Take Off Your Shirt and Turn Around Slowly!

by Jason Simpkins, Outsider Club “Take off your shirt and turn around slowly!” This was the demand made of Robin Bruins. Then the handcuffs came out. It’s not a piece of erotic fiction, it’s a humiliating reality that occurred when two senior citizens were pulled over by the Nevada Highway Patrol. The driver, Robin Bruins, was forced out of his 1962 Chevy Impala at gunpoint, stripped of his shirt, then handcuffed and forced into the back of a squad car. He was confused and highly emotional, tears streaming down his face. “I turned and looked back and saw three gun barrels pointed at me. And, obviously it hit me. Whoa! What’s going on here,” he’d tell local news station KLAS. “To this day I have never experienced anything like looking down the barrel of guns like that.” Moments later, his wife Beverly was taken out of the car, also at gun point, and nearly shot as she reached for the crutches she was using to stabilize her broken leg. She, too, was handcuffed before being offered the chance to say goodbye to her husband. Robin would be taken to jail, where he’d spend the night, denied his medication. All of this, because the officers thought he stole his own car. “To be treated like the both of us were, I mean, at gunpoint and then handcuffed and then humiliated by making you take your shirt off and get on your knees on the side of the freeway. I mean, why should that have to happen to anybody?” Indeed, there were varying levels of incompetence across the board. And hundreds, even thousands, of Americans fall victim to it everyday. Robert Bruins 2 See, you don’t have to be poor and black for the police to harass you — though that certainly increases the odds. We’re all getting screwed by the cops — and not in an erotic pleasure palace a la “Fifty Shades of Grey.” It’s happening on our own streets, in broad daylight. They’re taking our freedom, and our money. Lethal Force I made this point last year during the Ferguson riots, but it’s worth making again… You’re more likely to be killed by a cop than a terrorist. That is, the odds of being killed by a terrorist anywhere in the world is roughly 1 in 20 million. Yet, your chances of being killed by a cop are 1 in 2.5 million. It’s not a widely reported fact, but more than 5,000 innocent American civilians have been killed by the police since 9/11. That’s twice the number of people killed in the 9/11 terrorist act itself. And yes, your odds of an altercation with the police do go up if you’re a minority — especially in a town like Ferguson. Indeed, while the Justice Department found no reason to bring charges against Darren Wilson it did find a police culture rife with corruption and racism. Continue Reading>>>

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