Police Brutality Motiongraphic by ‘Officer Snuffy’

The video below was submitted to CopBlock.org via the ‘submit post’ tab. The video was made by Officer Joe Snuffy (yes, that’s his name, I didn’t make it up), the YouTube description states he was inspired to make it after reading some government provided statistics. “Officer Snuffy”seems to be sniffing too much nose candy, but before I rip into this guys weak ass arguments, check this crap out yourself:


SnuffyOn the surface, all these statistics seem to be fine and dandy. While most might buy into these loosely based facts, I feel anyone who’s paid attention over the last 20 years would agree with what I’m about to say.

First of all, “Officer Snuffy” (please, take a moment to laugh at that again) refers to the police as “Peace Officers.” This is clearly an attempt to persuade the viewers with a favorable impression of police. Though, anyone who’s opened an internet browser – say, ever – would realize that the police are far from “peace officers.” Peace officers do not arrest people for wearing a mask, raid a 90 year olds home or fist bump one another after firing 80 rounds into a person. These actions are the opposite of  peace.

Those stories aside, it’s clear that the police have become more militarized over the past 20 years. The items carried on an officers tool belt, the SWAT team raids (with battering rams, machine guns and explosives) and the upgraded vehicles (cruisers, bearcats and helicopters) these guys have at their disposal,  are all crystal clear indicators, no sale or tricky word persuasion needed, that the police today are by any means, “peace officer.”

“Snuffy” continues on throughout the rest of the video spewing (or reciting, as he didn’t even write this trash) a number of half assed truths, that also contradict themselves.  For example, Snuffs repeats the information that some 670,000 police employees interact with 53 million people each year, a statistic I perceive was intended to shock the viewer – like, “oh wow, those poor cops, having to deal with so many people.” Yet, this stat is followed up by listing the common reasons for those 53 million interactions. And guess what? Out of the dozen examples listed seven of them are INITIATED by the police officer and every interaction with an officers is essentially a death threat. (No? You don’t think a traffic stop is a death threat? Send me a video of you pulling away from one and I’ll gladly correct this blog post.)

Then, in typical government fear factor fashion, the video closes with a list of violent actions that actually have a victim. Of course, both the original author of this and Snuffs fail to mention that police have no duty to actually protect you from those actions. That the police normally aren’t anywhere to be found when you actually need them and that if one of those horrible things did happen to you, it probably happened because of a variety of government related unintended consequences. The war on drugs, a government manipulated economy, restrictions against defending yourself (with firearms) or the simple fallacy that police protect people all play a part in these conclusion statistics, yet, are not mentioned at all.

“Officer Snuffy” wants you to believe that police “only” interact with 16% of the population and let’s assume he’s right, but how many does that 670,000 – backed by another few hundred thousand politicos – affect? Whether it be financially, personally or mentally (with fear) it seems the answer would be well above 70%. Add the facts that police investigate themselves, have an unprecedented double standard and are some of the most corruptible people in society and you have “organized gangsters” (also known as jack boot thugs) forget peace officer; that’s just a thing of the past.

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  • JC

    The author stated the stats are bogus, yet he didn’t provide any of his own to his side of the story. This is just another BS attempt by a copblocker to ramble, rant, and rave. In some of the author’s statements. By making the statement that every stop is a death threat to the citizen only shows the other is beyond stupid at best.

  • Sikko

    What is the obsession with police helicopters being considered part of the militarization of police? It’s not like police are being outfitted with Cobra or Apache gunships. In fact, police aircraft aren’t armed. By the inclusion of helicopters as part of the claim for militarization of police, I can only assume that CopBlock is aghast at the militarization of EMS, tourism, and journalism, right?

