Cops: Brutality Isn’t the Problem, It’s People Who “Disrespect Our Authority”

Staking his claim: A state-authorized dispenser of violence asserts ownership of a Mundane.

William Grigg | Pro Libertate

“The President of the United States should say to all children … here’s the rule, kids: When the cop tells you to go, you go,” declared Rudolph Giuliani. “You say, `Yes, sir, no sir. Yes, police officer; no, police officer. You don’t disrespect a police officer. He’s a symbol of authority.”





The besetting problem of our era, we are insistently told by police and their apologists, is not widespread abuse and other misconduct by law enforcement officers, but increasing “disrespect for authority” that is being abetted by “liberals” and those even more dreadful people called “libertarians.”

Cpl. Casebolt threatens to kill teens concerned about his victim.

“Young people [are] disrespecting authority,” O’Reilly complained, pandering to the prejudices of his superannuated and incurious audience by insisting that “young people in America, especially teenagers, have a defiance toward authority not seen since the Vietnam days.”

So pronounced is this social affliction, according to O’Reilly’s diagnosis, that the entire population under the age of 25 should be written off as a “lost generation” – a proposal he made with blithe indifference to an audience roughly three times that age.Giuliani’s comments were made during an interview with Fox News herd-poisoner Bill O’Reilly following the host’s recital of a familiar jeremiad.





“If you were around in the late 1960s and early 1970s, you know that history is repeating itself,” pontificated O’Reilly. Young people subject to enslavement through conscription grew distrustful of government – understandably so, as any reasonable person would point out. O’Reilly, a stranger in the house of reason, laments that this healthy distrust “led to a breakdown of authority, and the rise of the `Sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll’ era.”


O’Reilly’s personal legal history powerfully suggests that he is not a martyr to sexual self-restraint. For his part, Giuliani’s colorful carnal dissipations offer an interesting counterpointto his stern public moralizing, the central theme of which is the unconditional duty for unqualified submission to “authority” as embodied by the political class and its armed emissaries.

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Filming Cops was started in 2010 as a conglomerative blogging service documenting police abuse. The aim isn’t to demonize the natural concept of security provision as such, but to highlight specific cases of State-monopolized police brutality that are otherwise ignored by traditional media outlets.

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  • Gary Williams Jr.

    cops YOU DON’T DISRESPECT CITIZENS!!!!!

    • Darius Quinn

      Disrespect for authority is not the issue, the issue is that the cops are trying to take more power then they’re legally allowed. If blind obedience was all it took to fix this problem then why is it that there are news stories about innocent people being taken into fields and raped on the hoods of cop cars? I bet Bill O’Reilly needs to shut his mouth about things he knows nothing about, which is pretty much everything. What has he ever even done in his life besides talk, offend, sexually assault co-workers and physically abuse his wife? What experience does he draw upon when he makes his outlandish and uninformed commentaries to the American people? I don’t even know why people listen to that idiot for anything other then laughing at his sheer stupidity.

      • Gary Williams Jr.

        he’s just another puppet for the REAL ruling power

      • pgeller

        If you haven’t watched it I highly recommend Brave New Films Outfoxed. Not that over 90 percent of our media is no more than propaganda, but with Fox there are just so many lies and the promoting of hate. I just can’t understand how people can do it. Hate is exhausting, even when applied to the ‘REAL ruling power’ Mr. Williams Jr. is speaking about…

        • Shanon Sugges

          I understand that most media is propaganda. but usually they use the facts and put them in the best light to make their point. Fox “news” just outright lie over and over again.

  • Stryfe2010

    If they want respect then they need to give respect which they don’t

  • NFLJACK

    Authority as defined by the Oxford dictionary is: a power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience. It is also defined as: official permission. In the context of the police, authority would be a combination of those two definitions. In other words, the police have been given official permission to hold the right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience for the community. But where did they get that permission? From their employers — ME AND YOU.

    We don’t give people permission to act for us unless we believe they can be trusted to carry out those responsibilities in a manner consistent with our character. Respect only comes when they have demonstrated to us they can be trusted.

    In recent years, more and more police nationwide have repeatedly demonstrated to the public that they DON’T respect our rights. They have demonstrated that they DON’T obey the same laws as we do. They have demonstrated that they DON’T find it necessary to use deadly force as a last resort and only when they are in reasonable fear of their lives. Finally and perhaps most important, they have demonstrated they DON’T police themselves by punishing their colleagues when they abuse or break the law which feeds this cycle of corruption.

    In short, THEY DON’T DESERVE OUR RESPECT ANY MORE.

    This doesn’t just include the ones that are committing the crimes and misconduct. It encompasses those who standby while the malfeasance takes place before them and do nothing. They have caused themselves to be seen as our enemy by their own actions.

    So to all the police officers in the United States who are tired of being disrespected, look in the mirror if you really want to blame someone.

