Policing – Let’s Start There
Let us look at the system that exists beyond the trees of identity politics.
The tragic murder of George Floyd has been hijacked by identity politics opportunists. These exploiters have seized upon the emotional response drawn from witnessing an inhumane police take-down of Mr. Floyd. They have entrapped their flock of followers into a mob mentality environment fueled by calls of racism mixed with violence.
Race, in the United States, is a problem. However, Mr. Floyd’s death came from tactics used by the police. These tactics and George Floyd’s death are the direct results of a military occupational force. Mr. Floyd’s killing is not much different than the “collateral damage” we witnessed in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Brutality is the symptom of our communities’ militaristic trend in public policing. This is a system that authority and dominance are a higher priority than problem-solving. A military force is created to occupy not to police.
In an authoritative system, servants are required, after all, what good is authority without dominance? Therefore, this system preys on the most vulnerable making the minorities and poor communities the selective targets. These two groups in particular have been pushed into a corner and ignored as the state continues to morph further into a system of extortion and violence.
In video after video we see cops terrorizing citizens. Those citizens, mostly minorities and poor people, that have had their doors kicked in and then forced to watch helplessly as their family members abused (in some cases die) are angry. The cops regularly botch their swat-like raids usually for some non-violent action deemed illegal by the state. Then with the aid of qualified immunity, cops that screwed up are cleared of any responsibility.
The herds of misguided protesters must stop and become more independent in thought and action. Their emotional response must be directed towards changing a system that is far more punitive against those that threaten their authority than crimes against private citizens. Mr. Floyd’s death is the result of the militarization of the police. Changing the strategy of policing is the conversation we need to encourage.
The Media – Go To Hell
Wake up! The state media, like all good scammers, have perpetrated a bait and switch act to change our focus away from the real problem of state authority. They will continue shepherding us down the convenient road of racism as their masters usurp our liberty. Racism is a problem but in this case, it is being weaponized.
It’s striking that just a few weeks back the “we’re in this together” fools were calling for mothers in parks and hairstylists to be hauled away in handcuffs but now they are in favor of the police standing down to allow private property to be burned and destroyed.
Transitioning from punishing peaceful people for violating arbitrary lockdown orders preventing Covid spreading activities like surfing, playing golf, or hosting a child’s play date to allowing rioters to run amok destroying property is quite remarkable. Those same fools, the political leaders, that overstepped their “pandemic” authority, are now dismissing the damages of citizens’ property as unimportant.
Why is disobeying a government order, no matter how arbitrary, considered more threatening than the property or the lives of its citizens? Is it because the police are the executors and military arm of state politics? Is this agency more interested in preserving the authority of the state than protecting its citizens?
George Floyd was tragically caught in a net that police cast for a non-violent crime. Racism may be a contributing factor, but policing is the crime. Racial profiling may be another factor contributing to this series of toxic events but let’s be clear it is policing that caused the murder. These contributing factors are serious issues but must not blur our focus on the actual cause of this tragedy.
George Floyd’s race, gender, guilt, or innocence is not the issue. The issue is that once a citizen is selected by the police his safety and safety others must be protected to continue within our justice system. That is how guilt or innocence is to be rendered. Even rapists or murders can not be choked to death by a police officer let alone a person of interest for the alleged “crime” of using a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes.
Injustice can only be ignored for so long before a lashing out occurs. Those that witnesses the George Floyd murder, have been angry at this system of law enforcement for some time. This system is unfair, targeted and more resembles a militarized standing army than the guardian of the law. America’s system of law enforcement is broken and needs radical change. Is it too late?