Loud and Clear By Roderick on August 8, 2012 4 Lo, yet another case of cops assaulting the person they had supposedly come to to help in this case, because a person they knew was deaf was unable to understand their verbal commands. Left-Libertarian, Terror, The Thin Blue Line
I would like to know the psychological dynamics of how we got to this point… it’s like ordinary people actually accept this kind of behavior as normal from cops now.
People always accept (or at least expect and acquiesce to) this kind of behavior from the knightly class, the minor aristocracy who function as tax collectors and agents of terror for the elite. How the cops came to be a knightly class is complicated, but they’ve been so for a lot longer than conservative and right-leaning libertarians are willing to admit. (To hear some of them talk, law enforcers had never done anything abusive or evil before the days of Bill Clinton and Janet Reno).
To make a sloppy analogy I think it’s similar to what people call “battered spouse syndrome.” We’ve been trained to accept that the only thing between us and the sans cullotes is teh efforts of our brave boys in blue. I have suggested before that a cop could walk into a nursery full of babies, douse them in barbecue sauce and start chowing down, with the whole incident caught on camera, and 30% of the population would make excuses for the cop. “How dare you judge the man when you’ve never been confronted with a room full of delicious and dangerous babies!”
Only 30%? Man, you’re optimistic.