Teen Shooting Underscores Soaring Police Violence Trend

KINGSTON, NY, 13 August — The tragic shooting death of an unarmed African-American teen by a policeman in a St. Louis suburb has escalated into national outrage over what is being viewed as a racial incident, fueled by an apparent history of racial tensions between the largely African-American community and local police.

“Hands up, don’t shoot” has become the rally cry of protesters. Even President Barack Obama weighed in. “We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.”

Lost in all the reporting is the backdrop of the larger trend line consuming the nation: Police violence against citizens is soaring.[amazon asin=0986036293&template=*lrc ad (right)]

The summer edition of the Trends Journal, in an analysis by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Police Violence Against The Public Soars, outlined numerous incidents in which police officers showed no restraint in engaging citizens in the routine performance of their duties.

“In Miami, 23 police officers fired 377 bullets, literally blowing away two men trapped inside a wrecked car,” we reported in the Trends Journal. “The police were under no threat whatsoever… In Cornelia, Georgia, a SWAT team made a no-knock entry at 3 a.m. and threw a concussion grenade into a baby’s crib. The grenade blew up in the baby’s face, leaving him disfigured, unable to breathe without a ventilator… According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the raid produced no drugs, no weapons, no bundles of cash, and no suspected drug dealer. It was just another of the thousands of mistakes routinely made by SWAT goons who put American citizens at risk every time they break unannounced into a home.”

The examples of these violent acts against the public are growing rapidly. Simply acts, such as serving a summons or routine traffic stops, are turning unnecessarily violent and fatal in many cases.[amazon asin=0990463109&template=*lrc ad (right)]

Want a more recent example? In Staten Island this summer, the attempted arrest of a man being accused of illegally selling cigarettes resulted in his death after a police office apparently put him in a choke-hold. It was yet another horrifying example of a senseless death at the hands of those entrusted to protect us.

We forecast this trend would intensify and it is doing just that. And with no credible, objective national mechanism to track these incidents, it’s virtually impossible to fully understand the depth of the issue.

Under the guise of keeping us safe from terrorism, far too many police departments are fulfilling our dire forecast (Cops Gone Wild – Trendpost): “… we repeatedly warned that the sheer scope of military might now in the hands of police departments across the country would embolden abuses not only in high-profile circumstances, but in generally innocuous circumstances, pitting innocent citizens against trigger-happy police thugs.

“Make no mistake about it, the line between soldier and cop is disappearing — and disappearing fast. Police and military are quickly becoming the same.”