"Hands up, don't shoot" has become the rally cry of protesters. Even President Barack Obama weighed in. "We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds."
Lost in all the reporting is the backdrop of the larger trend line consuming the nation: Police violence against citizens is soaring.The summer edition of the Trends Journal, in an analysis by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Police Violence Against The Public Soars, outlined numerous incidents in which police officers showed no restraint in engaging citizens in the routine performance of their duties.
"In Miami, 23 police officers fired 377 bullets, literally blowing away two men trapped inside a wrecked car," we reported in the Trends Journal. "The police were under no threat whatsoever? In Cornelia, Georgia, a SWAT team made a no-knock entry at 3 a.m. and threw a concussion grenade into a baby's crib. The grenade blew up in the baby's face, leaving him disfigured, unable to breathe without a ventilator? According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the raid produced no drugs, no weapons, no bundles of cash, and no suspected drug dealer. It was just another of the thousands of mistakes routinely made by SWAT goons who put American citizens at risk every time they break unannounced into a home."