cphite wrote:My point was, even if we assume that this is not considered a lawful arrest, it seems unlikely to me that this officer will face any serious consequences for his actions. He might get some unpaid leave, and the victim will get an apology; but that will probably be the extent of what happens.
All of which is amazing to me. It seems like the majority of people I know accept police brutality as a problem. It's hard to believe in a democracy like this one nothing has yet been done about it.
Yes. This is true.
A strong Majority and growing.
The People are frightened of The Police.
I know I am frightened.
I have Special reason to be frightened.
I had a good day, for me, a week or so ago.
I was having a conversation with two educated professional men.
The subject of Police came up.
The reactions of these two men surprised me.
These two guys are both Scientists.
One of those guys is Good.
I have seen some of his work.
They reacted Physically and verbally to the word, 'Police'.
These guys are the kind of man I would expect to run Toward the Police for help.
Both were Frightened of the Police. How sad.
Yes. The majority are frightened and accept the fear.
It is like living in Earthquake Country or Tornado Alley.
Smart people know it could happen to themselves.
But; Very nice professionals afraid of Police makes me wonder.
It seems to make you wonder, too. What can be done?
Democracy? It looks like Mob rule to me. Worse.
I spoke to nice middle class American woman, today.
What became clear as we spoke is;
The Uniform. It covers the man inside.
It is an important concept.
The Man Inside.
What does the Uniform mean?
If not worn, it means Off Duty.
Under that Off Duty is a Man.
If that man is a Gangster,
The uniform means Off Duty.
When he takes it off
He is still a Gangster on duty.
When he puts it on
He is still a Gangster with more Power.
Same with Good Men and Women.
They are still who they were before
slipping into something less comfortable.
What can be done?
It still reminds me of the stories from E. Germany a long, long time ago.
The Police were too hard on The People.
Martin Luther demanded freedom for The People.
The Police took off the uniform.
Those guys take lessons from the Criminals, too.
They were a great deal of the Trouble.
The Police know what will make
The People fold like a house of cards.
At this point we are screwed.
Unless you can get yourself inside a Uniform.
Even inside a Uniform is not a safe place from abuse by Police.
We have high profile cases.
A Policeman was hunted like a F.451
nightmare in California.
It is possible to clean up the mess. One person can not do it all.
Did you hear that World? The well educated Scientists are frightened of the Police.
Those guy may not be guilty of even White Lies.
The older and better educated of the two was not a man that lies.
He works with both macro-struchures and Chemistry.
His job is important. Not lying is a well developed habit with him.
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.
We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
by mr. Oscar Wilde.
Those that want to Know; Know.
Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
They do terrible things to people that Tell Them.