Not the violence of brown people or people with strange religions. Today, I am talking about the violence perpetrated with impunity on us by our own police.
A little investigation will determine that the approximately 900,000 sworn law enforcement personnel killed somewhere around 1,000 Americans this year.Exact numbers are impossible to obtain, thanks to pressure from police not to collect this information. On the other hand, the 320,000,000 American citizens killed 42 police officers. A little calculation reveals that this is a per-capita disparity of about 8,400 to one.
As an aside, you might want to remember this the next time some asshole starts spouting off about the higher crime rate in black neighborhoods.
Anyway, of course this particular diatribe is motivated by the rigged prosecution and release of the police officer in Cleveland who leapt from his car and within two seconds started shooting down a twelve year old with a toy gun.
And let us remember that Ohio is an open-carry State. Even if the gun had been real, this kid had a perfect legal right to be carrying it in public. But of course, he had the misfortune to be black, and of course open carry does not apply to black people.
So the prosecutor in this case, a miserable excuse for a human being named Tim McGinty, rigged the grand jury indictment hearing by presenting all sorts of bogus "expert" testimony claiming that the cop had a perfectly valid reason to be afraid of this twelve year old, and of course the grand jury bought this nonsense, so the cop goes free for a recorded act of blatant, unquestioned first degree murder.
Well, it's time for someone to say this openly, and I am going to do something I have never done before, put it in big letters, so the cretins that believe this nonsense can read it:
BEING AFRAID IS NOT AN EXCUSE FOR MURDERING SOMEONE; PARTICULARLY A TWELVE YEAR OLD KID.
When you start shooting at someone, you had better have a good God damned reason to do so, and "being afraid" before you even get out of your police car sure as hell isn't that good reason. And this is a universal rule that applies to cops just as much as it applies to civilians. No matter how scared you are, you don't have a right to kill someone unless you are really in danger.
AND, GUNNING DOWN SOMEONE WITHOUT JUSTIFICATION IS MURDER, NO MATTER HOW YOUR TRIAL IS RIGGED BY PEOPLE WE PAY TO PUT MURDERERS IN PRISON.
This is a secondary issue, but you know that, if your friend killed someone, and you helped them take the body and throw it in the river, you would be an accessory after the fact, and subject to the same penalty as the murderer. Why then, is not this McGinty jerk, who consciously conspired to let a murderer escape justice, not also an accessory after the fact? Well, he is, as far as I am concerned, but in our rigged system, he is just as untouchable as the murderer himself.
Now, back to the subject: how long can this sort of thing go on before the American people determine that the police are not on their side, but are their enemy? How long before people are justified in determining that the mere presence of armed police is a sufficient cause of fear, that they are allowed to gun the police down too? After all, a thousand of us were killed by police this year, and exactly zero police were killed by twelve year olds with toy guns, not even by black twelve year olds. Who really has a reason to be afraid for their lives? And who has a real reason to start shooting at the sight of people of the other kind?
We'd better find some decent answers to those questions, because the answers that we have today- that police have permission to kill for any reason or no reason at all, and civilians have no right to even be afraid of being murdered by police- are going to do nothing but lead the country into a deep hole that we may never be able to dig out of.