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In the latest shooting of an innocent civilian by a trigger-happy police officer, a white Fort Worth cop blew away a 28-year-old African American woman through her bedroom window as she played a video game with her 8-year-old nephew. Atatiana Jefferson’s neighbor had called a nonemergency police number to request that they check on her because her doors were wide open.

“The officer did not announce that he was a police officer prior to shooting,” a spokesman said. Instead, he shouted through the window before killing Jefferson: “Put your hands up! Show me your hands!”

This atrocity followed the recent conviction of a white officer in Dallas who claimed that she had entered the wrong apartment in her building before mistakenly shooting an African American man. Botham Jean, 26, was eating ice cream in his own home, clearly not hers, when he was killed.

Police have shot and killed 717 people so far this year. Blacks are 2 1/2 times more likely to be shot to death by police officers than whites are. Many victims were unarmed.

Is it any surprise that only half of the public has confidence in Officer Not-So-Friendly? Public perception is worse among minorities and young people.

It’s not a major political campaign issue, but it ought to be: Domestic policing in the United States needs to be reinvented from the ground up.

“From their earliest days in the (police) academy, would-be officers are told that their prime objective, the proverbial ‘first rule of law enforcement,’ is to go home at the end of every shift,” Seth Stoughton notes in the Harvard Law Review. Policing experts call this me-first approach the warrior mentality. “Officers learn to treat every individual they interact with as an armed threat and every situation as a deadly force encounter in the making.”

In the real world, America’s streets are not a war zone. Ninety-five percent of police officers go through their entire career without ever having to fire their weapon. But many cops are military veterans, and vets are 23% more likely than non-vets to draw and shoot.

Increasingly concerned about police shootings and the eroding of trust between cops and the people, some leaders are trying to promote a guardian mentality instead. “The guardian mindset prioritizes service over crime-fighting, and it values the dynamics of short-term encounters as a way to create long-term relationships,” writes Stoughton. “As a result, it instructs officers that their interactions with community members must be more than legally justified, they must also be empowering, fair, respectful, and considerate. The guardian mindset emphasizes communication over commands, cooperation over compliance, and legitimacy over authority.”

The priority for cops shouldn’t be that they get to go home at the end of every shift. They should make sure that the people they interact with are safe.

This is common sense. It’s also an uphill battle.


The militarization of domestic civilian policing is no longer a concern about a phenomenon in development. It is here. Police departments across the United States have acquired tanks, armored personnel carriers, automatic weapons and other military hardware transferred from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. SWAT teams, which originated in the military-style Los Angeles Police Department, are everywhere. Even little towns like Ohio’s Mt. Orab (pop. 3,500) and Pennsylvania’s Middleburg (pop. 1,300) have a SWAT outfit ready to take on bands of heavily armed goons in case a 1980s action movie inexplicably comes to life there.

For Americans of a certain age, cops no longer dress or look like cops. The police carry stun grenades and semi-automatic pistols and rifles and wear Kevlar vests. They’re bulked up, obviously on steroids and certainly no stranger to the weight room. Their hair is cropped short, military-style. They’re scary, and they mean to be.

There’s a reason they look like that. One in 5 police officers are military veterans. Police brass love vets. So even cops recruited from the civilian population learn to emulate that military look and swagger.

Federal programs encourage and even mandate preferential treatment by police departments when looking for recruits. But this is exactly the wrong direction. Trained to have an authoritarian approach to interactions with civilians and frequently the victims of PTSD, veterans who become policemen are more likely to resort to force, less interested in deescalation and more likely to mentally deteriorate and even to commit suicide while on duty.

Police officers have the power of life and death over us. They have discretion to harm us through less dramatic interactions like issuing us traffic infractions that can cost us thousands of dollars. The potential for abuse or poor judgment requires that police officers be selected among those members of our society who are least interested in pushing around their fellow citizens. Aggressiveness should be considered a negative quality in police recruiting.

As with any position in which the holder is vested with power, the paradox is that those who most want the job are those who should least be permitted to hold it. It should almost be a reverse draft: the less you want to be a cop, the better qualified you are for the job.

I would fire every single police officer in the United States and suggest that if they want to come back, they reapply for their positions under completely different guidelines. I would take away guns from most policeman — they simply don’t need them — and replace semi-automatic pistols with traditional revolvers as the standard sidearm. No more military gear. No more bulletproof vests. Return the tanks to the Pentagon. And I would put an end to recruiting from the military.

Warrior cops don’t make us safer. They’re loose cannons who need psychiatric counseling, not guns.

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  1. Blacks love voting democrat which means gun control and police states.

    “Gaze upon your work, mother.”

