THE GOLDEN RIVER
SYSTEM ABUSE/Police Abuses/Blue Lives Matter
updates 06/30/2017; 06/16/2017; 05/30/2017 The other side of the story…. BLUE LIVES MATTER Excerpt taken from their website: https://bluelivesmatter.blue/ ABOUT US:  Blue Lives Matter seeks to honor and recognize the actions of law enforcement, strengthen public support, and provide much-needed resources to law enforcement officers and their families.  Blue Lives Matter is a media company, founded and run entirely by active and retired law enforcement officers. In today’s evolving society, an increasing number of citizens fail to accept responsibility for their actions and attempt to escape the consequences through outward blame. Due to the nature of the profession, law enforcement personnel are seen as easy targets and are consequently bullied by slander, illegitimate complaints, frivolous law suits, and physical attacks. The echo of these negative highlights by the media and political figures have only further damaged community relations, which has greatly increased the inherent threat of the profession. We desire to change these wrongs to law enforcement and once again shed positive light on America’s heroes to help boost morale and gain society’s much needed support. https://bluelivesmatter.blue/ Comments from The Golden River Human lives matter.  Whether the victim is a member of the public or the policing system, unfair violence and a violation of human rights deserve legal attention and compassion. Every day police officers face danger.  The danger has escalated because of headline news.  This retaliation can and in certain cases does end up being hate crimes.   Making it a game or an obsessive thrill to follow police abuses is not the intention of this website.  If we lose sight of the value of human life - police or non-police - we lose the essential reasons behind studying policing problems.  We should look at the situation from a balanced perspective.  We can imagine our loved ones in the police force or related agency going out into the world of a difficult public.  In addition, sometimes other police officers can be the enemy -  the back has to be watched there, too. We don’t want innocent and hard working police officers being shot in the back, blown up by high end automatic weapons, bad- mouthed for maliciously slanderous reasons or harmed in other ways.  Every day another police officer has been killed in the line of duty. Where are the high publicity stories on that?  We must not see cops as fodder sent in to the battles we cannot or will not do ourselves, like proxies for abuse.   For those officers doing their investigations honestly and with good intentions, we want real community and national support. Few of us would deny police jobs are among the most difficult ones on the planet.  Their travails and stories of fear, uncertainty, loneliness, heartache, grief, depression, inner frustration, rage and….love….are important.  To devalue their humanity - to make a mockery of them or to trash their reputations as part of a thrill - takes us nowhere.   Support the ones doing their jobs the best they can, put the other ones through the appropriate level of legal action. We must rely on our police officers to do the right thing - to be sincere in their efforts, committed to the original meaning and intention of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  The rights go both ways - for police officers and for the public.   Safety for officers as well as the public should be of high concern.   We can all imagine how we would feel if we were a member of the police; I have heard people say they would not do the job for this reason or that.  Sometimes the reasons expressed are “I would always let people off the hook” or “you’ve got to be crazy to do that job.” When we devalue a person just for the fun of it or out of shallowness we entire a realm of decline.  Once we entertain the notion that someone is trashable, the door potentially opens to callousness with long-reaching consequences.  Get in the habit of assuming all people deserve the benefit of the doubt with sanctified legal protections. With so many news stories about bad cops, we can too quickly jump to the conclusion that in shooting cases the cop is guilty.   We are being programmed to assume they are all bad.  They are not all bad by any means.   To draw conclusions about the whole group is not only immoral but self-defeating.   Anyone can be snagged This website takes the stance that anyone can be snagged by a corrupt system and that many of us have been been snagged without knowing it.  Some people refer to it as something like “The Monarch Worm.”  Few of us are so clean that we can judge others.   The main issue here is that all members of the policing system need to frankly and honestly acknowledge the problems in their ranks.  Without that commitment to the truth, we cannot go far with things the way they are.  I have heard more than one cop discount the police abuses as if they are someone else’s fault.  Blue Lives Matter takes the stance that many times the public is not willing to be honest or to take responsibility.  Unfortunately,  I have recently heard two police related persons (one a rape investigator and the other in Homeland Security) say that people often lie or that the truth is based on perception, that there are as many perspectives about what happened as there are people.   I don’t think people always lie, but I do agree the truth can be skewed for a variety of reasons.  