“His response was to fight it with the only weapons at hand—passive resistance and open displays of contempt.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
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CALLING THE SILENT MAJORITY: ALL WHITE PEOPLE, MIDDLE CLASS BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE: Stand Up for law enforcement now, or get stepped on later. They are compiling “dossiers.”
“Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson expressed outrage over the shooting death Saturday and said it is time for the brutality to end.
“It is time for the silent majority in this country to support law enforcement. There are a few bad apples in every profession*. That does not mean there should be open warfare on law enforcement. The vast majority of officers are there to do the right thing, are there because they care about their community and want to make it a safer place,” Anderson said.”
Do the right thing, silent majority– Do the math!
THE ISSUE IS TRIGGER HAPPY POLICING- NOT BLACK VERSUS WHITE, OR US VERSUS THEM. WE ALL HAVE JOBS TO DO.
The odds that any given black man will shoot and kill a police officer in any given year is slim to none, about one in a million. The odds for any given white man? One in four million,” he said. “The odds that a black man will be shot and killed by a police officer is about 1 in 60,000. For a white man those odds are 1 in 200,000.”
This really is a case of simple math, and the average age of a first encounter with life and reputation destroying law enforcement interaction is 23.
Shannon Miles’ first life crippling bout with labelling theory came at 22. The crime? He didn’t comply with a request to identify himself.
02/15/2005 – Harris County – U of H PD – Fail to Identify giving False Info – Guilty – 4 days in jail
Being charged with failure to identify oneself is the modern equivalent of compliance with a “pass law.**”
And, he was arrested some after that, for essentially the same thing- noncompliance with authorities who demanded compliance, for the sake of compliance.
Each time, giving the “good apples” in the law enforcement community more opportunities to chip away at his reputation in “official” records and investigatory notes- which really amount to official character assasination.
Or: one in three Americans are labelled as criminals and suffer this fate every year- and the numbers increase for young black Americans.
That is a 22% increase from 1965, when civil rights was an actual issue in America, as opposed to rhetorical displays by statesman and women in Congress; or PBS documentaries in February.
NO PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE IS ON RECORD ANYWHERE, calling for criminal justice reform starting with labels and official records that destroy lives.
These records are all online today in a back-door attempt by corporate media, officials and institutions, to destroy economic opportunity for those unfortunate enough to get caught in the Anerican narrative violence that is the “good guys – v- bad guys” rhetoric.
“Criminal justice experts said the 30.2 percent figure was especially notable at a time when employers, aided by the Internet, routinely conduct criminal background checks on job candidates.”
That means that 1 in 3 Americans are at risk of being unemployable after the age of 23.
TOP TEN MOST DANGEROUS JOBS IN AMERICA( police officer is NOT one of them)
The situation gets more bleak when we factor in this other insidious institutional mechanism: community policing.
Some have likened community policing initiatives to tactics deployed upon the citizens during Stalinist repression, East German policing during the Cold War, and Mao’s Great Leap Forward, where citizens gladly destroyed other citizens, in order to gain favor with police and state.
In theory, the system makes people more “safe” because the “problem solving” nature of it allows police to integrate into communities, and collect data from citizens, and, build files about people, and problems.
Then, they can plan approaches to solving the problem.
Sounds good, yeah?
But the mechanism actually works like this: the files that are compiled, exist in secret. They are reports written by police. These reports are institutionally biased, black and white narratives that essentially guide the police in their approach to the person that is a problem.
There is no oversight. There are no counter narratives. And, any and all negative or exacerbating police conduct is carefully kept out of the reports.
These reports guide each and every interaction with police after that. And, these reports guide the things that police say to friends, neighbors, and associates of “the problem” people.
In the cold war era, our newspapers, films and political propaganda used to shake their fingers in the air, and shout that repressive regimes kept ” dossiers” in citizens.
And today, it looks like the repressive regimes are pointing their fingers at us.
And, in this case we see that pattern IN THE NUMBERS.
It is extremely rare that cops get killed- and policing doesn’t even rank as a top ten deadliest profession, but if I were to create felons- a “cold blooded killer,” or a controlled shooter, I couldn’t increase hostility in a person any more than this system has already done with the good guy/bad guy arena.
No diversion, no chance at minimizing stigma, and no rebuttal to those whose sole purpose is to refine the label of deviance that they put on 1 out of 3 Americans every year; and who work behind the scenes in peoples lives, to destroy them.
* when institutions adopt policies that inhibit oversight, insight, and hindsight, the institution itself is corrupt. Being a Little bit Eichmanish is no excuse.
* *pass laws: special papers were required during the era of slavery and indentured servitude in America. They were laws that governed the ability to travel, earn money, or associate with others outside of the primary plantations that owned the slaves and servants.
Penalties for violating pass laws could include death in some circumstances.
Volkspolizei: East Germany’s paramilitary police