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Say it with me: "No, I won't call the police."

As a teenager flees from "justice," be happy for him. If you see him, leave your cell phone in your pocket. I don't know what he was accused of, but I'm sure it's not worth shooting him over.
This morning, a friend called to tell me of something he saw on the corporate media. He's not usually in the habit of sharing this stuff with me, but he thought I would like to hear about the "teenage fugitive." He went on to describe a story that made me smile. A picture of a teenager apparently flashed across the screen while the reporter explained that, although handcuffed and in leg irons, the teen managed to break away from the flailing arms of the law, dart across the street, and leap into a waiting car that then sped away. Man, that IS a story.

Anyway, the reporter went on to describe the car, and then to urge the audience to call the police if they should spot either the car or the teen. My friend laughed at that part too.

I'm happy to hear about the creative teen, but I'm left questioning -- again -- why the corporate media urges us to call the police on each other? When did they receive their mandate to become the friendly arm of the law? Why do we allow the police state to set up their bases in our own living rooms? Could they be more blatant?

The police are shooting unarmed people down in the streets while the corporate media protects them. They never showed us Scott McCollister's face so that we could protect ourselves from him, never once. He's a cold blooded murderer, and a liar, and they STILL protect him. They don't care about our safety. And yet, they have the gall to urge us to "call the authorities" every time some teenager steps out of line? I think not.

It's an insideous thing to be continually admonished by our friendly anchor team to call the police on our own neighbors. Between inane giggles and human interest stories, they insert pictures of "fugitives" and alleged bad apples, and they appeal to us to "do the right thing" by turning these people in to the murderous police state. This reminds me of the campaign the nazis had where children were supposed to turn in their own parents. (Oh yeh, we have that here, too, don't we. I almost forgot.)

This is an attempt to erode our solidarity, to teach us from the moment we watch our first TV show that it's wrong to protect each other and right to turn each other in to the state. "The authorities know best, leave these things in their hands." Fight back! Resist the urge to respond to these appeals in the manner they intend, and teach your children that it's wrong to sell out your neighbors. Always.
when you tattle on others.... 15.Apr.2004 09:34

Mister memorex

the person you're tattling on is really yourself, because when you tattle on others you're really telling everyone you're a tattletale. Is that the tale you want to tell?

Actually I don't really have a problem with them profiling violent suspects and criminals (murderers, rapists and such), as both the far right and far left can agree that they must go down. But we can't expect them to choose their battles, now can we. One clear channel radio station's website even have the incredible nerve to feature mug shots of arrestees from last year's anti-war protests who refused to identify themselves. I would be interested on what kind of excuse for a human being would think that they haven't been through enough already and identifly them, reward or no reward.

I'm not a rat 15.Apr.2004 10:45

observer

The last thing I would do is call the police. It would be crazy and dangerous to invite known psychopaths into your home or every to speak to them.

Thanks for the wise words CatWoman. Resistance through noncooperation is a wonderful start.

aw, come on 15.Apr.2004 11:14

"Cops" needs hi-speed car chases...

(facetiously titled)

I'm nearly speechless- I'll have to settle for just not having anything worthwhile to say- but thank you for that.

No, they don't go away so easy if even those of us who are most appauled by them will be quick to find them useful... and I would like to call some to arrest the international criminal that's illegally holed up in the White House, but now we're getting into "Bowling for Columbine" territory- they'd shoot a purse snatcher but let corporate criminals walk, so what's the point of me saying they should only be called for something that isn't petty?

Keep in mind that given the nature of the problem, anyone you call them on, there could be a fatal altercation involving deadly force (not to mention that the cop might occasionally be the one killed) if someone, guilty or innocent, wishes to simply resist. I think I would have a hard time not feeling responsible. If you have a conscience (unless there are seriously lives at stake maybe) never call them on anyone you wouldn't be willing to shoot in the back yourself, because I think that is easily how is could end because you did.

Remember: 15.Apr.2004 13:07

Not on the run (yet)

Loose lips sink ships

Who is "not on the run (yet)"? 15.Apr.2004 14:40

???

What on earth does the "not on the run" post have to do with this story? I'm curious.

"not on the run yet" 15.Apr.2004 16:33

is

CODE for.........

okay, i am with you 15.Apr.2004 17:48

you know.

"no, I will not call the cops"

feels good too, you know?

