January 21, 2016
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Are Cops Constitutional? by Roger Roots

Below, you will find the PDF and audiobook version of “Are Cops Constitutional?” by Roger Roots. All credit for the whitepaper goes to Roots and the audiobook was done by Shane Radliff.

This is being published in preparation for this Sunday’s broadcast of Liberty Under Attack Radio. In this installment of the direct action series, we will be speaking with Commander Brown from the Threat Management Center, and will spend the remainder of the show discussing private security and the dangers of monopoly policing.


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Part 2 of 2 (~40 minutes)

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Shane is the founder of Liberty Under Attack Radio, The Vonu Podcast, and LUA Publications, an independent publishing company. He has been a guest on many podcasts and radio shows and his work has appeared on sites all over the alternative media. When he's not producing content (which isn't often), he enjoys riding four wheelers, reading, and drumming.

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  1. anarchyst
    anarchyst September 05, 21:08
    If anything, police should be held to a higher standard than that of the public…As it stands now, police can commit crimes with impunity because, in most situations, they investigate themselves…Behavior that would get an ordinary citizen charged, convicted and incarcerated is routinely ignored by “the powers that be” because police are considered to be “above the law” as the “law” is whatever they say it is, the Constitution be damned… Ever notice that police unions are “fraternal”? This should tell you something. The “thin-blue-line” is a gang, little different than street gangs–at least when it comes to “covering-up” their questionable and quite often, illegal and criminal behavior. In today’s day and age, “officer safety” trumps de-escalation of force. This, in part, is due to the militarization of the police along with training in Israeli police tactics. This becomes a problem, with the “us vs. them” attitude that is fosters, along with the fact that Israel is a very different place, being on a constant “war footing”, its police tactics are very different. There are too many instances of police being “given a pass”, even when incontrovertible video and audio evidence is presented. Grand juries, guided by police-friendly prosecutors, quite often refuse to charge those police officers who abuse their authority. Police officers, who want to do the right thing, are quite often marginalized and put into harms way, by their own brethren…When a police officer is beating on someone that is already restrained while yelling, “stop resisting” THAT is but one reason police have a “bad name” in many instances…this makes the “good cops” who are standing around, witnessing their “brethren in blue” beating on a restrained suspect, culpable as well… Here are changes that can help reduce police-induced violence: 1. Get rid of police unions. Police unions (fraternities) protect the guilty, and are responsible for the massive whitewashing of questionable police behavior that is presently being committed. 2. Eliminate both “absolute” and “qualified” immunity for all public officials. This includes, prosecutors and judges, police and firefighters, code enforcement and child protective services officials, and others who deal with the citizenry. The threat of being sued personally would encourage them to behave themselves. Require police officers to be “bonded” by an insurance company, with their own funds. No bond= no job. 3. Any public funds disbursed to citizens as a result of police misconduct should come out of police pension funds–NOT from the taxpayers. 4. Regular drug-testing of police officers as well as incident-based drug testing should take place whenever an officer is involved in a violent situation with a citizen–no exceptions. 5. Testing for steroid use should be a part of the drug testing program. You know damn well, many police officers “bulk up” with the “help” of steroids. Steroids also affect users mentally as well, making them more aggressive. The potential for abuse of citizens increases greatly with steroid use. 6. Internal affairs should only be used for disagreements between individual officers–NOT for investigations involving citizen abuse. State-level investigations should be mandatory for all suspected abuses involving citizens. 7. Prosecutors should be charged with malfeasance IF any evidence implicating police officer misconduct is not presented to the grand jury. 8. A national or state-by-state database of abusive individuals who should NEVER be allowed to perform police work should be established–a “blacklist” of abusive (former) police officers. 9. Most people are unaware that police have special “rules” that prohibit them from being questioned for 48 hours. This allows them to “get their stories straight” and makes it easier to “cover up” bad police behavior. Police must be subject to the same laws as civilians. 10. All police should be required to wear bodycams and utilize dashcams that cannot be turned off. Any police officers who causes a dash or body cam to be turned off should be summarily fired–no excuses. Today’s body and dash cams are reliable enough to withstand harsh treatment. Body and dashcam footage should be uploaded to a public channel “on the cloud” for public perusal. 11. All interrogations must be video and audio recorded. Police should be prohibited from lying or fabricating stories in order to get suspects to confess. False confessions ARE a problem in many departments. Unknown to most people, police can lie with impunity while civilians can be charged with lying to police…fair? I think not… 12. Any legislation passed that restricts the rights of ordinary citizens, such as firearms magazine capacity limits, types of weapons allowed, or restrictive concealed-carry laws should apply equally to police. No special exemptions to be given to police. Laws must be equally applied. 13 "Asset forfeiture" is a form of "legalized robbery under color of law" and must be abolished. We must return to Constitutional principles when it comes to "crimefighting". The so-called "war on drugs" is actually a "war on the citizenry" and has had an extremely corrosive effect on the Constitutional principles that our country is (supposed to be) founded on. 14. "No-knock" raids must be abolished as they put both police and (especially citizens) in harms way. Even the Nazis "knocked on the door" before gaining entry. 15. SWAT teams must be reigned in on their "dynamic entry techniques". Smashing everything in sight, while claiming that it is due to an "adrenaline rush" is NEVER necessary. Destruction of property is NEVER necessary. Police work is not inherently dangerous…there are many other professions that are much more dangerous. A little “Andy Taylor” could go a long way in allaying fears that citizens have of police. That being said, I have no problem with police officers who do their job in a fair, conscientious manner…however, it is time to call to task those police officers who only “protect and serve” themselves.
    • Liberty Under Attack
      Liberty Under Attack Author September 05, 21:41
      Anarchyst,
      The fact that "anarchy" is in your username and you spent an exorbitant amount of time laying out your centrally planned 15 point manifesto for "reforming" the police concerns me greatly (it's also definitely not encouraging me to engage you in a serious conversation, because it shows me you're not serious). That would be akin to an atheist attempting (and desiring to) lay out a new version of The Ten Commandments for Christians to follow.

      All bludgies are bad and reformism is a lost cause.

      I don't think you read/listened, but thanks for visiting anyways.

      Laissez-faire, Shane
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