Unlike many Americans, I am not a great pro-gun person. I don’t oppose private gun ownership. On the contrary, it is the guns in the hands of the state and criminals that worries me, and these forces are far more dangerous than armed civilians, as this case well shows:
“Philip Mitchell Brailsford, 27, a former Arizona police officer, was acquitted on Thursday of a murder charge in the 2016 fatal shooting of Daniel Shaver outside his hotel room. The body cam footage of the killing is very unsettling and shows Brailsford ordering a slightly inebriated and very distressed Shaver to exit his hotel room, lay face-down in a hallway and refrain from making sudden movements – under threat of being shot if he failed to comply. Brailsford’s panicked conduct in the footage is erratic. He issues a hail of sometimes conflicting instructions, i.e. for Shaver to raise his hands and also to crawl along the ground. Throughout, Shaver sobs as he begs police not to shoot, and displays obvious confusion at some of the conflicting commands he is asked to comply with. As Shaver reaches down to pull up his falling shorts, a panicked and aggressive Brailsford fires several shots into Shaver’s prone frame, killing him almost instantly.
I’ve always felt that modern policing attracts the worst possible recruits, and is a breeding ground for narcissists and government lapdogs. Even the worst behavior of Black cop-baiters, in protesting at the alleged ‘institutional racism’ of police departments, has never convinced me to fully side with the police. For those with any sense of lingering attachment to the boys in blue, Charlottesville should have been a wake-up call in terms of police co-operation with the government agenda. Yes, some officers may be on board with our ideas, but as a corporate entity “The Police” are a major part of the problem — they are ground zero for the enforcement of the corrupt laws that silence dissent and pave the way for our destruction. Brailsford was ultimately just another conformist cretin, consumed by narcissism, riddled with cowardice, and content to take a paycheck in exchange for being the government’s willing executioner. Protect and Serve? More like “Protect yourself and Serve the State.”