Philadelphia, PA — A shocking video was shared on social media Tuesday showing two police officers being attacked. Two unidentified men were seen beating up the two officers for seemingly no reason.
The incident occurred Monday afternoon in Northeast Philadelphia after two school police officers were called to break up a fight outside of a local pizza shop.
Police were called after the shop owner unsuccessfully attempted to break up the melee.
“I tried to break up the fight, but there were too many guys. I went inside and called 911,” witness Baher Alfroukh said.
“Those school officers intervened in attempting to stop the assault of the student, when they do so, the two offenders that are involved in this shift their focus onto the school police officers,” Philadelphia Police Lt. John Stanford told Action News.
After the students dispersed, the two men attacked the officers. One of the officers suffered a broken jaw and lost multiple teeth while the other escaped with only bruises. So far, police have no leads and are asking for those with any information to come forward.
All too often, we see videos of police beating, assaulting, and killing innocent people. These videos and instances have become so common that people are rarely shocked by even the most brutal of cases.
As people watch their brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers get beaten and killed by those sworn to protect and serve, animosity bubbles up from below. Instead of supporting the ostensible ‘protectors,’ the oppressed garner resentment and begin to view police as the enemy. As we’ve seen in the past, this resentment can end in tragic violence and the loss of life.
There is absolutely no excuse for initiating violence against any individual who has not caused you or someone else harm. That golden rule not only applies to police, but it applies to citizens as well. Unprovoked violence is the tool of cowards.
While defending oneself against an aggressor with force is just, initiating force aginst someone who has caused you no harm is immoral. Unfortunately, however, the same dehumanization that leads to police bashing in a teenager’s face for possessing a plant is also used by those who wish to enact violence against police officers who’ve caused them no harm.
As the divide between the police and the policed grows, instances like this one may become more frequent. This is a horrid thought, but the adverse and inevitable effect of an unaccountable government.
Attacking cops will not solve anything.
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 violence.
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 are tools of the state; not of the peaceful revolution.
Those who would hurt 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; a society dependent upon a government that has created and maintained a monopoly on the initiation of force.
Taking an aspirin for a headache only masks the symptom of that 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.
One can only imagine how this incident will now be utilized as fodder to continue to grow the police state and extol the virtues of the dangers of being a cop.
Society will do well to study the intention behind Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous quote:
“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”