Police crime is government crime
The police are government agents. Police brutality and murder is in fact, government brutality and murder. Although minorities are disproportionally targeted, police violence is not exclusively an expression of racism. In sheer numbers, as opposed to ethnic percentages, many whites are also maimed, killed, and falsely imprisoned by police officers. The police will brutalize and falsely accuse a white hedge fund manager if he’s unrecognized and “in the wrong place at the wrong time”. You don’t hear of these cases because they’re settled out of court, often with large taxpayer funded financial awards to the victims with the stipulation that victims can’t discuss their cases with media. Furthermore, police violence and murder is also prevalent in large cities where the mayors, police chiefs and the majority of officers are black. Police crime is much more than an expression of racism.
The “Few bad apples” explanation of police crime is no longer credible. How many more videos of police brutality and murder by large groups of police as well as individual acts of police violence do we have to watch to acknowledge that the problem is nationwide and systemic? How many acts of police brutality and murder are not recorded on video? Recent studies suggest that less than half of police killings are reported as this is left to the discretion of 17,985 separate US police agencies. Recommendations for “better police training” are absurd; we shouldn’t have to “train” sane people with a normal conscience to not act like psychopathic killers. The murder of Edward Bronstein, a 35 year old white father of five children by the California Highway Patrol in March 2020 graphically illustrates my point.
WARNING: This video may be disturbing to some people.
As you can observe in the video of Bronstein’s murder, police violence and murder is “democratic”; they’ll brutalize or kill anyone—including you—if the “circumstances” (e.g. they’re in an area with no CCTV cameras, there are no witnesses, their bodycams are off, etc.) are are present. It’s also worth noting that several of the police officers involved in the Bronstein murder are “minorities”; police violence and murder is “inclusive”.
We are witnessing “state power”; US domestic policing is a mirror of our brutal foreign policy. The police have been militarized and serve as the de facto domestic arm of the US military. What the US military has been doing to citizens in the global south for decades with impunity, the police are now doing to American citizens at home with impunity. We live in a police state, and we have for decades.
“If you want to know the future I can tell you now; it’s a boot on your face, forever.” —George Orwell