US Police Have Killed Over 5,000 Civilians Since 9/11

Statistically speaking, Americans should be more fearful of the local cops than “terrorists.”
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    Members of a police anti-terrorism team exercise on Thursday, March 13, 2003. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Members of a police anti-terrorism team exercise on Thursday, March 13, 2003. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Though Americans commonly believe law enforcement’s role in society is to protect them and ensure peace and stability within the community, the sad reality is that police departments are often more focused on enforcing laws, making arrests and issuing citations. As a result of this as well as an increase in militarized policing techniques, Americans are eight times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist, estimates a Washington’s Blog report based on official statistical data.

    Though the U.S. government does not have a database collecting information about the total number of police involved shootings each year, it’s estimated that between 500 and 1,000 Americans are killed by police officers each year. Since 9/11, about 5,000 Americans have been killed by U.S. police officers, which is almost equivalent to the number of U.S. soldiers who have been killed in the line of duty in Iraq.

    Because individual police departments are not required to submit information regarding the use of deadly force by its officers, some bloggers have taken it upon themselves to aggregate that data. Wikipedia also has a list of “justifiable homicides” in the U.S., which was created by documenting publicized deaths.

    Mike Prysner, one of the local directors of the Los Angeles chapter for ANSWER — an advocacy group that asks the public to Act Now to Stop War and End Racism — told Mint Press News earlier this year that the “epidemic” of police harassment and violence is a nationwide issue.

    He said groups like ANSWER are trying to hold officers accountable for abuse of power. “[Police brutality] has been an issue for a very long time,” Prysner said, explaining that in May, 13 people were killed in Southern California by police.

    As Mint Press News previously reported, each year there are thousands of claims of police misconduct. According to the CATO Institute’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project, in 2010 there were 4,861 unique reports of police misconduct involving 6,613 sworn officers and 6,826 alleged victims.

    Most of those allegations of police brutality involved officers who punched or hit victims with batons, but about one-quarter of the reported cases involved firearms or stun guns.

     

    Racist policing

    A big element in the police killings, Prysner says, is racism. “A big majority of those killed are Latinos and Black people,” while the police officers are mostly White, he said. “It’s a badge of honor to shoot gang members so [the police] go out and shoot people who look like gang members,” Prysner argued, giving the example of 34-year-old Rigoberto Arceo, who was killed by police on May 11.

    According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, Arceo, who was a biomedical technician at St. Francis Medical Center, was shot and killed after getting out of his sister’s van. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says Arceo “advanced on the deputy and attempted to take the deputy’s gun.” However, Arceo’s sister and 53-year-old Armando Garcia — who was barbecuing in his yard when the incident happened — say that Arceo had his hands above his head the entire time.

    Prysner is not alone in his assertion that race is a major factor in officer-related violence. This past May, a study from the the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, an anti-racist activist organization, found that police officers, security guards or self-appointed vigilantes killed at least 313 Black people in 2012 — meaning one Black person was killed in the U.S. by law enforcement roughly every 28 hours.

    Prysner said the relationship between police departments and community members needs to change and that when police shoot an unarmed person with their arms in the air over their head, the officer should be punished.

     

    Culture of misconduct

    “You cannot have a police force that is investigating and punishing itself,” Prysner said, adding that taxpayer money should be invested into the community instead of given to police to buy more guns, assault rifles and body armor.

    Dissatisfied with police departments’ internal review policies, some citizens have formed volunteer police watch groups to prevent the so-called “Blue Code of Silence” effect and encourage police officers to speak out against misconduct occurring within their department.

    As Mint Press News previously reported, a report released earlier this year found that of the 439 cases of police misconduct that then had been brought before the Minneapolis’s year-old misconduct review board, not one of the police officers involved has been disciplined.

    Although the city of Minneapolis spent $14 million in payouts for alleged police misconduct between 2006 and 2012, despite the fact that the Minneapolis Police Department often concluded that the officers involved in those cases did nothing wrong.

    Other departments have begun banning equipment such as Tasers, but those decisions were likely more about protecting the individual departments from lawsuits than ensuring that officers are not equipped with weapons that cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries when used.

    To ensure officers are properly educated on how to use their weapons and are aware of police ethics, conflict resolution and varying cultures within a community, police departments have historically held training programs for all officers. But due to tighter budgets and a shift in priorities, many departments have not provided the proper continuing education training programs for their officers.

    Charles Ramsey, president of both the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the Police Executive Research Forum, called that a big mistake, explaining that it is essential officers are trained and prepared for high-stress situations:

    “Not everybody is going to be able to make those kinds of good decisions under pressure, but I do think that the more reality-based training that we provide, the more we put people in stressful situations to make them respond and make them react.”

     

    GI Joe replaces Carl Winslow

    In order to help local police officers protect themselves while fighting the largely unsuccessful War on Drugs, the federal government passed legislation in 1994 allowing the Pentagon to donate surplus military equipment from the Cold War to local police departments. Meaning that “weaponry designed for use on a foreign battlefield has been handed over for use on American streets … against American citizens.”

    So while the U.S. military fights the War on Terror abroad, local police departments are fighting another war at home with some of the same equipment as U.S. troops, and protocol that largely favors officers in such tactics as no-knock raids.

    Radley Balko, author of “Rise of the Warrior Cop,” wrote in the Wall Street Journal in August:

    “Since the 1960s, in response to a range of perceived threats, law-enforcement agencies across the U.S., at every level of government, have been blurring the line between police officer and soldier.

    “Driven by martial rhetoric and the availability of military-style equipment—from bayonets and M-16 rifles to armored personnel carriers—American police forces have often adopted a mind-set previously reserved for the battlefield. The war on drugs and, more recently, post-9/11 antiterrorism efforts have created a new figure on the U.S. scene: the warrior cop—armed to the teeth, ready to deal harshly with targeted wrongdoers, and a growing threat to familiar American liberties.”

    As Mint Press News previously reported, statistics from an FBI report released in September reveal that a person is arrested on marijuana-related charges in the U.S. every 48 seconds, on average — most were for simple possession charges.

    According to the FBI’s report, there were more arrests for marijuana possession than for the violent crimes of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault — 658,231 compared with 521,196 arrests.

    While groups that advocate against police brutality recognize and believe that law enforcement officials should be protected while on duty, many say that local police officers do not need to wear body armor, Kevlar helmets and tactical equipment vests — all while carrying assault weapons.

    “We want the police to keep up with the latest technology. That’s critical,” American Civil Liberties Union senior counsel Kara Dansky said. “But policing should be about protection, not combat.”

    According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, there are more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. In 2012, 120 officers were killed in the line of duty. The deadliest day in law enforcement history was reportedly Sept. 11, 2001, when 72 officers were killed.

    Despite far fewer officers dying in the line of duty compared with American citizens, police departments are not only increasing their use of protective and highly volatile gear, but are increasingly setting aside a portion of their budget to invest in new technology such as drones, night vision goggles, remote robots, surveillance cameras, license plate readers and armored vehicles that amount to unarmed tanks.

    Though some officers are on board with the increased militarization and attend conferences such as the annual Urban Shield event, others have expressed concern with the direction the profession is heading.

    For example, former Arizona police officer Jon W. McBride said police concerns about being “outgunned” were likely a “self-fulfilling prophecy.” He added that “if not expressly prohibited, police managers will continually push the arms race,” because “their professional literature is predominately [sic] based on the acquiring and use of newer weapons and more aggressive techniques to physically overwhelm the public. In many cases, however, this is the opposite of smart policing.”

    “Coupled with the paramilitary design of the police bureaucracy itself, the police give in to what is already a serious problem in the ranks: the belief that the increasing use of power against a citizen is always justified no matter the violation. The police don’t understand that in many instances they are the cause of the escalation and bear more responsibility during an adverse outcome.

    “The suspects I encountered as a former police officer and federal agent in nearly all cases granted permission for me to search their property when asked, often despite unconcealed contraband. Now, instead of making a simple request of a violator, many in law enforcement seem to take a more difficult and confrontational path, fearing personal risk. In many circumstances they inflame the citizens they are engaging, thereby needlessly putting themselves in real and increased jeopardy.”

    Another former police officer who wished to remain anonymous agreed with McBride and told Balko,

    “American policing really needs to return to a more traditional role of cops keeping the peace; getting out of police cars, talking to people, and not being prone to overreaction with the use of firearms, tasers, or pepper spray. … Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been in more than my share tussles and certainly appreciate the dangers of police work, but as Joseph Wambaugh famously said, the real danger is psychological, not physical.”


    Release Us – a short film on police brutality by Charles Shaw


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      • Dennis Richardson

        Free armored vehicles are being provided by the US military to local law enforcement agencies. It is in the news, is the news wrong? Why is it happening? Influences from outside America? Is Barack H.Obama his own man? Is he controlled by many powerful people? Does Obama’s administration actions coincide with the UN or the financially powerful in Europe? Much pressure and indoctrination is happening to police officers here, to obey. Why do many county sheriffs agree to gun ownership? Those men are real heroes, they must be resisting much pressure.

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      • Arizona

        now old charlie there, IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF STUPID,…I guess hes never seen a six year old burned to death with POLICE GANG FIRE BOMBS,or a seven year old with her eye hanging on her cheek,and her teeth broken out and every bone in her face broken,WITH A POLICE GANG SHOTGUN BUTT,no most americans would rather not think about the damage to children ,who happened to be in the way of OUT OF CONTROL GANGSTERS,police gangsters,TERRORIZING america in the name of keeping us safe………SCREW YOU CHARLIE,and if you have any friends SCREW THEM TO,you demon from hell.and your demons from hell friends in the police gangs…………………………

      • anonymous

        I was tortured by the police in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

      • Charlie

        Police cannot break in your door without a warrant! It takes a LOT of evidence to get a warrant. I do not feel bad for those people that had their doors kicked in. If your involved in criminal activity and selling drugs to our children the I hope you get what coming to you!!!!! And if the police kick in your door ……. Good!!!!!! They probably saved several lives of many children you assholes were selling drugs too. I hate the criminals who are really a piece of shit but go. on these stupid ass videos crying like a victim……. Do your research people!!!!! They or their families are criminals!!!!! Selling drugs to kids, have stolen property or even worse involved in child porn!!!!!

