One thing our Congress should do IMMEDIATELY to ELIMINATE OVERNIGHT the great majority of police brutality and murder is to pass a federal law decriminalizing all non-violent misdemeanor laws/statutes.
The great majority of all police brutality/murder cases occur during attempted misdemeanor arrests. If we eliminate non-violent misdemeanor arrests, we categorically eliminate the great majority of police brutality/murder cases. Did you know the nationwide average for felony arrest per officer is approx. one felony arrest per year? The great majority of officer arrests in their career are indeed misdemeanor arrests. Felony arrests per officer are far less frequent than most people realize: eliminate all non-violent misdemeanors from arrest and you just eliminated the great majority of all police brutality/murder cases.
The Scale of Misdemeanor Justice
“The first notable fact the data reveal is no surprise: the volume of misdemeanor cases is very high. By the NCSC’s accounting, misdemeanor cases represent approximately three-quarters of the criminal justice cases processed in the United States.”
Decriminalizing misdemeanors means instead of an officer arresting a person for a non-violent misdemeanor, the officer issues a citation with a court date. If and when one fails to appear in court on a misdemeanor case, your driver’s license is suspended – you’re unable to renew until you go to court and clear up your misdemeanor case.
This federal law would eliminate the possibility of police brutality and murder occurring during non-violent misdemeanor arrests.
It is essential one realize there are over 18,000 police departments in America and you are not going to “fix” these police departments one at a time.
It is essential one recognize that institutionalized racism, bad department/municipal policies and practices permeate virtually every single one of the 18,000 police departments in America.
Take the problem of police unions protecting accused cops from justice, the problem of institutionalized racism, the problem of police investigating police, and multiply these problems by 18,000 police depts. and one can see the difficulty.
THE POLICE PROBLEM is solved by federalizing our nations’ 18,000 police departments under one federal police force operating under federal guidelines, hiring & disciplinary practices including Dept. of Justice oversight of citizen complaints against officers.
THE SOLUTION is to pass a federal amendment creating a national police force while simultaneously disbanding all 18,000 police departments.
This new “Federal Police Force” would handle 911 emergency calls involving violence or credible threat of violence. You could bring a police chief from each major city to testify to Congress the FACT that well below 50% of all 911 calls require armed personnel response. The great majority of 911 calls need UNARMED COMMUNITY RESPONSE – not an armed “Federal Police Force” response.
The benefits of operating a “Federal Police Force” are immense:
*approx. one-third the size of all 18,000 police depts. in the aggregate;
*frees up half a municipal budget for each city due to the elimination of a municipality’s police budget; currently and traditionally, over half of a city’s budget goes to the local police department;
*brand new hiring and training practices, including robust, innovative psychological profiling of police candidates;
*U.S. Justice Dept. replacing “cops investigating cops” investigating and prosecuting use of force complaints.
*Local prosecution of police officers under local/state laws are a waste of time, money and energy; instead, police officers should be indicted, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced under U.S.C. TITLE 18, SEC. 242 in a federal courtroom.
The concept of a new “Federal Police Force” features federal law enforcement of our civil and constitutional rights. Imagine an America where a citizen can actually summon federal police to enforce your constitutional rights in a given situation – something not possible and unheard of today!
Perhaps you’re not familiar with one of the most, if not the most important federal law on the books: U.S.C. TITLE 18, SEC. 242 Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law.
The law is straightforward: Basically any person acting under color of law who violates a person’s civil/constitutional rights is guilty of violating this law and it carries a minimum penalty of one year in federal prison and up to life in prison, depending upon the severity of the violation.
Police officers, elected or unelected officials, nursing home administrators, anyone whose employment position requires one to follow a set of local, county, state or federal laws, rules, regulations or guidelines is a PERSON ACTING UNDER COLOR OF LAW.
Every person acting under color of law OWES A STATUTORY AND CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY to uphold the constitutional rights of any person they encounter in the course of their employment.
When a person acting under color of law violates a person’s constitutional rights, they violate U.S.C. TITLE 18, SEC. 242 and are subject to be prosecuted and sent to federal prison under said federal law.
This is what is missing in America, in Washington, in Americans’ daily lives.
You cannot apply a patchwork of fixes to all 18,000 police departments and expect to magically eradicate institutionalized racism and bad policies/practices in America’s police depts.
Congress can remedy our problems with all 18,000 police depts., but it cannot be a patchwork of bans and fixes.
We have to abolish and start anew, if we are to ever transcend institutionalized racism, police brutality and murder.
