Thanks once again to my http://mykeystrokes.com for another timely article. The Police are always the first tool of a Fascist government. This is true because they are a voice of authority with which the people are already familiar. Admiting that your Police Force has been turned against you is a frightening thing but it is the very first and very smallest step towards correcting the problem.
The militarization of the Police and the refocusing of their enforcement efforts goes hand-in-hand with the criminalization of the American public, by the increasing number of laws to a point where every citizen could; conceivably be arrested for something on any given day. The purpose of laws in a free society is supposed to be the protection of the people and their rights. When laws are used rather, to restrict the people and deny them rights; their freedom is compromised. When the right of the people to protest and to publically seek redress for the conditions under which they are forced to live or the treatment meted out to them; whatever their social status; religion; financial worth; or color of their skin; is denied; then the most basic tenet of Freedom and Democracy has been ignored and/or done away with and what remains, is neither Freedom nor Democracy.
There’s a very good chance that your local police arrest black Americans at a rate more disproportional than in Ferguson, MO, where the police killing of unarmed Michael Brown unleashed decades of anger over police abuse.
The awful truth is that Ferguson Police Department’s nearly 3-to-1 disparity in arresting blacks is well below the norm in many cities and towns, including those far north of the Mason-Dixon Line.
With a grand jury poised to decide any day now whether the white officer who shot Brown six times will be indicted — which seems unlikely — new protests will focus attention on Ferguson. But what we really need is a debate about the role of police, their training and their discretion.
We need to restore the idea of police as guardians. We must bring an end to the changes that libertarian journalist Radley Balko details in his important book Rise of…
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