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Few, if any, of the correct questions were asked in the grand jury hearing to decide whether policeman Darren Wilson would be indicted for killing Michael Brown.

The most important unexamined question is whether police are trained to use force immediately as a first resort before they assess a situation or determine if they are at the correct address. Are the police trained that the lives of police officers are so much more valuable than the lives of possible suspects, or a houseful of people into whose residence a heavily armed SWAT team enters, that police officers must not accept the risk of judicious behavior when encountering citizens? If this is the case as all evidence indicates that it is, then the police when they gratuitously murder members of the public are merely doing what they have been trained to do. As police are trained to use violence as a first resort, the police cannot be held accountable when they do.

There are a large number of videos available online that show that the first thing that police do when they arrive is to use force.

No sooner is Michael Brown in the grave than Cleveland cops kill a 12-year old boy who has a toy gun that shoots plastic pellets. The child is threatening no one–indeed there is no one else present. The boy seems to be playing a fantasy game in his head. A busy body calls the police. The police arrive and instantly shoot the kid down.

Here is a selection of videos and reports. Some of the videos are compressed to save the viewer time. They range from 59 seconds to the full 7:51 minute video, which shows the kid is just walking up and down the sidewalk. All the action comes at the end. The police arrive and instantly open fire, making no effort whatsoever to assess the situation.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/video-shows-cleveland-cop-shoot-12-year-old-tamir-rice-n256656

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2850234/Video-released-showing-police-shooting-Tamir-Rice-12-carrying-BB-gun.html

http://www.wkyc.com/story/news/local/cleveland/2014/11/26/tamir-rice-shooting-video-released/19530745/

http://nypost.com/2014/11/27/cops-release-video-of-officer-fatally-shooting-12-year-old/

Just a few days before Michael Brown is killed, Ohio police murdered John Crawford inside a Walmart store. What had Crawford done? He had picked up a BB rifle from a Walmart shelf and was on the phone with the mother of his two children, perhaps checking with her whether he could purchase it for the kids. A busy body named Ronald Ritchie felt threatened and called the police. The police rush in and shoot Crawford. The police claim that they ordered Crawford to drop the rifle, but the video shows the police shooting Crawford on sight. The busy body Ritchie actually caused two deaths, as the incident of Crawford’s murder caused Angela Williams to die from a heart attack as she fled the store in response to the police gunfire. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/09/25/ohio-wal-mart-surveillance-video-shows-police-shooting-and-killing-john-crawford-iii/

Yes, you guessed it. The grand jury decided the police were justified.

ORDER IT NOW

Here is another video that demonstrates that policemen shoot instantly without cause.http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/dashcam-shows-cops-shooting-an-unarmed-man-333655619609 This is a rare case in which the policeman was held accountable, most likely because the video prevented authorities from fabricating the usual story of police justification.

In this video, police shoot down an unarmed black man in the street. After shooting Kajieme Powell ten times, the cops hold guns on the dead body while they handcuff a dead man. Like an almost endless number of other such videos, this one shows that either psychopaths are recruited for the police force, or police training turns cops into psychopaths. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_68bmTlGtQ8

These two reports examine Officer Darren Wilson’s story of why he shot Michael Brown and conclude that Wilson’s story doesn’t make sense. http://www.vox.com/2014/11/25/7281165/darren-wilsons-story-side and http://www.vox.com/2014/11/25/7287443/dorian-johnson-story Most likely, Michael Brown was just another victim of the gratuitous violence that police are trained to use. Darren Wilson’s use of deadly force was in keeping with his training.

The problem with the grand jury and prosecutor in Ferguson and everywhere else is that the real problem–the training of police to use deadly force as a first resort–was not
identified as the cause of Michael Brown’s death.

The Ferguson grand jury’s decision is not an exoneration of Wilson’s use of deadly force. Anyone familiar with the American criminal justice (sic) system knows that any prosecutor can get or prevent an indictment from a grand jury. Prosecutors are allowed to determine what evidence is presented. Prosecutors are permitted to bribe witnesses with money or dropped charges, and they can coerce false witness testimony by threatening a witness with charges. Seldom does an indictment or refusal to indict turn on the true facts.

The US justice system is no longer concerned with justice, but with the careers of prosecutors, punishing the powerless, and protecting the powerful. As justice has largely departed the justice system, it is hardly surprising that police lack any concept of justice.

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

    Why are you publishing the neo-bolshevik rantings of this slimy backstabbing rodent, Roberts!?

  2. Truth says:

    Steve Sailer, Fred Reed; the ball is in your court.

