If Police Don’t Have to Protect the Public, What Good Are They?

by Jason Whitehead, MintPress News

In the American police state, police have a tendency to shoot first and ask questions later. In fact, police don’t usually need much incentive to shoot and kill members of the public.

Police have shot and killed Americans of all ages—many of them unarmed—for standing a certain way, or moving a certain way, or holding something—anything—that police could misinterpret to be a gun, or igniting some trigger-centric fear in a police officer’s mind that has nothing to do with an actual threat to their safety…

Now before your outrage bubbles over, consider that the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed (most recently in 2005) that police have no constitutional duty to protect members of the public from harm.

Yes, you read that correctly.

In other words, you can be outraged that cops in Florida did nothing to stop the school shooter, but technically, it wasn’t part of their job description.

This begs the question: if the police don’t have a duty to protect the public, what are we paying them for? And who exactly do they serve if not you and me?

Why do we have more than a million cops on the taxpayer-funded payroll in this country whose jobs do not entail protecting our safety, maintaining the peace in our communities, and upholding our liberties?

Why do we have more than a million cops who have been fitted out in the trappings of war, drilled in the deadly art of combat, and trained to look upon “every individual they interact with as an armed threat and every situation as a deadly force encounter in the making?

I’ll tell you why.

It’s the same reason why the Trump Administration has made a concerted effort to expand the police state’s power to search, strip, seize, raid, steal from, arrest and jail Americans for any infraction, no matter how insignificant.

This is no longer a government “of the people, by the people, for the people.”

It is fast becoming a government “of the rich, by the elite, for the corporations,” and its rise to power is predicated on shackling the American taxpayer to a life of indentured servitude…

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Pray You NEVER Get Pulled Over by THIS Cop!! The Sheriff Oddie Shoupe Story (HighImpactFlix video)

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: Here’s a case where he’s kicking in doors without search warrants and lying about it to the scared woman in the home.

UPDATE: Here’s a case where one of his deputies illegally searches a house, lies about having a warrant, and when asked to provide it says “it’s called probable cause, OK”

Sheriff Oddie Shoupe ordered his storm troopers in White County, Tn to run-down and kill an unarmed man, Michael Dial, because he dared to drive without a license. Dude was hauling a load of junk in his POS broke-down pick-up truck trying to get paid $75 or so. He refused to stop. They tried to run him off the road. And in the end, after being told to take the guy out with “deadly force if necessary”, they killed the guy. His crime? No license. No insurance. Fleeing custody. His punishment? Death.

Shoupe is throwback to the old days, the good-old-days, when Sheriff Bufort T. Pusser ran his county with an iron fist. He’s not pictured in this video in a Klan hood, but I promise you he has one and a spare in case he gets BBQ sauce on it.

Dial shouldn’t have run. He got caught and he should have taken his lumps for it.

At the same time you can kind of understand, the guy loaded up his junk and was probably picturing what he was going to do with the little bit of money he earned hauling some junk that day and made a bad choice. Poverty will sometimes do that to you.

Above all that, this sick sheriff, clearly MENTALLY ILL, giving his storm troopers the authorization to shoot Dial rather than take a chance of messing up the county vehicles, is the REAL MENACE TO SOCIETY in White County, Tn. And he’s still out there and pretty soon the people of that county are going to have to PAY a SHITLOAD of money to Dial’s family because their sheriff is a…


I hope the next time they hit a pothole over the next ten years or when they have to sell off half the county property to pay for the lawsuit… they think of Sheriff RAMBO and Michael Dial and his “driving without a license” misdemeanor charge.

Of course, to be more accurate… Sheriff Shoupe wouldn’t actually be John Rambo in that movie would he? He would be the out of control whacked out sheriff who tried to kill Rambo for basically being poor and walking through his town.

See what I did there?

Baltimore Cops Kept Toy Guns to Plant on Their Shooting Victims

by Michael Harriot, from Mint Press

In April 2016, a 13-year-old boy was shot by officers of the Baltimore Police Department. The boy ran when faced with the police, so they gave chase. During the chase, the police spotted the boy holding a gun, and when he turned, they shot the teenager. The youngster wasn’t critically injured, and it seemed like an open-and-shut case of a justifiable use of force.

Now people are wondering.

