Last week Americans witnessed the murder of two NYPD officers by a man claiming to be retaliating for the death of Eric Garner.

Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley, 28, walked up behind two unsuspecting police officers, sitting in their patrol car and shot and killed them.

These apparently unprovoked attacks on individuals who were not directly involved in threatening the life of the shooter are a hindrance to the progression of liberty and police accountability.

Random acts of violence will only serve to undo what little progress those of us in the peaceful movement have accomplished and in fact will reverse it and prevent any future progress.

It is already happening.

The New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association has declared the NYPD will “become a ‘wartime’ police department and “will act accordingly” following the execution-style shooting of two of cops in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Violently attacking the government creates victims out of the ones we are trying to expose as criminals.

Those who initiate and support such violence will be complicit in creating the hellish police state that will inevitably ensue as a consequence of their actions.

We can simply look back to 9-11 as an example of what is to come if this violence continues.

Prior to 9-11 the TSA did not exist, indefinite detention did not exist, the NSA did not spy on American citizens, the police weren’t given armored assault vehicles, and Americans could not be assassinated without trial.

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If these acts of aggressive violence against the state continue, we can expect to see what little civil liberties are left to be whisked away in the name of protection from the ‘domestic terror threat.’

We can expect to see peaceful activists rounded up and detained indefinitely. We can expect to see homes raided of individuals who are speaking out against the state. We will see more and more checkpoints, and less and less unmolested travel.

If you think that the American people can somehow win in a war against the military industrial complex that the US has built up in the last decade and a half, you are seriously delusional.

Your AR-15 will do nothing against thermal imaging predator drones equipped with Raytheon’s small tactical munitions designed for blowing up single homes. They will not stop the MRAP as it plows through your front door. No matter how you slice it, the most well-armed American citizen, is no match for the hundreds of billions spent annually by the US on warfare.

No, this battle will not be won with weaponry as the US spends more annually on defense than the next 13 largest militaries in the world, combined.

Also the above scenarios don’t take into account the public’s support. If a group of people rise up and claim to be freedom fighters and they do not have the support of the citizens, well, that “revolution,” was over before it started.

If anyone thinks that killing cops and/or praising the death of innocent people, will amass public opinion in their favor, again, they are seriously delusional. 

Even if a large group was able to get public support and engaged in a war against the government, imagine the horrid reality that would eventualize. The US would literally be a war zone and quickly languish into third world status.

As a former Marine, I know that before I woke up to this tyranny, I would have done anything my leaders told me, including initiating force against Americans; especially if there were an increase in prevalence of unprovoked violence against the state like we’ve seen in the last several days.

However, I also know first hand how people can change once presented with the information that frees them from their statist bonds. Most of these police officers are simply brainwashed into thinking they are doing the right thing. They just need to see their true reflection enough times to realize that they are not. It is up to you and I to provide this reflection.

That is why we must win the hearts and minds of the people within the state. We must expose as much of their violence and corruption as we can, for that is what garners support; not murder.

We must show that those of us who stand against this state corruption are the good guys. We are not some violent group of terrorists who are quick to don the pitchforks and torches and beg for blood.

Removal of due process, the initiation of violence, and abuse of power; these are tools of the state, not of the peaceful revolution.

Those who would take an innocent life to incite change are no different than the mass murdering sociopaths within the government.

‘But police are not innocent,’ some will say. What are statements such as that one, other than calls to remove due process and act as judge, jury, and executioner, just like the corrupt police?

Yes police uphold a system of immoral laws that lead to the harassment, kidnapping, and death of innocent people. But these are mere symptoms of a much larger problem.

The police state didn’t suddenly pop up overnight. It’s a product of society. More accurately, it’s a symptom, of a sick society, that we are all complicit in creating.

Our only means of changing this sick society, is changing ourselves. We have to remove our dependency upon a group of people who use violent coercion to achieve what they refer to as “order.” When enough of us do this, the police state becomes irrelevant.

