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Monday, August 10, 2009

The Police State

Jesus fucking J.H. Christ and his Black brother Harry. Is this what it's come to? Body-slamming frail, elderly grannies with dementia in the interests of "protecting and serving?"

Who the fuck, just who the fuck are the cops "protecting" when they slam this poor old lady to the ground and leave her bleeding? Like being old and disoriented isn't bad enough?



I thought the last time the cops engaged in a little granny-bashing was, truly, the last time I'd hear about this. But these motherfuckers — hey, that lady cop has got to outweigh the victim by a good 100 lb., at least.

Your friendly local Cat has had to disarm knife-wielding persons before. It happens sometimes in the course of an argument that an overly-excited person picks up something that they think will help them, um, forcefully drive their point, as it were, home. If you're younger and stronger than the other person, you can get the weapon away from them pretty easily. You do risk getting cut, of course, and you might lose a little blood. But, you know, if you're, like, arguing with grandma, it's no big deal to step behind the old lady, grab her wrist, and twist it till she drops the knife. Unless she has a black belt in some martial art, she's not gonna be able to fight back.

So why these fucking proto-fascists felt the need to body-slam Grammy is completely fucking beyond me, OK?

Here's the facts of the case, as reported by Raw Story:
  • The lady in this disgusting video evidence of police brutality is one Virginia Dodson of Whitehall, Ohio;

  • Ms. Dodson is 84 years old and suffers from Alzheimer's Disease;

  • Her daughter, who is her primary caregiver, was running an errand at the local Mall*Wart, and took Mom with her (probably because there is no alternate caregiver, or one wasn't available right then);

  • Understandably, the daughter didn't want to take her into the store, so left her buckled into her seat in the car;

  • At some point, poor disoriented Ms. Dodson lost track of why exactly she was all alone in a car, strapped into her seat, and panicked. She cut the strap with a steak knife she found in the car and exited the car, knife in hand, calling her daughter's name.

  • Thanks to the police, she now has stitches closing the wound in the back of her head, and possibly a broken hand.
Now, some people are all, incensed, screaming, hey, the cops had to take her down 'cause, you know, she had a knife and she threatened some kid, and like that.

OK, you dumb motherfuckers, you wanna live in a police state, move to fucking Afghanistan or where-the-fuck-ever. And ask yourself how you'd feel if that was your Grandma the cops were bashing around. Or you, your very own precious self, some 40 or 60 years from now when you can no longer remember your name or how to wipe your own fucking ass. And don't forget to meditate on the fact that any kid that can't outrun an 84-year-old frail elderly woman who walks with a cane is gonna get Darwinized sooner or later.

Other people are claiming Ms. Dodson's daughter is responsible for this unholy mess because she "neglected" her mom. You lot, form a line to the right. The trucks will be coming any minute now to schlep you off to the local senior home or nursing home or any other place with a high proportion of physically and/or mentally disabled people. You're sentenced to do caretaker duty for them until you figure out just how difficult it is to look after someone with that particular combination of disabilities.

What does this story teach us, boyz'ngirlz?
  • One, somebody is putting something truly sinister in the drinking water in Ohio. Either that or the whole fucking state is in the nth degree of crayzee natural-born fucking fascist loons. Maybe we should send all the other loonies there and build high concrete walls around the state. Eh?

  • Two, Our care of the elderly, especially the elderly with mental disabilities, is fucking appalling. Why is Ms. Dodson's daughter forced to schlep Mom around and lock her in a car while she does the grocery shopping? Why don't we have daycare for the elderly and mentally disabled?

  • Three, The police forces in this country desperately need new, better policy positions. One of the first things I'd like to see is the removal of those glorified cattle prods known as Tasers.

    And yes, I'm well aware of the fact that most cops lose their lives when intervening in domestic violence situations.
Is respect for the human rights enshrined in the Constitution too much to ask of our police? Because if it is, we need to scrap the existing police force and recreate it from the ground up.

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4 Comments:

At 1:57 PM, Blogger One Fly said...

Disgusting! Yes there needs to be new policy's but they won't ever do that.

The other thing is that these people with the badges and the guns including the military would turn on us in a second with most of them not thinking twice about it.

The pile of shit we've been standing in is above our chin now.

 
At 11:01 PM, Blogger Sandy-LA 90034 said...

I had hoped the Obama administration would herald more rational times. I see we're still stuck down in the rabbit hole.

We live in interesting times that I never thought I'd see in my lifetime.

 
At 4:12 AM, Blogger Peruby said...

That is some pretty scary stuff, there. I can hear the cop now "She looked like a meth addict!"

Very, very sad.

 
At 10:20 PM, Blogger ThePoliticalCat said...

Hey, OneFly! Thanks for the mental picture! (digs desperately for Brain Bleach(tm)).

Hey, Sandy! Take heart, this happened in Ohio where Teh Crazy is in the air, the water, and everybody's bloodstream. Things ARE getting (slowly) a tad more civilized in other parts of the nation, thank goodness.

Hey, Peruby. As I said to Sandy, this happened in Ohio, where even petite white, blonde, middle-class ladies are not immune from having the cops beat their ass for no reason that makes sense to the sane, see, for example, Hope Steffey.

 

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