    YOU are to blame. YOU!

    • Brandon Swords

      I think people are no longer respecting authority because humanity is realizing that it’s imaginary. Authority is a lie and all power is based on deception. Laws are not real, laws are merely the opinions of the most vile, nefarious people on Earth. Not only should the police no longer have authority, nobody should have authority, because it is an illusion.

    • Brandon Swords

      “For the first time in human history, all of humanity is becoming politically awakened. This is an entirely new reality.” – Zbigniew Brzezinski, and he said that fear in his voice. The idea of authority is going to slowly vanish away, and the ruling class is realizing it. 🙂

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    • Michelle Smith

      You sir are absolutely correct.

    • Jam15

      Have you ever personally experienced police brutality? Have you witnessed it first hand, or are you just seeing whats in the media like most of america?

      • FED Up

        Yes I have , I am White , Old and they did not wish to do their Jobs after my home was robbed so it was easier to arrest the person who pays the Taxes !

        • Jam15

          So you were arrested because your home was robbed, and were also extremely respectful to the officers? Wow please elaborate on this story. I’m sure that when the judge you were brought in front of realized that it is not legally possible to steal your own belongs you were let go, correct?

          • KublaConn

            “…and you were also extremely respectful to the officers?” What exactly do you mean by “extremely respectful”? Get down on your knees and kowtow to him and praise him and offer him the services of your youngest daughter and thank him for deigning to enter your humble abode to do his job? Is this what you’re talking about? What if your garbage collector wouldn’t pick up your trash unless you were “extremely respectful” to him or your mailcarrier wouldn’t deliver your mail? Cops are public servants, they signed up for a job that entails serving the public, not the other way around. Yes, they deserve the same basic respect that all humans do, but to suggest that they shouldn’t have to do their job unless everyone around them constantly kisses their ass isn’t just ridiculous, it’s downright dangerous.

  • Stephen Bellinger

    “In that formula – “freedom” through submission to state “authority” – we hear echoes of Mario Palmieri, the chief ideologist of Benito Mussolini’s Fascist Party.” – IJS.

  • justin

    if i must submit to any one then i have given up my fredom, to get respect you must give it!! authority is only valid when you respect, the authority that gave it to you!! JUST AS POLICE DEEM RESPECT IS NOT WARRENTED WHEN BREAKING LAWS WHY THE F WOULD POLICE EXPECT RRESPECT WHEN VIOLATING THE LAWS THEM SELVES??? NEXT THE NOT ALL CONCEPT, WELL OK THEN IF IT IS NOT ALL THEN WHY DO THEY HAVE HANDS ON WEAPON WHEN APROACHING A TRAFIC STOP( IF I HAD HANDS AT THE READY TO DRAW A FIRE ARM I BE RECIEVED AS A THREAT AND THEY IMIEDIATLY FIRE UPON ME, MAYBE WE SHOULD HAVE OUR HANDS AT THE READY TO FIRE UPON THEM FOR THEY HAVE ALSO GIVEN US REASON TO BE FEARFUL, THEY HAVE HANDS ON THEIR FIRE ARMS READY TO DRAW, SO IF WE DOING THE SAME IS A THREAT THEN THEM DOING IT IS A THREAT JUST THE SAME IS IT NOT??)??? SEE THE THING IS COPS VIEW EVERY CITIZEN AS A CRIMINAL THEY VIEW THEIR JOBS AS STOPPING CRIMINALS, SO IN THE POLICE EYES THEY ARE ALWAYS JUSTIFIED IN THEIR ACTIONS BECUASE WELL IN THEIR DILUTED DISARANGED MIND( BY THE WAY THIS IS THEIR TRAINING NOT NECCISARILY THE OFFICER THEMSELVES!!0 WE ALL ARE A DANGEROUS FELON READY TO POUNCE ON IT PREY LIKE A WOLF IN THE WILD, WHILE IT IS US THE CITIZEN WHO IS THE SHEEP FOR THE SLUAGHTER AND IT IS THEY WHO ARE THE WOLF SEARCHING FOR PREY, THEY HAVE BEEN BBRAIN WASHED BY THEIR TRAINING BY THE COMMAND, AND BY THEIR FELLOW CORRUPTIES THEY ARE THE SHEEP FOR THE SLUAGHTER AND IT IS THE CITIZENS WHO ARE WOLVES IN SHEEPS CLOTHING.

    • Marnie Culotta

      Um typing in all caps is analogous to screaming.

      • justin

        its better than shooting like the police do aint it???

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  • Rework Oh Ryan

    Yeah, “do as your told” is how Nazi Germany worked. I suppose O’Reilly and Giulliani are disappointed that the Nazi regime is long gone.

