Stephon Clark Decision: Systemic Corruption and the Police Bill Of Rights
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
9:16 AM

Self-defense is defined as the right to prevent suffering force or violence through the use of a sufficient level of counteracting force or violence. The Courts have long ago said that "self-defense" is a right, but that it should be appropriate to the degree necessary to end the attack, and should only be of deadly force when it is the only way to end a deadly attack. Brown vs. United States: 256 U.S. 335 (1921). None of the Officer involved shootings from Lamar Alexander to Stephon Clark has risen to this level. Yet an still, not one officer has been held accountable in anyway.  This is in thanks to legislation born of corrupt dealings between legislators and law enforcement, called the Peace Officer's Bill Of Rights.

California has one of the most stringent laws in the nation to protect the privacy of police officers. The Peace Officers' Bill of Rights, (CALIFORNIA CODES GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 3300-3311),  was first passed in 1976 and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown during his first term. Since the murder of Lamar Alexander, the JRC has been focused on getting attention to the California "Police Bill of Rights", which basically gives law enforcement carte blanche protection from whatever harm they do to citizens,  and getting it eliminated. Now, there are written agency policies and procedures supposedly designed as self-over-sight, but they are easily pushed aside for the Police Bill Of Rights. The Stephon Clark murder, as all the other murders by law enforcement, involved violation of agency policies and procedures by the officers involved. The "police Bill of Rights" allows officers to be held to a much lower standard than we as citizens. It allows officers to violate the civil rights of citizens with impunity, and clouds any investigation of these violations, which is typically done by law enforcement itself. We've seen over and over what that leads to.

DA Schubert's decision on the Stephon Clark murder was given with classic deliberance, arrogance, and scripting. Even though you knew it was coming, it still makes any decent person angry. She showed that she is very much a Scully disciple and serious cog in the wheel of  the systemic corruption plaguing our government and law enforcement officials. Indeed she received almost half a million dollars from law enforcement for her re-election campaign, which is a definite conflict of interest. So to believe she would even think of setting a precedent of indicting the cops that murdered Stephon Clark is madness and naiveté. Using the "fear of death", or self-defense claim, is the usual response to these situation, but Schubert and crew used the "state of mind" defense to intimate that recent issues in Stephon's life made him choose "suicide by cop", which the officers were caught up in. Bullshit!! This is turning the murder back on the murdered victim, so as to make the officers "victims" of a distraught citizen. Then we have the State Attorney General lock-stepping to the DA's decision. Both sublimating the fact that if the officers had followed protocol, Stephon would be here today. That can't be denied!

So legislators can talk about law enforcement over-sight, bills can be passed, citizen committees can be formed, but as long as the "Police Officer's Bill of Rights" remains there can be no real accountability of law enforcement, and the murders will continue.