  2. The account from the boy with the lady who was shot says that she had a gun, she pulled the gun out of her purse, and she was pointing the gun at the window when the cop knocked on the window.

    Should the cops have identified themselves at front and back? Yes.

    Should he have fired when he saw someone inside pointing a gun at him? Yes.

    Should she have closed her front door when it got dark? Yes.

    Should the guy who called the cops, but who went over there to the house first, called out into the house of his neighbor? Yes.

    Should the police forces of America be training in Israel as most of them are now (in paramilitary techniques)? No.

    You see, Teddy Boy, it’s a lot more complicated than your pea-brain can comprehend. Stick to drawing comics

  3. The vast majority of murders in the USA are committed by our criminal underclass, not by cops. The murder ratio between non-cop criminals and cops is something like a thousand to one. The ratio of number of firearm rounds expended on the street, counted between criminals and cops, is something like a hundred thousand to one. It isn’t cops who fire hundreds of rounds per day at cars, houses and people in my city; it’s the thugs who do that.

    Those who are truly concerned about public safety should be slagging the criminals, and praising the cops. Rall expects 100% perfect performance from necessarily fallible human beings doing the most thankless job in America; getting anything less than perfection, he wants to abolish law enforcement entirely. “Firing all the cops” would plunge our society into bloody anarchy, which I’m pretty sure Ted Rall would enjoy seeing happen. Some people just want to watch America burn, By Any Means Necessary.

    • Replies: @anarchyst
  4. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    The principal point of this article is the subject of Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces (2013) by Radley Balko. Mr. Rall, though, appears to have had his interest raised by two instances in which the police officer was white, the unfortunate, innocent victim black. That also may explain the hyperbole, much like his recent article on climate change that he couldn’t defend. (Mr. Rall’s subsequent column concerning the squelching of editorial cartoonists — something he knows about — was informative, thoughtful, and well written.)

    Why has he been added to the roster of regular columnists here at The Unz Review?

    • Replies: @anonymous
  5. It’s kind of funny the way Rall goes into details regarding equipment (e.g.body armor, firearms, and the like) when it’s pretty obvious he has no idea what he’s talking about. I’m guessing it’s a way of trying to appear masculine as It’s obvious he makes these “edgy” comments from behind several rings of security, which is kind of weak douchebag move.

  6. We live under a kakistocracy. The entire gov’t system is conceived by and run by the worst in the society, including the average cop who is willing to enforce nonsense laws designed to extract money from the population to pay his salary. Cops operate under the ‘I was just following orders’ mentality that is the defining characteristic of an amoral swine.

    If one seriously considers the character of the average cop, one would conclude that he/she is an otherwise unemployable thug that has found his/her calling. These are not people with any marketable skills other than bashing heads in for the gov’t. These are welfare recipients that wear a costume and carry a weapon to protect the overlords in gov’t being paid for by the taxes extorted from the population under the threat of violence.

    As numerous court cases have affirmed, the police have NO duty to protect the citizenry. Cops are there to intimidate and harass to keep the little people in line. They do not fight crime. They show up after the fact to draw a chalk outline around the body. Get rid of those useless eaters.

    Every adult citizen should be armed with their weapon of choice and a defacto hunting license for all the human trash that the legal system fosters.

    • Replies: @cedric ward
  7. anarchyst says:

    I have been in agreement with the author’s premise for decades.

    In many cases we would be better off with fewer cops and more civilian “concealed weapons carriers”.

    YOU are the “first responder” in any situation. The cops are only there to respond and assess blame after the fact.

    The problem with much policing in the united States is that israeli military tactics have been introduced into American police departments.

    Commonly used “command and control tactics” have no place in American policing. We are not the “enemy” although in many police departments , we are considered to be no better than Palestinians in Gaza.

    Witness Daniel Shaver, the unfortunate man who was murdered by police officer Daniel Brailsford for his inability to crawl with his hands behind his back.
    Brailsford was never charged with murder, and in fact was able to get a police-paid “pension” out of the deal.
    Brailsford was looking to kill someone, his intent being proven by the fact that he had the words “you’re f#cked” engraved on the dust cover of his AR-15. Any civilian who had such a phrase on a weapon used in (true) self-defense would be a ripe target for prosecution, regardless of the situation.

    Police officers are insulated from the consequences (and true justice) of their actions by compliant grand juries and prosecutors who decline to exact “equal justice under law”.

    The question needs to be asked: Where are all the “good cops”? What are they doing to weed out the “bad apples” from their departments? The answer is obvious…there are no “good” cops.

    • Replies: @cedric ward
  8. A123 says:

    I find it interesting that the leftist author wants to de-unionize via mass firing of union members.