Regarding the police abuses sections on this website My suggestion is that sometimes the idea that the public cannot be trusted is an excuse for some cops to not always do things legally themselves.  To make things safer for officers, trust has to be rebuilt between the police and public and made even better than it ever was.  How a cop asks and responds matters Sometimes the  approach to a description of what happened does not come at a truthseeker the way he or she wants, there is not enough emotion or whatever - the behavior is judged more than the information or ideas expressed.  The bias might be in the beholder, not the informant.  There is a sense of control over how something should be said, not just what is said.  Some cops cannot see their bias is getting in the way - not enough maturity, life experience, education, knowledge or caution.  Body language and how you ask or receive something can block or distort information.  For example, “He did not seem remorseful enough.  I did not sense any guilt.”  Or “She did not seem that horrified or shocked about supposedly just seeing someone blown away.  Something must be off.”  Sometimes a person can ask questions already dubious of the response or the person giving the response.  For example, a cop usually has already checked out the police record of the person about to be asked questions of.  Perhaps that police record has some bad stuff.  This could set up a bias about what that would-be informant has to say, and this could show up in the cop’s behavior and style of questioning. The point here is not to put down police operations in questioning witnesses, victims and informants or anyone else involved in a case, but to make it clear that how one “vibes out” can influence a response.  Truth can be in the eye of the beholder in the sense we might expect it to come with the “right” kind of tone or body language from an informant,  and if it does not, the person might be discounted or suspected.  The mirage or many images of truth through the lens of perception might go somewhere or nowhere based on how an invesigator responds to information. The police can also be like parent figures, people the public turns to for tattling on others or to get back at someone.  Most officers already know this, and it can be hard from their end to know who is telling the truth.    This can and does lead to police state snitching. The lines between informing, tattling and snitchng can be difficult to discern. Getting real about cartels If cops are killing people in cold blood and not working with the system to bring the perpetrators to legal action, something is off.  I suspect much of it is connected to a global, system-wide cartel invasion of our governmental systems.  Until we get real about cartels (organized crime) we are not going to get anywhere and could sink as a freedom loving society.  Both the public and the police need to work together on the cartel problem, knowing that it can be and often is an avoidance issue for many of us because it seems so long-term and pervasive.  I heard another cop say recently - someone 40 years in the business and who had been running for Sheriff - that “it’s everywhere.”   Although he might not have meant he had given up fighting it, it came across to me that the ubiquitous nature of organized crime is not stoppable or that he himself was part of it. A theme throughout this website - the value of sincerity I think there are some significant ways to stop organized crime infiltration.  Start by bringing people on board who care and who have real hope.  A deep-seated sincerity is vital before anything can get done.  If people are overly optimistic and too idealistic, they will likely fall apart quickly in disastrous ways.  Instead we need realistic, gritty, experienced and knowledgeable people to step between the cartels and the public.  Key points By cutting off the games at certain key points, we should be able to wither away the rest of the vine.  These key points are vital to anti- cartel and terrorist operations.  To identify, assess and target them, we need high end personnel and state-of-the art technology.  In addition, we need chisel-point efficiency and honor.  This means not fighting terrorism with terrorism.  Honor does at least a couple of things: internal - it empowers people from within an operation, as through morale and a sense of personal pride.  This alone will take people far.  The other accomplishment is external - sustaining power by the public and the powers that be through real and ongoing support on various levels.  Real support does not mean drug cartel money.  The idea is to liquidate illegal assets where they are kept in banks across the world.  Without access too their ill-gotten money, they cannot operate.  Find the money and you find the center of operations.  But find their key access points to that money is even more important.  It’s like blocking animals from reachng the water oasis in the desert.  The water itself is not the problem and can be used for other purposes.  Most of us realize we are dealing with billions and trillions of dollars at the disposal of people who will use it for nothng but malicious purposes.  It makes the smaller paychecks of police officers and governmental administrators seem like pennies in contrast, and this is one reason cops go bad. There are many indications corruption is coming from the top down as increased numbers of governmental sectors have are infiltrated.  