    • Yes, an officer that requires you to blow if you are drunk and get your weed are apparently the Gestapo
      Fking crack head

  • pgeller

    Let’s not forget our country was founded because we fought unjust authority. Now we’re supposed to just ‘Comply or Die’? Perhaps some of our leaders should bone up on their history lessons. If they don’t they will probably experience what the French experienced when Marie Antoinette supposedly said ‘Let them eat cake’…

    • Mike

      Good comment! Respect must be earned, and it’s a 2 way street, if you treat everyone like criminals and automatically guilty, talk down to people, use unnecessary force and abuse, then what do you expect. When good cops stop covering up and refuse to cross the “blue line” to root out bad cops, and admit when they make mistakes instead of covering it all up by charging the victims with made up crimes, then maybe I will give them the benefit of the doubt, but right now, I don’t trust cops at all, and would be hesitant to call them for fear they may shoot me or one of my dogs, as they seem to fear for their lives from anything!

    • 421mog

      “…our country was founded because we fought unjust authority.”
      Up to a point; the founding of the USA also included the genocide of an entire nation that already happened to live there, at the hands of an “unjust authority”, then grew and prospered off the back of horrific slavery, again, at the hands of the same “unjust authority.”
      Your ultra-violent police and their predominantly white, racist masters seem to have inherited the exact same unjust authority, and I suspect it’s the same thing that allows the US to invade/intervene/meddle/kill hundreds of innocents all over the world.
      It appears to be a superiority complex with huge racist overtones.
      .

      • pgeller

        Wow 421mog! You should really learn to express yourself. Just kidding my friend you’ve hit the head right on the nail! The genocide which followed our origin was among the cruelest, vilest genocides of all time. But as Americans we justified our actions as helping those poor unknowing ‘savages’. Our ‘fight’ continued throughout our history until finally we fought the war to end all wars. Twice. Eisenhower warned about the MIC taking over but I don’t know if he could of imagined how our ‘ideals’ would evolve. I’m not sure where you reside on this fine planet, which I believe will soon be uninhabitable, but you’re extremely close in your final assessment. The real problem now is that our leaders, backed by their corporate masters, have convinced enough of the majority that it’s our job to force our brand of democracy down the throat of any oil bearing country. Once the corporations found out how easy it was to purchase US ‘democracy’ all was lost. The profitability of everlasting self-perpetuating war was proven in the so called ‘War on Drugs’. They realized that Americans would gladly give up some of the rights they didn’t feel strongly about just to feel secure. Along comes 9/11 and they get their self-perpetuating profit making force on steroids. With only 6 corporations owning over 90 percent of our media any voices of reason are dismissed, drowned out or crushed. I realize I’m probably preaching to the choir but it has been a severely depressing week for many reasons, culminating with our latest mass killing which some even have the nerve to call an attack on ‘christianity’ since everyone knows we have defeated racism. Anyway thanks for your comment although I’m sure my response has put me on a few more ‘watch lists’ of unpatriotic Americans. It saddens me because the world could be so much nicer if money and power weren’t so important to a few. I hope you’re well and have a great weekend. Hopefully our paths will cross again.

        • 421mog

          Wow – thanks for the praise.
          I’m British, but as a good American Vietnam-vet friend of mine once reminded me “Before you get on your high moral horse about questionable American behaviour, remember it was Britain who taught us all our worst habits.”
          He’s totally right.

  • HM8432

    I don’t mind respecting cops as appropriate, but when an unprofessional LEO is acting like an egotistical out-of-control idiot, his ‘authority’ NEEDS to be disrespected to show him (or them) that we’re not going to put-up with that crap!

  • hippiedad

    Respect is a two-way street. Show no respect for the public, don’t expect the public to respect you back.

    • Lol you stabbed as well,
      Respect them if you want them to respect you

      –> idiot

  • Cliff

    I read the article and the first thing that popped into my mind was Eric Cartman yelling “You will respect my authoritah!” just before clubbing somebody into submission.

  • Tony Bourne

    Respect has to be earned, not mandated by law. Young people have no respect for cops because they have seen nothing from them that deserves respect.

  • George Yesthal

    These overreaching maniacal fucks have no authority that we don’t give them . We let them go too far. Now they take and take and take. Now they are the enemy that can crash through your door at will, 4th amendment be damned. If we let them change the 2nd one iota, we’re summarily screwed.

