Why Have Police In America Turned Into Such Ruthless Thugs?

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Michael Snyder

Once upon a time, the police were one of the most respected institutions in America, but now most Americans fear them.  Almost every single day there are multiple stories of police brutality or misconduct that make the national news.  Just this week, there have been stories about police killing a baby deer at an animal shelter, about police killing a 95-year-old World War II veteran in a retirement home, and about police using legal technicalities to “legally” steal massive amounts of money from innocent citizens.  Why are police acting like this?  Why have police in America turned into such ruthless thugs?  In the case of the baby deer that was killed, 13 armed agents stormed the animal shelter up in Wisconsin where it was being cared for.  Is this really the kind of country that we want our children to grow up in?  A country where Bambi is hunted down by armed thugs working for the government?  Sadly, the story about that deer is not an isolated incident.  The truth is that police all over the country kill animals every single day.  In fact, police in Chicago have shot 488 animals since 2008.  No wonder people are so afraid to have the police come to their homes.

Why Have Police In America Turned Into Such Ruthless Thugs

Increasingly, police departments all over the United States are being transformed into military-style units.  These days, even very minor violations of the law can result in a SWAT team raid.  The following is from a recent article by John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute

Consider that in 1980, there were roughly 3,000 SWAT team-style raids in the US. By 2001, that number had grown to 45,000 and has since swelled to more than 80,000 SWAT team raids per year. On an average day in America, over 100 Americans have their homes raided by SWAT teams. In fact, there are few communities without a SWAT team on their police force today. In 1984, 25.6 percent of towns with populations between 25,000 and 50,000 people had a SWAT team. That number rose to 80 percent by 2005.

But it is not just local police departments that are being militarized.  This is happening on the federal level as well.  In fact, according to Whitehead even the Department of Education and NASA now have their own SWAT teams…

When it comes to SWAT-style tactics being used in routine policing, the federal government is one of the largest offenders, with multiple agencies touting their own SWAT teams, including the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Consumer Product Safety Commission, NASA, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the US National Park Service, and the FDA.

What in the world does NASA need a SWAT team for?

The police culture in America has fundamentally changed.  In the old days, most police officers were extremely helpful and would give you directions or help you get your cat out of a tree.

But if you stop and ask a police officer for help today, you will be lucky if all you get is some dirty language.  These days, police all over the nation are actually being trained to bark orders at you and to respond to the least bit of resistance with overwhelming force.

The results of this kind of training can often be extremely tragic.  Just the other day, a 95-year-old World War II veteran living in a retirement home near Chicago was murdered by police just because he did not want to undergo high-risk surgery…

A 95-year-old man who served his country during World War II is now dead after police stormed his retirement home with riot shields, Tasered him and shot him with bean bag rounds – all because he adamantly refused to undergo high-risk surgery.

U.S. Army Air Corps veteran John Wrana, who was honorably discharged as a sergeant after he served in the India-Burma campaign, used a walker because family members said he was “wobbly” on his feet, according to the Chicago Tribune. The elderly veteran was shot down by enemy fire during the war.

On July 26, a doctor reportedly told Wrana if he survived surgery, he would likely be put on life support. The elderly man refused the operation, and paramedics attempted to involuntarily transport him for medical treatment. He was sitting in a chair, holding a cane and a shoe horn when police arrived at the Victory Centre senior living facility located just south of Chicago.

Why did the police have to act like that?

Is there any police officer out there that cannot physically handle a 95-year-old man?

That 95-year-old veteran survived fighting the Japanese, but he was not able to survive the thuggish behavior of our own police.

And most Americans don’t realize this, but when police pull you over they can take cash and property from you even if you have not done anything wrong.  It is called “civil forfeiture” and it is one of the worst things about U.S. law.  Civil forfeiture was described in a recent article by Becket Adams

Did you know that the police can confiscate items such as cash and property from people who have never been convicted of a crime?

It’s true, and it’s all because of a little-known police tactic called civil forfeiture.

A product of the so-called “war on drugs,” civil forfeiture was part of the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 passed by Congress 29 years ago. The bill gives law enforcement officials a portion of the assets seized during drug raids and similar  investigations.

The following are some examples of the abuse of civil forfeiture that were detailed in a recent article in the New Yorker

-Police took the home of an elderly couple in Philadelphia because their son allegedly sold $20 worth of marijuana on their front porch.

-Police in Virginia pulled over a speeder and took $28,500 that was intended to be used to purchase a new parcel of land for a Pentecostal church.

-One town in Texas has actually been caught threatening to take children away from innocent couples if they don’t sign over the cash that they are carrying to the police…

The county’s district attorney, a fifty-seven-year-old woman with feathered Charlie’s Angels hair named Lynda K. Russell, arrived an hour later. Russell, who moonlighted locally as a country singer, told Henderson and Boatright that they had two options. They could face felony charges for “money laundering” and “child endangerment,” in which case they would go to jail and their children would be handed over to foster care. Or they could sign over their cash to the city of Tenaha, and get back on the road. “No criminal charges shall be filed,” a waiver she drafted read, “and our children shall not be turned over to CPS,” or Child Protective Services.

