When read "rabid cops" I wondered what Xenophon could possibly be refering to?
No BIO they aren't transposed. But thank you for reading. The dissonance is intentional. I'm not very good for link hounds. It's meant to highlight a much larger blind spot that is at the source of our current dilemma. We can't see what's going on because we are so used to our conventional scripts. The police are good and just doing their job, while anyone carrying a gun and daring to fire on officers is clearly insane. Have you ever stopped to ask why a man would do such an obviously insane thing? What the fuck was he thinking? Aside form the cliché formula of “he's criminal” or “there is simply no excuse for resisting arrest or killing police officers” has anyone looked into what the fuck is going on over there in Oakland, or the country, that this level of insanity occurs. We won't mention that the army is requiring soldiers to register private weapons they have off base. Or that soldiers are being targeted for gun confiscation upon return from service.
This article is based on the following premise: the primary evolutionary impetus for street gangs is their need to defend themselves from police. The level of gang violence, organization and tactical and strategic sophistication directly mirrors the escalation in militarization of the police force they encounter. So that when one sees a 4:1 kill ratio it is a cause for concern. But the primary question is what the fuck are the police doing in Oakland to instigate that level of violence?
At first blush people will say that's bullshit! Those thugs and hoodlums should obey the law – there is no excuse. And they are right but by the same logic they will not extend that sentiment to logical conclusions drawn from the answers to the following questions – where did the guns come from? Where did the drugs come from? And where the hell did the money go? The answer to those questions lead back to the police, the federal government, and the very banks we are bailing out. See the link concerning Catherine Fitts.
While much has been said of the late Mr. Mixton and his failed attempt at surviving, evading, resisting and escaping, nothing has been mentioned about Oscar Grant or why he is dead. Though it is tempting and convenient to imagine him as in the wrong place at the wrong time, another black person suffering because of the actions of a few lawless hoodlums – after all the police officer was in fear of his life. What if that guy had a gun ... I thought he had a gun. After all accidents, tragic though they may be, happen. I'm not “demonizing those whose job it is to protect the law-abiding.”
what I am doing is revealing a terrible parallelism that exists in your day to day thinking.
While bringiton argued that “It is wrong, morally and tactically and factually, to view the poor blacks of Oakland collectively as somehow inherently evil or unworthy or malicious.” He also argued that
“It is wrong, morally and tactically and factually, to view them [police] collectively as the enemy of the masses or as nothing more than tools of the elite.”
We'll set aside for a moment the disturbing reality that there are those in modern America who equate poverty and race (really race) with inherent evil, lack of human worth, and outright malice. What disturbs me is the naiveté with which we throw out the argument that police officers are “just doing their job.” We'll ignore the fact that while race is not a choice, the pursuit of a life's occupation and conduct within it are choices. But for the sake of argument we'll assume that becoming an officer of the law is just like being born a phenotype coded socially as race.
Since Carissa lacks the empathic imagination to see why a man might make the decision Mr. Mixton did let's look at the Oakland system of policing of which the deceased were a part.
Enter Aaron Cohen, a veteran of Israel's counter-terrorism unit and the Israeli Military. Ladies and gentlemen Mr. Cohen is here to “train” the Oakland police, especially the Bay Area Regional Transit police, on how to deal with “terrorists” (this is where you read black and brown folk). Back in 2006 Mr. Cohen trained the officers of Oakland how to “deal with terrorists” because as he put it "You guys don't have experience dealing with terrorism the way we do. It's not expected."
So in March
“BART Police wrapped up four days of intensive anti-terror training on Sunday, led by an Israeli commando who has been training police agencies all over the country. His goal was to teach the officers what they needed " so they can take [a threat] down as quickly as possible, and obviously if they need[ed] to respond with lethal force.”
So what exactly is the experience of the IDF in dealing with terrorists threats. We'll look to the soldiers who served in Gaza, not those who had qualms about morally questionable orders to shoot women, children and unarmed civilians (though they did it any way ... “I was just following orders”). We want to look at the best and brightest in counter terrorist practices, the snipers and storm troopers, those people like our Mr. Cohen. You know the soldiers that wear shirts like these (none are brown of course) - link
T-shirts are emblazoned with "dead babies, mothers weeping on their children's graves, a gun aimed at a child and bombed-out mosques". One, which the paper says was a sharpshooter's T-shirt, shows a pregnant Arab woman with a bullseye superimposed on her belly, accompanied by the slogan "1 shot, 2 kills," another shirt for infantry snipers is inscribed "Better use Durex" next to a picture of a dead Palestinian baby with his weeping mother beside him. One fine Israeli soldier said "These are shirts for around the house, for jogging, in the army. Not for going out." link
Oh well if this is just for shits and giggles ... then sure, that's fine. It's not like that has any consequences in your day job.
It's not like we in the US are modeling our police force after the humanitarian (not) IDF we have (had) Posse Comitatus why would we militarize our police force?:
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) brought 18 senior law enforcement executives to Israel November 2-11, 2007 to learn counterterrorism tactics and strategies from senior commanders in the Israel Police and Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Link
So what can a law abiding citizen expect from Oakland's “finest” ?
You know normal police shit. Any police officer that does not stop this kind of criminal conduct and corruption should turn in their badge and gun. But of course after the Oakland police had been trained by Mr. Cohen that all changed just ask Oscar Grant.
Kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, assault under color of authority and filing false police reports are among the most serious charges stemming from a three-month investigation into accusations that officers in West Oakland were beating suspects and planting evidence, an attorney for one of the officers said yesterday. Link
The four officers face a combined 63 felony and misdemeanor charges for allegedly beating, kidnapping or falsely arresting at least 10 men in West Oakland over a THREE WEEK PERIOD last summer in the largest crackdown against police corruption in Oakland history. Prosecutors have dismissed charges in about 40 cases in which the officers arrested people, and county public defenders said they have found at least 300 questionable drug arrests linked to the four. Link
If the police were doing their job half the police force would be in jail. But they don't they choose to remain silent, or they choose to ruin those with integrity who would stop it, or they choose rob, steal, and kill under the cover of a badge but all are complicit, all are guilty. Ask any cop how many of his or her fellow officers he has put in jail?
Bringiton their job is not to uphold the law, it is to protect property and citizens. In that order. The masses don't have property (just look at your mortgage) and citizenship ain't what it used to be. You may not understand it now but you will. When they kick in your door because you live in government housing (anyone with a mortgage now lives in government housing) you will begin to understand, when the stop you from speaking freely in defense of your rights, you'll understand. When they monitor your every word and action ... maybe you won't understand.