Police departments have certainly armed themselves as if a war on them is imminent. Self-fulfilling prophesy? From Claire Bernish at theantimedia.org:
Lurched back and forth in the ever-quickening spiral of an American empire circling the drain, we — as a people — have chosen battle lines on nearly every issue from politics to foreign policy, domestic surveillance to policing.
Thrust back into national focus, the last issue — policing in the U.S. — might even surpass in contention the ongoing race to the White House. And it stands to reason, with the world lashing out against failed globalism in its various nefarious incarnations — largely driven by American exceptionalist military presence nearly everywhere on the planet — the empire sees expediency in heading off a possible insurrection.
To that end, the past fifteen years have seen the initially-surreptitious padding of law enforcement agencies with the tools, gear, vehicles, and — most alarmingly — weapons of war. Because terrorism, said the government, when its more apparent concern had to do with potential dissidents who have grown tired of corruption and the almost wholesale abandonment of constitutional and human rights.
Summoning the peculiar willful ignorance common in Americans’ worship of authority in uniforms — found in the anachronistic hero cop avatar —militarization of police slipped beneath the radars of most, who were instead pleased with the added protection against nebulous terrorist threats in the interest of the safety of the Boys in Blue.
That tacit permission allowed an occupying army to take root — complete with training indistinct from that received by battlefield warriors set for deployment overseas — though no person in a position of ‘authority’ would ever admit to as much. Neglecting vigilance of what amounts to domestic mission creep, we’re reaping a civilian body count previously expected only from military missions.
Worse, the triplicate issues of refusal by police to rein in the Warrior Cop mentality; the near impunity granted by judges and juries, even to the highest courts in the land, when police kill without justification; and the obstinance in Americans’ near infantile refusal to question this Blue authority’s missteps, have cleaved a gulf of division effectually insurmountable at this late date.
Now, those police cum victimizers — the apparent judges, juries, and executioners of the unarmed, the innocent, and the guilty, alike — have opportunistically employed a smattering of backlash attacks on members of their cult of authority to declare war on the people they once swore oaths to protect. False narrative of the oft-promulgated ‘war on cops,’ much less actual facts to the contrary, be damned.
American exceptionalism on a global scale has now inundated the homeland, in what must be termed Police Exceptionalism.
Before you scoff, consider the unavoidable truths.
Upon its return from summer vacation, Congress will deliberate legislation codifying into law a protected status for police which — in hubris of colossal proportions — places the occupation of law enforcement officer alongside categories of people who have faced historical and systemic bigotry, oppression, and abuse.
As an added insult, specifically, to the crushing struggles African-Americans have faced, this audacious legislation to deem the killing of an officer a hate crime, co-opted the very name of the activist movement demanding not only equality, for once, but reform of biased policing that disproportionately targets them — the same policing proposed for added protection under the color of law.
To continue reading: Blue Lives Matter: Is Police Exceptionalism Leading America Toward Second Civil War?