The unavoidable implications of the current power structure and all preceding & proceeding power structures: A tribute to the 378 persons killed by the police in the United States of America thus far (at the time I typed this title) in 2018
A HUMAN AND HIS DOMESTICATED DOG (AN OPENING INTERMISSION):
The dog sleeps in a cage at night. The dog "sits" for a treat in the evening. The dog holds in her piss & shit during the day until the human returns home to let her outside. The dog goes outside in the sun's warm brilliance for 10 minutes while the human smokes a cigarette and when the allotted time expires (which coincidently corresponds to the length of his cigarette) he yells, "come Lisa, come inside". The human gets angry if the dog doesn't listen and come inside immediately. Sometimes the human doesn't finish his food and allows Lisa to eat it off the kitchen floor. Sometimes the human slaps the dogs furry body producing a yelp and locks her in the cage for sitting in the kitchen tongue slackened and tail wagging "begging" for food.
A BRIEF SUB-ESSAY ON THE INEXTRICABILITY OF POWER AND ABUSE:
As long as any person remains enlisted in an imaginary (based on arbitrary and indiscernible differences) hierarchy between persons, there will be submission and there will be abused powers. (Possession of a gun or any other weapon is an arbitrary difference between people, as is any possession.)
AN ARREST I WITNESSED THROUGH A WINDOW:
The boy’s (presumed) girlfriend kisses and hugs him and proceeds to awkwardly remove his hoodie over his tied-up dreadlocks as he attempts to assist her by pulling his head down and wriggling his body from east to west to east to west to east to loosen the hoodie that was already at his torso (arms not through the sleeves of the hoodie, but rather meeting behind his back clasped at the wrists by steel cuffs as he’s been arrested for possession of marijuana in a county that voted to decriminalize marijuana the November prior to this incident, although if it’s an arrest or just a simple issued fine remains to the discretion of the arresting officer, and if white skin and a suit & tie and tight & short super-cuts haircut and 2017 Toyota corolla is a ten on the very-likely-to-be-issued-a-simple-fine-over-possesion-of-a-nominal-amount-of-marijuana scale, dark skin and a hoodie and dread locks and a 1997 Honda accord is a negative three.)
THE ONE’S AFFLICTED:
--I didn’t vote them into office, how can a person that has a more immediate effect on my life than the president of the united states, by patrolling the streets that I live and drive and walk on with a gun on her/his hip, not be chosen by the inhabitants of those same streets?--
--they need to understand that they’s being paid by our goddamn tax dollars, they are employed by me, they be forgetting that shit and acting up like they run the streets but their entire salaries depend on those they terrorize, they performing a service for the public and need to start acting like it, they’re fucking customer service and need to stop forgetting who the fuck put that food on their table, next time I get pulled over they needa speak to me like theys a fucking gas station attendant or a waiter—
A SOMEWHAT INSIGHTFUL INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR OF THIS STORY:
A. I dunno. That's someone else's choice, I'm not gonna infringe on someone's freewill because of my own subjective conclusions, that'd make me a dogmatic asshole. I wouldn't personally want to be a police officer and I don't entirely understand why someone would, but, I'll be the millionth person to say it, it's not the individuals (I mean in certain instances, it is, if they have a certain unconscious ((or conscious)) biases and are fucking killing people or being dickheads) it's the institution that allows those individuals the absolute lenience that police officers are given, they can fucking do anything man, they can see someone break a traffic law and either let them go or pull them over and give them a warning then let them go or issue them a minor ticket or issue them a ticket to the maximum degree that breaking said traffic law can be fined or arrest them or fucking feel threatened and shoot them, it's absolutely fucking absurd. Any human is fallible, and except in extreme instances, I don't think the ordinary day-to-day police officer should be wielding a fucking gun. I will add that allot of cops are assholes too.
A. Cops get killed at a much lower rate than they kill, come on it's a fucking nationwide mourning over a police officer (which isn't necessarily a bad thing, every human life or any life is absolutely sacred and amazing and any loss of life should be mourned) but it's disproportionate to not only the number of people being killed by the police but the reception of the country when someone is killed by police.
A. I mean I don't know, all I know is everyone that I've ever known (including myself, and I’m Caucasian) have been harassed by the police allot more than they’ve ever been helped by the police, that's just according to empirical evidence, which is the only thing I can really rely on.
AN EXCERPT ILLUMINATING THE CAUSE OF DEATH OF THE MAJORITY OF THOSE 378:
Bullet holes in a car door (and in flesh, being rushed to the nearest emergency medical facility). Blood running down slightly slanted asphalt leading to storm drain. A police officer filling out a police report. (The police officer mistook a wallet/car key/ipod/camera tripod/umbrella for a dangerous weapon.) Red & blue lights interchangeably swirling more hostile than hostile nighttime darkness, illuminating sidewalk affable pedestrian car rear-view mirror restaurant window bus stop post-midnight scene totality. Arrest-fear. Arrest-fear. Arrest-fear.
THE ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS OF KILLING A POLICE OFFICER IN SPITE OR IN RETRIBUTION OR IN THE NAME OF FREEDOM:
A cop-killer is an American hero. (can a murderer be a hero? does someone deserve to die over choice of occupation under any circumstances? if someone's intentions are good ((the naive police officer)) but the institution that they serve has a negative function ((the police force that instills fear in anyone that has any variance from the American normality, and superfluously uses deadly force)), is that someone a bad person? do I even understand the severity of my statement? if someone is condemned to spend years in prison for something they don't deem wrong but is deemed wrong for them and they choose to act accordingly to their own conclusive morality, what else should they do when the warrant pops up after a simple traffic stop and a single police officer, that will kill you if you attempt to flee, has to be killed to retain your own freedom? the news will call you a dangerous cop-killer but the American heart ((secretly yearning for freedom)) will follow your story.)
The dog is scared of the slap and the cage and the human is scared of the bullet and the cage.
A CONCLUSION BASED ON THE LINE OF INQUIRY MADE IN THIS ESSAY:
The primary constraint of freedom is arrest-fear. Limited freedom is no freedom.
Laws are the limits of freedom determined by temporal understandings of the world. A law is attached to the epoch in which it is conceived, and is not applicable to any other point in time, unless reviewed according to that particular point in time's understandings of the world. Laws have been/will be/are erroneous. We have seen that they (laws) are not eternal nor are they universal as dissimilar cultures form dissimilar laws, but nevertheless laws are objective in the area and point in time that they (the laws) are enacted. Morality is undoubtedly subjective as the individual autonomously chooses their right and wrong according to their own ethical principles. The question that becomes explicit after this line of reasoning is: what becomes of a law to the autonomous individual whose morality does not align to the laws that govern her/his life?
A SCENE OF TWO LANGUID OFFICERS PERFORMING THE BANAL PORTION OF THEIR OCCUPATION:
Red and blue lights tossed onto concrete median from beefy, intimidating police cars, two police officers languidly stand facing each other with their arms crossed. Guns on their hips.
AN UNDENIABLE PARTIAL SOLUTION (to the death toll):
Tasers before bullets.
Teddy Duncan Jr/ Orlando, Florida/ Teddy.firstname.lastname@example.org