Police confiscating cash and property without due process, stopping-and frisking suspiciously 'different' citizens for any damned reason. Police SWAT teams invading private homes, terrorizing law abiding civilians, screaming obscenities for hours and waving automatic weapons; police harassing people trying to open their own doors; shooting a man over a dozen times for getting a pack of cigarettes out of his own car in his own driveway -- I could go on, and of course I have ranted endlessly and probably all too often -- and more than probably to no effect.
We're a nation of scared-shitless cowards and kept that way by endless fear mongering, endless promotion of anger by a 24 hour propaganda machine interested only in boosting ratings and profits by hiding the fact that violent crime is lower than in a hundred years and getting lower. Most people you ask will tell you that things are getting more dangerous every day. A few of them may have a valid case for that.
One can't go for an hour without hearing some dimwitted diatribe about Obama's tyrannical government trying in Communist fashion to promote industrial safety or safe food and water and air -- and to reform our unfair and inadequate health system -- just like a fascist, but egregious infractions of Constitutional protections? Hey, that's different, unless of course it's the second amendment so vital to that apocalyptic war against authority we dream about.
I read this morning about three Bronx kids, two girls and their brother, all siblings, who were verbally abused, handcuffed, beaten, choked, pepper sprayed and thrown to the ground by a swarm of police apparently for no better reason than for playing handball in a park while wearing Muslim hedjabs. The girls had their scarves pulled off for the crime of not producing identification quickly enough while being black and/or Muslim, or so the police say. Within moments dozens of police swarmed the area intimidating and tackling bystanders and arresting one who tried to record a video of this obscenity.
"Come here, you little motherfucker, you like recording?" said one cop, mashing the 18 year old bystander's face into the pavement; punching and pepper spraying him.
"Where's the phone? I'll break your arm." He screamed at the college student.
Of course the police have a cover story. Pulling one's 12 year old sister from a raging policeman who was "escorting" the children out of the park is criminal assault of course and the police were injured and had to be hospitalized -- of course and although Internal Affairs is "investigating" my bet, based on experience is that not a damned thing will happen to them. My guess is that this, like so many of the disgusting offenses that happen constantly all over the nation; like so many of the abuses of civil rights and constitutional protection, whether it be the right to assembly, protection from searches, seizures without warrant, probable cause or any pretense of due process it will just fade away leaving only the stench of hate, racism, injustice, fear and smug hypocrisy. And all the while we will be concerned about what the leaders tell us to be concerned about; get angry on cue, ignore this fact and believe that fiction. All the while we'll belabor the same talking points pursue the same bogeymen and we'll cringe in fear of our neighbor's shotgun while Policemen carry machine guns, batter down our doors, blind us with gas, beat us with clubs, sodomize us with broomsticks and shoot down unarmed citizens and get way with it.
Imagine if you will, a boot stamping on a human face forever. Imagine a voice screaming "Freeze Motherfucker!" forever. Imagine.