Most, probably almost all, of the mayhem that has arisen over the abuse – and killing – of black people (and by no means is it only or even mostly black people) by armed government workers has happened not so much because of armed government workers – much less “racism” – but rather because of the enforcement by whatever means necessary of various penny-ante laws that make all of us “guilty” of something and thus, prey.
The latest example being the near-murder and actual Hut! Hut! Hutting! of a black army lieutenant who wasn’t thanked for his service but instead was violently dragged out of his vehicle and hurled to the ground by a pair of AGWs because his vehicle wasn’t displaying the “proper” tags.
Well, that is what triggered the Hut! Hut! Hut!
The second lieutenant, Caron Nazario, wasn’t sufficiently obedient. It did not matter that his “offense” – against authority – was something that entailed no harm done (or even alleged) to anyone.
They perform a “felony stop” and begin screaming orders at Nazario, who remains calm but dares to question why he is being berated at gunpoint. It inevitably escalates and Nazario is lucky he’s still breathing.
“You made this way more difficult than it had to be if you’d just complied. Get out of the car!” screeches one of the AGWs.
One of the AGWs also was apparently itching to have Nazario “ride the lightening,” a reference to the Tazer, an instrument of torture commonly in use by AGWs to . . . torture those who “resist” – i.e., don’t immediately obey barked orders.
Several commentators have described the treatment meted out to Nazario as “disgusting” and while that is quite accurate it doesn’t accurately identify the problem. Which is the endless litany of penny ante reasons empowering AGWs to threaten to kill people over “offenses” and “violations” of nothing more than various ukase, such as not having or properly displaying the cattle tag/stickers which “the law” requires be festooned to everyone’s vehicle. Or “excess tint” applied to windows – which can be applied without limit to the vehicles driven by AGWs.
Nothing to do with any harms caused – yet much harm is actually caused on these pretexts.
Whatever one may think about the merits of all these pretexts, is it a reasonable thing to threaten people with drawn guns over them? For failing to immediately respond to barked orders arising from them?
America was a safer place for motorists of all colors before this sort of Obedience Uber Alles – for everything became SOP, standard operating procedure.
Our lives would matter, if it weren’t.
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