I’m reading his manifesto (supposedly uncensored version here) and you know what? The police he describes in LA are the LA police I’m familiar with from a time long ago. And from my study of the Rampart scandal.

The convicted offenses include unprovoked shootings, unprovoked beatings, planting of false evidence, framing of suspects, stealing and dealing narcotics, bank robbery, perjury, and the covering up of evidence of these activities.[1]

He is turning into a folk hero. Payback for all the injustices suffered at the hands of the LAPD and other rogue police departments across the nation.

Let me also say this: I am thankful that the police in Rockford, Illinois, seem to me from my interactions with them, way more professional. We do try to dodge the revenue officers when driving. Who doesn’t? In that vein Bill Quick pens this thought.

I can’t think of anybody who looks forward to any interaction with the police whatsoever.

I think he has a point.

So what is the genesis of the vast majority of police misconduct? The Drug War. It is not just fighting drugs. It is the mindset it engenders. Any tactic is permissible even wide spread and well known perjury to get at the criminals. Once integrity is lost. All is lost.

Update: 12 Feb 2013 0223z

An analysis of the two versions of the manifesto. I found it very interesting. Esp the bit on gun control.