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Sunday, December 28, 2014

On Police, Disrespect To De Blasio, And A Failing Judicial System


 And one stood alone!

In a critical tie in world History August Landmesser once stood alone...and the world should have paid attention.

We are not paying proper attention to growing authoritarianism.

While I doubt there are three Americans who actually relish the killings of the two NYC cops, I join thousands in recognizing the evolving reality of local cops who are clearly abusive well beyond any level of decency.  From over-the-top abuse of women, the physically challenged, and the innocent to outright shooting (killing) when the action should have been the last resort. 

A few factors contribute to the abusive cop: the lawless, poor police management, management's poor hiring practices and issues of race or the underprivileged. In some cases, we must consider the communities in which the lawless have far too much freedom to raise hell and reap havoc. Few will argue against the cop who helps to rid the community of the lawless. The problem arises when the lines become blurred between the lawless and the innocent. A problem compounded by law enforcement failure to differentiate between the lawless and the innocent. After we move through the failure to differentiate, it is impossible to avoid consideration of race. Yes, most cops are white (as are the majority population) and most cops are committed to the fair fulfillment of their job description. Unfortunately, as is often the case with the lawless, the bad cops draw much more attention; scrutiny that is without question more often than not warranted.

Law enforcement. 

An obvious failure of law enforcement management is poor hiring practices that in many cases lead to poor hires. The perfect and most tragic example is the killer of Tamir Rice (12 year old with a toy gun on an Ohio playground). Rice was shot at point blank range by a cop with one year on the force and who's previous law enforcement record was riddled with poor psychological assessment and less than acceptable performance as a person authorized to lawfully carry a firearm. News reports include comment from his father he wanted to go to work in a police department that would offer "more action." "More action?"

The business of staffing police departments. 

Poor hiring practices also include a serious lack of attention to the psychological profile of the potential hire. Any thorough (psychological) profile should include a review of education level, some degree of review regarding the potential hires history (family through secondary education) and assessment of the potential officer's social tolerance. Of course, when a police officer secures a position in a force with sanctioned "Stop and Frisk" orders, any cop will reach to perform at a level that garners praise and promotion. Hiring practices are critical, but if the department's management and policies force all to comply with storm-trooper tactics, there is no prospect of " the good cop."

The flawed and disparate judicial systems

An even more critical consideration of law enforcement and a lack of trust from some it serves is the umbrella application of the justice system. Prosecutors, public defenders and "crony" defense lawyers et al combine to form a system of imbalance justice for anyone who escapes the terminal acts of officers in the streets of our cities.  

Before the Tamir Rice killing, another cop murder garnered national attention. The WalMart store killing of John Crawford while on a cell phone and holding a pellet rifle. His last words were, "Its not real."  He was shot mere seconds after police arrived on the scene in response to a call from a young white man who claimed Crawford was pointing the gun at shoppers. The caller later stated Crawford wad not pointing the gun at shoppers. He was not prosecuted.  The Crawford killing was accompanied by the death of a shopper who succumbed to an anxiety attack from the commotion in the WalMart store. The responding officers were cleared of culpability in the shoppers death.   

The shopper's inadvertent death was one consideration, the killing of John Crawford was yet another and it stands as clear evidence of disparate treatment for citizens under the law.

In early 2014, OP-NAT EYE published a piece with a few reasons many do not trust police. I have posted the pieced despite my reticence with regard to Intelligence Quotient (IQ). I am not a supporter of labeling based on IQ.  As stated above, issues regarding intellect are secondary to hiring practices, including consideration of potential hires well beyond a simple assessment of the person sitting across the desk. 

3 Reasons Intelligent, Rational Americans Don’t Trust Police

February 20, 2014(updated February 21, 2014)(LINKS UPDATED August 15, 2014)

Lincoln, R.I. cop Edward Krawetz kicks Ms. Donna Levesque in
face while handcuffed. May 31, 2009.

Despite near-daily summary executions of unarmed people, assaults and malicious arrests by U.S. police, Americans still love their cops.

A Gallup poll from this past June found that white Americans are 60 percent confident in police, while non-whites checked in at 48 percent. But in recent years, public trust in police has slid. A 2009 poll found that 63 percent of respondents of all races said police had “very high honesty and ethical standards,” but that number dropped to 57 percent the following year.

Many Americans have people employed as cops in their families, and use that fact to rationalize “the good” of the entire profession. Some are simply too afraid to say anything about obvious violent, thuggish behavior of cops, while others desperately want to hold onto what little Pollyanna Americana is left in their hearts. The facts speak for themselves as far as why Americans need to be proactive in protecting themselves against the largest and most heavily armed gang in the USA. Here are three of those facts.

Low IQ Academy Applicants Preferred

A good number of white Americans reject affirmative action legislation because they say it unfairly gives less qualified “minorities” jobs they don’t deserve. Police departments, on the other hand, actually prefer and covet the least qualified applicants they can possibly get.

