Over three days during the week of October 29th a handful of Winston police employees spent a full-day at “information sessions” throughout the city with those who were considering joining the largest organized gang in town (Police Application Overview below).
My friend Clyde brought the recruitment events to my attention (having found the listing online) and we decided to attend. Our friend Angie G. accompanied one day as well.
Let me stop there and underscore the ease of this particular activism/outreach/education. Clyde poked-around for relevant information that was made public and we attended to have conversations and share literature. Pretty low-risk. And one interaction can have a significantly positive impact.
At one point we were told by Curtis Kennedy that we could not film in a public building. A PUBLIC building.
Kennedy also told Clyde and Angie that certain topics (personal discretion, as it applies to acting according to bad legislation) could not be discussed in the room.
It’s clear Kennedy is in the wrong.
Remember, he works for an outfit that has on its homepage “to protect and serve.”
The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime.
– Max Stirner
Fast-forward a few more days and Kennedy’s own actions – failure to communicate, physically removing himself from my proximity – demonstrated that he wasn’t proud of his actions.
Now, let’s give the guy a break. Maybe it was the first time someone questioned his dictates. Perhaps he was caught off-guard and unknowingly communicated incorrect information.
But if that is true, why did Kennedy not apologize later? Why did Kennedy not seek to make us whole? Such a scenario should be expected from someone who claims to “protect” you, right?
The truth is, that level of accountability will never be had until the provision of protection is provided consensually. Today the structure is based on coercion. It simply lacks the proper incentives.
Kennedy communicated two inaccuracies and never apologized. He subsists on wealth Clyde has created (Clyde is an entrepreneur who resides in Winston), and then Kennedy claims to “serve and protect” him. Sounds like a ransom to me.
There is no crueler tyranny that that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.
– Charles-Louis de Secondat
If Kennedy’s statements to us were done knowingly, then he’s of questionable integrity. Would you choose to employ someone with such a character trait? Why then, continue to give allegiance to a system that employs such folks?
I’m not trying to be overly harsh on Kennedy, just point out the clear failure to deliver a good as claimed and suggest a better alternative.
I realize that the ideas Clyde, Angie and myself sought to introduce to the conversation could cause him to question how he spent the past few decades of his life and how his seeming-mentality of distrust and claimed authoritativeness stem directly from a top-down environment rife with internal contradictions.
Winston-Salem Police Department
Public Safety Center
725 N. Cherry Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Curtis Kennedy – police employee in question