To quote Butler Shaffer from his eye-opening book, The Wizards of Ozymandias, 

“We will not become free when the state goes away. Rather the state will go away once we are free.”

Taking an aspirin for a headache only masks the symptom of the headache, it does not eliminate the cause.

One cannot eliminate future headaches by constantly taking aspirin, in the same manner that one cannot change a violent state by acting within the rules of that state; violence will only be met with more violence and more support for the state.

We must show that policing society does not have to be like this. We must expose the faults of this archaic system of using violence to solve every problem that arises.

We must show that there are alternatives to this type of policing and these alternatives will eventually make the old system obsolete. This has already begun.

We are now witnessing the free market reacting to an incompetent and violent police state by creating alternative means of community security.

Apps like peacekeeper, which connects community members directly to each other to foster community interdependence by empowering community members to protect one another, are popping up as a reaction to police violence and corruption.

Organizations like the Threat Management Center in Detroit are popping up in response to police incompetence and negligence, and they are proving to be magnitudes more effective than actual police.

The new system is being built and it is quickly showing the obsolescence of the old.

But here is the kicker, all these alternatives go away as long as people keep initiating senseless violence. We can say goodbye to all these positive aspects of society reacting peacefully to the police state. Every act of senseless violence is a step backwards in the fight for freedom.

Do not mistake this as a call to pacifism. No one is advocating that you lay down and lick the boots of tyrants as they oppress you.

Self-defense is a natural right. This is why we see laws popping up like the one in Indiana that legalizes the shooting of police if they enter your home and pose an unjust threat to you and your family.

The actions that we are taking now like filming the police, photographing and documenting their corruption and standing up to their immoral rule, are the real catalysts of change; and again, they will all go away if the violence continues.

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This one photograph from Kent state, showing the murderous nature of the police state did more to incite change than any amount of violence could ever do.

The video of Eric Garner did not lead to the indictment of officer Pantaleo, but it set off a wave peaceful resistance like we’ve never seen. Sports figures, movie stars, news casters, and even law makers have rallied together to put an end to this senseless police brutality.

If you think that we are losing this battle, think again.

Police are frequently contacting The Free Thought Project and asking how they can help stop this ridiculous police state and we are working with them to find new ways. One of the ways is a fund that we’ve recently setup to help whistleblower officers.

There are organizations like LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) that are fighting the odds and standing up to their own peers and seeking peaceful change.

The Free Thought Project is in the process, right now, of organizing a worldwide day of peaceful resistance with many other organizations across the globe, to bring PEACE to the WAR on drugs and stop the reason for 99% of this harassment and brutality.

There are movements across the country which are forcing police departments to carry their own personal liability insurance. This would stop the unaccountable flow of tax payer dollars to pay for police misconduct, and hold the officers directly responsible for their actions.

We are winning and can beat these tyrants. But if people continue to stoop to the same level of senseless violence and removal of due process as them, we will not only lose, but guarantee that there will never be another opportunity to resist again.

 

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Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • crazytrain2

    This is an old article, but no one has posted on it yet? Odd, but I will respond anyway.

    I have been a Leo for fifteen years. I have been a training officer, a very proactive officer for the first seven years of my career, I was a defensive tactics instructor for ten years, a taser instructor for nine years, a sergeant for six year, and for the last year, a lieutenant and district commander for the south district of my city that has about 15,000 residents and some of the most active and violent areas of the city. I also have been, at times, a disgruntled and disillusioned officer, fed up with the city I worked for and the job.

    When I was at my most proactive, I worked the downtown and eastern portion of the downtown area, which was the most violent beat you could work in my city. I fought hard and studied hard to get promoted to be able to pick that beat, and after a string of execution style murders, I waged my own battle against the gang elements that sold crack and were responsible for those murders and shootings. I did all of that because I loved my job, I loved the action, I loved helping good people feel safe in a bad neighborhood, and I also did it because I wanted to work for the drug task force. I put in for that position, and even though I was told I was the front runner due to my work the previous few years, I did not get that assignment.

