Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn has fired an officer who he said instigated a fight with a mentally ill man that eventually led the officer to shoot the man 14 times, killing him. Officer Christopher Manney, 38, was dismissed nearly six months after 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton’s death….
Do you ever get tired of reading about the police gunning down innocent people. Yeah, me too.
This is so fucked up. This movement to criminalize the police force has to end.
You do understand that you’re following an anarchist blog, right?
Are you opposed to differing opinions?
If you want the “movement to criminalize the police” to end, then here’s a good place to start.
- Protect people
- Rescue people
- Defend people
- report police misconduct
- enforce victimless crimes
- steal property
- enforce drug laws
- pull over people for seatbelts and speeding
- break into houses
- ticket the homeless
- ticket anyone
If you want people to see police as a defense force just like firefighters and paramedics, you’re gonna have to stop doing shit that’s illegal for anyone else to do.
As well, that one of the main purposes of the police force. To when necessary do the justified violence required to maintain safety and society so others do not have to.
The only justifiable violence is self defense.
Ah I see you’re speaking in reference of a perfect world? Nice. Get some life experience, training and maybe some slight understanding of the real world and try again.
When frustrated, the police officer reverts to insults. I’d hate to hear how you talk to drug offenders.
Now please, try explaining to me how any violence other than self defense is justifiable.
Defense of others, overcoming resistance to arrest, removing trespassers, remove violators of injunctions, enforcing evictions and writs or other court orders… I mean the list goes on and on.
Defense of others: that’s self defense. Overcoming resistance to arrest: that’s using violence against somebody defending their self from being kidnapped and locked away in a cage.
Removing trespassers could be considered upholding property rights.
Violator of an injunction could be likened to self defense depending on the case.
Enforcing evictions, writs, and other orders also goes case by case.
Do you think of yourself as a good cop? Because you listed fairly noble things, reasons people want to become police. But you never mentioned pulling people over, arresting drug users, ticketing parked cars, prostitution, or any of the victimless crimes that Americans find themselves at odds with on a daily basis.
Have an issue with the laws? Petition your councilmen and legislators for new laws. LE only enforces laws wether the specific officer agrees with it or not.
And that’s precisely why the Nuremberg trials happened, for men who were just doing their jobs whether they agreed to it or not. You are a thinking human being, not a tool. You were not born into your job. And unlike some people who encounter LEO, there was no gun placed to your head that made you take your position. That is why I cannot justifiably call any single police officer ‘good’ while in their uniform. Because they are, at the end of the day, tools for legislators, and they will enforce the worst laws because it’s their job.
Just following orders is not an excuse, you are a grown ass man and should know the difference between right and wrong. Oppression is not a job.
I’ll stop criminalizing the police when the police stop being criminals.
If the officer doesn’t agree with the law, if they consider it immoral or unjust, then the officer has a responsibility NOT to enforce the law. The only reason they’d continue anyway was the fact they’d rather not lose their job.
Either that or they just don’t really give a shit in the first place.
Pretty sick of people who can’t actually try and claim that all of the laws that get enforced are just (because holy shit do you need to be in some serious denial for that conclusion to be reached) who then resort to “Yeah, well, I’m just upholding the law. OK? Don’t like the law? Then don’t break the law. If you’re not a criminal, then you’ve got nothing to fear. Easy. Go and vote. Change the law. That’s easy too.”
"I’m upholding the law, and the law is always moral, so I don’t care what anyone else says! No evidence of police brutality or systemic injustice or oppression will convince me that I’m actively enforcing and contributing to a system of violence and subjugation. And even if I was, that’s not really my problem. I don’t care. Why should I?
Hell, it’s not like I have to worry about facing consequences for anything I do. I could probably beat some homeless guy to death for looking at me funny and I’d get away with it. So fuck you.”
Bristol police have apprehended a man who took a cleaner’s mop at a hotel and began “aggressively mopping” the floor despite pleas for him to stop.
The incident took place at the Double Tree hotel around 6.30pm on Monday, when 30-year-old John Thornton spotted a hotel employee doing a bad job of cleaning, police claim.
He took it upon himself to grab the cleaner’s mop and started “becoming aggressive”, it is alleged.
"[Thornton] then began to mop the floor but became more aggressive and mopped over the employee’s shoes several times," said police spokesman Lt Donn Watson.
"(He then) turned his back to the employee and forcibly backed into her pushing her into a corner."
The cleaner, who was left “shaken” by the mopping attack, will be pressing charges.
Thornton was charged with breach of peace, and upon making further threats against the police was given ‘threatening in the second degree’ for good measure.
