On August 13, I talked about the beatindown murder of Kelly Thomas by 6 cops in Fullerton, Calif. It was a horrible example of the excess and abusive violence that resulted in the gang bang beatdown of an unarmed, undernourished, 135 lb homeless man by 6 overfed, overarmed, Fullerton cops.
Since, I've spent hours watching Youtube Link to youtube and unfortunately what happened in Fullerton isn't unusual at all. Clink on the link and search police brutality to see for yourself. I'll add some videos at the end if I can.
Watching all these videos has led me to believe that the biggest problems are that the cops take themselves too seriously, they have extreme impulse control and anger issues, no sense of respect for ordinary people, and no sense of humor. One of the videos I watched shows a mother being tazed with her kids in the car, because she got out of her van. Another because the man wouldn't sign the ticket for speeding because he didn't believe he was speeding and it gets worse from there. In one a cop pepper sprays himself and then punches a girl several times in revenge.
In my opinion police need to be disarmed, I know that's never going to happen, but pepper spray, tazers, batons of all kinds, mace, even guns need to be eliminated or at least restricted. If that's not going to be done then instead every officer from the chief or sheriff on down, nationwide, including all State and Federal agencies, needs to be completely retrained. There needs to be serious psych evaluations before and during the hiring process. Every cop needs to be required to see a psychiatrist for counseling at least once a week, and undergo anger therapy once a week. The should be drug tested for everything including steroids.
This problem extends from the most ignorant deputy or cop in the smallest village all the way to those in the FBI, Secret Service, or CIA/NSA, etc. every cop in every form. In all these and other organizations, and others, are cops that abuse and brutalize suspects and people in general. They beat people with fists, feet, batons, in Kelly Thomas' case the butt of a tazer, before one cop drop kneed him in the face or throat like a deranged wrestler. They taze and pepper spray anyone, many times for punishment. They shoot people innocent and guilty alike, they even kill dogs for no other reason than they can.
As if all of that isn't bad enough, they, not all cops, but a lot, enough, commit crimes against people and lie about it. They commit false arrest, they commit perjury, they've I'm sure sent thousands of people to prison unjustly. They commit the same crimes themselves that they arrest others for.
But, when caught, even with proof, many if not most times they go free. Other cops, ignore, or make excuses, or pretend it never happened, or say whatever it was was justified, or that the victim is really the guilty one, or a million other excuses. Bad enough they go free, many times they keep their jobs and go right on as the criminals they are.
There are few ways to fix this problem, the police don't want it fixed. When one of them screws up and gets caught red handed, so to speak, they form the thin blue line, the blue wall of silence, call it justified and wait it out. If worse comes to worse, the DA and the cops superiors slap the wrist maybe and whitewash. Generally the cop never even stops work, even for a murder. If it's really bad, the cop may go to trial and a jury of idiots who really may believe every cop is a hero who's truely out to save humanity, lets the criminal cop off. Worse than that at worst ends up with the cop in protected custody in a minimum security prison. Instead of general population in a high security prison where they belong. While they're in prison the guards I'm sure treat them like visiting princes, instead of the embarrasement to law enforsement that they really are. The DA's are afraid to prosecute because they know that other cops, even the good ones, will stop helping them make their cases. What I think would go a long way to getting this under control, is a citizens review board with real teeth, the power to supoena, the power to suspend with out pay, the power to arrest, the power to investgate, the power to send the cop to analysis, etc. but even then it'll be hard to rid ourselves of dirty cops, there's another every day.