    Instead, it went to one of the laziest police officers I had ever worked with. He would ask me to take him to the 7-11 for coffee, and then he would not come out of the store. He stood in there bullshitting with the clerk and doing scratch-off lottery tickets and smoking cigarettes. He had “rules” that included not driving through the bad neighborhood at bar closing time, or during the last hour of the shift. He stated that driving past the bars during closing time “gave the gangsters an audience” and would thus act up, or during the last hour of the shift, we would likely get flagged down for a report or come across something that would end up getting us an arrest. So, you can see why I hit a stage where I was angry at my employer, and did not want to be proactive anymore.

    Shorty after that, I somehow did well enough on the sergeant test to pass up enough officers with at least twice as many or even three times as many points added on the test for years of service. So I became a sergeant. I had kids, which also greatly changed my view of the job. I no longer wanted to take unnecessary risks, be first through the door of a raid, or work the shittiest areas. As for the risk part, I had on two occasions, disarmed knife wielding suspects, taking a cut across my hand when I grabbed the knife of a guy trying to commit suicide, and another time, I tackled a guy swinging a machete. I have also been shot at. But with kids, those days were behind me.

    When I became a lieutenant, I became Mr community oriented police officer, and became very dedicated to cleaning up my district after a few murders and a dozen shootings. My district included that beat where I worked for five straight years.

    I lay down this history so that I can give a bit of background when I respond to police violence and violence against police, and what effect that has on an officer. First, whatever my assignment, beat, or rank- I always took great care to be professional. I rarely used force, and when I did, it was usually the least amount of force possible to get the subject under control. I did not curse at people very often, or raise my voice, as I felt that either were both unprofessional and if I had to yell, I felt like I lost control and had done something wrong. I had very few complaints, and when you got rid of the completely false and meritless complaints(I have had complaints filed on me when I was not even involved or working on the day in question, or had complaints filed in retaliation for making an arrest) I had even fewer complaints. Some of the complaints were warranted, though never anything serious-usually making a smart ass comment, which I would love to go into storytime mode as they are funny, but not right now.

    Anyway, after the Mike brown incident, the police profession changed. Rather than go into every incident in detail, I will say this: people were listening to, and having sympathy for, and staging protests, marches, etc for what I would describe as not the best citizens we have to offer. This phenomenon was aided by cell phone cameras and social media. Along with the protests, riots, and rapidly declining respect for law enforcement(some earned, some not), the country started to see unprovoked violence against police officers. Some would argue that the violence was warranted because unarmed so and so was shot by police, but I would counter that by stating that the officers that were murdered had absolutely nothing to do with the case in question. In some cases, police officers were being murdered in completely different states than the person the shooter claimed to be getting revenge for. What this did, was to take a stressful and dangerous job, and heap more uncertainty and perceived danger onto the job. Officers became wary of every traffic stop, domestic call, anonymous 911 calls, and so on. Magnifying this perception of threat, was social media, where there were/are so many people that not only outright wish for the death of police officers, but these people were commenting that they would like to, or planned to shoot and kill a police officer and/or their family.

    Now I ask you, do you think that anyone-not just police officers, but anybody would be more on edge or be more cautious, more quick to use force(lethal or other methods) when dealing with potentially violent or upset people? The answer is yes. I don’t care how much of a Billy badass you think you are, police work is a sphincter tightening profession, especially when you have countless threats on your life simply for being a police officer. So when you pull someone over to simply check their license and then tell their brake light is out, when that person makes a quick or furtive movement, you are going to assume the worst-even if you don’t act on it, there is a moment where you wonder “is this guy going for his wallet or a gun-what’s he putting or getting from under his seat?”

