” A Youtube style montage exposing the everyday horrors which innocent citizens are met with when dealing with law enforcement.”
The above video barely scratches the surface on the subject of State violence against the people who pay the bills . Some of those unfortunates died while some where permanently disabled and some just injured to some degree or another , while all of them , their loved ones and anyone with a conscience who has witnessed these brutal attacks have lost their respect for authority .
The filmmaker(s) are o be commended for taking the time to amass these horrific tactics in one place and the video deserves to be spread far and wide . To go along with these shocking scenes we thought it appropriate to include some links to the hard numbers of citizens of the US suffering and dying at the hands of those charged with the task to “protect and serve ” .
Below are some links to those killed by police in the past few years …
” The lists below are incomplete, as the annual average number of justifiable homicides alone is estimated to be near 400. Although Congress instructed the Attorney General in 1994 to compile and publish annual statistics on police use of excessive force, this was never carried out, and the FBI does not collect this data either.”
So we see that despite an order from Congress there is , to this day , no official record of the abuse and death heaped upon the citizenry by their “public servants” in law enforcement . It is left up to the more than 17,000 individual police departments throughout the US to police themselves and as the reader can predict most killings and brutalizations are found to be justified when investigated by the offending parties .
The use of SWAT teams on what has become a very commonplace , tyrannical tactic , reminiscent of the jack-booted thugs kicking in the door in the middle of the night in some totalitarian dictatorship is more appropriate behavior to be attributed to the Stasi or the KGB and far from something that should be acceptable in the “land of the free” .
The exponential growth of the no-knock raid has undoubtedly fueled the drastic climb in police killings over the past couple of decades . For those less well-informed Wiki offers these facts about paramilitary home invasions :
” In the United States, a no knock warrant is a warrant issued by a judge that allows law enforcement officers to enter a property without immediate prior notification of the residents, such as by knocking or ringing a doorbell. In most cases, law enforcement will identify themselves just before they forcefully enter the property. It is issued under the belief that any evidence they hope to find can be destroyed during the time that police identify themselves and the time they secure the area, or in the event where there is a large perceived threat to officer safety during the execution of the warrant.”
If the justification for the tactic of no-knock raids is to prevent the destruction of evidence then the authorities are already admitting that these raids are not about stopping an “imminent threat” to the innocent , but to prevent some pot leaves from being flushed down the toilet , for what other evidence can be destroyed in a matter of minutes ? Certainly not murder weapons . Wiki continues:
” The Department of Justice writes:
Federal judges and magistrates may lawfully and constitutionally issue “no-knock” warrants where circumstances justify a no-knock entry, and federal law enforcement officers may lawfully apply for such warrants under such circumstances. Although officers need not take affirmative steps to make an independent re-verification of the circumstances already recognized by a magistrate in issuing a no-knock warrant, such a warrant does not entitle officers to disregard reliable information clearly negating the existence of exigent circumstances when they actually receive such information before execution of the warrant.
The number of no-knock raids has increased from 3,000 in 1981 to more than 50,000 in 2005, according to Peter Kraska, a criminologist at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. Raids that lead to deaths of innocent people are increasingly common; since the early 1980s, 40 bystanders have been killed, according to the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.“
The Cato Institute has referred to botched paramilitary police raids as an “epidemic of isolated incidents” and offers an interactive map of these “isolated incidents” which you can access by clicking on the graphic below :
Just a brief perusal of the above map , even without benefit of the interactive feature , demonstrates that these nazi-like tactics are hardly “isolated incidents” . The number of no-knock raids , erroneous or not , now exceeds 40,000 PER YEAR . Think about that figure . It staggers the imagination that for every murder committed in the US the police are conducting over three SWAT style paramilitary raids .
That’s right , with an average of 16,000 murders annually the police can still find reason to conduct three times that many life threatening raids on private citizens . That figure averages out to a staggering 109.5 raids PER DAY , every day , year in , year out . In pursuit of what ? Murderers ? What crime could possibly justify the use of overwhelming “military” force on the citizens besides the danger of imminent threat ?
The numbers get even worse when one considers the fact that no insignificant number of the murderers are caught in the act while others commit suicide . That means that the ratio of SWAT raids to violent crime apprehensions is even more abhorrent than our initial calculations would indicate .
This behavior is unworthy of the country alleged to be a beacon of hope and liberty to the world and must be stopped before our liberties are gone forever , assuming it’s not already too late . It is too late for these poor souls . Have a look at some of the casualties of the war on drugs , which is in reality a war on us all , and see the faces of some of those that paid the ultimate price for our burgeoning Police State .
John Adams64 years old
Shot to death during a SWAT drug raid while watching TV. The house didn’t match the description on the warrant.
Rev. Jonathan Ayers28 years old
After meeting with a parishioner who was under surveillance by drug cops, the pastor went to a Convenience store ATM. Coming out, he was confronted by men waving guns. He didn’t know they were undercover cops, and was shot to death while driving off, fearing for his life.
Xavier Bennett8 years old
Xavier was accidentally shot to death by officers in a pre-dawn drug raid during a gunfight with one of Xavier’s relatives.
Read and learn about some of the others here . And hang your head in shame .