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Vigilantes with a Badge: The War Against the American People
Canada Free Press ^ | Feb. 25, 2014 | John W. Whitehead

Posted on 02/26/2014 8:16:42 AM PST by drypowder

To put it another way, there can be no hope for freedom unless “we the people” recognize that every time the police shoot an unarmed citizen, taser an elderly person, or beat someone senseless or crash through a homeowner’s door, they are really shooting me, tasering you, and beating senseless your children, your neighbors and your loved ones.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: donutwatch; standingarmy; tingods
Rule of man now trumps Rule of Law
1 posted on 02/26/2014 8:16:42 AM PST by drypowder
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To: drypowder
Rule of man now trumps Rule of Law

Right to the foundation of the problem.

2 posted on 02/26/2014 8:20:01 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: drypowder

Starts at the top with a lawless dictator.


3 posted on 02/26/2014 8:29:31 AM PST by Cold Heart
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4 posted on 02/26/2014 8:32:58 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Cold Heart
Funneling millions of dollars worth of military equipment to police and sheriffs has allowed civilian oversight of these agencies to lapse.
5 posted on 02/26/2014 8:36:29 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: drypowder

Good luck with this one...the Law & Order types will be around to tell you why the police are always right.


6 posted on 02/26/2014 8:38:17 AM PST by 556x45
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To: drypowder

IMHO, “civil asset forfeiture” has turned a lot of them into something more aking to “bounty hunter” than “peace officer”.


7 posted on 02/26/2014 8:40:18 AM PST by tacticalogic
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Funneling millions of dollars worth of military equipment to police and sheriffs has allowed civilian oversight of these agencies to lapse.

We may very well need that equipment in the years ahead. It will be good to have it maintained, fueled, and stored close at hand.

8 posted on 02/26/2014 8:41:05 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: tacticalogic
“bounty hunter”

Or even more so, "robber baron."

9 posted on 02/26/2014 8:42:25 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: Cold Heart
Starts at the top with a lawless dictator.

It even started years before that in local communities. But you are right with King Obama's lawless the police have turned into military operations even with armored military vehicles with machine guns. They have the protection of the Administration and laws that generally find justified killings. Even if they lose the civil case the government pays and that is your taxes. America is out of control.

10 posted on 02/26/2014 8:46:18 AM PST by Logical me
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To: drypowder

Just a thought.....
Could it be that rather than, as the article suggests, that there is a conspiracy of sorts with police departments now at war with citizens...... but rather that it could be this generation of officers was brought up with more aggressive personalities, with a “me-me-me” attitude, less regard for life in general, and little or no religious morals?

I say this because we see these same problematic attitudes arising in other jobs as well. It seems that it is more and more difficult to find someone who can be trusted, whether you are dealing with sales people, repair people, stock brokers, teachers, and I could go on and on.


11 posted on 02/26/2014 8:48:44 AM PST by Apple Pan Dowdy (... as American as Apple Pie)
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To: drypowder

The militarism of local police must stop! Remember the Posse Comitatus Act? No need for that now. The lines have been so blurred that it is no longer distinguishable.


12 posted on 02/26/2014 8:54:52 AM PST by mc5cents (Pray for America)
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To: Apple Pan Dowdy

Good thoughts Apple.


13 posted on 02/26/2014 8:56:51 AM PST by mc5cents (Pray for America)
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To: Apple Pan Dowdy
Or a combination of tactics. Train them to be aggressive, reward aggressive behavior, let them know their superiors expect aggressiveness, and make it understood that their job, income, family healthcare plans, etc. depend on their superiors being happy with their ability to carry out orders without question.
14 posted on 02/26/2014 8:58:56 AM PST by ArtDodger
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To: Cold Heart

He is just the most egregious violator.

THis has been creeping on for years, going back at LEAST to Bush I.


15 posted on 02/26/2014 9:02:36 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Sometimes (but only sometimes) the bad guys lose


16 posted on 02/26/2014 9:05:21 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: drypowder

It all started with video games.


17 posted on 02/26/2014 9:11:41 AM PST by AmusedBystander (The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next)
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To: drypowder

Until lawsuits by citizens are paid from PD coffers and not just cities (who in turn just raise taxes on taxpayers), nothing will change.

If the people committing the wrongdoing are not paying a personal price for it, nothing changes.


18 posted on 02/26/2014 9:35:21 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: drypowder
Rule of man now trumps Rule of Law

Some people predicted this:

http://www.enterpriseintegrators.com/flint/4thR/TomSmithsIncredibleBreadMachinePoem.txt

Now this was getting serious,
So Smith felt that he must
Have a friendly interview
With the men in antitrust.
So, hat in hand, he went to them.

They'd surely been misled;
No rule of law had he defied.
But the their lawyer said:
"The rule of law, in complex times,
Has proved itself deficient.
We much prefer the rule of men!
It's vastly more efficient.

Now, let me state the present rules,"
The lawyer then went on,
"These very simple guidelines
You can rely upon"
You're gouging on you prices if
You charge more than the rest.
But it's unfair competition
If you think you can charge less.