“Where are we?” Boatright remembers thinking. “Is this some kind of foreign country, where they’re selling people’s kids off?” Holding her sixteen-month-old on her hip, she broke down in tears.

If you have not read the new article in the New Yorker that goes into great detail about all of this, you can find it right here.

So why are police all over America acting like this?

Well, one of the primary factors is that they are just following the example that is being set on the federal level.

The entire country is rapidly being transformed into a “Big Brother” police state, and most Americans seem to like it that way.

And with each passing year, it just gets even worse.  For example, we were originally told that the TSA would only be hassling us at our airports, but now they are everywhere.  As the New York Times recently reported, TSA “VIPR teams” are now being deployed almost everywhere there are large gatherings of people…

With little fanfare, the agency best known for airport screenings has vastly expanded its reach to sporting events, music festivals, rodeos, highway weigh stations and train terminals.

This “VIPR team” program is “growing rapidly”, and apparently these “VIPR teams” conducted 8,800 “unannounced checkpoints” last year…

The program now has a $100 million annual budget and is growing rapidly, increasing to several hundred people and 37 teams last year, up from 10 teams in 2008. T.S.A. records show that the teams ran more than 8,800 unannounced checkpoints and search operations with local law enforcement outside of airports last year, including those at the Indianapolis 500 and the Democratic and Republican national political conventions.

So where is the outrage?

A small minority of the American people have been sounding the alarm about NSA snooping and other abuses, but most Americans don’t really seem to care about these things very much.

In fact, according to a new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, 47 percent of all Americans don’t even want the media to report on secret government surveillance programs.

So not only do they not want the surveillance to stop, 47 percent of all Americans do not even want to hear anything about it on the news.

How sickening is that?

Sadly, this is not the first survey that has produced this kind of a result.  For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “19 Surveys Which Prove That A Large Chunk Of The Population Is Made Up Of Totally Clueless Sheeple“.

In the end, we will get the government that we deserve.  And according to the New York Times, at this point our government is even willing to manufacture fake terror threats in order to distract us from their surveillance activities…

Some analysts and Congressional officials suggested Friday that emphasizing a terrorist threat now was a good way to divert attention from the uproar over the N.S.A.’s data-collection programs, and that if it showed the intercepts had uncovered a possible plot, even better.

What in the world is happening to America?

Is there any hope for us?

15 Responses

  1. Archie1954 says:

    No there is no hope. The US is finished as a quality place to live and bring up children. The truth is that it is its own worst enemy and its democracy is being destroyed from within. This is the fault of the American people who are not brave enough or interested enough to preserve their civil rights. That is why I left the country years ago and never looked back.

  2. It is not the job of the police to protect the public; It is their job to protect the corporation and give citations to code violators.
    Case histories:
    1-A few years ago I called a one horse town hick sheriff in Lyon County Dayton, Nevada about a neibors vicious dog that tried to attack me. When the officer arrived on the scene he had his chest out shoulders back and his arms held out from his side. His eyes looked like the tumblers of a mechanical cash register. The first thing he did was to look around my property for code violations. Than the he said was that I was in violation of a Lyon country ordinance by living in my travel trailer. Instead of me being the victim, I was the subject. Don’t call the Lyon County sheriffs Department, call your lawyer.
    2-My neibor on the next street called the sheriff about his neibors dog. When the sheriff pushed his buttons he threatened to shoot the dog. What do you think happened next? The handcuffs came on and he was arrested and taken to jail. It ended up costing him bail, attorney fees court cost and fines which added up to over 25 hundred dollars.

  3. Whatever the reasons why the cops are what they are can be debated until we no longer have the freedom to discuss it. What does need to be discussed is: What are we going to do about it? I think #1 is to develop an organization that operates on a few levels.

    The first level would be an information gathering. Information such as who the police, lawyers and judges who have collaborated in perpetrating injustice against an individual or individuals that is clearly criminal such as violating rights and oaths of a Constitutional nature. Names, positions, dates, and offenses cataloged and then passed to the next level.

    That next level should be action in two phases – legally (through the courts) and brute force (if the courts fail). If the incident can be settled, the victims compensated and the offending cops, lawyers and judges removed and punished through legal means,then good. If it can’t? Then a strike force of significant numbers, trained in the proper tactics should be sent in to forcefully remove the offending individuals. The best people that I can think of to accomplish that are these vets who have been trained for just such work who also are not in the mood for these kind of people who are breaking the law and their oath to the Constitution.

    I have more thinking behind this whole idea that would take up way more real estate than this post but I think it is clear that we need to fight fire with fire, and at the same time rebuild law and order according to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as the Forefathers intended. Even if it means Civil War. It’s either that or totalitarian slavery.

