Power Of The State
When it comes to bureaucratic insanity versus common sense in modern America, it seems that bureaucratic insanity usually wins. But in the case of a cop who recently wrote a $2,500 ticket to the mother of a 3-year-old who was urinating outdoors, it looks like common sense has prevailed.
Last week, an FBI raid of a suburban Maryland home left an 18-year-old woman wounded when agents burst through her door to execute a warrant before opening fire on the unarmed inhabitants of the home.
Facial recognition software, a major privacy concern for many people, is here to stay. And it looks as though the software is going to become a mainstay of law enforcement agencies throughout the Nation.
A Florida man who was attempting to keep a fire that had engulfed his neighbor’s house from reaching his own was shot with a Taser by police officers who told him to “let it go, that’s what insurance is for.”
A man in New York City who was hit by a New York Police Department cruiser and injured received a letter from the department requesting $1,000 for damage to the vehicle.
Shocking stories of unprofessional conduct, inappropriate actions and sexual molestation at the dehumanizing checkpoints set up at mass transportation hubs throughout the Nation abound. Despite the frequency, such stories are no less shocking.
Boys will be boys, and cops will be cops. A 3-year-old in Piedmont, Okla., earned his mom a $2,500 fine for unzipping his pants and attempting to urinate in his own front yard.
Law-abiding citizens are no longer safe from police. Once the motto for police officers was “To protect and serve,” but now it seems to be “To harass, assault and attack.” Across the country, police officers are increasingly militarized and increasingly militant.