Should We Trust Police Officers?
Are police officers allowed to lie to you? Yes the Supreme Court has ruled that police officers can lie to the American people. Police officers are trained at lying, twisting words and being manipulative. Police officers and other law enforcement agents are very skilled at getting information from people. So don’t try to “out smart” a police officer and don’t try being a “smooth talker” because you will lose! If you can keep your mouth shut, you just might come out ahead more than you expected. Related article: 46,000+ American citizens are currently serving time for crimes that they did not commit
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5 Ways to End Police Brutality
So what can you do? Our options are limited. Here are five direct actions that any person or group of people can do to help end police brutality and excessive force.
1.) Protest at police stations, city hall and other government venues, daily.
I’ve seen a lot of anger, however it must be channeled more effectively than just saying fuck the police or calling them pigs or gloating over police killings. If this anger is channeled correctly we can take action to actually reduce the amount of police brutality.
2.) Record the Police We must use our cameras every time police harass us to catch them in the act. Then we can use the Internet and the viral media to expose these actions worldwide. CopWatch.com and the Black Panthers do this. They have a police watch and follow the police with a camera and record their actions. Now that cameras are so cheap and people have cameras on their phones, it is a lot easier to hold the police accountable for their actions.
Police are fully aware that they have a dangerous job in which they may get killed or injured dealing with criminals when they sign up for the job. Criminals whether they be black or white do not represent the black community but police do represent the government. Black citizens did not sign up for being at risk for police brutality or killings. When unarmed peaceful civilians are killed by the police, they are being killed by agents of the government that is supposed to represent them.
3.) Vote Out Politicians Who Condone Police Brutality Politicians who do not address issues like police brutality must be voted out of office.
We live in a time when elected politicians ignore the needs of their constituents; where the judiciary and police institutions will not uphold the rights of citizens; where the media are afraid to report the truth; where lawlessness abounds and ordinary people are left unprotected and defenseless against the rapacity of a few. The answer to our dilemma is for people of courage to actively help each other. Only if we unite can we succeed. That is the only way. There is no other way.
4.) Engage in Dialogue With the Cops We must use moderate police organizations to work with the police to stop police brutality. Groups like LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) and 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement have done a lot to combat police brutality and people need to work with them as an intermediary to deal with community issues with the police.
It’s not enough to be angry at law enforcement and say Fuck the Police. We must channel our anger into actions that will stop police brutality in the future.
5.) Take Legal Action Against Police We need to take legal action as well. The best way to hurt police brutality is by hitting them in the pocket. If the police keep on getting sued for brutality they’ll be forced to deal with the issue. Every incident of police brutality should be reported to both the government and the media.
Police should be in the communities to serve and protect not to harass and arrest. The war on drugs is really a war on the community. People are treated like insurgents in occupied territory and not citizens in need of protection. We need to address how the war on drugs has become a war on us that has caused more problems than it has solved.
In America it is the criminals who get promotions and bonuses, bailouts and tax breaks. The middle class gets the squeeze and the poor are either caged up or shot like dogs in the street.
We have given them every benefit of the doubt, every chance to reform, we can not in good conscience continue to wait and hope, we must act.