No, Of Course We Don't Have a Police Problem in Our Country
The following stories from the last two days, on my Facebook feed this morning:
"Video shows Georgia cop slammed elderly black man’s head on concrete and lied about it"
"Alabama cop admits to lying to protect colleague who viciously beat a handcuffed man"
"SC cop killed teen with two shots to the back during weed bust — and didn’t even report it: attorney"
"San Jose cop followed black family home and held them at gunpoint for no reason: lawsuit"
"COP KICKS SUSPECT: The Delaware Attorney General's Office has indicted a Dover police office on assault charges after he was caught on camera kicking a suspect in the face, knocking him out and breaking his jaw"
"This Alabama jail really did torture an inmate with a Burmese python"
I have to mention a couple of stories I heard recently on Thom Hartmann's show. The first involves a guy who was refused a chance to be a policeman because he scored too high on an intelligence test. He took the police to court, and lost. The judges ruled that they had a perfect right to reject him because he was too smart. The second involves a discussion that Thom had with someone who alleged that a very large percentage of police are steroid users- and if you think about the shape of most policemen you run into, and their belligerent attitude, sort of makes sense. So, stupid steroided-out guys. Just who we want wandering around the streets with guns. I can't confirm that last story, but something is desperately wrong with our police forces in this country. Maybe they are all just violent right wing bullies. But whatever it is, I think it's time to stop it. Don't you?