Wednesday, August 29, 2012

UK's Post-Imperial Policing and Detainees 'Deadly' Dilemma

U.K., U.S. coward coppers continue to terrorize those that dare speak out, label patriots "domestic terrorists"

World News
By Dallas Darling
08/27/2012

Death is always an extreme event. It becomes even more severe and excessive for dying empires, their most vulnerable citizens, and their local power structures sworn to serve and protect. This "tragedy of the commons" is now being played out across the UK. According to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, in the last several years at least 333 individuals (some groups claim almost 6,000!) are known to have died while in police custody. Even more disturbing is that 16 of 87 people that had been restrained by police, or physically held down, died as a direct result of "positional asphyxia." Surprisingly, no police officers have been successfully prosecuted and convicted for the tragic deaths of these individuals, many who suffered from either mental health problems, psychological and emotional disorders, or drug and alcohol abuse.


Fascist UK pigs target dissenters instead of real "terrorists"
Keith Vaz, MP Home Affairs Select Committee, announced that, "What we will have to do is have a proper thorough inquiry into this matter." But an inquiry will not be enough to stem the tide of the detainee's deadly dilemma and police brutality. As empires collapse, there is always the tendency to implement imperial actions against the most vulnerable of citizens. For centuries, the UK has fought perpetual wars, practiced ongoing militarism, and used killing as an exalted tool for punishment and control in trying to maintain global pre-eminence. These policies are now being reversed and used against the most marginalized citizens living in the UK. A majority of those who have been killed in police custody were considered to be dispossessed and disposable, or poor, deformed, mentally ill, physically sick, or fiercely independent and pro-reform.

Relatives of those killed claim the UK's top-down policing system, its law enforcement militancy, and preemptive police strikes resembles domestic imperialism, high-tech militancy, and the autonomization of law enforcement, all of which leads to an increase in police "accidents." They speak of an "environment of fear" and loved ones dying due to their disabilities, whether it is epilepsy, mental retardation, or schizophrenia. Since policing institutions consist mainly of powerful and wealthy individuals, backed by major corporations and the military establishment, it is rationalized that sacrificing a few innocent people is necessary in preserving a way of life and law and order. Predatory policing also criminalizes dissent, poverty, and minorities. Free speech advocates, people of color, and the homeless have died in police custody, some while in cages.


Coward UK pigs go for "soft target" dissenters in order to justify existence as going after real "terrorists" much too dangerous

Unlike the Prisoners' Dilemma, in which two men are arrested on suspicion of committing a crime and during questioning are confronted with several options, such as keeping silent or confessing and receiving a lesser sentence, in the UK it appears the Detainee's Dilemma has only one option: death! Instead of dismissing such findings as "minor" or of merely being "inherent in the system," as some officials have claimed, it would be better if the UK addressed a carefully designed system that discriminates against the marginalized and dispossessed and those individuals considered disposable. At the same time, severe austerity measures and ever increasing economic disparity, which has caused severe poverty and enormous emotional and mental stressors to occur, should be confronted, including the militarization of policing.

The paradox of post-imperial policing and the detainee's dilemma is that in the ardent and often sincere desire to combat what is thought to be "evil" or "criminal behaviour," they instead generate evil and criminal behaviour on a grander scale. Criminal behaviour and the desire to hurt others can even become a part of powerful institutions and organizations established to protect and serve others. The real criminals, then, are the very authorities, or those in power. There is no place for "creative cruelty" in a civilized society. In a democracy, there is no place for shedding the blood of a few innocent and vulnerable citizens to maintain law and order and to preserve a way of life. Neither should killing ever be exalted as tool for punishment. Even in the Prisoners' Dilemma, death is considered too extreme. There must be other options for the UK's post-imperial policing.

Dallas Darling (darling@wn.com)

Dallas Darling is the author of Politics 501: An A-Z Reading on Conscientious Political Thought and Action, Some Nations Above God: 52 Weekly Reflections On Modern-Day Imperialism, Militarism, And Consumerism in the Context of John's Apocalyptic Vision, and The Other Side Of Christianity: Reflections on Faith, Politics, Spirituality, History, and Peace. He is a correspondent for www.worldnews.com. You can read more of Dallas' writings at www.beverlydarling.com and wn.com//dallasdarling



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