Assaulting an OfficerASSAULTING AN OFFICER, ger. The legal charge leveled against an unarmed, 150-pound, half-beaten-to-death or dead citizen subjected to “reasonable force” by uninjured policemen–when the only witnesses to the act are other policemen. “Reasonable” measures include shots to the back of the head. Synonym: “Resisting Arrest.”

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–from the revised and expanded edition of The American Heretic’s Dictionary, the best modern successor to Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary

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  1. It’s amazing and stomach turning what’s going on in the US. Those don’t look like cops. More like storm troopers.

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    • Yes, the militarization of the police in the U.S. is a huge problem–they act like an occupying army whose members have an antagonistic attitude toward those they supposedly “protect and serve,” and who know that in most instances they can get away with outright murder.

      In the rare instances that murderous cops are indicted for their crimes, their fellow officers will almost always perjure themselves to protect the murderers, and it’s very unusual for juries to return guilty verdicts on the full charges.

      Why? As a defense attorney once told me, in such cases, prosecutors invariably use jury selection challenges to get as close to an all-white, all-rightwing-religious jury as they possibly can. The way he put it was that prosecutors aim for juries consisting of nothing but “morons and Mormons.”

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