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    Quentin Tarantino Isn't Apologizing. Nor Should He. Police Should Apologize First to Americans


    "Quentin Tarantino isn't apologizing for his comments last month about police shootings — but he is trying to explain.

    At a rally against police brutality in New York City on Oct. 24, the film director provoked a storm of criticism when he referred to shootings by police as "murders."

    When I see murder, I cannot stand by," he said at the rally, "and I have to call the murdered the murdered, and I have to call the murderers the murderers!"

    Police unions, furious with the remarks, have called for people to boycott Tarantino's upcoming movie. Tarantino, for his part, told the Los Angeles Times that he never meant all cops are murderers — just the officers involved in certain high-profile shootings." - [NPR]

    No. All cops aren't murderers. And all that are killed by police aren't murdered. We understand the difference; at least most of us.
    But, Police Unions don't. Those that advocate for the militarization of America's police forces don't.
    When a man is strangled by police for allegedly selling a lousy cigarette, it's time to stand up and shout at the top of our collective lungs, 'that this is wrong'.
    An investigation into the shooting death of 12 year old boy , Tamir Rice, who had an air soft gun (a plastic BB), concluded that the shooting was justified. Now we have all seen the video.

    " Sanctioned Lawlessness and Cruelty"

    "Politics and power are now on the side of legally protected lawlessness, as is evident in the state's endless violations of civil liberties, freedom of speech and many constitutional rights, mostly done in the name of national security.

    Lawlessness wraps itself in government dictates, as is evident in such policies as the Patriot Act, the National Defense Authorization Act, the Military Commissions Act and a host of other legal illegalities.

    These would include the "right of the president to order the assassination of any citizen whom he considers allied with terrorists" ; to use secret evidence to detain individuals indefinitely; to develop a massive surveillance apparatus to monitor every audio and electronic communication used by citizens who have not committed a crime; to employ state torture against those considered enemy combatants; and block the courts from prosecuting those officials who commit such heinous crimes.

    In reading Orwell's dystopia, what becomes clear is that his nightmarish future has become our present, and there is more under assault than simply the individual's right to privacy."

    "As US society become more militarized, "civil society organizes itself for the production of violence."

    As a result, the capillaries of militarization feed and mold social institutions extending across the body politics - from the schools to local police forces.

    In the United States, local police forces in particular, have been outfitted with full riot gear, submachine guns, armored vehicles and other lethal weapons imported from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, reinforcing their mission to assume battle-ready behavior.

    Is it any wonder that violence - rather than painstaking neighborhood police work and community outreach and engagement - becomes the norm for dealing with many youth, especially at a time when more and more behaviors are being criminalized?

    The police in too many cities have been transformed into soldiers, just as dialogue and community policing have been replaced by military-style practices that are way out of proportion to the crimes the police are trained to address.

    For instance, The Economist reported that, SWAT teams were deployed about 3,000 times in 1980, but are now used around 50,000 times a year.

    Some cities use them for routine patrols in high-crime areas. Baltimore and Dallas have used them to break up poker games.

    Such egregious uses of police time as taxpayer dollars would appear unbelievable if they weren't so savage.

    In the advent of the recent display of police force in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, it is not surprising that the impact of the rapid militarization of local police on poor Black communities is nothing short of terrifying, and yet deeply symptomatic of the violence that takes place in authoritarian societies.

    For instance, Michelle Alexander exposes the racist nature of the punishing state by pointing out that, "There are more African American adults under correctional control today - in prison or jail, on probation or parole - than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began."

    When young Black boys and girls see people in their neighborhood killed by the police for making eye contact, holding a toy gun, walking in a stairway or for selling cigarettes while "the financial elite go free for a bookmaking operation that almost brought the country to economic ruin," not only do the police lose their legitimacy, so do established norms of lawfulness and modes of governance.

    "In terms reminiscent of Orwell, morality loses its emancipatory possibilities and degenerates into a pathology in which individual misery is denounced as a moral failing.

    Survival of the fittest, the ultimate form of entertainment becomes the pain and humiliation of others, especially those considered disposable and powerless.

    They populate the stories we are now hearing from US politicians who disdain the poor and see poverty as a result of immorality.

    Jeb Bush echoes this argument in his claim that if he were elected president, he wouldn't be giving Black people "free stuff, drawing on racist stereotypes about Black Americans being lazy and "plagued by pathological dependence."

    These narratives can also be heard from conservative pundits such as New York Times columnist David Brooks, who insists that poverty is a matter of the poor lacking virtue, middle-class norms and decent moral codes.

    For Brooks, the problems of the poor and disadvantaged can be solved "through moral education and self-reliance … high-quality relationships and strong familial ties." - [Henry Giroux]


    Giroux nails it, but it is unlikely that police unions leaders could read, let alone, comprehend what he is saying.

    No. Not all cops are murders of unarmed people. But many who are not, protect those that do and are- the infamous 'blue code' police 'claim' doesn't exist.
    And who condones the police behavior?
    Our state and federal government and their representatives.
    Because none have the character to stand up to these powerful police unions even when they know they are wrong.


    We need to dismantle the security state.
    We need police. But, we need the police to be involved again in our communities, not dressed for war and treating citizens as potential terrorists.
    Those police that can't make the transition. I'm sure the US Military would be happy to welcome them onboard to go fight ISIS.
    That's where these types of police belong- in Afghanistan and now, Syria.


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