    That’s not the usual policy promoted by the left.

    PEACE 😇

  9. anarchyst says:

    Ever notice that police unions are “fraternal”? This should tell you something. The “thin-blue-line” is a gang, little different than street gangs–at least when it comes to “covering-up” their questionable and quite often, illegal and criminal behavior.

    In today’s day and age, “officer safety” trumps de-escalation of force. This, in part, is due to the militarization of the police along with training in Israeli police tactics. This becomes a problem, with the “us vs. them” attitude that is fosters, along with the fact that Israel is a very different place, being on a constant “war footing”, its police tactics are very different.

    There are too many instances of police being “given a pass”, even when incontrovertible video and audio evidence is presented. Grand juries, guided by police-friendly prosecutors, quite often refuse to charge those police officers who abuse their authority.

    The few police officers, who want to do the right thing, are quite often marginalized and put into harms way, by their own brethren…When a police officer is beating on someone that is already restrained while yelling, “stop resisting” THAT is but one reason police have a “bad name” in many instances…this makes the “good cops” who are standing around, witnessing their “brethren in blue” beating on a restrained suspect, culpable as well…

    Here are changes that can help reduce police-induced violence:

    1. Get rid of police unions. Police unions (fraternities) protect the guilty, and are responsible for the massive whitewashing of questionable police behavior that is presently being committed.

    2. Eliminate both “absolute” and “qualified” immunity for all public officials. This includes, prosecutors and judges, police and firefighters, code enforcement and child protective services officials, and others who deal with the citizenry. The threat of being sued personally would encourage them to behave themselves. Require police officers to be “bonded” by an insurance company, with their own funds. No bond= no job.

    3. Any public funds disbursed to citizens as a result of police misconduct should come out of police pension funds–NOT from the taxpayers.

    4. Regular drug-testing of police officers as well as incident-based drug testing should take place whenever an officer is involved in a violent situation with a citizen–no exceptions.

    5. Testing for steroid use should be a part of the drug testing program. You know damn well, many police officers “bulk up” with the “help” of steroids. Steroids also affect users mentally as well, making them more aggressive. The potential for abuse of citizens increases greatly with steroid use.

    6. Internal affairs should only be used for disagreements between individual officers–NOT for investigations involving citizen abuse. State-level investigations should be mandatory for all suspected abuses involving citizens.

    7. Prosecutors should be charged with malfeasance IF any evidence implicating police officer misconduct is not presented to the grand jury.

    8. A national or state-by-state database of abusive individuals who should NEVER be allowed to perform police work should be established–a “blacklist” of abusive (former) police officers.

    9. Most people are unaware that police have special “rules” that prohibit them from being questioned for 48 hours. This allows them to “get their stories straight” and makes it easier to “cover up” bad police behavior. Police must be subject to the same laws as civilians.

    10. All police should be required to wear bodycams and utilize dashcams that cannot be turned off. Any police officers who causes a dash or body cam to be turned off should be summarily fired–no excuses. Today’s body and dash cams are reliable enough to withstand harsh treatment. Body and dashcam footage should be uploaded to a public channel “on the cloud” for public perusal.

    11. All interrogations must be video and audio recorded. Police should be prohibited from lying or fabricating stories in order to get suspects to confess. False confessions ARE a problem in many departments. Unknown to most people, police can lie with impunity while civilians can be charged with lying to police…fair? I think not…

    12. Any legislation passed that restricts the rights of ordinary citizens, such as firearms magazine capacity limits, types of weapons allowed, or restrictive concealed-carry laws should apply equally to police. No special exemptions or “carve outs” are to be given to police. Laws must be equally applied across the board.

    Police work is not inherently dangerous…there are many other professions that are much more dangerous.
    It is long overdue to call to task those police officers who only “protect and serve” themselves.

    • Replies: @cedric ward
    , @Bill Jones
  10. anarchyst says:

    There is much angst and consternation against prosecutors and grand juries who refuse to bring charges against police officers, even when incontrovertible evidence is presented. Even with incontrovertible audio and video evidence, prosecutors are loath to prosecute rogue law enforcement personnel.

    Let’s examine the reasons why it is so difficult to prosecute thug cops:
    Most prosecutors are either former police officers or have extensive dealings with police departments and have ongoing relationships with police departments in their respective jurisdictions. They are friendly with the judges in their jurisdictions, as well. This, along with “absolute immunity” makes it easy for them to “cover up” police abuses and behavior. Prosecutors cannot be sued for malfeasance…it takes a judge (who prosecutors are friendly with) to bring charges on a rogue prosecutor (which almost never happens).

