I don't know why I do it, but every once in a while I check on the Facebook pages of 'The Free Thought Project' and 'Police the Police'. Every time I get incredibly frustrated and wish I hadn't...
As you could guess, both are pretty "anti-establishment", with one generally focused on government incompetency and the other on excessive police force/brutality/idiocy.
I wish I could have more faith in government and police, and I'm sure there are hundreds of cases where things work out in a more calm/logical manner, but it's cases like these that make me believe people are best served when their lives are impacted least by everyone other than themselves.
Not much else to say, so if you're interested, here are a few examples:
Cops Pull Gun on Armed Black Man at DUI Checkpoint — You Wont Believe What Happens Next
Video uploaded to YouTube recently shows a man in Newington, Connecticut, refusing to fall for Police State tactics of intimidation at a police checkpoint — widely known as a sobriety or DUI checkpoint, but in reality what amounts to an excuse for cops to surveil and keep tabs on citizens.
The CHP is under fire this week after one of their finest pulled over an entire funeral procession for driving too slow.
In an ostensible attempt to prevent a traffic problem caused by the procession, the CHP officer caused a far worse problem after having 100 cars stopped along the freeway.
The incident was captured on cell phone video as the family members were embarrassingly detained on the roadside during this somber time.
A uniformed officer was acting as an escort for the procession as the cars drove to Forest Lawn Cemetery when they were stopped by another officer, apparently drunk on power.
Unwilling to sacrifice innocent lives for millions of dollars in gross revenue, a nonviolent vigilante known as the Red Light Robin Hood admittedly sabotaged traffic cameras in order to call attention to drastically shortened yellow lights endangering lives in his community. While facing numerous felony and misdemeanor charges for tampering with the highly profitable cameras, Stephen Ruth has recently become targeted by the local politicians who signed the red light cameras into existence.
After receiving several $80 tickets in the mail along with his priest and other members of his community, Ruth posted a video last year instructing people how to point traffic cameras into the air by using a painter’s extension rod. Instead of hiding his identity, Ruth openly admitted his actions and was charged with four counts of third-degree criminal tampering and four counts of second-degree obstruction of governmental administration.
Earlier this month, Ruth was arrested again after admitting during an interview with CBS2 that he cut the wires of at least 18 traffic cameras in an attempt to save lives lost by shortened yellow lights. In an exclusive interview with The Free Thought Project, Ruth admitted, “I specifically cut the Cablevision wires and left the rest of the wires alone.”
"Bonus" from 'Filming Cops':Instead of Saving Woman from Hostage Situation, Cops Shoot Her to Death and Cover it Up: Lawsuit
The family of a Long Island woman fatally shot in the head by a policeman during a hostage situation fired back with a lawsuit against the Nassau County Police Department, claiming it tried to cover up its officers’ constitutional violations.
Andrea and Jessica Rebello — 21-year-old twins attending Hofstra University at the time — and John Kourtesis were held hostage by convicted felon Dalton Smith on May 17, 2013 in Uniondale, N.Y.
Unaware they were confronting a hostage situation, officers and named defendants Joseph Avanzato, Nikolas Budimilic, Michael Leone and Marlon Sanders rolled up after getting a 5-second tip: “I have a guy in my house with a gun. He is holding my friends at gunpoint,” according to the May 16 federal complaint.
Jessica managed to escape and tried to tell officers what was happening inside, but her words fell on deaf ears, she says in the 69-page lawsuit.
Officer Budimilic spotted Smith at the top of the stairs, using Andrea as a “human shield” with his arm around her neck while trying to escape out the back.
Budimilic and Smith squared off, and Budimlic fired at least eight shots, the lawsuit states.
The second or third sets of shots killed Andrea Rebello, her family says.
Smith, a 30-year-old from Hempstead, was hit twice and died.
Officers did nothing to help the woman after she was hit, and stepped over her body to help their fellow officer. Budimlic lifted the woman off her assailant and leaned her onto the bottom of the stairs, her parents and sister say.
The officer then “immediately began to scream hysterically over the airwaves” that he needed help, then reversed course and told his colleagues to stay off the air “in an attempt to keep all information about the shooting” under wraps, the family says.
That’s when the cover-up began, the Rebellos say. They claim no investigation was ever conducted against the officer, and the NCPD was “selective and self-serving” when it did little to look into the matter.
The department declined to comment on the lawsuit Tuesday afternoon.
If that's not enough to get you riled up, there are hundreds of other examples on their respective websites.