  4. Tom says:

    Did you you notice how many surveys being done always show up as 47% being in favor of… For example, 47 people are in fvor of the president, 47% are in favor of the media not reporting what this reports states, This is only the beginning. Do a web search on surveys relating to things the government does and it always seems that 47% are in favor of whatever is bad stuff for the citizens, but not government or corporations.

  5. spartacus !!!!!! says:

    because “GOD” has removed the veil of protection that once protected this nation from the ” god of this world ” , satan! , this nation is being saturated with evil and every kind of hatred for mankind , it’s that simple ! ( p.s. and it is only going to get “porgressively ” worse until the nations around us wil put us out if our misery !

  6. Ltpar says:

    Just ask Barry Soetoro, the bad Cops are all part of the George Bush conspiracy.

  7. Debra says:

    The reason the police are becoming thugs is they need to be dis-empowered and hated to prepare us for the militarized “police force” in the form of the TSA and united Nations militarized groups. The police are being trained to be like they are and they don’t like it anymore than anyone else does. The same thing is happening to doctors. You never hear anything good about doctors anymore, but nurses are worshiped as completely self-sacrificing and caring. That is because the agenda of the elite is to remove doctors as primary care “providers” (with their 10,000 hours of training) and substitute nurse practitioners (with their 500 hours.) This will ensure that people’s health will deteriorate and another sector of the upper middle class will be destroyed.

  8. ravenmaven says:

    By the way Pack Alert every time i go on your site lately i keep losing the connection,but not on other sites!

  9. ravenmaven says:

    Maybe it has something to do with the “specialized training” they get in Israel. They ADL brag about sending key people from across the country to go there to learn their tactics.

  10. Terry says:

    I spent 24 years of my life as a LE officer. I found that approximately 10 to 20 percent of cops are psychopaths and they create 90% of the problems for the LE community. This 10 – 20% gets all of their identify from the badge/uniform and the power that these give to them. They are walking time bomb killers. Additionally, a lot of cops are members of the freemasons, which abide by: “you must conceal all crimes of your brother masons … and should you be summoned as a witness against a brother mason be always sure to shield him … it may be perjury to do this, it is true, but you are keeping your true obligations.” To witness this in actions review the lies committed by the cops in the Aurora and Sandy Hook shootings. Additionally, in the late 80 and all of the 90, the FBI was very invested in providing training to local LE agencies at no cost. It was during this period, the police uniform were replaced with military attire.

  11. 5 War Veteran says:

    It is a simple question to answer. Power corrupts. Many police feel that badge of a CIVIL SERVANT grants super powers when they put it on. Much like the raiments of priests and the mantles of politicians.

    In each and every case they forget they are public SERVANTS paid only to provide assistance and bear greater responsibility. It is in that greater responsibility that they gain confusion and begin to believe that their “sense” of authority is more than it truly is.

    The simplest of cures if for all Americans to accept their own personal responsibility for their own welfare. Not placing faith into pseudo public “authority” which in 98% of cases fails to fulfill their paid responsibility.

    We are no safer living in our homes with a fully manned police force than we are without one. Because it is a simple fact that the police cannot protect us. Crime happens and it happens all around us every day. it is not until it hits right at home that we get concerned. Then for some odd reason people become “outraged” be3cause they were robbed and “where were the police?”
    They were out doing their job driving around and giving a false sense of security to mindless sheeple who never realize that they themselves alone are their own first line of defense.

    What happens when you are away from home and your are robbed? You call the police and make a report. They ask “Who did it?” You say you have absolutely no effing clue! They say too bad because we have no clue either, call your homeowners insurances and have a nice day. Then they tell you “f you find out anything else please give us a call.” Then you never see them again until the next time you are robbed.

    Why? Because they have no clue either! If you cannot identify the perpetrator of the crime they have nothing to go on. Even if you can provide serial numbers of stolen items the chances that those will turn up at a pawn shop are less than 2%.

    Thing is here in SC even when I provided the identity of the thieves the county solicitor of Berkeley County drops 98% of the cases before they make it to court. Why? Because they do not have enough room in the jails as it is and they do not want to designate the tax money to house non-violent criminals. So once again you lose out on any real justice.

    Welcome to the criminal criminal justice system. You pay taxes but get very little in that arena. Take responsibility, protect your home, spend the money if you can for the costs of a properly installed camera system. Lock up your valuables, get a Concealed Weapons Permit. Train your family in weapons safety and spend more time with your family because that is where the real importance lies.

    You are your best line of defense. Do not waste money on an alarm system because they are inadequate instead get a big dog. At least he might take a real Bite out of crime.

    • Ltpar says:

      Since hanging up my badge, I am no longer more powerful than a locomotive and can not leap tall buildings with a single bound. It is tough to be a mere mortal once again.

    • Archie1954 says:

      That is just a all for vigilantism! We all know what happened with the. Deep South when such extralegal activities took place.

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