(originally published February 12th, 2013)
Let me make this loud and clear, Fuck LAPD, fuck the blue code of silence, and fuck drones. Decades later and we still have the pigs responsible for Rodney King wearing badges and perpetuating a ridiculously racist institution. I don’t sympathize with these shitlords and neither should you. There is literally no end to the police state when we have police drones flying over our heads. They justify any crime against civilians in the name of an individual who dares to question their corruption and nepotism.
A question is begged that we somehow need thugs in blue to “protect” us. In isolated incidents of helplessness, the police are known to exacerbate the situations with more brutality. I cannot begin to speak of the well-documented nepotism and brutality of the Houston Police Department. This is not unique to anywhere.
I’m bound to be rebutted with irrelevant rhetoric of “But the GOOD cops!”. You cannot judge an institution as individuals. These are aren’t isolated or individual problems. This is highly organized gang and mob mentality that cops will lie to protect eachother, and that they should never hold eachother accountable for racist and sexist brutality, or else suffer grave consequences. This is not a critique of individuals, critiquing the police requires that we critique the institution as a whole. It is a waste of time to talk about the individuals. The “good cops” quickly find out there’s no such thing as state justice.
The final question that’s begged is that of the beginning. How do we oppose our nepotic and racist police state, and what could possibly be in it’s place? That’s not as simple, but it begins with dismantling and opposing the socio-economic undertones that make them possible. The repression we see that creates the world which justifies the police state. At the very least, we should recognize how the police operate, their role in our current society, and why they remain a statist force which reinforces systems of oppression and societal institutions. Only then can we organize against them. I would say education as to the very nature of police is the beginning. You can’t start by not talking to cops today and knowing your rights.
Make no mistake, I’m behind a stateless and classless society. The police represent the biggest opposition to that. Nevertheless, their an institution society largely cannot envision themselves without. I can only say this saddens me, but it’s only true in a society dependant on the social constructions which justify police. Contrary to popular belief, the main function of the police (and the state in general) is NOT to serve and protect the people. It never has been. It is to enforce private property. We can only begin to envision a society without police when we’re willing to dismantle that institution.