Craig Atkinson’s documentary about police militarization, Do Not Resist, is filled with unsettling scenes like the one where a Swat team destroys a family’s home during a drug raid that nets small amounts of loose marijuana. But the most disturbing scene transpires during the relative placidity of a seminar when a hugely successful lecturer tells a room full of police officers: “We are at war and you are the frontline.
“What do you fight violence with? Superior violence. Righteous violence. Violence is your tool … You are men and women of violence.”
The speaker, Dave Grossman, is a retired army lieutenant colonel with a packed national speaking schedule. In the film, Grossman also promulgates the notion that one perk of violent encounters is that police often say that afterwards they have the best sex of their lives, which Atkinson, in an interview, sees as parallel to promising virgins to a suicide bomber.
Been part of my whole life, folks. Decades stepping forward from a factory town in New England, through every day of the civil rights movement, opposition to imperial war, confronting the greedy bastards who always, always, place profits before people.
Don’t get used to it. Hate it. Condemn it. Fight with every fiber of your being against those who are willing and ready to use a police state to shut down our freedom to think, to speak.