Rampaging cop a case in point on gun control

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/08/us/dorner-lapd-history/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Somewhere around LA there is a highly trained lucid former cop hunting other cops. 

He’s accusing others of abuse of power and excessive force but he will be little good as a witness if dead and he isn’t helping his credibility any.

I suspect that there is probably some truth to his allegations but that probably wasn’t why he was dismissed.  It doesn’t look like he exhausted every opportunity to be heard- why first contact the media when going on a rampage?

At one point he apparently wanted to be one of the good guys.  He became a cop. 

The NRA says the remedy to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. 

What we have here is somebody who started to be a good guy with a gun who turned into a bad guy with a gun.

That is an inherent risk with police officers but we should bear that risk in mind before arming everybody under the sun. 

One of the most entrenched memes in western culture is the noble warrior massacring bunches of bad guys to bring justice to the world.  It is obvious in straightforward vigilante flicks like Death Wish or Commando or The Punisher, but it is also present in what is regarded as family fare. 

In Star Wars, the noble band of warriors takes on the evil empire and the heros must massacre endless numbers of (often faceless) foes and blow up two Death Stars.  It is depicted as the only way, them or us.

In the Lord of the Rings series it is much the same way.  The enemies aren’t faceless like storm troopers, they’re orcs and goblins, another way of depicting a dehumanized and unsympathetic enemy. 

At the battle of Helm’s Deep, the dwarf and the elf in the team are bragging about how many enemies each have killed.

Again, the world is depicted as filled with evil persons, with the only solution being to massacre them all. 

Orcs and storm troopers are supposed to appear fierce or dangerous, without redeeming qualities or sympathetic features, with no elaboration on family life.  Their role is to say say “AHH” then fall over and die.   No writhing in agony or begging sympathetically for help, if you hadn’t seen them shot or cut down with a sword you might have thought that they had a sudden heart attack or died in their sleep, it’s so peaceful and undisturbing.  They don’t have human faces so there is no empathy.

And a related meme- in the movies, how often is the lone guy or small group facing overwhelming force in the right, and how often wrong?  

Too often justice is depicted in the media as something that can only be dispensed with a gun and people can get to think that way.

Everything that the rogue cop is on about, down to his methods, is just plagiarized from our culture.  I’m not seeing anything original here. 

This culture grooms people to be mass killers and in some cases the procedure is entirely successful.

The culture starts to insidiously seed the idea (a framework for motive) from early in childhood.  If we then spread guns everywhere we create opportunity.   The right kind of stressor then as a trigger and you can have a rampage .

If you start arming teachers, janitors, principals, bus drivers, meter maids, ice cream truck drivers and every body else on god’s green earth, a certain percentage of those will be subjected to some real or perceived gross injustice.  If you’ve given them a gun then they are somebody who thinks they have been treated unjustly who has a gun.  A percentage of those will act out.  It’s a numbers game.  It doesn’t matter if they were a good guy with a gun before the trigger, it matters whether they are still a good guy with a gun after. 

What the cited article doesn’t mention about police corruption is that more than 10,000 cases were set aside from LA where police planted evidence.  That’s just the cases where the police perps were caught.

The guy going crazy alleges that he got fired because he reported an incident of excessive force.

That is plausible. 

Use of force issues are a mess. 

In my view the cops involved in the Rodney King beating used insufficient force which is why he wouldn’t go down. 

I know of a case where a drugged up psycho took 8 cops to get under control and in the process of physically controlling him he broke the arm of one and the jaw of another.

Cops should not be subjected to that.  Unless an attack or resistance is by a little old lady or child or similarly outmatched person it should be considered a deadly force attack and responded to accordingly, with the lowest level of force needed to immediately incapacitate the person.

In the case of Rodney King, that should have been somebody hitting him as hard as possible with a baton on the back of the head.

Just toying around with him and protracting the incident looked unprofessional and made it look like some sort of fascist nonsense instead of a serious incident controlling somebody who was on PCP.  

Officers could have been hurt because they were screwing around instead of just finishing it.   It may have also caused more aggregate damage to Mr. King than if they’d just knocked him out.  And if he’d died, well, safety of officers first.

Then you get other cases where police officers perform a public execution, almost always of a racial minority person, and don’t get charged, or get acquited, or are convicted or plead out to something like involuntary manslaughter.

Take the New York case where for some reason that has not been elaborated the police staged an execution of an unarmed man who was about to be married, who had committed no crime, riddling his car with dozens of bullets.

It was obviously murder, it was obviously personal, and it obviously wasn’t investigated completely.    I think some of the officers involved were guilting of lesser charges but nobody went down for murder.

Then there was the execution of someone who was face down on a train platform somewhere in California, where the cop who did it claimed that he was reaching for his taser…although there was no reason to reach for his taser either.  For some reason he didnt’ go down for murder.

And the recent case where a cop well known for psycho behaviour jumped on the hood of a car that had nothing to do with the raid he was in and blew away a mother of five.  His story as published cannot possibly be true.  Did they test his blood?

Of course the police union backs the psycho in that case, I don’t think any charges were laid, the blue wall prevails again to prevent justice against a cop that’s a murderer.

There was another recent case where a cop was caught on tape body slamming a woman into the ground causing severe injuries without any reason or provocation.

So nothing would surprise me less than if Mr. Dorner witnessed police brutality and got blown off when he tried to address it, then got targeted for dismissal.   

There are ways to write up every imperfection such that nobody can avoid dismissal when somebody is marked. 

The takeaway lesson from the King incident I suspect was the wrong one, to avoid doing things in a way that was likely to produce witnesses.   Worldwide, hotheads and sadists are drawn to police forces because of the opportunity to abuse power.  

Too often superiors and coworkers will have macho ideas about what people deserve and will come to dehumanize certain populations, enabling abuse to continue even if they aren’t participating.

So whistleblower protections for officers need to be extremely strong.

 

 

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