Interrogation 15.Apr.2004 23:07

Dead Prez

I aint seen shit
i aint heard nothing
i dont know what happen
i dont speak pig latin
i am a motherfucking true when its us against you
so fuck Starky, Hutch, and Inspector Clouseau
i was taught dont rely on pigs for protection
shit i try not to even ask em for directions
youre in the wrong section of the hood for a crime to be inspected
got this block infected
you could get ejected, inspected
aint no love when youre the fuzz
i mean the fizz, i mean my daddy told me who you was
i mean the wiz, I mean you cant win
ease on down the road. we got a dont speak to cops code
i went pro working for the man with the electric chair
thats why i never watched roberta and i hated huggie bear
even scooby doo snitched with that hippy ass van
but me i know the scoop i know the plan
ask me no questions i tell you no lies
you know the deal the real criminals who dressed in suit and ties
who holds the wealth you do more damage than health
so for me and my folks we gonna just do for self

i dont know shit about those stolen goods
you want peace mother fucker? raise up out tha hood
i think you should. no one is all i'm gonna say
to get that 411 you better go ask mary j.
eroc do not play when there's pigs in town, clown
try looking up encyclopedia brown
thats when he frown, asking who selling herb
i got disturbed. fool, i'm not your mocking bird
the only words coming out of my mouth is a lyrical thang
so please back tha fuck up off my screen tho
since i was four you was known to be the enemy
like rintintin you only give a shit for me
the community took four steps higher
86ing motherfuckas working for the suppliers
so sayonara before you catch a cap in your ass
no more questions in here so dont ask

chorus
you want peace, motherfucka?
raise up out of the hood
repeat

well all the tattletalers and undercover dwellers
they are here to be placed into helicopter propellers
and the narcotic snatched up by the seat of his pants
his face was driven into a hill of army ants
the man had the murder for his benz and his face
i never saw the assailant he vanished through the mists
"you know the faces and names all your stories are polluted
tell me the truth before i have you electrocuted"
attempting on my person wouldnt be the wise thing
in your thoughts you have fear of my peoples uprisings
the masses rebel your aircraft propels
a cop was shot seven rounds were expelled
went straight right to hell just for being a fascist
burned uniforms and piles of human ashes
"your making this difficult so for being a bastard
i'll have you charged for murder and resisting arrest"
I never did resist you're telling 4 smiths
shes swung with the sticks so i made a spinal column twist
twist one came with a body blow to osaygefo
and he struck my abdominals and fractured his hand
rebels away through the twigs blasted their wigs
and there you will find a red ocean of pigs
stay away from my zone
where it starts and it ends
that's how we murder policemen upon planet 10

step into this 8 by 10
im getting nervous you feel me point blank
yo i feel the coppers came to serve us
but now here he comes
stepping through the fucking dough
and we dont know who smoked that motherfucking cop at the liquor store
but now you creep through the hood looking for a clue
but your bob head twice with the point blank crew
running up my bumper for late registration
taking me to that station for interrogation
and i guess i'm just supposed to just let my tongue run
asking me shit that would get my mother hung
but where im from up in my hood the shit wont raise
if a brother is constantly tripping that would be his arse
but now you wanna creep up on me and threaten me with time
while you got the billy club pointed at my spine
with things nowadays aint the same like they used to be
doing time for contempt aint new to me
i never feared going down with my whole damn crew
only thing that i fear is ever fucking with you
well i too took a beating from the boys in blue
and all cops watched like a pay per view
and unless you're referring to this incident
we dont know nothing and we aint seen shit
get it?

chorus

NOT Dead Prez! 16.Apr.2004 09:28

Gustav Prowler

The rhymes above are by the COUP, not Dead Prez. Featured on The Coup's first album: "Kill My Landlord."

Geez.

Media, Police, etc... 17.Apr.2004 17:44

somebody

I dont watch tv anymore because well there was nothing on too watch, tv is a choice, if you dont like whats being said change the channel or choose to ignore it. The media has every right to urge you to call the police just as you have every right not to call the police. Yes the police should be held accountable for what they did, i consider it murder but its wrong to make police out to be these awful people who are doing us more harm than good. Why is it that everytime someone feels their rights being violated or dont like someone they compare them to the nazis. Tv doesnt teach you to rat on each other and it hasnt been brainwashing people since they were kids. As a kid i didnt believe everything i saw on television because i had a brain, i also didnt sit inside and watch tv all day. So they urge you to turn in someone who has committed a crime, big deal. Should we just abolish all laws and tell people to run around and do whatever they want. I believe there is a balance in life, things arent perfect, things are never going to be perfect because they shouldnt be. Spreading the fear that policemen are trigger happy is careless and thoughtless. You rebellion against hate but you yourself spread it. This article is one of the reasons why i dont find Portland so wonderful, people try to be activists about everything, everything is a rebellion, damn the man because of this, this and this. Pick and choose your battles and look carefully at what your rebellioning agasint there is a good and bad side to everything, stop and think if your just opening your mouth just to open it or if you actually have something to say.

kgw 17.Apr.2004 19:20

lil ol me

kgw news dot com has a message board on thier site. its underused, i've thought about putting sume questions in there for the media. they'd just take it down tho.

cops are security for rich people only 18.Apr.2004 00:56

GRINGO STARS

<<Should we just abolish all laws and tell people to run around and do whatever they want.>>

Sounds good to me. Too bad the boob tube and state education has made childish idiots of Americans, or it would work seamlessly.