Mr. Robert Jordan of New London, Conn. wanted to become a cop. The first step in that jurisdiction is for applicants to take a Wonderlic test. Many Americans have heard of this exam because NFL prospects must take it as part of the draft process.

Jordan took the test on March 16, 1996 and scored a 33 (out of 50). He was not allowed to move on to the next stage of the application process because he scored too high on the test. The City of New London defended its policy, saying Jordan scored too far above the “normative median” of 21 and would “get bored” with the job and quit. The average NFL player also scores around 20 on the test, according to Bleacher Report.

Mr. Jordan filed a discrimination lawsuit in federal court alleging a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. The district court dismissed the case, ruling that New London’s policy is “rational.” The U.S. Second Circuit Court Of Appeals affirmed. In other words, it is legal for police departments to purposely hire the least intelligent individuals they can find. Plus the less education they’ve obtained, the easier they are to manipulate. This is why so many Americans are being savagely attacked.

A 2010 Michigan State University study found that cops with a two or four-year degree resorted to using force 56 percent of the time, while those with only a GED or high school diploma used force 68 percent of the time. The Bureau of Justice Statistics found in 2003 that 83 percent of U.S. police agencies require cops only to have a GED or high school diploma, and only one percent require a four-year college degree.

A September 2, 2010 article in Pacific Standard magazine suggested that requiring police to have college degrees may be discriminatory towards minorities. Oh the irony.

Incentives To Kill

Operation-Nation has covered more than 600 instances of police killing, assaulting and/or raping an American since 2006. The offending cop was placed on “paid administrative leave” within a day or two of the incident more than 90 percent of the time.

Police across America know full well if they kill someone (on or off-duty), they will get an extended paid vacation, sometimes lasting years. They also know that it is extremely rare for cops to be held accountable in anyway for their actions.

Mr. Kelly Thomas was beaten to death ON TAPE by Fullerton, Calif. cops Manuel Ramos, Jay Cicinnelli, et al. as he begged for his life in July 2011. It was a small victory for Americans when the aforementioned two killers were actually charged with murder and other crimes. But reality set in at trial when the cops were acquitted.

A paid vacation, along with “atta boys” from fellow cops and Americans who love them, is only a dead human away. Even if they are fired from their current positions for killing or assaulting an American, another cop organization will hire them.

Former Bella Vista, Ark. cop Coleman Brackney, in a rare occurrence in U.S. jurisprudence, was actually convicted of negligent homicide when he murdered James Ahern in January 2010. After serving the insulting 30 day jail sentence, he was hired as police chief in Sulphur Springs, Ark. last March.

The incentives are too great to pass for cops, many of whom desire to kill already. Americans with common sense realize this.

“Protect And Serve” Myth

Roommates Carolyn Warren and Joan Taliaferro called police when they heard intruders break into neighbor Miriam Douglas’ apartment and rape her on March 16, 1975. Dispatchers with Washington, D.C. police assured them help was on the way.

The two women, believing police would be there soon, yelled down to the apartment to try and stop the assault. But the two attackers heard them, forced their way into the women’s apartment and proceeded to assault and rape them for the next fourteen hours. Police never showed up.

The women filed a lawsuit – the oft-cited Warren vs. District of Columbia case – but were met with a harsh reality. The Federal DC Court of Appeals dismissed the case in 1981, ruling that cops have “no general duty to provide…police protection.”

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a similar case, Deshaney vs. Winnebago County, a few years later. That decision was nearly identical to the Warren case, with the majority ruling that there is no relationship between police and citizens that mandates protection. Thus it is well-established law that cops are not here to “protect and serve” despite that falsehood being displayed on many police badges, cars and station walls.

Americans who choose to ignore the facts are the ones who will be in the most danger. Sadly it has come to the point that we must stand our ground when we fear for our lives against these armed henchmen. Police protect and carry out the orders of government, corporations and individuals with large collections of Federal Reserve notes. Anybody who believes otherwise is naive, mentally disabled, and/or afraid to face reality.

There are far more of us than there are of them. But until we’re united on this front, expect more of the same for the foreseeable future.

Note: Snopes on Kravetz

1. Edward Krawetz •••Is Edward Krawetz, a police officer convicted of assault for kicking a handcuffed woman, engaged in hearings to retain his job? ...assault for kicking a handcuffed woman is engaged in hearings to retain his job. Example: [Collected via e-mail, July 2012] Rhode Island police... 

...police officer Edward Krawetz received no jail time for this brutal assault on this seated and handcuffed woman. Now he wants his job back, share if you... 

...faces six administrative counts. "The final charge is conviction of a felony involving conduct which amounts to moral turpitude or which shocks the...
Sun, 28 Dec 2014 23:22:00 GMT  

August Landmesser  stood alone!

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