Kiwi Polemicist

April 9, 2009

• Police brutality at G20 in London

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The BBC has video showing Ian Tomlinson, who had his hands in his pockets and was not protesting, being attacked from behind by a police officer and pushed to the ground by that agent of the state. Shortly afterwards he died from a heart attack, although he probably would have died from heart disease sooner or later irrespective of police actions. Whilst the thug in the balaclava (aka police officer) did not employ what would normally be regarded as lethal force, this looks like an utterly unprovoked attack. Also, knocking someone to the ground when they have their hands in their pockets greatly increases the risk of injury because they cannot break their fall.

Power corrupts, and this is a perfect example of what happens when individuals are given state-backed power over other individuals. Never forget that the state is your enemy and that the police – agents of the state – are your enemy.

Related post:

Who are the police really serving?

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