        • Arizona

          SO tell us charlie ,which terrorist government agency,DO YOU WORK FOR,one who kills children,I BET,it seems like the agents who scream the loudest are always the ones doing the dirtest things,AND THAT SOUNDS LIKE YOU CHARLIE,you like killing children,maybe sacrificing them to your daddy lucifer,or drinking their blood after you’ve killed them,come on charlie tell how it really is with you and your demon friends……………

      • AntiSocialSailor

        “….Now, instead of making a simple request of a violator, many in law enforcement seem to take a more difficult and confrontational path, fearing personal risk. ”

        There you go. Fearing personal risk. Pigs are cowards. The worst cowards are the SWAT guys and, especially, the DEA. The DEA are the biggest bunch of wussies this side of the Bunny Ranch. I still remember in the mid-80′s they were going on and on about some stupid DEA agent who was killed in Mexico. It was the first and only casualty they had taken in at least a decade, but they were still whining and crying about it 10 years later, using it to justify their storm trooper tactics and their paramilitary demeanor. Eff them. I hope they all die. I’d sooner take my chances with terrorists.

        Lest anyone think I’m a minority, drug dealing gang banger with a grudge, I’m not. I’m a nearly 60 year old white guy who used to respect cops until the last 20 years or so. I’m living in an extremely affluent neighborhood filled with affluent drug users, scamsters, banksters and other white-collar criminals. But the pigs wouldn’t DARE bust a door down around here because, chances are, he’ll be busting down the door of some prominent attorney, local politician or their scions. Better to go harass and intimidate and kill someone on the poor side of town. Cowards. All of them.

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      • ddftr

        “Breaking News” Cops are not perfect”. But who is?

        After LAPD beat (Ex-Con, Speeding, Pursit, Refused to Stop, Physically Attacked Officers) “Motorist” Rodney King, LAPD officers adopted “Drive & Wave.”

        They did not stop suspicious people, traffic violators or even stop for citizens flagging them down. They realised that it was better to “Don’t get involved, Don’t show up quickly to crimes in progress and you can’t be Charged with a Crime or Sued for something that you did or did not do.”

        Of course, crime which was thru the roof, went higher and higher. When the LA Riots broke out, LAPD laid low, resulting in Billions in property damage and 53 people killed. But no Cops were killed, sued or charged with a crime.

        Years ago, the city of LA allowed transfers between the Police and Fire departments without losing seniority. This was Stopped when 99% of the transfers were from the Police to the Fire department. Same Base Pay & Benefits and More & Better Overtime resulting in 20% higher pay. Plus, very little stress at the FD and exercising and sleeping on-duty is encouraged by the fire department.

        And Firefighters get the full five wave, not the one finger one reserved for Cops.

        You get what you pay for.

        • AntiSocialSailor

          What a load of bullshit.
          So, if cops an’t act like thugs, they’ll just neglect their jobs entirely. And you think that’s just fine. We’ll show those civilians. If we can’t beat people to death, we just won’t do anything. That’ll teach ‘em to respect us. Riiiiiight,.

          What a bullshit attitude, but typical for the notorious pigs in L.A. They should be held personally liable for the billions in property damage that resulted from their spiteful and juvenile attitude.

          Firefighters deserve the respect they get. When half the firefighters turn out to be part-time arsonists and the other half cover for them, then you can start complaining that they’re unfairly treated better than cops. Of course people would rather be a firefighter. Firefighters don’t have to work with fellow firefighters who are sociopaths, thieves, liars and thugs. Firefighters also don’t have a code of silence inherited from the Mafia.

          I’m glad they stopped that transfer. Anyone with more than a year of being a cop is already corrupted if he hasn’t quit already. We don’t need them contaminating the Fire Department. Besides, not that many cops even want to be firefighters. That doesn’t fulfill their TV action show fantasies and cops are essentially cowards. Every time they shoot some kid for holding a comb or a cellphone they prove it. Firefighters actually risk their lives and work hard. They don’t go charging in to a bbq grill fire, ten at a time and dressed in full battle gear, only to end up killing 3 people and destroying the house. That’s what a firefighting operation would look like if it was run by cops.

      • ddftr

        Not too many years ago, an average of 150 cops killed each year was not uncommon. Better equipment such as Ballistic Vests, Ballistic Car Door Panels, Taser’s, and Firearms etc, combined with better training have resulted in a lower death rate.

        But cops are Targets. Every Cop knows this. Wear the Uniform and become a Target. The bad guys do not wear Uniforms. And thanks to groups like the NRA, guns are just to easy to get by those whose want to rob, rape and kill.

        You want better Cops, than Raise the Pay 100% and see what happens. There are still Police Departments in the USA that pay less than $30k a year.

        Would you put your life on the line daily or work at Walmart for better pay, benefits and without having to worry about being sued?

        • AntiSocialSailor

          Awwww… Poor widdle piggies. 150 cops killed each year? How’s that stack up against meat cutters or factory workers or farmers or just about any occupation that doesn’t involve sitting at a desk all day. Spare me the crybaby routine. Cops have one of the safest jobs in the country. The most dangerous calls are domestic violence calls. I’m surprised they don’t send fully armored swat teams to deal with them too.

          Cops are targets because they made themselves targets. How many law-abiding citizens hated cops in 1970? 1980? How about now?

          You want better cops, then start subjecting them to meaningful psychological testing. Start firing any cop who should reasonably known about the corruption of the guys they work with all day. Quit protecting the violent sociopaths and Special Ops wannabees.

          Walmart workers work twice as hard for less than half the pay of your $30K cop and they get NO benefits. In a lot of small towns, $30K is too much for a cop and they get paid a helluva lot more in any decent sized city.

          And when was the last time a cop was sued, had to pay for his own defense and/or lost a personal lawsuit? Hell, they don’t even get prosecuted for the crimes they commit unless they’re so blatant and egregious that even the Blue Wall of Silence isn’t big enough to cover them up.

          Yeah. I’d be a cop any day over being a Walmart worker. Except that, if I was a cop, I’d have to work with cops instead of the decent people who work at Walmart.

        • Disgustipated

          Bullsh$T!!!!!
          “Wear the Uniform and become a Target. The bad guys do not wear Uniforms.

          EVeryone NOT in a Unifom is a “BAD GUY”
          ya lets raise their pay… hell, lets keep giving them military surplus.. Idiot.

        • Arizona

          HEY you guys,don’t worry about the POLICE GANGS,their payday is coming,I had a nice chat with a RUSSIAN ARMY CAPTAIN,at walmart the other day,he said they hated police gangs in russia too,AND PROMISED ME they fully intended to kill every police gang member they could find,after they took over america,THEIR won’t be many benifits to the russians being in america,BUT THATS ONE I CAN LIVE WITH……………….

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      • Mike TheVet

        I agree that the police need a complete “reform,” but I don’t believe every officer has bad intentions.
        That being said, the whole “Blue Line” needs to completely disappear from our society.

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        what a madness…

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      • mike d

        Police have been getting more militant and aggressive the past 10 years. Has anyone noticed how they never smile these days , are always irate and down right suppressive towards the public?

        • AntiSocialSailor

          They’re a bunch of sick fuck psychopaths, raised on the teat of TV police dramas and Fox news crime sensationalism. They fancy themselves Special Ops forces but they’re just a bunch of immature and petulant fuckwits. The ex-military among them are even sicker than the non-military guys because they ought to know better. This attitude shift has been going on for longer than 10 years. Believe me. This started in the late 80′s and has only gotten much worse since 9/11.

        • Arizona

          THERES always a silver lining to every storm,THE POLICE GANGS were given an OATH to GOD to protect the US CONSTITUTION,and they did LIE,now when they die,and that will be pretty soon,THEIR ALL GOING TO HELL,..GOD said, anyone who takes an OATH to me,HAD BETTER KEEP IT,cause no one who lies to HIM WILL BE GOING TO HEAVEN,…THAT MEANS everyone of you sorry bastards in the police gangs won’t be seen by anyone in heaven,your all going to hell,you sold your soul for bread crumbs………

      • m4orgot

        “Israelization”, the extreme militarization of American police, started after September 11 when the Israel lobby began providing all-expense paid trips to Israel for US law enforcement for counter-terrorism training with Israeli military and intelligence officials. It’s no wonder we’re treated like Palestinians.

      • Amelia Royko Maurer

        #AB409WI mothers of children killed by police request fair investigations. Please share. http://www.change.org/ab409

      • BigHonkey80

        As a police officer I would say the majority of this article is crap. 5000 dead? I can guarantee most of the deaths were justified. What do you expect me, or us to do when someone attacks us with a weapon, or is attempting to attack an innocent person? Stand there and pick our noses? Let the bad guy kill us like a dog? Kill an innocent person, so everyone can bitch at us for not doing anything? I’m at a loss with articles like this because they paint such an unfair picture of what it is like on the street dealing with people who don’t care about anyone but themselves, and who would murder their own mom for some money. Hell, I’ve seen people assault their own family members because of an argument over which was better, brown rice, or white rice; that is no joke.
        To Bill Scott, I’m also at a loss. I’m sorry about your son.
        To everyone who is sick of the encroaching police state, fucking do something about it!!!!!! Instead of writing bitchy blogs and comments on news sites go to your city hall and demand change. The people who make federal, state, and local laws are ELECTED into office. I have a personal method of police work that involves viewing the citizens I protect as friends. There are laws that I don’t enforce because more than being stupid, they are down right unjust. There is no way that a person who has a burned out tail light deserves a $100 fine but that will never change until people get off their backsides, and drive down to city hall and demand change; that’s it.
        Some of this stuff does need to change, and you have a 50/50 shot at running into a cop like me who uses logic when making decisions. The only way to keep the other 50% in check is to take away their power. The only way to do that is to get rid of some of these stupid laws. The only way to do that is, again, go to city hall, go to the county seat, go to the capital and demand these laws be changed or the greasy politician wont get your vote. Oh, and that’s another thing, don’t vote for grease balls who are interested in lining their pockets with the revenue generated by all these stupid fines.

      • Sooriamoorthy

        Kill all cops! Kill all of them, male, female, their families, parents, friends and all those who support them. whoever they may be: magistrates, judges, Senators, Congressmen, etc.

