What is not being discussed is that the police are the problem. The earliest memory I have of a police officer is from kindergarten when an officer came to our class and taught us the rules of the road, looking both ways before you cross the road and all that. Yet by time I was a teenager I had come to see the police as no friend of mine. Once, it was the summer between 11th and 12th grade. A friend of mine had gotten his first car and wanted to take a trip up to some lakes with friends and make a camping trip out of it. We were going down the highway when suddenly a state patrol rolled up behind us, lights flashing. All the cops would say was we looked suspicious. They made the four of us sit on curb as if we were criminals while they unpacked and went through all of our camping equipment that was packed into the trunk. When they were done they made some vague threats and drove off, leaving our stuff strewn on the side of the road. Once one of my brothers and his friends were out cruising when they witnessed a car crash. The one car had an elderly couple inside and flames and smoke could be seen. My brother and his friends rushed to the car, pried the doors open, pulled the couple out, extinguishing the fire that had leapt to the woman’s clothing. When the police arrived they threatened my brother and his friends with arrest if they did not immediately leave the area. And we were slightly upper middle class and blonde haired. The current crisis was sparked by four police officers unnecessarily killing a black man. Something that police all over America seem to have a penchant for doing. But they also have a habit of killing homeless people and those suffering from a mental breakdown. Here in America, mental disease is often treated as criminal behavior, often to deadly result for the sufferer. As the protests continue on we hear more and more instances of police brutality. Time after time the police have attacked and arrested members of the press. They have shoved bystanders to the ground, and drug innocent people out their cars and beat and tased them. The people are protesting police brutality and there seems to be plenty of officers willing to respond with more police brutality. As is the case in most protests, half of the arrests are going to turn out to be little more than overzealous police just grabbing people who just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is not just Blacks but a good swatch of Americans have been abused by the police and the criminal justice system. That is why there is so much anger against the police. They often claim that it is just a few bad apples. But time and time again I have seen instances of large numbers of officers standing behind and in support of an officer accused of wrongdoing, and the courts seem to always let them off. I saw an episode of Judge Judy where a man was suing a police officer for having keyed his car, that is the officer had taken a key and scratched down to the metal a line the length of the man’s car. However, testimony revealed that the man had been charged with something at the time, domestic violence or something. Even though the officer more or less admitted to keying the man’s car, Judge Judy ruled that because the man was charged with a crime, the officer could not be held accountable for destroying the man’s property. It kind of illustrates the f$&@ed up mentality that has led to the protests we have been seeing in the streets. It has long been a rule of mine, if you see the cops coming, get going in the opposite direction. If you are walking down the street and you see a cop on your side of the street, cross the street. It matters not if you are guilty of anything or not. A good cop can always construe just about any act into a criminal one. The prosecutors and courts are just as bad, just as corrupted and abusive. I once sat in a courtroom that had misdemeanor type violations. Shooting off fireworks, drunken behavior, shoplifting, things like that . It didn’t take long and I noticed a clear pattern. It was so obvious that I could predict with almost perfect accuracy the outcome of each case just by looking at the defendant. Simply the better dressed, better looking, and well spoken defendants tended to get off rather light and those wearing old clothing who were ugly and had dark skin, would get the harshest penalties. There was an older handsome White businessman looking dude who got off with just court costs for not having had automobile insurance, while the Hispanic woman before him had gotten a $300 fine and week of community service, plus court costs, for the same thing. And the big spinner of all. The police have a habit of arresting people for resisting arrest even though there is no underlying crime that is being alleged. So how does one resist arrest if no legal arrest is being made? Yet prosecutors love to prosecute and people go to jail for nothing. Leaving the US the country with the most people locked up in prisons and jail of any country on Earth. The land of the free, except for the millions who get preyed upon by the police and our criminal justice system.