U.S. government "Indian schools" in the past were notorious for beating the languages out of Native students.
stars a deputy who recently worked as the school resource officer at Chimewa Indian School.
A common gang tactic is to beat an 'outsider' violently, so he or she “knows who is boss”.
Unfortunately, most people who are attacked and initiated by gangs in that way do ultimately surrender and join, or support, the gang, at least superficially. The problem that arises eventually for all gangs though, comes from those who are attacked but do not join. They become the death of the gang that attacked them.
'Surprise attack’ assaults by police are a common feature of policing in the United States and some other countries.
They are most often committed against vulnerable individuals, including Natives, and typically have three features.
a) The Surprise Attack, followed by
b) criminal charges against the victim, in the case of the video above ‘resisting arrest’,
c) injury claims filed by the officers involved. In the case above the officers were probably asked to withdraw their injury reports when the video became public.
Surprise attack assaults by cops almost always target minorities, homeless and other people perceived as 'vulnerable', but occasionally a police officer will accidentally attack somebody with media influence.
James Blake, a famous ex tennis player, was the victim of one of these attacks. Immediately following the attack the police department issued a number of nonsensical excuses, finally saying that their previous explanations were mistaken and the real reason for the surprise attack assault was that the tennis player resembled a fraud fugitive.
They then issued a minor punishment to the officer who accidentally assaulted a celebrity.
The officer then went on a media campaign to portray himself and the NYPD as the victims.
The cop who assaulted James Blake had a history of attacking people
"was named in five civilian complaints during one seven-month period in 2013"
The NYPD, like most police departments, does not generally discipline officers unless there is media coverage, but in this case there was media coverage so there was discipline. Sort of. The cop was forced to forfeit five days of vacation pay.
Another example of cops who literally cannot be arrested for their crimes.
The United States, like any country, has good cops and bad cops.
Edward Savage was a cop for thirty years. He even made it to police chief. But then he was caught inflating crime statistics to make him and his department look better. It was hard to hide that story, but somebody tried. https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2017/may/31/hanson-massachusetts-refuses-release-report-it-pro/
Then he got caught shoplifting hundreds of dollars worth of clothes. He made a back room deal to keep that incident secret if he wrote a letter of apology to the store.
He forgot to do that.
There is also the "typical" cop, the average cop.
A good example of "average" cops in the United States can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTKTfUHfeKM
Another average cop. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BOnx5k2TiGk
~Below are some more anecdotal examples of U.S. justice. Most of these are typical and not unusual.~
These are general items in the recent news not with any focus on indigenous people, but simply meant to show the disparity between an almost complete lack of accountability for 'law enforcers' and an obscene level of 'accountability' for others.
An Oregon woman was sentenced to 21 years in prison for giving melatonin, an over the counter sleep aid, to children in her unlicensed daycare so she could get tans and go to the gym. She obviously was in the wrong line of work, but so was whoever sentenced her. http://www.insideedition.com/daycare-owner-sentenced-21-years-giving-kids-melatonin-while-she-went-tanning-and-gym-41420
Meanwhile, a Homeland Security agent got 18 months in jail after he stole more than $100,000 worth of gun parts from the government, and was involved in the illegal possession and/or traffic of machine guns and similar things. https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2018/03/03/former-border-patrol-agent-sentenced-stealing-100-k-firearm-parts-equipment/392616002/
A guy in Florida recently got 12 years and 7 months in prison for dealing marijuana. He was dealing large amounts, but the sentence is absurd.
Meanwhile a federal agent got 2 years in jail after he was caught taking a bribe and lying about a drug investigation and working for a drug trafficking organization that was distributing large quantities of hard narcotics
"Black man will spend six years in Georgia prison despite jury finding him 'not guilty'"
Meanwhile, a police officer is sentenced to one year in jail but the judge suspends 11 months of the jail so the law enforcement officer only has to serve one month. He was caught stealing money within the police department itself.
If you are thinking about complaining that law enforcers are corrupt, be careful who you complain to.
A federal prosecutor working for the U.S. Department of Justice was caught trying to sell whistleblower complaints to the parties being complained against, mainly companies. When he went to pick up a $310,000 payoff he was fired. He was sentenced to jail for 2 and a half years.
A fellow without so much college and without a high paying job who had a habit of stealing things was sentenced to 22 years in prison for stealing a tv remote control.
Items will be added to this page periodically from the news.
~Federal law enforcers generally have an even more entitled attitude than NYPD. They will arrest local police on occasion, but they are famous for holding themselves to disgraceful entitlement standards that even make the NYPD look good.
~There have always been a lot of unsolved murders in the United States that appear to have been committed by police officers. Very rarely there is an outright investigation that leads to some conviction, that case from decades ago. Occasionally there is some publicity over a suspicious case, but little or no followup despite evidence. More common is a trail of evidence indicating one or more police officers committed murders, but no investigation and often questionable arrests of others to give the appearance of a 'solved case'.
~When local police commit a crime there is always some chance that another police agency, usually a federal agency, will pursue justice.
