The Asshole Within Us All

LC & IB Angrywebmaster has a post up about the whole St Louis Mess™. Not about who did what to whom and why, the subject of endless and, in many cases (looking at you, Lame Stream Media) unsubstantiated speculation across the Internet, but about the whole militarization of our police departments. Read the whole thing, for it is good and touches upon so much more than the little tidbit His Majesty wants to comment on:

Part of the problem with the police in Ferguson is the ongoing militarization of law enforcement in the United States. It’s out of control and police, being human, like to play with their shiny new toys.

Yep. It is indeed human. All too human. We’ve never mentioned this before because there are so many other examples but, really, because we’re ashamed of it and it revealed something about our young self that we’d rather we had never learned.

His Majesty must have been about 12 at the time, and our class was putting up a school play about WWII and Nazism in Germany. Heavy subject, yes. Of course, as part of that, we had to have props and costumes and the like. Such as HJ uniforms complete with armbands and such for those of us playing the asshole yoots of the time. And a script, of course, full of the rancor and hatred and casual brutality towards the “other” that was so typical of that age.

And then something happened inside of us. We don’t know exactly what it was that triggered it or if it was just something that slowly built up, but suddenly those of us playing the Nazis started behaving like it even outside of practice sessions. We’d be cruising around the hallways in our costumes between practice sessions and during lunch recess because it was easier than changing all the time, and then something… happened. We’d clear out tables and laugh at the unfortunates suddenly “displaced”, we’d corner people trying to point out to us that we were, in a word, being the utter assholes that we were behaving as and ask them if they wanted to “make something of that”, etc. etc. In other words, we became the hateful animals whose uniforms we were wearing without even knowing it, without even making an effort.

Because we had those shiny new “toys” and it’d be a shame not to use them, right?

Anyway, it didn’t last long, thankfully, before the adults at school put a stop to our behavior, and we had a long and interesting session discussing what had happened. And all of us were utterly shocked at what we’d become. I obviously don’t know that the others were honest, but I know that I was. Maybe it was a good thing it happened, because it taught us to beware of our Inner Asshole™. But it sure as Hades didn’t feel like a Good Thing™ at the time.

All of this to say that yes, you give a toy, a uniform, something to a bunch of human beings, and sooner or later at least some of them will want to play with them and start looking for an excuse to do so. Not because they’re really assholes, well some of them statistically would have to be, but because all of us have that inner asshole, and it’s just trying to find a crack it can creep out of.

So yes, Virginia, if you hand out tanks, drones, machine guns, howitzers and tactical nukes to a bunch of people and tell them that they are theirs to use, sooner or later they WILL use them. It’s a statistical certainty.

Because we ALL have that Inner Asshole™. No exceptions. The only difference is in how aware we are of it and how good we are at keeping it locked up.

Thatisall.

13 comments

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    angrywebmaster growls and barks:

    I am humbled. :em01:
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    The Lone Haranguer growls and barks:

    I’d agree more but I’m having a hard time feeling regret about the “journalists” being “detained” right now. Media gives out address of the cop who shot Brown Not only are the cop’s and his family’s home and lives in danger now, but so are the neighbors, as (assuming the picture in the article is the actual street) all the houses look alike.

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    The thing about militarizing the PoPo is that the criminals are becoming more and more militarized. Fight fire with fire. As for the LSM representative? Hang the fucker. On TV.
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    LC Roguetek growls and barks:

    Let’s assume, -just for a second-, that the police are speaking the unvarnished truth about Mike Brown. I’m not willing to state that they are, in fact, at this point, I don’t think the truth will ever surface. But let’s assume they are.

    What the -fuck- were they thinking in regards to everything they’ve done -after- Mike Brown was shot? Seriously, in what universe was -any- of their actions a ‘good idea’?

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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    LC Roguetek @ #:

    Excellent point!

    Why the woodland camo? Why the armored vehicles? Why the fuck all of the rest of the military gear?

    This is an honest question. If one dresses up as an occupying army, it’s really not all that surprising if one gets treated like one.

    And if they really DID need all that gear, then they probably should have asked the National Guard to come hold their hands. At least the NG is properly trained in its usage.

    As to Brown, it’s looking more and more like a brain dead thug trying for the Darwin Awards. 6’4, 300 lb “teenager” my arse. Eagle Scout and loved nothing more than reading aloud to grandma, knitting socks for the poor and long, moonlit walks on the beach, I’m sure.
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    LC Roguetek growls and barks:

    I’ll say this. Supposedly Brown actually made it into college, and was all signed up to go, and not even on a sports scholarship. That implies a certain amount of intelligence, determination, and focus. Not normally found in your average hood rat.

    Which makes his alleged actions all the more confusing.

    I’ve heard that the store owner is claiming no robbery was ever called in.

    And that little weasel looking fucker that was with him claiming it -was- a robbery.

