We’ve all heard the claim that “action X by a police employee to a non-police employee was justified due to concerns of ‘officer safety.'” One need just swap the position of the people in such scenarios – “action X by a non-police employee to a police employee was justified due to concerns of ‘non-police employee safety,'” to realize that the former is just a blanket catch-all to eliminate any questions about an incident.
Almost assuredly, corporate media outlets follow that cue. But without a doubt, the family and friends of the police employee’s victim aren’t silenced. And thanks to technology, they’re better positioned to inform others. They stand with a growing number of people who recognize that such misdeeds aren’t isolated. Killers are responsible for their actions, whether or not they don a badge.
There is a clear pattern of double standards being afforded to those with badges by their colleagues in the supposedly truth-seeking criminal justice system. Rather than waste time trying to advance a “reform” or new “leadership” or the creation of a “civilian review board” or the adoption of “bodycams,” one must realize that the default to cover-up, to be corrupt, and heavy-handed, and even for the “good” cops to be silent about the “bad” cops, is inherent in the very structure of the police monopoly. For more, see: http://copblock.org/library
The video below, Police Deaths Down, Police Killings Stay High comes from YouTube.com/RTAmerica and was posted on 2014.01.31. From the video description:
A few excerpts from the video:
“When law enforcement uses such violent force they usually justify it saying they fear for their safety. But for victim’s families, that explanation doesn’t make any sense.”
“All they have to do is say I feared for my life, or I feared for the life of somebody in the public. And they’re exonerated… They are not held to the same standards as the general public. They’re just not held accountable.
– Jean Thaxton
“They’re not held accountability. They can do whatever they want.”
– Ron Thomas