It would seem that politicians, police departments and police unions are using the unpleasantness which occurred in New York City on December 20, 2014 to its full advantage.
Mayor William DeBlasio called for a “pause” in protests against police brutality.
Ironically, the N.Y.P.D. itself may have recognized – briefly – that it has taken things to far. It attempted to deescalate the conflict by imposing a moratorium on “unnecessary arrests.” It is not clear if the arrest of Eric Garner, who was ostensibly wanted for selling untaxed cigarettes and who ended up being murdered by the same police workers against whom he had filed a complaint of theft against – fell into the category of an arrest that was “absolutely necessary.”
New York City police union president Patrick Lynch (a fitting name for a cop) declared war on the public. Even more ominously, a dipshit New England police department (Chicopee, Massachusetts), made a show of publicizing and threatening to charge a man for merely quoting “wings on pigs.” Assuming Chicopee has an honest magistrate, the town’s “show cause” will be thrown out and the district attorney and police department sanctioned.
I don’t know Charles DiRosa, the man being harassed by the Chicopee Police Deparment. But if the act of merely quoting a social media phrase used in a notorious crime is cause for arresting or otherwise stifling dissenters, I have a message for Chicopee and every other police department: I AM SPARTACUS.
I do not live in Massachusetts. I am not an American citizen. So I am not concerned with crocodile tears and wolf-crying by tyrannical police workers. I am Canadian. It may be illegal to express my conviction that the popular narrative of 1940s German history is a hoax (which it is). It is against the law for me to criticize judges by name and call them incompetent and corrupt (which they are). It has recently been made an offense to hurt the feelings of israeli dual-nationals. But, to the best of my knowledge, quoting a phrase, “Gonna put wings on pigs,” which returns nearly a quarter-million hits on The Google (homage to George W. Bush), is still permissible speech.
We got the same admonishment to watch our language after U.S. Congressman Gabriel Giffords was shot.
Police departments and district attorneys are clearly taking a page from the United States Secret Service, who instil fear in criticizing the president lest they get a “knock on the door.” Of course it is illegal to threaten to kill the president. As it should be. Even if you are the Altanta Jewish News. And now police workers are attempting to set the precedent that simply discussing an act of violence is cause to be “picked up.”
If the New York Police Department and other police workers are upset with or threatened by public protests, perhaps they should modify their behavior so that they don’t generate so much outrage.
And when police workers DO misbehave, chiefs of police and attorneys general have an obligation to correct them through serious employment sanctions (up to an including termination), legal charges and prison time.
Let’s talk about Ismaaiyl Brinsley . He fits the profile of every miscreant who has committed a heinous crime. He was clearly mentally ill. He had a troubled youth. And, oh yes, he was an eeeeevil Muslim. He was on prescription anti-depressants. You won’t find the network newscasts talking about peoples’ brains being fried by the same products who buy advertising time. Ask you doctor if losing your mind, going on a mass-shooting spree and ending with a bullet in your brain is right for you.
It is absolutely frightening that the same drugs that have eviscerated the brains of these “shooters” and “bombers” are the same drugs used by the soldiers in Iraq of Afghanistan and who came back home to become cops. See Daniel “Danny” Martin, the Oklahoma state employee who beat up paramedic Maurice White in 2009. Or see the Tarnak Farm (Afghanistan) incident, where U.S. Air Force employees Harry Schmidt and William Umbach dropped a 500-pound bomb on Canadian soldiers below killing four and injuring eight.
Most clear-thinking people are smart enough to recognize that the enemy (our usurped governments and its occupying army) are trying to goad us into war. And we have the good common sense to know not to fall for it and to not give them what they want.
It’s a matter of public record that Johannes Mehersle shot a handcuffed Oscar Grant in the back of the head on a subway platform in Oakland, California. In Detroit, Joseph Weekly shot seven-year-old Aiyana Jones in a raid on the wrong house.
Bounkham “Bou Bou” Phonesavanh is still miraculously alive despite Habersham County, Georgia deputy Charles Long throwing a flash grenade into the 19-month-old boy’s playpen. Long and the rest of his SWAT team were looking for a former occupant (Wanis Thonetheva) who was later arrested without incident elsewhere. Thonetheva was wanted for selling fifty dollars worth of smack. The Phonesavanh family were staying in their relatives’ Georgia garage after their Wisconsin home burned down. Bou-Bou has been horribly disfigured after the attack. He will require a lifetime of medical care and his family faces medical bills of $1-million and counting. The corrupt Habersham County have washed their hands of any responsibility.
Back in New York City, 28-year-old Akai Gurley was shot at point-blank range by city police worker Peter Liang in the stairwell of Gurley’s apartment building. By the time a building resident had called for an ambulance and Liang had text-messaged his union rep for help, it was too late. Even William Bratton, New York City’s police commissioner, couldn’t defend this one. “The deceased is totally innocent. He just happened to be in the hallway. He was not engaged in any criminal activity.”