People in power who do not want to stop drugs from coming in from Mexico or Latin America are linked to cartels making too much money to try another approach.  Beyond this, the idea is that illegal drug sales can be a type of warfare designed to bring down the American people from within, leaving the building infrastructure.   Get rid of the people, take over their stuff - that kind of thing.  The cartels are like locusts that will eat everything out of house and home.  You don’t want to negotiate with these people for personal gain.  Beyond this, people are often intimidated through very real violence and sabotage.  People - both the police and the public - are genuinely intimidated by threats to their persons or families if they do not cooperate with an illegal scheme.  In order to combat cartels, things have to come out in the open - but not in the sense that people no longer have privacy.  It is more of a tactic that removes the places where these types tend to hang out the most, to send them scuttling for cover.  An out and out war with Mexico and parts of Latin America should probably be declared while acknowledgng and considering the relative innocence of the general public and past and current victims.  Stop the hypocrisy about American/Latin American drug connections The United States needs to confront its own illegal henchmen supporting cartels in  Mexico and Latin America.  Stop the hypocrisy.  By declaring official war on the countries, make clear it is the cartels - not the mainstream public that we are after.  Assign the most loyal people to the task.  You see, we have infiltrators and mutineers on board getting a double whammy - collecting government paychecks in policing agencies and other parts of the government through politicians, the justice system and military. They are also receiving cartel related funds.  This means they don’t want to stop the drug wars!  They are not only being funded by drug and weapon sales, but from snatched drugs and other contraband in raids.   By declaring war on the cartels, suddenly the division in our ranks will have to be confronted once and for all.  Although the drugs are coming from global sources, not just from “down south of the border” much of it comes through there at some point or another.  Building a Trump style wall won’t help, either. Blue Lives Matter should involve the notion that the division in our government ranks - The Great Divide - is sinister and deadly to both the public and the police and that the two absolutely must work together to get anything done.  I strongly support far more drug education than Gestapo style raids on minor drug operations.  I also support more network oriented blocks - getting better at cutting off the sources.   What we do not want as a public is to be used to spy on neighbors or others in the name of secretive unrevealed dark box projects.  The police need to use their image of power - complete with weapons, strong stances, badges, uniforms, physical strength, numbers and authority - for the right reasons, not to manipulate, persuade or intimidate the public into going along with an undisclosed scheme against another member of the public.   People are still vulnerable to believing that when cops or their related agencies say keep an eye on someone it is for a good reason.  Sometimes it is and sometimes it is not.  Ferguson: another view from a veteran sheriff Police Mag dot com:  Fueling the flames in Ferguson. By Richard Valdemar (12/08/2014) http://www.policemag.com/blog/patrol-tactics/story/2014/12/fueling-the-flames-in-ferguson.aspx Sgt. Richard Valdemar retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after spending most of his 33 years on the job combating gangs. He is a longtime member of the POLICE Magazine advisory board and has written extensively on Gangs on PoliceMag.com's Gangs Channel. Article in full:  So far I have exercised what I consider "commendable restraint" in holding back my public comments on the recent events in Ferguson, Mo. Frankly I have not voiced my strong opinions because, like Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke says, it just pisses me off.  The city of Ferguson encompasses 6.2 square miles and is populated by about 21,000 souls whose average yearly income is $47,760.00. According to the 2010 census about 29% are identified as white and 67% as African American. Charged with protecting and serving this community is the Ferguson Police Department with a total of 72 personnel, 54 sworn Officers and 18 civilian support members. And I will bet that a vast majority of both the police and citizenry are honest upstanding people. But that's not who gets the national attention. Depending on who you believe, on August 9, 2014, Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson contacted a 6'4" 300-pound 18-year- old Michael Brown and his companion (or partner in crime) Dorian Johnson. They had just strong armed a store manager at a nearby convenience store and stolen about $50 worth of cigars. When Wilson noticed the cigars he suspected that these two might be the suspects in the earlier radio call, he called for backup and used his car to block their path. As he attempted to exit the vehicle Brown slammed the door shut and attacked Officer Wilson through the open car window. Pinned in the radio car Wilson claimed he was struck hard several times and he drew his gun. Brown grabbed Wilson's pistol and Wilson shot him. After the initial shots Brown fled and Wilson went after him. Wilson said that Brown, although already wounded, turned around and again charged