Police brutality activist
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In a pathocracy, all leadership positions (not to mention directors of police units, and special services police personnel) must be filled by individuals with corresponding psychological deviations, which are inherited as a rule. However, such people constitute a very small percentage of the population and this makes them more valuable to the pathocrats. Their intellectual level or professional skills cannot be taken into account, since people representing superior abilities are even harder to find. - Andrew Lobaczewski, Political Ponerology
In a nutshell, that's the reason the police are incompetent and dangerous. What Lobaczewski argues here is that any position of power will ultimately be filled with someone with a personality disorder. The problem is that the number of people lacking a conscience are pretty slim, and the ones who are actually competent are even rarer, so you can't pick ones that are qualified to do the job correctly. This inevitably leaves you with a bunch of morons who have have killed off their conscience, never had one to begin with, or only apply it selectively. With that in mind, one can now understand why the police are behaving like a gang of criminals.

As an interesting aside, it's likely been this way all along. Police today are the offspring of slave hunters and union busters. When they became the norm in the early 20th century, their primary purpose was to maintain order in the streets, allowing commerce to continue unimpeded by any uppity protesters. Even before that, the first police departments were founded on the basis of hunting down escaped slaves and returning them to their owners.
The institution of slavery and the control of minorities, however, were two of the more formidable historic features of American society shaping early policing. Slave patrols and Night Watches, which later became modern police departments, were both designed to control the behaviors of minorities. - Victor E. Kappeler, Ph.D, A Brief History of Slavery and the Origins of American Policing
This would explain the inherent racism in our justice system. As long as they have existed, the purpose of the police was not to 'protect and serve' the public, but to protect the financial interests of the upper class. From catching slaves to busting unions and other large-scale social movements, they were designed and trained to obey the orders coming out of the mayor's office; dissenters were fired. While the mayor is ostensibly beholden to the people, in reality he's much more beholden to his peers, typically other men of wealth and power. In a pathocracy like the US, the mayor will also likely possess a psychological deviation (psychopathy, narcissism, bipolar disorder, schizoidia, etc.) making him just as dangerous to the public as those men and women who patrol the streets, if not more so.

Scaling this train of thought up, it would explain why our presidents, senators, and military leadership are all vicious war-mongers hell bent on a global hegemony, but I digress.

We can see examples of this from the news. Just this week in one of the largest police departments in the world, New York City, legislation was offered that would require officers to submit their name, rank and command as well as their card with a phone number to a civilian complaints review board at the outset of any interaction with members of the public not involving a warrant. Another, separate measure deemed even more 'controversial' would also require officers to inform subjects of their right to refuse consent to searches of their person and property. That's not some extreme anti-police maneuver, but the department and its allies are kicking and screaming in objection.

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Bill Bratton (left) shaking hands with his buddy Bill de Blasio during a press conference
Bill Bratton, the commissioner, called it "unprecedented intrusions" into police work by politicians. Both proposals were vetoed by Mayor Bill De Blasio in 2014 and they've remained consistently popular ever since. Now they've garnered enough support to overturn a veto, but the mayor's allies are preventing the measures from even coming to the floor for debate. This is how democracy becomes pathocracy in 2016. Even minor attempts to rein in the police are opposed with extreme prejudice.

It's clear beyond a reasonable doubt to anyone with a working brain that the police are out of control. It's likely that they were never under control in the first place and it's only because of ubiquitous social media and cell-phone cameras that this criminal behavior is coming to light. The most vulnerable members of our society are often the first to suffer violence at their hands.

In Charlotte, NC, a deaf man was killed by police, shot to death attempting to communicate using sign language with the officer that pulled him over. He had previously been afraid of the cops due to past interactions with them, and was killed outside his home. In Colorado, a sheriff sexually assaulted a developmentally delayed inmate with 'a child's brain' and then threatened her with life in prison if she told anyone about it. In Kansas, an autistic man with no prior record was slain during a routine traffic stop. No reason for shooting him has been given. He was described as kind and happy and led a mostly normal life, despite his condition. In Missouri, a pregnant mother was assaulted and arrested for filming officers who were arresting her son. Later, all the charges against her would be dropped. Have a gander at the video:

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Daniel Harris, a deaf man, was shot and killed by police in North Carolina. Apparently sign-language is scary?
Keep in mind, this is only a sample of stories I've seen over the past few weeks. This is a consistent trend of police abusing people which any normal person would see as especially vulnerable and in need of protection. Police attacking anyone who films them is another consistent and dangerous trend. Several citizen-journalists who have made recordings have been targeted by police, their personal information broadcast, or arrested on trumped up charges.

It would behoove anyone recording the police or even considering doing it to know their local laws and their rights. Google can be your friend here, and I'll just state that your right to remain silent is crucial and should be employed during every interaction with the police. That phrase, anything you say can and will be used against you, is very true. Perhaps you've heard an officer ask you, "Do you know why I pulled you over?" The correct answer is always, "No."

We should also think twice before calling the police, for any reason. In Indiana, police were responding to a call about a car-jacking. When they arrived, they shot the man who called them. In Georgia, someone called the police to report a suspicious person lurking about the neighborhood. When the police arrived, they unlawfully entered a home they thought had been described by the caller, killed their dog, shot the homeowner and then managed to shoot one of their own. Could it be any clearer that these officers are incompetent and dangerous?

It's a vicious cycle, the more dangerous the police are to the public, the more the public will distrust the police. This makes their job more difficult and more dangerous for them as well. The powers that be won't budge, so until we as a society refuse to accept the status quo nothing will change.

Chris and Leah McKinley

Chris and Leah McKinley were at home watching TV with their one-year-old newborn when police invaded their home, killed their dog, and shot Chris. They had broken no laws.
Joseph Nathaniel Weber

Joe was loved in his community and had never had any prior involvement with police before he was killed on August 14th during a traffic stop