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Police are more dangerous to the public than criminals

September 27, 2013

by Paul Craig Roberts

The worst threat every American faces comes from his or her own government.

At the federal level, the threat is a seventh war (Syria) in 12 years, leading on to the eighth and ninth (Iran and Lebanon) and then on to nuclear war with Russia and China.

Cop with club drawn by Caroline Yang, MPR
Cops face hecklers with Students for a Democratic Society during the 2008 Republican National Convention. – Photo: Caroline Yang, MPR
The criminal psychopaths in Washington have squandered trillions of dollars on their wars, killing and dispossessing millions of Muslims while millions of American citizens have been dispossessed of their homes and careers. Now the entire social safety net is on the chopping block so that Washington can finance more wars.

At the state and local level, every American faces brutal, armed psychopaths known as the police. The “law and order” conservatives and the “compassionate” liberals stand silent while police psychopaths brutalize children and grandmothers, murder double amputees in wheelchairs, break into the wrong homes, murder the family dogs and terrify the occupants, pointing their automatic assault weapons in the faces of small children.

The American police perform no positive function. They pose a much larger threat to citizens than do the criminals who operate without a police badge. Americans would be safer if the police forces were abolished.

The police have been militarized and largely federalized by the Pentagon and the gestapo Homeland Security. The role of the federal government in equipping state and local police with military weapons, including tanks, and training in their use has essentially removed the police from state and local control. No matter how brutal any police officer, it is rare that any suffer more than a few months suspension, usually with full pay, while a report is concocted that clears them of any wrongdoing.

The American police perform no positive function. Americans would be safer if the police forces were abolished.

In America today, police murder with impunity. All the psychopaths have to say is “I thought his wallet was a gun” or “We had to taser the unconscious guy we found lying on the ground, because he wouldn’t obey our commands to get up.”

There are innumerable cases of 240-pound cop psychopaths beating a 115-pound woman black and blue. Or handcuffing and carting off to jail 6- and 7-year-old boys for having a dispute on the school playground.

Many Americans take solace in their erroneous belief that this only happens to minorities, who they believe deserve it, but psychopaths use their unaccountable power against everyone. The American police are a brutal criminal gang free of civilian control.

Wrecked car of Jonathan A. Ferrell, 24, killed by police when he sought help Charlotte NC 091513 by WBTV
This is the badly wrecked car that Jonathan A. Ferrell, 24, managed to escape from to seek help, only to be shot dead by police in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 15, 2013.
Unaccountable power, which the police have, always attracts psychopaths. You are lucky if you only get bullies, but mainly police forces attract people who enjoy hurting people and tyrannizing them. To inflict harm on the public is why psychopaths join police forces.

Calling the police is a risky thing to do. Often it is the person who calls for help or some innocent person who ends up brutalized or murdered by the police. For example, on Sept. 15 CNN reported a case of a young man who wrecked his car and went to a nearby house for help. The woman, made paranoid by the “war on crime,” imagined that she was in danger and called police. When the police arrived, the young man ran up to them, and the police shot him dead.

People who say the solution is better police training are unaware of how the police are trained. Police are trained to perceive the public as the enemy and to use maximum force. I have watched local police forces train. Two or three dozen officers will simultaneously empty their high-capacity magazines at the same target, a minimum of 300 bullets fired at one target. The purpose is to completely destroy whatever is on the receiving end of police fire.

The American police are a brutal criminal gang free of civilian control.

U.S. prosecutors seem to be the equal to police in terms of the psychopaths in their ranks. The United States, “the light unto the world,” not only has the highest percentage of its population in prison of every other country in the world, but also has the largest absolute number of people in prison. The U.S. prison population is much larger in absolute numbers than the prison populations of China and India, countries with four times the U.S. population.

Just try to find a prosecutor who gives a hoot about the innocence or guilt of the accused who is in his clutches. All the prosecutor cares about is his conviction rate.

The higher his conviction rate, the greater his success even if every person convicted is innocent. The higher his conviction rate, the more likely he can run for public office.

Police search Watertown Mass. for Boston Marathon bombing suspect 041913 by Sgt. Sean Murphy, Mass. State Police
Police locked down Watertown, Mass., and evacuated whole neighborhoods as they searched with their guns drawn and all their military hardware on display for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge on April 19, 2013. – Photo: Sgt. Sean Murphy, Massachusetts State Police
Many prosecutors, such as Rudy Giuliani, target well known people so that they can gain name recognition via the names of their victims.

The American justice (sic) system serves the political ambitions of prosecutors and the murderous lust of police psychopaths. It serves the profit motives of the privatized prisons that need high occupancy rates for their balance sheets.

But you can bet your life that the American justice (sic) system does not serve justice.

While writing this article, I googled “police brutality,” and google delivered 4,100,000 results. If a person googles “police brutality videos,” he will discover that there are more videos than could be watched in a lifetime. And these are only those acts of police brutality that are witnessed and caught on camera.