    In addition, prosecutors guide the actions of grand juries. Prosecutors are not required to introduce any evidence to grand juries, (can and do) easily “whitewash” the actions of rogue cops. On the other hand, prosecutors can (and often do) go after honest citizens who seek justice outside official channels…prosecutors have ultimate power and are not afraid to use it…their immunity sees to that.

    Let’s not forget the practice of police officers in uniform “stacking” a courtroom with their presence, “encouraging” a jury to convict a defendant who is accused of attacking a police officer.

    Another aspect to a grand jury’s inability to prosecute bad cops is the fear of retribution…cops drive around all day, have nothing but time, have access to various databases, and can easily get the names and addresses of grand jurors…this, in itself can be a powerful deterrent against grand jurors who “want to do the right thing” and prosecute bad cops. There are many cases of cops parking in front of grand jurors’ residences, following them around, and threaten to issue citations to them, in order to “convince” them to “make the right decision”…the “thin blue line” at its worst…

    The whole system has to change.

  11. anarchyst says:
    @gutta percha

    Response to “restless94110“,” gutta percha“…

    To police and their supporters–cry me a river…

    I see the copsuckers are out in force today.

    Far from being dangerous, police work is one of the safest professions out there. There are many other occupations fraught with much more danger than police work.

    Part of the problem is, unlike the military that DOES operate under strict “rules of engagement“, American police officers operate under NO “rules of engagement“.

    In fact, American police officers are more akin to IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) and their “turkey shoot” situation in Gaza. “We are all Palestinians, now”.

  12. Let’s ignore the 1000 plus citizens killed every year by the police. Many are black so no one gives a fuck there….
    However, the ability of the police to kill with 99% impunity is part of a much larger picture.
    The bigger picture is that this police impunity is the mere cutting edge of a conscious national policy to demasculate citizens. A policy that plays out in schools, workplaces, basically every where. The State is conditioning society to passivity.
    Check out how many federal departments are armed & legally entitled to employ force. I believe even the Education Dept has armed response units.
    Also, check out how many average citizens have been arrested for things such as letting the kids walk to the park or play in the front yard. Arrested for going “off the grid” (ie self sufficient), holding prayer meetings, feeding poor people, feeding animals — & the list goes on & on.
    Also consider the number of little children arrested,
    handcuffed for school “naughtiness” & old people (80’s) tazered , bashed etc for lack of “complience”(dementia, deafness etc). And those school resource officers….
    Note the Boston “lockdown” & all the other urban “real-life” tactical training (100’s of cops, machine guns & armoured vehicles etc sends NO message to the public at all).
    Killer cops are like Superbowl adverts. They get all the attention & everyone talks about it… & the rest of the year, the policy of submission continues on quietly, efficiently, nefariously….

    • Agree: RoatanBill
  13. Pigmeat says:

    Right, fire em all and zero out their pensions, which are bankrupting the states. Treat them like any other kind of mill workers. You can replace them four-to-one with unarmed women social workers.

    Pigs kill another poor sad bastard every shift. Cop jobs are white man’s welfare.

  14. @restless94110

    You are a moron. Any person would point a gun at prowlers outside their window. Open doors are not a crime as many people open their doors and windows in nice weather. A cop on your property is a tresspasser and a danger as this story shows.

    • Replies: @restless94110
  15. Biff says:

    yea, I’m among the robbed by the cops crowd, and not in a nice way.. I’m thinking someone should put and end to it, but now I think it should happen to everyone to push it to a tipping point. The cops are clearly trained to steal, and I hope the paradigm is realized, and democracy becomes real – fire all the cops..

  16. Apply world-standard human rights tests to US pigs, and it’s clear they’re not fit for purpose.

    We can proliferate reforms, but the only way to get our rights is to move on from police reform to police abolition. Police are just another tax-parasite bureaucracy. The only reason neoliberals and statists treat them differently is that they’re useful for repression when the government wants to screw you.

    Bunch of crooked whiny pussies. I’ve been places where they would wet their pants, and never armed.

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  17. @restless94110

    You unfortunately missed the point. The way the police behaved was dictated by the “your life is the most important thing” mindset and training they receive.

    Such an attitude will inevitably lead to dead ordinary citizens. (I almost wrote “civilians” but of course the officers are civilians too.)

    Their job, however, should be to interject themselves between danger and ordinary people, not to endanger people by protecting themselves. That is the entire rationale for having a police organization. Once that rationale is abandoned (which it has been), support for the police will rightly disappear among those who realize that fact.

    And civil society will further disintegrate. See the Baltimore effect.