        Then, we may have honest Police officers.

      • the one

        Once they join the lodge they are lost to us… They no longer serve their oath of office nor the people but the cult of the eye! Note the all seeing eye and the grip of the master mason… They are chattel and serve the light bringer.

      • Major Solutioil.com

        @ politiva. Ur welcomed for the lesson. As for the officer friendly remark, that was what was pinned to the back of the sweatshirt (complete with a picture of cops beating someone) I borrowed just seconds before, from a guy I knew from back home (we were in Milwalkee). Next thing I know I get beaten with flashlights & pepper sprayed for “resisting arrest.” Thats when I got my skull fractured. They just laughed and stepped over me when they were done. I was left puking & gasping for air. I got a chip on my shoulder after that, but after my cousin and a couple of friends got smoked by johnny law, I started rethinking my eventual destination. Who knows, maybe I’m just gettin old, but im deffinately not a cop & f*** u for saying so.

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      • Major Solutioil.com

        Although I have had my fair share of abuse & a mistaken identity raid by these idiots, wearing ski masks no less (they had the wrong house #), I have to wonder how bad this country would be without them. One can complain about the outlaw cops, but if you look at half the population, they are lawless also. The cops are drawn out of the population, ergo half should be lawless. Even so, if there were no police, I think the vast hoard of takers would have no deterrant from obliterating the makers. How did a generation become so narcissistic/self absorbed/self worshipping to think they can do whatever they want to whomever they want and become indignant/feel picked on when there are negative consequenses and/or they don’t get everything they demand? These same people think they can act beligerant and agitate the cops because they are special & unjustly persecuted. Manners, politeness go a long way. It took a couple of beatings, a skull fracture, a broken cheek bone and a few guns pointed in my face to figure this out myself. Oh, don’t reach in your pocket for anything in front of the cops. Put your hands where they can see them and ask them to get your id, insurance papers etc.

        • Politiva_com

          Nice fiction officer friendly. Leave me out of your next “lesson”.

        • Glenn Festog

          In every state that has passed concealed carry laws, gun crimes and assault against citizens has dropped. There are more law abiding gun owners than criminal and the problem of no police would be settled in a few months. Then, perhaps, they (police) could go back to being peace officers instead of revenue enhancement officers. As for myself, I’ve been robbed twice at gunpoint and had one shoved in my face by an a**hole on LSD; as the saying goes, when seconds counted, the police were minutes (or, in one case, 1 hour +) away.

          Further, when you see a 300# cop claim he had to shoot a 10# terrier because “he was in fear for his life” it makes you wonder.

          • Major Solutioil.com

            Glen, I think you are right. I could have saved myself a lot of grief and a lot of relative’s/friend’s lives with your idea. I witnessed a murder once & the cops took over 45 minutes to come after I called. They told me I dreamed it & didn’t even act like they felt like looking at the scene. They became hostile when I asked why they took so long when I called while the murderers were still shooting, putting him in the trunk, picking up the shells, & me reading the license plate #. They told me I must have dreamed the whole thing. Odd how a few neighbors saw/dreamed the same thing. It took me 2 1/2 decades, but I finally figured out the cops WERE the murderers. A few years ago, they did get busted for selling drugs out of evidence & pinned it all on an overzealous “good cop.” They were probably taking out their competition 25 yrs ago when they killed that guy.

        • AntiSocialSailor

          That sounds a lot like you should behave when faced with a violent psychopath. Is that what you think is acceptable? OH, cops are o.k.. Just be polite or they might crack your skull open. Don’t be belligerent or agitate the cops because they’re special and they’ll shoot you dead.

          The very same things you criticize a “generation” for, you find perfectly acceptable in cops. Don’t be indignant, but they can. Don’t you be belligerent, but they can. They don’t have to be polite, but if you aren’t polite toward them, that’s justification for putting y ou in the hospital.

          Here’s some news for you. Contempt of Cop is not a crime. It’s not punishable by execution on the street. The penalty isn’t being beaten senseless or having evidence planted or being set up for a crime you didn’t commit. Contempt of Cop is the natural consequence of a contemptible police force where half consists of contemptible thugs, bullies and criminals and the other half are passive witnesses who condone criminal behavior with their silent assent.

      • James

        We The People have the RIGHT to use DEADLY FORCE against psycho cops! We DO have legal precedence in The Supreme Court! Read this and make it go viral. http://www.constitution.org/uslaw/defunlaw.htm

      • Alan Bradley

        People need to start machine gunning all these tyrant cops down.

        • James

          If they are illegally arresting you or you fear for your life against a deranged cop, you have the RIGHT to use deadly force against that pig. Legal precedence is there. Read it and send it along. http://www.constitution.org/uslaw/defunlaw.htm Not all cops are bad, but the bad ones are in the majority unfortunately. Maybe if this legal info becomes common knowledge we can straighten out our corrupt police forces. They are supposed to serve US! Not murder us.

          • Emmanuel Truthseeker

            Sure, you can try to protect yourself, with what? Your kitchen knife? Pick up a pencil and you’re likely to get shot by those goons. It is best to let your vengeance cool and serve it ice cold when least expected.

          • AntiSocialSailor

            The only cops who aren’t bad are the ones who haven’t been there long enough to have witnessed crimes committed by other pigs.

            Any pig who stays around a decent sized force for more than a year or so HAS witnessed crimes by pigs. They don’t say or do anything and so become as guilty as the pigs that commit the crime. The fear of retribution or ostracism makes them into accomplices no less than the fear of retribution prevents a drug user from from snitching on his supplier.

            A drug user or low level dealer would face prison time for failure to cooperate. A member of an organization is legally responsible for the acts of EVERYONE involved, even if he had no personal knowledge of crimes committed by other members.

            There is no such thing as a “clean” cop. The pervasiveness of dirty cops makes it impossible. The only “clean” cop is an ex-cop.

        • Emmanuel Truthseeker

          Divide and conquer. Now the people are divided against the police, against other races and religions, against their ‘wacky’ neighbours, some against the Jews, but still, most do not see the Jews as the main source of the problem. Some have identified correctly that police are being trained by Israeli psychopaths. Are people also aware that the former heads of the Stasi and KGB are involved in orchestrating more horror for the people of the Jewnighted States? Things are going to get ugly really soon, maybe even tomorrow.

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      • Dred Dormammu

        They want to turn the USA into Gaza, thus the attempted confiscation of firearms, and the training of US Police by Israeli IDF

      • Greg Burton

        Just another logical, predictable and
        deliberate outcome of the so-called “war on terror” predicated by the
        9/11 inside job attacks.

      • Greg Burton

        5,000 deliberate, logical and predictable outcomes predicated by the 9/11 inside job attacks.

      • michaelrivero

        I am glad someone finally came up with a number because this is a statistic I have been searching for a very long time. And from the daily dose of wrongful police shootings being reported, this number looks to be fairly accurate.

        That means more innocent Americans are being killed by the police than by terrorists, even including those killed on 9-11. Where is the corporate media coverage on this threat to innocent lives? 3 people died in the Boston Marathon bombing and it was non-stop coverage for days on end! The same with Sandy Hook, where 26 people died. None of the SSRI-crazed shooters waved at us by the gun grabbers ever killed anywhere near as many innocent people as the police do, yet got headline coverage across the land.

        We decry the slaughter of innocent Palestinians by the IDF only to find we have the exact same crisis here, quite possibly because of all those Israelis being hired to train the US police departments.

        The corporate media failed to report on how vaccines are more dangerous than the diseases they are supposed to prevent. The corporate media failed to report that there are serious problems with GMO crops. And to that growing list of cover-ups we can now add that the police kill more innocent Americans than terrorists do.

        • Vlad TheSkewerer

          I think a wedge is being driven between the public and law enforcement Michael so when it comes time to steal their pensions there will be no public outcry. And when they meet the same fate as the S.A. brownshirts and Beria’s boys, well……

          • AntiSocialSailor

            That theory would make sense if it were someone other than the cops themselves who insist on driving a wedge between themselves and the public.

            As for their pensions, steal away. They’ll get no sympathy from me. That’s not because of any “wedge” other than the behavior I’ve seen from cops for the last 20-25 years. Their “wedge” is more like a wall. A blue wall of silence. That’s their own fault and it began long before conservatives and baggers decided that pensions were fair game.

      • Uncle_Meat

        It doesn’t matter what the public thinks anymore. These thugs have a military policy in place in the cities and it’s getting worse. Cops are not your friends. They are an occupying force of cowards cut from the same cloth as the criminals. All respect has been lost and the hatred for these dirtbags is growing daily. They are waiting for the day of martial law when they will be the only law around. At that time the public needs to know that when they see the militarized police vehicles and police troops on the streets with full auto weapons, their rights as US citizens are out the window and the time to protect yourself and property from these punk ass thugs is at hand. No one will be safe.

      • sprytleand chim chim

        its gonna end up us against them ;(

      • FX ofTruth

        Military occupation, s where we are at. They are using the excuse of fighting terrorism in the same way we use to fight communism. The Boogie Man doesn’t exist. We do business with the Communist today. We support the terrorists in Syria who are the same group that supposedly want to “get us.” The police are the ones “terrorizing and threatening” the American Public and WE HAVE TO PAY FOR THIS? We have to be threatened with death, in order to be safe? Who’s smoking crack?

        Just because the word, “POLICE” is printed on them doesn’t mean they are.
        You can print “BOY SCOUTS” but, does that make them the Boy Scouts?

        • Emmanuel Truthseeker

          Po Lice I know what lice are, I am just wondering what the po stands for.

      • name

        Never call the cops.

        • ddftr

          I hope when you need them, someone with a brain calls the police for you.

          • Antonio Buehler

            Who needs the police? They don’t protect people. They kill far more people than they save.

            • MrLargo

              True. Double true. And, tripple-dog true.

          • AntiSocialSailor

            I’ll never bother calling them again. I needed them once in my 60 years, to investigate a burglary. I had to beg them to lift prints off a windowsill where the perp obviously entered. Then, I had to catch the guy myself by hanging reward posters on neighborhood store windows and tricking him into showing up with my $2K guitar. I arranged for a meeting with him and the cops were supposed to be there, but they didn’t show. I guess they had some pot smoker to bust that night. Anyway, I got my guitar back and punched the guys lights out in front of the store we met at. Turns out, he was a week from his 18th birthday so I’d probably have been arrested.

