VIDEO: 5 Insidious Things American Police Can Legally Do to You
Article first appeared at The Free Thought Project.
Police officers in America possess an authority to enforce the will of the ruling class. This authority often manifests into immoral acts of state violence and extortion, as laws, no matter their cruel nature or intent, are callously enforced by people just doing their jobs.
Below is a brief and informative video that details five of these manifestations.
5. Police can Disappear you.
In 2014, a secret black site prison was exposed operating inside the city of Chicago. At the black site, named Homan Square, innocent individuals were kidnapped, held without due process, beaten, and some of them even killed, as police enforced the state’s immoral war on drugs.
4. Police can steal your identity.
Oddly enough, this is legal. According to Ohio’s identity theft law, the police are allowed to do it. More specifically, the crime cannot be prosecuted if:
The person or entity using the personal identifying information is a law enforcement agency, authorized fraud personnel, or a representative of or attorney for a law enforcement agency or authorized fraud personnel and is using the personal identifying information in a bona fide investigation, an information security evaluation, a pretext calling evaluation, or a similar matter.
3. Steal your stuff.
For decades now, the federal government and their cohorts in law enforcement have been carrying out theft of the citizenry on a massive scale. We’re not talking about taxes, but an insidious power known as Civil Asset Forfeiture (CAF).
The 1980’s-era laws were ostensibly designed to drain resources from powerful criminal organizations, but CAF has become a tool for law enforcement agencies across the U.S. to steal money and property from countless innocent people.
The criminal depths to which police will sink to bolster their budgets, apparently have no limit, as a recent case of police theft in Oklahoma illustrates. To keep society safe, sheriff’s deputies in Muskogee County, Oklahoma robbed a church and an orphanage of $53,000. Real American heroes.
2. Sell You
Nearly 300,000 American students are referred to law enforcement annually, with a third of those students subject to school-based arrests. This process of criminalizing normal childhood behavior fans the flames of the school-to-prison pipeline.
America’s profit-driven system of incarceration has also given rise to a growth in juvenile prisons and financial incentives for jailing young people. Indeed, young people have become easy targets for the private prison industry, which profits from criminalizing childish behavior and jailing young people. For instance, two Pennsylvania judges made headlines when it was revealed that they had been conspiring with two businessmen in a $2.6 million “kids for cash” scandal that resulted in more than 2500 children being found guilty and jailed in for-profit private prisons.
1. Provoke You
During protests, police, in an attempt to paint peaceful protesters in a negative light, will often go undercover to provoke and disturb otherwise innocent people into violent action.
Capt. Ray Lewis, who retired from the Philadelphia Police Department in 2004 after serving 24 years and was present during the 2011 Occupy Wall Street protests confirmed this notion. Lewis said undercover provocateurs “infiltrated Occupy Wall Street like crazy” as a way to influence public opinion against the protestors, a strategy which is also used against other movements critical of the establishment.
Occupy is only one of many horrendous examples.