The War on the Public…

This solid write-up comes to us from When Tennessee Pigs Fly (you may recall a previous post they made to Cop Block)

Last year the police across this country tried to snow us over once again, lying and twisting the facts to convince us there was a “War on Cops”… that was quickly and thoroughly debunked by Radley Balko of Reason Magazine, in his article “The War on Cops That Isn’t…”

In this article he points out that its safer to be a police officer today than it has been in the last 35 years… he goes on to point out that police advocates drew unsupported conclusions from a rash of attacks, claiming they were tied to rising anti-police sentiment, anti-government protest, or a lack of adequate gun control laws.

He listed several articles written by NPR, MSNBC and such which interviewed various cops who touted such unsubstantiated claims, but as Radley writes… “Digging into these articles, and you’ll find no real evidence of an increase in anti-police violence, let alone one that can be traced to anti-police rhetoric, gun sales, disrespect for authority, or “don’t tread on me” sentiment. Amid all the quotes from concerned law enforcement officials in MSNBC’s “War on Cops” article, for example, was a casual mention that police fatality statistics for January 2011 were about the same as they were in January 2010. Right after suggesting to NPR that the recent attacks were related to anti-government rhetoric, Shane acknowledged there has been little research into the underlying causes of police shootings.”

Now this brings us to a point we raised a few months back in a post we titled Overkill… where we pointed out something we see as a troubling trend among our nations cops and their unbridled use of deadly force, and the speed at which they will move to kill people.

Recently, several more articles have come out raising the same questions and concerns that we have.

Reason Magazine today writes that, Police officers in Los Angeles County shot and killed 54 people in 2011, an increase of 70 percent over 2010. The article also points out that nationwide only 72 police officers were shot and killed in that same year. While in one city alone that police force accounted for 1 out of every 10 people shot and killed… now think about that for a second… ”With 612 people killed in that county last year,” reports the LAT*, “nearly 1 in every 10 such deaths occurred at the hands of law enforcement officers.”

1 out of every 10 people who were shot and killed in LA County in 2011 were killed by the cops…

For contrast all the cops in the entire country of Germany fired all of 85 rounds in 2011… QUOTE: “According to the German Police University police officers used exactly 85 bullets in 2011 – 49 warning shots, 36 shots on suspects. 15 persons were injured, 6 were killed. Germany has a population of about 80 million.”

At the LA County Sheriffs Dept, the LA Times discovered a document suggesting the LA County SD Gang Unit known as the “Jump Out Boys”, embraces shootings as a badge of honor. This is truly horrifying when you consider that half the people shot at by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies after reaching toward their waistbands turned out to be unarmed….

And in Las Vegas, the LV Review Journal found that LV Metro area police have been involved in 378 shootings since 1990, 142 of them fatal. One agency alone, the Metropolitan Police Department, was responsible for 310 shootings and 115 deaths. And all of them were ruled justified

In Houston TX, an investigation found that 1 out of every 3 people shot by HPD are unarmed

In Albuquerque NM, the DA has suspended the practice of presenting police shooting cases to the Grand Jury after it was discovered that no case has ever been ruled unjustified…

The US Department of Justice after conducting a wide reaching investigation of the Seattle Police Dept found that, 1 out of every 5 use of force incidents by the SPD are unconstitutional…

And in Illinois a commission investigating police torture found that the Chicago Police Department physically tortured so many people dating to the 1970s, the state actually defunded and shut the commission down. We can only assume they did so, because no one wanted to know the full scale of this domestic war crime.

Nationwide police brutality cases are on the rise…

We could go on and on and on and list hundreds of more news articles detailing more events such as the ones presented here.

What this all boils down to is the police want us to believe there is a nationwide war on cops, but the truth is actually much worse. The truth is the cops have declared war on the citizenry…

EPN

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