            One problem was, I lived in a moderate income neighborhood at the time. They’d never have pulled that crap in the area I live in now. There’s big money here and they fawn all over people. The cops who’d give you a hard time about not letting them inspect your house in the old neighborhood act like pentinent children around here. Two-faced assholes.

            Anyway, the one time in my life when I actually needed a cop, they were useless. Yet somehow, over the years, they’ve always found time for petty harassment and bullying.. I’m sure if I’d have committed some actual crime, they’d have been johnny-on-the-spot.

            I’ve got no use for them. When enough people get fed up and fight back, count this whitebread, upper income 60 year old in.

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      • Bill Scott

        Low-IQ, scared, amped-up cops killed my son, Erik Scott, a decorated ex-Army officer and West Point graduate with an MBA from Duke Univ., for having a BlackBerry smartphone in his hand. A two-time killer-cop claimed he thought Erik’s cell phone was a firearm. My eldest son’s dead, and his killers have never been held accountable. Every law enforcement officer in America had better read my new novel, “The Permit,” and heed its loud-and-clear warnings. You might think “Checkmate” isn’t real, but citizens’ anger and hatred of corrupt, arrogant, outlaw cops definitely is.

        • Uncle_Meat

          God bless! Heard you on Coast to Coast Am with your compelling story. Yes, soon it will be open season on these scumbags and people won’t be asking if they were ‘good cops’. They will all be painted with the same brush. So it’s up to these guys to turn things around but don’t count on it.

          • AntiSocialSailor

            As the old-fashioned honorable cops burn out and retire, it’s a pretty safe bet that any pigs who are still around 5 years from now are fair game and I look forward to the day when people younger and more equipped than I am decide that it’s open season.

            I’m not a psychoanalyst. I don’t have time to analyze who is a “good” cop and who isn’t. In this day and age, the prudent thing to do is to assume any pig you encounter is a corrupt liar and a violent sociopath. The pigs extend that same presumption to the public at large. Two can play that game and the odds are with me.

            I do feel sorry for the dozen or so decent pigs still left in this country. I suggest they quit and do something respectable before they end up being lumped in with all the scum they work alongside of.

            Any cop whose been a cop more than 3 and less than about 20 years is corrupt and not worth the powder it would take to send him to hell. How can I make such a sweeping generalization? The blue wall of silence demands it. Any decent person would have left the force, or been forced out by their sty partners within 3 years or less. If they’re still there, it’s prima-facie evidence that they’re dirty. No pig can go 3 years without witnessing serious police abuse or other pig crimes. If they didn’t report it, they’re guilty of it. If they did report it, they’d have been drummed out (or killed) by all the other dirty pigs. No pig can claim that, in 3 years, he never saw abuse by another pig. The fact that he’s still on the force is proof that he’s part of the blue wall of silence and that makes him unfit for public service and fit only for a prison cell.

        • F.C. Johnson

          You are absolutely correct. I personally started seeing the police corruption years ago and how it has developed into outright abuse and murder by cop.

        • workingpoor

          Mr Scott-
          I am so sorry for your loss. I hope everyone can read your book.

          • Bill Scott

            Many thanks. I do, too. Hopefully, “Permit” will help others avoid the same nightmare.

        • BigHonkey80

          As a police officer I would say the majority of this article is crap. 5000 dead? I can guarantee most of the deaths were justified. What do you expect me, or us to do when someone attacks us with a weapon, or is attempting to attack an innocent person? Stand there and pick our noses? Let the bad guy kill us like a dog? Kill an innocent person, so everyone can bitch at us for not doing anything? I’m at a loss with articles like this because they paint such an unfair picture of what it is like on the street dealing with people who don’t care about anyone but themselves, and who would murder their own mom for some money. Hell, I’ve seen people assault their own family members because of an argument over which was better, brown rice, or white rice; that is no joke.
          To Bill Scott, I’m also at a loss. I’m sorry about your son.
          To everyone who is sick of the encroaching police state, fucking do something about it!!!!!! Instead of writing bitchy blogs and comments on news sites go to your city hall and demand change. The people who make federal, state, and local laws are ELECTED into office. I have a personal method of police work that involves viewing the citizens I protect as friends. There are laws that I don’t enforce because more than being stupid, they are down right unjust. There is no way that a person who has a burned out tail light deserves a $100 fine but that will never change until people get off their backsides, and drive down to city hall and demand change; that’s it.
          Some of this stuff does need to change, and you have a 50/50 shot at running into a cop like me who uses logic when making decisions. The only way to keep the other 50% in check is to take away their power. The only way to do that is to get rid of some of these stupid laws. The only way to do that is, again, go to city hall, go to the county seat, go to the capital and demand these laws be changed or the greasy politician wont get your vote. Oh, and that’s another thing, don’t vote for grease balls who are interested in lining their pockets with the revenue generated by all these stupid fines.

          • Pighater

            Lying coward! Go crawl back in your hole you filthy criminal pig.

            • BigHonkey80

              See my reply to Antonio Buehler directly above of your post. It applies to you as well.

          • ddftr

            You sound so big and brave.

            • ddftr

              My comment is aimed at Pighater, who is obviously a criminal.

              • BigHonkey80

                I agree, I wouldn’t even waist my time on that obvious douche.

              • Antonio Buehler

                Obviously a criminal? Just because he can’t stand coward, criminal cops?

          • Bill Scott

            I agree with most of your points, sir. The 5,000 number is probably correct, though. I’ve found research studies completed in 2011 that concluded: Since 9/11, cops have killed more Americans than were lost ON that modern day of infamy (almost 3,000 fatalities). Cops have killed more U.S. citizens than al Qaeda has, by far.

            In most cities, demanding change of elected officials, or voting-in new ones, IS the best, most effective strategy. Unfortunately, Las Vegas has managed to resist this mainstream political approach for decades. It’ll take something far more drastic to reform that cesspool of corruption, ala “The Permit.” I hope it doesn’t come to that, but it definitely will happen, if GOOD cops don’t report and get rid of their outlaw brethren.

            • BigHonkey80

              The reason I’m at a loss for words is, are the authors of this article is counting guys like the DC shooter, a US citizen. Or the guy who stole a car then pulled an AK on us when we approached him thus forcing us to kill him, also a US citizen. Or the guy who killed his entire family with a hammer then got into a police stand off when officers approached to check on his family. That guy ended up climbing out the window with a hunting rifle and started shooting. He is now dead at the hands of a police officer for a good reason. He also was a US citizen, Is he being counted into this 5000 number? I believe that he is which makes the authors argument in this article pretty sketchy. It seems the author wants cops to kill no one no matter what because they are a US citizen and have the right to whatever they please which is simply insane. Some people need to be killed. If a guy walks into a school and starts shooting, he needs to be killed.

              I’m with you when it comes to the question of how do we fix corruption, the problems seem pretty daunting to overcome. Personally I think it is a matter of character. People in the US seem to have less and less of it. Everyone is trying to,” Keep up with the Joneses.” Less and less people seem to care less about the well being of their fellow man and more about their own bottom line. There is just a general lack of character in this country and this is the price we pay; more and more militant and controlling government because the people are incapable of self governance because, with a lack of character comes a lack of common sense, with a lack of common sense comes down right stupid behavior which will almost always get the police involved. And when you have 50% of a police force who is like the rest of America, lacking in character, and their going to mix it up with other idiot people who lack common sense, and character well then there are going to be big problems.

              • Antonio Buehler

                How about Kelley Thomas, Erik Scott and Larry Eugene Jackson, Jr?

                • BigHonkey80

                  Never heard of them. So Antonio Buehler, I see your a hater. That is fine and you have the right. It really doesn’t bother me.
                  I will say this though, you are simple.
                  You write one sentence like you hurt my feelings and then nothing else. Notice all my responses are multi-paragraph statements that do well to explain my point in an easy to read manner.
                  You are simple in that you can not do the same, because of that expect no one, who really matters and who has a brain that function between their ears, to ever take you seriously.
                  You say I am a coward and a criminal. Please explain. You say “How about Kelley Thomas, Erik Scott, and Larry Eugene Jackson Jr.? as if I’m gonna be like,”Ooooo you got me Buehler, way to go.” I don’t know who those men are so your statement means nothing to me or anyone else who doesn’t know who they are.
                  It is people like you who undermine the cause of freedom because you simply say stupid unfounded crap with no logical argument to back it up. This causes people who are on the fence, who are thinking about jumping into this fight to say, “Man I don’t want to go join a bunch of bumbling morons who can’t make a logical argument.” You just turn people off by doing that and it doesn’t help.
                  So why don’t you take some of that pig hate energy and put it into learning how to form a solid and decisive argument that support your point and doesn’t turn the fence riders away.

                  • Antonio Buehler

                    I love how you try to insult me by a post filled with spelling and grammatical errors. You idiot cops are hilarious.

                    Too bad you’re too stupid to use google to look up the names of the three people I listed, so you could see crystal clear examples of coward cops murdering people and getting away with it because the thin blue line is filled with criminals who cover for the crimes of one another.

                    You don’t understand freedom, pig. You think freedom is the freedom for tax parasite cops to steal money from the people so they can commit crimes against the people. Those steroids and the badge have gone to your head, child.

                    Pigs like you need an attitude adjustment.

                  • Bill Scott

                    Erik Scott was my son — A ’94 West Point grad with an MBA from Duke Univ., a decorated ex-Army officer (armor; M1A1 tank platoon leader), and a very successful businessman, who was a highly trained cardiac pacemaker rep, at the time of his murder-by-cop. Off. William D. Mosher, a fat, low-IQ cop for Las Vegas Metro PD, killed two people, including my son, Erik, within the first five years on the LVMPD force. He lied about murdering my son and walked free….and will kill again.

              • MrLargo

                It doesn’t matter, in the end, who they’re counting other than people at the other end of police guns. Whether they were wrong or not no one will know since they never made it to court. Is it ok if they count all the kids that have been killed because it ‘looked like’ they had a gun? It doesn’t matter who police kill just that they did.

