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(THREAD) Could police be classified as domestic terrorists? #BlueIsis #Corruption

Here is why we need massive reforms to our "justice" system. #ConstitutionFirst

2/ According to the Washington Post, 987 people were shot and killed by law enforcement last year alone.

3/ In total, 1,147 people were killed by law enforcement last year. 92% were killed by police shootings. Tasers, physical force, and police vehicles accounted for most other deaths.

4/ Last year, the youngest person killed by police was 6-year-old Kameron Prescott.

5/ Officers were charged with a crime in only 13 of these cases. One percent of all killings by police.
6/ According to Reuters, law enforcement have killed 1,026 people using a Taser. (Apparently, it's not "non-lethal.")

7/ Here is one example of how police used a stun gun to torture a teenager.

8/ Many cops paint a blue line on the American flag. What message are police trying to send when doing so violates the "Flag Code?" See 4 U.S.C. § 8(g).

9/ #FlagCode : "(g) The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature." 4 U.S.C. § 8.

10/ Not only do police violate the Flag Code when they paint a blue line on *our* flag; but it may demonstrate the police herd mentality of *us versus them* — and that *only* "blue lives matter." #ThinBlueLine #Corruption

11/ USA Today reports that the "number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty dropped sharply in 2017, marking the second-lowest toll in more than 50 years." @Journo_Christal

12/ According to @Reason: "The broad number, which includes traffic and other accidents as well as illnesses (mostly heart disease), is used to support claims that 'a cop is killed every so many hours.'" @edkrayewski

13/ Over a five-year period, the 10 cities with the largest police departments used well over one billion dollars in taxpayer money to payoff police-misconduct cases.

14/ A few months ago, I tweeted the top police-misconduct settlements. These amounts did not include police-misconduct jury awards.

15/ According to the UCLA Law Review, "individual police officers virtually never pay anything toward settlements and judgments entered against them."

16/ About 1,100 police officers are arrested per year. @TomJackmanWP

17/ Here is a registry that catalogues several thousand crimes committed by police officers between 2005 and 2013. @philstinson

18/ Allegations of police misconduct rarely result in charges. @NateSilver538

19/ Even if convicted, police keep their taxpayer-funded pensions. For example, Lee Baca will pocket over $328,000 per year. For life. @LAcrimes @kchristensenLAT

20/ When police aren't held accountable, they often hide under an absurd legal doctrine called "qualified immunity."

21/ Qualified immunity is a doctrine that protects police from misconduct that would send someone without a badge to jail. @ConLawWarrior

22/ Meanwhile, the salary of police officers have skyrocketed to 'obscene' amounts.

23/ "Public safety unions say the pay packages ensure a well-earned retirement for workers in bruising jobs." - @mmcphate

24/ The National Review, a conservative publication, notes that law enforcement unions have too much power.

25/ Despite overcompensation, law enforcement continue to loot taxpayers through dubious means. Just this week, a Sheriff was discovered to have taken about $750,000 from taxpayers to buy a beach house. @ConnorASheets

26/ A critic of the Sheriff, Matthew Qualls, was arrested just four days after he criticized the Sheriff for misuse of about $750,000 in taxpayer funds. #Retaliation

27/ Another case from just this week: Two officers are under investigation for stealing money and selling the home of a 75-year-old woman suffering from dementia. Officers even had the 75-year-old shipped out of the country.

28/ One of the officers who allegedly stole money and sold the home of the 75-year-old woman is identified as Stephanie Angel. The other officer has yet to be identified.

29/ Strangely, Stephanie Angel was even given a 'commendation,' by her police department, for her work "representing the department in a positive light." This was the commendation given for 'helping' the 75-year-old:

30/ According to public records, the supervising officer who gave Stephanie Angel a commendation, Sean Berry, was paid over $213,000 per year in total taxpayer-funded compensation.

31/ According to the Police Violence Report, "Police recruits spend 7x as many hours training to shoot than they do training to de-escalate situations." @samswey
32/ In the Parkland, Florida shooting tragedy, when faced with a REAL physical threat (and not just another unarmed person), four cops hid.