But when federal agents are involved in crimes like murder there is usually nobody who is capable of bringing them to justice. In that last case, involving two headless torsos discovered near a residence where a powerful Alaskan used to hold parties, there have long been rumors that a small group of federal agents was directly involved in various events, and used a so called "investigation" as cover for years long misdeeds.
Even federal agents on the periphery of those crimes were implicated in milder misdeeds and appear to have "cooperated" with various coverups.
Are other countries all better? https://www.talkingdrugs.org/duterte-son-found-not-guilty
August 29 2018
The very strange story of police officer Betty Shelby. A number of white police officers were trying to figure out what to do with a black man whose car had broken down. His car had probably sputtered while he was passing an area with no shoulder, visible on the video, and he likely tried to coast the car to the other side. Numerous police officers started dancing around, acting as if they had caught a major criminal committing a crime. A helicopter was even dispatched.
Eventually the man was killed by officer Shelby. Other officers stood around and let him bleed out after he was shot.
There was never any doubt that the police would find some “evidence” in the car to justify the shooting. When a police officer shoots somebody, evidence is almost always “found”.
The video shows the facts. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8biCCWZUnd4
Notice at 1 minute 10 seconds in the video three officers backing up and sliding sideways, careful to keep their faces off the dash cam recording.
The incident starts with a woman who was uncomfortable on a rural road with a much bigger man from a different group. She took out her gun to maintain some space, reduce her sense of danger. The problem escalated though when many more officers showed up and started acting like a bunch of little boys in a gang pretending they were fighting some imaginary enemy.
Compare this to the shooting of Harith Augustus. He was a barber in St Louis accidentally shot in the back by a female cop. The other police present quickly put the cop in a car and whisked her away. Then they tried to fabricate circumstances that would have justified the killing. https://mobile.twitter.com/NaderDIssa/status/1018289820332851200
Here is bodycam video of the Harith Augustus shooting, edited and released by police. https://mobile.twitter.com/ChipMitchell1/status/1018597938443030528
All would have ended ~without further harm~ In Shelby's case, if the police officers, Ms Shelby and the other officers involved, had just said “we made a mistake”. Instead, the police fabricated a justification for the shooting and gave the killer a high paying job in a neighboring police department. Should other people who kill somebody by mistake also be allowed to pretend they did not make a mistake?
She teaches a class “for free”, actually she is quite well paid, about the stresses she “endured” https://www.yahoo.com/gma/officer-killed-unarmed-black-man-responds-critics-her-070300393--abc-news-topstories.html
She, and many other police involved in the killing, made a mistake. Tens of thousands of Americans are serving long prison sentences for much less serious mistakes.
There is no doubt that she regrets the event, and no doubt that it left her psychologically frail. In other words she is in the same situation as many others who have made similar mistakes, except that she got no prison, a new job and lots of support.
There is no particular benefit to putting her, and the other officers involved, in prison, but if nonpolice go to prison for mistakes like that, then police have to go to prison for mistakes like that.
A female police officer who has been indoctrinated with certain ideas about “how policing works”. No doubt she trusted her fellow officers to “find” a gun or drugs in the apartment.
If she were a well connected police officer they would have put more effort into it, but she wasn’t, so they didn’t.
Did she commit a crime?
She made a stupid mistake obviously, and normally there should be a big difference between a stupid mistake and a malicious crime.
Unfortunately for the police officer in this case, she did what police usually do in a situation like that.
Or was told to lie.
Witnesses say they heard conversation that probably indicated either a) she was used to a visitor in her apartment, or b) she had visited him previously. Considering that she seems to be less than a stellar cop, but was put in a semi elite unit, it’s possible she may have aced an oral exam or otherwise shared feminine charms at work. If that is the case then it is likely her patron influenced the initial investigation, something that will give leverage to the dead guy’s lawyers. ~
An interesting aspect of this case is the high risk of contagion to other police officers. This policewoman was involved in another shooting that had been considered perfectly justified. She, and her fellow officers, claimed that somebody grabbed her taser so she shot him. Was that the truth? Most likely that shooting will be examined further and if it involved fudging facts then probably several police officers from that area will lose a few days of vacation pay. https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/special-reports/botham-jean/16-months-ago-amber-guyger-shot-a-drug-offender-who-took-an-officers-weapon/287-593030871
Ms Guyger has been fired. https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/24/us/dallas-police-officer-fired-botham-shem-jean/index.html
Now, assuming she gets past the manslaughter charge, which shouldn’t be difficult, her next hurdle is employment.
She will probably try to get hired by a neighboring police department, which is what most police officers do after acquittal. The problem is that she has wounded one person and killed another, so a prospective employer has no idea whether she is a good shot or a bad shot under pressure.
She may just try to get a job as a mall cop or private security expert, and if that fails she could work for Border Patrol until she decides whether shooting people is really her gift in life.
One more example that was in the news.
That cop was actually rewarded by his department.
There are exceptions though.
This cop just got 45 days in jail and lost his job for "battery on a person over the age of 65 and false imprisonment".
This one several years ago led to no punishment despite the absurdity of the attack.
The cop claimed the woman was being physically combative.
Are cameras the solution?
Ask the judge.