Sadly, not all current personnel of our military and especially our law enforcement communities seem to place much stock in the oath they took before pinning on their badge and strapping on their guns.
a brutally rogue abuse of power by the police occurred the past few days and once again, the police officer's supervisor saw no problem with it.
The University of Arizona basketball team lost to Wisconsin. UA students who'd gathered to watch the game found the police waiting on them after the game was over.
Friends and associates of mine who live in Arizona insist that there was not a "riot" until the Tucson police incited it.
To those who perpetually give blowjob passes to anything law enforcement does, here is a refresher on a certain freedom contained in a certain amendment in a random document that just so happens to be the foundation upon which our nation was built upon.
Obviously this isn't being taught at the Tucson police academy.
Amendment ICongress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Let's look at that "the right of the people peaceably to assemble" part. I've watched other video of this "riot" and read other witness accounts. American citizens have the right to assemble and raise hell. Yelling, chanting, making gestures, et al are all protected forms of freedom of expression and have been upheld by various Supreme Court decisions for centuries.
But if the city and police officials don't like it, the solution is to assemble the goon squads in their riot gear and then push and intimidate and maneuver the protesters and in essence, create a powder keg--then all it will take is one dumb action, by either side, to ignite it and then the goons can begin throwing tear gas, swinging batons, firing their tasers, unleashing the dogs, etc etc.
In fact, in the HuffPo piece, the asshat sergeant who defends Officer Joel Mann--the assailant who decked the Arizona coed flat on her face--as well as how the Tucson goon squad handled the entire sad situation. He states that the police ordered the kids to "disperse."
Wait a minute, Sergeant (Pete) Dugan. . . The kids gather after a game, you have the goon squad ready and deployed and tell the kids to go home or go away?
How about the kids tell you, "Kiss our ass!"
This reminds me of a line out of First Blood when the Green Beret colonel tells Rambo, "Well, you've caused a bit of trouble yourself," to which Rambo responds, "There wouldn't be any trouble if it weren't for that kingshit cop. All I wanted was something to eat, but he kept pushing."
All the kids wanted to do was blow off some steam, but the cops kept pushing until they got their riot.
According to a business owner on University Boulevard and a number of students, the police were already lined up in riot gear and had the street literally blocked off before the game ended. Even one of the business owners who witnessed the event stated that the police kept pushing and that it wasn't until the police began physically pushing the kids off the street that the beer bottles and debris began getting thrown, which then gave the police a green light to begin firing pepper spray and bean bags and rubber batons, et al.
The police defend their action by saying they'd given an order to "disperse."
Again, since when do the police countermand the Constitution? There was no state of emergency declared giving the police martial authority. One could argue, I suppose, about "keeping order," but again, witnesses state that other than the kids being somewhat drunk and crying over their basketball team's loss, there was no violence and no property damage.
In fact, a majority of the kids were simply trying to get to their cars to go home--but they had to navigate through the goons in riot gear to get there.
One more example, people. It's just one more example of the police state we've become.
The Tucson police say they are investigating their officers' use of force and how the situation was handled. A little late for that given the department has already been crowing to the media about how well they handled it.
Letting the police investigate their own malfeasance is paramount to letting a fox investigate himself after he just finished raiding the hen house. What's more, the police work for us, the citizenry--a fact they have long since dismissed.
I used to not be too big of a fan of citizen review boards. I'm now seriously re-thinking my position on that.