Tuesday, August 13, 2013

“Get on the fucking ground! Get down, get down!”


SWAT-Team Nation

The moment the assault rifles surrounded her, Angie Wong was standing in a leafy art-gallery courtyard with her boyfriend, a lawyer named Paul Kaiser. It was just past 2 A.M., in May, 2008. Wong was twenty-two years old and was dressed for an evening out, in crisp white jeans, a white top, and tall heels that made it difficult not to wobble. The couple had stopped by a regular event hosted by the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID), a red brick gallery with the aim of “turning Detroit into a model city,” and arrived to find a tipsy, jubilant scene: inside, gallerygoers were looking at art and dancing to a d.j.; outside, on the patio, several young women were goofily belting out the lyrics to “Hakuna Matata,” from “The Lion King”.

Only then did masked figures with guns storm the crowd, shouting, “"Get on the fucking ground! Get down, get down!"” (I document the basic details of what happened in my story, in this week’s magazine, about the police’s use and abuse of civil-asset-forfeiture laws.) Some forty Detroit police officers dressed in commando gear ordered the gallery attendees to line up on their knees, then took their car keys and confiscated their vehicles, largely on the grounds that the gallery lacked the proper permits for dancing and drinking. (More than forty cars were seized, and owners paid around a thousand dollars each to get them back.) “I was so scared,” Wong told me. At first, she thought the raid was an armed robbery. “Out of the corner of my eye, I could see Paul getting kicked in the face.” In the dimly lit security footage, the scene looks like something out of a thriller about Navy SEALs. Paul said, “I was scared for my life.”

In 1972, America conducted only a few hundred paramilitary drug raids a year, according to Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” By the early nineteen-eighties, there were three thousand a year; by 2001, Alexander notes, the annual count had skyrocketed to forty thousand. Today, even that number seems impossibly low; with one annual count of combat-style home raids hovers around eighty thousand.
Life in America, not much different from life in the former USSR, back in the 1920's and 1930's, when Bolshevik Jew led death squads would kick down doors, enter and start beating people, taking some away for torture and machine-gunning the rest.

That would of continued into the 1940's, except 'Papa Joe' Stalin needed those bodies to fight in WWII.

If I had been at that function, I hope to have asked a basic question of the goon squad: "Do you have a warrant?" The reply initially would be again, " “Get on the fucking ground! Get down, get down!" To which I would have replied again, "Do you have a......"
They would have never let me finish the sentence, their only reply would be with a fusillade of bullets to my chest, killing me on the spot.

Was this really necessary to threaten, harass and intimidate people who had gathered to celebrate the arts, but were lacking a permit from the city that would have given them permission to dance and gaze at artwork?

This was back in 2008, when proud Detroit citizens were trying to turn their home into a model city. Wonder what the shithead cops feel like now that their tactics helped drive away some of those same citizens that might of helped Detroit avert financial disaster?
Instead, Detroit is heading into bankruptcy and those psychotic cops pensions will be stolen and their jobs lost.

Refusal To Put Child On Psych Drugs Results In Detroit Swat Teams & a TANK.

Here's your rights, are you brave enough to use and protect them?

What makes a police officer powerless? When citizens know their rights!

Police officers hate to hear these words:

"Am I free to go?"

"I'm going to remain silent."

"I don't consent to a search."

You have rights at traffic stop or during any encounter with a police officer. Learn what your rights are and use them!
Detroit police kill seven-year old

3 comments:

  1. As much as I don't like it, there is only one way to get those cops by the balls cancel their tax payer funded pensions. Make them fear for their future, maybe they are going to start thinking about getting a decent job. Wishful thinking on my part!

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  2. The pensions will be voided, all to prop up gangster banks.

    Let's see how they like that, giving up their future to support those who they've been protecting.

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  3. No kidding, choose your affiliations wisely. But I think they have been severely brainwashed and trained to the max to do the wrong thing.

    We used to have a traffic cop in town, before traffic lights, ha, ha, who literally did a two-step in the middle of an intersection, directing the flow of vehicles.

    That guy was respected. What happened to the rest of them?

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