Horrible incidents of police and TSA violence and abuse
The police have arrested and intruded upon media freedom in America. It happens quite often, and ironically, it is mostly ignored by the media at large. In a case in Philadelphia at an anti-military recruiting protest in 2008, a reporter was singled out for arrest, after the protestors were ordered to disperse. This is even though that the protest itself had a permit to engage in a protest.
This was even though the only people arrested were either that journalist, or the protestors, none being any counter-protestors. This is even though that a journalist has a right to cover a protest and police arrests of protestors. To the city of Philadelphia, the First Amendment is not that important, it seems.
Other examples of police abuse in our nation is that the sheriff of the small Ohio town of Mount Sterling, covered up the tasing of a 9 year old child, who had refused to go to school. He did not refuse details of this tasing to town leaders, in violation of the law. In a case in Tennessee a man was basically tortured by police with a taser while after handcuffed. Of course the police had pressed charges, as cover for their abuse. I don't think there is ever a victim of police brutality, no matter how innocent, who didn't have some charge thrown against him or her. After all, police can do this, especially if there is no video, because even if charges are dropped, prosecutors rarely than prosecute police. Fortunately there is video in this link. In Georgia, a man who was pacing after his son committed suicide, was beaten by police. His crime? He jerked his arm away and said "don't touch me", when a cop grabbed his arm and told him to sit down. Now, most people would think that this guy would beunderstandably upset, but I guess jerking your arm away, even after your son committed suicide, warrants a beating by police. It warrants to be punched in the face. This isn't China or North Korea but the U.S.A. It really makes you wonder, do many police think they are above the law, totally? His charge by the way? Felony obstruction! What a joke.
In the worst case of abuse, a woman at Reagan National Airport in Washington. DC who was engaging in the heinous crime of bringing eyedrops onto an airplane, was attacked and beaten by TSA employees. She was calmly talking with one when one of them grabbed her from behind and slammed her on the ground. Her head was than beaten on a table. I can't find anything about any of them charged, but unfortunately, I have to believe they probably weren't. If the woman had lightly touched one of them beforehand, she would probably have faced felony assault charges.
Lastly, in abuse by our federal government an innocent man was abused by our government for being a suspected terrorist for his organization simply not signing a government mandated pledge. After reading these and other cases, ask yourself, are the police our servants, are are we theirs?