  • pickle

    Hey, Chimpy McMonkeyfucker, What happens when a cop tries to pull you over and you don’t stop? I’ll answer this for you. He follows you and tries to forcibly stop you after calling for “backup”. If they can’t forcibly stop you, they KILL you. So, a stop is a death threat. “Stop and talk to me, or I will eventually kill you.” But I’m not surprised you don’t understand this. You barely have an understanding of how to make coherent sentences. Speaking of which, what does, “In some of the author’s statements.” mean? Did you accidentally start a new sentence? Did you forget to finish this one? Seriously, if you’re going to call someone stupid, please have the courtesy of not being stupid yourself. That just makes people laugh at you. (and we ARE laughing….a lot) You remind me of Rosco P. Coltrain bitching about how stupid Boss Hogg is to his dog, Flash. But I guess you only do it for the attention. It seems like you love having people call you names and tell you how wrong you are. At least they’re talking to you, right? Don’t get a lot of that otherwise, huh? If only the chimpanzees could talk.

    How is that chimpanzee sex fetish thing going, by the way? I don’t know which is worse, you wanting to be my daddy or you wanting to screw a chimpanzee. I know which would be worse for the chimpanzee. I’m actually glad it jumped the fence and you didn’t get a chance to rape it. The thought of you being my daddy…..uuugghhkkkk.

  • They would arm those choppers if the public would allow it, I think thats the point.

  • Sikko

    Sure, because all those MRAPs and Bearcats are being used for patrol purposes, right? I mean this site is trying to play both sides of the coin. It wants more and more nonlethal options, then uses the number of items on a cop’s “tool belt” as evidence of the militarization of police. Get real.

  • ymygody

    if there was no police militarization, their tool belts will not have increased, their weaponry would not have increased, their armor would not have increased. all of these things have increased, pointing to the pure militarization of our police force. you are wrong here, the police are here to kill you.

  • ymygody

    it’s like the three neurons that you have are powered by a paraplegic hamster.

  • ymygody

    That dumb fucker can’t read all of that. You know he’s nearly illiterate

  • Thenumber6

    Uh sadly nobody gives two shits

  • Sikko

    “if there was no police militarization, their tool belts will not have increased”

    So, EMS, construction workers, and electricians are being militarized? They have all had their tool belts increase.

    “their weaponry would not have increased”

    How has the average cop had his weaponry increased?

    “their armor would not have increased”

    How has the average cop’s armor increased? Cops have been wearing vests for decades, I don’t see cops wearing more than that on a day to day basis.

    Funny how the police get more and more nonlethal options to carry, and that means they are militarizing, but the military isn’t getting those same nonlethal options. Does that mean the military is becoming less militarized?

  • ymygody

    are you really this blind or are you playing the devil’s advocate?

  • keepitreal

    You’re wasting your time arguing with that douche.

  • Sikko

    Neither, just going with what I see.

  • ymygody

    I believe a few of the apologists can show a perspective that is different than mine and sometimes can actually articulate their ideas. I would have to agree that it is a waste of time to try and change their mind. but every once in awhile, they can make an intriguing argument. and that type of thinking amuses me.

  • Robert Burnett

    State police helicopters have advanced surveillance camera’s and imaging systems… and any time they ask DHS,FBs,border patrole etc. will show up with gunships. not to mention Drones now used by these agencies. So, before you go back to sleep, view Ruby ridge, Waco and Utah footage. Then realize, they don’t like the interwoven civilian military Obummer spoke of, being publicised.

  • Robert Burnett

    One person dies every eight hours from police, think about that next time some one in your family drives past a police car.

  • Robert Burnett

    Start by pulling your head out…. 20/20

  • Sikko

    Oh no, not advanced cameras and surveillance equipment! How deadly!

    How does being able to receive backup from other agencies indicate a militarization of police?

  • Sikko

    Because every single one of those people killed by police were innocently driving past a police car, right?

  • Sikko

    Yeah, because this “police are being militarized” rhetoric is so obvious with all our streets being patrolled by police in full body armor carrying M4s, machine guns, and driving MRAPs and Bearcats, right? Funny how I keep running into police who, aside from more modern cars and more modern electronics, look no different than the cops I would come into contact with 20-25 years ago. Weird how despite all my travels, I haven’t come across any of these more soldier-like cops.

  • Sikko

    We can’t all just run around calling each other douches, right? If we did, how would we know who the real douches are? I concur in regards to the sharing of ideas, though. It’s not necessarily about changing anyone’s mind, but rather an interest in challenging others to critically assess their own positions. Blind adherence to an ideology is stupid in my mind.

