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In Tribute to the Omaha Police: The Thin Blue Line Between Freedom and Anarchy

EDITORIAL — We at The Portland Intelligencer believe it is only appropriate, today, to salute the brave men and women of the Omaha, Nebraska Police Department. They are charged with the dangerous task of patrolling and pacifying the great American battlefield, which they do selflessly for paltry salaries ranging from $65,000-$100,000. They oftentimes do this job thanklessly; the politically-convenient target of politicians, newspapers, and sanctimonious activists alike.

The Omaha Police Department is nothing less than the blue black armor-clad line between freedom and anarchy. They are the thin veneer of civilization, draped over us for our own well-being. It’s well past time that they — finally — get their due, for all that they have done.

Filming Cops: “Do you want to die today?” Cop Threatens to Murder Man as 20 Officers Attack the Man’s Family

Omaha, Nebraska; March 2013. Suspect is a black male adult, asking why his car is being towed. Other suspects are two black male adults, attacking the arresting officer from the sidewalk with their photon-collection devices. Every fucking pig in Omaha rushes to the scene for a rampaging block party. They beat up the entire Johnson family in order to destroy the video evidence… but they didn’t see the neighbor, filming from the window.

It’s true, that all of this began because a police officer — one Bradley Canterbury, a noble hero’s moniker if there ever were one — initiated senseless violence against someone for absolutely no reason, other than the belief that he could get away with it. It’s true, that this was over nothing but a minor parking dispute. And, it’s true: four members of the Johnson family were viciously — professionally — assaulted, despite having committed no crime, and simply because two of them filmed what was happening.

See related: PINAC: Cop Warns Other Cops About Citizens With Cameras: “Don’t Get Baited”

But these factoids alone do not excuse that unfathomable sin, of which — as the video clearly shows — this bunch is certainly guilty. Their assertion of sovereign rights… Their lack of complete and total humble submission! We can clearly see that the emboldened Omaha P.D. cannot help but be sickened as they grind their prey underfoot, beneath the righteous jack-boot of the law — and is there a single one of us who is not moved to feel sympathy for these officers?

Getty "Officers entered the home while I was watching from the front door. Juaquez enters and next thing I know an officer enters, throws my wheelchair and me out of the way. I end up with the wheelchair on top of me, my legs in the air. Several officers continued to walk over me as they entered the house. I eventually rolled my way into the living room and got myself upright. I saw Juaquez surrounded by officers and started asking what was going on. I ended up in handcuffs. It wasn’t until a family member came by later that I was able to get back into my wheelchair. I was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. I still have physical pain from that day." — Sharon Johnson

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“Officers entered the home while I was watching from the front door. Juaquez enters and next thing I know an officer enters, throws my wheelchair and me out of the way. I end up with the wheelchair on top of me, my legs in the air. Several officers continued to walk over me as they entered the house. I eventually rolled my way into the living room and got myself upright. I saw Juaquez surrounded by officers and started asking what was going on. I ended up in handcuffs. It wasn’t until a family member came by later that I was able to get back into my wheelchair. I was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. I still have physical pain from that day.”
Sharon Johnson

But we have not yet even approached the core of this family’s multi-generational dynasty of crime: their mere existence. And they have the unmitigated gall to claim “innocence” — scurrying into the eager, waiting, liberal arms of the ACLU?

See related: ACLU: Johnson Family Sues Omaha Police Alleging Excessive Force

Let us not forget the primum movens that set forth this chain of events, which placed Omaha’s finest in harm’s way. Let us not forget that, by his own admission, Octavius Johnson’s vehicle license tags had expired. By their own admission, his brothers — Juaquez and Demetrius — did film Officer Canterbury, as he choked, tackled, punched and otherwise walloped Octavius — who was, himself, performing for the camera by not resisting.

All of this, because a person of color refused to show appropriate passivity and self-effacement to an armed agent of the state. Yes, it’s true. We’ve reached a depth in America where criminals will do such things brazenly — and then they cry foul to the liberal media about the consequences, and get off scot-free.

Understand that if we reject the belief that one man may dominate another, then we reject the very foundation upon which the clockwork perfection of capitalist civilization is achieved.

Now, maybe your bleeding heart is whispering to your mind, saying otherwise. Maybe you just have no idea of the terrible things that police officers have to put up with from human scum every single day. Maybe if you were trained to see every civilian as vermin, you too would come to see that you are surrounded by vermin everywhere — and you would treat the vermin appropriately. That is precisely why we of rational mind must not succumb to the temptation to make brash prejudicial generalizations about the whole of the fine Omaha Police Department, simply because of the way they all behave.

Getty I guess what I'm saying is, cops have a tough job -- so it's OK if they harass, beat, kidnap, rape, and murder some of us. Mostly in poor & black communities. It all balances out. (And please, don't tell me that I'm being racist, or exercising my "white privilege," when I'm making excuses for a murderous oppressive racist institution that serves to maintain the socioeconomic dominance of people who look like me. That's called reverse-racism.)

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I guess what I’m saying is, cops have a tough job — so it’s OK if they harass, beat, kidnap, rape, and murder some of us. Mostly in poor & black communities. It all balances out. (And please, don’t tell me that I’m being racist, or exercising my “white privilege,” when I’m making excuses for a murderous oppressive racist institution that serves to maintain the socioeconomic dominance of people who look like me. That’s called reverse-racism.)

As far as this reporter is concerned, if one does not wish to risk the bloody, visceral consequences of the law, then one should take care to not flaunt their flagrant and wanton disregard of the law. And that’s what we’re talking about here — the rule of law. Society. Civilization.

It takes a resistor, to create an oppressor. Let us place blame, then, solely where it belongs, and have no more of this anti-police rhetoric.

If one approaches this matter free of prejudice, and with an educated mind, then the inescapable conclusion is clear. Without the Omaha Police Department to maintain peace and order, the beleaguered Nebraskan city would be mired in utter anarchy. There would be people killing each other with their bare hands, in the streets, over scraps of meat. Communities would have no way to organize to protect themselves from violent badguys — evil badguys, who intend them harm; who might even drive into a community, en masse, armed to the teeth, for the sole purpose of rampage and terror. Is that the kind of lawless world you want to live in?

Rise of the Warrior Cop I'm just gonna leave this right here...

Rise of the Warrior Cop
I’m just gonna leave this right here…

God bless the Omaha Police Department, for so valiantly standing as guardians of the status quo — holding court right upon the very line of freedom, with weapons cocked and loaded, so that none shall cross.

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