gotten into discussions — albeit short — with a few local media types over the
spate of police shootings and the turmoil that follows. The discussions are short because I am
[probably] perceived as an ideologue who has all the time in the world to badger
the media-type upon this issue while they have better things to do than indulge
me. It's the "never wrassle with a
pig" thing, where I am naturally the pig: the pig likes it and you'll just
My position in these dialogues is contrary to both of the standard police-state
positions, by which I mean the typical conservative law-n-order mentality which
posits that the police are always objective actors who do no wrong, and when
they do it's only one in a million and "waddaya expect? ya gonna have a
few bad apples!" and also the standard liberal big government position
with its schizophrenic belief that the government agencies which actually enforce the big government on everyone is
inherently racist. They're both
wrong. And as usual, I'm the only one I
see yammering about the matter who is
By Memorial Day
of 2015, police killed 380-some-odd Americans with firearms. This is a yearly rate of around 900. The yearly average for the prior ten years
was something like 320 per year. That
figure does not include the Eric Garners who died from a choke hold, nor the
dozens who died from "non-lethal" tasers, nor the schlub in Baltimore
who died, handcuffed, in the backseat of a police car from injuries sustained
from bouncing around as the police car was being driven by a Bobby Unser fan. Nor does it include the probable jail cell suicide
death of Sandra Bland who should never have been in jail in the first place but
who was put there by an autocratic asshole cop on a power trip who was too busy
abusing his authority to do his job of policing a small portion of a free
country in the manner in which police, in a free country, are required to behave.
though, include the death of an unarmed Texas college football player who was
ransacking a car dealership, the murder of a feeble Chicago octogenarian waggling
a knife around in a medication-induced stupor, and the assassination of a
Cincinnati resident who was no longer willing to participate in a needless
traffic stop imposed upon him by another autocratic asshole cop on a power trip.
police are targeting Americans.
overly simplified conservative position suggests that those who are killed by
police deserve what they get, while an overly simplified liberal position would
maintain that virtually all of those killed are black. Notwithstanding that some and possibly many
of those killed do in fact "deserve it" and that a good number of
those killed are actually black, the reality is … I've said it before … police
are targeting Americans.
Americans. Not just blacks.
for this is … and I've said this
before as well … police are, generally speaking, autocratic assholes on power
trips abusing their authority, and with nearly universal impunity improperly granted
them by the courts no longer willing to do their own duty in compelling the
other branches of government to abide by the severe restrictions on their power
that our nation was founded upon.
statistics are to be relied upon, and they usually can be, the ratio of blacks
being killed in 2015 will be roughly one-third that of whites being killed. Race-baiting liberals will say that this
proves blacks are being targeted more, because whites outnumber blacks by
five-to-one. It's simple math, they'll
claim: five-to-one multiplied by one third means blacks are targeted 1.67:1 more
often than whites … so there.
and Eric Garner aside, police in our country rarely use weapons unless
crimes are actually being committed — they confine their power abuses in most
citizen encounters to being bossy, imperious jackasses. The
rate of criminal activity, where cops using weaponized force will nearly always be seen,
is almost four times higher for blacks than it is for whites, which thus erases
[and then some] any asserted racial bias in the use of police force. Blacks are fractionally less likely to die at the pointy end of a cop's bullet when you
factor "presumed criminal activity" into the equation. This is not to say that criminals deserve to
be killed on the street, but … sometimes they do, in fact, bring it on
Of course, this "presumed criminal activity" is very difficult to
quantify, since this factor is not included in the statistics compiled by the
Justice Department even though it is undoubtedly a valid consideration. Michael Brown, for example, was killed after
attempting to boost a cop's gun as he was being stopped for previously boosting
a local convenience store, but this fact escapes the official tallyman. It also escapes the mob which is tired of
listening to official excuses for cops killing citizens by the score, and they
are refusing to listen. But let's just
say that the figures are a statistical wash that do not support the hypothesis
of a rampantly racist nationwide police force.
Individual cops' mileage may vary.
the figures show thus far in 2015 is that police are killing Americans
three-to-one more than they have since records were kept, and that the majority
being killed are white, both in raw numbers and pro rata. This supports, therefore, the hypothesis that
cops are autocratic assholes on power trips abusing their authority. They don't care who you are; they are going
to push you around every chance they get and — since they have nearly universal
impunity — no court is likely to say they were wrong to do so if you complain
about it. After all, do you think this
is a free country or something? where
citizens have rights and the
government has strict limitations on its power to push people around?
and predictable result of this is that citizens will fight back — it is the universal
outcome of every history book ever written.
Nearly all citizens, though, will fight back like I am: by timidly using
words of varying rudeness to unflatteringly describe the totalitarianism of the
police-state we see emerging around us.
This, then, will ensure that more of us will be badgered, harassed and goaded
by cops if we are ever officially encountered, thus supporting the "autocratic
assholes on power trips abusing their authority" hypothesis.
Just as naturally and predictably, a small portion of the citizens who are
badgered, harassed and goaded will elevate their pique to something more
sinister, and still others will do the same as a sort of pre-emptive measure …
and sure enough, the cops shot by Americans has "spiked", according
to the FBI, up 89% in 2014 over 2013, and the preliminary figures for 2015 show
another near-doubling. Why, we're almost
up to the number of dead cops we saw during the Prohibition Era!
comparison is telling. The natural and
predictable consequence of a citizenry which believes itself to be a free people
in a free country and thus defined not to have to endure its government badgering
them endlessly … is to fight back when they find that they are being badgered endlessly, over matters they were designed to be
free from being badgered upon.
people does not have Prohibition thrust upon them. When it is, resistance follows. And during Prohibition, we saw resistance and
cops died. Thousands of them over the
decade and a half that Prohibition lasted.
people does not have to prove they aren't terrorists at airports, nor to buckle
their seat belts, nor to buy health insurance if they want to risk it, nor to
stop selling loose cigarettes on the street, nor to stop smoking AFTER the
traffic stop is concluded, nor to do any of the other countless things we are
told — "for our own good" or otherwise — we must do or else have some
uniformed and armed assholes abuse their authority at us about it. When it happens, resistance follows. We are seeing resistance today, and cops are
dying as a result. Hundreds of them.
This is a
reason free citizens in a free country set ambushes for cops is because those
citizens do not believe they are free.
They believe the government is out to get them, so they want to get the
government first. And when nearly 900
citizens are going to be killed by cops this year, up from 300 or so last year,
those paranoid citizens would seem to have a good point.