It would take thousands of pages just to compile the information available.

The facts seem to support the case that police in the U.S. commit more crimes and acts of violence against the public than do the criminals who do not wear badges. According to the FBI crime statistics in 2010 there were 1,246,248 violent crimes committed by people without police badges.

Keep in mind that the definition of violent crime can be an expansive definition. For example, simply to push someone is considered assault. If two people come to blows in an argument, both have committed assault. However, even with this expansive definition of violent crimes, police assaults are both more numerous and more dangerous, as it is usually a half dozen overweight goon thugs beating and tasering one person.

Reports of police brutality are commonplace, but hardly anything is ever done about them. For example, on Sept. 10, AlterNet reported that Houston, Texas, police routinely beat and murder local citizens.

The facts seem to support the case that police in the U.S. commit more crimes and acts of violence against the public than do the criminals who do not wear badges.

The threat posed to the public by police psychopaths is growing rapidly. Last July 19 the Wall Street Journal reported: “Driven by martial rhetoric and the availability of military-style equipment – from bayonets and M-16 rifles to armored personnel carriers – American police forces have often adopted a mind-set previously reserved for the battlefield. The war on drugs and, more recently, post-9/11 antiterrorism efforts have created a new figure on the U.S. scene: the warrior cop – armed to the teeth, ready to deal harshly with targeted wrongdoers, and a growing threat to familiar American liberties.”

Police order 'Shelter-in-place' manhunt Boston Marathon bombing suspect 041913 by Sgt. Sean Murphy, Mass. State Police
To search for one 19-year-old suspect, police ordered an area-wide “shelter in place.” – Photo: Sgt. Sean Murphy, Massachusetts State Police
The Wall Street Journal, being an establishment newspaper, has to put it as nicely as possible. The bald fact is that today’s cop in body armor with assault weapons, grenades and tanks is not there to make arrests of suspected criminals. He is there in anticipation of protests to beat down the public for exercising constitutional rights.

To suppress public protests is also the purpose of the Department of Homeland Security Police, a federal para-military police force that is a new development for the United States. No one in their right mind could possibly think that the vast militarized police have been created because of “the terrorist threat.” Terrorists are so rare that the FBI has to round up demented people and talk them into a plot so that the “terrorist threat” can be kept alive in the public’s mind.

The American public is too brainwashed to be able to defend itself. Consider the fact that cops seldom face any consequence when they murder citizens. We never hear cops called “citizen killer.” But if a citizen kills some overbearing cop bully, the media go ballistic: “Cop killer, cop killer.” The screaming doesn’t stop until the cop killer is executed.

As long as a brainwashed public continues to accept that cop lives are more precious than their own, citizens will continue to be brutalized and murdered by police psychopaths.

I can remember when the police were different. If there was a fight, the police broke it up. If it was a case of people coming to blows over a dispute, charges were not filed.

If it was a clear case of assault, unless it was brutal or done with use of a weapon, the police usually left it up to the victim to file charges.

When I lived in England, the police walked their beats armed only with their billysticks.

When and why did it all go wrong? Among the collection of probable causes are the growth of urban populations, the onslaught of heavy immigration on formerly stable and predictable neighborhoods, the war on drugs, and management consultants called in to improve efficiency who focused police on quantitative results, such as the number of arrests, and away from such traditional goals as keeping the peace and investigating reported crimes.

Police SWAT sharpshooter Boston Marathon bombing manhunt 041913 by Sgt. Sean Murphy, Mass. State Police
A SWAT sharpshooter aims at who knows what during the massive Boston Marathon bombing manhunt. – Photo: Sgt. Sean Murphy, Massachusetts State Police
Each step of the way accountability was removed in order to more easily apprehend criminals and drug dealers. The “war on terror” was another step, resulting in the militarization of the police.

The replacement of jury trials with plea bargains meant that police investigations ceased to be tested in court or even to support the plea, usually a fictitious crime reached by negotiation in order to obtain a guilty plea. Police learned that all prosecutors needed was a charge and that little depended on police investigations. Police work became sloppy. It was easier simply to pick up a suspect who had a record of having committed a similar crime.

As justice receded as the goal, the quality of people drawn into police work changed. Idealistic people found that their motivations were not compatible with the process, while bullies and psychopaths were attracted by largely unaccountable power.

Much of the blame can be attributed to “law and order” conservatives. Years ago when New York liberals began to observe the growing high-handed behavior of police, they called for civilian police review boards. Conservatives, such as National Review’s William F. Buckley, went berserk, claiming that any oversight over the police would hamstring the police and cause crime to explode.

Each step of the way accountability was removed in order to more easily apprehend criminals and drug dealers.

The conservatives could see no threat in the police, only in an effort to hold police accountable. As far as I can tell, this is still the mindset.