    Another issue that has been observed due to the violence against police officers and the negative shitstorm of opinions, is the inability of police departments to attract quality candidates. Young college graduates are deciding that they don’t want to risk getting shot, or getting shit on on a daily basis. This has caused most departments(especially mine) to work shorthanded, often forcing officers to work doubles to cover holes in the schedule. Now, since police departments need personnel, do you think we will simply not hire anyone and fade away, making room for private police departments aka security guards? Or do you think we will just try to hire the best of a shitty crop and hope everything turns out ok? The answer is that we will try to hire the best of bad batches of candidates that we keep getting.

    Now here is where I agree with Matt on this article. I started debating police tactics on sherdog.com-a mma/cage fighting website that I have been going to religiously since 1999. I have been defending and debating police issues in the “war room” since 2005. I have watched myself go towards the left for years, I quit defending all police actions, and started calling them on their bullshit little by little. I even had a thread or two about police stories, that was one of the highest rated and visited thread of 2013. A few years ago, I got a yellow card infraction for insulting another poster-a notorious anti-police person. So while I was restricted from exercising all of my posting rights on sherdog, I started checking out other venues. One of them was copblock, and it actually was precipitated by a run in with one of the administrators. My interaction with him was not bad, but what he posted about the “road pirate” was 100% false. I stopped to assist a person with their four ways on who was having car trouble. I called for a tow at their request and put them in the back of my car because it was very cold. I looked over to see a guy with a camera filming the tow truck. I was informed by some of the younger officers that I made copblock, to which my response was “what the fuck is a copblock?” I checked it out, and see my bald head talking to the person, then leading them to my car to get warm. The copblock admin said in his article, that I was a road pirate towing a car for revenue. So I started posting on copblock after my experience, and I wanted to call out some of the bullshit that I was seeing on there. Again, keep in mind that I have always been a friendly and polite officer, even when I made an arrest, I was always professional and did not treat anyone with less than the utmost respect unless they were extraordinarily difficult. And what do I see on there? Pretty much people trashing my profession, saying hurtful things, making false assumptions, and so on. So I made that a regular nightly visit. This was also happening while I was going through changes in my personal life-raising kids for example, taught me that my job was not, and should not be as all consuming as it had been up until that point in my career. I started hating certain shifts because they took me away from my kids, and there are terrible police shootings that made me face-palm myself into near concussive states.

    I found myself being extra critical of police, and the very public police shootings and aftermath. So I am condemning these shootings, but at the same time, a fire is lit under my ass because of all the ridiculous postings that I am reading nightly. I am bouncing back and forth like a ping pong ball. Condemn the police actions, yet spit venom at the asshole that calls for the officer’s family to be skinned alive, or one or two posters were always asking for the addresses of the officers. Then, you have the murders of police officers in many places, especially Dallas. The threats online continue, the protests and riots, more police shootings, more police murders.

    So as Matt says, you can make police officers start to understand that their actions affect families and the public perception of police officers. I know I am more cognizant of that issue, and I have always been pretty conscientious of that particular issue. But at the same time, when people say nasty things about all police officers, or anytime there is a news story in my local news Facebook page-there are always the same people calling us “blue isis” or pigs, etc. That type of behavior drives me right back to defending the profession and the officers involved. I have found that reading local news and seeing those posts , especially when I have either firsthand knowledge from being involved, or know the suspect, or the officers involved, is a very tricky topic for me because I just want to shout “YOU HAVE NO FUCKING IDEA WHAT YOU ARE TALKK G ABOUT!!!”

    So, I know that freethougt and filmpolice are affiliated with copblock, but know that you are far more fair and less childish and immature when posting he articles(though, not always damn it) and the posters here are much better people. I have yet to see anyone calling for the skinning of an officer’s family, for instance.

    Bottom line: officers can be reasoned with, and their minds can be changed-even if only a little, but extremely violent or insulting posts can have the opposite effect. And violence against police will only make officers more wary, and quicker to pull and use a gun because those incidents are always in the back of our minds-always.