Over at the Daily Kos is a video of a woman being arrested Austin for jaywalking and for being without a license. The girl was just out for a jog. I’m not surprised that this happened here based on things I’ve seen the police in Austin do. Is anyone surprised anywhere when cops treat citizens in such a manner? This is not to say that all cops are bad. But some of them are, and when they are they should be held accountable for their behavior. They should be held to a higher standard than the rest of us due to the power that they hold over people’s lives.
I’ve been paying attention to the Quentin Tarantino ordeal, where police are saying they are going to boycott his movies because he demonstrated with Black Lives Matter. The police even say that they have a “surprise” for Tarantino. When an organization that is supposed to protect and serve the public, that has power unequally stacked on its side, responds to criticism through threats and intimidation, they must know that the facts are not on their side. Otherwise what are they so afraid of? If Tarantino was making things up, wouldn’t it be better to just ignore him?
Our police have become increasingly militarized. There is ample evidence for this. We should all be deeply disturbed by this trend.