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  • Individual rights are not protected

    As an example you can be arrested, beat up or arrested for recording police with a camera. Even though tool to protect our rights are the camera the police know this as well. I have read numerous stories of police saying that a person recording them is interfering in their duty. The truth is police don't want recording because it can't be business as usual. Along with this I have seem multiple You tube videos where people where speaking their minds and police did not like what they were saying and arrested them. They were told that they are creating a public nuisance when all they were doing was exercising their first amendment rights. Ignorance of the law is no excuse correct? This should apply to police as well. They should know the law and the rights that they are protecting and if they arrest you for no reason then they are breaking the law. But we are so crazy. We allow police to arrest us and either out of ignorance or blatantly to break the law by detaining a person without cause. Remember ignorance of the law is no excuse...But it is with police. They can charge you and allow the courts to sort it out and you should feel lucky not to be convicted. Things need to change. Police need harsher punishments if they break the law. The reason for this is if they get caught once they have been using the badge to get away with it for years. People better start caring about their rights.

  • Stop and sniff

    The other day I was driving back to San Diego from AZ. Around Pine Valley in CA I was stopped for an "immigration check." 3 cops, one with a dog, circled my BMW. The dog did a 360 sniff and the cops did a 360 visual. This used to be a stop to ask if you were bringing any fruits or vegetables to CA. Then it became an immigration stop where the cops looked at the occupants and decided if they needed to question anyone. Now everyone is searched by dogs. This is unacceptable.

  • Yes, as of late.

    Between people wanting armed guards at grade schools and Occupy policemen harassing protesters who have every legal right to be protesting, yes, the U.S. seems to as of late, be on the road to becoming a police state. This is very unfortunate because it quiets parts of the population that have every right to move about freely and express themselves without someone watching over their shoulders, whether it be grade school children or political protesters.

  • Yes, as of late.

    Between people wanting armed guards at grade schools and Occupy policemen harassing protesters who have every legal right to be protesting, yes, the U.S. Seems to as of late, be on the road to becoming a police state. This is very unfortunate because it quiets parts of the population that have every right to move about freely and express themselves without someone watching over their shoulders, whether it be grade school children or political protesters.

  • Actual Police Responsibility

    The US is on it's way to becoming a police state. When police can break the law and travel outside of their duties without repercussions, then we are headed to becoming a police state. Time and time again police beat innocent citizens and commit other various injustices (corruption, false accusations), but this will happen in any society. The problem is when there is no punishment and that same officer is given paid leave for a month. Here, there is no punishment for a violation of rights, and when this occurs, the respect for individual rights declines, and a police state can flourish.

  • Police can kill you if they 'think' you are reaching for a weapon.

    American police can kill you. Essentially with impunity. And they do it almost daily, kill American citizens. If you move in the wrong way, if your hands happen to stray to the wrong place, even if they 'think' you might be reaching for a weapon, they can open fire and end your life. Just like that. Due to the US being flooded with firearms, any confrontation with police can be deadly, and they only need to suspect you of reaching for a gun and it seem that alone - their fear, their thought - is enough of an excuse for them to kill you. This happens all the time, and people shrug as if it was normal, as if it were some sort of understandable reaction. Killing someone should not be seen this way. The police are supposed to be there to protect you. The US police, or at least a portion of them, are a menace to society. Few of them are ever prosecuted for such violence, even when it is recorded and they are clearly seen to be killing someone - in any eventuality, let alone when it was someone who was unarmed and no threat. There is a culture of violence in the US that glorifies police violence as heroic. It isn't. Good policing is to defuse a situation, to police it, to bring order - not to use violence to erradicate a person and then process a body bag. American police should be trained to do this, police. They are instead heavility trained to kill people, to overpower them, to hit them with battons, spray them with pepper spray, body slam them, and process body bags. Where is the training in conflict resolution? In the US, they call it 'law enforcement' an that is part of the problem - they use FORCE in relation to the law. State violence against its citizens has become the norm, the way to resolve situations. It beyond a tragedy for all, including the police force, that killing and injuring Americans is seen as the only way to keep law and order.

  • Police can kill you if they 'think' you are reaching for a weapon.