  • t

    Sikko:
    Come on guy. Out of that goofy comment…..you missed the armed gunships and drones?
    You’re slipping.

  • t

    Where did you get that ridiculous number?
    The nun per of police action related deaths remains remarkably consistent.
    400 ish a year.

    Without looking….I’d guess that the number will be a little higher last year.
    The idiot resistors with guns seemed to be higher than normal.

  • Sikko

    Yeah, I can’t get them all.

  • t

    Funny stuff.

    I can’t beleive Ademo had the nuts to put it up.

    While don’t exactly like all the numbers…..the end outcome is about right.
    The issue really is the estimates are made with ” no repeat arrests “. There are LOTS and LOTS of repeat arrestees every year. And that changes the numbers dramatically downward.

    Ademo:
    Hey there guy….if that’s your idea of ripping into someone….you need to go back to school. It should be easy for you….this video took you there.

  • t

    Drones. I think he has the police confused with Amazon.

  • Sikko

    That number come from killedbypolice.net and doesn’t distinguish between deaths from officers’ actions and deaths from the decedent’s actions, as it considers people dying in accidents while fleeing from police the same as those shot by police

  • Sikko

    And apparently FLIR is super advanced surveillance equipment

  • Yankeefan

    The 400ish number represents the number of justifiable police homicides per year according to the UCR standards. Not the total number which would include unjustifiable shootings. The issue is consistent reporting by the nations law enforcement agencies to provide us with accurate numbers.

  • Jack Hoffman

    a boot licking person wouldn’t understand the concept of all this even when tragedy finds it’s way to their life… probably just say “it’s ok, he was just doing his job”… then go home for angry coitus with….

  • Max Thurman

    20-25 years ago, cops had their side arms, and maybe a shotgun, Now they all also have fully automatic battle rifles in their trunks ! I live in a little town of about 400 people, our police dept. has an MRAP, and more fully automatic weapons, and equipment than it does officers !

  • Richard Abbey

    Ademo you missed an important point.
    Snuffy says “1% of substantiated complaints of police violence”. Have you ever tried to file a complaint against a police officer? Who “substantiates” the complaint? It is more than likely that 99% of all excessive force is never reported. Filing a complaint is nearly impossible, just try getting your hands on a complaint form. The numbers increase dramatically if you take this into account and nearly half of all police officers must engage in excessive force.

  • RadicalAwesomeDude
  • This video makes me peaved that this cop made me waste electricity watching propaganda.

  • t

    By this logic….Apparently TV news has been militarized for decades.

  • Sikko

    Clearly. We need to roll back all this militarization of our news teams.

  • Sikko

    So, those local cops of yours are patrolling in that MRAP? They carry those rifles with them when they approach a vehicle?

  • t

    YF:
    Sigh.
    These guys wouldn’t beleive anything.
    I again would point you to the news as a good source. They L O V E OIS incident. Awesome for their ratings. They aren’t “not reporting” on it.

    Do the experiment. Where ever it is you live….track the news for the year about those indigents. Then check the local PDs UCR reporting. See if there is a difference.

    The issues is though….it has to be a REAL OIS. You guys tend to love lumping anyone with any police tie….no matter what that tie is or when it was…that it’s still somehow “police involved”. And that’s exactly what happens with the algorithm searches.
    By that kind of thinking….if Pete is ever involved in an incident of any kind….it means is was “police related” as he says that he was once in police academy.

    So do the experiment. I bet you’ll find its spot on with the numbers

  • t

    Yes….ground those militarized news choppers. Next thing…they’ll be armed too.

  • Common Sense

    A gunship? I’ll call bullshit. Point to some proof about a “gunship” showing up. Not a helicopter with a gunner (sniper) but a aerial weapon platform with rockets and a miniguns.

  • Common Sense

    Mercy, It can even see in the dark!

  • Common Sense

    So advanced, the local FD has it.

