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When police brutality cannot be covered up or dismissed by blaming the victim, the next official line is often the “bad apple” defense. The popular phrase “one bad apple can spoil the bunch” generally means that one person’s behavior can negatively reflect upon or influence others. When used defensively, however, the phrase “bad apple” is meant to suggest that it is unfair to focus on a single miscreant and imply that his behavior indicates anything true about a larger group to which he belongs.

On July 5, when an unarmed, homeless man named named Kelly Thomas was beaten and tasered by a group of Fullerton, California, police officers, the brutality could not be covered up because of the presence of witnesses and a recording that went “YouTube.” The police department’s standard attempt to blame the victim was unsuccessful. The officers referred to car break-ins for which Thomas may have been responsible but for which he was not arrested; then they added “resisting” to his crimes. Unfortunately for the police, witnesses and the recording testified to Thomas’s lying submissively on the ground, crying out poignantly for his father, while the police officers beat and tasered the life out of him. A total of six officers were involved in subduing him. 


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Comment by David Jackson
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   What's new?

   I know nobody cares that this crap is happening, simply because iot continues to happen. I'll say it again - 'til I'm blue-in-the-face, one more time - this is the "new standard". Most of the systematic abuse began when afirmative action became the "law of the land". At that instant, people who had no real interest in the concept of "protect and serve" began getting on the cops, primarily as "quota hires". their only motivations were good pay, good medical benefits, and good retirement. They are what I call "careerists". they will never be "professionals". (Professionals take the job seriously and spend many hours advancing their knowledge law enforcement and developing their skillsets beyond academy level; they are "pros" or, at least, they try to be.

   Sadly, most of the truly good cops have aged-out of the system; they are retired or not on the streets. They are never coming back.

    At no time in history have so many misfits had so much power over the lives and property of U.S. citizens, with little to no functional oversight or accountability. We are living in a police state that would be a joke if it wasn't that it is so pervasive, distructive, and dangerous.

    In my humble opinion, this is not an unfortunate turn of events. It is a plan. And, to the detriment of our entire way of life (the heart of our culture), we are all at severe risk of injury, incarceration, or death, at the hands of the New American Gestapo!

     Generally, any time the response to a non-violent event is violence, what is happening is a more or less visceral response to fear, lack of skill, cowardice, or flat-out psychosis. No good cop would ever even think of shooting an unarmed citizen. No good cop would ever beat a cuffed or otherwise controlled citizen. No good cop would ever allow his fellow offocers to brutalize a non-resisting, unarmed citizen. Except in situations that permit no response other than "total violence" - striking a person in the head or using a firearm - no good cop would resort to lethal force. (Good cops are capable of self-control and professional physical control of unarmed violence and rage: this is because they've been taught their job or have sought out the necessary skills.)

   


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