The Penalty is Death

Over the past three years since Michael Brown was shot by an officer in the line of duty leading to the formation of the organization “Black Lives Matter” and the hashtag #BLM, a constant refrain has been “So he should have been killed, JUST for doing THAT?”

What it is that was done does not seem to matter- the rhetoric is always the same. Did Michael Brown deserve to be killed for robbing a convenience store?

Did Alton Sterling deserve to be killed for selling bootleg CDs?

Did Eric Garner deserve to be killed for selling “loosie” cigarettes?

Did Freddie Grey deserve to be killed for possessing a switchblade?

Did Tamir Rice deserve to be killed for brandishing a toy gun?

The actual specifics of the case are after a sense, the details that matter are a police stop whether on foot or in a vehicle that is escalated by a threat, real or perceived, to the officer’s life or the lives of by standers, prompting the officers to discharge weapons and leaving the suspect dead.

I won’t discuss the specifics about any of the cases. Whether this or that individual law enforcement officer was right or wrong to discharge their weapon given the particulars of the circumstance again, does not matter in the grand scheme.

Of course each case should be treated individually, and the full effects of the law applied to the officers who are found to have committed misconduct, whether murder or manslaughter or simply negligent misconduct through the same process of innocent until proven guilty and punished as appropriate to the crimes which they are found to have committed.

Of course there are changes to Police force engagement rules that we can and should have discussions about.

But we need to also be very clear about the simple fact of what a law means.

The maximum penalty for breaking any law is death.

Any time we initiate a police to citizen interaction, death is a potential result. This potential exists regardless of what the law is, what the legal system imposed penalties are, what the police officer’s standing procedures and training tell them to do, how well we’ve trained the citizenry to respond to police interaction, we introduce a rick that the suspect will be killed.

So, if you are wondering what the potential penalties for a particular crime are- you might simply recall that no matter what google or a lawyer may tell you, death is a possibility.

The penalty for tax evasion? Death.

The penalty for any of the ridiculous statutes listed here? Death.

The penalty for a tail light violation? Death.

The penalty for dancing in the street? Death.

The stories could go on and on. On the scale of infinity, eventually it is inevitable than any law for which a person may be pulled over, or a warrant issued for arrest will result in a citizen (potentially innocent) being slain.

In light of the myriad of potential situations which can results in death after a police/citizen interaction goes wrong, what can we do to protect innocent lives?

One solution which is given far too little consideration during the discussion is to repeal the laws which are unnecessary, onerous, and potentially illegitimate laws.

We could reduce the deaths that occur for people who are selling loosey cigarettes by removing the law which prohibits selling loosey cigarettes.

We could reduce the deaths that occur at speeding stops and tail light stops by removing the power of police to pull cars over for such offenses.

We could reduce the deaths for the possession of switch blades (or fire arms) by removing laws which make possession of these items illegal.

We could reduce the deaths from tax evasion by ending taxation, which is theft.

Obviously, laws which prohibit brandishing of weapons, assault, attempted murder, and other such crimes with clear victims who require protection, but on many, many other laws which exist on the books, either enforced or unenforced about which we are not having any discussions on a national level.

In recent years there’s been a national push for the decriminalization or legalization of only three acts or products- gay marriage (which was settled with the Obergefall case), Marijuana (which exists in a quasi-legal state that is both unsustainable and unwise), and Illegal immigration (which is a political football, with arguments on all sides which are intentionally obtuse in order to drive voters through fear).

How many other laws exist which deserve to be challenged on either the Federal or the state levels?

How many of those could we derive a broad consensus on, since these are issues which people tend to care about less fervently since they are less tied to self identification and culture war?

I’d argue that if diligent conversation was had about the need to reduce laws on a broad, rather than narrow scope we might make some actual progress towards a less authoritarian state.

Target Practice Is Training Cops to Kill Black Men

This weekend I had the opportunity to go to a gun shooting range with some members of the military and the local police. This was an opportunity I did not want to pass up because I knew for a fact it would show me why these horrible racists wanted nothing more in lif than to execute unarmed innocent black men.

I knew things were going to be awful from right when I arrived. The sounds were so loud! Those AK-14s and AR-47s were blasting away! Fortunately, I’m white so these racists didn’t feel the need to shoot me as I pulled up. They were actually pretty nice considering they are psychopathic killing machines with no souls.

They showed me how they shot at the range with both their terrible fully automatic assault rifles, which you can buy legally over the internet with no background check then fire thousands of rounds per second to kill like, all the people, and with their horrible pistols that I am sure they actually prefer to turn sideways to “cap” the innocent black men they are mowing down.

One thing struck me as odd when I was watching this. The targets they were firing at were all targets of BLACK men! I mean, there were no features, no faces, clothes, ect, just outlines, but ALL of the outlines were black!

Here is an example of one:

black man target

This is just so offensive and triggering and awful! All along, every single time our police and military fire their horrible death rifles they are shooting at unarmed black men! We are actually training this response into them!

These murdering psychoscum offered to let me shoot, but I already had PTSD just from hearing gun fire and I knew it would probably destroy my shoulder socket forever to fire one of these awful fully automatic weapons which you can buy at any gun show with no background check easily any time.

Well, I was just beside myself, I had to get to my computer and bring this despicable story to you as soon as possible!

I can’t even begin to unpack how many thing are wrong with this! We need to change how we train our police immediately! Obviously the best way to do this is to #BlackLiveMatter and #BLM on twitter and facebook and to never link to any possible policy positions or suggestions, and to scream about killing police but when police are killed then and only then say we are non-violent for a week or two.

Well, I have a solution, we need to replace these horrible, racist black man targets with this newly designed target:

white man target

This is super important. Because we all know that it’s not enough to kill fewer black men, we have to make sure that we are killing MORE white men! With this new and improved target, we can train our officers to kill cis, white, heteronormative males like they should be!

I’d love to hear what you think in the comments, fellow Leftists!  Until the next time, Comrades!

(This article was originally published on 8/1/2016 on https://politicalabsurdism.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/target-practice-is-training-cops-to-kill-black-men/)