Sunday, December 03, 2006

HYPER-SHOOTERS AND HYPOCRITES. GOOD COPS-BAD COPS. WHY ARE POLICE NOT MENTAL HEALTH SCREENED?

UP FRONT News December 2, 2006
Published by Tom Weiss
Editorial Advisor: Willard Whittingham

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HYPER-SHOOTERS AND HYPOCRITES. GOOD COPS-BAD COPS. WHY ARE POLICE NOT MENTAL HEALTH SCREENED? MICHAEL BLOOMBERG: TRYING TO LOOK GOOD RATHER THAN DO GOOD.

Over the years I have been acquainted with some very good cops. I have also been the victim on several occasions of police abuse, sometimes bordering on brutality. I have been falsely arrested on a number of occasions, once in the office of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on the day before Bill Clinton’s first inauguration when I came to testify before that Committee on the Chinese Communist Genocide in Tibet. (I was later acquitted at trial, although the Bill, Hillary Clinton, and Cheney/Bush cover-up of the Genocide in Occupied Tibet continues.) I was also arrested back in 1977 because of my efforts to blow the whistle on a cover-up of budget cut caused patient deaths at City-operated Queens Hospital Center.

Although police, particularly in places like New York City and Washington, D.C. have singularly stressful jobs, least suited for those with behavior problems, it is clear that little in the way of screening is done for a job that attracts both actual do-gooders and psycho- pathic power and violence freaks and well as perhaps a disproportionate (to the rest of the population) number of racists.

It is for this reason, among some others, that in particular black people will continue to be shot down by police who do not handle stress well - and, who, in white cases, don’t like blacks. Among the relatively under-reported realities of the Amadou Diallo killing was the fact that two of the cops involved unloaded far more bullets than the other two. And yet, all four cops were acquitted in what I regard as a miscarriage of justice, at least as regards the two hyper-shooters.

The legal outcome of the killing of Sean Bell is months and perhaps years off. In any case, it is significant that most of the bullets were fired by one cop.

Politically, I feel that, while the Revs. Al Sharpton and Herbert Daughtry have, without diluting their anger, been forthright and dignified through this entire matter, the same can certainly not be said for Michael Bloomberg, a Mayor who seems to be obsessed, as are so many politicians (Christine Quinn and Hillary Clinton being local cases in point), by the desire to look good rather than the need to do good.

Outgoing City Councilman (about to become State Senator) Bill Perkins recently said at a post-election analysis meeting in Harlem that in certain ways Bloomberg is “worse” than his predecessor, the oppressive Rudolph Giuliani. I agree. Michael Bloomberg, who needs to ingratiate himself with black politicians, has pursued a justice-ignoring, anti-poor agenda that shows him to be the Republicrat that he is. He consistently defended to NYPD’s Beijing-style approach to the anti-Republican National Convention protests ob- jecting to the presence of Cheney and Bush, whom Bloomberg invited to a city that pair consistently disrespect. Bloomberg’s pro-development policies are endangering working class communities from the Lower East Side of Manhattan to the South Bronx (theYan- kee Stadium ripoff) to Stapleton, S.I. These policies catalyze gentrification, causing eco- nomic displacement, homelessness, and ultimately crime. He ignores major human rights violations (such as those against me) and gives money to neo-fascists like Lenora Fulani and Fred Newman, (both ideological agents of the racist mega-nazi, Lyndon H. La- LaRouche, Jr.) who have helped him get elected over (relatively) liberal Democrats. And, in a blatant act of hypocrisy, he says there is nothing he can do about the fact that some City workers are so underpaid that they have to get food stamps, while signing legislation to award the City Council (a part-time job) and some of his already highly paid aides a whopping salary increase.

No matter what kind of smooth talk comes from Michael Bloomberg, his mayoralty has nothing to do with justice.

And, in any case, it is time for anyone seeking to become a policeperson to undergo a total mental health evaluation.
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