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Police Are More Dangerous To The Public Than Are Criminals

Paul Craig Roberts
Institute for Political Economy
September 17th, 2013
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The worse threat every American faces comes from his/her own government.

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

The criminal psychopaths in Washington have squandered trillions of dollars on their wars, killing and dispossessing millions of Muslims while millions of American citizens have been dispossessed of their homes and careers. Now the entire social safety net is on the chopping bloc so that Washington can finance more wars.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unaccountable power, which the police have, always attracts psychopaths. You are lucky if you only get bullies, but mainly police forces attract people who enjoy hurting people and tyrannizing them. To inflict harm on the public is why psychopaths join police forces.

Calling the police is a risky thing to do. Often it is the person who calls for help or some innocent person who ends up brutalized or murdered by the police. For example, on September 15 CNN reported a case of a young man who wrecked his car and went to a nearby house for help. The woman, made paranoid by the “war on crime,” imagined that she was in danger and called police. When the police arrived, the young man ran up to them, and the police shot him dead. http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/15/justice/north-carolina-police-shooting/

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

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

Just try to find a prosecutor who gives a hoot about the innocence or guilt of the accused who is in his clutches. All the prosecutor cares about is his conviction rate. The higher his conviction rate, the greater his success even if every person convicted is innocent. The higher his conviction rate, the more likely he can run for public office.

Many prosecutors, such as Rudy Giuliani, target well known people so that they can gain name recognition via the names of their victims.

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

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

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

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

The facts seem to support the case that police in the US commit more crimes and acts of violence against the public than do the criminals who do not wear badges. According to the FBI crime Statistics http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2010/crime-in-the-u.s.-2010/summary in 2010 there were 1,246,248 violent crimes committed by people without police badges. Keep in mind that the definition of violent crime can be an expansive definition. For example, simply to push someone is considered assault. If two people come to blows in an argument, both have committed assault. However, even with this expansive definition of violent crimes, police assaults are both more numerous and more dangerous, as it is usually a half dozen overweight goon thugs beating and tasering one person.

Reports of police brutality are commonplace, but hardly anything is ever done about them. For example, on September 10, AlterNet reported that Houston, Texas, police routinely beat and murder local citizens. http://www.alternet.org/investigations/cops-are-beating-unarmed-suspect-nearly-every-day-houston?akid=10911.81835.yRJa7d&rd=1&src=newsletter894783&t=9&paging=off

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

The Wall Street Journal, being an establishment newspaper, has to put it as nicely as possible. The bald fact is that today’s cop in body armor with assault weapons, grenades, and tanks is not there to make arrests of suspected criminals. He is there in anticipation of protests to beat down the public for exercising constitutional rights.

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

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

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

I can remember when the police were different. If there was a fight, the police broke it up. If it was a case of people coming to blows over a dispute, charges were not filed. If it was a clear case of assault, unless it was brutal or done with use of a weapon, the police usually left it up to the victim to file charges.

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

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

Each step of the way accountability was removed in order to more easily apprehend criminals and drug dealers. The “war on terror” was another step, resulting in the militarization of the police.

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

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

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

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

What we observed in the police response to the Boston Marathon bombing suggests that the situation is irretrievable. One of the country’s largest cities and its suburbs–100 square miles–was tightly locked down with no one permitted to leave their homes, while 10,000 heavily armed police, essentially combat soldiers armed with tanks, forced their way into people’s homes, ordering them out at gunpoint. The excuse given for this unprecedented gestapo police action was a search for one wounded 19-year old kid.

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

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Contributed by Paul Craig Roberts of Institute for Political Economy.

About Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Visit his web site at the Institute for Political Economy.

This article has been posted with permission from Dr. Paul Craig Roberts.

Copyright Paul Craig Roberts 2012.

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  • Frank

    That’s the truth! I am more concerned with being assaulted by a cop for forgetting to put on my seat belt (or some other similarly rediculous BS) than I am of any criminal. The criminals aren’t usually trained to kill and don’t operate in packs who have no one to worry about showing up and stopping them. Cops are armed to the teeth and wear ballistic armor… criminals usually aren’t. Criminals don’t usually want to kill people, as they mainly just want monetary gain. Cops shoot first and ask questions later and have no accountability for doing so, and many in fact enjoy doing just that. Criminals can’t send you to prison just because they don’t like you. Cops can.