It appears he was arrested before he could begin violently hovering or passive aggressively sweeping. He appears in court on 27 October.
WALDO, Fla. (AP) — The City Council of a tiny north Florida town known as one of the nation’s worst speed traps has voted to disband its small police force.
The Waldo City Council on Tuesday voted 4-1 to eliminate the department just weeks after the chief and interim chief resigned because of state investigations into many issues, including an illegal ticket quota.
(Opposing Views) An NYPD officer allegedly stole $1,300 from a man during a stop and frisk, and now, video of the shocking incident has been released.
Lamard Joye was celebrating his birthday with his friends and his sister Lateefah Joye, a professional basketball player in Europe, when the officers approached them for a random search. One officer reaches into Joye’s pocket and takes out a wad of cash totaling $1,300.
“Give me my money,” says Joye to the officer.
“I believe that this officer made an assumption that any money Mr. Joye possessed was obtained illegally and therefore he would not report the theft,” said Joye’s lawyer Robert Marinelli. “This assumption was wrong. Mr. Joye is a hardworking taxpayer. An incident like this would never occur in a more affluent section of the city.”
In the clip, the officer can be seen pulling out a bottle of pepper spraying and spraying Joye in the face. When Joye’s sister, the professional basketball player, complains about the money being taken, the officer pepper sprays her, too.
“I went to get his badge number and name,” Lateefah Joye said to NY Daily News. “I leaned over to see his badge. He pushed me away. I saw a two and a one and that’s when he pepper-sprayed me in my mouth and my whole face.”
Can we stop assuming that police are always honest and admit that people complaining about abuse might possibly be telling the truth? If there wasn’t video of this, rightwingers would be insisting that Lamard and Lateefah were “thugs” who were just getting what they deserved.
We need to acknowledge that the police version of events is no more trustworthy than those accused of crime. The cop crime wave is real and it’s not going to go away if we ignore it.
Ask the Joyes; their encounter with police wasn’t substantially different from an encounter with a street gang. And if there wasn’t video, no one would believe them, because cops use racial profiling to disguise their crimes.
A string of recent complaints filed by alleged victims of wrongful arrest are bringing question to NYPD practices of arresting men in public restrooms. There are currently undercover cops posted up in public restrooms across New York City, waiting to catch sexual predators in the act.
However, according to dozens of alleged victims, average men are becoming entrapped by these undercover agents, when they have done nothing wrong. Many of the victims have claimed that after urinating, “shaking off” and zipping up their pants, they were accused of “simulating masturbation” in view of the police officer.
The New York Times recently reported that police have been standing in public restrooms and staring down everyone who passes through, while they use the urinals. If the person makes any movements that the officer does not approve of, they can be arrested for “lewdness” with no evidence aside from the testimony of the officer. Since police have been stationed in public bathrooms, lewdness arrests have increased 7-fold. In the past year alone, over 60 people were arrested in one bus terminal restroom, many of them for alleged “lewdness” in the bathroom stall.
Dozens of the people who have been arrested in this trap have sought legal representation from The Legal Aid Society and other independent sources. Many of these people reported that the police made them feel uncomfortable by staring at them while they used the restroom, and it seems that if anyone is guilty of lewdness it was actually the undercover officer.
It is not clear why undercover agents have been placed in these bathrooms to begin with, even Capt. John Fitzpatrick, the Port Authority police commander who oversees the bus terminal, admits that complaints of lewdness in public bathrooms are “few and far in between”.
Although, Fitzpatrick is still standing by the actions of his officers, claiming that the dozens of men who have now filed complaints were in fact being lewd in the restroom, otherwise, he says, they would not have been arrested.
“They are not sidling up to somebody, trying to sneak a peek and misrepresenting what the person is doing, there is no mistaking their behavior,” he said.
One man, accused of “simulating masturbation” says that he was simply “shaking off”, a near instinctual act that is not at all lewd or uncommon.
“I wasn’t committing a lewd act, I was peeing in the beginning, but I was shaking off when the guy stepped back and looked at me,” Mr. Holden, a 28-year-old baker, said of his police encounter.
After Holden walked out of the bathroom he was arrested by police and taken to jail. When Holden was being processed in the jail he overheard one of the other cops refer to his arresting officer as “the gay whisperer”. This was a fairly offensive comment for Holden, consider the fact that he is a gay man, and feels that may be the reason why he got arrested.
“I wore a leather jacket, fitted clothes. I guess that fits the description of a homosexual male, I was like, O.K., although I’m gay, I wasn’t doing anything,” he said.
Holden’s story is just one of dozens, and although there may be a few perverts in the bunch, it is safe to say that a vast majority of these people are innocent.