reply to post by TaZCoN
As an older member of ATS, I can tell you how bad this can get if the police are not held accountable for their actions. And in the last 15-20 years
or so, they have not been held accountable. It will not matter how much video you capture with your cameras, it will not matter how much or how often
you complain. The police at this point in our history are above the law. They own the law and the system that protects them and allows them the
freedom to abuse the public in any way they see fit, at any time.
The only thing you can do is to vote in your local elections as well as the national elections. Make your local police, state police, always
accountable, even if it means that justice appears too slow at times.
When I was young, I witnessed cops committing crimes, and they did not have to answer for it. They simply said "they were just do their job" when
some commie got in their way. They used other words when commie didn't seem right. Words like 'n-word' or junkie or fag or hippy were common place
at that time and if you were labeled as one of these, it was ok to deny you any rights.
President Kennedy started the change, Johnson followed through, but since then the presidential administrations haven’t done much if anything
positive for the individual’s rights and protection of the individual’s rights. They have either done nothing at all or helped to remove our
I remember so vividly the words of Ronald Reagan, “we will not tie the hands of our police, and they must be allowed to do their jobs without fear
of persecution, without fear of reprisal”. This simply means that they are no longer held accountable for their actions. The same phrase has been
used throughout history to give a fascist government autonomous control over the public. I was deeply saddened when I heard these words come from man
I had elected as president.
How bad can it get? A cop has the power and resources to execute a greater amount of crime than any other person in our society if left to their own
scrutiny. They can have a personal grudge against you, beat you, kill you, all on camera and broadcast for the world to see without being held
accountable. Can attack a motorist, shoot them, kill them with extreme violence and claim that they thought they saw him holding a weapon. They can
just reach out and attack a passer-by because they just feel frustrated with their job at times and suffer no consequence. They can kill off someone
they simply do not like because of race, creed, religion, sexual orientation with only a strong word from their supervisor about bringing the wrong
attention to their department. In short, they can lie, steal, murder, rape and plunder if left to their own vices, as they are just as human as the
public they are to serve. That is how bad it can get and worse if the public is not vigilant. How bad has it been in your recent memory?
The public must remain vigilant and watchful over all branches of the government, including the enforcement branch, at all times. It is still our
government, right? Try to remain non-emotional and think clearly about the issues, not allowing someone to sway us with rhetoric or hyperbole. Observe
the facts, and just as importantly, how the facts apply to an issue.
My sympathy for the young lady in the pink and my scorn to the officers involved. The DNC is a place for anyone seeking the attention of the
politicians to be observed, not beaten. The officers are there for the public safety of all present, not just a select few.