Originally posted by MysticPearl
Yeah, sounds like this guy was a real threat to the safety of everyone in that neighborhood.You think because some people want murderers, rapists,
child abusers, drug dealers, and the like locked away, and because they cast their vote that way by backing a politician who says he'll be hard on
crime, that's an excuse for throwing an elderly man in a wheelchair onto a sidewalk a cuffing him for sipping a beer or whatever he was drinking?
What, do yo think he deserves a dui for using his wheelchair while drinking?
You reply showed you aren't capable of looking at the entire picture, and can't see that the problem is law enforcment officials themselves, and the
culture surrounding them. I doubt you would feel the same way if someone raped your mom. Big difference between being tough on crime and harassing
assaulting an elderly man in a wheelchair for doing no wrong. You sounds as intelligent as the cops involved.
Where do you think the culture surrounding "law enforcement" officials comes from
? Who gives them that power? What measures are in place to
preserve it? How did it get this way?
This is part of culture on a larger scale than you
are perceiving. There's this pervasive belief that the cops are at war with "the bad guys."
It's seen throughout our media on all levels; movies, books, TV shows, video games, comic books. The police are painted as a military force facing
down an existential threat, a weeping wave of criminality. That without the ferocious and brutal measures of this military force, we the innocent
civilians would be victimized by the rapists, murderers, and pushers lurking in every darkened corner.
In another aspect of the culture, we treat this military force as the sole arbiters of law and order; that is, culturally, we give them the role of
not just police, but also the roles of judge and executioner. In our media, we see the legal system as beginning and ending with the police; after
all, it's COPS that has the ratings, not televised trials on C-Span4.
Adding to that
is the notion that every part of the legal system beyond the cops is corrupt and useless; this is because human nature is to
assume guilt on accusation, so when someone stands accused, we'd rather see bloodsport than see him found innocent. Think to every cop show you have
ever seen; isn't the defense team ALWAYS the seediest, most underhanded bunch of crooks ever? Aren't the judges who find defendants not guilty always
either themselves deeply corrupt or constantly complaining about how their hands are tied by "the system"? The message is clear: according to our
media culture, everyone apprehended by the police is essentially guilty, and any dissention from this is due to the dissenter's own criminality.
Finally, there's the vindictive mentality. Are you one of the people who think a child molester should be anally violated with red-hot pokers until
death? Even if you're not, there are many people who do see things that way; they want vengeance, and they often want it in the form of, again,
bloodsport. This ties into the above notion; even if the courts find a defendant guilty, they're not going to give him what he "really deserves" - We
don't tend to flay people alive or otherwise engage in creative Iranian-style torture/executions. This is also where we get the myth that every
murderer is "out on parole in a month."
This all manifests as a desire among the American public to not only "get tough on crime" but also to turn a blind eye when police act like brutal
members of an aggressive occupying military power. These two outlooks are self-reinforcing; you can see it here in this thread, there are people who
are justifying the treatment of this man because the police are doing it, therefore he must be a criminal, so they cops have
to be "tough" on
him. After all, we are taught, the inherently corrupt court system isn't going to give that bastard the treatment he really
The problem with "getting tough on crime" is the inherent assumption that we were somehow "soft" on crime before; this has never actually been the
case! You can't really get tougher than "tough" - you can only get more brutal
. Thus all the past procedures that were "too soft" are revised
to, well, cause more death and destruction to those the police decide is "the enemy." And even while we're seeing handicapped men getting plowed into
the sidewalk face-first by two guys twice his size, we keep funneling money towards "tough" cops. After all, like you fearmongered, "what if it was
I'll tell you what if it was my mom - I'd want the cops to apprehend him so that he could face trial, NOT act as an impromptu execution squad by
suplexing his head into the pavement.
edit on 23/5/2011 by TheWalkingFox because: (no reason given)