  3. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The real problem is the race baiting of a trio of shysters Obama, Holder, and Sharpton.
    The idea that they could get away with whipping up a storm of hatred based on the fabricated testimony of a few racist police haters is repulsive.
    The actions of the looters was also repulsive and astonishingly stupid to boot, burning down your own town?
    But worst of all is a journalist clique who are determined to divert attention from the root of the problem which is black American societal dysfunction.
    The worst thing for society you can possibly do is to protect people from the consequences of their own foolish actions.
    By refusing to acknowledge black community dysfunction and blaming their problems on white racism, you are helping perpetuate the dysfunction.

  4. fnn says:

    No surprise that police unions can be disproportionately powerful in an atomized, multicultural society and they,as a result,pretty much determine the rules on use of lethal force by police. See Putnam’s work on alienation and loss of civil society caused by diversity.

    Recent white victims of murderous cops include Kelly Thomas, Douglas Zerby, James Boyd and that unarmed white kid shot by a black cop in Salt Lake City whose name nobody remembers. I’m sure there are many more cases that go unreported beyond the local level because there are no media or ethnic lobbies that concern themselves with white victims of police violence.

  5. miles says:

    I’m hoping body cameras are going to become the norm. I think they could really influence all parties involved to be self conscious in live time, knowing a jury will someday see exactly what happened in high definition.

  6. matt says:

    Paul Craig Roberts is my favorite cranky old man. That is absolutely a compliment.

  7. Vendetta says:

    There are plenty of black and white people who’ve been shot by unjustifiably trigger-happy police officers.

    Michael Brown wasn’t one of them.

    • Replies: @guest
    , @Bill
  8. Bliss says:

    Excellent post.

    In this video, police shoot down an unarmed black man in the street. After shooting Kajieme Powell ten times, the cops hold guns on the dead body while they handcuff a dead man. Like an almost endless number of other such videos, this one shows that either psychopaths are recruited for the police force, or police training turns cops into psychopaths. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_68bmTlGtQ8

    And the blogger from the other end of the moral spectrum, Fred Reed, endlessly glorifies these murderous psychopaths. But when he is routinely patted down at airports by low paid TSA agents (often minorities) his indignation knows no bounds. How he rants at the police state then. Truly twisted.

  9. fnn says:

    ´For some *good* news that PCR and Counterpunch probably don’t want to hear, Russia is funding the anti-Regime forces in Europe:

    http://kakistocracyblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/29/from-russia-with-love/

    If any pro-corporate conservatives have stumbled in, let that digest for a moment. No French banks would lend to the most popular party in France. Global big business is not your friend, it is not your ally. It is a means of turning nations into feedlots.

    Though returning to Russia’s sponsorship of the European right, it’s unclear whether this results from affinity or strategy…More likely is that he sees European nationalists and anti-EU organizations as a tantalizing wedge to drive against the plainly intended NATO encirclement of his country. I’ve often considered whether powerful foreign actors might eventually provide substantial back-office support for American or Euro dissident movements who are treated with equal belligerence by their own hostile governments. Whether Putin and Le Pen share congruent political ideologies is less important at the moment than the fact that they share implacable enemies: the globalist left and the neo-cons…though I suppose the conjunction is fairly superfluous there.

  10. guest says:
    @Vendetta

    Precisely. Why can so few hold these thoughts simultaneously?

  11. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    POLICE AND DCS–AMERICA’S BIGGEST GANGSTERS AND ANTI-WHITE TERRORISTS.
    TIME FOR LEGISLATORS TO STEP IN TO STOP THE EPIDEMIC OF POLICE ABUSE.

    This is a great article by the great Sir Paul Roberts. Most of the victims of police abuse are innocent whites who are killed, framed, illegally arrested and white women blackmailed and asked to go out or receive tickets, or face arrest. It is the police gangsters who impose the criminal state USA on the people, arrest whites and patriots and conservatives for merely speaking out. They kill, they kidnap and hold hostage (i.e. false arrest/imprisonment), lie and frame innocent people all the time.

    There are 100’s more examples of police abuse on:

    Policestateusa.com which shows most victims are white.

    The media turned Ferguson into a race issue and the conservatives fell into the trap.

    It is time for legislators to enact strict laws to curtail this police abuse which is out of control. Here are some laws I recommend that every state and county must enact. So please write to your legislator and demand the following:

    a) No arrest without a warrant except for violent crimes committed in the officers presence or when the suspect is planning to flee.
    b) No hearsay allowed for probable cause (except for children).
    c) No SWAT teams unless evidence of an armed group.
    d) Make resisting arrest a crime only when arrestee uses extreme violence. Merely trying to pull away or push back or trying to run away are normal physiological reactions and defense mechanisms of any normal human being.
    e) Disturbing the peace should be a crime only when violence or physical aggression is used.
    f) Police should be monitored by independent citizens boards.
    g) Internal Affairs must be a separate independent agency—most internal affairs are sham units often covering up police and other agency misconduct.
    h) 20 year statute of limitations for civil rights violations by police.
    i) No military grade weapons. All which are freely donated will be sent to a smelting factory to recycle the metal and burn all electronics.