    American police can kill you. Essentially with impunity. And they do it almost daily, kill American citizens. If you move in the wrong way, if your hands happen to stray to the wrong place, even if they 'think' you might be reaching for a weapon, they can open fire and end your life. Just like that. Due to the US being flooded with firearms, any confrontation with police can be deadly, and they only need to suspect you of reaching for a gun and it seem that alone - their fear, their thought - is enough of an excuse for them to kill you. This happens all the time, and people shrug as if it was normal, as if it were some sort of understandable reaction. Killing someone should not be seen this way. The police are supposed to be there to protect you. The US police, or at least a portion of them, are a menace to society. Few of them are ever prosecuted for such violence, even when it is recorded and they are clearly seen to be killing someone - in any eventuality, let alone when it was someone who was unarmed and no threat. There is a culture of violence in the US that glorifies police violence as heroic. It isn't. Good policing is to defuse a situation, to police it, to bring order - not to use violence to erradicate a person and then process a body bag. American police should be trained to do this, police. They are instead heavility trained to kill people, to overpower them, to hit them with battons, spray them with pepper spray, body slam them, and process body bags. Where is the training in conflict resolution? In the US, they call it 'law enforcement' an that is part of the problem - they use FORCE in relation to the law. State violence against its citizens has become the norm, the way to resolve situations. It beyond a tragedy for all, including the police force, that killing and injuring Americans is seen as the only way to keep law and order.

  • Too many police on the street waiting to pounce!

    There are way too many police in my small town. Everywhere I turn a police is arresting someone or giving someone a ticket. The rights of the people have totally been stomped on. The police presence here is oppressive and I wonder if it is like this in other towns.

  • It has been coming

    Past the point of wanting to even argue or prove a point. The mere fact that a majority of public opinion is being thrown around that it is okay for public servant to use brutal force on unarmed citizens (or people believed to be immigrants) - that peaceful protesters are inaccurately labelled terrorists - is beyond proof that the public has fallen into a social sadomasochistic state of being which allows for destructive authoritarianism to prevail. We were a police state before I was born. In school, I witnessed the education system attempt to hide pictures and moments in history which proved we had the capacity to be not only dangerous to our neighbors (outside states), but dangerous to ourselves. Yes, we are a police state. It may not be the most brutal history has seen yet. But we are well on our way.

  • Time is already here

    Look who buying all of the ammo,and listening, looking and stopping people for no reason. The present President is not upholding the law(s) on the book. Can not speak freely or you will be label something. Even though you want to think things are going great then take my spotlight.

  • No, the US is not becoming a police state.

    While the United States has increased in terms of security measures, I do not believe it has become a police state. Events such a the recent happenings in Boston prove that security's presence in the minds of United States officials is justified. Citizens and visitors alike are able to navigate our country freely without fear of attack while still enjoying the full array of rights given to us by the US Constitution, the US is not a police state, it is a safe state and a calm state of being.

  • Dumb thugs being shot is not a police state

    These idiotic thugs who are trying to shoot cops, or holding an fake but realistic gun and disobeying a cops orders to drop it, or rushing police get what is coming to them. If anything I think we should be more like a police state. Crack down on these "peaceful" protests that end up destroying cities after the sun goes down.

  • Not even close.

    If you want to see a police state go live in North Korea or China. Police officers are part of the executive branch that enforces the laws that were passed by the people through propositions or their elected representatives. You can't expect an officer to not ever make mistakes and now all the thousands of laws off the top of their head. That's why our constitution creates "checks and balances" with due process through the legislative branch (courts). Police officers are human too and some make mistakes, with over 800k law enforcement officers in the US alone. But most officers are good, have a tough job, and do amazing service for the community.

    By definition also no, the force used is minimalized, there is no torture or maiming. We have no political prisoners. There are multiple political parties within the US.....Etc,

  • Not by definition

    Although there seem to be many cases of blatant abuse of authority by the police, these cases are individual and clearly in breach of the law. This is proved by the action taken by state and government when these cases are documented, e.g. filmed.

    These officers face repercussions by the hand of the state and government. These actions are clearly not accepted.

    With the rise of video recording tools we are inevitably seeing much more of this, and therefore starting to understand the scope of the problem. But the fact that we didn't see this before does not mean it did not happen, maybe even to a much larger extent.

    What we see is clearly worrying, and there IS a big problem with police abuse of authority in the US, especially compared to other western nations, where the police is generally held in high regard as public servants.

    But the answer to the question "are the US becoming a police state?" Is no. People's rights are protected by the law. In a police state this is not the case, or these laws are not followed on a practical basis.


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