The Baltimore Police Department is currently in court over one of the biggest scandals in the history of American law enforcement. The corruption case is replete with intrigue as police reveal secrets that sound like something out of an urban-fiction novel or a lost season of The Wire. It has revealed how one of America’s largest cities just happened to be filled with crooked cops, but no one seems to be talking about it outside of Baltimore.

According to the Baltimore Sun, it started when a 19-year-old woman from New Jersey overdosed in 2011 and authorities began tracing the origin of the drugs. It led them to a Baltimore drug crew and the discovery that a Baltimore police officer was involved. By the time they finished investigating, eight members of the elite Gun Trace Task Force had been charged with crimes ranging from racketeering to robbery.

You want robbery? How about the story of the corrupt squad stopping a drug dealer during a traffic stop and robbing him of $6,500, then going to the man’s home without a warrant and taking another $100,000 out of a safe? Sgt. Wayne Jenkins would ask suspected drug dealers, “If you could put together a crew of guys and rob the biggest drug dealer in town, who would it be?”

If you’re interested in police targeting regular citizens, maybe you should read about how the Maurice Ward had a technique of driving fast at groups of people, slamming on the brakes and chasing whoever ran. Perhaps you hear how Jenkins believed that all young men with backpacks were dope boys. Or people who drove Honda Accords with tinted windows.

And then there’s the revelation that the supervisor of the unit instructed officers to carry a toy gun just in case they found themselves “in a jam” and needed to plant one. When one of the officers, Marcus Tayor, was arrested, officials couldn’t figure out why he had a toy gun in his glove compartment.

These revelations aren’t speculation. Six of the eight indicted officers have agreed to cooperate with federal law enforcement agents and are testifying in open court. One of the officers won’t get to testify because he was mysteriously shot in the head with his own weapon the day before he was set to testify

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Policed Body Cam Shows Murder of Daniel Shaver (Video) (cop cleared of all charges yesterday)

by Scott Creighton

On 18 January 2016, Mesa Police Department officer Philip Brailsford, age 26, shot and killed 26-year-old Daniel Shaver of Granbury, Texas. Shaver was allegedly in possession of an air rifle while he was staying at a La Quinta Inns & Suites hotel. Hotel guests near the pool notified the front desk that someone was pointing a rifle out a fifth floor window. The hotel immediately notified the police. Following an investigation, Brailsford was charged with second-degree murder. Controversy emerged surrounding the release of body camera footage of the event…

On December 7, 2017, after a 6-week trial, a jury acquitted Brailsford of all charges.[12][9]

In the 10 years I have been running this website I have covered a number of these events. Some fake and staged, others real and rather depressing. But none of them are quite this disturbing.

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The Larger Constitutional Issues At Play in the Alex Wubbels Case

If we don’t hold police departments and officers accountable when they treat the least of our society as if they have no constitutional rights it is inevitable they will end up treating everyone the same way. And this case is simply a glimpse into that disturbing truth.

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Arrest of University Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels (Thank God Trump is Giving These Guys Grenade Launchers. WCPGW?)

by Scott Creighton

So basically the story here goes something like this:

the Salt Lake City Police Department got into a high speed chase with a suspect of some kind who was driving a truck. That truck wrecked into another truck and the suspect died at the site. The innocent victim in the second truck, collateral damage as it were, was severely burned and fell into a coma before being transported to the hospital. Upon the police getting there to said hospital, Detective Jeff Payne of the department’s blood draw unit demanded he be allowed to draw blood from the comatose innocent victim of the crash… I suppose so he couldn’t later sue the Salt Lake City Police Department for wrongful injury. You see, if Det. Payne had gotten a hold of the victim’s blood, then he could run off and run his own ‘special test’ and determine the guy was under the influence and therefore NOT ENTITLED TO SUE THE DEPARTMENT.

Nurse Alex Wubbels was the head nurse in charge at the ER that day and she told Det. Fascist “no” he couldn’t take this VICTIM”S blood so he could do his “special test” to it and “find” the victim was under the influence.

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Exploiting Harvey: Sessions Cites “Superficial Concerns” to Justify End of Posse Comitatus

Jeff Sessions went off the deep end (hee hee) saying we need to undo restrictions on 1033 program in order to help folks in Texas get to dry land. Last time I checked a grenade launcher was NOT a flotation device. I could be wrong but I don’t think I am.

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