the Officer. Fearing for his life Wilson fired several more rounds killing Brown. After more than three months of testimony from numerous witnesses and all pertinent physical and scientific evidence the Grand Jury decision found no cause to charge Wilson. Of course like the LAPD Officers in Rodney King, he now faces the double jeopardy of possible federal prosecution. Upon announcement of the Grand Jury's findings the predictable civil disturbances immediately began. National televised statements by politicians sympathetic to Brown's family were broadcast by the major media; this did not help. President Obama also made a plea for peaceful demonstrations, but this did no good. During the President's speech footage of Ferguson rioting and burning were televised. Again and again I heard the call for police tolerance and restraint. But I know that early law enforcement intervention and a show of coordinated force is the most effective tactic to stop a riot. Appeasement and confrontation avoidance is what caused the Los Angeles Rodney King riots to escalate out of control. Where was the National Guard? In my experience I have never seen a riot that was truly justified, or worth the cost in lives and property. I grew up in Compton, Calif., and have personally survived the 1965 Watts riots, the 1969 MLK Assassination riots, a couple of Vietnam protest riots (1970 & 71), and the Rodney King riots of 1992. Because of this, I have a special disdain for outside agitator groups like the Black Panthers, Brown Berets, the Nation of Islam, the Revolutionary Communist Party, the Occupy people and the KKK. I feel the same toward the race hate mongers like the "Reverend" Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. These outside-the-community agitators, like parasites, feed on the communities they pretend to represent, provoking violence and lawlessness, which primarily injures the people who live in that community. After the city is left in smoldering ruin, they move on to another national hot spot to foment more trouble. The cost to the community's reputation, the economy, the cost in destroyed property, and in human lives is not borne by these agitators. The troubled (and usually poor) community pays the horrible price to further the agitators' political agenda. The blood of these communities feeds the parasites of race hate, class warfare, and division. And like Pavlov's dogs the American media drools all over every incident and confrontation, mostly giving these outside agitators a platform; to fan the beginning sparks, or the dying embers to keep the good video footage coming for their 5 o'clock news coverage. The TV news coverage of Ferguson was so bad and one sided that I often had to turn off the television in order to keep from throwing something at my expensive TV flat screen. You cops know what I mean. In my opinion, today there is a general public atmosphere of distrust of authority and government, which most seem to direct specifically against the local police. I personally have not seen this much general hatred for the police since the turbulent radical 1960s. The American national media is partly to blame. Even when forensic science, video tape, and numerous eye witness testimony clears an officer of wrongdoing there will still be those talking heads on TV claiming cover up and conspiracy. And this is true on both sides of the media; the left leaning media painting the police in broad brush strokes as jack-booted Nazi racists and the right wing warning of the militarization of the police and socialist government confiscation of weapons and property. Law enforcement is a thankless and dangerous job. Sympathy for the bullies and bad guys and political correctness does not make it safer. A police officer is killed in the United States every 57 hours, or about an average of 154 in a year. So far this year two were from Missouri. About 43 of these deaths were from firearms. According to FBI Statistics during the period between the years 1991 and 2000, 52 officers were killed with their own firearms. In other words, some thug overcame a policeman or policewoman, took his or her sidearm, and murdered him or her with it. This is not a fictional movie or faraway military conflict. These men and women were real human beings trying to protect and serve the American people, all the people. Have you ever struggled with a suspect who was bigger and meaner than you, maybe high on dope, and determined to take your gun away from you and shoot you with it? I have. We each carry the means of our own demise on our Sam Browne or duty belt to every call and traffic stop.  In the Academy they taught me a reverence for life, but they also emphasized that you can never allow a suspect to take your gun from you. That day in the Imperial Courts projects when I was fighting for my life on the dirt with that Grape Street Crip and being struck with my own baton while trying to win the fight with just one hand, I feared for my life. That man was lucky the responding units reached me in time, because I had gained the advantage and control of my pistol and I would have killed that son of a bitch if they had not grabbed and cuffed him first.  Each of our perceptions and opinions are colored by our lifetime experiences, and I opine that Wilson was within the confines of the law and did his duty. He went home to his family …alive. http://www.policemag.com/blog/patrol-tactics/story/2014/12/fueling-the-flames-in-ferguson.aspx
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