Problems With Police: collection of cases

August 21, 2015 in Government, Home

For those who don’t see any problems with police or racism I have listed the most informative articles and videos on the subject.

David Simon is Baltimore’s best-known chronicler of life on the hard streets. He worked for The Baltimore Sun city desk for a dozen years. He is the creator, executive producer and head writer of the HBO television series “The Wire“.” Here is his article about “Freddie Gray, the drug war, and the decline of “real policing.” David Simon on Baltimore’s Anguish

This article is about how, “Your unknown prejudices can dictate your actions in a crises.”  Meaning, police make split second decisions and mistakes based on built up cultural ignorance or racial fears. Tamir Rice was a casualty to prejudices and a 911 operator’s oversight of details. This article describes this particular case. Too often today people say to themselves, “Oh well, just one less petty criminal.” Death is not the punishment for theft, or non-violent drug crimes. Policeman Walter Scott was indicted in one of the clearest cases of prejudice, he shot a petty criminals in the back for merely running away.

The saddest and most obvious case I’ve seen on video was when an Iraq Veteran was murdered in jail over the weekend for a DWI. How they treated him was inhuman, and tortuous.  Warning, graphic, he begs for his life up until he’s dead.

With so many videos surfacing today, we have to wonder why all police officers are not wearing cameras. Nearly two years ago one department started wearing cameras and it greatly reduced the cases of police brutality and complaints about police behavior. When police officers know they are on camera they behave better, proving that police sometimes misbehave and abuse their power.

This guy is on camera and rejects constitutional laws, adhering to his own opinions of right and wrong on how to police citizens. Police are often ignorant about laws and procedure.

There is the question of how we should treat drug related offenses; decriminalization will help reduce the brutality and jailing of so many young black people. Here is a video of Obama speaking about drug laws. Here’s more facts and info on why we should end the drug war, 14 years after decriminalizing all drugs, this is what Portugal looks likeIn America we lock up drug offenders to fill for profit prison that make more profit when crime increases. Here’s a video about the dangers of for profit prisons.

We must remember that in many underdeveloped countries the police are the most feared people for citizens and tourists. Everyone know the cops in Mexico steal from tourists. power corrupts and attracts abusive people.

Then there is the police problem with rape.  Most cops are good people, and I hate to associate a good officer with a rapist, but cops have been caught abusing women. This article explains, “Why cops get away with rape.” Here’s a video of an officer entering a woman’s home by force and without cause, while she was only wearing a towel. Very poor judgement.

With so much information on the internet, I wonder how people can still not be aware of police brutality. You can’t deny we have a problem after watching this last video.

I’m not trying to vilify cops, just help people see that there is a problem not being addressed. Don’t trust every cop, be careful, and be respectful.