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A Few Updates on Recent Police News

In case you were having too good a day, here’s the latest in police brutality:

John Pike, the disgusting excuse for a human being who pepper-sprayed peaceful, protesting, college students at UC Davis has been approved for disability compensation on the taxpayers’ dime. On Oct. 16, a judge approved a $38,000 settlement between John Pike and the University of California.

The 40-year-old former officer claims he suffered depression and anxiety after he and his family received death threats over the pepper-spraying event (Really? Only death threats? A nice kick to the balls or punch in the face would have been far more appropriate and gratifying). It sounds like a bad joke, but unfortunately isn’t. More here.

In other happy Californian police news, police have shot and killed a 13-year-old who was playing with a fake gun. (Story here). There was a time in American history when playing with toy machine guns was perfectly normal for children. However, in the current age of paranoia and hysteria over “terrorism,” children must be murdered for the “safety” and “protection” of all.

This should come as no surprise. Posters at the train station constantly encourage people to keep a suspicious eye out for their friends and neighbors. Announcements at the airport always imply there could be terrorists around every corner. The “See Something, Say Something” campaign is everywhere you go, even though 99.9999999999 percent of the time, absolutely nothing is going on and no one should be saying anything. (You hear this, Homeland Security? It’s me saying, “Go fuck yourself!”). The Department of Homeland Security has also trained officers to shoot with no hesitation – by using posters of pregnant women, children, and the elderly, for target practice.

As usual, the officers responsible for the murder have been placed on administrative leave (paid vacation). If we’re lucky, they’ll be fired and be rehired in 6 months, maybe at the next town over. If the usual happens, they will be found to have been justified to shoot a child because they “reasonably felt in fear for their lives. ”

It could be because officers are fucking the citizenry up the ass every which way that the Department of Homeland Security anticipates some push back from civilians. I would argue they need not fear any such resistance, as most Americans continue to be mindless lovers of tyranny and authoritarianism. I would bet money that 80 percent of Americans who have learned of the events above are blaming the child or his parents for this atrocious murder, and are defending the nasty pepper-spraying scum – “He was just doing his job! I hate hippies! Stupid college kids.”

Regardless, Homeland Security does seem to anticipate some disorder, or they would not have purchased 2,700 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, i.e. tanks on steroids*** (more here and here). Since it is the Department of Homeland Security, we can safely assume these are meant for domestic use.

Oh boy! In time, police can just crush children and college protesters with tanks instead of pepper-spraying or shooting them. I can’t wait!

***[Upon the enlightening instruction of one of our dearest readers, I am informed that it is inaccurate to describe the MRAPs as “tanks on steroids.” As such, I hereby amend “tanks on steroids” to “motherfucking armored vehicles – who really gives a fuck about the details.”]

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Georgia Sand

Georgia (George) Sand is an attorney located in sunny California. She enjoys beer, jogging, the beach, music, and chatting with her cats in her spare time.