Why all American should beware of the police

Many posts discussed police violence against the underclass and mentally ill. But in New America all Americans (except the rich) should be wary of the police. This post from the archives (updated and expanded) explains why. Read it. The life you save…

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Summary: Today’s post is a change of focus. Instead of discussing the evolution of the-America-that-once-was into New America (#NewAmerica), let’s talk about how to cope in it. For example, what should you do when questioned by the police? You have identified yourself, and now the questions begin…

Clombo, played by Peter Falk
Real police are not like Detective Colombo.

Contents

  1. Don’t talk without an attorney present.
  2. Fear police interrogations
  3. We’ve vulnerable because we’re all criminals.
  4. Fear the security services.
  5. A historical note.
  6. For More Information.
  7. Hollywood teaches us to love the security services.

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(1)  Don’t talk without an attorney present

The evolution of the-America-that-once-was into New America has changed almost every aspect of our society. But one aspect more than most. “Law enforcement” agencies have become the security services; less responsive to the public, serving shadowy masters, larger and better funded, more focused on political concerns than crime, far better armed, and more willing (even eager) to use force.

Here is some advice on dealing with them, a presentation by James Duane (professor at Regent Law School and former defense attorney) explaining why you should never agree to be interviewed by the police in a criminal matter without your attorney present (transcript here):

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