The Case For Disarming The Police
Police brutality and violence against the defenseless population is not some thing new. But, over the past few years, the frequency and the degree of this violence has gone up drastically – the beatings and tortures have given way to outright murders and executions. It is resembling more and more like the hunting season – the duck hunting. Armed to the teeth, police seems to be enjoying killing their victims in a volley of bullets. Defenseless people are just the game!
It is sickening.
The acts of violence that the police carries out against the general public are not the consequences of the brutality of individual officers, it is embedded is in its very institution. Police brutality in the US is rooted in its history. Police, following on its ‘slave patrol’ roots, has always acted with utmost violence against the poor, working class, and minorities.
There has been only one constant in police behavior – One is guaranteed a violent response from police whatever the call may be – Albeit with one exception, police brutality against the public is on a sharp upswing since the ‘terror attack’ of 9/11 – Police has no regard even for the very old and fragile or the very young – every one is terrorized with equal ferociousness.
Now, armed to the teeth – very much like an occupation force, it feels at ease to use its enhanced firepower and kill unarmed people very much like its counterparts have been used to do in Afghanistan.
We are dealing with a highly weaponized force trained to kill. And, the increase in the murders committed by the police is directly proportional to its weaponization and militarization.
With the unavoidable coming changes on the economic and financial front, the ruling elites are expecting a complete breakdown in the established ‘social order’ – and getting ready for it. In preparation for the public uprise and the resulting turmoil in the western hemisphere, police force – all over the West, has been transformed into an occupation army. That is the reason for a sharp increase in police violence against the people – it sees the public as “enemy”, and responds accordingly.
To fulfill its role as an occupation force, police has been armed with military grade weapons – “Counterterrosim” has been the mantra to justify the militarization of police in the West. since 9/11, police departments in America have used more than $40 billion in grant funding from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to militarize in the name of counterterrorism.
Armed to the teeth, police departments across the country now carry military-grade weapons. They sport Humvees and armored personnel carriers designed for use on a battlefield, machine guns, sniper rifles, helicopters, tanks, and armed drones.
Police has now metamorphosed into an occupation force – and acts like one. Its SWAT unit regularly conduct military style operations in the neighborhoods. As the “Economist” commented in
Various police department seems to be in competition with each other to do more killings – sort of hunting trophies to display. So far, the year 2015 seems to be producing a bumper crop.
In the month of March alone, more than 110 people, the majority of them unarmed African Americans, shot down by police in the hunting fashion – like ducks.
It seems April is going to be even more fruitful month for the police – bringing in more trophies to decorate the police display walls. Here are some of the more publicized murderous acts of the police:
Last weekend in the town of Zion, Illinois, about 30 miles north of Chicago, cops killed 17-year-old Justus Howell with two shots in the back.
Recently a disturbing video has been published of a mentally unstable, young black man being shot dead by Florida police on February 15, 2015. When 25-year-old Lavall Hall refused to get on the ground, a police officer shot him five times.
April 06: Zion, Illinois Police shot and killed a 17 year old kid – claimed he had stolen a gun. Coroner says teen was shot in back by Zion cops, died of wounds to heart, liver, spleen.
April 07: A white North Charleston police officer was arrested on a murder charge after a video surfaced Tuesday of the lawman shooting eight times at a 50-year-old black man as the man ran away.
Walter L. Scott, a Coast Guard veteran and father of four, died Saturday after Patrolman 1st Class Michael T. Slager, 33, shot him in the back.
Five of the eight bullets hit Scott, his family’s attorney said. Four of those struck his back. One hit an ear.
The footage filmed by a bystander, which The Post and Courier obtained Tuesday from a source who asked to remain anonymous, shows the end of the confrontation between the two on Saturday after Scott ran from a traffic stop. It was the first piece of evidence contradicting an account Slager gave earlier this week through his attorney.
North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said during a news conference that Slager had made a “bad decision.”
“When you’re wrong, you’re wrong,” Summey said. “If you make a bad decision, don’t care if you’re behind the shield or just a citizen on the street, you have to live by that decision.”
Of course, in Mr. Keith Summey’s book, it was just a “bad decision” – Not a MURDER in cold blood.
April 10: California sheriff viciously assaulted a prone man, Francis Jared Pusok, 30, of Apple Valley. In the recorded video, a sheriff’s helicopter can be seen landing next to the man, who falls off the horse and is stunned by one of the deputies. Two deputies begin punching him in the head and kneeing him in the groin. Then, three others arrive and join in the pummeling, which lasts about two minutes.
As Glen Ford wrote, “America’s President commits drone murders of the socially dispossessed overseas much as Michael Slager gunned down Walter Scott with implied impunity in North Charleston. ”
“Cleveland cop Michael Brelo distinguished himself as the most murderous member of a mob of 104 cops on a chase-and-shoot spree in Cleveland, Ohio, back in November, 2012. Mistaking a car engine backfire for a gunshot, the crazy cop caravan careened through Cleveland at speeds reaching 100 miles an hour, cornering Timothy Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30, in a school parking lot. Russell and Williams, unarmed, died in a hail of bullets – 49 of them fired by Officer Brelo, now on trial for voluntary manslaughter. Brelo and his partner fired 15 bullets through their own windshield at the Black victims’ car. Then, at a point when, according to the prosecutor, no cop’s life was in danger (except from other officers), Brelo jumped on the hood of the victims’ car and fired 15 more shots at the mortally wounded man and woman. Today, the cop says he has no recollection of the entire episode.”
In the US, police is the symbol of violence, injustice, and the rule of the ‘gun-power’. As Rob Urie pointed out, “America’s President commits drone murders of the socially dispossessed overseas much as Michael Slager gunned down Walter Scott with implied impunity in North Charleston. ”
Police, from its very beginning, has been an instrument of suppression – a ruthless force in the service of the ruling elites. It was created to use violence to intimidate and subjugate the general public, and to make them obey the Law of the ruling elites.
To justify the need for a large and militarized police force, all sort of crimes – form the drive-by-shootings, muggings, and robberies to drugs and murders are cultivated and sponsored and an atmosphere of fear and insecurity is created.
Amplifying the same point,Rob Urie posed the logical question, “The questions not being asked are why the police exist in the first place; why they are armed and if they are to be armed, why citizens don’t have the legal right to defend themselves against police violence? The ‘self-evidence’ of the need for police is premised on maintenance of a social order that has violent repression as its ‘logical’ outcome.”
To make it safe for the police, and to disempower the citizenry, guns are taken away form public – on the pretext that guns commits the crime.
Yes, they do – in the hands of police. So, take them away from police.
The only way to solve the problem of police violence and brutality is to demilitarize them and disarm the police. The job of police is to act as mediators to help resolve the disputes and to perform the detective work to solve the crimes – which in are not very many in a civilized and fully armed citizenry.
Yes, crimes disappear when each and every member of the society bears the arms – A couple of the cities in the US that have mandated the residents to bear arms showcase this fact – the crime rate in those cities is ZERO.
The police, in case of need of gun power, will call the citizenry and deputize them for the task. A police force, comprised of intelligent and compassionate officers, will thus serve the community.
There is no other way.