Eric Peters details why we fear the police

Eric Peters details why we fear the police

rodney-kingMy favorite car reviewer and auto guru is Eric Peters of In a new article he aptly explains how cops have gone berserk against citizens. Eric Peters:

If it is reasonable – justifiable – for a cop to base every interaction with a citizen on the presumption that the citizen might be a threat to his “safety,” isn’t the reverse all the more reasonable? That a citizen should assume the worst when confronted by a cop?

After all, a cop is known to be armed – and  not merely with a gun. He possesses the authority of the state and with it, a far more relaxed standard for using gross and disproportionate violence against a citizen. He can do things to you legally – without fear of repercussions  that no ordinary citizen would dare to do – and to which, moreover, the ordinary citizen is legally obliged to submit.

Is it not enough to make a citizen fear for his safety?


You are driving along, on your way home. You glance up in the rearview and notice there is a big white sedan just inches off your bumper. Cops do this for a reason – tointimidate a prospect.

Then all of a sudden, flashing strobe lights and loud sirens – the purpose of which is also to intimidate. To instill fear.

Now you are aware that an armed stranger is demanding you stop your vehicle – god only knows why.

But you do know – having read about it last week – that another armed stranger subjected another motorist who’d apparently done nothing more than commit a minor moving violation to repeated forced anal probing, forced enemas and a forced colonoscopy. You know, moreover, that this was not an isolated, one-time incident (see here) but rather, has become a fairly common practice (affirmed by the Supreme Court, which has ruled that citizens are subject to strip searches – at the discretion of the cop – after having been detained for almost any “violation,” including minor traffic offenses).

Your mind rolls over the YouTube videos you saw the other day. The Tazerings, the head-kickings, the slamming of slightly built, middle aged women into concrete benches.

You wonder: am I going to be next?

And you are afraid.

Read the rest here. He has many more details and horror stories.


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  1. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 11 December, 2013, 10:05

    World history tells us that fascist police states don’t happen overnight. IOW’s when you go to sleep at night in a free society you don’t wake up the next morning and find yourself in a police state. It’s sort of like with ObamaCare. At first you protest. Then you tolerate. Finally, you submit and accept. Humans are very malleable.

    Naturally we blame the ones who tase us, beat us or even shoot us without justification. That’s a natural reaction. We should blame them. But the bigger question is “Who allows them to get away with it?” – Yep. The ones you elect to office. And you keep electing the same ones over and over again. You give an approval rating to both your state and federal legislators somewhere in the teens. But then you re-elect 95% of the incumbents. lol. Either the voting system is rigged or the electorate is nuts. lol.

    Snowden already told you that big brother is collecting your phone data and email data without your consent and without a warrant. lol. And it forced the government to concede that it’s true – even though a high government official previously lied about it under sworn oath to Congress. Even sitting Senators confirmed that he lied under oath. (Btw, nothing happened to him. He holds the same ‘Director” title. In fact, he was allowed to subsequently testify before Congress. lol. What would happen to you if you got caught in a lie under sworn oath? lol.)

    The most common form of any police state is intimidation by surveillance. When citizens know that they are being watched and overheard. That their e-mail is being examined. The intent is to silence. To frighten you.

    We’re there.

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 11 December, 2013, 10:30

      So true LetitCollapse!!! Do you follow the writings of Will Griggs? 🙂

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      • Dyspeptic
        Dyspeptic 11 December, 2013, 10:43

        Will Griggs is not only a gifted writer but a brave and stalwart critic of police brutality. Reading his articles about police abuse makes my blood boil.

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      • LetitCollapse
        LetitCollapse 11 December, 2013, 11:40

        No, I haven’t. But there are so many documented reports of blatant police abuse without consequences that it’s obvious to me it’s being promoted from above which, of course, is another sign of a police state. When an abuser goes unpunished the message is loud and clear: Continue abusing.

        I recall during the hunt for Dorner when that band of rogue LAPD cops just riddled a car occupied by 2 female newspaper deliverers in Torrance. There must have been 100 bullet holes in the back of that car which was a completely different make, model and color than the one Dorner had. And it’s pretty hard to mistake 2 petite asian women with a black guy who weighed 250 pounds or more. Although one of the woman was shot in the back, both miraculously survived. The cops also riddled neighboring homes with stray bullets putting the residents in grave peril. I read that the taxpayers were forced to pay those 2 women $4M in a settlement! None of the cops were charged and no doubt are back out on the streets today. No report of any firings. The complicit media did a great job at sweeping it all under the carpet after the fact with no follow-up.

        I’ve read similar stories just as repulsive that happen all the time across the country. The cops do it because they’re allowed to do it and get away with it without personal repercussion. It’s obvious to me it’s promoted from above. Another big red flag indicating ‘police state’.

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  2. Donkey
    Donkey 11 December, 2013, 10:26

    Most of us have read “1984”, and most have had encounters with the costume clad enforcers of the state, but most have no idea that as Americans we are living in the midst of the largest police state ever created by a state, and it is only going to get worse.

