Servando Gonzalez — Expected Effects of the Law of Intended Consequences… “A series of scandals involving the Albuquerque Police Department has renewed the people’s interest in police brutality. One of them was the result of watching on video some members of the APD killing in cold blood a harmless homeless man who was camping on what the police termed an “illegal campsite.””
By Servando Gonzalez
June 12, 2014NewsWithViews.com
A series of scandals involving the Albuquerque Police Department has renewed the people’s interest in police brutality. One of them was the result of watching on video some members of the APD killing in cold blood a harmless homeless man who was camping on what the police termed an “illegal campsite.”Later, the police officers claimed that the camper was armed with two knives, and he was dangerous.
But the video, filmed by one of the killers’ helmet camera, show several Albuquerque policemen, dressed in full military attire and carrying full-automatic rifles, totally out of the range of any possible aggression by the camper. Moreover, the camper seemed to be harmless and about to surrender when the police began firing at him until he was dropped by the fusillade.Adding insult to outage, the video shows how, even after it was obvious that the man was unconscious, they unleashed an attack dog against him, and it began biting on the man’s legs.
Then, the police killers put on an extraordinary theatrical performance when they approached the unconscious man, as he was extremely dangerous, and handcuffed him.Because of its wide exposure on the Internet, this case generated attention from the general public. This, however, is not an isolated case. Later investigations revealed that the APD had already gained a well-deserved reputation for killing unarmed, innocent citizens.
Nevertheless, the APD’s disregard for the law and the citizen’s lives is not an exception, but a growing trend among law enforcement organizations in the United States. From peace officers, whose main job was to maintain the peace among citizens, the current militarized government repressive forces have become a dangerous threat to the very people they are supposed to serve and protect.
Now, just a perfunctory analysis of the hundreds of cases in which the government’s repressive forces have resulted in the unjustified killing of innocent citizens, show some interesting constants. In the first place, none of the people killed by the police in the last ten years have been a member of the higher social or economic stratum of society. Though criminality is rampant among this group, the police’s victims of choice have always been people in the lowest social and economic levels of America’s society.Secondly, none of these people killed in cold blood by the police has been a true threat to the police.
Most of them have not been carrying firearms, nor were they at a distance from which they could use lethal force against the police. Nevertheless, in most cases the police investigators and the judges determined that the use of lethal force was justified because the policemen felt threatened. Which shows that the killings were not justified by facts but by subjective feelings. It also shows that, like the Sheriff of Nottingham and his thugs, the new police have arrogated themselves the power of life and death over us, the powerless serfs.
Finally, in none of these cases one can find a single word of contrition on the part of the killers. Actually, as it is evident in the video of the killing of the Albuquerque camper, after killing in cold blood the poor man, the killers seem very happy, as if they were enjoying the vile act they have just committed.
Even more important, an analysis of the dozens of cases in which the government’s repressive forces have assassinated innocent Americans……………
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