A majority of 911 calls DO NOT REQUIRE dispatching armed, uniformed officers. The great majority of 911 calls are non-violent, non-emergency issues, medical assistance issues, non-violent domestic issues. A new county agency could enjoy a policy which eliminates dispatching armed uniformed officers to non-violent 911 calls. We could greatly reduce the possibility and thus the probability of armed, uniformed officers killing blacks and minorities by simply dispatching unarmed community response specialists INSTEAD OF armed uniformed officers to 911 calls deemed non-violent.
If police activity were a product, it’d be pulled off the shelf and dissatisfied/injured customers would sue for damages.
Clearly we suffer police department and local government problems born of institutionalized racism, bad policies and practices, inculcated with institutionalized gross negligence and incompetence. Clearly we suffer bad, unnecessary municipal laws and ordnances which too often result in repeated police brutality and murder of citizens.
Clearly We the People of a community also suffer traffic enforcement quotas. Police departments institute traffic ticket quotas to meet municipal budget demands. Police officers are required to meet traffic ticket quotas to keep their jobs. Scores of police brutality and murder has occurred during a traffic stop.
A big problem for people living in a community is their local government using the police to enforce municipal laws designed to generate a revenue stream for municipal budget demands.
Here’s my idea to solve that problem: Solving Municipal Budget Problems In Exchange for Guideline Compliance >>>
Here’s why we HAVE TO ABOLISH all 18,000 police departments across the U.S.:
1) LITERALLY GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER:
In the past 15 years, over 100 officers have been charged with murder, but only three have been convicted.
Even when the video and eye witness evidence is presented to a jury, white jurists have acquitted 99% of officers.
I contend this is because of racism and classism in America. Recent polls indicate approximately one-third or more of Americans do not support the removal of confederate symbols across the United States. I contend the high probability exists that one-third or more of a given police dept. is comprised of officers who engage in racist acts against persons.
The current system is designed to protect the officer from liability and accountability; most of the time, all an officer has to do to beat a murder charge is to claim he acted because he was in fear of his life, so he shot him or her. By some strange “coincidence” the majority of police murder victims are people of color, at the hands of a white officer.
2) ELIMINATE CURRENT POLICE UNIONS/TERMINATE CONTRACTS
Police Unions provide strong cover for the accused officer, in great contravention of the public interest.
Police union officials DO NOT OPERATE in the public interest one iota.
3) ELIMINATE IAD (Internal Affairs Depts.)
As long as you have members of a police dept. investigating citizen complaints against their fellow department members, police brutality and murder will thrive under those conditions.
That’s why you see cops doing horrific things to people in broad daylight, in front of a crowd of people; because the killer cop knows Internal Affairs cleared his last 9 complaints, so the cop feels EMBOLDENED to beat, kick, punch, choke, slap and shoot his victims at will without fear of department consequence.
4) ELIMINATE ARMED UNIFORMED PATROL OFFICERS
Too many armed, uniformed officers patrolling and responding to 911 calls.
5) ELIMINATE BAD POLICIES AND PRACTICES – institute new legislation and effective policies/practices
As if institutionalized racism wasn’t bad enough, police departments have been engaging in very bad policies and practices.
Below is an example of where a white motorist was killed by a white police officer as a direct result of bad policies; bad execution of existing policies; failure to properly train, monitor and discipline officers regarding the U.S. Constitutional rights of motorists. Recently released body camera video shows the final moments before an unarmed Colorado man was shot and killed by a park ranger at Carlsbad Caverns.
KOB-TV in Albuquerque reported Tuesday that video from the March shooting has 26 seconds missing, leaving local prosecutors unsure whether to rule the use of force was justified.
Authorities say National Park Ranger Robert Mitchell stopped Charles “Gage” Lorentz for erratic driving March 21. The video shows Lorentz outside of his vehicle and initially complying. But then when ordered to turn around, Lorentz starts dancing to music from another car.
Mitchell commands Lorentz to take his hands out of his pockets and — without warning — deployed his Taser. The video then resumes 26 second later showing the ranger on top of Lorentz. Mitchell then fires his service weapon twice.
Lorentz had been traveling from Texas back to his home in Colorado. Authorities say he had stopped in Carlsbad to meet a friend.
Shannon Kennedy, an attorney representing Lorentz’s family, said they intend to sue the U.S. Interior Department and the National Park Service.
The National Park Service, through an email, said the U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Mexico is investigating.
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A ranger at Carlsbad Caverns National Park tased and then fatally shot a man during a New Mexico traffic stop and then handcuffed his lifeless body.
Charles “Gage” Lorentz was traveling March 21 from his work site in Pecos, Texas, to his family’s home in southwest Colorado when he detoured at the national park to meet a friend, and that’s where he encountered National Park Ranger Robert Mitchell, reported KOB-TV.
The ranger stopped the 25-year-old Lorentz for speeding on a dirt road near the park’s Rattlesnake Springs area, and Mitchell’s lapel video shows him ordering Lorentz to spread his feet and move closer to a railing.
