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Why Have Police In America Turned Into Such Ruthless Thugs?

Michael Snyder
The American Dream
August 9th, 2013
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Once upon a time, the police were one of the most respected institutions in America, but now most Americans fear them.  Almost every single day there are multiple stories of police brutality or misconduct that make the national news.  Just this week, there have been stories about police killing a baby deer at an animal shelter, about police killing a 95-year-old World War II veteran in a retirement home, and about police using legal technicalities to “legally” steal massive amounts of money from innocent citizens.  Why are police acting like this?  Why have police in America turned into such ruthless thugs?  In the case of the baby deer that was killed, 13 armed agents stormed the animal shelter up in Wisconsin where it was being cared for.  Is this really the kind of country that we want our children to grow up in?  A country where Bambi is hunted down by armed thugs working for the government?  Sadly, the story about that deer is not an isolated incident.  The truth is that police all over the country kill animals every single day.  In fact, police in Chicago have shot 488 animals since 2008.  No wonder people are so afraid to have the police come to their homes.

Increasingly, police departments all over the United States are being transformed into military-style units.  These days, even very minor violations of the law can result in a SWAT team raid.  The following is from a recent article by John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute

Consider that in 1980, there were roughly 3,000 SWAT team-style raids in the US. By 2001, that number had grown to 45,000 and has since swelled to more than 80,000 SWAT team raids per year. On an average day in America, over 100 Americans have their homes raided by SWAT teams. In fact, there are few communities without a SWAT team on their police force today. In 1984, 25.6 percent of towns with populations between 25,000 and 50,000 people had a SWAT team. That number rose to 80 percent by 2005.

But it is not just local police departments that are being militarized.  This is happening on the federal level as well.  In fact, according to Whitehead even the Department of Education and NASA now have their own SWAT teams…

When it comes to SWAT-style tactics being used in routine policing, the federal government is one of the largest offenders, with multiple agencies touting their own SWAT teams, including the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Consumer Product Safety Commission, NASA, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the US National Park Service, and the FDA.

What in the world does NASA need a SWAT team for?

The police culture in America has fundamentally changed.  In the old days, most police officers were extremely helpful and would give you directions or help you get your cat out of a tree.

But if you stop and ask a police officer for help today, you will be lucky if all you get is some dirty language.  These days, police all over the nation are actually being trained to bark orders at you and to respond to the least bit of resistance with overwhelming force.

The results of this kind of training can often be extremely tragic.  Just the other day, a 95-year-old World War II veteran living in a retirement home near Chicago was murdered by police just because he did not want to undergo high-risk surgery…

A 95-year-old man who served his country during World War II is now dead after police stormed his retirement home with riot shields, Tasered him and shot him with bean bag rounds – all because he adamantly refused to undergo high-risk surgery.

U.S. Army Air Corps veteran John Wrana, who was honorably discharged as a sergeant after he served in the India-Burma campaign, used a walker because family members said he was “wobbly” on his feet, according to the Chicago Tribune. The elderly veteran was shot down by enemy fire during the war.

On July 26, a doctor reportedly told Wrana if he survived surgery, he would likely be put on life support. The elderly man refused the operation, and paramedics attempted to involuntarily transport him for medical treatment. He was sitting in a chair, holding a cane and a shoe horn when police arrived at the Victory Centre senior living facility located just south of Chicago.

Why did the police have to act like that?

Is there any police officer out there that cannot physically handle a 95-year-old man?

That 95-year-old veteran survived fighting the Japanese, but he was not able to survive the thuggish behavior of our own police.

And most Americans don’t realize this, but when police pull you over they can take cash and property from you even if you have not done anything wrong.  It is called “civil forfeiture” and it is one of the worst things about U.S. law.  Civil forfeiture was described in a recent article by Becket Adams

Did you know that the police can confiscate items such as cash and property from people who have never been convicted of a crime?

It’s true, and it’s all because of a little-known police tactic called civil forfeiture.

A product of the so-called “war on drugs,” civil forfeiture was part of the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 passed by Congress 29 years ago. The bill gives law enforcement officials a portion of the assets seized during drug raids and similar  investigations.

