August 14, 2014
In Many Communities Cops are the Terrorists
by DAVE LINDORFF
CounterPunch, 14 August 2014
The apparent murder by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, of Mike Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black youth who was shot a number of times while he was allegedly on his knees with his hands up in the air, pleading “Don’t shoot, I’m not armed,” is exposing everything that is wrong with policing in the US today.
The Ferguson Police Department, reportedly nearly all white, patrols a St. Louis suburban community that is largely African-American, which is already a recipe for disaster in a country that is drenched in racism. The Ferguson PD is also reportedly using the kind of aggressive policing — arresting people over minor infractions — that can quickly escalate into violent confrontations. In this case, it appears Brown’s offense was jay-walking and perhaps talking back to the police officer — the first being a citation offense, and the second not even illegal.
Phi Beta Iota: The day will come when an incident like this, in a black community, brings in a flood of white armed citizens who begin killing anyone wearing a uniform. Law enforcement in the USA, beginning with the militarization of the police, passing through the idiot plans to federalize local police and incarcerate up to 5,000 citizens in one fell swoop, and finishing with the complete ineptitude of the FBI, is OUT OF CONTROL. Law enforcement only works when 90% of the citizens consider it legitimate and allow it to focus on the 10%. When that “grace” is lost, law enforcement is a losing proposition in every sense of the word.
Critics slam ‘militarization’ of police (Politico)
Ferguson and the Militarization of Police (US News & World Report)