posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 12:30 AM
I neither support, nor condemn Anonymous (and I am not a hater of the 'authorities' either), but's let's look at another scenario as shown above
(Cops beat guy to death) and look at some things that can and do happen:
Cops beat guy to death.
The 'security camera' for that area/dashboard cam is mysteriously not in service at that time. All the others work fine, just not those ones...
However, some bystanders caught it on their cellphones. The police 'arrest' the people filming due to some trumped up charge (that doesn't actually
make it to court because it's completely bogus) because they don't like being filmed - because "If you have nothing to hide, you won't have a
problem with it" right? At least that's the line the police use when doing an illegal stop/search/seizure.
The cops tell a story that seems somewhat credible to their superiors, and all is well.
Someone goes to the police station to get a complaint form. They arrest that person on a trumped up charge because they refuse to give their identity
to the desk sergeant - although they should, by law, present the form when asked.
The video makes it's way to YouTube, and the cops are suddenly under the microscope. The news gets wind of it. The local police chief (suddenly
called to do something) tells everyone on the news how terrible this is and the 'bad' cops are put on leave with full pay "pending an
investigation." Nobody gets to hear what happened in the investigation.
In the meantime, the family of the guy who died is seeking some kind of justice. A laundry list of how terrible a person the victim was is circulated
to the right media, and the issue is ignored because 'he wasn't a very nice guy.' He had it coming, right?
The 'bad' police return to duty.
Nobody goes to jail other than those who dared to stand up to the cops by filming their actions or threatening a complaint.
A protest is organised. It's headed off at a nearby crossroads, and the people protesting are filmed by the police. They are then arrested and/or
beaten....then released, with a lovely file on them staying at the police station. They can then be harassed at will at the whim of the police.
Nobody goes to jail except those who dared to protest against the police.
The media is given instructions to show the protesters as the villains. If they don't, the press are harassed/beaten/arrested.
All of these scenarios have occurred. Maybe not all on the same case, but they are not isolated cases.
The alternative is that a 'message' is sent to the police via the internet showing that they are being watched, their actions are known, and they
are powerless to stop the attack. Seems to me that this one gets the message across without giving any opportunity for the police to do any of the
above arbitrary violence/arrests.
Again, I'm not taking sides here. I'm merely showing that one form of protest seems to work, and another (by reason of it being manipulated)
doesn't. It just serves to give the police more bogus power.
One is completely without violence, and the other ends with blood. It's just a case of how you like your coffee. Do you prefer lots of people to have
police records, scars, and give riot police an excuse to hit people unnecessarily, or do you prefer to have the message said without violence. Is it
illegal? Yes. So are many of the actions of the police.
I don't hate the police. I think many of them do a great job of protecting and serving the people. Some are bad eggs, and they give the police a bad
reputation. It's these guys that Anonymous are going after. Do you want everyone to just let it happen, or do you want your entire police force to be
above such actions and to protect and serve you. Ask yourself: Are all of the police in your city beyond any form of illegal behavior? If the answer
is yes, you are most fortunate.