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There are reports that American police kill 500 or more Americans every year. Few of these murdered Americans posed a threat to police. https://www.dojmedia.com/u-s-police-have-killed-over-5000-civilians-since-911/ Police murder Americans for totally implausible reasons. For example, a few days before Michael Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, John Crawford picked up a toy gun from a WalMart shelf in the toy department and was shot and killed on the spot by police goons.http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/family-man-killed-cops-walmart-demands-surveillance-video

It appears that the murder of Michael Brown did not satisfy the blood lust of the goon thug cop murderers. Less than four miles from Ferguson, goon thugs murdered another black man on August 19. The police claims of “threat” are disproved by the video of the murder.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/20/kajieme-powell-shooting_n_5696546.html You can see the entire scene much better here. This is a clear case of outright murder of a man by our Nazi Gestapo police. http://thefreethoughtproject.com/cell-phone-video-emerges-refutes-st-louis-cops-version-shooting/ The police then handcuff their dead victim.

Clearly, the American police are an enormous danger to the public. It will be interesting to see what excuses the police shills will come up with to justify this murder. It is not American civilians with carry permits who murder 500 people a year. It is the goon thug police. Gun control should be applied to the police who lack sufficient intelligence and judgment to go around armed.

Five hundred is more than one killing by police per day. Yet the reports of the shootings seldom get beyond the local news. Why then has the Ferguson, Missouri, police killing of Michael Brown gone international?

Probably the answer is the large multi-day protests of the black community in Ferguson that led to the state police being sent to Ferguson and now the National Guard. Also, domestic police in full military combat gear with armored personnel carriers and tanks pointing numerous rifles in the faces of unarmed civilians and arresting and threatening journalists make good video copy. The “land of the free” looks like a Gestapo Nazi state. To much of the world, which has grown to hate American bullying, the bullying of Americans by their own police is poetic justice.

For those who have long protested racial profiling and police brutality toward racial minorities, the police murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson is just another in a history of racists murders.http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/20/racial-repression-and-the-murder-of-mike-brown/print Rob Urie is correct that blacks receive disproportionate punishment from the white criminal justice (sic) system. See, for example: http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/08/william-norman-grigg/mother-faces-11-years-in-prison/

Myself, former US Representative Dennis Kucinich, and others see Michael Brown’s murder as reflective of the militarization of the police and police training that creates a hostile police attitude toward the public. The police are taught to view the public as threats against whom the use of violence is the safest course for the police officers.

This doesn’t mean that racism is not also involved. Polls show that a majority of white Americans are content with the police justification for the killing. Police apologists are
flooding the Internet with arguments against those of the opposite persuasion. Only
those who regard the police excuse as unconvincing are accused of jumping to conclusions before the jury’s verdict is in. Those who jump to conclusions favorable to the police are regarded as proper Americans.

What I address in this article is non-evidential considerations that determine a jury’s verdict and the incompetence of Ferguson’s government that caused the riots and looting.

Unless the US Department of Justice makes Michael Brown’s killing a federal case, the black community in Ferguson is powerless to prevent a cover-up.

What usually happens in these cases is that the police concoct a story protective of the police officer(s) and the prosecutor does not bring an indictment. As Obama and his Attorney General, Eric Holder, are partially black (in skin color alone), the black majority community in Ferguson, Missouri, might have hopes from Holder’s visit. However, nothing could be more clear than the fact that Obama and Holder, along with the rest of “black leadership,” have been co-opted by the white power structure. How else would Obama and Holder be in office? Do you think that the white power structure puts in office people who want justice for minorities or for anyone other than the mega-rich?

The 1960s were a time of black leadership, but that leadership was assassinated (Martin Luther King) or co-opted. Black leaders sold out for prestige appointments and corporate board memberships. Today black leadership is marginalized and exists only at local levels if at all.

If the cop who killed Brown is indicted and he is tried in Ferguson, the jury will contain
whites who live in Ferguson. Unless there is a huge change in white sentiment about the killing, no white juror can vote to convict the white cop and continue to live in Ferguson. The hostility of the white community toward white jurors who took the side of a “black hoodlum who stole cigars” against the white police officer would make life for the jurors impossible in Ferguson.

ORDER IT NOW

The trouble with purely racial explanations of police using excessive force is that cops don’t limit their excesses to racial minorities. White people suffer them also. Remember the recent case of Cecily McMillan, an Occupy protester who was brutalized by a white good thug with a record of using excessive force. McMillan is a young white woman. Her breasts were seized from behind, and when she swung around her elbow reflexively and instinctively came up and hit the goon thug. She was arrested for assaulting a police officer and sentenced by a jury to a term in jail. The prosecutor and judge made certain that no evidence could be presented in her defense. Medical evidence of the bruises on her breast and the police officer’s record of police brutality were not allowed as evidence in her show trial, the purpose of which was to intimidate Occupy protesters.

