Why Did Police Shoot This Young Man? Well, The Officer Said He Just Didn't Have Time To Deal With Him
Do you have a troublesome family member with a mental illness you'd like to get rid of? Just call the police, the police departments in the USA are offering permanent removal of troublesome mentally ill persons, and it only costs the tax payers one bullet! Get rid of the mentally ill today by calling police!
Of course the above is ridiculous; but weekly or at least monthly I read that somewhere nationally someone calls the police for a family member having an episode due to mental illness, and the person winds up dead. It's therefor and increasingly obvious, police officers are the single LAST persons someone should ever call for assistance in dealing with a mentally ill person. Police aren't here to serve and protect, not you, not anyone in your community save the very wealthy who own stock in corporations which pay lobbyists and who donate to lawmakers campaigns.
Sadly, the case of Keith Vidal who was only shot in Boiling Springs Lakes, North Carolina for an officer simply not having time to deal with the issue, isn't even remotely the worst or most callous case out there. It's just another typical case of police killing a mentally ill person. Vidal had been having a schizophrenic episode, his mother called police for assistance, and they assisted the hell out of Vidal. They served and protected him in a pretty final sort of way. If this is the way police are trained to deal with the mentally ill, it's a very healthy fear to then hold the police in regard as little more than a paramilitary force subjugating the community, or even just a rogue street gang.
Kelly Thomas After Being Served And Protected By Police
We can at least be thankful young and troubled Keith Vidal didn't get served or protected as well as Kelly Thomas did, he wasn't beaten to death, he only was shot to death for a police officer not having the time to deal with it. One has to wonder if Vidal was more mentally ill, or was the police officer who shot him the one who was more mentally ill. Vidal was only suffering from schizophrenia, whereas the officer who murdered him in cold blood was clearly a sociopath, and a far more dangerous member of that North Carolina community. Luckily, it seems the Vidal case is going to become a big deal in the area, and maybe it will result in a criminal conviction, and even one for murder.
To the shame and horror of everyone on planet Earth, after beating Kelly Thomas to death, all three officers involved pleaded "not guilty," so they're not just murderers, but remorseless ones as well. Sure, they aren't police officers any more, but yet they're the none of them are on death row either, and isn't that where they clearly belong? The real issue here is this: How are such sociopathic men being hired and trained as police officers, and how is it these men are so poorly equipped to deal with mentally ill persons minding their own business, or perhaps suffering a mentally ill episode? Thomas' last words were him crying out for the protection of his father in a child like state, but those hired to serve and protect him just kept beating him for their own pleasure.
Police On Capital Hill After Shooting A Confused Woman, The Mass Media Would Report The Mentally Ill Woman As A "Terrorist."
Another of the high profile shootings of a mentally ill person of late occurred at Capital Hill. Not funny at all was how the law enforcement agency described the incident as related to "terrorism." Did you catch that? Being mentally ill is the same as being a "terrorist." So now the precedent is set, the war on terror is the war on the mentally ill, and now law enforcement officers are eugenics Nazis; but our government is being a bit subtle about that.
Of course the woman police shot and initially reported as a "terrorist" was completely unarmed. She was also very confused. Are our streets safer without her on them? Well probably, but if killing someone and calling them a "terrorist" is the way business is going to be done, then anyone who is a tax payer has the right and the duty to stand up and shout, to scream, and to DEMAND their hard earned money is not spent towards the shooting of unarmed confused women, and furthermore, we the people have a duty to either boycott mass media outlets involved in such ridiculous fear mongering, or to DEMAND they speak credibly or not at all.
Things are looking very bleak in police culture these days, they're more violent and less accountable than possibly ever before, and they're armed with military grade weapons which our taxes bought for them, and don't those weapons affect the psychological states of mind of those in possession of them? Possibly so.
Deadly Force Isn't Going To Cut It - It's Up To Us All To FORCE Police Departments To Be Accountable In Dealing With The Mentally Ill
In 2011 there were five separate instances of police in the state of Main shooting mentally ill persons. One must admit shooting the mentally ill is, in fact, less time consuming than actually serving or protecting them, and if you can swing a nice paid vacation from the ensuing investigation, well, that can be nice. It helps if you're also a sociopath, of course, but we're talking modern American police here, it seems to nearly be a requirement in some places. It's come down to this, police agencies across the USA have lost the trust of the people in their respective communities, and there is only one way to get it back, and that is through a total paradigm shift. I'm told at present there are "a few" times each week when a person struggling with mental illness is murdered by police officers in the USA. I do not doubt this. In my home state of Texas police even shot a man in a wheelchair. He was, of course, armed...with a fountain pen. I'm certain the officer's life was in danger, but he sure took care of that, did he not? Nevermind the fact the man was a double amputee...the officer was scared, and apparently, responded just how he or she was trained to respond, and that, my friends, is the problem.
There is a real feeling that a lot of these cases are really just executions. The police have seemingly been trained to execute "undesirables" in our culture. First they came for the homeless and mentally ill, but I was not homeless and mentally ill, so I did nothing - you know how it goes. The thing is, these persons executed by police are our very brothers and sisters. The man walking across the street whittling a piece of wood with a pocket knife may have not looked like Joe Corporate America, and he wasn't, therefore he was "undesirable," and police executed him in cold blood. The officer involved in the murder, the execution of the man said, "he wasn't a safe person to have around." Can you believe it? Police are going to serve us and protect us so well they're now GOD himself, choosing who is or isn't safe to have around.
There is just a small bit of hope here though, the National Alliance on Mental Health is now working with the University of Memphis Crisis Training Program within the law enforcement community for providing what is called "Crisis Intervention Training." What's NOT cool is nothing like this is mandatory in any police training anywhere. Friends, it is up to each and every one of us to DEMAND that all officers in our community be held accountable for violent behavior, and just maybe this crisis training will help, but we've got to demand that in our community it be mandatory for police personell. Thanks for reading. The mentally ill are not heavy, they're our brothers and sisters.
The Last Words Of Kelly Thomas As Police Officers Beat Him To Death With Their Fists
Four University Place, Washington Police Murder Ron Hillstrom
It was a murder, plain and simple, and many eye witnesses testify to the fact of it. Ron Hillstrom, another mentally ill man, was walking around in circles, talking to himself. Ron even made the mistake of asking someone to call the police, a mistake that would end his life. He was walking in circles in the parking lot of an apartment complex, talking about someone having set him up. It was plain he was having some sort of psychotic episode, he was a mentally ill man.
What happened when the police showed up? Well, they murdered him. Four thugs with badges hit him with tasers at the same time, can you imagine that? Four tasers hit the man at once, but that didn't kill him, so they beat him to death, and it's all on film. Ron Hillstrom was reaching out for help, begging for help, but the police came and murdered him. It was a murder, every eye witness states Ron never threatened police, but police, as always after a murder, claim he'd threatened them. It's such an easy excuse to use to murder, but worse still, it seems increasingly plain in the USA police ENJOY murdering mentally ill citizens.
The question then is obvious, is it not? Who is really mentally ill? I suppose it's both the murdered persons, AND the police. It is the police hired in the USA, defended by the courts, payed via citizens tax dollars who are VIOLENTLY mentally ill. The courts can not be counted on to do anything about any of it. It is up to We The People, and the use of the second amendment in such situations to serve and to protect against violent police, is what we are going to have to employee.