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View Diary: It's not just Missouri: Know your rights (30 comments)

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  •  No, the cops exist in a culture of obedience. (6+ / 0-)

    They are governed by just one rule -- to follow the orders of their immediate supervisor. They are not taught the law. When individuals raise legal issues, they are taught to respond "tell it to the judge." In other words, a verbal challenge becomes an opportunity to arrest on the basis of "resisting an officer in the performance of his duty."

    Judges actually throw out many cases. But, instead of impressing on law enforcement that they were in error, the judicial system is faulted for not being supportive of the cops' efforts.
    The culture of obedience is basically abusive and a large dollop of paranoia adheres. Indeed, it seems the paranoia is part of the glue that holds the "team" together--part of the us against them syndrome.
    The public is somewhat to blame because we have bought into the "prevent and protect" agenda. There's no way the police can prevent one-off criminal events. So, the assertion that they are tasked with crime prevention is a scam. At the same time, the predicates or antecendents of serious crime, specifically all forms of physical and mental abuse, are dismissed as insignificant and unimportant. Assault is a misdemeanor, unless inflicted on an officer of the state. Assaults perpetrated by officers of the state are defined as "discipline," much as paddling in school is a disciplinary matter. Violence isn't just tolerated; it's expected. The culture of obedience can't live without it.

    •  The mentality is largely an infantry mentality (1+ / 0-)
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      Regimented, authoritarian and about as foreign to Constitutional law as a space alien.

      Now, should someone who has his or her case dismissed institute legal action for false arrest, false imprisonment and theft of one's property, then a judge can lecture the civil government on the Constitution.

      Frankly, I'm at the point where, if my rights are trodden on by a local government, I'm going to find out how much their insurance is for and their annual budget and sue for three years budget and that insurance amount.

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