    For any cops who read this: You’d better hope things NEVER fall apart and you always have a massive government to support you, because the day you don’t… well, the people know where you jerks live, and you won’t like being on the other end of brutality… if you survive it. Karma is a bitch.

  • Copsuck

    I hate cops. They have never done one thing for me or mine, ever. I have been violated for shit so minor that millions of folks do it daily. Cops have become more danerous to us than the criminals they say they protect us from. Fucking ticket bitches is all they are. They enfArce laws that serve no public function other than to extort money. They almost never stop a crime and if they chance upon something in progress they usually do more harm than good. Garbage men do more good than a cop at a crime scene.

    Cops can fuck off and die. They are the biggest dirtbag punks I have ever met. I hear all the time that there are good ones out there….bullshit… they honor the brotherhood of terrorists everytime they do nothing. This means they are BAD cops just like the rest.

  • johndoe

    It is not the duty of the police to protect you. Their job is to protect the Corporation and arrest code breakers. —– — Sapp v. Tallahasee, 348 So. 2nd. 363, Reiff v. City of Philadelphia, 477 F.Supp. 1262, Lynch v. N.C. Dept of Justice 376 S.E. 2nd. 247.

  • nc joe

    So, let’s just disband all law enforcement agencies. I am sure all will be peachy keen then,

    • uhhhWHAT?

      nc joe is an admitted pussy.

      What are you afraid of? Not man enough to defend your family? Not brave enough to stand with your fellow citizens against the thugs? You require terrorists to defend you and yours? You hide behind the polices skirt?

      People like you who support your own supression are what is ruining this country. You fail to stand for what is right EVEN if you suffer for that stand. THAT is chickenshit and evidently so are you.

  • Nexus789

    I worked in the US for a while recently.

    I grew up in the UK and live in Australia.

    I found the general disposition of the police in the US to be totally different. Very aggressive in attitude, what they wear, etc.

  • Sir

    Ever since Mrs.Obama became proud to be an American, when her dictator husband became president, I have become unproud of America and unproud to be an American.

    • uhhhWHAT?

      This thread has nothing to do with Ovomit or his whore. If you cant even stay on topic, how the hell will you even manage to stay alive when SHTF.

      Police are sanctioned evil. We have allowed the legal system to be ‘For Profit’ and that has corrupted the entire thing. Its not about right or wrong anymore. Its only about the money and a thin veneer of justice to lul the sheeple into compliance. The police are a natural extension of that and have been given free reign to do as they please with that same thin veneer of ‘protect and serve’ thrown in.

  • Iraqvet

    This article is total garbage.

    • tayronachan

      @Iraqvet, Please elaborate, thanks. I see that at one time the police were “peace keepers”, now ‘a days they seem to be “law enforcement”. Enforcing the thousands of laws and regulations on the books. jmho

      • Frank

        They don’t even enforce what’s on the books. They can honestly just make something up and blanketly apply it to ANY situation. Case in point: Obstruction. They can arrest you for this on a whim, and rarely do people get any recourse to fight it. Another C.I.P.: Civil Forfeiture. This is the result of our “War on Everything” mentality of law. They can legally take ANYTHING you own, claim it *might* have been involved in drug trade in some way, and you have to prove in court you are innocent of the crime EVEN IF YOU ARE NEVER FORMALLY CHARGED WITH ANY CRIME WHATSOEVER! So, say you get stopped by one of these nitwits, he demands you get out of the car, empties your pockets and searches the car (because he “smelled marijuana”, of course… lying is just part of the job), and finds you have $3000 in cash you were going to purchase a used truck with and a nice pistol you carry to defend yourself from criminals without badges… he can take the money and the gun and your car and everything in it, say you were smuggling 5 tons of heroin in your ass, but he couldn’t find it and is still “sure it is associated with the sale of drugs”…. because he says so. You now have to get a lawyer and