In America white jurors are usually sheep who do whatever the prosecutor wants. As Cecily McMillan, a white woman, could not get justice, it is even less likely that the black family of Michael Brown will. Those who are awaiting a jury’s verdict to decide Michael Brown’s case are awaiting a cover-up and the complicity of the US criminal justice (sic) system in murder.

If there is a federal indictment of the police officer, and the trial is held in a distant jurisdiction, there is a better chance that a jury would consider the facts. But even these precautions would not eliminate the racist element in white jurors’ decisions.

The situation in Ferguson was so badly handled it almost seems like the police state, in responding to the shooting, intended to provoke violence so that the American public could become accustomed to military force being applied to unarmed civilian protests.

Ferguson brings to mind the Boston Marathon Bombing. Two brothers of foreign extraction allegedly set off a “pressure cooker bomb” left in a backback that killed and injured race participants or observers. The two brothers were deemed, without any evidence, to be so dangerous that the entirety of Boston and its suburbs were “locked down” while 10,000 heavily armed police and military patrolled the streets in military vehicles conducting door-to-door searches forcing residents from their homes at gun point, while the police ransacked homes where it was totally obvious the brothers were not hiding. Not a single family evicted from their residences at gunpoint said: “Thank God you are here. The bombers are hiding in our home.”

The excessive display of force and warrantless police home intrusions is the reason that aware and thoughtful Americans do not believe one word of the official account of the Boston Marathon Bombing. Thoughtful people wonder why every American does not see the bombing as an orchestrated state act of terror in order to accustom Americans to the lock-down of a city and police intrusion into their homes. Logistically, it is impossible to assemble 10,000 armed troops so quickly. The obvious indication is that the readiness of the troops indicates pre-planning.

In Ferguson all that was needed to prevent mass protests and looting was for the police chief, mayor or governor to immediately announce that there would be a full investigation by a civic committee independent of the police and that the black community should select the members it wished to serve on the investigative committee.

Instead, the name of the cop who killed Michael Brown was withheld for days, a video allegedly of Michael Brown taking cigars from a store was released as a justification for his murder by police. These responses and a variety of other stupid police and government responses convinced the black community, which already knew in its bones, that there would be a coverup.

It is entirely possible that the police chief, mayor, and governor lacked the intelligence and judgment to deal with the occasion. In other words, perhaps they are too stupid to be in public office. The incapacity of the American public to elect qualified representatives is world-renown. But it is also possible that Michael Brown’s killing provided another opportunity to accustom Americans to the need for military violence to be deployed against the civilian population in order to protect us from threats.

Occupy Wall Street was white, and these whites were overwhelmed by police violence.
This is why I conclude that more is involved in Ferguson than white racist attitudes toward blacks.

The founding fathers warned against allowing US military forces to be deployed against the American people, and the Posse Comitatus Act prevents the use of military forces against civilians. These restrictions designed to protect liberty have been subverted by the George W. Bush and Obama regimes.

Today Americans have no more protection against state violence than Germans had under National Socialism.

Far from being a “light unto the world,” America is descending into cold hard tyranny.

Who will liberate us?

(Republished from PaulCraigRoberts.org by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. fnn says:

    We should have known all this since Ruby Ridge and Waco. Is Lon Horiuchi still doing endorsements for gun manufacturers?

  2. War for Blair Mountain [AKA "Bill Blizzard and his Men"] says:

    Notwithstanding Paul Craig Roberts dead on accurate commentary of the Ukraine situation…. Paul has sadly morphed into a anti-white counterpuncher bigot…..and what comes with the counterpunch world view is a romanticizing of blacks.

    Blacks overwhelming installed a Narcissistic Kenyan as Dear Leader of the POTUS who seems to be hellbent on nuclear annihilating the Russian European population and at same time forcing The Historic Native Born White American Majority to subsidize its own very rapid racial dispossession…..now that’s hardcore racial violence!!!!

    One well known victim of black male racial violence:The Late Connie Francis…. There have been many other White Female Victims….

    • Replies: @Bill
    , @Judith
  3. War for Blair Mountain [AKA "Bill Blizzard and his Men"] says:

    And just what the heck were these Chechnya Muslim Male Yuts doing in the US in the first place?Very obvious answer:to vote The Historic Native Born White American Majority very rapidly into racial minority status within the borders of the US. These Muslim Yuts were part of the highly racialized rapidly growing Democratic Party Voting Block. They were here for no other reason for there were no demographic,social,cultural,economic, and environmental-ecological reasons for ever importing Muslim Chechnyan Male Yuts.

  4. Bill says:
    @War for Blair Mountain

    Its weird, isn’t it? The only time I have no idea what he’s talking about is when he’s talking about race. What evidence is there that Michael Brown was murdered? It looks to me as if the MSM narrative has been slowly collapsing, just as it did for St Skittles.

    Does he have sources inside USG who are hard leftists and require this kind of stuff from him?

