Cops Are Now Less Cautious Than Soldiers In Iraq » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Combat veterans have noticed the blatant disregard for human life that has been adopted by the nation’s law enforcement agencies. This is a form of corruption. Disregarding the protections guaranteed to us in the Bill of Rights is a crime. When law enforcement leaders not only allow but condone criminal behavior in their organizations both residents and officers are in greater danger. Worse, residents are left with providing for their own defense against the police.

DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier is on a tear. So, let it be known: In the Land of The District of Colombia, your life will be terminated the moment you are deemed a threat. Don’t worry about your “rights” – you have the right to be dead.

Stories of cops doing things soldiers are forbidden to do have become sadly common. In Iraq, we were instructed to spare animals as much as possible; police officers routinely gun down family pets. We were told to be as respectful as possible toward the occupants of the houses we searched and only employed “dynamic entry” when we were likely to face violent resistance; as Radley Balko has documented, dynamic entry and abuse of the inhabitants of searched homes have become routine for American police, even during investigations of nonviolent, victimless crimes. Soldiers manning our checkpoints were trained to use a range of nonlethal options before resorting to lethal force; as we saw on Capitol Hill yesterday,American police officers react first with deadly force.

Police militarization is a hot topic lately, especially in libertarian circles, but American police are beyond anything contemplated by the American military. While abuses certainly occurred in Iraq and elsewhere, our procedures as soldiers in a war zone were designed to avoid violence and protect the lives of the Iraqis, and we understood that that meant accepting some risk ourselves as soldiers. American police today appear unwilling to accept any risk whatsoever and seem willing tokill anyone and anything that could possibly be seen as a threat; according to the chief of the D.C. police, Cathy Lanier, these police officers“did exactly what they were supposed to do.”

While Lanier’s statement may be true in terms of police policy, we cannot accept those policies. Deadly force cannot be the first and last choice for dealing with any potential threat, and police officers must be trained to strive always to protect the lives of citizens, especially of suspects. Policing is a dangerous job, but as someone who has held another dangerous job, I must say that our American police need to understand and accept the risks they take when they accept the badge and understand that they are there to protect others before themselves.

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  1. A misconception has been perpetuated throughout the years to the American public – and it has worked. The ‘police’ who were at one time respected by the public have become public enemy #1 – feared by all, even each other.
    Again, follow the money.
    The ‘feds’ are just that – they work for a government that you pay for but does not work for you.
    The ‘state police’ – work for the insurance companies.
    The ‘city police’ – work for the city, sorry – not you, another government entity who takes your money and may or may not work for you.
    The ‘Sheriff’s Office’ – well, actually that is the only group that is more or less in your favor, dependent upon the ‘High Sheriff’ himself. If he happens to be a politician – good luck. If he is an American, he is likely working to help you, but don’t forget, you have tied his hands due your state and national politicians.
    Law enforcement is just that, there to enforce laws, laws enacted upon by a government, regardless of which one. THEY ARE NOT NOR HAVE THEY EVER BEEN THERE TO PROTECT YOU – that is the falsehood which the American public has been duped with – ain’t it just wonderful – and, the officers that felt it was their duty to care for the public have mostly been killed, forced out, retired, blackballed, etc., you get the picture?
    The majority of the new generation of officers have but one thing in mind, enforce that book of penal codes during my shift and get home to watch ‘dancing with the stars’, ‘duck dynasty’, or oprah, or whatever and/or get my nose back into my computer or my xbox, and my iwhatever.
    Sorry, but America, you raised them not to care for their fellow man.
    So, you either fix it or live with it, and accept the consequences.
    Oh, what was that – you’re gonna vote ‘em out.
    You’ve been saying that now for well over 50 years and you have yet to do it!

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  2. That photo is truly annoying. Guess where released convicted criminals are going? Any ideas?

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  3. Reblogged this on globalhumanrightsforever and commented:
    This is why the Oregon Police Department in my city allowed almost a half hour delay of emergency aid ambulance aid to 911 caller, myself, on 9/13/13 when we needed emergency aid. We waited as a SWAT team assembled and threatened our lives from fear and with holding AID in a medical emergency. The Governor of Oregon rep. said there was nothing they could do…oh really, and I said this, “What would you have done if this was one of your own?”
    Two factors are at play here: Illegal with holding of emergency first aid and use of SWAT team home invasion mandatory prior to emergency medical attention. A little wart in Oregon communities is the lack of empathy, humanities, care of taxpayer people who are good, kind, ethical and God loving as well. We do not consent to this treatment ever!

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  4. Reblogged this on 2012 The Big Picture and commented:
    It’s getting progressively worse. Who will end it and when?

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  5. Reblogged this on Jericho777's Blog.

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