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  •  General vs. particular (7+ / 0-)

    This is pretty basic.  In general, cops work to protect either their own interests or the interests of the powerful (most of who in the US are wealthy).  Look at the numbers on who gets arrested, who gets imprisoned, who gets beaten to death, who gets harassed. Not the powerful, not the rich.  NYPD directly moonlights for Wall Street banks. Cops arrest and beat protesters, not oligarchs.  This is so obvious I will not continue.  

    This does not mean that every single activity ever undertaken by every single cop is directly related to defending the oligarchy and oppressing the rest of us.  Cops also fill out paperwork, unlock car doors, and take lunch breaks, and joy ride in their cars with lights on because it makes them feel cool.  There is no principle of logic by which these obvious facts controvert the claim that cops exists to protect the powerful--that this is their basic political and social function.  How they do this is by demanding slave-like obedience to every command, no matter how stupid or degrading, upon punishment of imprisonment, beatings, or death.

    •  But I disagree.... (1+ / 0-)
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      This does not mean that every single activity ever undertaken by every single cop is directly related to defending the oligarchy and oppressing the rest of us.
      By assisting those motorists to retrieve their keys, I was just allowing them to get back on the mean streets where they were likely to become victims of police brutality.  I was throwing them to the Wolves in Kevlar speeding around with their pretty blue and red lights.

      If I had truly been intent on breaking the oligarchy, I would have torn off my badge and flagellated myself with my baton so that I could bring media attention to the subject of police brutality.

    •  Pittsburgh cops not only moonlight... (0+ / 0-)

      ....but the money paid to hire them seems to have bypassed the city treasury accounts and ended up in a slush fund in the police credit union.

      9-11 changed everything? Well, Katrina changed it back.

      by varro on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 08:28:42 PM PST

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