  5. Bill says:

    I clicked through to the link about the guy killed in WalMart, and here is the nut:

    Crawford, 22, was at a Wal-Mart store in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek, Ohio last week. He reportedly picked up a toy rifle within the store and was carrying it around the store while talking on his cell phone, which alarmed other shoppers who called the police. The police station reports that when officers arrived, they asked Crawford to put down the weapon, and opened fire when he failed to comply. He later died of his gun shot wounds at a nearby hospital, where his death was ruled a homicide by the Montgomery County coroner’s office. Family members of Crawford told local news that he entered the store unarmed, and picked up a toy gun or BB gun while browsing in the store.

    I don’t see how one can read this and immediately conclude the cops did something wrong. It does not say, for example, that the bright orange thingie that is usually on the barrels of toy guns was or was not in place. It does not make clear whether it was a toy gun or a BB gun. It does not say, one way or another, whether the guy pointed the gun at cops.

    The mere fact that it was a toy gun is not dispositive. The question is whether or not the cop reasonably feared for his life. If a real-looking gun was pointed at him, and the dude refused to drop it, then the shooting was good. No?

    • Replies: @Sean c
  6. D. K. says:

    This screed truly borders on the psychotic! (As mentioned in an earlier comment, to an earlier screed, on this same case, I say that as an old-fashioned liberal, and one qualified in both Law and Psychology.) As a lifelong civil libertarian, I have what I consider to be a very healthy bias against the police and, especially, prosecutors. These self-styled anti-racists, like the doctor, on the other hand, simply expect policemen– especially White ones, of course– to sacrifice their lives to the good graces and impetuous whims of violent criminals (and other psychotics), Blacks in particular.

  7. Sean c says:
    @Bill

    No the shooting is not good. The police are now totally removed from America’s 2nd Amendment tradition. Anyone that has a gun, water nozzle, or wii remote is shot first asked questions later. Policing is a generally well paid slightly risky job. If you are not willing to risk yourself to protect the public don’t take the job. Do not shoot people in their own homes carrying a wii remote. Even if the kid answered the door with a real gun that is his home and right to be armed. Don’t shoot people holding water nozzles. Don’t shoot people holding toy guns or BB guns, everyone knows Wal-Mart sells them so it is on the police to approach and verify. Even in open carry states the police accost people that are openly carrying their firearms.

  8. “…immediately announce that there would be a full investigation by a civic committee independent of the police and that the black community should select the members it wished to serve on the investigative committee.”

    This sounds suspiciously like “sacrifice at least one white cop to the angry mob.” Are we in ancient Roman times? You would have us turned into a country of animals.

  9. Rich says:

    Mr. Roberts has outed himself as a seriously deranged anti-white columnist. No due process, no presumption of innocence, automatic forgetfulness regarding black crime rates. Naturally, this calls into question all the other columns he’s written about different subjects.

  10. Dr. Roberts doesn’t need me to defend him as he is more than capable of doing so himself. However the overriding point that is being made here is that the police are out of control in this country. We have become a Fascist police state. We can remain silent while they continue their assaults on the black communities but more whites are now receiving this same treatment. The police have a license to kill and are doing exactly that more frequently. We can remain silent when they come for the blacks and then we can remain silent when they come for the Latinos and by the time they come for us who will be left to speak up? If we don’t hang together we will surely be hung separately.

    • Replies: @D. K.
  11. Judith says:
    @War for Blair Mountain

    Bill Blizzard, what on earth does ‘Historic Native Born White American Majority’ mean? I know what a Native Born American is, and I know what a White American is, but I have no freakin clue what a Native Born White American is – Historic or not.

  12. Black criminals’ body count is far higher than the police’s.

    Like I said, if you want Mayberry-style policing, you better have Mayberry-style demographics. Looking forward to Doctor Roberts’ rebuttal.

  13. fnn says:

    Blacks commit at least one-half of violent crime in the US (inferred from homicide stats) but FBI says only one-fourth of deaths by police shooting are blacks. Seems to indicate that blacks are benefiting from a de facto affirmative action program when it comes to police shootings. Makes sense. Cops know they can get into local and federal trouble by shooting a black but won’t get into trouble for shooting a white- except maybe in the unlikely event that the deceased white came from a wealthy or politically influential family. 

  14. D. K. says:
    @Aaron Klein

    Since when does “a Fascist [sic] police state” want de facto open borders and the displacement of its founding and majority populations– those of us of solely indigenous European, and especially British, descent– with alien, and often outright hostile, minorities, along with the imposition of Affirmative Action, minority set-asides, “hate” crimes, speech codes, and all other such manifestations of what its proponents insist is merely “social and economic justice,” under what they euphemistically refer to as “liberalism” and–more often, more recently– “progressivism,” Mr. Klein? Is there some bias in you yourself, perhaps, that causes you to look at left-wing neo-bolshevism and see, instead, “Fascis[m]?” Somehow, I just do not see the Obama Administration coming after you, Mr. Klein, anytime soon.

  15. Svigor says:

    So, if cops represent an “enormous” threat to American citizens, what does that make blacks?

    A super-duper-ginormous Extinction-Level-Event threat? An incomprehensibly large threat?

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