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The Growing Police Abuse Problem

January 12, 2015
By John K Rooney
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Following the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, the communists established a state secret police force called the Cheka. This brutal gang of thugs became the enforcers of the regime and brought misery to the multitudes through mass executions, food confiscation, imprisonment and torture in various, creative forms.  5 million peasants starved to death as a result of Cheka police who were zealous in “following orders.”  The Marxist-Leninist leaders actively recruited hard core felons and hired them to run their law enforcement operations.  History shows, as a state becomes more fully collectivized, the police become the dominant criminals in society, backed by kangaroo courts, whereas the innocent are oppressed and condemned.  One might consider watching a video on You Tube called the Bloody History of Communism, documenting the methods of the far left.  All totalitarian systems employ devilish police policies including the use of false accusations and torture to trample human rights, as the US (CIA) has done overseas through our extraordinary rendition programs.
What we are witnessing in America is the gradual flipping of our police from a force for good, to a force for evil.  We are not in Mayberry any longer.  As collectivism (socialism-fascism-fabianism) establishes itself, greater manifestations of un-American activities unfold.  There are, however, many good officers still among the police ranks, but I fear their numbers are shrinking as each day seems to bring more examples of brutality, abuse and outright murder by cops.  One huge problem is that cops rarely “go against” other cops, even in clear cases of wrongdoing and this is only worsening the problem.  Adding to that, judges also tend to almost always support unlawful police actions whether it be false charges, brutality, false arrest or false testimony by cops.  It is no wonder there seems to be an us against them mentality regarding law enforcement.  I can tell you of numerous, ridiculous examples such as the arrest, beating and prosecution of Devin Thomas in Petersburg, who peacefully took video from a distance of a local arrest.  Devin’s video captures the aggression and violence, eventually directed toward him, leading to a concussion and hospital visit, yet it is Devin who is being charged for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.  It is remarkable that Colonial Heights has taken the case and I suspect some prosecutor of questionable conscience is planning to throw the book at the young, black man.
Emanuel Artis, was arrested at the Petersburg Police Station parking lot while attempting to file a complaint form related to police abuse of power.  They would not allow him to file the complaint.  He was prosecuted and convicted of trespassing. Since Artis could not pay his $3000+ fines, he lost his driver’s license and way to make an income.  Recently, the appeals court reversed the decision to not-guilty.  Violations of citizens’ Constitutional rights are commonplace throughout Virginia, but especially throughout the poor black, urban areas, where an officer’s oath of office is often ignored.  In spite of this, police abuse is becoming a serious issue among all Americans. These examples are just the tip of the iceberg, in which hundreds of incidents in the Tri-Cities never see the light of day.
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It is now perceived by an increasing percentage of people that a police officer can murder a resident and get away with it.  Sadly, I believe in a majority of such cases, this is true.  Before you get all worked up, I’d like to say that I think the Michael Brown case was different because video evidence shows Brown to be in the act of a violent crime just prior to his killing in Ferguson.  Other evidence seemed to be in favor of the policeman, but perhaps he could have called for backup and used a taser instead.  There are countless other examples better suited for protest such as the choking death of Eric Garner in New York or the slaying of the child with a pellet gun.
In almost every such case, the officer is not indicted.  All the officer would have to do is convince the prosecutor or grand jury that he thought the victim had a weapon or that he was in danger.  What if the same policy was applied to regular citizens who gun down people? Clearly, there is a big problem with the justice system and why is that a radical assumption? The cops and courts are on the same team!  A recent Washington Post poll showed an overwhelming consensus of 87% who preferred independent, outside prosecutors to handle cases where cops kill unarmed citizens.  This is part of the solution.
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At the heart of the problem is a moral issue.  Most Americans cannot tell right from wrong as they once did, nor do they care unless it affects them.  “Thou shall not kill,” to many, does not have real meaning anymore.  Some officers are more inclined to kill, rather than to stop and subdue suspects.  Steroid heads and power-tripping cops demand respect, and they occasionally assault the very people they are hired to protect, if they feel disrespected.  It happens every day and it is pathological. The oath of office is just a joke to unprofessional police, but be assured, God heard that oath.  He will judge righteously against thugs with badges and those abusing their power, including prosecutors and judges who falsely condemn the innocent and justify the wicked.
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What are our solutions?  In addition to the use of independent prosecutors, the use of body cams for police might be considered, but there are privacy concerns. A 2012 study by the Institute of Criminology found that there was a 50% reduction in the use of force by police who used body cams.  This implies that twice as much force is being used as is necessary or legal.  Obviously, federal funding for cams would be unconstitutional and discouraged.
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Where there is evidence, more officers who may have committed felonies should be indicted, for indictment only means it goes to trial. I’d like to add that in civil cases, the measly judgements dished out to the abused needs to be MUCH higher. Communities don’t care if a $20,000 settlement is rendered, nor do attorneys.  Bloodsucking lawyers may not care about your rights or freedom, they care about money, and they want to be paid for going “against the system.”  Judgements well into the 6-7 digits get their attention for contingency cases.  Council members care if $2 million goes to a victim of abuse, rather than into another self-gratifying edifice.  Overlook the unpolished personality or youth of the victim, the monetary punishment must deal pain to those who abuse power and permit it, or the abuses will continue.
 
We must reverse the tyranny of socialism in all its forms including the militarization of law enforcement.  Raw power streams down from a collectivist system like no other and police are directly affected by it.  Training on the Constitution is needed for LEOs and sheriffs.  They take that mandatory oath partly because it is in their power to nullify unconstitutional laws and orders that are destructive to our precious liberties.  Corrupt police chiefs should be fired and rouge cops prosecuted.  Whistleblowers should be protected from retribution because they are instruments of justice.  Unfortunately, most good LEOs are persecuted when they stand with the public against the crimes of their brothers.  Not a few have been purposely left in life-threatening situations without backup.
 
It is also my concern that as police abuse increases, victimized people seeking justice, will take matters in their own hands.  A breakdown in law and order may invite federal intervention, and we certainly do not want that.  Leaders need to start caring about this issue because it is not going away. Pray that we return back to good morals and integrity. Corrupt judges and prosecutors should be ousted.  Call the city manager and get involved with VACOPBLOCK on the Internet.  A further warning; I suspect the globalists want to drive a wedge between the police and the public in order to bring about a federal take over of law enforcement, thus eliminating another check and balance against tyranny.
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