Police are like children, in a certain sense; they’re only as good as you raise them to be. Or in this instance, train them to be. Without a doubt, in the last several months some particularly egregious examples of police misconduct, brutality, and murder have surfaced, and not surprisingly, have been ignored by the corporate media to make room for jokes about Anthony Weiner and his nude photos.
For starters, you have the ban on dancing at the Jefferson memorial and other national monuments, which was violently enforced by a group of police who tackled a harmless flash mob to the ground on May 31. The group had gathered to protest the miserable ban on public dancing. Several of the officers may or may not face disciplinary actions for their misconduct, however this type of deeply rooted problem within the police departments of America is unlikely to be solved by the occasional victim pay off or reluctant disciplinary action.
Then, there’s the incident in Miami Beach in which a witness filmed the police shooting a man to death. After spotting the man and his girlfriend filming them from their car, they rip them from their vehicle and slam the two onto the ground, pressing their guns against their heads. They then smash the cell phone and place it back into the victim’s pocket. Both victims are then abducted and photographed, then interrogated before being released. Amazingly the victim, Narces Benoit, managed to hide the sim card from his phone inside his mouth, and the video from this incident has survived to be used as evidence for Benoit’s case against the Miami Beach police. While monetary compensation is surely in order, prosecutions of the cops who committed murder, then kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon, are unlikely to be seen.
A book could easily be filled with just the last several months’ worth of horror stories like these from around the country, but now let’s take a look at just one more. In San Antonio, an eigth grader was executed by a police officer for picking a fist fight with a classmate. The officer, Daniel Alvarado, had been suspended four times already for his behavior, and on the dreadful morning of November 12, 2010 he reminded all of his fellow officers why. After approaching the scene of two boys fighting, with his weapon drawn, Alvarado orders the two not to move, but murder victim Derek Lopez ran from the scene. A chase ensued. After finding the boy, huddled in a backyard shed, unarmed, the police officer then shot him and killed him where he cowered.
These are not freak occurances. This is not fearmongering. This is the increasingly common behavior of more and more police departments around the coutry, as federal funding seems to be the reward for those departments most willing to disregard protocol, legality, and decency.