What we observed in the police response to the Boston Marathon bombing suggests that the situation is irretrievable. One of the country’s largest cities and its suburbs – 100 square miles – was tightly locked down, while 10,000 heavily armed police, essentially combat soldiers armed with tanks, forced their way into people’s homes, ordering them out at gunpoint. The excuse given for this unprecedented gestapo police action was a search for one wounded 19-year-old kid.

That such a completely unnecessary and unconstitutional event could occur in Boston without the responsible officials being removed from office indicates that “the land of the free” no longer exists. The American population of the past, suspicious of government and jealous of its liberty, has been replaced by a brainwashed and fearful people, who are increasingly referred to as “the sheeple.”

Paul Craig Roberts is a former assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. His latest book is “The Failure of Laissez-Faire Capitalism.” Roberts’ “How the Economy Was Lost” is now available in electronic format from CounterPunch, where this story first appeared.

 

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8 thoughts on “Police are more dangerous to the public than criminals

  1. serious2020

    I love this statement:

    "Terrorists are so rare that the FBI has to round up demented people and talk them into a plot so that the “terrorist threat” can be kept alive in the public’s mind."

    This is so true….!

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  2. serious2020

    The police are and always have been the true criminals…Check out this interesting article with that in mind. It says some things that we already knew.
    http://sfbayview.com/2013/police-are-more-dangero

    First printed in the COUNTERPUNCH online magazine, now in the SF BAYVIEW Newspaper, what is interesting is the article's author – Paul Craig Roberts who is a former assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal.

    One of my most favorite statements in the entire article is the following:

    "To suppress public protests is also the purpose of the Department of Homeland Security Police, a federal para-military police force that is a new development for the United States. No one in their right mind could possibly think that the vast militarized police have been created because of “the terrorist threat. TERRORISTS ARE SO RARE THAT THE fbi HAS TO ROUND UP DEMENTED PEOPLE AND TALK THEM INTO A PLOT SO THAT THE “terrorist threat” CAN BE KEPT ALIVE IN THE PUBLIC'S MIND."

    Also significantly: "As long as a brainwashed public continues to accept that cop lives are more precious than their own, citizens will continue to be brutalized and murdered by police psychopaths."

    While not agreeing with his conclusions…it should be recognized that his observations are potent.

    In the midst of all of this I hear the analyses of Field Marshall George Lester Jackson, and of the Black Riders Liberation Party, the BRLP saying, "Powaaaaa – Zulu style," the Every 28 hours report from the Malcolm X Grassroots Organization, and the legendary resistance of the AFRIKAN community.

    I also hear some of those roosting chickens on their way home now…

    A LUTA CONTINUA
    ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

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  3. Seamus

    When I look at the crime and victim stats, I see (clearly) it is NOT homeland security, police, or terrorists who are most likely candidates to cause you harm.

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  4. Jane Goron

    When I read the article, the language sounded raw at first and harsh – but you know, I find that I have much of the same opinions about police and FBI and the other assorted hired thugs that are sent out to conquer the masses each day. They do think they're above the law – because they are – they investigate themselves, cover and lie for each other, and make unpleasant details go away when they involve negative light on other law enforcement officers. I agree totally that they're out of control – and it just keeps getting worse. If you think what happened to the Marathon bombing suspect was bad, go online and google Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. I'm sure you will find articles that illustrate just how unjust the so called justice system is in this country. Law enforcement and media planted the seed of guilt into the minds of the public the minute the pictures of the brothers were released. This young man has been called 'the bomber' – law enforcement statements made to the media clearly state that he did all the things he has been charged with. He has been in solitary confinement since April – and in August, the DOJ imposed more restrictions on him. He cannot receive mail – except from immediate family and his legal team. All mail goes to the FBI so they can read and analyze it. I don't know what happens to mail sent to him by the general public – just that he cannot receive it. He was not even allowed to receive a picture of family members!! He cannot attend religious services. He is locked away 23 hours a day. AND HE HAS NOT BEEN CONVICTED OF ANYTHING IN COURT YET !!! This is what they do to people. The FBI murdered the man in Florida – saying at first that he attacked them with a gun, a knife, or ?? – then admitted he was not armed. They told Dzhokhar to come out of the boat he was hiding in – you can clearly hear on witness video that he says 'I'm coming out' – and then they start shooting !! They were clearly trying to murder him too. Originally they said they shot because he had shot at them first – that they engaged in gunfire with the suspect …. What happened to that? Lies. They will no doubt sweep those lies away just like they always do. Please – if you are interested in justice (or injustice) – do some research on this young man's case and see how they're continuing to inflict suffering – cruel and unusual punishment? isn't that what it's called? They need to be held accountable for their actions. People need to step up and not be afraid and make them accountable. Or we can all hide in a corner and be at their mercy.

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