Then, of course, there was that messy business in 2012 at the Empire State Building where, in the process of taking down Jeff Johnson, New York’s finest shot nine innocent bystanders in the process. The two police employees were hailed (if you’ll pardon the pun) as heroes by anti-gun mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Because the incident was caught on video (despite the efforts of police, who seized every cellphone they could find) Mehersle was arrested, though he served less than two years for the murder. A compliant grand jury did not indict Long or any other deputy for the assault on Bou-bou. Liang’s shooting is still being “investigated” and he has not yet been indicted.
Joseph Weekly’s trial resulted in a mistrial.
Then there are all the dogs – we don’t know if the number is in the hundreds or even thousands – who have been sent to Doggy Heaven by police. A little bit south of where I am, the Buffalo Police Department has dispatched at least 92 dogs (25 of them by one worker). This really shouldn’t come as a surprise. The brain-damaged veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were not content with killing hundreds of thousands of people. YouTube videos also turned up of Amerika’s brave men, women and children in uniform throwing a puppy off a cliff and shooting another dog in the hind leg.
And now they have come home to become cops.
Also in Buffalo, Cariol Horne, a BDP employee, was fired after intervening in the assault of a handcuffed suspect by a fellow worker, Gregory “Greg” Kiakowski. Kiakowski then punched Horne, a woman, in the face (you’re a real manly man, eh, Greg?). Horne then got the “civilian” treatment. She was charged with assaulting Kiakowski because her face got in the way of his fist. Because Horne had been on the job only 19 years, she lost her pension when she was fired.
Kiakowski retired from the Buffalo Police Department. Apparently some business about punching and choking two other officers in two separate incidents unrelated to Horne.
Horne now works as a trucker and is trying to be re-instated.
Cariol Horne (and it kills me to say this) seems like a stand-up cop. If I were a drinking man, I’d probably want to have a beer with her. But it is beyond belief that she could spend 19 years in the police business and not see her share of totally innocent people being railroaded. She had to be incredibly naïve to not consider that it might come back around to her someday.
The city of Buffalo is an economic disaster area. Anybody who can leave has left. So now cops have been reduced to turning against each other.
Given the behavior of police “post-9/11” (I hate that term), it is no surprise that “the authorities” would now very much like to criminalize any criticism. In Italy, it is actually a crime to “slander” police.
Here in Canada, the situation is not as grim, but “our” police are quickly catching up.
In Vancouver, no Royal Canadian Mounted Police workers have been convicted of any crime in the death of Dziekanski, the stapler-wielding man who was tazered to death. Two of the police workers have been charged with perjury. Benjamim “Monte” Robinson, who was the commanding officer at the incident, later mowed down 21-year old Orion Hutchinson. What is undisputed is that Robinson, driving a Jeep, ran into Hutchinson’s motorcycle in suburban Delta. Robinson then lef the scene of the collision and went home where he consumed a quantity of vodka. He then returned to the crime scene. He claimed he was sober at the time, but needed the drink when he returned home to “calm his nerves.” And, one would suppose, summon up the courage to return to the crime scene.
Delta police did not charge Robinson with drunk driving, but he was charged with obstruction of justice for the act of consuming alcohol and returning to the scene. He was fined
$1,000, ordered to tell the Hutchinson family he was sorry, and served no prison time. He was not present for his sentencing.
Pierre Lemaitre, the R.C.M.P. spokesman and apologist for the Dzieiekanski incident, did the honorable thing and hanged himself. Lemaitre had been exposed as a liar regarding conflict which eventually resulted in Dziekansi’s death.
In Toronto, James Forcillo is awaiting trial on charges of second-degree murder in the death of Sammy Yatin and (curiously) a second charge of attempted murder. Forcillo was seen on a cellphone video firing nine shots into Yatin. The first round of shots were from a standing position. In the second round of shots, Forcillo points his gun downwards (after Yatin has collapsed from the first round) to finish him off.
After the Toronto G-20 police riot in 2010, the Special Investigations Unit, the provincial civilian agency tasked with prosecuting police criminality, was reluctant to charge any police employee. The S.I.U. claimed it could not identify the workers. It was only after The Toronto Star published photographs which clearly showed the “officers’” badge numbers that the S.I.U. finally made itself useful. Twenty-eight police employees have been charged. To date, only one has been convicted.
Superintendent David “Mark” Fenton of the Toronto Police is the highest-ranking employee to be charged, however his is merely a disciplinary procedure, not criminal. The only thing at stake is his job. Fenton is the genius who ordered the “kettling” of everybody (not just protesters) and who also ordered unconstitutional preemptive detentions and arrests.