Mitchell then appears to draw his Taser as he continues to ask Lorentz to turn around, prompting a puzzling response.
“Oh, come on, get real with it,” Lorentz said, appearing to ask Mitchell to draw his handgun instead. “Other one.”
Mitchell refuses, and then, without warning, the ranger suddenly uses his Taser on Lorentz.
The video abruptly cuts off at that point, and when the video resumes 26 seconds later Mitchell is shown on top of Lorentz, and the ranger then shoots him twice with his service weapon.
“That’s when I shot him with a Taser, it did nothing,” Mitchell tells an Eddy County sheriff’s deputy later, which was also caught on video. “I went dry stun, he hit me somewhere right here on the side of my head. The fight was on, he grabbed me around the neck, he tried to push my head into the push bar, and I came up and fired one round. I don’t know if I got him or not, but I definitely got him on the second one and he crumpled.”
Three minutes after the shooting, Mitchell put handcuffs on Lorentz’s motionless body and declared him “under arrest,” and eight minutes after the shooting removes the first aid kit from his vehicle — but doesn’t actually render aid until 12 minutes after the shooting.
Lorentz was unarmed, and a toxicology report showed no alcohol or drugs in his system.
An autopsy showed the first bullet struck his thigh, but would have been a non-fatal injury because it missed all major arteries.
The second shot went through his heart, killing Lorentz.
The National Park Service and Dianna Luce, the 5th Judicial District Attorney, confirmed the shooting remained under investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which is trying to determine whether Lorentz’s civil rights were violated.
Lorentz’s family plans to file a lawsuit against the United States Interior Department and National Park Service, saying the ranger acted without provocation.
“Let’s start with the fact that this man takes a Taser and shoots Gage with no provocation from Gage whatsoever,” said attorney Shannon Kennedy. “There is no communication, there is no de-escalation. That park ranger is insane, he’s out of his mind. What is he arresting him for? Driving too fast down a country road, and he takes his life over that? It’s a citation, it’s a warning. It’s not a death sentence.”
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What seems to be the problem with police? The problems are many, but long-term solutions are possible. Identifying and understanding the problems are essential.
Who are the police a problem for? The community? Police are a problem for virtually everyone, even the police themselves.
The statistics prove that the police is a bigger problem for blacks and minorities than many whites. Is that a coincidence?
Of course not. Institutionalized racism has permeated our nation’s 18,000 police departments since the Civil War.
Recent polls indicate about one-third of Americans are either racist or exhibiting racist tendencies;
Blacks and minorities already know most police departments have racist officers who beat or kill blacks.
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A Quinnipiac University poll around the same time showed less opposition, but 50 percent of Americans still opposed taking down the monuments against 39 percent in favor. A HuffPost/YouGov poll was similar, showing people opposed removing statues 48 percent to 33 percent and opposed removing Confederate names from streets, schools and buildings 51 percent to 29 percent.
When the question was asked in a slightly different manner, views became more nuanced. A poll from Democratic-leaning automated pollster Public Policy Polling, for instance, showed that when you asked people not about removing statues but about moving them to museums or other historical sites, people were much more in favor. Americans supported this 58 percent to 26 percent.
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“The country needs a civil war to wipe them off the map.”
My point is there are too many racists in our nation’s police departments: some more undercover than others. Problem is, humans are monkey-see, monkey do. As one ex-cop explained: About 60% of a police force are good cops, but when the “good cops” work a shift with the “bad cops,” the good cops tend to do as the bad cops do, and keep quiet about it. That means many police departments are made up of mostly bad cops.
This is another reason why we must abolish all 18,000 police departments and replace a full-service police dept. with a CRIMES AGAINST PERSONS UNIT that handles only murder, assault, rape, robbery, burglary 911 calls – while unarmed, trained community response guardians are dispatched to the majority of non-violent 911 calls.
The “White Establishment” needs to stop asking and telling blacks to “trust us.” That horse left the barn a very long time ago and apparently many people are just now taking notice.
Just as the Confederate flag represents institutionalized oppression and systematic abuse and murder of blacks, white males in blue uniforms armed to the teeth, pulling up in black/minority neighborhoods in their black and white vehicles, represent not only symbols of pain, suffering, beatings and death, but ACTUAL HARM AND DEATH for blacks.
Another problem for America’s police forces is the police officer’s self-image: Too many cops envision themselves as a “Warrior Cop” – armed, ready and willing to “spill blood” to their personal delight.
“Warrior Cops” – a common mindset of cops with a personnel record that reads like a career criminal rap sheet; they know they are the All-Powerful One duly authorized to exact justice in the manner they see fit, to whomever they deem worthy of their brand of justice. “Warrior Cops” view themselves as “The Punishers.” They believe they exist to punish who they believe should be punished.