                • BigHonkey80

                  So if a man points a gun at me and shoots at me I should not shoot back so that he can have his day in court?

                  • Antonio Buehler

                    Not if you are a chicken shit coward cop.

          • jackobean

            why don’t more guys like you, arrest the bad apples? they are ruining your image, the credibility of our legal system. Also, re. voting in change, when you only have 2 choices and they’re both on the corporate take, change doesn’t happen. Run yourself you say? I tried that and got 5% of the vote (187,500 votes, but still only 5%). If you’re not plugged into a corporate sponsor AND a Dem or Rep, you’re not going to win and nothing changes…..

            • BigHonkey80

              We actually do lock up a lot of bad people. We make good cases on pieces of garbage all the time. The problem is when I lock a guy up for, say burglary. True story, I’ve locked a guy up for burglary; caught him physically walking out of the house with copper pipes in hand; the definition of caught red handed. I take him to jail, spend hours processing him then writing multi page reports about the incident, so I did my part. The problem comes when I take the case to the prosecuting attorney’s office and try to get warrants issued. In the case above where I busted the guy out right, the prosecutor in case refused to issue a warrant because the initial 911 caller did not want to cooperate. Even though I saw the guy with my own two eyes committing a felony crime the prosecutor made up some dumb reason not to prosecute and that burglar walked the very next day, and he very likely committed another burglary that night. Again, the above example is a true story and that crap happens all the time. Cops lock up truly bad people all the time, the problem is the prosecuting attorney, an elected official in many jurisdictions, lets them go. People need to realize that. Prosecutors need a boot up their asses more than the cops do, trust me.

              • jackobean

                I’m sure that happens, but I mean the bad cops that are crapping on the Constitution to make a case even when they know it’s bogus. You have to admit, there are way too many Youtube videos of police outright executing or brutalizing unarmed (unadjudicated) people… and to me they are worse than a straight up criminal / thug.

                • BigHonkey80

                  Cant say I disagree.

                  • jackobean

                    Have you seen buddies go too far – places it sounds like you wouldn’t? Abuse their position? Would you be ostracized, penalized for filing a report / arresting them? I know whatever obstacle exist – they’re quite tall. Maybe all the way up the chain. How to fix it? Appreciate you chatting, I know you’ve gotten abused on the subject.

                    • BigHonkey80

                      I’ve seen enough crap that I am looking to get out of the career field all together. Simply writing on this blog, I fear a peer will see my statements, know who I am, and rat me out. See my response to EndCorruptCorporatocracy just a few entries below for my final response to all this.

                • Antonio Buehler

                  And there are no “good” cops arresting them …

              • Antonio Buehler

                I have seen HUNDREDS of videos of cops committing violent felony crimes against the people – and NOT being arrested or killed by their fellow pigs in blue.

                https://www.facebook.com/groups/FreeAntonioBuehler/749446145072239

              • MrLargo

                It may be crap but the home owner is the victim and it should be their decision as to whether or not to prosecute. It’s their property. It’s their incident. It’s their right. Is it also possible that the prosecutor does not want to seem heavy-handed or spend too much time with ‘smaller’ crimes when compared to the big busts that require more focus and have a higher public profile?

                • BigHonkey80

                  That is part of it. In the burglary example I used above the home owner was a reservist deployed to Iraq. The property damage estimate alone was over $1500. The prosecutor should have issued, if not for burglary, at least for destruction of property.
                  A mandatory question that we ask any victim is, “Do you wish to prosecute.” In this case the home owners family member who was the legal care taker of his estate while he was out of the country did wish to prosecute.
                  As for the smaller crimes that you spoke of, yes prosecutors do refuse, especially on drug cases. This does not bother me personally as drug cases simply jam up the system. Enforcing drug laws, especially those concerning marijuana, are a complete waist of time, and very frequently those charges are dropped to the dismay of the officer who worked so hard to build the case simply because, as you said the prosecutor doesn’t want to be heavy handed.
                  My method of police work does not entail running and gunning for every little drug case I can find. I view good police work as that of a highly trained, highly mobile security guard. I seek to secure my beat/ patrol area from dirt bags who would burglarize, assault, murder, or rape innocent residence who wish to live their lives in peace. I also specialize in helping people who are in physical or mental distress i.e. attempt suicide type calls. I do write tickets but only when a persons driving endangers the well being of others. However I will say that even if a person makes a mistake while driving I don’t believe $125 or $200 fine is fair. People make mistakes, they shouldn’t have to give up a whole days pay as punishment for their infraction.

                  • AZachary

                    For some people that is a weeks pay. We will miss the day of the Honest Officer that wanted the job to help people, not to bully everyone they encounter with their badge and gun. I grew up with Officers like you and then there were to others, Officers like you were respected and even became friends as we grew older. The others turned out to be alcoholics with 2 to 3 divorces on their belts hating everything and everyone around them. Then there was the one who was a rapist that even his partners had turned in but he kept getting away with it and reinstated due to the color of his skin. only to be caught again. I think it was his 4th time before they finally tossed him off of the force.

              • Walter

                “truly bad people”? You have a serious case of dualist perception, wherein you project your sense of guilt upon others. No-one is “bad”; there is no “sin”: there is merely error. But the insanity of this topsy-turvy belief system will continue to create a veritable hell … until forgiveness (always a forgiveness of self) enters, and suddenly everything that was “bad” turns into light ….

          • Antonio Buehler

            As a police officer you are a coward and a criminal.

            • MrLargo

              I’m no lover of cops but you’re a simplistic bear-poking twit when it comes to your arguments, Buehler. I used to support you and your work, but now, nope, not at all. You rant and poke, irritate, name-call and don’t offer any kind of useful action. Your activism would probably be better served by your absence from it.

              • MrLargo

                And yes, I do see the hypocrisy in my calling you a twit even though I labeled you a name-caller. Deal.

              • Antonio Buehler

                Show us what you’re doing to fight criminal cops.

                • Uncle_Meat

                  I’m practicing close quarter combat drills with fierarms. What are you doing you cowardly dirtbag?

                  • Antonio Buehler

                    Google me.

                    • Uncle_Meat

                      OK. I know who you are. So very sorry. You are way ahead of me. Got anger issues, you know. All the best and keep swinging. You have the moral ground. God bless!

          • EndCorruptCorporatocracy

            Fair enough. Will do! (Already do, actually, but will keep on.)

            And how about you report every instance you encounter of your fellow police “going too far” to your Attorney General, local LE watchdog group, the ACLU, or even the FBI. Self-police. Don’t be a poose; cross the blue line! Join Oath Keepers. Don’t just hop onto these blog articles and bitch about how it’s citizens who need to step up (because that alone will not suffice, as well-taken as your point is).

            I would further challenge you to become a vocal LEADER in the LE community with respect to this issue. You communicate well and are reasonable! DISTINGUISH YOURSELF. Got a Fraternal Order of Police? Don’t just work a table at the bake sale, for God’s sake; take this message to your fellow Blue Gang Members and teach. Form a new LE organization against police brutality. Get names, donations, etc. Start local / small, but be high profile. Or use Kickstarter to raise funds for a wider organization. You’d be surprised the support you will get! This type of organization and message must originate from actual law enforcement personnel. If you don’t have the time, talk to any retired cops you know earnestly about this situation. Perhaps they could head up the project.

            Do understand: the time for good cops to stand up for the citizens they swore to protect is NOW. Police who threaten, abuse, and/or murder citizens = domestic terrorists. If this crap continues, your profession will become exponentially more dangerous… more so than you can imagine. Most people now view police as a real and dire threat to their safety (How sad the irony….), and it’s only a matter of time until they fight back.

            Thanks in advance for your efforts. Peace.

            • BigHonkey80

              What your saying is all well and good, and I try to have an effect at the platoon level but the police mentality everyone is angry about, is to deeply ingrained in the psyche of police. I am actually looking to get out of the profession for that very reason. Yes, if I were to stand up the way people on this blog would like officer’s like me to stand up we would be done for. It is as simple as that, the massive bureaucracy that is a police department would simply find a way to fire us and we would be done.
              What will likely happen is something like what is going on in Egypt now. Hate to say it but we are at a point where revolution, and the forced re-structuring of government by the PEOPLE for the PEOPLE is required.
              In the event of something like this happening I know many officer’s like me who would strip the uniform off in a heart beat and would be on the side of those who want peace, small government, and prosperity. And because of our training and experience dealing with high stress, and even tactical situations we would become assets to the cause.
              We are in sad days, but the United States has a good bit of decent people so I think the outcome of such a revolution in the US won’t look, at the end of the day, like Egypt. Most people in the US just want peace and to pursue happiness without government breathing down their neck every step of the way.
              Some day things will change for the better, it’s just going to take something big to make it happen.

              • EndCorruptCorporatocracy

                Right on. I appreciate your perspective, and I am sorry to hear that things have become so challenging for police officers who truly desire to protect and serve. I’m glad, however, that you are among the many military and law enforcement folks who plan to keep their Oaths. There is a growing legion of citizens (of which I am one) who will support you in your decision. As you know, it is hard not to notice the “quickening” underway in this country… with something like an inevitable confrontation between statist / criminal-element-infiltrated fedgov and global government authority freaks and pro-Liberty citizens developing. Alas, freedom can again be ours, but it has to get worse before it gets better. As for me… I’ll likely be making the ultimate sacrifice in whatever struggle ensues… the Tree of Liberty has been denied the blood of tyrants for far too long!

              • jackobean

                sorry you’re thinking about leaving. seems like you’re exactly the kind of guy who should be staying. If you do leave, maybe you should run for office – you have the credibility to change top-down.

                • BigHonkey80

                  It takes a lot of money to run these days, and in most cases it takes low moral character or at least the ability to be completely ruthless toward weaker people to get a lot of money. Me running would be a waist of my time. I think that is the boat all of us are stuck in when it comes to running for office. My hope is in the fact that the amount of good people out number the bad and some day, maybe soon, the good people will understand that you can be brutal and violent towards truly bad people and still be a good person.