    • Replies: @restless94110
  18. anarchyst says:

    Here is a guest article that deserves the light of day:

    No One Cares If You Go Home Safe At The End Of Your Shift
    Jan 02, 201812:50AM
    Category: Politics
    Posted by: Michael Z. Williamson


    Here at the house, I have a couple of decades plus of military experience. I have tools to dig in or out of natural disasters. I have extinguishers and hoses. I have a field trauma kit and bandages. I have weapons both melee and firearm. I know how to use them. I know how to trench, support and revet. I understand the fire triangle and appropriate approaches. I understand breathing, bleeding and shock. I know how to detain, restrain and control. I have done all of these at least occasionally, professionally. I’ve stood on top of a collapsing levee in a flood. I’ve fought a structure fire from inside so we could get everyone out before the fire department showed up, which only took two minutes, but people can die that fast. I’ve had structures collapse while I was working on them. I’ve been in an aircraft that had a “mechanical” on approach and had to be repaired in-flight before landing. I’ve helped control a brush fire. I’ve hauled disabled vehicles out of ditches in sub-zero weather.

    My ex wife has over a decade of service and some of the same training.

    We have trained our young adult children.

    My wife is a rancher who knows her way around a shotgun, livestock, sutures and tools, hurricanes and floods, and works in investigations professionally.

    Our current house guest is another veteran.

    This means if anything happens at the house, and last year we had a lightning strike, a tornado and a flood within 10 days’ we’re pretty well prepared.

    Now, we’re probably better off than 95% of the households out there. The level of disaster that necessitates backup varies.

    If we find it necessary to call 911, it means the party is in progress and it’s bad.

    You will probably not be going home safe at the end of your shift.

    And you know what? If it gets to that point, I really don’t give a shit. I don’t give a shit if you get smoked. I don’t give a shit if you fall under a tree. I don’t give a shit if you get shot at.

    Because at that point, I’ve done everything I can with that same circumstance, and run out of resources.

    If my concern was “you going home safe,” then I’d just fucking hunker down and die. Because I wouldn’t want that poor responder to endanger himself.

    Except, that’s what I pay taxes for, and that’s what you signed up for. Just like I signed up to walk into a potential nuke war in Germany and hold off the Soviets, and did walk into the Middle East and prepare to take fire while keeping expensive equipment functioning so our shooters could keep shooting.

    There’s not a single set of orders I got that said my primary job was to “Come home safe.” They said it was to “support the mission” or “complete the objective.” Coming home safe was the ideal outcome, but entirely secondary to “supporting” or “completing.” Nor, once that started, did I get a choice to quit. Once in, all in.

    When that 80 year old lady smells smoke or hears a noise outside her first floor bedroom in the ghetto, she doesn’t care if you go home safe, either. She’s afraid she or the kids next door won’t wake up in the morning.

    If I call, I expect your ass to show up, sober, trained, professional. I expect you to wade in with me or in place of me, and drag a child out of a hole, or out from a burning room, or actually stand up and block bullets from hitting said child, because by the time you get there, I’ll have already done all that. And there will be field dressings, chainsawed trees, buckets and empty brass scattered about.

    I don’t want to hear some drunk and confused guy squirming on the ground playing “Simon Says” terrified you so much you had to blow him away. I don’t want to hear that some random guy 35 yards away who you had no actual information on , may have reached toward his waist band. Or that “the tree might fall any moment” or that “the smoke makes it hard to see.”

    Near as I can tell, I don’t hear the smokejumpers, or the firefighters, or the disaster rescue people say such things.

    But it’s all I ever hear from the cops. If you and your five girlfriends in body armor, with rifles, are that terrified of actually risking your life for the theoretically dangerous job you volunteered for and can quit any time, then please do quit.

    You can get a job doing pest control and go home safe every night.

    Until a bunch of fucking pussies with big tattoos, small dicks, body armor and guns blow you away for minding your own business.

    Because what you’re telling me with that statement is, your only concern is cashing a check. That’s fine. But if that’s your concern, don’t pretend you’re serving the public. If you wanted to help people at risk of life, you would be a firefighter, running into buildings, dragging people out, getting scorched regularly.

    If you’re cool with writing tickets, then there’s jobs where you can do just that.

    If you want to tangle with bad guys and blow them away, fair enough. But understand: That means they get to shoot first to prove their intent, just as happens with the military these days. Our ROE these days are usually “only if fired upon and no civilians are at risk.”

    If your plan is “shoot first, shoot later, shoot some more, then if anyone is still alive try to ask questions,” and bleat, “But I was afeard fer mah lahf!” you’re absolutely no better than the thugs you claim to oppose. All you are is another combatant in a turf war I don’t care about.

