At Liberty Forum a couple of weeks ago there was a screening of the documentary “Do Not Resist.” You do not want to resist watching this important movie. This is the thirty-first episode of The LAVA Spurt, Do Not Resist This Movie.

At Liberty Forum there was a screening of the movie “Do Not Resist.” I knew going in that I would have a personal connection to this movie based solely on watching the trailer. The trailer has a couple of segments in it with a man named David Grossman, a former Lt. Colonel in the US Army. Col. Grossman was my Professor of Military Sciences at Arkansas State University. He was the head of the Army R.O.T.C. department there and, at the time, he was a huge influence in my life. I looked up to Col. Grossman as a mentor and someone I wanted to emulate. Now I look at him with pity and sadness.

You definitely want to catch this movie. If you have an Amazon Prime subscription, the movie is available for free on Amazon Video. You can also download this movie from torrent sites like Pirate Bay.

The movie opens up with protests in Furguson Missouri shortly after the shooting of Michael Brown. It shows the terror, the pain, and the sadness that the community was facing. It also shows the very draconian tactics of the police in Ferguson, from curfews to tear gas, from armored vehicles to full military combat equipment worn by the officers. If looked much more like something you would expect in a foreign country where American military forces are sweeping a city. It is not something you expect to see in America. And, once most of the smoke had cleared from that night of violence, two officers are walking away. One says to the other, “Have fun?” with a huge smile on his face. Then he says, “shield bump?” and bumps his buddies riot shield with his in a salute to victory. It is fucking disgusting to watch. The glee, the ecstasy, the sheer joy on this officer's face makes me ill.

 

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At Liberty Forum a couple of weeks ago there was a screening of the documentary "Do Not Resist." You do not want to resist watching this important movie. Thank you for joining me on the thirtieth episode of The LAVA Spurt, Do Not Resist This Movie.

At Liberty Forum there was a screening of the movie "Do Not Resist." I knew going in that I would have a personal connection to this movie based solely on watching the trailer. The trailer has a couple of segments in it with a man named David Grossman, a former Lt. Colonel in the US Army. Col. Grossman was my Professor of Military Sciences at Arkansas State University. He was the head of the Army R.O.T.C. department there and, at the time, he was a huge influence in my life. I looked up to Col. Grossman as a mentor and someone I wanted to emulate. Now I look at him with pity and sadness.

You definitely want to catch this movie. If you have an Amazon Prime subscription, the movie is available for free on Amazon Video. You can also download this movie from torrent sites like Pirate Bay. I have links to both in the show notes to this episode at thelavaflow.com/tls30.

The movie opens up with protests in Furguson Missouri shortly after the shooting of Michael Brown. It shows the terror, the pain, and the sadness that the community was facing. It also shows the very draconian tactics of the police in Ferguson, from curfews to tear gas, from armored vehicles to full military combat equipment worn by the officers. If looked much more like something you would expect in a foreign country where American military forces are sweeping a city. It is not something you expect to see in America. And, once most of the smoke had cleared from that night of violence, two officers are walking away. One says to the other, "Have fun?" with a huge smile on his face. Then he says, "shield bump?" and bumps his buddies riot shield with his in a salute to victory. It is fucking disgusting to watch. The glee, the ecstasy, the sheer joy on this officer's face makes me ill.

Then, the movie cuts to a scene of a training class by David Grossman, my former Professor of Military Sciences, giving a talk to a room full of cops. He says thing like, "What do you fight violence with? Righteous violence. You are men and women of violence." So much for these guys being peace officers. He also talks about after killing a "bad guy," cops talk about after getting home that night, they have the best sex they've had in months. Then he says, "there's not a lot of perks that come with this job, so if you find one, relax and enjoy it." Not a lot of perks? My ass. Revered by almost everyone they meet, considered heroes, given discounts or free food while on duty, good pay, great benefits, and apparently great sex after killing someone. Disgusting. And this guy used t0 be a big mentor of mine. I want to vomit. More on this fuckstick later in the show.

Another personal connection I have to this movie is that one section of the movie is from Concord, NH, at local town meetings in 2013 where the police chief is asking the city council to accept a $250,000 grant from the Department of Homeland security to purchase a BEARCAT, and armored military vehicle. This was before my time in New Hampshire, but some of my friends in the Free State Project spoke at the town meetings for this trying to get this grant shut down. Of course after tons of people spoke out against this grant, the city took the BEARCAT.

It then talks more about the 10-33 program that is being used to funnel this military equipment to our police forces, including an MRAP that made it to a county of 23,000 people that has had zero murders since 2014. Another Sherriff's office has one full-time officer, and that county has received two MRAPs since 2011. Rand Paul mentioned 12,000 bayonets being given to police departments as well.

It the 19080's, there were about 3000 SWAT deployments a year. Today there are between 50,000 and 80,000 a year. The movie shows one such SWAT deployment, where a team goes to serve a warrant for suspected possession of drugs. They raid this home and bust out the windows as a distraction while manhandling and handcuffing anyone on the property. In the middle of all of this is a baby of no more than 6 months old. They tear this property apart trying to find the alleged drugs, and they finally find their prize, a bookbag with loose cannabis amounting to a gram and a half. They arrested one of the people on the property for possession. The arresting officer tells the man, "I just have a job to do and you happen to be in the middle of it." This kid they arrested was in college, trying to better his life. They then confiscate $800 the kid had on him that he was going to use to purchase a lawnmower and weed eater to expand his lawn care business. All of this over a couple grams of pot they shook out of the bottom of a bookbag. What the actual fuck?

The movie then gets into the technology of policing in the 21st century, talking about body cameras, license plate readers, facial recognition software, ariel surveillance, social media monitoring, drones, and the like. It's pretty disturbing, frankly, especially when they start talking about forecasting malfeasance. Essentially, this is looking at individual people based on the information the authorities have in their database and use this to predict the future criminal behavior of people. This is essentially Minority Report in real life.

And, finally, the movie returns to my former mentor, Lt. Col. David Grossman in yet another police seminar. This time, he says to the police officers in the room, "We are at war, and you are the frontline troops in this war. When they come to murder the children, the individuals who tried to disarm our cops will be hunted down, and across the nation they will be attacked, they will be spit on, they will be driven into their slimy little holes, so they never come out again, in the very near future the idiots trying to disarm our cops. Folks, there ain't nobody in Mexico right now complaining about the militarization of police. There ain't nobody in Russia complaining about the militarization of police. In the very near future, you will be vindicated. The bad news, the wolf is at the door. Very bad times are coming. Good news? You have job security because the world desperately needs what you have to give.

Fuck this guy in the neck.

Do yourself a favor and check this movie out. It is worth the 72 minutes it takes to watch it.

Until next time... keep striking the root!

 

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