                  • BigHonkey80

                    I should add that logic and rational are key in determining who, where, and what the targets are and how those targets should be dealt with. Police aren’t a target because they are order takers, not order givers. What is nice about are current situation is physical violence or brutality is not yet required; we still have a good five to ten years at the rate we are going.
                    If those few good people who were running for office would be verbally brutal and violent things would change, people would listen and would not discount them as lunatics, not now, not anymore. To many of the good elected officials mince their words thus watering down their message. They also refuse to go on a full scale verbal assault toward their opponents so as not to look extreme.
                    The other problem we have is the media, everyone knows this. My goal within the next couple years is to get a good, well balanced news site going that focuses strictly on the truth of issues and how to logically deal with them; key words being truth and logic. Those two words always win the day

                    • NUNYA BIZNAZ

                      You won’t work with true journalists because they would never associate with a prick that knows a “bad guy” by sight and knows how to deal with them. (I bet you only ruff up the ugly ones.) I Mean- violating their rights or simply being asshole enough to think it is ok to judge people based on your twisted delusional “skills” and unjust methods of doing what is right disqualifies you from civil society. Because you are just wrong and wrong headed thinking you want out but doing the true right thing that you think would “end” you just cannot be done. Not by a state thug who has swallowed the crap they feed state terrorists and you apparently like it. Stay a cop. Maybe you will get what you deserve some day. 3:-) Or at least seek psychiatric help before joining society.

                  • Antonio Buehler

                    “… and in most cases it takes low moral character or at least the ability to be completely ruthless toward weaker people …”

                    You just described what it takes to be a cop.

              • AntiSocialSailor

                Thank you for making my point. Police mentality is so deeply ingrained that any cop who doesn’t get out of the trade has already been corrupted and is, de-facto, part of the problem.

                “Yes, if I were to stand up the way people on this blog would like officer’s like me to stand up we would be done for. It is as simple as that….”

                You are as guilty as those whom you witnessed abusing their power, planting evidence, perjuring themselves, filing false reports, beating or unjustifiably shooting someone. The fact that you’d be “done for” is no more of an excuse. for you than it is for the drug mule who cops 20 years because he refused to cooperate out of fear of being “done for”. What makes you so special? The drug mule is, justifiably, in fear of his life. Of course, that never bothers the cops. You, otoh, fear what? Your career? Your bowling buddies? That’s a sorry excuse.

                Any cop who lasts more than a couple years on the force is either corrupt himself, or corrupt by proxy. That include you and any others who stand by and witness this behavior yet don’t stand up out of fear of being “done for”.

          • AntiSocialSailor

            Justifiable? Because your own internal reviews deem them justifiable. If someone attacks you with a knife, nobody will blame you for shooting him. But justify shooting someone 5 or 6 times because they have a knife, or a Blackberry, or a cellphone in their hand? That happens routinely and, routinely, it’s ruled justifiable. Cops have an entirely different definition of “justifiable”.

            If what you say is true and you consider citizens as friends, you’re on in a hundred, We don’t have a 50/50 chance of running into someone like you. It’s more like a 1% chance.

            How much misconduct have you witnessed in your career? What did you do about it? Don’t try to tell me you haven’t seen anything because that would either be total bullshit, or you’re a rookie. Unless you can relate stories of you, personally, battling the blue wall of silence in order to rid your department of dirty pigs, you’re as dirty as the rest of them.

          • Uncle_Meat

            Yes we are going to do something about the creeping police state. My advice to you is to find another profession. We are goddamn sick and tired of the atrocious stories we read on a daily basis. You know damn well what I’m referring to. They are absolutely heinous cowardly crimes. Don’t give me the bullshit excuse you haven’t seen your co workers commit crimes. You share the guilt. The people will reach a point where they don’t care what happens to then anymore. It’s just about time, too. They won’t be asking if you were a good cop. You will be eliminated with all the other chicken shit scum. You are obligated to start blowing the whistle, now. All the methods of action you described are nothing but dead ends. We the people are scum to them. The ball is in your court. You will make the difference if you choose. If so you will be a hero and walk tall in my eyes. Until then you better watch your back.

          • Matt

            Even if “Most were justified” that doesn’t take away from the actual
            numbers. If we had a clear picture about which ones WERE justified, we
            wouldn’t all be here having this conversation right now. Yes, there are
            still SOME good cops out there. And we appreciate the good work that you
            good cops do. However, the sad reality is that most police officers are
            abusers of the power that has been granted to them. Policing is no
            longer about “keeping the peace”, it’s about how much money a department
            can suck out of it’s community and it’s about sick, twisted, piece of
            shit excuses for a human beings getting their jollies off by beating and
            murdering innocent American civilians. Based on personal experience
            and for my own safety, I enter every encounter with a police officer
            under the assumption that he is a corrupt bastard. Because, after all,
            that is the courtesy that we receive as Americans. When in even the most
            basic traffic stops, our police approach us under the assumption that
            we are murderous criminals. Personally, I kind of have a problem with
            the armed man approaching my vehicle thinking that I’m about to try and
            kill him. So, I say this with respect to the few good cops we have
            left(you guys are excluded). ……… FUCK THE
            POLICE!!!

          • krull

            fu big honky80 and the rest of your bullshit. we can see your one of the many bad ass’s we don’t need to hear your crap.

          • MannieP

            Another way to keep the jack booted thugs under control, is to greatly diminish Conditional Immunity. Tyrannical cops need to be personally subject to lawsuits from their victims.

            You know there are 50% of the cops who are bad? What have you done about it? If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. I seeee nossing! But all the trains for Auschwitz leave on time.

        • jackobean

          Thank You for telling your story and become an advocate for reason and restraint in law enforcement. Looking forward to reading your book.

        • Antonio Buehler

          If only everyone would stand up to the thug, criminal, coward cops like you have, Bill! Too bad most people want to make excuses for these idiot murderers in blue instead of holding them accountable.

        • Joe Cheney

          As a US ARMY veteran, thank you & your son for your duty to our great nation!! God bless you & especially your son Eric Scott…….and damn that no good cop !!! Ya’ll lead the way & you’ll have this PISSED OFF INFANTRYMAN on your side, then they can learn my motto: THIS WE’LL DEFEND !!

        • faf

          that is not cool

        • AZachary

          I thank your son for his service and I am sorry for the extreme losses you have suffered. Many of today’s officers suffer from a Napoleon Syndrome. And I think you are right, There will be a day when the Armed American people say enough. A two time killer cop or otherwise is a serial killer, one day he will get his. I look forward to reading your book. Thank you for your courage and Honesty.

        • dh

          Just to let you know there has been small phones that have been turned into guns and majority of cops know this. Not condoning the actions of the officer but they do exist.

          • Bill Scott

            Did these phone-looking firearms exist in mid-2010? That’s when my son was murdered. The primary killer-cop was scared stiff, and fired within two seconds. I could live with an honest mistake, but the killer (he’d killed another guy four years earlier; two fatalities within his first five years on the LV Metro force) never admitted such. Instead, he claimed Erik PULLED his concealed firearm (since proven absolutely impossible to do). The three killer-cops, their scum of a homicide captain, two detectives, the top-dog sheriff, etc. lied and conspired to cover up their murder. The “investigation” report was shoddy and shamefully transparent. Consequently, no quarter for liar cops and cover-up artists…. Hence, “The Permit,” my novel based on Erik’s murder-by-cop. Its theme can be summed up as: “You kill, you lie, you die.”

      • ProsecuteACop

        This is why I don’t care when a police officer is shot and killed in the line of duty – the media makes it look like a tragedy, I look at it like SELF-DEFENSE and JUSTICE

        • Uncle_Meat

          What’s more, people seeing cops in distress are going to ignore them and let them find their own fate. There was a time when the first line of defense of the police in times of social unrest were the law abiding public. That’s over with. These punks can all just bleed to death on the streets. This is the world they created. May they all rot in Hell!

          • Emmanuel Truthseeker

            It is not the world ‘they’ created. The world was created for them by the International Jewish Congresssssss, hell bent on making Gentiles suffer. That is their total modus operandi; make Gentiles suffer and take over the world. Now they have police officers totally brain f..ed to act as robots; totally devoid of human emotion. Cold, hard, killing machines. The lower their IQ the better.

            • I Am.

              Please lets not forget they work for the BAR Judges & Lawyer’s!!! Strike the root!

              http://kateofgaia.wordpress.com/kates-music/

              • jackobean

                No, actually they don’t. If you’d like to strike the root, start w/ our corrupt politicians and their corporate ‘sponsors.’

              • Emmanuel Truthseeker

                The connection I have made is the following: The judge sits on a ‘bench.’ The word bench is Latin for, bank. Banks and the Law Industry are in bed together and they control those things called politicians on this planet. The BAR is the British Accreditation Regency; ‘an old boys’ club’ which pretends that the dues those dishonorable, black robed units pay to that British agency gives them the license to PRACTICE law. The entire thing is a huge fraud. The law is a universal principle to which everyone has access. However, ‘they’ have us believing we need an agent; to stand between us and JUSTUS, (sic). Just like the Roman Catholic apostasy has everyone believing they need a priest to agent between the Deity and the petitioning human being, on his knees, head bowed, inspite of the admonition of Jesus of Nazareth to call no man Master, not even the Messiah.

          • AntiSocialSailor

            That’s the exact point I’ve made in some other threads. I used to be o.k. with cops, back in the 70′s and 80′s. Now, I wouldn’t piss on one if he was on fire, unless my piss was flammable. I feel for any cop who finds himself depending on me to save his sorry ass.

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      • Ed Felien

        How did they kill Terrance Franklin?

        By Ed Felien

        May 10, 2013. At about
        1:30 pm Terrance Franklin and his friend, Anquanette Hollman, were sitting in a
        2002 blue Chrysler PT Cruiser at the back of the apartment building at 2743
        Lyndale Avenue South. He was fixing a
        blunt (a hollowed out cigar filled with marijuana). Her two small children were in the back
        seat. They had just gone into the
        building and caught the attention of the maintenance person who checks the
        video surveillance cameras. He
        recognized the couple as the couple that had been suspected of a burglary in
        the building a couple of months before.
        He called 911 and told the police the two were on the property. He then carried a box outside to another car
        in the lot so he could write down the license number of the PT Cruiser, came
        back into the building and called 911 with a description of the car.

