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John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY MARGARET REGAN IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

“These are the shocking new powers police will have under Trump’s immigration measures” 

Sorry, but this author doesn’t know what she is writing about.

Police powers in the United States are, and have long been, frightening and extreme. That is nothing new.

Police kill about 1,100 people in the streets every year, plus wound many others, and there are almost no consequences for any of them, including those who shoot people in the back.

American police also ruthlessly employ RICO laws (anti-organized crime laws) to seize people’s personal effects, even when they are not the products of criminal activity. And they often do not return them.

They also routinely send in the armored guys in black suits to break down people’s front doors, sometimes in the middle of the night, ordering everyone to hit the floor and leaving them terrified. They do this sometimes on a mere malicious false tip about drugs. There’s even a word for doing this to someone as a dirty joke. It is called “swatting.”

Wake up to the fact that America is an extremely brutal place. I grew up there. I know.

That’s why the country is hyped and ready, at any time, to start some new killing abroad. Americans think nothing of it.

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