    Since I know your primary concern is “being safe,” then I’ll do you the favor of not calling. Cash your welfare check, and try not to shoot me at a “courtesy” sobriety checkpoint for “twitching my eye “in a way that suggested range estimation.

    If you’re one of the vanishingly few cops who isn’t like that, then what the hell are you doing about it? If there’s going to be a lawsuit costing the city millions, isn’t it better that it be a labor suit from the union over the clown you fired, than a wrongful death suit over the poor bastard the clown shot? Both are expensive, but one has a dead victim you enabled. So how much do you actually care about that life?

    How is the training so bad that it’s not clear who is the scene commander who gives the orders?

    How is it that trigger happy bozos who, out of costume, look no different from the gangbangers you claim to oppose, get sent up front to fulfill their wish of hosing someone down because “I was afraid for my life!”?

    Why does the rot exist in your department?

    If you can’t do anything about it, why are you still in that department?

    At some point, collective guilt is a thing.

    You’ve probably not been a good cop for a long time.

    And I still don’t care if you go home safe. I care that everyone you purport to “serve and protect” goes home safe.

  19. anonymous[128] • Disclaimer says:

    Several of the comments in this thread (animalogic, anarchyst, RoatanBill, donald j tingle) are much better than the article.

    Again, why has Mr. Rall been added to the columnist roster?

  20. @Malik Tous

    Any person would point a gun? People would leave their front doors open at 4 in the morning? A cop on your properrty is a danger?

    Now tell me again: who is the moron?

  21. @donald j tingle

    No, unfortunately you missed the point.

    Don’t leave your front door open at 4 in the morning. Don’t grab your gun and point it.

    The cop was doing his job. He had no fucking idea if ordinary people were inside or if thugs were inside. His job was to protect ordinary people, not gun-toting thugs.

    The Baltimore effect is when fools tote guns and point them at cops trying to protect them. It’s called stupidity.

    And–be real–how often do you leave your front door open all night? I’m gonna bet the answer is: never.

    Meaning it was very very very very weird. And the police were investigating the very very very very weird open door in the middle of the night thing that the woman’s own black neighbor had thought was so very very very weird and concerning that he called the fucking cops about it.

    Wake up. Again, before you say another word, tell us how many times in the last 20 years you have left your front door open all night.

  22. My dear God, not the “anti-vet” stuff again! I remember the same propaganda after the Vietnam War.
    The actual combat veterans tend to be quite safe to be around, perhaps unusually personable, and not at all anxious to start up anything that looks like combat.

    Reliance of police on firepower is a cardinal mistake, of course — that much you have down. Blaming that reliance on firepower on the military is quite a stretch, however. I’d say that it’s the result of police transformation from a peace force — tasked with maintaining civil peace and order — to a regime protection force — tasked with keeping the existing political establishment in power by doing whatever it is told (e.g. tolerating Antifa, which breaks civil peace).

    So my evaluation of the article is: morally reprehensible propaganda. Mr Ted Rall has put a blot on his reputation.


    • Replies: @anarchyst
  23. There was a case some years back where an applicant for a job as a police officer went to court because his application had been rejected on the grounds that he had done too well on their tests. The court upheld the police department’s decision to reject him on that basis. One of the first things that should be done is to repeal that precedent and make it illegal for police departments to reject applicants on the grounds that they’re too intelligent to be cops. If you only hire stupid people, what you get is a stupid police force. There’s no such thing as being too smart to be a cop.

    Come to think of it, I’d also suggest an IQ test for judges, as some of them seem to be too stupid to sit on the bench.

  24. anarchyst: “Witness Daniel Shaver, the unfortunate man who was murdered by police officer Daniel Brailsford for his inability to crawl with his hands behind his back.
    Brailsford was never charged with murder …”

    Wrong in a couple of details. His name was Phillip Brailsford, and he was charged with second degree murder, but he was acquitted. Whether the jury was allowed to see the footage of Shaver’s murder isn’t clear, but here is a link to the video:

    From the video, it’s obvious that Brailsford is a sadistic coward, a personality type not at all uncommon among police. He’s now retired and living large on the taxpayer’s dime. From wiki:

    In August 2018, Brailsford was reinstated by the Mesa Police Department, staying for a further 42 days in what the department described as a “budget position”. The department agreed to reimburse Brailsford for medical expenses related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Brailsford’s lawyer has said that Brailsford suffered PTSD due to his shooting of Shaver and the resultant criminal trial. The reinstatement allowed Brailsford to apply for “accidental disability” suffered during the course of work. As a result, Brailsford was unanimously approved to be retired on medical grounds. Brailsford was also given a pension of $2,500 per month. The fact that Brailsford was ultimately medically retired instead of remaining fired was only revealed to the public in July 2019.[4][5][32]

  25. anarchyst says:
    @Dr. Robert Morgan

    You are correct. Daniel Shaver was the unfortunate individual who was murdered by Philip Brailsford.
    I must have had a “brain fart” when I transposed the two names.
    Brailsford was charged and acquitted, but you can bet that uniformed police officers “stacked” the courtroom in order to sway the jury.
    Thanks for the corrections.