Suffice it to say, the list of police misconduct, brutality and worse is a long one. Innocent people have gone to prison because of police and prosecutorial misconduct. The lucky ones have defended themselves against bad cops, but only at the cost of their families and every dime they have. Innocent men have been released after decades on death row, so it is obvious than even more innocent men have been executed.
We have good reason to be angry at police behavior. The days of dismissing those of calling for police accountability as “cop-haters” or marginalizing us by saying we must have gotten a speeding ticket or D.U.I. are gone (the latter is actually ironic coming from cops, since it is well documented that they merely flash their badge to each other to escape such charges).
Turning our frustration and our rage in to violence against random police workers is the worst thing we could do. I realize that the idea of our various countries collapsing is unthinkable. The idea that the Soviet Union would cease to exist was as unthinkable in 1989 is the collapse of the United States government is in 2014. But it happened. And when it did, it took its various satellite states along with it. State collaborators were dealt with.
When East Germany ceased to be, its Stasi files were made public. Even today, former police agents are watching over their shoulders.
In advocating non-violence in dealing with our police state, it boils down to this. When it comes to you men and women in black: you just aren’t worth it. I’m not going to go into my personal details, but I will disclose that I work for a railway. I sometimes deal with members of the public and supervisors who are, well, real jerks. Yeah, in my fantasies, I want to sock them across the face. But that’s just in my fantasies. I live in the real world. I have to deal with it. Because, like you guys, they just aren’t worth it. The problem is, a lot of the people you deal with (either as colleagues or bad guys), they are so doped up on prescription anti-depressants that they can’t tell the difference between reality and fantasy.
Those of you engaged in murder, rape, perjury, etc. will be brought to justice in a future constitutional restoration. And you’ll spend the rest of your lives in prison. There will be plenty of room when the non-violent “criminals” you railroaded are freed.
I am writing this column on December 25, 2014. It was on this very day, in 1989, that Nicolae Ceaucescu, the president of Romania and his wife Elena were picked up by the Romanian army in the morning and ended up as bloodstains on the courthouse wall that afternoon. When your own tyrannical army has had enough of your tyranny, that’s when it’s all over.
If you guys with the guns want to have the public’s support – and want your children to live under the same freedom you and I grew up with – why not make yourself useful and turn your guns around and point them at the right people? Go to the District of Criminals, or Ottawa, or London, or Paris, and arrest the crooked politicians and bureaucrats.
U.S. Border Patrol agents: arrest the people responsible for shipping the guns across the border to Mexico, resulting in the death of Brian Terry. And remember who put Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean in prison. It wasn’t the people you’re pulling over at the side of I-10 in Sierra Blanca.
Go to Wall Street. Go to the Federal Reserve. Arrest the banksters. Charge them with fraud on an absolutely massive scale. You are going to be so pissed off when you find out your pension is nothing more than numbers on a piece of paper. You’ve been wiped out. Just like the rest of us.
Whether we are in the U.K., the U.S. Canada, Australia or elsewhere, it is not the people you are purportedly sworn to protect that are the problem. It is your commanding officers and the people they answer to. Not us.
We didn’t steal your pension. We didn’t let the purported 9/11 hijackers in the United States. We didn’t obstruct justice by preventing good F.B.I. agents from breaking up and preventing the plot. We didn’t walk Farouk Abdulmatulab around security at Schipol Airport. We didn’t put half the population (starting on the children) on brain-frying drugs. We’re not the ones telling you that you can’t send illegals back to Mexico. Do you guys get it? It’s not us. It’s the people you work for. In every country. So why the hell are you picking on us?
John Pike, the University of California police employee who was pepper-spraying the Occupy protesters, was on the wrong side. Despite his six-figure income (a hansome salary for a university security guard) was bankrupt. His house was in foreclosure. He should have been with the students protesting the looting of America by the New World Order. Hey, John! It wasn’t the kids who pulled the rug out from underneath you. Why didn’t you take that fire extinguisher full of O.C., head down to your Roseville branch of Security Pacific and have a word with the manager. I’m sorry they took your $3,000 wedding ring but thank god they took your gun.
I’m sorry that two police employees lost their lives in New York. But I’m even sorrier about the number of my American friends that have lost their lives at the hands of police (more Americans have been killed by police since September 11, 2001 than died on 9/11 itself). But when you behave the way you have been, somebody, somewhere is going to snap. Police departments need more Cariol Hornes and fewer Greg Kiakowskis. Not to mention fewer Danny Martins, Joseph Weekleys, Charlie Longs, Darren Wilsons, Monty Robinsons, James Forcillos, Mark Fentons, Peter Liangs, etc., etc., etc.
In fact, I wonder if I could make a plea of all you bad cops out there. Can’t you be more like Pierre Lemaitre?