Thursday, July 23, 2009

NEVER Believe Uncorroborated Police Testimony

by William Grigg

"Governments, as St. Augustine wrote in City of God (bk. IV, chapter 4) and Murray Rothbard also taught, are successful criminal gangs.
Once a criminal gang “wins so many recruits from the ranks of the demoralized that it acquires territory, establishes a base, captures cities and subdues peoples, it then openly arrogates to itself the title of kingdom, which is conferred on it in the eyes of the world, not by the renouncing of aggression but by the attainment of impunity,” wrote Augustine.
Simply put: Gangs and governments do exactly the same things, but the latter immunizes its agents from punishment. This explains why government enforcement agents — better known as police — so frequently engage in blatantly criminal behavior.
Whenever police commit criminal acts against innocent people, they do so in the serene confidence that their uncorroborated testimony about the incident will be accepted by judges, and most juries, as the truth.
The only exceptions would be those instances in which audio or video records of such episodes exist — which is why police have started to confiscate cell phones of witnesses and use wiretapping statutes against people who make audio recordings of police encounters. This fact was infuriatingly put on display last August in Philadelphia.
Last August 17, a Philadelphia woman named Agnes Lawless was riding in a blue Mazda with some friends when the vehicle was rear-ended by a car driven by Alberto Lopez, Jr., an on-duty police officer. Lopez left the scene and Lawless, along with her friends, stopped at a nearby Lukoil convenience store.
Lawless was chatting amicably with the clerk when she was suddenly assaulted from behind by a male who thrust a gun into her face.
“He hit me with his left hand, and he had his gun in his right hand,” Lawless later recalled. “He pushed his gun into the left side of my neck. It caused a scrape-type bruise on my neck.”
The assailant had the same name as the officer responsible for the hit-and-run collision with the Mazda: Alberto Lopez. The difference was that this Alberto Lopez was the daddy of the driver, and like his son he is a veteran police officer. After the younger Lopez rear-ended the Mazda, he went running to his daddy at a local police station, and the two of them went out in pursuit of the victims — not to offer compensation for the injury, but instead to deal out some “street justice.”
As is the case in almost all such incidents, Lawless — the victim — was charged with “assaulting” a police officer. And like most police officers in such circumstances, Lopez perjured himself."


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