The Police: The Best Organized and Funded Mob in the U.S.

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Okay, I get it, click-bait title, right? But read their actions and how does it not read anything other than a mob?

I try not to be that guy that goes, “Hey, be outraged about this!” but it’s hard not to have that sentiment when listening to the two-part series by the terrific podcast, This American Life, on police.

First off, is there anything more telling about how fucked up things are with the police that a New York City policewoman from the NYPD only spoke to TAL on the condition of anonymity? She’s a public servant. Anyway.

The Miami Gardens Police Department essentially set up a no trespassing agreement with the owner of a Quick Stop convenience store. Not too long after, they took advantage of this owner by harassing his customers, whether inside the store or outside the store. All black customers, by the way. They’d line them up outside. They’d ruffle through their belongings.

Naturally, the owner didn’t like the arrangement anymore after trying to do the right thing. Well, the cops started harassing him. The owner also employed someone with reduced mental capacities to do some menial work around the store. The cops stopped and/or arrested this person for trespassing at the store THAT HE WORKED AT over 200 times. Two. Hundred. Times.

The courts were no help. They’d tell this individual to plead guilty and he can get out of jail now or he could fight it and spend money on a legal battle that he didn’t have the resources to fight.

That, my friends, is the real issue in policing. Yes, the killings are awful and horrific, but those are relatively uncommon. What is common is this type of daily harassment with no recourse (because they’re dealing with the police, the courts and they’re poor).

All of which is done to beef up statistics to fulfill quotas, which is then tied to federal grant money. It’s all the wrong, perverse incentives with no accountability. As point of fact, nobody in the Miami Gardens Police Department or Miami Gardens city council or mayor wanted to cop to starting this bastardized version of NY’s stop-and-frisk.

I forget the exact figures off the top of my head, but in a city of 100,000 the police made 99,000 stops. Comparatively, Miami, Florida, with a population three times that size, only had 39,000 stops.

Even worse, the police would stop children as young as five. FIVE! For being “burglary suspects.” One officer said in his report that the child had the start of a beard. About 11,000 of those 99,000 stops were of children.

This is a systemic issue with varying complexities involved, but it continues to simmer. I could list numerous other places where similar harassment has been uncovered by local municipalities, state police and the feds. So, this is just what we’re aware of thanks to some whistleblowers and take-no-shit journalists.

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  1. This is what happens when America started to become a joke before you were born, Brett. America started to become less about family values, stability, affordable healthcare, affordably decent education, decently priced homes, wealthy prosperity for average Americans, etc. Now, America has the increasing wealth gap, enslaved debt bondage by making prices of things increased, lower I.Q.s from younger American generations, anti-intellectualism through authoritarianism supported by rich and powerful dictators that own America, decreased job opportunities for high-paying jobs to prevent poverty and homelessness, and increasingly limited freedom ever since the rich and powerful dictators that own America have sold out to the brainwashing Chinese terrorists in the market. What I will tell you are chronological events that lead to America’s collapsing empire. Call me crazy or a conspiracy theorist when I do. I don’t care if you do either way.

    America was first founded by religious extremists, patriarchal predators, and military terrorism. That’s going to cause psychological warfare on nice and innocent people period. It’s not the best way to make a society of compassionate people that help nurture people’s well-being to make them behave rationally and cilivised. Hence, America has always been known for impulsively violent people who short-sightedly shoot first, then ask questions later. It’s why the rest of the world has always walked on eggshells when they do international business with Americans.

    American public schools have always been anti-intellectual indoctrination camps to groom average Americans to be obedient workers for the rich and powerful elites. Compassionate intellectuals have always been bullied in American schools more than athletes, people enlisting in the American military, cheerleaders, and other people that represent the status quo. Religious private schools have always been funded more than public schools in America because religion is valued more than science and improving infrastructure. It’s why some of the rest of the world has better infrastructure, is more atheistic, and has more scientists than America.

    The Rothschilds, Rockefellers, Kochs, Zuckerbergs, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, elitist Jews, and other rich and powerful dictators own America. They own America through authoritarianism via online surveillance, internet censorship, slave wages for average Americans, elitist tax evasions, heavy government regulation, limited internet access in specific places in America, oppressive bureaucracy in every state, religious fearmongering, fearmongering from the police, and keeping average Americans distracted to keep them dumb with gullible consumerism, junk food, alcohol, drugs, propagandised media, youth-corrupting music, drama, etc. These rich and powerful dictators have legalised amoral capitalism via the abusive for-profit prison industry, military terrorism to rob resources such as oil from Syria that causes refugees (especially the raped Syrian women), polluting the water and air in America at the expense of Americans’ health, etc. It’s a recipe for an unstable society altogether.

    The police from America are usually paid clowns that serve for profit and power, not justice. Police fearmongering has worsened in America, not decreased. It’s why some people have permanently left America. Some people have permanently left America because of its collapsing infrastructure, decreasing job opportunities, anti-intellectualism, etc.

    When you have a country that consists of average citizens who are influenced by sports, entertainment, violence, and food more than intellectualism, scientific thinking, compassion, and family values, that’s when a society’s civilisation is more likely to collapse due to antisocial greed, idiocracy combined, and violent terrorists.

    Also, those rich and powerful dictators are trying to silence real whistleblowers and genuine journalists. YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Apple, the popular media companies in general, the popular radio stations, and other businesses are controlled by rich and powerful dictators that silence real whistleblowers and genuine journalists through censorship, demonitisation, banning accounts, killing, etc. Edward Snowden already warned us about the American government. Julian Assange has whistleblowed about the rich and powerful dictators who control the world. Female journalists have been sexually abused and/or killed. Don’t get me started on the American mafia that funds the C.I.A. that was responsible for MK-Ultra and Area 51. Also, this American mafia is based on cut-throat patriarchy. It’s why sexist double standards continue to exist in America due to the patriarchal predators that own America.

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