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I can't help but wonder why a person with Paul Craig Robert's intellectual accomplishments would use the ridiculous performance of "wanna be famous"
Andrew Meyer as an example of police brutality.
Here's a perfect lesson for you on the subject of perception. Dr. Roberts watched the video of Meyer's act, and he saw an "unquestionable act of police
brutality." I watched the same tape, and I saw a perfect textbook example of resisting arrest.
When it comes to the accusation of brutality...that's just simply laughable.
When it comes to the use of the Taser, I'm sure you've seen videos where you've questioned its use...particularly at the point when it's used.
I know I have; however, in Meyer's case, there's no question that use of the Taser was justified. Sure...there were four police officers. They could have
twisted Meyer into knots; until, they got both wrists close enough together to affix handcuffs.
Let's say the officers had passed on the Taser, and they used physical force to handcuff Meyer. First, the event would have lasted longer, and Meyer
would have been screaming, as though in severe pain, the entire time. Second, Meyer's continuing resistance could have -- hopefully from the critics'
perspective -- resulted in physical injury to Meyer. Had Meyer sustained...say...a dislocated shoulder or a fractured wrist or finger(s), the critics,
including Dr. Roberts, would have been ecstatic. Of course, any physical injury sustained by one of the police officers would have been unimportant and
a mere distraction from this "unquestionable act of police brutality."
But...let's not forget that the officers, according to Dr. Roberts, unlawfully arrested Meyer for a "phony charge of disrupting a public event." When the
loud and obviously disruptive Meyer surged forward toward Senator John Kerry, I suppose Dr. Roberts believes the police officers should have stood by
and done nothing. After all, there are plenty of videos out there showing university police officers doing just that when loud and disruptive students
charge after speakers in these so called "academic settings."
Personally, I'd like to have seen Senator Kerry handle Meyer on his own. After all, Senator Kerry is a self avowed hero, and he's perfectly capable of
protecting himself. Okay, I'm being sarcastic. I would have blocked Meyer's advance exactly as those police officers did.
Knowing what we now know about Andrew Meyer, I doubt that he would have posed any actual physical danger to the Senator. However, Meyer is a big
guy, and there's no doubt in my mind that, left to his advances, he would have physically dominated and humiliated the Senator. While I, personally,
would have found Meyer's domination and humiliation of Senator Kerry entertaining, I, as a police officer, would have never given Meyer the
opportunity to do so.
Make no mistake...these university police officers acted properly and with restraint. However, that didn't stop the University of Florida from suspending
two of the police officers pending an investigation. What investigation? Their suspension was simply an act of contrition at the alter of political
correctness. The officers were subsequently reinstated after a sufficient period of homage.
your most dangerous enemies...
When you become a police officer, you're going to run into a lot of dangerous people, but your most dangerous enemies will be those people who think
they know everything about everything. When it comes to the actions you take as a police officer, you can be attacked by these types at any time.
You're beginning your police career at a time unique to any other. Never before have the "cop haters" had so many ways to dispense their pseudo
expertise. The Internet, newspapers, and 24 hour news have brought information sharing to a level never before realized. The Internet allows views to
be voiced on anything by anybody...even competent and informed views by those actually possessing real expertise on a subject. You could say that the
Internet is the only truly democratic institution in existence.
When it comes to newspapers and television news, the truth and accuracy about anything is always going to be presented only after it goes through the
sieve of political correctness. While one would think that video of an actual event would serve to accurately depict that event, it's not so with those
police videos labeled as police brutality.
Remember this...any use of force by a police officer, no matter how minor or justified, can be labeled as police brutality. The University of Florida video
is proof that there's a serious shortage of videos depicting real police brutality.
Webster's Dictionary defines brutality as a "savage, cruel, and inhuman act."
Let's make this simple with a clear example of police brutality:
You've just arrested a man, and he's lying on his stomach with his hands cuffed behind his back. He's shouting insults and just being generally
obnoxious, but he's not making any movement. Tired of listening to his insults, you walk over to him and kick him once in the head.
I know...it's a no brainer. The act you just committed is clearly, savage, cruel, and inhuman.
Here's what you have to remember. You're entering a profession where you will, from time to time, be required to employ violence to resist and subdue
violence. As long as the violence you employ is not gratuitous and unnecessary, you'll never commit an act of brutality.
Police brutality has become such an overused term that the smarter cop haters have toned down their shrill condemnations by using the more benign
and vague term, "excessive force." This transformation hasn't done anything to help their perceptions, but it has given them wider latitude in
explaining their more ridiculous observations.
The worst critics you'll encounter will be those who have absolutely no personal experience at physically subduing another human being who doesn't want
to be subdued. Sadly, many of the critics will be intelligent, highly educated, and verifiable experts in their own professions.
It's all just about power and politics. The police officer is a highly visible symbol of authority and indispensable for social order. You'll find that your
most vociferous critics will be individuals with power in their own right, but they don't individually possess the power of physical force over others that
you do. This is the thing they despise most about you. Just the thought that they might be subject to the commands of a police officer is anathema to
them. You should also notice that these critics are most vocal when their own political and social agendas are not being implemented whether those
agendas be on a local or national level.
Because you are such a visible symbol of power, you'll always be at risk of becoming a pond for those who want to change the political order of things.
The only thing you can do to protect yourself from the know nothing experts is to perform your duties as professionally as possible. When it comes to
using force, use the amount you must, and only that amount. Being right won't protect you from criticism, but being right will, in most instances,
prevent the cop haters from destroying you.
|John Kerry speech University of Florida, Gainesville
“Monarchy degenerates into tyranny, aristocracy into
oligarchy, and democracy into savage violence and
chaos” ~ Polybius
(Polybius was a Greek statesman and historian, c.203-122 BCE)
Which of the following statements best describes most critics'
objections to the use of a Taser to subdue an individual?
A. Use of the Taser will cause pain to the person being subdued.
B. A police officer could be accidentally tased during the arrest.
C. Use of the Taser will not produce bruises; contusions; lacerations;
bleeding and broken bones which could better support an allegation of
D. Use of the Taser is not a politically correct application of force.
Your critics will always present themselves as protectors of democracy,
but are they really...?
|America’s Police Brutality Pandemic
"The only terrorist most Americans will ever encounter is a
policeman with a badge, nightstick, mace and Taser."
|America Is No More The Tasering of
"They threw him to the floor and tasered him right in front of
Senator Kerry and the large student audience, who captured on video
the unquestionable act of police brutality. Meyer was carted off and
jailed on a phony charge of "disrupting a public event."
I am always amazed how a lot of smart people interpret police brutality. The following is just another example how the
level of one's intelligence doesn't necessarily coincide with one's perception.
Paul Craig Roberts wrote the Kemp-Roth bill and was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan
administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of
National Review. He is author or coauthor of eight books, including The Supply-Side Revolution (Harvard University
Press). He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy,
Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover
Institution, Stanford University. He has contributed to numerous scholarly journals and testified before Congress on
30 occasions. He has been awarded the U.S. Treasury's Meritorious Service Award and the French Legion of Honor.
He was a reviewer for the Journal of Political Economy under editor Robert Mundell. He is the co-author of The
Tyranny of Good Intentions. He is also coauthor with Karen Araujo of Chile: Dos Visiones – La Era Allende-
Pinochet (Santiago: Universidad Andres Bello, 2000).