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"Please Forgive Me," Said Elijah McClain As Three Cops Murdered Him

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/further/2020/06/26/please-forgive-me-said-elijah-mcclain-three-cops-murdered-him

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Break the po-po unions.
Put violent, fear-forward cops in desk jobs.
When they can’t handle the concept of de-escalation, fire them.
When they resort to excessive force, put them in the graybar hotel.
And do it yesterday.

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That’s one of the saddest audios I’ve ever heard. I hope they prosecute the bastages to the full extent of the law. I can’t believe they get away with these heinous murders! I am so sorry for the loss of this young man not just for his family, but for the world. This paradigm must be stopped.

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Time to revive the Viet Nam era bumper sticker: YOUR LOCAL POLICE ARE ARMED AND DANGEROUS.

True then and more true now.

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From the article, quoting prosecutors on why they did not bring charges against these murderers:


… the force [the officers] applied was “consistent with their training.”


Yes, and THAT’S A FUCKING PROBLEM.

Cops are trained to ALWAYS escalate, ALWAYS top, ALWAYS enforce subjection.

Cops are not gods, cops are humans. They need to have their god status rescinded, and walk the Earth as any human.

And fuck all these weak horrible prosecutors everywhere who don’t have the guts to act on the obvious plain facts, but only act when pushed by a million outraged people. Fire them, and hire some actual humans to fill those roles too.

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In addition to the sadistic thugs who killed this innocent unarmed man, the
person who called the police simply because someone looked “suspicious”
also bears some responsibility…morally…for setting this tragedy in motion.

Just as with George Floyd, an unnecessary phone call to “law” enforcement
so often is the beginning of a horrible outcome. People need to stop and think
before making these phone calls. Have we as a people become so fearful of
our fellow human beings to the point at which any sign of a difference in looks,
dress, speech, skin color, or anything that makes us a little uneasy, means
we should sic the “law” on each other?

If so, then we are a very sick and pathetic society.

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Not desk jobs, broom jobs. Let them use their energy keeping the station and cars clean. No badge, no gun, no arrest powers.

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The only way to fix that is to get people out of their cars and off their smartphones. No cars, no phones. Public transportation, bicycle, or foot only. Force people to engage with one another or reveal their neurotic fears.

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This is beyond heartbreaking …that poor sweet young man…

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The murder and abuse - torture - of Elijah McCain is a great crime and the official cover-up yet another; add the “training” to view everyone as an object and enemy must end! . To have ANY cop with the utter lack of sensitivity and lack of basis - essential - humanity to see who and what is happening - who the person is in front of you - depraved indifference must not be tolerated any longer.

The actions and training to brutality and violence and killing as the norm, especially those defending such actions - destroys not only individuals, their families and the trust of the public, but our wider society and nation as a whole!

No Justice, NO Peace!

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A really deep and involved background investigation needs to happen before anyone becomes a police person. After their studies they need to be assigned to a day care center for an entire year—where they experience all kinds of human emotions and bizarre looking actions------and maybe then---- these wanna be police persons , after being able to handle the antics of little kids, MIGHT be able to understand human beings in a much more nuanced way.

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“Gov. Jared Polis announced he is appointing a special prosecutor to re-investigate and possibly prosecute those who killed McClain.” The word “Possibly” is Gov_speak for “Sorry, ain’t gonna happen.”

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Excellent thinking. Instead of having a pipeline for soldiers to become cops, there should be a preference for hiring from social service practitioners of various kinds - work that demands and rewards empathy.

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Seems much of this REFORM will need to be within the states, for now. No help from Mitch, no help from the criminal leadership.

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Yes that IS PART of the problem

This IS their training

The OTHER PART

Screw firing Prosecute for their Crime

Premeditated Murder

This is Gang Banging, and they go looking for it

And tell me, how does one kill a gentle soul like that unless you do it for fun

They like this murder and they go looking for victims to attack

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No, they should go to jail for murder when they kill innocent people.

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‘Cops are not gods, cops are humans. They need to have their god status rescinded, and walk the Earth as any human’

well said.

‘And fuck all these weak horrible prosecutors everywhere who don’t have the guts to act on the obvious plain facts, but only act when pushed by a million outraged people. Fire them, and hire some actual humans to fill those roles too.’

and while we’re at it, how about elect some actual humans into seats of high governance, who won’t support all the racism, corruption, and brutality.

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Yes, they should. Now: how to end the cop worship that lets them off?

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Try them for whatever kind of murder the evidence supports. Just like anybody else. Justly. If there are extenuating circumstances, take them into account, treat them justly, but if it turns out they murdered somebody send them to jail. If it is a hate crime motivated by racism, increase the sentence appropriately.

These murders of people for being black HAVE TO STOP.

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Speaking of “suspicious” appearances, it does look like Roedema, Woodyard, and Rosenblatt could all be siblings.

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