        • Frank

          then pay more in legal fees and costs than any of that stuff is worth to prove you were innocent and get your stuff back…most people don’t have the resources to do that, so they are basically forced to accept that a police nazi legally robbed them and will never get in trouble for doing so. You can damn sure bet they will remember that criminal cop’s name and face though, and likely their address too. They act like impervious supermen, but they have to sleep sometime… and their families will be victimized also because of their beligerant abuse of people they were supposed to help. Don’t be surprised, piggies, when bullets, buckshot, and slugs come blowing through the windows and walls while you sleep in that nice bed in that nice house you paid for by theft, brutality, extortion, and intimidation. People already know you don’t care about them, so it should be easy to understand with your arrogant little pea brains that people have very good reason to consider you a threat, and dispose of you accordingly.

  • Jay

    THANK GOD! I’m not a halucinating deluded mongoloid after all.. I thought I was the only one noticing this and progressively getting dumbfounded at the deafening collective silence of the masses..of course except for those occasional aggregious instances where they are filmed.

    I’ve said for the past decade..screw the crooks, I’ve no fear of them whatsoever, but the cops..without exaggerating things too far, if ever I see an irate or angry one I wholly believe someones life and limb are in danger.. It’s not only the fear of arrest anymore, its fear of the most godlessly brutal beatdown few have the imagination to conjur that one can be subject to..and woe is you if you dont simply take it all.. any deflection, evasion or defensive action can cost you your life..and it’s all to the point of ‘departmental standard operating procedure’.

    Now..America and the world knows for absolute sure that the minorities were not making things up or exaggerating it or else..”but you didnt see the whole video to put it in context” bull.

    Now…What to do about it? The militarization marches on, the work to erase, surpress or else lessen the relavence of the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 8th amendments continues.

  • Dee

    That article is a well written article by a deranged malcontent who probably got a parking ticket he thinks he didn’t deserve…..as far as the rest of you keyboard cowboy tough guys……you all make me laugh! You all so so pitiful!! I’ll bet you can tear them up in Call Of Duty or Grand Theft Auto or whatever other delusional video games you play where you are the baddest of the bad asses. You schumcks are pitiable, laughable and generally out of touch with reality…….Go back to your keyboards and joysticks and leave the real life to people who can handle it……..The Law Enforcement professionals…….yes, they will protect even your sorry, profane, sad asses. So long, keyboard cowboys!!!

    • Jay

      COP!

    • Frank

      Keyboard cowboy? You must be a member of the bacon brigade… Assumptions like that are a part of the superiority complex necessary to be a sociopathic member of the Gestapo. You aren’t nearly as badass as you have been brainwashed to think you are. The only reason cops don’t get their asses handed to themselves daily is that they have the backing of this corrupt government, it’s funding and equipment, and the sanctioned street gang it created. Armed with various munitions, ballistic armor, and communications gear most people don’t have that enables them to assemble more force in an area faster than anyone else makes them feel impervious. We know that when cops gang up on someone, no one is going to show up and save us from the cops. Regular people don’t have that luxury, so the prospects of fighting back are grim, even if we know you cops are frequently corrupt assholes who will make up crimes to justify your juvenile bullying and brutality. If you take away your street gang of like minded asshats with itchy trigger fingers, you are more vunerable than most people, because we KNOW you are a threat and can see it coming… you won’t. Cops also seem to have this silly notion they are better fighters and know more about combat tactics, thinking this gives them superiority in all situations… sorry to burst that bubble, but some of us “keyboard cowboys” have been in real combat where everyone really was trying to kill us, unlike cops who fantasize that’s what they deal with everyday. It isn’t, and you are in for a rude awakening the day that there is no government protecting you if you think you work in a war zone now… cops won’t last a week when SHTF. Public enemy #1… good luck.

      • inopungbish

        @Frank, there is no need to engage the likes of Jay. He is a typical tough guy wannabe, aka Cop. The irony of it all is that they all scream like little biatches when it is their time. Just search for videos of cops being attacked by criminals. They all sound like my niece when you take away her doll. Absolutely pathetic. I don’t know what your beliefs are, but I am absolutely certain that Karma is a bitch and they will get what’s due them.

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