        The couple probably smoked most of the blunt (the autopsy tested
        positive for marijuana) when suddenly they were surrounded by police pointing
        guns at them telling them to put their hands on the dashboard and throw the car
        keys out the window. Anquanette Hollman
        did as she was told, but Franklin just sat there. After a couple of minutes he started up the
        car and started to drive out of the parking lot. There was a police car in front of him with
        its door open. He drove past it and
        bumped the door, closing it. There was
        no dent in the police car just a paint transfer, but police radio reports said
        he “rammed” the police car. Anquanette
        screamed, “Don’t shoot. There’s kids in
        back.”

        Franklin drove the car about two blocks and parked it in back of
        another apartment building, jumped out and started running through the
        neighborhood. He ran into Flanders Bike
        Shop at 2707 Lyndale, looked around nervously, checked the windows, ran to the
        back, leapt over a half door to the back repair room, couldn’t find an open
        door, ran back to the front of the store and out the door. He ran across Lyndale, cut through yards and
        across Aldrich to the back door of 2717 Bryant.

        He broke the window in the door to gain entrance. In the kitchen he took some knives out of a
        butcher block knife holder, laid them on the counter and went upstairs, went
        through some dresser drawers, found about $200 dollars and put it in his
        billfold, found a terry cloth bathrobe and put it on. At some point he heard Sgt. Stender scream at
        the back door that he was a member of the Minneapolis Police K9 Unit and that
        whoever was inside should announce themselves or they would get bit. Franklin ran downstairs into the basement and
        hid behind a water heater in a closet under the stairs.

        From the voluntary statement by Sgt. Stender: “When I came back [after getting his K9
        partner, Nash] to the rear door of 2717 Bryant, 1280 [SWAT Team] members
        (Officer Peterson, Officer Durand, Officer Meath, Officer Muro) were standing
        and ready. I approached the door with K9
        Nash and observed that the door was shut and not standing open. As I looked closer, I saw the hole in the
        glass and I also saw damage to the door and to the frame. One of the officers pushed the door open and
        we stopped. Inside on the floor, I saw
        broken glass and the locking mechanism for the door lying on the floor.

        “Believing that this was a good burglary and before deploying my
        dog, I gave a loud verbal K9 announcement.
        I received no response and I again gave the same announcement. Again no response. I then released my dog into the residence and
        myself and team members started searching for the burglar. As we moved throughout the main floor, I
        continually identified ourselves as a police K9 unit and told whoever was
        inside to come or they would get bit.”

        They searched the main floor and the second floor and found
        nothing but a cat that ran past them into the basement.

        “I then released K9 Nash downstairs and he started to
        search. I then heard a commotion in the
        southwest corner of the basement. As I
        approached, I saw that Nash had a cat in his mouth, and I told him to drop
        it. He dropped the cat and the cat ran
        past us to the main floor.”

        After searching the entire basement they finally came to the
        small storage area under the stairs: “He [Nash] quickly turned to the left,
        which was an open storage area directly under the stairway, but he did not find
        anything. I then stepped back as far as
        I could and also did not see anything under the stairs or anybody in the
        room. I then backed out but Nash would
        not come with me. He continued to air
        scent, stand with his head and nose up in the air attempting to locate the
        source of the scent. He then went back
        under the stairs and quickly came out and went to the area behind the water
        heater. Here he stuck his nose directly
        behind the water heater and hesitated.
        He then took his paw and moved something and then growled as he was
        pulling something out. A black male
        wearing a black t-shirt then stood up, knocking stuff over, as Nash continued
        to hold onto a sweatshirt [probably the terry cloth robe] that he had in his
        mouth. Nash pulled the suspect out of
        his hiding spot, the suspect stood up and he then kicked at Nash. I then told the suspect that I needed to see
        his hands. Both of his hands were behind
        his back in the area of the small of his back.
        I could see that Nash had a hold of his sweatshirt causing his elbows to
        be pulled down and back. The suspect
        just stared at me. I then said, “Show me
        your f**king hands,” and again the suspect just stared at me. Again I told him to show me his hands, and
        this time he twisted a little bit from side to side. Thinking that he might have a gun in his
        hand, I went farther into the room and punched him in the face as hard as I
        could. The suspect just stood there and
        looked at me with a vacant deep stare and did not respond to my commands. I was especially concerned because I had
        punched him very hard in the face and received no reaction from him. I then took my flashlight and struck him over
        his right eye as hard as I could. Once
        again the suspect just stood and stared at me with a deep vacant stare.

        “I went deeper into the closet, grabbed the suspect by the head,
        and started to pull him out with a headlock while Nash was still on the
        suspect. I started to get him out of the
        closet as he continued to resist and attempt to pull away from me. Officer Meath then assisted me with getting
        him completely out of the closet and into the laundry room area. Officer Peterson then stepped in and I gave
        up my head position to him. I then heard
        an officer holler, “Don’t be grabbing for my gun. Are you grabbing for my gun?” I then directed my attention down to Nash and
        saw that he had readjusted from the sweatshirt and now had the pants leg of the
        suspect. I then heard an officer holler,
        “He’s got a gun. He’s got a gun.” And
        then I heard two separate gunshots.
        Officer Muro then told me that he’d been shot in the leg.

        He dragged Muro out of the laundry room, saw that the door to
        laundry room had closed, cutting off almost all the natural light, and then
        decided the best thing he could do was take Nash up to the cruiser because he
        was a “huge distraction.”

        This report seems inconsistent and contradictory to Officers
        Meath and Durand’s account of the incident.

        Officer Meath: “As I made my way back into the cubby hole area
        to assist Sgt Stender as he was struggling with the suspect and attempting to
        handle K9 Nash I did this as I feared for Sgt Stender’s safety as he had no
        weapon drawn and I could not see both of the suspect’s hands as they appeared
        to be behind his body. I immediately
        grabbed the suspect around his upper shoulders and attempted to pull his body
        towards my location and out of the cubby hole area. Once I grabbed a hold of the suspect he
        immediately started thrashing his upper body left to right using his elbows in
        an attempt to strike me. While I was
        holding him by his upper shoulders I attempted to deliver 2 to 3 knee strikes
        with my right knee into his stomach and chest area. On my last knee strike the suspect used my
        pulling momentum against me and exploded forward, pushing me backwards to the
        point where I lost a hold of his shoulders.”

        “Q. What do you mean when you say he exploded towards you?”

        “A. As I was pulling his upper body forward towards my knee, he
        planted his feet and lunged forward as a football player would position himself
        for a tackle. I was slightly off balance
        as I was pulling the suspect in towards my body when he exploded into me,
        pushing me backwards. His actions caused
        me to lose my grip around his upper shoulders and I fell backwards into the
        wall area behind me.”

        Officer Durand’s report: “As the suspect was nearly out of the
        space, he exploded out with force, striking me backwards into the laundry
        room. The suspect slammed me against the
        dryer which I hit with my back. He
        landed on top of me in front of the dryer and I was able to roll to my right
        where he was laying across me. As I’m
        knocked backwards, I take my right hand from the pistol grip of the MP5 [a
        machine gun pistol] to brace from the fall and double check my handgun, that it
        was still in its holster. As I was
        falling, I looked down and I could see that his finger was now inside the
        trigger well on my MP 5. I took my left
        hand and attempted to push the muzzle of the barrel down and away towards my
        left. I screamed, ‘He’s got a gun. He’s got a gun.’ And then two shots went off. And as I looked to my left I could see
        officers entering the room. I felt the
        recoil of the gun as it went off, with a short pause and a second shot. The suspect continued to hold onto my MP 5 as
        I struggled to maintain control. At this
        point I put both hands on top of the barrel in an attempt to bring it down, and
        I yelled again, ‘He’s got a gun. He’s
        got a gun.’

        “As I’m attempting to push the barrel down, the flashlight
        mounted to it is turned on and Officer Peterson was able to visually see what
        was going on and comes in close proximity to me and fires his weapon at the
        suspect several times. Officer Peterson
        had taken a position partially straddling me putting the muzzle of my MP 5 in
        close proximity to his body armor to prevent anyone else from being shot. He did this as he fired his weapon.

        “Q. So to be clear, can you describe the suspect’s position in
        relation to your position and then later Officer Peterson’s position?”

        “A. As I was going down from being tackled, the shots were
        fired. I ended up with the suspect
        laying across part of my legs with his head near my right shoulder and Officer
        Peterson came in from the left, straddling over me and suspect.”

        The next question and answer are very interesting:

        “Q. At any time during this event did you pull the trigger on
        your MP 5?”

        “A. No. During our training we index our finger along the
        selector out of the trigger well so that accidental discharges do not
        happen. The finger is indexed running
        parallel to the muzzle.”

        Clearly this question was asked to allow Durand to counter the
        theory that many critics have about the conduct of officers during this
        event. Some people believe it is more
        likely that Officer Durand was firing his MP 5 at Terrance Franklin and missed
        and hit Officers Meath and Muro, and that Franklin came in close to Durand and
        used his body to keep the MP 5 pointed down at the floor rather than at him.

        “Q. Can you describe how your MP 5 was secured on your body
        during this incident?”

        “A. I use a single point sling that goes around my neck and left
        shoulder.”

        So, according to Officer Durand, Terrance Franklin runs at him,
        pushing him back against the dryer in the laundry room, grabs his gun (while
        still attached to the sling), turns around and fires at two other officers,
        hitting them both in their legs. That
        would have been an amazing feat for someone with no training in firing an MP 5
        and shooting in almost total darkness.
        And it raises the question of why he didn’t shoot Durand and gain
        complete control of the MP 5?

        A more likely scenario would be that Durand was pushed back
        against the dryer and fired off two rounds while still in command of his MP 5
        and that Terrance Franklin then rushed at him to keep the gun from being
        pointed at him.

