Protecting the Public … Or Something

“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” –Thomas Jefferson

Hmmm. Our government is definitely taking care of us, one way or another. How comforting. Except I occasionally wonder if my country is now like those lucky Vietnamese villages — the ones “we” had to destroy in order to save. Because we love peace and justice.

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American police killed more people in March (111) than the entire UK police have killed since 1900
Daily Kos * Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 11:49 AM PDT
by Shaun King
Yeah. Those numbers are real.
A total of 111 people were killed by police in the United States in March of 2015.
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/04/01/3641143/use-of-force-incidents-march/
Since 1900, in the entire United Kingdom, 52 people have been killed by police.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_killings_by_law_enforcement_officers_in_the_United_Kingdom
Don’t bother adjusting for population differences, or poverty, or mental illness, or anything else. The sheer fact that American police kill TWICE as many people per month as police have killed in the modern history of the United Kingdom is sick, preposterous, and alarming.
In March:
Police beat Phillip White to death in New Jersey. He was unarmed.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/01/1374779/-Witness-Jersey-police-punched-kicked-and-dog-bit-Phillip-White-s-face-before-he-died-in-custody
Police shot and killed Meagan Hockaday, a 26-year-old mother of three.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/31/1374603/-Whistleblower-cop-Oxnard-California-police-get-gun-skull-tattoos-every-time-they-shoot-someone
Police shot and killed Nicholas Thomas, an unarmed man on his job at Goodyear in metro Atlanta.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/25/1373180/-Witnesses-and-early-photos-contradict-Atlanta-area-police-in-shooting-death-of-Nicholas-Thomas
Police shot and killed Anthony Hill, an unarmed war veteran fighting through mental illness, in metro Atlanta.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/10/1369858/-The-tragically-unnecessary-police-murder-of-Anthony-Hill
I could tell 107 more of those stories.
This has to end.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/01/1374908/-American-police-killed-more-people-in-March-111-than-in-the-entire-United-Kingdom-since-1900?detail=email

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6 Responses to Protecting the Public … Or Something

  1. “A total of 111 people were killed by police in the United States in March of 2015”

    Yes indeed, they are most definitely ‘taking care of us’. That is at least one way of looking at it. If you want what they are doing to us, to have a nice sounding ring to it, that ‘care’ that they subjected those 111 people to, I am sure that they could have very well done without it.

    Thank you for bringing this atrocity to our attention Linda!

    • Shelby, I hate bringing such awful news. But this is something we should know. Why don’t we know it? Do we even know if our police generally kill so many people in a given month? Maybe even more? Damn, I hope not. I don’t really know, and I try to keep up with this area. These people — our neighbors, our brothers and sisters — are ostensibly being killed to keep us safe. Somehow, we strongly suspect that’s not the deal. But our money still pays for these killings! Is that okay with us, or are too many of us just numb or not aware of what’s going on? Thanks for your comment, as always — though you may have triggered another rant, so be warned. – Linda

      • Linda, I am definitely NOT okay with it. I suspect that the people who were killed, were in no way, a severe threat to society. Now, those that murdered those people ARE the real threat to society, meaning that they are a threat to you and me and everybody else. This shit ain’t playing with US and I cannot state that often enough!

        And don’t feel bad, I have been ranting away all day! So, with you, I am in good company!

        • It’s not okay with me either. Why are killers in uniforms — but only in exceptional American uniforms — good guys, but killers in other clothes are terrorists and murderers? I never can keep that straight.

  2. This is one of the strongest arguments for doing away with the state and allowing ordinary people to run things ourselves. The police have always protected the interests of the monied elite – and they always will.

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