posted on Apr, 8 2015 @ 05:56 PM
Lets look at the sobering truth. The first fact is that cops have killed well over 6,000 Americans since 9/11.Many of these killings have occurred
during no-knock raids, which have risen by 4000% since the 1980s. To put that in perspective, Iraqi insurgents have killed around 3,500 Americans in
Iraq since 9/11 in Operation Iraqi “Freedom.” That’s to say, Americans killed by cops now outnumber Americans killed in the Iraq war. You are
fifty-eight times more likely to be killed by a cop than by an actual “terrorist.” Domestic violence is four times more common among police
families than American families in general. Reports of police committing sexual assault amounted to more than 2 times the reports in the entire
general population. If officer-involved killings were prosecuted as murder, the murder rate for law enforcement officers would exceed the general
population murder rate by at least 472%. And here is something crucial to keep in mind: these statistics account only for the reported incidents. The
vast majority of police misconduct and abuse is unreported. Police often lie in their reports, or never file them in the first place, to avoid
prosecution. Thus the numbers reported above are extremely conservative estimates. The number of Americans in prison now exceeds the number of high
school teachers and engineers. There are at least 7.3 million Americans locked in captivity or under federal control as you read this, the majority of
whom are non-violent. One in 25 of your fellow Americans were arrested as of 2011. Let that sink in for a moment. The US has only 5% of the world’s
population, yet 25% of the world’s prison population. The US has the largest prison population in the world.
Still: “The the majority of police,” we are assured, “are good.” What precisely does this claim amount to, in light of the high rates of abuse
I described? All of that abuse continues while “good cops” follow along, do what they’re told, and cover up for the “bad cops.” The reality
of the situation is that the institution itself – the institution of a police force monopolized by a government — is inherently lawless. Good
does not exist within these walls. Cops as a class of individuals who receive government paychecks regardless of their behavior, they have little
responsibility and even less incentive to report misconduct in their own ranks. No matter what they do, no matter how many they abuse, and no matter
how silent they are about the abuse, the institution itself puts them in a privileged position where they are rarely held accountable to the same
degree that citizens are. Even if, let’s say, the Good Cop were to start reporting and arresting the Bad Cop — which never happens and never will
happen due to the incentive structure that is set up — but even if it did, one must still consider what our friendly Good Cop does on a daily basis.
How many people has Good Cop arrested for a victimless “crime” like possessing cannabis? How many fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters has Good
Cop locked in a cage for this “crime”? How many times has Good Cop stolen money from the pockets of hard working men and women over frivolous,
victimless traffic violations? “But he’s got to feed his family,” we hear. Yet how much food has he stolen from the table ofother families?
Most of us manage to feed our families by honorable means — that is, without resorting to the initiation of violence and theft on our fellow
citizens. There are perhaps infinitely many honorable ways to feed one’s family. Nobody is forcing these individuals to choose a dishonorable
whatever his/her superiors tell him to do, keeping his mouth shut when he sees his colleagues beating citizens, softly wrecking lives with theft,
coercion, and imprisonment for victimless crimes – that is the legacy of Good Cop.