<<Why is it that everytime someone feels their rights being violated or dont like someone they compare them to the nazis.>>

Because that was the raison d'etre of Nazis. Study history.

<<Spreading the fear that policemen are trigger happy is careless and thoughtless.>>

The cops kill one unarmed person of color a year in portland, at least for the last few years. That makes them gangsters. They are OBVIOUSLY trigger-happy.

"somebody" I bet you would like to study the police a bit more. Perhaps you should read an excellent book by Anthony V. Bouza called "Police Unbound: Corruption, Abuse & Heroism by the Boys in Blue" written by a former police chief and a cop for over 35 years. It's a good primer for someone like you;
 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1573928771/qid=1082274798/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/102-3594017-7816940?v=glance&s=books

From Library Journal:
Part memoir, part how-to manual for police departments, Bouza (retired Minneapolis police chief, former Bronx force commander, and author of The Police Mystique) has written another book sure to fire up the public and the police. Wonder why the verdicts in the Louima and Diallo cases were so different, or why some police procedures have become a lost art? Do you question how society and crime are intertwined? Bouza believes he has the answer, and it is not by placing more officers on the streets. Bouza spares no feelings in his search to find the answers to fix the criminal and police ills in our society. He opens the door wide to the inside of the police department a private culture he knew for 36 years as an officer and ushers us into the secret world of law enforcement, its unspoken codes that rookies learn and seasoned cops live by. Bouza identifies what he considers the major culprit in modern policing: the "overclass white, mostly well-off, educated, suburban, and voting" and their insistence that police keep the underclass "controlled and preferably...out of sight." With critiques of the Los Angeles, New York, and Minneapolis departments, this thought-provoking book is sure to anger some, embarrass others, and, hopefully, make all of us think about society and crime. Recommended for large public and academic libraries. Karen Evans, Indiana State Univ., Terre Haute
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

you should read more about the corruption and abuse that police do 18.Apr.2004 09:10

GRINGO STARS

<<Should we just abolish all laws and tell people to run around and do whatever they want.>>

Sounds good to me. Too bad the boob tube and state education has made childish idiots of most every American, or it would work seamlessly.

<<Why is it that everytime someone feels their rights being violated or dont like someone they compare them to the nazis.>>

Because that was the raison d'etre of Nazis. Study history.

<<Spreading the fear that policemen are trigger happy is careless and thoughtless.>>

The cops kill one unarmed person of color every year in portland, at least for the last few years. That makes them gangsters. They are OBVIOUSLY trigger-happy. To NOT spread this information would be careless and thoughtless.

"somebody" I bet you would like to study the police a bit more. Perhaps you should read an excellent book by Anthony V. Bouza called "Police Unbound: Corruption, Abuse & Heroism by the Boys in Blue" written by a former police chief and a cop for over 35 years. It's a good primer for someone like you;
 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1573928771/qid=1082274798/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/102-3594017-7816940?v=glance&s=books

From Library Journal:
Part memoir, part how-to manual for police departments, Bouza (retired Minneapolis police chief, former Bronx force commander, and author of The Police Mystique) has written another book sure to fire up the public and the police. Wonder why the verdicts in the Louima and Diallo cases were so different, or why some police procedures have become a lost art? Do you question how society and crime are intertwined? Bouza believes he has the answer, and it is not by placing more officers on the streets. Bouza spares no feelings in his search to find the answers to fix the criminal and police ills in our society. He opens the door wide to the inside of the police department a private culture he knew for 36 years as an officer and ushers us into the secret world of law enforcement, its unspoken codes that rookies learn and seasoned cops live by. Bouza identifies what he considers the major culprit in modern policing: the "overclass white, mostly well-off, educated, suburban, and voting" and their insistence that police keep the underclass "controlled and preferably...out of sight." With critiques of the Los Angeles, New York, and Minneapolis departments, this thought-provoking book is sure to anger some, embarrass others, and, hopefully, make all of us think about society and crime. Recommended for large public and academic libraries. Karen Evans, Indiana State Univ., Terre Haute
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.