17 people died.

33/ Police only entered Douglas High School after waiting 11 minutes. By then, Mr. Cruz had already "left the scene." Cruz was arrested about two miles away.

34/ If police don’t have to protect the public, what good are they?

35/ Here are just 90 videos of police misconduct. Most of those harassed, injured, or killed by police were unarmed. @gavinseim

#BlueISIS #PoliceState
36/ Unarmed man sticks to his guns when a California cop pulls out his firearm for no apparent reason:

37/ Cops lied to this man about his right to record them, not realizing the man was a lawyer

38/ This officer was fired after being filmed using violence at least four separate times — but his police union calls his firing 'excessive'

39/ Police tackled college professor at board meeting.

40/ Police handcuffed a *third grader* with disabilities

41/ The Murder of Walter Scott

42/ The Murder of Daniel Shaver

43/ Daniel Shaver was pulling up his shorts when he was shot five times by a police officer using an assault rifle. The officer was found "not guilty."

44/ This couple says police forced them to decapitate their dog and are now suing

45/ A 6-year-old boy with autism was shot and killed by police.

46/ An unarmed man was killed by the police after his sister called them to help him.

47/ This Florida sheriff broke into a dying man’s home and stole his meds

48/ The officer who shot and killed Philando Castile was just found not guilty of manslaughter

49/ Dashcam footage of the moment Philando Castile was fatally shot by a police officer was just released

50/ Adding insult to injury, Philando Castile's wife (handcuffed) and daughter were forced into the back of a police car after Castile was murdered. Again, the police officer was found "not guilty."

51/ This California cop shot an unarmed man who was climbing out of a car wreck. He'll face no criminal charges.

52/ An Air Force veteran was shot by police for holding his wallet.

53/ Bodycam footage proved that a man found guilty of assaulting an officer was actually innocent. In reality, the police beat him.

54/ This unarmed man was beaten by 5 police officers and a dog after a car chase.

55/ A woman in Minnesota was shot and killed by a police officer – after she called 911 for help.

56/ The Delaware police officer caught kicking an unarmed man on camera just resigned—with a $230,000 settlement

57/ A police officer who shot and killed this 24-year-old man was just found not guilty of murder in St. Louis

58/ The police officers who shot and killed Alton Sterling will not face federal charges

59/ A police officer tackled a teenager with autism because he thought the boy was taking drugs

60/ “He can't hear you!” – what witnesses yelled to police before an officer shot and killed a deaf man in Oklahoma City.

61/ Another unarmed deaf man was shot and killed by police after being pulled over for speeding.

62/ Police shot and killed a 29-year-old man who had his hands in the air.

63/ Police shot an unarmed behavioral therapist who was lying on the ground with his arms in the air.

64/ The officer who shot and killed unarmed black man #TerenceCrutcher has been found not guilty.

65/ Two police officers allegedly raped an 18-year-old while she was handcuffed in their van

66/ Former Oklahoma City cop Daniel Holtzclaw was convicted of rape and sentenced to 263 yrs in prison.

67/ This woman is suing two police officers for sexually assaulting her during a traffic stop.

68/ "I’ll keep on doing that until I run out of batteries.."

69/ This man died in police custody after officers mocked him for 'acting' sick and dragged him away from the hospital

70/ Footage shows this nurse being forcefully arrested for following her hospital's rules

71/ This Black man filmed an encounter with a police officer who stopped and questioned him for seemingly no reason

72/ Police officers broke this man's leg after a traffic stop turned into a scuffle.

73/ Weeks after police beat a black man so badly they broke his leg, hundreds of residents flooded the city council to demand change.

74/ Body cam footage caught police planting cocaine on a Black suspect

75/ This police officer faked a crime scene – but didn't realize he accidentally recorded it

76/ Video of police officers planting evidence at a crime scene has surfaced

77/ Did this police officer just film himself planting drugs at a crime scene?

78/ Video evidence allegedly shows police planting evidence.

79/ This 93-year-old woman was arrested and spent time in jail for refusing to leave her home after being evicted

80/ Police pepper-sprayed an unarmed 84-year-old woman inside her home.