The following are some examples of the abuse of civil forfeiture that were detailed in a recent article in the New Yorker

-Police took the home of an elderly couple in Philadelphia because their son allegedly sold $20 worth of marijuana on their front porch.

-Police in Virginia pulled over a speeder and took $28,500 that was intended to be used to purchase a new parcel of land for a Pentecostal church.

-One town in Texas has actually been caught threatening to take children away from innocent couples if they don’t sign over the cash that they are carrying to the police…

The county’s district attorney, a fifty-seven-year-old woman with feathered Charlie’s Angels hair named Lynda K. Russell, arrived an hour later. Russell, who moonlighted locally as a country singer, told Henderson and Boatright that they had two options. They could face felony charges for “money laundering” and “child endangerment,” in which case they would go to jail and their children would be handed over to foster care. Or they could sign over their cash to the city of Tenaha, and get back on the road. “No criminal charges shall be filed,” a waiver she drafted read, “and our children shall not be turned over to CPS,” or Child Protective Services.

“Where are we?” Boatright remembers thinking. “Is this some kind of foreign country, where they’re selling people’s kids off?” Holding her sixteen-month-old on her hip, she broke down in tears.

If you have not read the new article in the New Yorker that goes into great detail about all of this, you can find it right here.

So why are police all over America acting like this?

Well, one of the primary factors is that they are just following the example that is being set on the federal level.

The entire country is rapidly being transformed into a “Big Brother” police state, and most Americans seem to like it that way.

And with each passing year, it just gets even worse.  For example, we were originally told that the TSA would only be hassling us at our airports, but now they are everywhere.  As the New York Times recently reported, TSA “VIPR teams” are now being deployed almost everywhere there are large gatherings of people…

With little fanfare, the agency best known for airport screenings has vastly expanded its reach to sporting events, music festivals, rodeos, highway weigh stations and train terminals.

This “VIPR team” program is “growing rapidly”, and apparently these “VIPR teams” conducted 8,800 “unannounced checkpoints” last year…

The program now has a $100 million annual budget and is growing rapidly, increasing to several hundred people and 37 teams last year, up from 10 teams in 2008. T.S.A. records show that the teams ran more than 8,800 unannounced checkpoints and search operations with local law enforcement outside of airports last year, including those at the Indianapolis 500 and the Democratic and Republican national political conventions.

So where is the outrage?

A small minority of the American people have been sounding the alarm about NSA snooping and other abuses, but most Americans don’t really seem to care about these things very much.

In fact, according to a new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, 47 percent of all Americans don’t even want the media to report on secret government surveillance programs.

So not only do they not want the surveillance to stop, 47 percent of all Americans do not even want to hear anything about it on the news.

How sickening is that?

Sadly, this is not the first survey that has produced this kind of a result.  For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “19 Surveys Which Prove That A Large Chunk Of The Population Is Made Up Of Totally Clueless Sheeple“.

In the end, we will get the government that we deserve.  And according to the New York Times, at this point our government is even willing to manufacture fake terror threats in order to distract us from their surveillance activities…

Some analysts and Congressional officials suggested Friday that emphasizing a terrorist threat now was a good way to divert attention from the uproar over the N.S.A.’s data-collection programs, and that if it showed the intercepts had uncovered a possible plot, even better.

What in the world is happening to America?

Is there any hope for us?

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Contributed by Michael Snyder of The American Dream.

Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream , The Truth and Economic Collapse Blog.

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  • Pheota

    We are doomed. There is no one left doing things right to fix the wrongs. Everyone who denys that is empowering the evil because all they do is talk but never ever act. The powers in place to protect are now the corrupters. The laws designed to defend against evil have morphed into evil themselves.

    I have been told that things are not good or bad, right or wrong. I have been told that life is composed of grey areas not black or white.

    My response: Maybe society needs to gather up all the grey matter and put in back between its ears where it belongs. Some things are simple and do not have grey areas. Morality should be non-profit and punishments should fit the crime-period!

  • RickE.

    Indeed, where is the freaking outrage???
    Most people are definitely sheeple, and it’s absolutely sickening!

