William Norman Grigg
Every day, somewhere in this supposedly free county, some version of
this script is played out: A police officer spies an individual
committing a harmless but “illegal” act, aggressively pursues the
subject, inflicts physical violence on the victim, then escalates that
violence to lethal or nearly lethal levels when the victim doesn’t
immediately submit to the state-licensed aggression.
We could refer to this as the “From Malum Prohibitum to Murder” model
of police escalation. Citizens who aren’t killed in such encounters can
expect to be punished for the impudence they display by surviving.
Police officers responsible for the actual crimes of violence will not
face prosecution, owing to the evil doctrine of “qualified immunity.” A
recent episode in Florida resulted in several charges – including
attempted murder – against a man whose only apparent “offense” was to
refuse to submit to a beating by a police officer.