    For me the realization started with the murder of Ashley MacDonald. On the morning of August 25th 2006 Huntington Beach officers Parker and Randle fired 25 rounds at a 5′-4″ 120lb teenage girl, hitting her 15 times, with five of those rounds hitting her in the back while she was lying on the ground, all taking place in a park adjacent to a school. A disgusting act by two cowards that was cleared by a system devoid of any common sense or ability to reason, a system run with the mindset of Stalin, Togo, Mao, Kim Jong, Daryl Gates.

    The recent murder of Doug Zerby is reason for all citizens to worry about the safety of anyone they care for in this nation. Sitting alone on a stair step he was shot in the top of his head by a state terrorist for holding a water sprayer in his hands, and he didn’t even know he was being viewed by his killers. The LA county DA cleared the murderers of any wrong doing, which makes any normal thinking human sick to their stomach.

    Great article John, it seems as if Eric must read a little from the great Will Griggs, or is of the same mindset, of course I am a follower. 🙂

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  3. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 11 December, 2013, 10:58

    Never trust the police, ever. They don’t work for you and they most certainly are not “public servants”. They are the masters and we are the servants. They are the jackbooted enforcers for an increasingly totalitarian system. Don’t embrace slavery like some antebellum house negro. Think free, act free and know your rights.

    And if you really object to being enslaved absolutely do not vote for any candidate for public office who belongs to either major party. Both parties are completely owned by police unions and police chiefs lobby groups.

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    NTHEOC 11 December, 2013, 12:58

    What is that you sovereign citizens do to police officers that make them treat you the way you describe? The encounters I and my family have had for minor traffic violations have been nothing but professional. A recent family member had a burgler alarm sound in the middle of the night and she said the police were amazing with her and her family. As for Ashley McDonald, She had stabbed her own mother and then in a drug fueled rampage committed what appeared to be suicide by cop. A very unfortunate event but I believe the mother should have been charged and where was the dad? Ashley had committed suicide for some reason and it probably started at home. The people who called 911 on Doug zerby should be charged with making a false 911 call and telling dispatchers somebody was outside the house holding a gun!! Why didn’t they investigate it themselves before calling the cops? Oh, the guy had a gun huh? Well that’s what they told the dispatchers, another unfortunate event. The best way to handlle yourself with a police officer is don’t run,pull over, listen to what they tell you, be polite, do not pull out a weapon or drop the one you have when told, really just common sense stuff.

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 11 December, 2013, 21:27

      Ntheoc, that you would even entertain the thought that two men should have the power to murder a small woman is all that is needed to know your lack of mettle.

      Doug Zerby was a Soviet Union type murder!! 🙂

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  5. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 11 December, 2013, 13:51

    The only job around where you can shoot and kill another human and get a paid vacation for it. The other human doesn’t even have to be armed. That’s not a requirement. The litmus test is: Did he have his hand on his waistband and did you fear for your life? lol. If you answer those 2 questions correctly it’s 30 days paid vacation, provided there’s no videotape.

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  6. Bill Gore
    Bill Gore 12 December, 2013, 09:11

    Bill Buppert says it very well over on ZeroGov: ” The police in the US commit acts of murder all the time hiding behind the skirts of their true employers, the rulers, and have a license to kill enforced by the “qualified immunity” clause and the powerful government police unions.

    All government laws require a field expedient death penalty imposed upon any who dare resist depending on the level of refusal to comply with the statist badged employees wielding a set of rules of engagement that make them judge, jury and executioner. In most cases they get away with it.

    Remember that murder begins when self-defense ends, use that yardstick the next time you examine yet another citizen killing by the usual suspect in the thin black and blue line.”

    So from the police point of view, a relationship with the taxpayer based on fear is best. No chit chat, no observation of social niceties, everything in black and white. The problem is that this is not sustainable over the long run, and it will create tensions that build up like environmental toxins until, in an episode of ‘punctuated equilibrium’, the fear turns to hate and the human herd turns and tramples the ‘authorities’. We far outnumber them, and they know it.

    Even a cursory examination of history shows enforcers/minders/cops torn to shreds by mobs, decapitated, etc.

    Community policing is really the only way. Officer Friendly shooting hoops down at the PAL, looking out for the single mom with an at-risk teenager, etc. A good priest/role model who rarely, if ever, needs to use force, and won’t use force even if he/she feels ‘threatened’. Admittedly, it takes a very special kind of person to live up to this ideal, but given the people who line up in the hundreds to take the exam, drawn by the 20 year retirement and benefits, it shouldn’t be that hard to get only the best, and screen out the psychos, right?

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  7. Ted Steele DD
    Ted Steele DD 14 December, 2013, 09:30

    Sure– like in any profession there are bad employees— and we should and do come down on these clowns like a ton o bricks—but none of these whiners complain when they call 911 and need help— lmao!

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