America in crisis: increasing police violence

The Price of Liberty
by Ted Lang

12/10/07

How did we ‘progress’ from a ‘protect and serve’ mentality to one where every American citizen is a criminal until the citizen-victim proves otherwise under taser torturing, physical beatings, and outright life-threatening assault by police? How did we go from an ‘innocent until proven guilty’ foundation to the current government attitude of guilty until proven innocent? The police mindset has been transformed into a new version of ‘us [the police] versus them’ [every citizen in America ]! The causes for this hatred by all levels of police for America ’s citizens can be attributed to four factors. The first factor is technology. Police are now able and capable of using monumental technology against their new-found enemy, the American people. Second, police across America at all levels have been unified by federal money, benefits, equipment and reward-producing initiatives provided by Washington , DC . Third, the mindset created by Cheney-Bush utilizing 9/11 and the success of Clinton ’s Waco Massacre; everyone in America should be, and WILL be, considered a terrorist, or at least an ‘enemy combatant,’ until convincingly proved to be otherwise. … finally, government’s never-ending progressive need for control, more control, and still more control of its subjects...

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