  26. anarchyst says:

    In fact, the American military operates under very restrictive “rules of engagement”, unlike American “law enforcement” which operates under NO “rules of engagement”. “I feahed fo mah life” is enough to exonerate criminal cops.

  27. @Roid Rangers

    ” I’ve been to places where they would wet their pants”

    And I’ve been to places where you would wet your pants.

    You big mouth leftist fools are almost impossible to stomach anymore, and so you best realize this one point : We (the non-leftists) and you are enemies now and things will get worse before they get better.

    I will never deny the reality of bad apples, however some of the finest folks I have ever encountered were in fact engaged in police work with heart and soul.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained US army vet, pro jazz performer and native Detroiter.

  28. The REAL problem with police is ECONOMIC. Government-run security is a PURE SOCIALIST enterprise. Its workers are administered by central planning committees NOT the consumers of their ‘service’. In fact police embody the MARXIST ideal privileging the worker over both the customer and the ‘business owner’. In sharp contrast to government-run security, private enterprise security’s fundamental concern is it’s customers wellbeing rather than its own: While the mantra of government security workers is to go home after their ‘shift’, the mantra of private security is ‘we don’t go home until our customers get safely home’.

    Perhaps even more fundamental is the feedback loop only possible in the free society, under a functioning market-based system in which customers can constantly monitor their service providers, signing up the best and canceling contracts with the bad. In this way customers can force private security services to, and do no more than to, safeguard their individual rights and property rights. Private security is made to focus on and is guided by this fundamental concern.

    Now suppose a new security service was launched, proposing as its centerpiece, to spy on its customers, to bug their phones, steal their email, and dispatch ‘informants’ amongst them for the purpose of conducting surveillance to identify those customers purchasing or selling a certain set of drugs the security service intended to forbid. Moreover suppose this security service proposed to conduct armed home invasions against those customers its surveillance operations had fingered: ‘Part of your service agreement instructs us to smash down your door at 4 in the morning, shoot your dogs, and tie you up while we trash your house searching for drugs not on our approved list’. No customer would EVER enter into such an agreement with a security service provider.

    It is only where security is provisioned in a free market, where it is ultimately entirely under the direct control of its consumers, that it will ever function to safeguard the person and property of its consumers. It’s pointless to talk about reforming police departments. Socialism – in whatever form and operating in whatever industry or capacity, is inherently bad, just as the endpoint toward which it tends is far worse.

    • Agree: RoatanBill
  29. Terrym says:

    Common culture cures all this
    Diversity is code for dividing the population.

  30. @anarchyst

    You just wrote the legislation that needs to be put into effect
    on a Federal level and in every State, County, and Municipality
    in the country and all our territories if not also included on military
    installations here and around the world.

    And done IMMEDIATELY!

  31. @Dr. Robert Morgan

    I saw that awful video back when it was first making the rounds. Can’t watch it again. That the cop was acquitted is as mind boggling as the cold-blooded murder itself. Why wasn’t there a national outrage? Victim was white, that’s why. Can’t derail the narrative after all.

    If a cop is THAT scared, he chose the wrong profession. But of course guys like choose coppery so they’ll have a license to harass, violate, and kill.

  32. Blacks are 2 1/2 times more likely to be shot to death by police officers than whites are. Many victims were unarmed.

    So what? Black males are 6.5% of the population yet responsible for 50% of murders.

  33. Gleimhart Mantooso: “That the cop was acquitted is as mind boggling as the cold-blooded murder itself.”

    Yes it is. Of course, he was only a white man, and not one of the truly valuable Americans like Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown, so it stands to reason that there was no outrage. Whites generally revere police and think they can do no wrong. I’d be prepared to wager big money that the jury consisted mainly of whites, too. The low number of comments on this article show that the locals here have nothing much to say to someone who doesn’t share their worshipful attitude towards authority. This follows from their “conservative” orientation. The irony is that a majority of unz commenters seem to be white, but they support the enforcers of the status quo, even though the system they are supporting has turned decidedly anti-white. This is true of many of the columnists too. Paul Kersey is a particularly egregious example. The pro-law-and-order stance of the brain-dead right is a large part of the reason it never makes any headway.