“Warrior Cops” develop nasty habits of viciously assaulting their victims without worry of police dept. accountability setting in.
Officer Billy Badass just got off the hook for beating a grocery store customer in the parking lot, thanks to his white buddies in blue over at Internal Affairs.
Once an officer gets a few of these “clearances” by IAD, that officer knows what he can get away with next time. (Internal Affairs Division)
That’s how a police dept. produces a monster like Devin Chauvin, who murdered George Floyd in broad daylight in front of God, cellphone cameras and witnesses; yet there was Chauvin, hands resting inside his pockets while Chauvin non-chalantly drained the lifeblood from George Floyd. Officer Chauvin had been cleared in 18 prior citizen complaints filed against Chauvin – his police record is another example of how police “whitewash” department investigations and why local police should never be allowed to investigate local police, period.
How did America go from your local, friendly neighborhood beat cop to the militarized “Warrior Cop” ?????
Undoubtly, it is a mix of the War On Terror and U.S. police departments sending their recruits to Israel for “terrorist training.”
Thousands of American law enforcement officers frequently travel for training to one of the few countries where policing and militarism are even more deeply intertwined than they are here: Israel.
In the aftermath of 9/11, Israel seized on its decades-long experience as an occupying force to brand itself as a world leader in counterterrorism. U.S. law enforcement agencies took the Jewish state up on its expertise by participating in exchange programs sponsored by an array of pro-Israel groups, like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, and the Anti-Defamation League. Over the past decade and a half, scores of top federal, state, and local police officers from dozens of departments from across the U.S. have gone to Israel to learn about its terrorism-focused policing.
Yet Israel’s policing prowess is marred by its primary purpose: occupation. Israel has carried out a half-century of military rule in the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza, an occupation rife with abuses. The country’s police and security forces also regularly violate the rights of Palestinians and immigrants inside of Israel’s 1967 borders.
“A lot of the policing that folks are observing and being talked to about in these trips is policing that happens in a nondemocratic context,” said Alex Vitale, a sociology professor at Brooklyn College and author of a forthcoming book on global policing. “It involves either military policing, border control policing, or policing of folks in the occupied territories who aren’t full legal subjects in the Israeli legal system.”
While attention on the militarization of American police forces has intensified in recent years, spurring some reforms that the Trump administration has already undone, U.S.-Israel police exchange programs have carried on without much public scrutiny.
This week, a delegation of top American law enforcement officers is in Israel for the ADL’s National Counter-Terrorism Seminar, which includes training on topics, such as “leadership in a time of terror” and “balancing the fight against crime and terrorism,” according to literature by the group advertising the trip. More than 200 law enforcement executives from over 100 departments in the U.S. and abroad, immigration enforcement agencies, and even campus police have participated in the ADL program since it launched in 2004.
U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL DUTIES OWED PERSONS (you)
The Warrior Cop believes he doesn’t owe anyone, anything. Nothing could be further from the truth.
A police officer actually occupys a governmental office: the official title is Officer of the Peace.
Any person acting under color of law owes a constitutional duty to uphold a person’s constitutional rights in their handling and processing of that person.
A police officer acts under color of law since a police officer operates pursuant to and in accordance with local, state federal regulations.
City officials, state officials, agency employees, nursing home administrators, etc. – whether elected or unelected – all act under color of law.
Whenever a police officer encounters anyone, that officer must protect your constitutional rights in any interaction that officer has with you.
Truth be known, there has been a shocking number of people who were injured or killed by police due to what police call, “disrespecting police.”
The Warrior Cop believes he is justified in issuing corporal punishment at will if he perceives what most people would call “verbally disrespecting police.”
Police officers are members of a violent high-risk group to be avoided at all costs.
Blacks are disproportionately killed during traffic stops more than any other race.
The police killing of Rayshard Brooks is a prime example of how legislative fixes could save lives. If police pull over a suspected drunk driver or encounter a suspected drunk driver in a parking lot, and if that driver fails a sobriety test, police should do the following: 1) Notify the driver he or she failed the test; 2) Inform the driver he or she must surrender their keys for 24 hours and police will call you a ride home. 3) Issue the driver a ticket with a court date; 4) Everyone leaves the scene alive. Mission accomplished.
This kind of rethinking and recategorizing misdemeanors would surely eliminate the majority of police brutality and murder, since most police brutality occurs during misdemeanor events, since people commit misdemeanors far more frequently than felonies.
INSANE IN THE MEMBRANE
There are real psycho killer cops out there just waiting for opportunity to present itself. The lack of robust psychological testing and screening is a real problem and has resulted in our nation’s police departments hiring persons with violent, racist, misogynistic tendencies and agenda.