"A second point that we would make
To help avoid confusion:
Don't try to charge the same amount:
That would be collusion!
You must compete. But not too much
For if you do, you see,
Then the market would be yours
And that's monopoly!"

Price too high? Or price too low?
Now, which charge did they make?
Well, they weren't loath to charging both
With Public Good at stake!

19 posted on 02/26/2014 9:36:49 AM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: drypowder

Who writes this stuff? Sheesh. Get a grip. Throwing out a few examples of police wrong doing (going back several years no less) suddenly means there is a ‘WAR’ on the public?

Spare me.

I agree that we are becoming a nation of men and not laws but we are far from a war on the public by the police.


20 posted on 02/26/2014 10:01:42 AM PST by Cap'n Crunch
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To: Cap'n Crunch

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3127245/posts

You were saying?


21 posted on 02/26/2014 10:12:42 AM PST by Dead Corpse (Tre Norner eg ber, binde til rota...)
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To: ScottinVA

Highwaymen


22 posted on 02/26/2014 10:30:06 AM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: 556x45

Good luck with this one...the Law & Order types will be around to tell you why the police are always right.

**********

The police are not always right (Who is?); but the average Joe, as distinguished from the average libertarian, is far more concerned about being a victim of criminals than the police.


23 posted on 02/26/2014 10:39:36 AM PST by Socon-Econ
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To: Dead Corpse

BTW, no one ever addressed why those police were there making those arrests. It was clear it was one large drunk crowd, that was taunting the police while making the arrests. Sure, the LEO were wrong in making those statements, but why not comment on the drunks and the entire situation?


24 posted on 02/26/2014 11:09:44 AM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: SgtHooper

Crowds tend to gather outside bars at closing time. I understand the need for a police presence and even support them if things get rowdy.

Not the case here. Some dude just standing there, not “in their face”, videoing their arrests was in no way interfering with their duties.

It was a “muh authorituh must be respekted” moment. Pure and simple.


25 posted on 02/26/2014 11:17:13 AM PST by Dead Corpse (Tre Norner eg ber, binde til rota...)
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To: Socon-Econ

Sorry, poor choice of words. Rather than right lets say corrupt. Ive yet to meet one that wasnt a felon waiting for an opportunity. The more exposure you have to COPs the more you fear for your life.


26 posted on 02/26/2014 11:59:56 AM PST by 556x45
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To: tacticalogic
IMHO, “civil asset forfeiture” has turned a lot of them into something more aking to “bounty hunter” than “peace officer”.

Brought to you courtesy of the Insane War on Some Drugs.

27 posted on 02/26/2014 1:57:38 PM PST by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: Cap'n Crunch

Just one more today for the road

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/02/26/bystander-i-thought-i-had-freedom-of-speech-officer-you-dont-you-just-lost-it/


28 posted on 02/26/2014 3:22:23 PM PST by drypowder
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To: Dead Corpse

“I think the officer in the video is extraordinarily agitated, hostile and unprofessional. I think it’s highly problematic,” said David Rocah, ACLU Maryland. “The fact that officers can act this way, knowing that they’re being filmed, I think shows a level of impunity that is quite troubling.”

Agreed. Stupid cop.

Delegate Sandy Rosenberg says he’s also concerned.
“There needs to be either further training for the police and perhaps some appropriate disciplinary action for this individual policeman,” Rosenberg said.

Agreed. The boy is probably gonna get a spankin’.

“The man who was filming was not arrested and has not filed a complaint in this case.”

Not arrested and no complaint filed. This constitutes a War? Sorry, I’m not buying that. Maybe the guy will find an attorney and file a suit and get a couple grand.

Not much of a war.


29 posted on 02/26/2014 3:30:20 PM PST by Cap'n Crunch
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To: drypowder

Looks to me that there was a crowd that needed to be dispersed. Instead of yelling obscenities the cop should have given a warning to do just that, leaving the sentence enhancers out of his vocabulary.

After Mr. Camera failed to disperse I would have locked him up for fail to disperse.

A war? Hardly.


30 posted on 02/26/2014 3:44:56 PM PST by Cap'n Crunch
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
I don't know. Our city of 300,000 got an APC and people just look at it as a waste of money. A pick up truck could easily take it out. It sits up on a slab behind the police station and simply looks stupid and out of place.
31 posted on 02/26/2014 4:01:15 PM PST by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the Whitehouse.)
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To: Dead Corpse

Oh I understand the LEO ‘tude was wrong, but there was also a big crowd yelling, taunting the police as they arrested alleged drunks. With all that action the LEO should still have maintained a civil demeanor, but I also understand that with a bunch of loud and “unruly” kids yelling and disrespecting the LEO, I would expect some degree of anger by the LEO. Nothing angers me more is a bunch of kids disrespecting elders, let alone LEO. An all-around bad situation on both sides.


32 posted on 02/26/2014 4:14:52 PM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: SgtHooper

If they can’t handle it, the. Maybe a change of profession would be in order.


33 posted on 02/26/2014 4:46:32 PM PST by Dead Corpse (Tre Norner eg ber, binde til rota...)
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