State control and conformity
There is always a lot in the news about the state and their willingness to step in and take control of what we are doing, or stories about how they expect us to conform, the next three stories I hope will be of some interest to you.
Unarmed man shot while handcuffed face down.
The first story is of a young man who was shot in the back, while face down on the ground while handcuffed. Oscar Grant and several other young men, in typical police fashion were being held and interrogated on a train platform. I understand that there had been a fight on the train, and the police had been called.
If you watch the video you can see the the situation is chaotic at times, but fully manageable for trained police officers.
From what the report on the video says, Oscar was cooperating with the police and he even told them, don't shoot me, I have a kid.
Yet while face down, handcuffed he was shot in the back.
What really struck me about the action of the police involved was that after killing him, they just went about it as business as usual. That's what struck me most about the videos, was the complete, dispassionate loss for a human life, but that is really what it comes down to. A lot of these young men and woman, no longer have value in the eyes of some of these officers, and thus when something like this does happen, there is a lot of visible humanity for the actions.
I know that some will say the officers were in shock and that's why they did not respond, but this is a trend that keeps getting repeated over and over again, and it's not going anywhere anytime soon.
Though many people did have appropriate reactions to this shooting, I noticed that at first a popular conspiracy forum, had responses like, well was he fully cooperating with the cops, did he resist arrest, maybe the cop thought it was a taser and not a gun, etc. The forum did later receive other appropriate responses, such as that could have been me, or this really has become a police state. Also many noted that he was hand cuffed and face down, with someones knee on his neck, so there would have been no reason to taser him. Also resisting arrest, which he wasn't doing, does not give a police officer the right to shoot an unarmed person in the back, while handcuffed.
When it comes to situations like this, we are the best defence that we have against such inappropriate actions. Because if we start to justify actions such as this, and don't realise that no matter who we are, what sector of society we belong to, this could be us next, then we are failing ourselves as humanity.
The cop who murdered him, resigned, but will there ever be any justice for what happened?
Oh one more note, originally all the officers were saying that he was not handcuffed while shot. These officers are often willing to cover and lie for each other. Without this video we most likely would have heard that he was resisting arrest, maybe had a weapon, and not handcuffed.
It seems that keeping a cameraphone handy might be the only way anyone can defend themselves in the future against such abuses.
Little Adolf Hitler and sisters taken from home.
The family in the next story caused a stir when they requested that their child's name be placed on a birthday cake in December and walmart disapproved and would not do it. The child is named after Adolf Hitler.
Yesterday the child and his two sisters were taken from their home. There has been no reason given.
I only imagine that this child and family probably came to the eye of the state department more rapidly due to the media of the walmart story.
If this child was not being abused in the home, then there can be no reason for the state to take a children from their home. You might not approve of the parents naming their child Adolf Hitler, or the other kids JoyceLynn Aryan Nation, etc, but unless these kids are being abused in some way by their parents, then taking them from their home was fully in appropriate.
In a democratic society these parents have right to name their children their names. I do agree that there are some names that children should not be named, such as profanity, but these names do not fall into this category. The names might not be names that many in society approves of, but in a democratic society, they would still have the right to choose these names for their children.
See I never fully internalized the saying, I might not agree with what you are saying, but I will defend your rights to say it. I had understood the concept, but it's in recent times that I have internalized what this fully means. In a democratic society even if we don't agree or approve, to some degree all dissenting voices must have the right to some degree to express those dissenting views.
If this means naming your child Adolf Hitler, provided they are not abusing their child in any other way, then I don't think the children should have been taken from their home.
Eight Year Old Arrested.
[quote]The mother of an 8-year-old autistic girl who was arrested after a scuffle with her teachers said it was horrifying to watch her daughter be led away in handcuffs from her northern Idaho elementary school. [/quote]
These scenarios are happening more and more, and pretty soon people will become numb to these types of situation.
Spring Towry said she got to the school Friday just in time to see 54-pound Evelyn -- who was diagnosed at age 5 with Asperger's Syndrome, a high functioning form of autism -- being walked to a police car with two officers at her side.
"She started screaming 'Mommy, I don't want to go! What are batteries? What are batteries?'" Towry said. "She didn't even know what she was arrested for."
Towry, who lives in Ponderay, said Evelyn told her that she had been refused entry into a school Christmas party that had been delayed until after the holidays because of a string of snow days, because she refused to take off her beloved "cow costume" -- a hoodie with cow ears and a tail.
Towry said Evelyn, who loves Spongebob Squarepants, told her she was put in a separate classroom away from the party, but when she tried to leave, the teachers told her to stay put. Evelyn did not listen, Towry said, and the adults physically restrained her. [/quote]
I don't want to see teachers have a more difficult time teaching children, but what happened to contacting the parents, and just letting the parents take care of their children, was it really appropriate to have this child arrested?
This above story though not as brutal reminds me of the 5 year old girl who was arrested and handcuffed by 3 male police officers, because she was throwing a temper tantrum. This happened a couple of years back, but I have never forgotten it.
These police state control behaviors are things that we as a society must become aware of, and continue to monitor and speak out against when necessary. If we don't, tomorrow these situations will be you and your families, no matter what creed, race, religion, or affiliation you belong to. What happens to one, will eventually happen to all the others. This if nothing else, is what the research has shown and taught me.