Former U.S. Marine and Baltimore police officer Michael A. Wood, Jr. made headlines when he Tweeted about the abuses he witnessed fellow Baltimore police officers perpetrating. In this interview with The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur Wood reveals the truth behind the “us vs. them” siege mentality pervading urban police forces that leads to a culture of corruption, racism and abuse, and what can be done to bring change for the better to policing in the United States.
The introduction I wrote in those two places was the following:
If I hadn’t had an epiphany like this 50 years ago, this interview might have really done it. For those of you who have not had your epiphany yet, this interview might do it.
In a post Cultural Deprivation, I have written about my epiphany.
I have posted on this blog about the study of “cultural deprivation” as a sophomore in college as being my epiphany about what Ayn Rand didn’t tell me, and what was wrong about her philosophy. This was back around 1963.
Speaking about epiphanies, I had another epiphany of sorts when I saw the Video Shows Texas Police Officer Pulling Gun On Teens At Pool Party back in June 07, 2015. The epiphany came about when I read a comment about what happened at about 3 minutes and 10 seconds into this video.
You see the police trying to smash this cute teenager’s face against a concrete side-walk. They weren’t just trying to get control over the situation. They were purposely trying to disfigure this girl. It’s as if they detected something that she might value and decided to take it away from her for life just to humble her. (See the use of the word “humble” in the interview with Michael Wood Jr.) As a crime goes, I suppose murder is worse than torture, but torture says more about the character of the perpetrator of torture than murder says about the character of the murderer.