by Bernie Suarez
Are too many police officers currently suffering from engineered mental instability? The wave of police brutality in America and the world suggests this may be true, but just how big is this problem and is all of this engineered? First, without question there are still excellent police officers throughout America that go to work every day and carry themselves in a professional manner. Unfortunately these good and well meaning police officers are having to bare the weight and the burden placed on them by other so-called ‘bad’ police. But what exactly is underneath all of this? Even police that act violently often mean well but have rationalized their own behavior to justify what they do. Let’s examine this closer.
Police, like our military men and women who are forced into situations they would rather not be in, are now being counted on to carry out over-reactive injustices on American citizens. Every day we are hearing about police shooting, killing, tasering and beating to death Americans (and even their dogs) who had no charges against them, were not even read their Miranda rights and didn’t get a chance to be heard in front of a jury of their peers. The stories of police executions nationwide are almost daily. So what can be said about this phenomenon? It appears that in many if not most cases the police officer genuinely thought that what they were doing was justified, however irrational that may sound. Note that these officers do have a cognitive train of thought that justifies what they do. This train of thought is no longer random (not that it ever was). Police are now ‘trained’ to think in a way that is very dangerous to all Americans. Whether it’s the man reaching for his cell phone only to get shot and killed because the officer sees a gun, or whether it’s the person simply running away from the police. The person running away doesn’t realize that the police officer sees things dramatically different from how civilians see it. To bridge that gap of perception Hollywood regularly feeds the masses a long list of TV Cop shows and police activity based movies. This effective strategy empowers the police to do as much as they can get away with, hoping the (TV watching) public will ‘connect’ with police perspective. Nonetheless, the person who runs away from police must realize that police see a man that is better off dead than to be a man who got away. They see someone running away as a terrorist who is running because he is a super dangerous now discovered terrorist. They may not even consider the basic logic of ‘police equals jail’ and ‘no one wants to go to jail’ or ‘no one wants to be beaten and murdered by a police, thus run’. These statements would perhaps fall under ‘silly human logic’ or ‘big mistake’ to the officers involved. In fact recently a police chief thought it “odd” that a woman who felt she was being hit on by a motorcycle cop did not want to talk to the officer. Is this really odd? Or police logic? The lady felt that the officer was acting like a sexual predator thus she tried to ignore him and exercise her right to not speak with him so he eventually chased her down, tackled and arrested her for not acknowledging his approach. One lesson learned here is that police minds are ‘sincerely’ wired into a logic that is entirely disconnected from the paradigm that you and I live in.