I have often been accused of “bashing cops” and being a “cop hater” because about once a week on facebook I will post a video or two of abusive officers caught in the act. In general I don’t even say much about my view when I do these posts, I simply link to the article like any other I might post.
The most recent example is this article Police chief ‘shocked’ by cop interfering with man recording arrest on video.
You can read the story and watch the video for yourself. The short version is cops are busting some folks for fighting. I doesn’t appear that they did anything wrong in that action. They were just doing their jobs. Some passer by starts videoing it from what looks to be 25-35 yards away, totally within his rights, and one officer gets in his face, threatens him, lies to him, etc.
What “cop hating” rant did I post about this? The following is all I posted along with a link to the story,
Seems like the Chief of Police is headed in the right direction with this, but the officer intimidating him is another cop that needs to at least get some remedial training.
You can see The Original Post Here
Along comes a fellow named Micha who says among other things,
Look, the cop was kinda being a dick. But I don’t think this rises even to the level of minor annoyance, let alone outrage. When exactly did you start hating cops jack?
So me saying the Chief seemed to be going in the right direction and that an officer that violated the rights of a citizen was in need of “remedial training”, makes me a “cop hater”?
Keep in mind, I never called him a name, didn’t suggest he be fired or anything of the sort. Just that he needed remedial training, because as bad cops go, this guy wasn’t really that bad. But you see what the formula is here right? If you say anything bad, about any cop at all, ever, even when you have conclusive proof that it is true, then you are to be called a “cop hater”.
You do likely realize that most people that do this are right wing types right. I mean typical right wing conservatives. I am not saying that is good thing or a bad thing. I am just saying that in my observations, it is the right that is the most staunch in supporting those who work in both Law Enforcement and Military service. Most that will stick up for cops in spite of facts and make the “few bad apples” excuse are typical conservatives.
Can we stop and ask ourselves if there is another hot button issue these folks have a strong opinion about? How about “sealing the southern border”?
Conservatives will often point to criminal activity and illegals living off government benefits as to reasons why. They will then cite conclusive proof that it does happen. They make it incredibly clear that they are not against immigration or Hispanics, only illegal immigration by any and all. To their credit most such people are being dead honest and sincere about what they present and where they stand. They make a clear, concise and true argument that can’t be countered with facts.
So with out the ability to engage in a factual debate how does the other side counter this?
Of course the opposition counters by saying conservatives are racists, hate all immigrants especially “brown people” and of course that 99% of those coming across the border are just looking to do jobs Americans won’t. No matter how logical the conservative voice is on this issue, no matter how clear, no matter how correct, the counter punch is call them haters, racists and cite 99% even though no one can prove anything close to the 99% figure.
When this formula is used on most right wing conservatives they rightly assume the nation has lost its collective mind. Yet on this issue they turn around and use the same old “racist/hater” formula when it is convenient for them to do so.
Simply put the fact that a person is concerned about an open boarder, illegal immigration and a broke ass nation paying benefits to people here illegally, DOES NOT make them a racist. It also doesn’t mean they are anti immigration or anti “brown people” either. Such claims are made by people who want to be right in spite of facts and turn to such accusations when the facts can’t make their case for them.
Okay, then when a person points to abusive law enforcement activity and asks that something be done, it doesn’t make them anti law enforcement or a cop hater. What it make them is a citizen concerned for their rights and the rights of others, demonstrating that we have problem with the facts to back up the claim. So the only way the argument can be silenced is once again with the use of the old “racist/hater” formula.
I really think this is another pattern that people complain about all the time, at the exact same time they apply it to others. I would ask you the reader, do you not see it now?
Remember another pattern to watch for is the formula to control a society. This formula is as follows,
- First make yourself look weak
- Allow your citizens to feel helpless
- Find an enemy or three, build them up
- Look weak in front of this found enemy
- Hope they attack you, create an attack if they do not
- Divide your people on all possible issues
- Call anyone who speaks out against government a terrorist, conspiracy nut, etc.
- Wait until your people beg for “protection” and demand tyranny
- Give them what they ask for
- Repeat as necessary
Folks pay particular attention to step number 6. In any event I will continue to show bad officers doing bad things and ask people to do something about it. I will continue to say that the “good cops” are the ones with the highest obligation to speak up and do something. I will continue to tell you guys in Law Enforcement that you’d be better off saying you are an “Officer of the Peace” than to call yourself a “Law Enforcer”. I will also continue to recognize the courageous service of MOST of our men and women in law enforcement.
No amount of the application of the “hater/racist” formula can stop me from saying what is right and speaking the truth. The truth is simple, there are about 780,000 police officers in the US. That number doesn’t include Federal Marshalls, FBI, and other federal agencies, that is local and state boots on the ground members of the LEO community. If 95% are outstanding and only 5% are “bad apples”, then that is 39,000 abusive officers with a club, a gun, a tazer, a shotgun, handcuffs and the authority of the state in the form of a badge.
That number would equal an average of 780 such people in every state in the nation. That is a big problem.
My message to citizens, know and invoke your rights, record everything you see and please remember there are good men and women doing their jobs right along side the abusers. Don’t be an asshole, don’t provoke officers and don’t try to set up bad situations just to make a point.
My message to officers, you have been trusted with some serious privileges not extended to most of your fellow citizens. The people rely on you to use those trusted privileges with respect for and in defense of their rights. Stop lying to people, know the law you swear to uphold and defend and remember your oath isn’t to the state, it is to the people.
Any officer that won’t speak up when your fellow officers do something abusive you don’t deserve the honor of serving, so go do something else. The brotherhood of the “thin blue line” is fine, just remember that that line should be on the side of the people, not the state.
Now go ahead and call me a cop hater!