    The pieces, they do not fit together…

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    LC TerribleTroy growls and barks:

    Michael Brown. 18 yr old. 6’4 270+ lbs. Confirmed member of the Bloods (See facebook of Mike making Blood “gangsta” signs with his other homies) Brown was preparing to enter a HVAC vocational school (not a college) after spending his high school years in alternative schools for anti-social deviants)

    Brown enters a convenience store and brazenly robs it of approx 50 dollars in swisher sweets (commonly used to make “blunts”) The reason why his accomplice wasnt charged is that during the course of the robbery, Brown hands Johnson a pack of cigars and Johnson places them back on the counter. It is Brown alone that removes the property and then commits assault and battery (making this a felony, not a misdemeanor). The store owner may not have called 911, but a employee certainly did as there is a 911 call log released by PD showing call) Police Officer Wilson on patrol hears another Officer dispatched to the robbery.

    Approx 10 mins later Wilson see’s Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson walking in the middle of the street. Brown has cigars in his hand. Wilson (not yet clicking on the Swishers) tells the two upstanding young men to get out of the middle of the road and continues to drive past. As he is pulling past he realizes that Brown may be his robbery perp. He stops, backs up a short ways, stops, and begins to exit the vehicle. Brown and Dorian bum rush the Cop He is pinned in the “V” of the door (Multiple witnesses verify this part) Wilson sustains a fractured eye socket and there is a struggle over his gun. The gun gets discharged.

    Brown and Johnson begin to scoot. Wilson is dazed from the blow to his head, vision is probably obscured. He yells STOP. Both subjects turn and look at Wilson, Brown see’s Wilson is still fucked up and makes the bad decision to re-engage. Wilson (knowing he cant sustain another attack) fires per his training, but he is stressed to the max, pulling his rounds all way right of the center line. None of these 6 rounds fired were incapacitating. Per training Wilson raises his sights to the head, a round hits Mike in his right eye, causing him to begin to fall, the next round hits the top of Browns head. Game Over.

    There are plenty examples out there of Police behaving unethically. This aint one of em. Or am I supposed to believe the, “The cop shot him in broad daylight in the middle of the street, in a crowded neighborhood, on his knees, from behind, with his hands in the air, while saying “dont shoot”, with Wilson shooting very poorly for 6 outta 8 rounds” version? Occam’s Razor and all that shit…..

    But what the fuck do I know?

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    LC Roguetek growls and barks:

    I’m dissapointed, Troy. I though I was being remarkably lenient with the PD on this one.

    I was even willing to accept that every single statement the police had made so far was true, at least for the purposes of debate.

    And here you are, running defense for police who (on camera even) shove a loaded weapon in a reporter’s face and threaten to ‘fucking kill you’…

    Seriously, you’re going to stand up for that kind of behavior? That’s who you are?

    While Officer Wilson’s actions might be completely justified, the actions of the -rest- of the Ferguson PD are -not-.

    I’d like to hear your argument on the defense of tear-gassing a camera crew, and ‘dismantling’ their camera equipment by hammering the shit out of it with batons.

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    LC Roguetek growls and barks:

    While I’m thinking of it, I’ll just leave this here.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/those-arent-gang-signs

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    LC TerribleTroy growls and barks:

    Like I wrote, there are plenty of examples of unethical, unprofessional LE out there. I was only referring to the incident that got the ball rolling. I think the other two examples you reffered to are examples that deserve scrutiny.

    I definetly think there needs to be a serious reformation away from officer tacticool teddy to more community based style. I think the police culture has gotten outta control with the us vs them thin blue line routine.

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    LC Roguetek growls and barks:

    To be clear, Little green footballs is not exactly what I’d call reputable. However, they raise a really valid point.

    If Wilson did sustain the injuries that are claimed, how the hell did he stand around for a couple of hours, and not immediately ship out to the hospital?

    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/43751_Jim_Hofts_Unsourced_Claim_That_Officer_Darren_Wilson_Had_an_Orbital_Blowout_Fracture_of_the_Eye_Socket

    It’s a valid question, I think.

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    LC Roguetek growls and barks:

    LC TerribleTroy says:

    Like I wrote, there are plenty of examples of unethical, unprofessional LE out there. I was only referring to the incident that got the ball rolling. I think the other two examples you reffered to are examples that deserve scrutiny.
    I definetly think there needs to be a serious reformation away from officer tacticool teddy to more community based style. I think the police culture has gotten outta control with the us vs them thin blue line routine.

    Ah, my apologies. I misunderstood you.

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    Special Ed growls and barks:

    FWIW, 22 years of LE here, and Troy tells it exactly as I envisioned it. As for Wilson not scramming to the ER right away, perhaps he felt he better served by continuing to do his job in the wake of a terrible incident in which he was a major player. FWIW, 20 of those 22 years were in the Army, and it’s not terribly uncommon for injured troops to stay engaged instead of un-assing the A-O and leaving their buddies to suck it up. Just a thought.

    As for the other LE actions of questionable judgement, keep in mind that they are dealing with rioting with arson, destruction and theft of property, and may not have a lot of patience with deliberately obstructive Media A-holes who, by their words and actions, have declared themselves the enemies of said Police.

    My thoughts on the Media: Get the story. Don’t BE the story. You may not like the part you get …

    Ask James Foley