Some of you have no doubt heard of Kelly Thomas. Others no doubt have not.
Kelly Thomas was a homeless man, suffering from schizophrenia, living on the street in Fullerton, California. In 2011, 6 members of the Fullerton Police Department beat him to death in the middle of the street, in front of witnesses. The beating is captured on video.
A few days ago those officers were acquitted of all charges. Thus setting a legal precedent. That being that it is lawful for a police officer to exercise his discretion to deprive you of your life, without cause and without penalty, at any time of his choosing.
This man was tasered repeatedly, beaten, and eventually suffocated by 6 cops.
Why should you care? Because the same thing can happen to you.
On some dark road, pulled over for speeding. In some midnight “no knock” raid where the police have the wrong address. Or even, as in Kelly’s case, in the middle of the street with people standing around watching.
The police no longer exist to serve and protect. Their job now is to cow the public, keep people in line, and maintain order. Because a police state requires order. And if, at any time during your beating you raise your hands to defend yourself or ward off a blow, you will be charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.
The vast majority of the public being uninformed that the law explicitly acknowledges your right to lawfully resist an unlawful arrest, and to defend yourself, with deadly force if need be, from an assault, even if it is being committed by a cop.
What happened to Kelly Thomas is more important than your job. it’s more important than your favorite tv show, or who will be in the Superbowl. It’s more important than your house being foreclosed on or your car being repo’d. It’s more important than anything going on in your life right now. Why? Because it represents a shift in the relation of the government (and it’s agents) to the populace. It changes you from a free citizen to a slave. You are subject to taking a beating, at the whim of the master, at any time of his choosing.
And you really need to stop and understand the next time you are thinking about calling the cops because your son is misbehaving, or your neighbor is drunk and out on his lawn in his underwear, or you believe a burglar may be snooping around your house…that when those police show up there is a very real possibility that someone will wind up dead or horribly wounded. And that someone may be you.
Just ask the couple who called the police because their son was acting out. Three cops showed up. Two held him down and the third one shot him at point-blank range.
That could have been you…and your son.