Police Deaths Down, Police Killings Stay High comes from YouTube.com/RTAmerica and was posted on 2014.01.31. From the video description:
A few excerpts from the video:
“When law enforcement uses such violent force they usually justify it saying they fear for their safety. But for victim’s families, that explanation doesn’t make any sense.” -Ramon Galindo
“All they have to do is say I feared for my life, or I feared for the life of somebody in the public. And they’re exonerated… They are not held to the same standards as the general public. They’re just not held accountable. – Jean Thaxton
“They’re not held accountability. They can do whatever they want.” – Ron Thomas