    This is going to become worse, as you give them an inch, and they take your life-not necessarily a mile.
    The increased aggression and militarization is being encouraged by the feds, and the police departments across the USA are lapping it right up. Just like the out of control dogs that many are!

    • Anonymous

      until NBC, ABC, and CBS start doing the job they were assigned in the First Amendment the majority of the American people will never see it coming. To busy with TMZ to be bothered with something as mundane as their personal freedom.

  • RickE.

    I sincerely hope that the thug scum that killed that 95 year old man, think about what they did for the rest of their cowardly and pathetic lives!!
    5 officers couldn’t subdue a 95 year old man and physically restrain him??

  • Max

    looks like we are gonna revert back to the old days, anyone recall the movie “Gangs of New York”…its gonna get a lot worse before it gets better and there is no guarantee it will get better.

  • AkCoyote

    Folks, it is nearing time for a re-set, it is as simple as that. Society must collapse if it is to be repaired and the sheep must be slaughtered if we are to re-build. There is no need for outward violence on our part. We just need to be ready to pick up the pieces after the SHTF.

  • Sue VP Scott

    Yes RickE, murdering a 95 year old man is worse than the Muslim Jihadists they (falsely) claim to fight. Keep not just your powder dry. My catch phrase is this:-
    Keep googling “where can i buy a pressure cooker” and “backpacking holidays in wales” xxx

    • RickE.

      Sue, I Iove your idea about googling pressure cookers, etc. If everyone did things like this every day, the NSA would be extremely irritated!!

      • Sue VP Scott

        They would blow a fuse LOL. Their problem is suffering from Black and White thinking. The very same affliction which gripped the Jihadists and is their downfall.
        Unfortunately the banning of pressure cookers which are a superb culinary tool is seen as their only resource. Shame, their computer technology is second to none yet they lack inventiveness to really solve the problem of terror. I feel sorry for them.

  • Trish House

    THE BANKERS’ MANIFESTO OF 1934 http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-160372
    Capital must protect itself in every way, through combination and through legislation. Debts must be collected and loans and mortgages foreclosed as soon as possible. When through a process of law, the common people have lost their homes, they will be more tractable and more easily governed by the strong arm of the law applied by the central power of wealth, under control of leading financiers. People without homes will not quarrel with their leaders. This is well known among our principle men now engaged in forming an IMPERIALISM of capital to govern the world. By dividing the people we can get them to expend their energies in fighting over questions of no importance to us except as teachers of the common herd. Thus by discrete action we can secure for ourselves what has been generally planned and successfully accomplished.”

  • Andy

    Everywhere you go you see younger people hooked on electronics,I went to Lamberts restaurant in Alabama the other day,and there were quite a few younger folks sitting waiting for a table and they were playing video games on their personal devices.They weren’t even interested in the history on the walls,or the decore of the place,it appears that a lot of people are dumbed down or they don’t want to be bothered or they don’t think anything is wrong due to they believe everything the government tells them or they have their house in the suburbs,their SUV,and just don’t care about the world around them.It does appear that we may be doomed,but there are some out there that see the truth,and might do something one day to right the wrongs.Be prepared and ready.Keep your powder dry.

    • Sue VP Scott

      Hi Andy. Get them the latest smartfone app on History and Decor LOL.
      They cannot even book a dental appointment without first checking out their toothache on a pointless app LOL

  • Neal

    Evil, in whatever shape it takes, can only flourish when the people are morally and spiritually corrupt. We only have ourselves to blame.

  • Nathan

    Let’s face it…we’re headed down a one way road to having a global government. There’s no stopping it….so we have to choices…have gear adn supplies ready to go at a moment’s notice or comply with the illegal government.

  • http://faceboook Leslie Hoffmann

    The sad thing is that most Americans have never had to worry about things like this and just took their freedom for granted. The fact that mainstream is not reporting is not helping our situation. Until it starts to effect some of the sheeple on a daily basis we will not see a true awakening. By the time that happens I think we will have gone to far to make a change back. I think that we are living in the end times but I still have hope that we can bring about change…Prayer and faith in Almighty God need to be brought back to the forefront!!!! God Bless this Great Nation….

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