  • Common Sense

    Even with the “killedbypolice” site lacks qualifiers. Was there a weapon involved? What’s the any criminal charges/civil litigation? Its merely an algorithm to search new headlines for “death-killed-police” and nothing more. But as with so many, people get fixated on numbers.

    The overall “militarization” of the police is also a misnomer. The police are not the military and the military are not the police. Because the police possess and rarely deploy an MRAP/Peacekeeper/Scary-truck – doesn’t make it a tank (120mm main gun, capable of doing battle with other armored and armed vehicles.

    Activists call a cop’s uniform a “costume” but yet are terrified of BDUs. With more than 270,000,000 personally held firearms in the US, the police were, and had been outgunned for years only until the late 1990’s (say after North Hollywood Bank Robbery) did police take a serious look at patrol level rifles. There were, depending on department, police snipers and many had shotguns. There are still departments that allow officers to carry revolvers.

    I begs another question, given that there are thousands of search warrants executed every year, are you more concerned about what the police are carrying and wearing, or the reason for the warrant and the probable cause behind it?

    I spoke to one cop who wanted their department to go to BDUs. The administration was against it, saying it didn’t look as professional as a “class A” – that is until they learned that BDU’s cost about 60% less. They were BDU’s now.

    Overall the video (once again) shows the rarity of police misconduct when taken into context.

  • Sikko

    What? You mean there’s a difference? No way!

  • RadicalAwesomeDude

    Even if we accept this guys highly questionable numbers at face value, look what his data suggests: He says you are 7 times as likely to be murdered by a non-cop then brutalized by a cop and they are about 1/500 of the population. That is still saying the rate of cop violence is much higher relative to the very small number of cops compared to the much larger “civilian” population as a group on a per capita basis. And these numbers are cooked up by the police anyway so we can’t really trust them as they probably drastically under represent the true scope of police brutality.

  • RadicalAwesomeDude

    The numbers he cites are basically a fantasy.

  • keepitreal

    I referred to you as a douche. I didn’t run around calling everybody a douche. Why do you have to lie?

  • Sikko

    Did I say you called everyone a douche? Of course I didn’t, but then you and reality aren’t all that closely associated.

  • JC

    The author tried to refute the video’s statistics. He didn’t post anything to back up his statements. The author was just ranting and raving without proof.

  • Max Thurman

    No they don’t patrol in the MRAP cause they can’t afford the fuel,{that’s the police chief’s statement not mine} And yes the backup patrolman does carry an assault rifle, that’s S.O.P. because of “The War On Drugs” Once again the police chief’s words, not mine ! !

  • Sikko

    So every time you talk to a patrolman he’s holding an assault rifle?

    Diesel fuel is prohibitively expensive?

  • corkie

    ‘Cops aren’t a danger to you because other things are more dangerous.’ – Typical cop logic fail. Also notice how Snuffy Smith tries to ignore complaints against cops that the cops claim have no merit. Too funny.

  • Max Thurman

    Every time they make contact, YES, The BACKUP officer is holding an assault rifle ! Now do I need to repeat this for a 3rd time, or do you finely understand? It is Standard Operational Procedure ! As for the cost of diesel, I am just telling you what the police chief said ! Now you tell me why does a town of approximately 400 people need an MRAP, or machine guns !

  • Sikko

    The backup is actually HOLDING it, or has it available? Because there’s a big difference. Is there always a backup officer? The officer making contact isn’t holding one.

    My town hasn’t had a house fire in 15 years, why does it need a fire department? Which is better, to not have something when you need it, or to have something and never need it. My father in law has never been physically assaulted in anyway, why does he need a collection of guns?

  • Max Thurman

    Damn, get your head out of your ass an pay attention, how many times do I have to say this: YES, THE BACKUP IS ACTUALLY HOLDING IT ! ! ! And usually has it pointed at the “suspect”! How can I make this any clearer?

  • Sikko

    Well, seeing as how it’s gone from in the trunk, to carrying, to holding, to now pointed at the suspect, you have a good deal of work to making it clearer. And based on the ever evolving nature, I’d say you are either flatly making it up, or greatly inflating the actual use of those rifles.

