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Amidst articles by Pat Buchanan, etc., I found this:

"Seven Reasons Police Brutality Is Systemic, Not Anecdotal by."  Pretty excellent summary.

Here are the seven: 1.  Many departments don’t provide adequate training in nonviolent solutions; 2.  Standards for what constitutes brutality vary widely; 3. Consequences for misconduct are minimal; 4. Settlements are shifted to taxpayers; 5. Minorities are unfairly targeted; 6. Police are increasingly militarized; 7. Police themselves say misconduct is remarkably widespread.

Here are highlights:

In Chicago, the numbers are even more skewed: There were 10,000 abuse complaints filed against the Chicago PD between 2002 and 2004, and just 19 of them ”resulted in meaningful disciplinary action.” On a national level, upwards of 95 percent of police misconduct cases referred for federal prosecution are declined by prosecutors because, as reported in USA Today, juries “are conditioned to believe cops, and victims’ credibility is often challenged.” Failure to remedy this police/civilian double standard cultivates an abuse-friendly legal environment.
During President Obama’s gun control push, he argued that “weapons of war have no place on our streets;” but as Radley Balko has amply documented in his 2013 book, Rise of the Warrior Cop, local police are often equipped with weapons powerful enough to conquer a small country. Police use of highly armed SWAT teams has risen by 1,500 percent in the last two decades, and many police departments have cultivated an “us vs. them” mentality toward the public they ostensibly serve. Although possession of these weapons does not cause misconduct, as the old saying goes, when you have a hammer everything begins to look like a nail.
Here’s the real clincher. A Department of Justice study revealed that a whopping 84 percent of police officers report that they’ve seen colleagues use excessive force on civilians, and 61 percent admit they don’t always report “even serious criminal violations that involve abuse of authority by fellow officers. . . . The good news is that the first step toward preventing police brutality is well-documented and fairly simple: Keep police constantly on camera. A 2012 study in Rialto, Calif. found that when officers were required to wear cameras recording all their interactions with citizens, “public complaints against officers plunged 88% compared with the previous 12 months. Officers’ use of force fell by 60%.”

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  •  In Albuquerque, NM, police use cheap cameras that (10+ / 0-)

    they can turn off before they shoot your ass dead. Got to get cameras the police officer can't turn on or a camera that stays on once they leave their station and turns off once they get back.

    Many times I’ve returned. Never was I the same in any of my guises. I feel inside, my times before, with no memories of each journey. My soul’s shadows haunt all the paths it has traveled.

    by Wendys Wink on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 09:45:17 AM PDT

  •  Yep- the author is a Libertarian (1+ / 0-)
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    ( Comm Consultant for Young Americans for Liberty), which is a Libertarian outreach targeting mostly college kids.

    Libertarians pretty much think we shouldn't have cops, or that any cops we do have should be privatized ( depends on how much weed they have on them).

    Can't say I find any of this surprising- I've heard it outta about a thousand kids, usually following screeds about the Federal reserve and followed by the illegitimacy of Federal taxes.

    There are loads of validish points in the essay- Personally, I think that the author is overstating unto fabricating, but that's just my opinion.

    The role of the police in our society, though, is definitely one of the places where the hard left reaches around to meet the hard right, and vice versa.

    •  NYPD sure took pleasure and zeal while cracking (2+ / 0-)
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      the heads of OWS marchers. I don't dismiss the conclusion just because I wouldn't vote for the author.

      No longer Hoping for Change. Now Praying for a Miracle.

      by CitizenOfEarth on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 11:32:05 AM PDT

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      •  I'm not dismissing it because I wouldn't vote (0+ / 0-)

        for the author.

        There are loads of validish points in the essay- Personally, I think that the author is overstating unto fabricating, but that's just my opinion.
        I'm dismissing it because the points made, while of some limited truth, are being exaggerated unto absurdity.

        I mentioned the authors political leanings because OP expressed surprise that such views were published in a conservative forum, no doubt because he or she is most familiar with seeing such views published in liberal forums.

        I then observed that, when you get far enough left, it is impossible to distinguish from the far right, and when you get far enough out into the right, it becomes indistinguishable from the left.

        This particular set of beliefs about policing are common to both the extreme left and the extreme right. Sure, a blind squirrel still finds the occasional nut... but I'm always surprised at how the two reconcile their agreement.

        Myself, if my leanings brought me into agreement with the libertarian line, I'd question my leanings.

  •  American Conservative is a funny place (2+ / 0-)
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    I can go there and agree with everything they say right up until they pull out their tired old "small government" and "traditional morality" paleocon boilerplate that, if implemented, wouldn't actually change anything.

    I can understand the mentality that logically there are no economic or political solutions to what are (for the sake of argument) social problems, but that assumption of "non-overlapping magisteria" invites the counterargument that likewise there are no social solutions to economic or political problems.  I think that at the end of the day, it wouldn't matter how good old fashioned we all were so long as some people still had all the money and used it to control the government.  

    "Small government" is a solution to the corruption of the machinery of the state to serve narrow, private interests in the same way that amputation is a solution to a gangrenous limb; the patient may survive, but is henceforth disabled.  It also assumes that the corruption of public institutions to serve private ends is necessary rather than simply opportunistic.  In the real world, attacking and diminishing the state because of what private parties do with it may set back those private parties, but it leaves the true, private source of their power intact - like cutting the leaves of weeds but leaving their roots from which they only grow back and stronger this time.

    Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

    by Visceral on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:33:45 AM PDT

  •  Larry Niven, science fiction author, (3+ / 0-)
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    IRL, very conservative, had a series of books set in a future where crime is virtually eliminated by the use of cameras everywhere, including in blocks of citizens who have video cameras they have on constantly that are recording all occurrences so if there's a law that's broken (murder, theft, trespassing, littering, etc) there are multiple cameras that would record the event and upload it in realtime so, for example, someone couldn't just grab the camera and destroy it.  No privacy, but no crime.  There are many folk who would make that trade-off.

    One of his stories has to deal with some hackers or other troublemakers who manage to turn power off in an area.  Without power, no uploads.  Without power, no building mounted powered cameras.  Anarchy rapidly ensues, making the point that people will break rules if they can get away with it, and the ultimate observation level will build pressure to a point where it bursts.

    I do, however, think requiring police officers having go-pro style cameras constantly on would be a great safety and public record device.

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