Punishment that acts as a deterrent and accountability are the keys to ending police brutality. These are two keys that provide the foundation to ending any type of criminality in any industry, whether that industry is law enforcement, healthcare, or banking. Without both, and without the punishment focusing on personal punishment enforced upon the individual perpetrator, criminality will always remain rampant and/or systemic in whichever corrupt industry reform is attempted.
For example, the reason criminality is still rampant on Wall Street and in the global banking industry is because accountability and punishment are still absent. I’m sure there have been more bankers put in jail than just two, but I can only think of two off the top of my head that received prison sentences for their criminality though thousands of bankers engage in criminality – Bernie Madoff and Barclays trader, Mark Johnson. And in Mark Johnson’s instance, in which he was sentenced to two years in prison for theft, referred to by the parasitic media class by the euphemism frontrunning, caused other bankers like Daniel Mantini of Smith Barney to state in outrage that Mark Johnson’s prison sentence was a “travesty of justice”. Instead of other bankers calling Mantini insane for rationalizing Johnson’s criminal behavior in his statement: “If they were going to arrest every foreign-exchange dealer for front-running big orders and/or talking smack over the phone there would be many thousands in jail” and stating that indeed many thousands of bankers should be in jail for stealing from (frontrunning) their clients and that calling a prison sentence for committing a clear cut crime is a “travesty of justice”, bankers kept their mouths shut about Mantini’s comments.
To this day, even after the looting of middle class citizens that occurred during the 2008 global financial crisis that all but destroyed the middle class between 2008 and today in America, accountability still remains all but absent in the global banking system due to the fact that the parasitic class in the banking industry not only includes banking firms, but also includes regulatory agencies and judges, all of which, as a singular parasitic apparatus, allows banker to continue to commit crime and continue to remain free.
Furthermore, if by punishment, you believe that the $1.9 billion fine levied upon HSBC bank (not bankers) for laundering hundreds of millions of dollars of drug money for the Sinaloa drug cartel, and thereby acting as accessories to the murder of thousands of innocent people, is “punishment”, think again. Any punishment that has zero intention of acting as a deterrent in preventing the exact same crime from being committed in the future, the very definition of the $1.9 billion fine, is not a real punishment. Such fines are not only never levied upon the individuals that are convicted of committing the crime, but such fines are always paid from the treasuries of the corporations so there is no real punishment ever meted out to bankers. Secondly, the profits earned by the bankers that commit such crimes are always many multiples of the fines handed down by “judges”, so with complete immunity from ever going to prison for committing crimes, there literally is zero disincentive to ever stop committing the exact same crimes in the future. If a forensic accountant was given access to HSBC’s books right now, in June of 2020, I would be shocked if they could not find evidence that HSBC bankers are still working with drug cartels in Mexico.
And though bankers do not have legal immunity, the apparatus in which they are firmly embedded grants them immunity from almost all criminal activity for all intents and purposes. For example, when the US government was going to prosecute HSBC bankers for criminal activity in the drug laundering scandal, the UK Chancellor George Osborne and UK Financial Services Authority regulators intervened and shut down any further prosecution. Instead, what should have happened is that George Osborne and the UK regulators should have been prosecuted for obstructing justice and sent to jail. So until regulators and judges stop protecting banking criminal activity, bankers that work for firms like HSBC will continue to aid and abet the murders of drug cartels by laundering their money.
In regard to fixing the “Just Us” system in the US and converting it into a “Justice for All” system, the same changes I mentioned above that plague the global banking system must be made. The first step is that immunity for prosecution of criminal activities must end for cops, which US Congressman Justin Amash is proposing with the introduction of new legislation that will end “qualified immunity” for US law enforcement agents. Under qualified immunity at the present time, “police are immune from liability unless the person whose rights they violated can show that there is a previous case in the same jurisdiction, involving the exact same facts, in which a court deemed the actions to be a constitutional violation.” As you can see from the language of the existing law of qualified immunity in America, this makes it near impossible to ever sue a cop that breaks the law and violates an American citizen’s civil rights.
However, this is just the very first step in fixing the Just Us law enforcement system of America. The other necessary steps are to hold every single person in the entire chain of command liable with punishment strong enough to serve as a deterrent to future criminal activity, including not just cops, but their commanding officers, their police chiefs, their police commissioners, the district and prosecuting attorneys that oversee police brutality cases and acquit guilty cops, and the judges that allow cops to perpetually get away with murder of innocent civilians.
Everyone in the entire chain of command needs to be held accountable and when they are not accountable, they need to be fired and their name needs to be entered into a national database, so they cannot just flee the city in which they committed criminal acts and move to another city and be rehired into the exact same position, which happens all the time. Lastly, all cops need to be hit where it hurts the most. Make any penalties and punishments levied for violations of civilians’ civil rights financial and withdraw the settlements from the pension plans of cops.
Just as fines levied in which the municipality pays the fine, which means the fine is actually being paid by the very taxpayers whose rights were violated by cops, change the responsibility for the payment of fines from the municipality to the pension plans of cops. Hit them where it hurts and they will start holding one another accountable to actually serve and protect as they pledged to do. And to everyone that states that most cops are good people, then petition your mayors to implement the above changes to law enforcement, and no good cop would oppose any of the proposed changes above to fix the Just Us system into a Justice for All system. If the police unions push back against such legislative changes, then you have your answer that most cops are not good cops and the story that most cops are good is just another fairytale told by the mass media.
The reason I recorded the below podcast about the solutions that are necessary to implement any significant positive change to end institutionalized police racism and brutality is because law enforcement in America is populated with police chiefs that simply are clueless about how this problem should be fixed. Just watch this video of Los Angeles Police Chief Michael Moore, in which he actually blamed Los Angeles protestors and looters as being complicit in George Floyd’s murder at the 0:58 second mark. Either Michael Moore has discovered the greatest scientific discovery of our modern age and has proof that some of the protestors time travelled back to 25 May and somehow participated, along with the Minneapolis cops Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, in George Floyd’s murder, or he has zero intention of making his officers more accountable for the brutality they mete out to civilians in Los Angeles from time to time. If I had to guess which answer was correct, I would guess the latter. When my martial arts instructor, who was a military veteran, held all of us that trained with him, more accountable for our actions outside of our dojo (a fact I discuss in the below video) than the LA Police Chief holds his own cops, this is proof of the systemic problems of the unjust US justice system.
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We all need to do our part not just in words but also in action to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem. In the spirit of this message, I leave you with a message from the late great Muhammad Ali:
“I’ve always wanted to be more than a boxer. I’d like to do all i can to uplift the people morally, and spiritually…When one man of popularity can let the world know the problem, he might lose a few dollars himself telling the truth. He might lose his life. But he’s helping millions. But if I kept my mouth shut just because I can make millions and then, this ain’t doing nothing.”
To watch his full message, just click here.
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