  • Common Sense

    (Forbes article)

    So what jobs are most attractive to psychopaths? Here’s the list, originally published online by Eric Barker:

    1. CEO
    2. Lawyer
    3. Media (Television/Radio)
    4. Salesperson
    5. Surgeon
    6. Journalist (Pete, Adam, Deo, Derrick J etc)
    7. Police officer
    8. Clergy person
    9. Chef
    10. Civil servant

    (ha ha ha)

  • Max Thurman

    Well, since you obviously have a problem understanding the English language, let me bring this down to elementary school level ! I said that EVERY patrol car has an assault rifle in the trunk ! The backup officer responds with rifle in hand, and covers the first officer, with the rifle at the ready ! I don’t think I can make this any clearer, if you still don’t understand, then you must be either an idiot, or an asshole cop. Either way you are more than welcome to come call me a liar to my face, and see what that gets you !

  • t

    Max:
    I read along with your exchange and I’m. Not real sure tou know what you’re talkin about.

    “Full automatic rifle”
    Hmmm. Where do you live. Not even many SWAT teams have automatic weapons. They don’t really make much sense to have.

    “Assault rifle”.
    Hmmm. I take it you aren’t an NRA member eh?
    While I would whole heartedly agree with you the rifles based on the AR platform or AK and SKSs are virtually useless as a defensive weapon….that’s not the CBer stance.

    Hyperbole is what it is.
    Sikko flushed it out pretty well with you. You must really live in that Police State everyone talks about the checkin’s for every stop.

  • Max Thurman

    Excuse me for using the term “Assault Rifle” I only used it because that’s what “Sikko” called them and I didn’t want to further confuse him. I’m fully aware that it is called “a Personal Defense Weapon” when it is in a cops hand, and only called an “Assault Rifle” when in civilian’s hands. But contrary to what you may believe, the rifles truly are selective fire weapons, and I agree with you that they don’t need them, anymore than they need the MRAP ! I don’t know where you live, but in Oklahoma, it is quite a common occurrence, with the “war on drugs” crowd. Did you know that in Oklahoma you can still get “Life Without Parole” for “Possession of Marijuana” so the war on drugs is their so called reason for having all this military equipment !

  • Sikko

    Actually, you called it a “fully automatic battle rifle” which I figured meant assault rifle, having never heard of a “battle rifle.” Do you know what the difference is between selective fire and fully automatic are? To give you a hint standard military issue is selective fire, but not fully automatic.

  • Yankeefan

    I fundamentally agree with you but the term, “militarized” used in context is correct. But, to answer your question, I am concerned about the use of police special Ops Teams for routine warrant service. Bellotte V Edwards is the case I say is the perfect metaphor for the police mentality today. If you look at that case, the warrant was changed by the police to no-knock and they stand by their choice to do that to a family with no records, complaints or prior run ins with the law.

    Or this line from a ruling from the 11th:

    “We first held 19 years ago that conducting a run-of-the-mill administrative inspection as though it is a crminal raid… violates clearly established 4th Amendment rights. We reaffirmed that principle in 2007… Today, we repeat that same message again. We hope that the third time will be the charm.”

    I believe in Radley Balko’s book he mentioned this type of routine tactic. Will cops learn? See above! The issue I as in me, has is the use of special ops teams for routine warrant service now. SWAT had a good intent and it has morphed into something the police use for matters not related to active shooters, hostage situations and armed civil unrest! Everything has a time and place and it is not hard to see how police special ops teams are not a rarity now. They are slowly becoming the norm and I do personally think that’s dangerous!

  • Sikko

    I see. So, is it every time someone is stopped by police in your town it is always two officers, one of which is training a fully automatic assault rifle at the person pulled over?

  • RadicalAwesomeDude

    The real myth is that they were ever NOT militarized.

  • Dave Markovich

    Both of you twits (psycho & no common sense) sound like the pigs on the street or maybe you’re the ones that are taking it up the ass and saying “thank you sir may I have another”.
    Now just shut the fuck up and crawl back into the hole you came out of you fuckin parasite. Because I’m sick of your dick suckin cop attitude.

