Digby is Being Naive
This is another edition of What Digby Said but with modifications. I love her work like everyone else, but I smell a little middle class privilege here. Bottom line: if they want to, the cops will kill you, for no reason, because they can. Digby is basically saying "don't resist; your life is at stake if you do" and she's not wrong. But I had to add this comment:
even being completely passive isn't enough. just so you know. have you ever heard of the needle trick cops do sometimes? here's how it works. some sadistic (racist/homophobic) cop really, really wants to put the beat down on you. he lives for that shit, and he hates dirty fucking hippies/niggers/eco activists/whatever with a roid-driven passion second only to his love of gay bathhouses and leatherbars. so one day, you're walking down the street, and duly pissing him off, so he decides to arrest you. you recognize that there's little you can do to resist, so you don't, but that's not enough for him; he *needs* to beat something down, right now. so after you've sank to your knees, laid on the ground, and put your hands behind you, this is what happens. as he cuffs you, he takes a needle hidden between his fingers, and pokes you in the finger with it. obviously, most of us would react, physically and vocally. but because the camera on his cruiser won't record something as small as a needle, and up to this point he's been all official and correct, it looks like *you* were the one resisting arrest. he gets to whip out the taser, the baton, his partner gets in on the fun... it can go on and on, until you're dead, even.
i'm a fan of peaceful resistance. but the other side does play dirty, and they don't need an excuse to tase people. they do it whenever they want, including when they just don't like the look of your face.
Maybe it's because I lived in Chicago, where policing is the New Wild West and even black folk can get in on it. Maybe it's because the greatest fear of being raped (but not actually being raped) I've ever experienced in my life came one late night in Chicago in which two police officers "escorted" me home as I walked from a friend's house to mine and they followed me in their police car, continually asking me questions about whether I was alone or not and if anyone knew I was out this late (and in these clothes). Maybe it's because a Latina woman I worked with was once tossed into the back of a squad car in broad daylight by a cop, who brutally crushed her with his body and whispered into her ear, "Bitch, I can rape you right here and now and no one will stop me." Maybe it's because of the cops I've seen at the scarier parties related to IML. I can go on. Yes, there are "good cops." No, they are not a majority of our Security Services right now. I'm sorry, but they aren't. Or rather, if they are, they are like moderate Democrats. Totally unwilling or unable to do anything about the neofacists in their own party, and mewling about how we should all just look the other way and "not blame all for a few bad apples."
I guess it's helpful to be brown or black or queer or a liberal activist, as one attempts to understand what our Security State really means. Corrente, tell us about your experiences with The Law and its upstanding representatives. Don't be afraid. Which is to say, when they want to come for you, they will, and there is nothing you can to do stop that. It's likely a lot of us will end up in a jail cell or camp or something like that before this is all done, so be brave. Help convince nice, sweet moderates like Digby that it's much, much worse than she understands, or is likely to until it's too late. Hookers and Blow cop stories are also appreciated; I'll tell you about some cop/firefighter/leather parties I've attended, and the debauchery therein. H&H do the work so I don't have to; if you haven't read this series, I invite you to make a lot of time for it.