By ann summers
Apparently some police officers, each in their own jurisdictions and with disproportionate community representation and oversight have decided to engage in their own stochastic terrorism, where random LEOs have taken it upon themselves to exceed authority and in some cases execute suspects. An unspoken rule of engagement seems to have infected law enforcement with lethal results for innocent civilians in the post-#BLM era.
Police, under color of authority have decided police lone wolves and the packs of decent LEOs need only to police themselves as accountability apparently should be alienated rather than socially constructed. We all bowl alone whether it’s in a police or a civilian bowling league.
At any given time there are hundreds of thousands of Americans with combinations of personality characteristics (such as emotional instability, a paranoid ideology, and a propensity for violence) that put them at risk of going off the deep end and becoming lone wolves. All it takes is the right push, the right nudge at the right time, to dislodge a few of them and send them on their way to fifteen minutes of fame surrounded by dead bodies.
There’s nothing mysterious about this process. It is not much different to other instances where a person is almost ready to make a decision, and the right combination of inputs makes them act. For example you have an old car and it begins to break down more often: now you’re thinking about replacing it, and you might be swayed by something in an automobile advertisement. Anyone who is familiar with marketing and advertising knows how this works, and advertisers often target their messages to people who are “ready to buy” and just need a little persuading. Political candidates often target their ads to the undecideds, hoping that a little nudge will win them some votes. This is perfectly normal and hardly insidious.
It becomes insidious when these practices are used in such a manner as to deliberately or negligently stir up lone wolf violence.
Once is a tragedy, twice is a coincidence, three times is enemy action.
That is, we seem to have a national conspiracy of force being applied by police lone wolves, where executing suspects in extrajudicial ways is now the tragic norm, revealing not only failures in training and tactics, but even in understanding what would be reasonable force. So in Tulsa, you see three LEOS, two of which are firing tasers, with one firing their sidearm, there’s something wrong procedurally, because in the name of justice they should not act randomly. The rule of firing squads armed with at least one blank round does not apply to everyday policing.
Whose cause is probable, just look at the video below.
And LEOs often choose targets who in some cases do not even understand that their cognitive disabilities are also deadly liabilities because of poorly trained police or ones susceptible to after-action obstruction behind thin blue lines of silence.
See last night’s events in NC.
An LEO lone wolf can be quite safe, hiding in plain sight within a squad, but with their ability to use deadly force, the media frenzy over police violence makes them more susceptible to abuse of power, whether it’s the activism of police unions, the pro-police RWNJs, the paramilitary-minded politicians, or conservative hate media.
Municipalities and their respective prosecutors have treated police officer suspects with a wide variety of results despite a US Constitution and Rule of Law. LEOs have been fired, charged, convicted, indicted, released and sued. In those cases with more egregious exoneration, should the taxpayers bear the burden of civil suits or the feds bear the prosecution costs of violated civil rights.
Yet as we have seen, there is a unanimity among police communities in their resistance to using body cameras or simply ignoring them with mixed results. Who really polices the Po-Po.
To date, it have been used to normalize the fear and hate of various terrorist Others and to affirm the power of state power and institutions. Individuals acting randomly within state-sponsored terrorism can be as problematic as individuals performing terrorist acts, pledged(sic) or otherwise motivated.
The same degree of so-called non-random randomness applies to police departments or individual officers considering recent events. Cops are subject to the same media influences and can become “random actors to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable”.
Where in the case of armed civilians, radicalized or not, have violated the law, LEOs radicalized or not, have violated our trust when they kill the innocent.
Police dog whistles are still dog whistles.
As outlined in this Rolling Stone piece. Definition: ” Stochastic terrorism…means using language and other forms of communication ‘to incite random actors to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable.'”
and from the same article:
“1. A public figure with access to the airwaves or pulpit demonizes a person or group of persons. 2. With repetition, the targeted person or group is gradually dehumanized, depicted as loathsome and dangerous—arousing a combustible combination of fear and moral disgust. 3. Violent images and metaphors, jokes about violence, analogies to past ‘purges’ against reviled groups, use of righteous religious language—all of these typically stop just short of an explicit call to arms. 4. When violence erupts, the public figures who have incited the violence condemn it—claiming no one could possibly have foreseen the ‘tragedy.'”