Posted: 4/13/2001 5:41:11 AM EDT
[b][size=2]The State Has Its Own Priorities[/b][/size=2]
by Michael Peirce
"The mayor said he intends to do everything he can to protect the police and citizens of Cincinnati."
What is wrong with that statement? Perhaps a better question is what is wrong with government in America, at all levels?
The answer is contained in the mayor’s press release. The citizens are the lowest priority. We, the people, do not matter any more.
We have here a situation where a cop shot a kid during an altercation over an arrest. Since I’m unaware of the details I’ll make no comment on that shooting.
Apparently, the police in Cincinnati have shot rather a lot of black males lately, fifteen since 1995. One wonders how many of these shootings were a result of the cops playing at cowboys and drug dealers?
It’s well past time to apply some logic here. First off, we have blacks rioting in the streets, destroying property and pulling white people out of their cars and beating them. Not one of the people engaging in this conduct has been shot, either by citizens nor by the police. This raises another set of questions doesn’t it?
Why are the citizens of Cincinnati unable to defend themselves? The answer is simple – gun control, unconstitutional, despotic gun control. Instituted by the same politicians who themselves have armed bodyguards and a police force to protect them.
The police shoot people when they, the police, reckon there is a good reason, usually because an officer’s life is presumably in danger. This happens most often during altercations with drug suspects – it happened here in Atlanta last week. It never occurs to them that sometimes we, the citizens, might need a little deadly force, like when savage rioters are beating us and looting our stores. Since that would cause political difficulty for the police, they are always encouraged to show "restraint." The message here is that law abiding white civilians are expendable!
This "drug war" is itself unconstitutional and is a national disgrace. It has been used as a cover by government at several levels to incorporate a whole new set of depraved and disgusting laws, which include the confiscation of personal property and land from supposed malefactors. It has also resulted in the incarceration of literally millions, a disproportionately high number of them black male youths.
Thus we now have a situation where young blacks are angry and uneducated, and the drug war has already criminalized many if not most of them, at least in the inner city. They have the contacts and the will to obtain illegal weapons and form themselves into gangs. They have no job skills and consider themselves victims. They are major TV viewers and believe that racism is rampant everywhere – after all, they’ve heard that said many times on television, and heard it in the state run schools as well. The music they listen to is violent and sexually suggestive at a brutal and dehumanizing level.
We have a police force that is highly militarized and highly politicized, and who no longer consider themselves as accountable to the citizens who pay their salaries, and who refer to us as "subjects." There has been to my knowledge, no incidents of police shooting rioters anywhere, in the last fifteen years and including the Los Angeles Riots, in defense of citizens or property. They shoot in defense of other policemen
Well said F4