    I agree with the sentiment behind the article, and anarchyst’s and some other’s remarks regarding what to do about this sort of thing, but I think there’s little chance of such reforms being enacted. It would no doubt be complained, and correctly so, that the suggested reforms would impair police “efficiency”, and make the status quo insupportable, limiting government to the point of anarchy. Whites are too comfortable, too well-adjusted to technological slavery, to want to do that. In some of them there is still a faint and rapidly diminishing nostalgia for freedom, but it’s not enough to overcome their laziness. Add to this the fact that the technological civilization that is the white man’s signal achievement, and of which he is very proud, has bred a conformity and a passivity into him, and it’s hard to see him getting unduly exercised about the occasional cold-blooded murder perpetrated by police. He’s quite prepared to chalk it up to a cost of doing business, “a few bad apples”, etc. Put in historical perspective, it would be hard to deny that the trend in technological civilization since the Industrial Revolution has been ever more in the direction of totalitarianism. But people simply don’t care what the price of it all is. They’re prepared to pay it, regardless.

  34. The first thing that cops need to learn is that they are Public servants, but that is what seemingly damn near everyone that works within a government office has need to learn today.
    Cops are “civilians” and when they call others civilians they mean it to be a disrespectful and derogatory remark.
    A recent development within Police is their addition of a Blue Stripe to the American Flag,; In the US there are very few “Officialy recognized Flags, Admiralty ( gold fringed, American Flag, Various not considered flags but Badges of Federal, State and military Units.
    States have designated Flags for National Guard and.State malitias.
    Nowhere is their in Federal Registry an officially recognized American Flag with an additional Blue Stripe upon it.
    State and municipal Police may be granted a Sanctioned Banner but those banners mean nothing nor sanctioned outside of cities or States boundarys.
    Today we have not Rules but Laws as to what Constitutes Flags, how and when they will be displayed, destroyed and they contain specifics as to what desecration of a flag entails.
    Author is quite right in pointing out dangers of hiring ex military, especially ex combat vets and their statsv ar e darn close to those given out by Department of Justice.
    Mention close as most DON rules are not of mandatory nature and Vmail even their quarterly figures are way behind actual figures.
    One problem being is that they cannot use figures due to ongoing cases and way to many Departments and precincts have backlogs of cases up to 5 years previous to current date, awaiting judgements.
    You want alarming stats, cops shoot and kill more unarmed Americans yearly than have been killed in total of last 10 years by so called mass killer shootings.
    By DON figures, remember reporting is not mandatory, police shoot between 50 t0 75 family’s pet dogs daily, and of those shooting a cmnchild of under 12 years of age was in direct line of fire.
    There are over 30,000 Swat Team forcible entries in t Americans homes and in some year up to 15% were done for non criminal but misdemeanor violations.
    Cops are by far , leaving out our thoroughly corrupt lower Courts helping hands, greatest violators of Americans Civil Right, violations they do not pay for and over 90% do not even recieve a reprimand and if they do it remains locked in Job review folders of which most departments erase case in 5 years.
    Their violations cause a huge debt load upon publics tax base that nationally is over 125 millions reportable payouts through court judgements.
    Untold hundreds millions more are paid out but have closed, sealed, gag order contracts.
    Sadly the militarization have given our cops the same powers and mental attitudes as those of our usage by our occupational forces in foreign combat zones.
    The police got out of hand by a public, especially public employees who act as if in private employ and not on or in public owned buildings.
    They claim city ownsbproperty and even call cops when 1st Amendment Auditors point out it is a Constitutional Right to film in public places.
    How do cops and officious public employees and people suffering from small or no penis complx, they file a Suspicious Persons report to Homeland Security, a form that has over 10 millions of peoples who have unknowingly ,listing is secret, had names added to that list.
    To those who suffer from the complexes mentioned above here is something they may not know. “Their names are also included on that listing”,.not as suspicious but if it comes up too often it is.

  35. Massad Ayoob taught that in high stress situations, police commands should be kept simple. Langford’s game of deadly Simon Says was ridiculous and unprofessional. His follower Brailsford was following every word to the letter, like a son who’d been kicked around too much by his overly strict father.

    Brailsford wears the blank expression of an immature boy, who doesn’t comprehend that he could be following a superior’s directives and still be in the wrong. His upbringing is probably to blame.

    If Philip Brailsford collects a PTSD pension for the next 50 years, he will get $1.5 million dollars. Constantly having to justify his unearned welfare, he may never mature into a man.

  36. “Police have shot and killed 717 people so far this year. Blacks are 2 1/2 times more likely to be shot to death by police officers than whites are. ”

    And the majority of those shot are white.

  37. No one is safe while thin blue isis roams the streets…


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