I want to explore the issue of police a little more. If you recognized the term “the Fuzz” congratulations you are old. For those of you young whippersnappers who are unfamiliar with that term “the Fuzz” is 70’s and 80’s slang for the police.
Police have way too much power these days. I believe this power is perceived power rather than actual lawful power. I think that departments are assuming control where they have no legal authority to assume control. Look at how the police are becoming militarized. Today it is becoming more and more common to see police looking like some combat force, rather than the customary neighborhood cop walking a beat.
Cops have a tough job, there is no doubt about it. However consider this, crime statistics keep dropping but the police activity keeps intensifying. Why do the cops automatically assume I am some kind of felon when they stop me for speeding or other minor traffic violations? Why do cops think they have a right to ask me for identification? Why do cops automatically assume I am doing something illegal? Why do cops come after minor law breakers when they know where the real bad guys are? Why have cops stopped patrolling for the people and started managing the people? Watch this exchange I found on YouTube.
If you watched the video you saw a young man who was pretty shaken up over his encounter with the police, and no wonder. The first cop clearly has his hand on his gun. The second cop looks like he is a gunslinger in the old west with his gun slung low for a quick draw. I have never been to Middletown, Connecticut but I can’t imagine it is worse than Detorit, Michigan. Also notice the military type uniform on the police in small town America. These guys look like they are ready for an invasion not like they are serving and protecting a community. By the end of the video the young man is shaking so badly he cannot hold the camera straight but he challenges the cops with the constitution they swore to protect against all enemies foreign and domestic. Unfortunately, they seem to be the domestic enemy. This young man showed great bravery, but he also was asking for a confrontation. Police seem to be extremely nervous whenever you video tape public areas or persons. Especially when you videotape them. Here is another example.
This video shows why it is necessary to record cops. Cops are out of control. They have a perception of power which is not granted to them through the constitution. I am sick and tired of the idea that because you have a badge and a gun you are my boss. I am your boss, and you are here to serve and protect me. That means that I don’t have to identify myself, you must identify yourself. I am not guilty of any crime, even if you arrest me I am not guilty. The state has the burden of proving me guilty. Just because you claim to be suspicious does not mean I have committed a crime.
You can spend hours watching YouTube videos of cops violating rights, beating innocent people, killing people and falsely arresting people. It is disturbing and it has nothing to do with race, everything to do with these out of control cops.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZdDWTjvJyM – Arrested for drinking Arizona Iced Tea
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuZM056rusk – Arrested for picking his son up at school
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7HwWNaWbd4 – Arrested for asking questions at a school board meeting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MhDDqq73pc – Arrested for asking questions, and for asking for a pen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fY20sSeikw – I have no clue
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQrvmzRHzaA – Beaten for using a cell phone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8qTRbrC6ws – Beaten for arguing with a friend. 19 different cops in this video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLNNXCz9-gQ -Beaten for asking for her phone call while hand-cuffed
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQvhHdEPINA – Knocked out for smoking a cigarette
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD0qEjnxdYM – Tazered while hand-cuffed for spitting on a cop
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKTYcBHJKow – Tazered for being handicapped
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZMUnAJTuFA – Shot and beaten
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG9SHQTDIoE – Shot while in bed
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSPhC916GQM – Killed for rolling up her window
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbI5HHz7fJU – Killed for refusing to give cops his ID
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWQ5lu8jSMc – Killed for camping
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pecE_wq4auA – Killed for no reason (warning very graphic)
Another issue is minor traffic violations. Think about it, do you speed, run red lights, stop signs, make illegal U-turns and commit other traffic violations. The answer you are searching for is YES, you do. Everyone who drives has committed minor traffic violations. I commute roughly 35 miles a day. I am going to violate the traffic laws from time to time and probably on a weekly basis. Before you start pointing your finger at me, realize you do the same thing. If the speed limit is 45 and you are doing 46 YOU LOSE SUCKER, you just violated the law and you are a criminal. Unfriend me on Facebook, block me on Twitter, send nasty messages to my email, but you are a criminal. So is everyone else on the road. I am not a great violator of the law, but I will do 70 in a 60, I will California roll a right turn on red, and certain stop signs. I will change lanes without signaling, and I will roll down the road sans seat belt. On the weekends and sometimes during the week I drive for Uber. Uber is a peer to peer rideshare service which has become very popular in major US cities and around the world. I probably drive 500-1000 miles a week working Uber. I am going to violate the traffic laws.
Think about this. Why are there traffic laws? Most people would say public safety, but I challenge that notion. If I am doing 70 in a 60 I am probably not going to cause many problems. Yes, I know, speed kills; but in reality speed does not kill, excessive speed kills. If I was doing 11o in a 60 now you have a case against me for endangering public safety. Most speeding tickets are given to people going 10 – 15 miles over the posted limit. Those folks are not going to cause an accident, they are not endangering other motorists, and they are not endangering themselves in the overwhelming majority of cases. Nevertheless cops hand out tickets like Jehovah’s Witnesses hand out The Watchtower. Have you ever asked yourself why? The answer is clear and undeniable; revenue. Many cities do not report the amount of revenue they steal from their citizens through “traffic violations.” If you pass enough laws and ordinances everyone will be guilty and everyone will be forced to pay. Is this why we have police?
The Houston Metropolitan area has over 30 different policing departments, each employees a number of people to keep us safe. Those people cost money, therefore those departments must justify their existence by writing tickets. Are they really protecting and serving us? The bottom line is this, when our rights come into conflict with their revenue our right will be violated. Everything comes down to money. Law enforcement in this day and age is very similar to the mafia of days gone by. They are running a sophisticated and intricate protection racket and every day we applaud them for it. Cops are not your friend, they are bill collectors with a gun and a badge and you had better watch out for them or you might just be the next Eric Garner.