Reflections On Anti-Police March
(This is written by a participant, not an observer)
The police hold sway in this country with violence. When they are not angrily brandishing their weapons, they are calmly brandishing the threat of jail or fines. The police appear to be good-natured and respectful people because some of them are. But even the best of them will quickly become a violent attacker if given the command. The worst of them are always violent, aggressive, bigoted and homicidal and require no command to be these things.
We live under their control, just as any subjected people live under a ruler. The war was won long ago, and we have never known a world without police. So much time has passed that we no longer see the occupying force for what it is. It is taken for granted that we must have police. Because we must have police, we can never exist without them. The police and their violence are considered to be normal. Their violence is not violence.
The police forcefully fill a hole in all of our lives: they maintain order. But it is not our order. It is the order of the rulers. We have all lost the ability to think without them. Because of the this, the police are the first barrier to any free society. Not only do the police have to be overcome, but they must never be emulated. Whereas the police patrol the streets, isolated in their cruisers, we live on our streets, know the people on our streets, and would never allow anything to happen those people.