Fuck The Police: The Execution of Oscar Grant by the Coward Officer Johannes Mehserle
I remember working as a dispatcher for a Novato security company, and my conversations with the guards, who aspired to become police, many of whom later did. I remember how some were talking about a "coming race war," and how all of them bemoaned not being allowed to carry guns(because the company wouldn't spring for a permit). Why? To protect themselves? No, because "then we could get into some real shit," one said with a grin. Meaning they'd get to shoot people. Particularly ones that were black and brown.
Not all cops are like this, but police work attracts this type given few other professions have moments where killing without reprisal is as possible, and times being what they are, forces around the country are recruiting who they can, much like the Army.
Look at it. The cop pulls out his weapon with zero provocation, once the suspect, Oscar Grant, is face-down on the ground. No danger at that point to anyone, and cops all around. But for no apparent reason, once the suspect definitely can't fight back, Officer Johannes Mehserle fires directly down, and the man's head is jelly.
Is this what cops are for? In South America, perhaps.
And I know cops moan all the time that they don't get respect. You know what? Until you punish bastards like this one, humiliate them publicly, send them to jail and remove them from your ranks, you're all potential murderers till proven otherwise. If you want to protect psychopaths like this, and turn police work into just another way to enable murderers, then enjoy the shoe because it fits.
This one resigned. Not good enough. He belongs in jail. This was in no way justifiable--this was first-degree murder. He did it because he wanted to.
"Serve and protect" is what it says, not "terrorize and execute".
Why attribute this to "cops" instead of to the individual? If an architect murdered somebody, would this be about architects? Sure, police should be held to a high standard. But collective guilt is never fair and only serves to alienate those who you most want in positions of responsibility, those who would serve and protect.
# posted by Anonymous : January 17, 2009 at 7:32:00 PM PST
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