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Friday, February 26, 2010

Disobey and Die!

This story was interesting.

Officers Hector Jimenez, who was fired after shooting another unarmed man to death in 2008,
This bit itself is hilarious. The policeman shot and killed a *SECOND* unarmed victim!
and Jessica Borello were justified in shooting 20-year-old Andrew Moppin-Buckskin at 47th Avenue and International Boulevard after he ran from his car following a traffic stop, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in Oakland.

Moppin-Buckskin was not armed, but the officers believed he was reaching for his waistband when they opened fire, Wilken said in a 15-page ruling Tuesday.

"The undisputed evidence shows that Officers Jimenez and Borello acted reasonably when they used deadly force against Mr. Moppin," Wilken wrote. "The officers shot Mr. Moppin only after he failed to come toward them, as ordered, dropped his hands and then made a movement toward his waist area as though reaching for a weapon."
The judge is, in effect, saying "A policeman orders you to do something. You refuse. The policemen is now justified to execute you." This also illustrates the potential risk of refusing to show ID, when a State policeman demands it. All the policeman has to do is say "I thought he was reaching for a gun!", and now he's justified in murdering you. Whether the victim actually had a gun or not is irrelevant.

Also, this was not a lawsuit against the individual police officers who murdered the victim. Those policemen are protected by sovereign immunity. They probably also don't have enough personal property to justify the expense of a trial and pay the lawyer's fees. This was a lawsuit against the government. Suing the government is pointless, because the cost of any victory would merely be passed onto everyone else via higher taxes. The State parasites themselves are protected by sovereign immunity.

This illustrates the problem with a State police monopoly. There are no negative consequences when police commit misconduct. Due to their monopoly, police get lazy. They will shoot or Taser someone when simply physically restraining them should suffice. Even a Taser has the risk of seriously injuring or killing the victim, although a Taser usually isn't as severe as a gunshot wound.

The judge ruled against the victim's relatives. They are SOL. That also illustrates the problem with the State justice monopoly. State parasites will always protect each other. A State judge will bend over backwards to help a State policeman. The policemen who mindlessly obey orders are the primary source of the power of State parasites. For this reason, policemen must be protected at all costs and policemen are continually hyped as heroes.

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