of a Different Kind
state is not only here it is being welcomed with open
In Aurora, Colorado, police searching for suspected bank robbers
locked down an entire intersection, dragooned 40 random motorists
out of their cars at gunpoint, handcuffed them and asked
for permission to search their vehicles. (See here
for the ABC News story.)
no one refused permission.
itself is startling: 40 people, guilty of nothing more than proximity,
of being in the same general area where a suspected criminal might
also be, are literally pulled from their vehicles, shackled and
detained for more than two hours even after it was obvious
they were guilty of no crime at all.
Even more startling,
however, than these over-the-top tactics is the fact that (apparently)
every one of these 40 innocent people complied without a
peep of protest. Not one said: Im sorry officer, but
unless Ive committed a crime Id like to be free to go
about my business. Not one said, I do not consent to
None put up
a fuss when the cuffs came out.
One woman interviewed
by ABC News clucked happily: Yeah, we all got cuffed (laugh)
until they figured out who did what. No doubt this woman will
not object when a gang of armed men kicks in her door, invades her
home and holds her family at gunpoint until they figure out who
did what. After all, there are criminals about. They could be anywhere.
Which means, anything is justified.
In the words
of one ABC News blogger, Sounds like the police did their
job and did it exceptionally well! And another: I
think the police did a great job in an unusual circumstance and
protected the people of the city from a dangerous criminal. Those
people should praise the police, not sue them!
apparently agree. So far, according to news reports, none of the
40 has so much as filed a complaint.
This is an
incredible thing. A lurid testimony as to the current state of the
American mind cowed, in awe of law enforcement
and utterly indifferent to the inevitable consequences of
countenancing such thuggery.
is precisely the right word. Because thugs use violence to intimidate
and get what they want. They do not care how they get what they
Just so they
get what they want.
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