        Officer Peterson was standing just behind Sgt. Stender when he
        was trying to pull Terrance Franklin out of the cubby hole. Peterson: “Then the suspect started to wildly
        throw punches as he drove himself out of tis utility closet with his head
        down. The suspect punched me in the side
        of the face with a wild swing, which caused my sunglasses that were on top of
        my head to fly off. The suspect was
        charging at me with his head down like a bull and hit me full force, knocking
        me to the wall. At this time I remember
        attempting to control his head by grabbing it and wrapping his long dreadlocks
        in my fingers. I then attempted to pull
        him down to the ground, but he began to thrash his head left and right to free
        himself from my grasp. All of a sudden
        the suspect was free from my grasp and I remember looking and seeing his hair
        that had been ripped from his head in my hands.
        The suspect then hit Officer Durand, who was to my right and the
        suspect’s left. The suspect struck him
        like a football player tackles someone with their head down. I remember seeing the suspect take Officer
        Durand off his feet and he drove him into the darkness of the laundry room.”

        “Q. What did you hear next?”

        “A. I heard a loud collision with what I knew to be the
        dryer. It sounded like a loud metal bang
        that had been caused by the force of an impact.
        I knew that it was the dryer because I had remembered the layout of the
        room and knew that the dryer was on the northeast side of the laundry
        room. I entered the dark room and tried
        to locate both Officer Durand and the suspect.”

        “Q. Could you hear Officer Durand and the suspect wrestling
        around?”

        “A. I don’t hear the fight that had ensued but I did hear
        Officer Muro begin to scream that he had been shot. I also remember hearing Officer Heath
        screaming that he had been shot as well.”

        “Q. When these officers were shot, where were they in relation
        to you?

        “A. Officer Muro was directly behind me and I knew this from his
        initial screams. Officer Meath was to my
        left and slightly behind me as I could hear his screaming as well.”

        “Q. Knowing that two officers had been shot, what did you do
        next?

        “A. The suspect was going to continue to shoot at us so I
        collapsed into the submachine gun. I did
        this because my brain told me to trap the barrel of the gun with my bullet
        proof vest. I instinctively knew I would
        survive gunshot rounds to my vest and I also knew that by doing this it would
        prevent officers behind me from taking additional gunshots. I used myself and vest essentially as a body
        bunker for the officers behind me and to prevent the suspect from shooting me
        in the head.

        “I could feel the submachine gun being worked by the suspect
        against my body weight, so I reached out in the darkness and felt for his
        head. I need to do this because the
        light was either trapped by my body or had shut off. The barrel of the submachine gun was still
        trapped by my midsection and I could feel that the suspect was still trying to
        work the weapon and was in control of it.
        I remember feeling the dreadlocks in the suspect’s hair again and knew
        in the darkness where he was at. I also knew that Officer Durand was close to
        the suspect’s head so I brought my handgun close to me and at a different angle
        as to not shoot Officer Durand. I knew
        that I had to kill the suspect to prevent getting shot so I shot him.”

        “I believe I shot two to four times.”

        According to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Report, Terrance
        Franklin was shot seven times in the head, all the bullets entering from the
        right side. Assuming Peterson held
        Franklin’s head in his left hand and shot him with his right hand, then
        Franklin had to be facing away from him and facing Durand. So Franklin could not have been firing the MP
        5 at Muro and Heath. It seems more
        likely Durand fired the two rounds and hit Muro and Heath accidentally, and
        that Franklin then tried to deflect the gun’s aim away from him.

        Officer Heath also claimed to have fired at Franklin at this
        time. Peterson said, “Officer Heath’s
        shots were in such close succession to mine that I believe that is why I did
        not hear the gunshots.” According to
        police testimony, Peterson was lying on Franklin who was lying on Durand. The three bodies were on top of each other in
        a tight sandwich. Heath says, “I
        remember I could see the silhouette of the suspect’s dreadlocks from his head
        and his upper shoulder area. I remember
        firing in this direction as it was the only area that I knew I wouldn’t strike
        Officer Peterson. As I observed Officer
        Peterson was directly on top of the suspect’s chest area and struggling over
        what I believed to be a firearm between their bodies.” But this is impossible. How could Peterson from that position reach
        up, grab Franklin by the dreadlocks and shoot him? If Peterson is right that Heath shot at the
        same time he did, then it is difficult to see how he could have had a clear
        shot at Franklin. There are so many
        inconsistencies and contradictions in the testimony of the officers that it
        calls into question the truthfulness of the report.

        A more plausible scenario is that Franklin head-butted Durand
        into the laundry room. Durand got off
        two shots in the general direction of Franklin before Franklin got to him and
        struggled for the gun to point it away from him. Peterson came up behind him, grabbed him by
        the hair and shot him seven times in the head.
        Heath may have shot Franklin three more times as he lay on the floor
        dead or dying.

        We will probably never really know what happened in the basement
        of 2717 Bryant Avenue South on May 10.
        The testimonies of Stender, Peterson and Durand were not taken until May
        13, and the testimonies of Muro and Heath were taken on May 24. That’s plenty of time for the officers to get
        together and come up with a plausible tale they could all agree to. When police officers collaborate to tell a
        tall tale to the Grand Jury, former Minneapolis Police Chief Tony Bouza calls
        it testi-lying.

        What do we learn from this?

        Isn’t it customary procedure in a civilian homicide to interview
        the principals immediately and separately?
        Why did the MPD allow three days before taking statements from the five
        officers involved in the homicide?

        Is it MPD protocol when confronting a burglary suspect to scream
        at him, swear at him, slug him as hard as you can and then hit him across the
        eye with your flashlight? Or, does that
        protocol only apply to black suspects?

        Does it really make sense for the Hennepin County Attorney to
        investigate homicides in which MPD officers are involved? The Hennepin County Attorney maintains a
        close working relationship with the MPD which means there is an inherent
        conflict of interest in the County Attorney’s office investigating possible
        criminal actions by the MPD. Shouldn’t
        MPD homicides be referred to the U S District Attorney (as a possible violation
        of civil rights) and be investigated by the F B I?

        Finally, why weren’t the people in charge who were responsible
        for reading the Police Report outraged by the inconsistencies, contradictions
        and obvious police misconduct in the murder of Terrance Franklin?

        How could Chief Janee Harteau pass on this police report without
        firing Sgt. Stender and investigating the obvious contradictions and
        inconsistencies in Officers Peterson and Durand’s testimony?

        How could Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman allow such a
        flawed report serve as a whitewash of the actions of the SWAT Team Unit 1280
        before the Grand Jury?

        Mayor Rybak has primary responsibility for civilian oversight of
        the police. Why has he been silent?

        As Chair of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, Don
        Samuels has the primary City Council responsibility to monitor police behavior
        and guard the public interest. Why
        hasn’t he spoken out?

        What has been lost?

        Terrance Franklin was not a model citizen. He was a misdemeanor outlaw involved in petty
        crimes, didn’t have a job, wasn’t interested in an education, probably lived
        off the generosity of women who loved him, and probably was stoned most of the
        time. But he didn’t deserve to be beaten
        and murdered in the basement at 2717 Bryant.

        Officer Meath almost lost his life and will probably walk with a
        limp for the rest of his life.

        The bullet that hit Officer Ricardo Muro did even more damage:
        “The round struck the upper part of my femur, which ended up shattering it in
        about three different places. I ended up
        having to get several blood transfusions during surgery and another one a
        couple of days later due to the fact that I had lost so much blood. I also ended up having to go through an
        approximately 5-hour surgery where a titanium rod was inserted into my
        femur. The rod is also being held by
        four screws, two by my knee and another two by my hip.”

        “Q. Were the doctors able to completely reconstruct your femur
        bone?”

        “A. No they were not.
        Some of my femur is missing and at this point it is unknown if I will be
        able to go back to 100-percent status as I was before the incident.”

        “Q. Are you currently on any medications to control the pain
        from this gunshot wound?”

        “A. I am. I take one
        Percocet at night just to help me sleep because of the pain caused by the
        injury. I am also on a blood thinner,
        which is an injection that I have to give myself in the stomach area every day
        since the doctors are worried of blood clots in my leg since I am unable to
        move it.”

        This is a tragedy that didn’t have to happen. And you can point to the one exact moment
        when it all went bad. When Nash had
        found Terrance Franklin and he stood up, Sgt. Stender came over to him and
        began screaming and swearing at him. The
        only response from Franklin was a blank stare.
        He hit Franklin and again the only response was a blank stare. He hit him as hard as he could across his eye
        with his flashlight, and all he got was a blank stare.

        Wouldn’t it have been much better when Franklin stood up for
        Sgt. Stender to back off and calmly explain the situation to him. It’s possible Franklin might still have
        resisted arrest, but Terrance Franklin was 5’ 10” tall and weighed 173
        pounds. There were five police officers
        in the basement with machine gun pistols pointed at him and a police dog biting
        him on the leg. There was no real indication
        that Franklin was armed. None of the
        people who had seen him said he was carrying a gun, and if he did have a gun
        behind his back it would have been suicide by cop to pull it out and start
        shooting. Rather than escalate this
        event into the tragedy it became, this would have been the moment to calm
        things down.

        Is that asking too much of the police? Is asking them to be calm, cool and
        professional in their official conduct asking too much?

        There are 2,800 Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) operating in 45
        states. These are teams of police
        working with community resources in mental health. Mental health professionals accompany police
        on calls where there is a possibly mentally disturbed suspect. There is a training program for CIT in
        Minnesota. Almost ten years ago, I wrote
        that the well-respected black poet, “Gregory Samples was driving his car erratically and ended up
        ramming a police car. Barbara Schneider was playing her radio too loud and was
        chased by the MPD into her bedroom where she was defending herself with a
        butter knife. Abu Jeilani was walking up Franklin Avenue whacking cars with a
        machete and a crow bar. Granted, they all should have been restrained, but
        there was no credible justification for killing these three disturbed
        individuals. The fault for the use of excessive force can only be attributed to
        improper training.”

        Nothing
        has changed with the MPD. It’s time for
        the public to demand that the MPD institute CIT training. It’s way past time for our elected officials
        to hold our police department to the highest possible professional
        standards. To continue on the path we’re
        on will lead us to more violence, chaos and self-destruction.

        The
        MPD would do well to think about their own motto: “To protect with
        courage. To serve with compassion.” Courage doesn’t mean macho bravado fueled by
        adrenalin. Hemingway said courage meant
        grace under pressure. And compassion
        means reaching out to everyone in our community even if they are poor, or
        minorities, or obviously troubled. If
        you’re not capable of that kind of compassion, then you’re not worthy to wear
        the uniform.