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.

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angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster

I am humbled. :em01:

The Lone Haranguer
The Lone Haranguer

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… Read more »

LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.

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.

LC Roguetek
LC Roguetek

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?… Read more »

LC Roguetek
LC Roguetek

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… Read more »

LC TerribleTroy
LC TerribleTroy

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… Read more »

LC Roguetek
LC Roguetek

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… Read more »

LC Roguetek
LC Roguetek

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

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

LC TerribleTroy
LC TerribleTroy

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.… Read more »

LC Roguetek
LC Roguetek

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.

LC Roguetek
LC Roguetek

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… Read more »

Special Ed
Special Ed

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… Read more »