Posted: December 10th, 2010 by Militant Libertarian
As you watch the first video below, imagine it is your 81-year-old grandfather being beaten up by the police, while ten of your family members are standing around watching. Should you be able to use force against these cops to protect his life, or should resistance of any kind, even against obviously excessive and likely criminal violence under color of law be illegal? If the answer is the latter, the police may beat your family member senseless, even unto death, while your only recourse is to file a lawsuit and work it out in court.
For too long, the police have had far too many legal protections. Almost every time they kill a child, or shoot someone in the back, their departmental review process rules it a justified use of force.
Now if you or I were accused of something similar, we would be immediately thrown in a cage without bail, possibly for years while awaiting trial. Meanwhile, the whole tax-funded state law enforcement apparatus would investigate every aspect of the event, seeking evidence of every crime that we could possibly have committed, so that we could be charged with the maximum number of offenses.
And what “services” would we get from them in the interest of due process and a fair trial? An overworked public defender whose case load is so enormous he or she probably can’t even remember our name. A public defender who works with the judge, prosecutor and even the police officers involved everyday, and needs to maintain cordial, even friendly relationships with them in order to advance in his or her career. In fact, it is even possible he or she wants to one day be a judge or DA, and the PD’s office is just a stepping stone on their way up. No one gets elected or appointed to one of those positions on the basis of how many accused criminals got acquitted at trial. Is this a fair trial? Will a jury of our “peers,” carefully selected for their credulity and ignorance of the facts be able to discern the truth? I know for damn sure if I were ever charged with a crime I’d want every opportunity to interview witnesses and gather evidence of my innocence, instead of being locked in a cage while the state assembles its case against me.
In this second video this poor man was so brutally beaten by police that he tried desperately to cover his face to protect himself from permanent brain damage and facial scarring from by an out-of-control cop. For this simple act of self-preservation, they charged him with resisting arrest. As you’ll see in the video, the cop repeatedly punches him, and strikes his head over and over. A crowd that large easily could have overtaken the officers; indeed, one cannot watch without wishing they would pull this violent terrorist off his victim. Should we not be allowed to overpower and handcuff such a violent crook, toss him in jail and have him tried by a jury of our peers who would probably sentence him to at least 10 years in prison? Instead he is still on the job and may, at most, get a mere reprimand for his criminal acts.
Some of the nicest countries I have visited are the ones that have the smallest government and police forces, and the fewest laws on their books. For example, the Dutch side of St. Maarten is a paradise where all the rich and famous bring their multi-million dollar yachts. I know the TSA is a hot topic here, but in St. Maarten, when you check in, the immigration officers actually have a tip jar on their counter, indicating that they care about customer service. If you get pulled over, $20-40 paid directly to the officer will get you out of a ticket. While many people from the United States might view this as “corruption,” I urge them to think twice about this. In the United States, traffic tickets for very minor offenses such as jaywalking, or not stopping long enough at a stop sign can run into the hundreds of dollars. We are forced to make checks out to the court, and such money makes its way back to the state, and even back to the police departments. Is this really worse than handing $20 to a police officer directly? How does filtering ten times as much money through the bureaucracy, dividing it among different government employees, and slapping a label of “due process” on it make it any less corrupt? I would rather the money go to an officer’s family than to the state.
From my own observations when I lived there, although drugs were illegal, it was the police and cab drivers that sold them. There were at least a half dozen legal prostitution houses in which “America” was a dirty word. Also, their casinos and nightclubs had the best nightlife, and they went all night long. There were no restrictions that the club had to shut down by 4 am. They were open for business until everyone went home or the sun came up. They are running a business, and if people keep paying money to be there, buying drinks and having fun, who the hell does the state think they are to say “no?” The funny thing is, when I was there walking home at 4 am from a night club I always felt safe even though the police station was closed. Try that in NYC.