    Police can only carry handguns, no more.

    j) All police must wear a camera helmet and have dashcam. They cannot contact private citizens or enter private property without video taping the entire encounter, a copy of which will be available to the citizen on request. No evidence of wrong doing against police and no waiver of rights allowed unless proven by video evidence, as police are liars.

    Contacting citizens or entering private property without a dashcam is a felony.

    k) Double penalties for police (or DCS any other govt. workers) who break the law. Mandatory prosecution of police (and DCS gangsters) involved in illegal acts or brutality. If not prosecuted, civil rights penalties can be assessed against the state also.

    Time to stop police abuse. Time for the state and federal governments to step in.

  12. The corporate state has turned a constabulary into its thinly-disguised armed occupation force. The return to democratic accountability can only be effected by locally elected community civilian review boards with teeth.

  13. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    In Ferguson, justice was met with racial agitation. The grand jury rendered a correct verdict after examining all of the evidence. Many on the Left refuse to accept the truth.

    See “I’m Black: Truth Does Not Matter” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-5t.

  14. Matra says:

    The corporate state has turned a constabulary into its thinly-disguised armed occupation force.

    Then how come the corporate state’s media always sides with the black so-called victims and not the “occupation force”?

    • Replies: @Begemot
  15. Svigor says:

    One of these deaths is not like the others. Lemme see here…oh yeah; it’s the one where the 6’5″, 300 lb suspect turned what would have been a simple arrest into a death spiral (his own) by assaulting a cop, fighting for his gun, and then bull-rushing the cop after changing his mind about fleeing the scene. The guy was a psycho, and good riddance.

    In dramatic contrast to the other poor sods Roberts describes, all the hulking thug had to do was not be a psycho. He had several chances to stop being a psycho during his encounter with Wilson, and each time he chose to dial up the psycho, instead.

    Roberts fails to mention the media’s obsession with “active shooters,” and how this may contribute to cops’ response to calls reporting “active shooters.” The liberal media seems to deliberately encourage the hysterical, violent response to people simply holding guns in public.

  16. Svigor says:

    I also notice that there has been no media campaign against the hysterical libtard busybodies who call in these police assassinations. Why aren’t armies of libtards and reporters camped outside their homes?

  17. eah says:

    Perhaps it’s a bit early to ‘reexamine’ Ferguson — after all, it’s not even off the front page yet.

  18. vinteuil says: • Website

    Where’s Larry Auster when you really need him?

    • Replies: @matt
  19. Truth says:

    Tazer? what’s that?

  20. fnn says:

    NYC for the year 2011: Blacks were over 70 percent of shooting suspects, but less than 50 percent of the suspects fired upon by the police. Whites were less than three percent of shooting suspects, but 15 percent of those fired upon by police. ALL shooting suspects who actually fired at the police were either black or Hispanic and not one white had fired at the police:

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/police-shootings-michael-brown-ferguson-black-men

    Again in 2011, 44% of those civilians killed in intentional discharge-adversarial conflict incidents were white, 22% black and 33% Hispanic:

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/downloads/pdf/analysis_and_planning/nypd_annual_firearms_discharge_report_2011.pdf

    It shows that 67% of the subjects firing on police were black, 33% Hispanic and 0% white.

  21. Yes, Brown was a hulking thug. But Wilson would be classified as a heavy weight boxer at 6’4″ and over 200 pounds. I dare say Wilson was in much better physical condition than Brown.

    Wilson’s story doesn’t add up. He was hit on the right side of his face by Brown’s right hand while sitting in a SUV? Wilson had several options other than drawing his firearm. He could have rolled up the window, trapping Brown’s arms. He could have moved his vehicle. But ok, I will give Wilson the shot inside his Tahoe. After Brown retreated the threat was ended and all shots after the retreat should have resulted in charges.

    Wilson was a government employee paid, very well, to take physical risks. If he is unwilling or unable to take those risks, which include taking a beating, then he should find honest work and quit living off the tax payers.

    I would have had no problem with a citizen shooting Brown. But Wilson was not acting as a citizen. He was acting as a paid agent of the state. He should be held to a much higher standard.

  22. TomB says:

    Mr. Roberts’ analysis may well bear some weight due to other instances. Not the Ferguson matter where Mr. Brown was clearly the first aggressor, and the most dangerous kind, going for Officer Wilson’s gun.

    Roberts has just simply hurt his case and credibility by invoking the Ferguson incident here.

