Cops killed someone
else last week, this time a woman in Texas.
Her offense? She mouthed off during a
Why was she
stopped? She changed lanes to get out of
the way of the cop car — which was undoubtedly defying posted speed limits, as
they virtually all do — and she was pulled over for her failure to signal that
The cop gave
her a warning, and commented that she seemed "irritated". Well, duh, she was pulled over for trying to
get out of the way of the arrogant cop — who had appeared to be speeding his
way to some important business elsewhere … apparently not, since he had time to
pull her over and write out a warning.
Cops don't like sass, and they will go out of their way to manufacture an
arrestable confrontation when a free citizen in our free country uses the First
Amendment in the way it was designed to be used: to backtalk the government and
its agents. And this cop followed the
police-state script to a T to manufacture an arrestable confrontation.
First he ordered
her to put out her cigarette. He had no
cause to do so. He had no cause to do
anything other than get his arrogant ass back in his car and arrogantly drive
away to arrogantly harass the next motorist he encountered.
woman refused to put out her cigarette he ordered her to step from the vehicle
— again, having no cause to do so. He
informed her that she was being placed under arrest … despite having committed
no crime. Mouthing off is not a crime;
smoking a cigarette in one's own vehicle is not a crime. The cop had no cause to prolong his
interaction with the woman.
refused to budge, he threatened to drag her out, which constitutes
assault. He finally pulled his stun gun
and threatened to "light her up" unless she complied. This move is otherwise known as "assault
with a deadly weapon". The cop,
without cause and under color of authority, threatened a citizen with a weapon
that has been known to cause permanent injury and fatality.
dashboard camera shows her finally emerging from her vehicle, where he orders
her to the side of the road. Verbal
confrontation continues off-camera, as does — apparently — excessive force
during the illegal arrest, if we are to believe what the woman says about
having her head slammed into the ground.
was ultimately taken to jail where she died three days later, a plastic garbage
bag wrapped around her neck. The
official report calls it suicide, and it may very well have been.
point that no one is willing to mention is that this woman should never have
been jailed in the first place. She
committed no crime. To the degree that
failure to signal a lane change is a crime, the incident was finalized on the roadway
with the issuance of a warning; her traffic "crime" was completed. What followed after was a total fabrication
by the police force: as with Eric Garner, the cops push, harass and goad a
citizen until the citizen mouths off … as citizens are fully entitled to do. Once mouthing off occurs, the cops escalate. With Eric Garner, it escalated to his death
on a New York City sidewalk during a chokehold; with this woman, Sandra Bland,
it escalated with her probable suicide death in jail. Both deaths caused by the police for a
citizen's rightful act of mouthing off.
refuse to comprehend, and what government officials in general refuse to
acknowledge, is that citizens have the right to mouth off … with impunity …
under all circumstances. The primary
purpose of the First Amendment is to protect the right of a citizen to say what
he wants — to and about his government or its agents —to the government's face
or behind its back — without the government being able to do one damned thing
about it. Yes it's rude. That's the cost of a free society.
what "law and order" types routinely fail to recognize is that there would
likely be significantly more in the way of both "law" and
"order" if our government in general and our police forces in
particular were to cease attempting to recreate the gestapo in order to attain
law and order. Government bully tactics lead
inexorably to smart-mouthing and worse. In
the absence of government bullying, there wouldn't be as much rudeness because
the government wouldn't be inspiring it.
scold, though, belongs to those minorities who see the government as the
securer of all things good: the minorities.
Sandra Bland was a black woman; her arresting officer was hispanic — it
was Texas, after all. Both blacks and
hispanics disproportionately view the government's role as an in-yer-face
institution, ensuring that other people conform to a set of "proper"
behaviors. The ultimate power of the
government to accomplish this beneficence lies in the multiple layers of
uniformed and armed police forces to impose the necessary compliance.
thing is: most of the improper behaviors our minorities would want
our government to eliminate from others are called "freedom". Indianapolis pizzerias must have the same freedom
to not cater gay weddings as black
motorists or street peddlers must have to mouth off at the cops harassing
them. The moment we use the bully power of the state to impose on pizzerias is
the moment we justify cops manufacturing confrontations with citizens. And when government agents with guns get
involved, people start dying.
So … IS the
government the Great Protector some wish to believe it is? Or is it just an opportunistic bully?