81/ A police officer grabbed and dragged a teen in a library, breaking her jaw.

82/ This student was arrested for speaking out after an officer accosted another girl.

83/ A school police officer body slammed a 17-year-old girl while she was in handcuffs

84/ Police arrested a 10-year-old boy with autism at his school and put him behind bars

85/ Police handcuffed this elementary school student for allegedly attacking a teacher

86/ This 11-year-old girl was handcuffed by police. They were supposed to be looking for the person who stabbed her sister.

87/ Video shows this police officer pinning down and punching a 16-year-old girl

88/ “I'll knock your f*ckin' teeth down your throat.” A high school is being investigated for abuses against students.

89/ Police officers knocked down a 10-year-old, and exposed the boy and his mom to pepper spray.

90/ Police officer tackles several people; draws gun at party. $5M lawsuit filed.

91/ The NYPD used a Taser on a 17-year-old pregnant woman.

92/ Being tasered while pregnant has serious consequences.

93/ A pregnant inmate had a miscarriage days after being tased —a recent report relates her story to the over 100 inmate deaths that were linked to tasers

94/ Police accidentally shot this teen instead of tasing him

95/ “I quit. Ok, I'm dead.” A young man was killed after police used Taser on him 15 times.

96/ Body cam footage shows this police officer accidentally shooting a local journalist that he knew

97/ This unarmed man was in his home and not resisting arrest – but a Florida cop tased him anyway:

98/ A young man was attacked with a police dog and tasered after he was stopped while mowing lawns.

99/ This woman was just taking out her trash when a police dog attacked her.

100/ A police dog continued biting a black man even after he was handcuffed. Police say the K-9 was doing its job.

101/ “Don’t lie to me, that’s a girl’s name. What is your name?” Tatyana Hargrove was mistaken for a wanted man by police.

102/ Police allegedly cuffed this man and accused him of robbing his own home

103/ This police officer attempted to take his life by crashing his car into his ex-wife's house

104/ These police officers attacked a student after allegedly pulling him over for a broken tail light

105/ This police officer was caught on camera punching a man he was arresting

106/ A police officer forcibly arrested this woman selling flowers near a high school graduation

107/ Another video: This woman was selling flowers. Police tackled her.

108/ Investigation opened after UC Berkeley officer seen taking cash from hot dog vendor's wallet while writing citation

109/ A police officer shut down this neighborhood bbq by pouring water on the grill

110/ Infuriating footage shows border patrol agents sabotaging water that was left to help migrants

111/ Police violently arrested this reporter who was doing his job

112/ A police officer kept his gun pointed at a passenger during a traffic stop for over 9 minutes.

113/ A group of unarmed kids were held at gunpoint by a police officer

114/ An off-duty officer's back on the job after shooting toward teenagers.

115/ This teacher was forcibly arrested at a school board meeting after questioning the superintendent’s pay raise

116/ Two officers involved in the viral United Airlines video were fired for violently removing Dr. David Dao

117/ This man was tackled and punched in the face by a police officer after being stopped for jaywalking.

118/ These volunteers shared food with the homeless

119/ Terrill Thomas died in solitary confinement after being deprived of water for 7 days

120/ Law enforcement raids for weed kill more people than weed

121/ The fatal shooting of a Georgia Tech student by campus police has sparked a conversation around mental illness

122/ An unarmed man was killed in Kansas after a "swatting" incident. Who is to blame?

123/ This Parkland student with Autism explained what it was like to experience the shooting — and how police need to be trained correctly to avoid disaster

124/ Graphic video shows LAPD officers killing unarmed homeless man, firing at least five shots. #LAPDShooting

125/ New York’s largest police union is suing to keep body cam footage hidden unless a judge orders it to be released

126/ The U.S. has two criminal justice systems: the one mythologized to school children... and the one we actually operate.

127/ Why America’s Law Enforcement Empire Resembles Secret Police in a Dictatorship

128/ When our government does not respect our Constitutional Rights, could @xychelsea be right? Are we under a "full blown domestic occupation?" #BlueISIS #PoliceState #Corruption {end}

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