  • Common Sense

    I would agree (in part) with the use of a tact team for non-violent search warrants. But that in and of itself asks what is “a special operations” team vs a “tactical” team. Some PDs have decided teams where all they do are warrants, barricades etc. Others have vol. teams that received some form of additional training per month, say 8-10 hours (CBQ, breaching etc) but or otherwise normal patrol officers. I certainly would not use the term “special ops” to describe them.

    Most search warrants run a checklist, on whether or not a tactical team is needed. Guns, violent history, dogs, reinforced doors, nature of charges etc. Enough points gets the team, not enough, gets patrol.

  • Robert Burnett

    wake up … you are a government shill

  • Sikko

    Awe, did someone have his feelings hurt when his ideas were challenged with a humbling slice of reality?

  • Common Sense

    Bellotte V Edwards

    “photos were actually of a 35 yr old woman,” whoops

  • timc1976

    Not all cops are scum not everything is excessive, HOWEVER it’s when they are caught red handed and we’re then told (as though we’re idiots) they were within procedure and nothing happened illegal Hold the dirty guys accountable and these problems would go away

  • t

    DM:
    Where are Sikkp, CS or myself wrong?

    Guys like Alex Jones have poed you guys so full of lies that you can’t even begin to see the truth anymore

  • Yankeefan

    Fair answer. I hope you understand my use of the term “special ops” was meant to imply other than patrol officer but I get what you say. Sticking to the term tactical team, I am against them for non violent issues, I am not saying all are being overused but. it is clear they are. Far too many to say it is an isolated event…Just my own personal opinion!

  • t

    Go to sleep…..youre a clueless sheep. .

    Mine rhymes better.

  • t

    YF:
    Some good points. Radley Balko though isn’t the source of excellent info many think he is.
    I get your point that maybe SWAT is over used. But more and more you here of fierce resistance and shootings from those “nonviolent” offenders. I’d be glad to never have to put my ballistic vest back in because there aren’t any threats. But there are more and more threats EACH AND EVERY DAY.

    Look at the way these goofs go running around everywhere with “assault” rifles. The “resist resist resist” mantra. The no accountabilty for their actions.

    Heck….look at Ferguson. The armored vehicles….the riot gear. What should the officer have done? Stood there and gotten shot at? Catch the rocks and bricks with their heads? That’s what they faced.

    With SOOOO many people having having SSSOOOOOO many weapons….should the police not be able to counter that threat?
    He days of the .38 vs Saturday night special are long gone. And the ready availability of weapons and access to weapons….couple with drug use and mental health issues….and the recipe is disasters.

  • Robert Burnett

    Sikko cant use googlehttp://www.liberationnews.org/police-kill-rate-continues-2015/

  • Yankeefan

    Fair answer. Mr Balko is just an author and I have never read his work. Until I do, I will not comment on any specifics he mentions to judge them. If you take a look at his background, he isn’t a copblock blogger. He is a journalist for a mainstream paper. He is correct in the number of SWAT raids per year where some were used for , well, in the example I gave. Administrative checks. Swat teams for license checks at barber shops? The same federal court ruloing 3 times over 19 years on the same issue? How in the hell does that get missed by the cops. With that said..
    How far do e allow police to go to protect and serve the people? Look at the stance of Law Enforcement today. Look at stingray where the police are using it and NOT telling the courts and in many cases defying judges questions and refusing to answer because it may compromise the technology. The FBI is already on the record as stating they need no warrant in public. Sorry but my devices are private. Playing this game of, “we are only looking at relevant data” doesn’t work. It is a judge who decides if it is relevant, not the cop.
    Now, I agree with what you said but I went the other way to show you how far cops are currently going in this day and age. I am not misrepresenting Stingray. The stories appearing on Yahoo and drudgereport are detailing this more and more and the judiciary is starting to take a long hard look at this and allowing police to run amuck with no oversight is the real bane to free people. That is exactly what happens in police states.
    As to the guns, It is a gun country and I understand the concern. Until syayes create legislation to stop OC, it will continue. It will take the people rising up to say enough of the nonsense. But, the mood right now is more and more OC all over the country. I prefer concealed carry myself!