    • Replies: @Chris Mallory
  23. Realist says:
    @Hare Krishna

    “Great piece.”

    You evidently hit send before you were finished.

    Great piece of shit. There fixed it for you. No thanks needed.

  24. Begemot says:
    @Matra

    FoxNews, which is assuredly MSM , has taken the side of the authorities in this matter. Or do we pretend that FoxNews is a marginal, fringe news service?

  25. @TomB

    Not the Ferguson matter where Mr. Brown was clearly the first aggressor,

    That is if you believe the word of a trained and paid liar. I wouldn’t trust a cop to tell me if the sky was blue. Every cop should be wearing a body cam that records every action taken on duty.

    • Replies: @eah
    , @eah
  26. eah says:
    @Chris Mallory

    That is if you believe the word of a trained and paid liar.

    No one gives a damn what you think — in this case, your opinion just isn’t relevant. And there is no reason to think Wilson is a “trained and paid liar” — let alone all or most cops, as you imply.

    What is relevant in this case is that 1) the forensic evidence corroborated Wilson’s version of events; 2) several witnesses the GJ judged reliable did as well; 3) witness testimonies that conflicted with Wilson’s account were contradicted by the forensic evidence as well as other reliable witnesses; 4) previous events of the day pointed to Brown’s thuggish belligerency, therefore making it a lot easier to believe that he initiated the physical confrontation that led to his death.

    Which is not to say that cops do not abuse their authority — far too many do, as I have personally experienced. And I agree they should all wear cameras. But that is a different topic.

    So grow up you ridiculous prick.

    • Replies: @Begemot
    , @Bill
  27. Begemot says:
    @eah

    There is no call for your abusive language. If you have a point your argument will make it. If you don’t like what someone said, that is all you have to say. If you prefer to play in the gutter, then stay there and stay off of this blog.

    • Replies: @eah
  28. S says:

    Force was not immediately used in the Michael Brown incident, nor did Wilson initiate it. And whatever the proper police procedure ought to be, the purpose of a grand jury has nothing to do with its determination.

  29. Matra says:

    FoxNews, which is assuredly MSM , has taken the side of the authorities in this matter. Or do we pretend that FoxNews is a marginal, fringe news service?

    It’s viewership is very low compared to the nightly news on NBC, ABC, and CBS. The most watched show on Fox – the O’Reilly Factor – is watched by only one in a hundred Americans.

  30. Jason says:

    PCR already made his worldview obvious when he blamed White males for supporting the police action in Ferguson a few months ago.

    Most of his articles are click bait, wild conspiracy theories and End of Times predictions.

    Silly.

  31. eah says:
    @Begemot

    If you have a point your argument will make it.

    Yes, I did have a point, and my “abusive language” was part of it. And I guess calling cops ‘trained and paid liars’ isn’t “abusive” at all, right? That’s not ‘playing in the gutter’, right?

    Take the advice I already gave: grow up. And then grow a pair.

  32. Truth says:

    If you prefer to play in the gutter, then stay there and stay off of this blog.

    LOL! Every time I exit the comments section on this site, I step up onto a virtual sidewalk.

  33. Bill says:
    @Vendetta

    There are plenty of black and white people who’ve been shot by unjustifiably trigger-happy police officers.

    Michael Brown wasn’t one of them.

    Right. And this is not incidental. This is how the left operates since forever. Solzhenitsyn and Havel both explain the critical importance on the left of the requirement to tell absurd, great, whopping lies. It is how they signal to one another that they are true believers in The Cause. I believe so much that I will loudly and publicly proclaim that the sky is pink.

    Why are the protests and riots over obviously justified shootings like those of St Skittles and St Swisher? It makes no sense unless the lying itself serves a purpose.

  34. Bill says:
    @eah

    And there is no reason to think Wilson is a “trained and paid liar” — let alone all or most cops, as you imply.

    Huh? Lying is, in fact, a standard interrogation practice in the US (due to a foolish Supreme Court decision). So, cops lie to suspects all the time. The cops are supposed to stop lying when they write their reports and testify in court, but, um, we aren’t actually required to think that habitual liars are just as credible as normal people.

    None of this means that Wilson is lying about St Swisher, though. There is little reason to believe that Wilson is lying in this case.

    • Replies: @eah
  35. eah says:
    @Chris Mallory

    Hey buddy, dude — if you’re still busy cataloging ‘paid liars’, consider adding St Louis PD spokesliar (oops!, sorry for that slip) Schron Jackson to the list. Unless you’re too busy being a dick, that is.

  36. eah says:
    @Bill

    We’re not talking about an interrogation — we’re talking about sworn testimony before a GJ, where lying would be treated as a felony.

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