All police employees - no matter how well-intentioned some individually may be - operate according to claimed double-standards. The "right" to steal money from others in their community to protect them. Justice can never be arrived at through that institution - not through more oversight boards, different personnel, or police-worn cameras. Incentives matter. A norm that positions some as "rulers" and others as "ruled" is not conducive to liberty. We can do better.

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Why Cops Pull The Trigger by Nicole Flatow

March 11, 2014 | 61 Comments

The post below by Nicole Flatow was originally posted to ThinkProgress.org on December 20, 2013. I saw it on the Facebook cause for Mah-hi-vist Goodblanket and I thought it worthwhile to repost here. Below the...

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Driving While Black

June 25, 2013 | 17 Comments

Jesse Thornton, a 64-year-old retired firefighter was arrested, allegedly for a driving while under the influence. Mr. Thornton is African American and has suffered harassment by police in the city of Surprise on multiple occasions. Mr....

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Sheriff’s Detective Luke Hussey realized he was missing his Glock, and realized he had left it in a bathroom at a movie theater. The loaded gun was found by a 9-year-old boy. Hussey will not...

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Cleveland police “punished” various officers with suspensions, demotions, and firings for a car chase last year involving five dozen cruisers, 137 rounds of ammunition fired, and the death of 2 unarmed people. A sergeant was...

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The 7th Circuit upheld the conviction of a police commander who “presided over an interrogation regime where suspects were suffocated with plastic bags, electrocuted until they lost consciousness, held down against radiators, and had loaded...

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Jeffrey Weinhaus was shot multiple times by Henry Folsom on September 11, 2012. Weinhaus was helivaced from the scene and later recovered. The incident was “investigated” by employees of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop C....

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Judicial immunity has been covered here on Copblock from time to time. Perhaps the most notorious and flagrantly offensive case involving judicial immunity would be Stump v. Sparkman, wherein a judge conspired with a young...

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Repeatedly, police and their apologists insist that police are held accountable regularly, and in fact are held to a “higher” standard than ordinary people. This simply isn’t the case, according to the law (and don’t...

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Police and their supporters always talk about how policing is such a difficult and dangerous job. As with most things related to police, this attitude is derived from general misconception, ignorance, and a tendency of...

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The system is stacked against you. Always. If you are ever arrested, you have lost, regardless of whether you have actually done anything wrong, or anything illegal. There is no “innocent until proven guilty” because...

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Seig Heil to the Nazis in Fullerton

August 4, 2011 | 54 Comments

In early July, a homeless, schizophrenic man named Kelly Thomas was beaten and tasered to death by police in Fullerton, California....

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In late 2010, Officer Daniel Alvarado of San Antonio’s Northside Independent School District Police saw Derek Lopez, a troubled 14-year-old boy, punch a classmate at a bus stop. The classmate who was punched later testified, “He...

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