  • Scotty Monte

    This is no surprise to me!! It’s the same with Doctors when you tell them you want to take your own health care into your own hands they try to stop you as if, they were God or that they could do no wrong!! This system is totally corrupt from the very foundation to the very top and the only way to change it is by a higher power stepping in and crushing it completely as dust in the wind. And that higher power is none other then, Jehovah God himself. These things were foretold in his word The Bible as “The sign of the last days of this system of things” run behind the scene by none other then, Satan the Devil. Satan is using his henchmen “corrupt men, women and even children” to do his bidding to mislead the entire inhabited earth from seeing who the real savor is. …..”Jehovah God and his Son the King of God’s Kingdom Government, Christ Jesus.” (Matthew 6:10) This kingdom government will crush all other governments and destroy all wicked people off the face of the earth. (Daniel 2:44, Psalms 37:10, 11) So, these wicked brutal men will loose their life in the coming war call Armageddon (Revelation 16:14) and no they will not go to heaven after they die but, they will exist no more forever. (Revelation 21:8) So, if, you think your religion is telling you the truth about how you can do whatever you want to do and that God forgives you just by saying a couple “Hail Mary’s and a few Our Father’s” ……..THINK AGAIN!!!!!!!………Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap…(Galatians 6:7) The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked, And the one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain snares; fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup. (Psalms 11:5) Believe me I’m sure these brutes “THINK” that they and their families are approved by God but, they are deceived by their master the Devil. (2 Corinthians 4:4) in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not shine upon them……For if, we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries.…(Hebrews 10 :26, 27) All I can say to everybody not on the right side of God according to his word The Bible…..LOOK OUT IT’S COMING……SOON!!….. If, you don’t want to be swept away with the rest of these brutes get on the right side of God Now!! (John 3:16) “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life. GET YOUR LIFE STRAIGHT AND GET ON THE RIGHT ROAD BEFORE IT IS TO LATE!! (Matthew 7:13) “Go in through the narrow gate, because broad is the gate and spacious is the road leading off into destruction, and many are going in through it; (John 17:3) This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ……And for all of you who mock this…..Who Cares??……I certainly don’t!!……”PROBABLY” be too late for you!! (Matthew 24:38, 39) “For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they took no note until the flood came and swept them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. Don’t let the mockers mock you out of the true life that can be yours!! And don’t worry about the brutes they will all of them be gone forever (Revelation 21:8)

    • Sherry Gillespie

      I’m mocking your God right now. Let him come smite me. You Idiot. You wait for God, I sure hope like hell that other Americans are tired of this and wake up.

      • Scotty Monte

        You said it so be it!! 😉

    • Marnie Culotta

      I certainly hope you don’t have children if you refuse to see a doctor. If so I hope they get taken from you. Newsflash: children of religious fanatics like you who don’t receive medical care because you don’t believe in doctors DIE!!

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  • Nohiros

    I consider myself a libertarian, but I agree that there is little respect for the law in this country. Your argument isn’t libertarian; it’s anarchist. I am as pissed off as anyone when I see cops stepping over the line – and I believe that they should wear cameras – but you can’t expect LAWFUL orders from a cop to be ignored without consequence.

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  • Nadeem

    There’s no telling what some unjust cops are capable of,in fact,I’m not surprised that some cops may force you to like someone against your will so having mentioned that I wouldn’t be surprised if some cop forces you to treat someone who you don’t relate to and/or who you dislike the exact way you could treat someone who’s the opposite in one or both ways so if you don’t comply you get busted. Cops who engage in this type of conduct are control freaks and are tyrants so if there’s justice they should be permanently or even temporarily kicked off the force.

  • Mackenzie Brunson

    These are the same people who would rather die than show any respect to the office of the President of the United States of America. They are such great examples for our youth.

  • FED Up

    318.9 million (2014) Stand Up for your rights

  • kevin

    from what i understand about mining camps, i wouldn’t consider them bastions of liberty…

  • KublaConn

    Freedom is submission to authority? What kind of Big Brother newspeak is that shit?

  • Kevin Watson

    Big headed road pirates.

  • Robert Menard

    Well stated.

  • LBD

    There is only one universal law. The law of CONSENT. If I do not consent to being mistreated then they are breaking the law. By that rule as soon as the police step into another’s space they are breaking the law and should be charged for doing so.

  • Michael Loflin

    As long as someone has NOT broken the law. the cops do NOT have the authority to do a damn thing. THAT IS THE LAW. No RS or PC the cop can fuck off.

  • Trace

    “Freedom is about authority.” It’s not quite “Freedom is Slavery” like Orwell said, but close enough for this “free” country I guess.

  • Steve Vogel

    Dictator means authority, Hitler was one

  • KublaConn

    LEOs have a tough job that can put them in dangerous situations. I recognize that fact and respect anyone who takes on the job and performs their duties well. That being said, I also realize that the mere act of donning a uniform and strapping on a badge & gun doesn’t automatically turn a normal human being into some kind of perfect, infallable agent of the state. LEOs are humans, just like the rest of us, and that means they have prejudices, emotions, and personal bias and agendas. If you signed up to be a cop because you wanted everone to have to constantly kiss your ass and kowtow to you, then you signed up for the wrong reasons. You signed up to be a public servant and that involves serving the public, not the other way around. Any respect you receive beyond the basic level of human respect that everyone should receive is earned through your words, deeds, and actions. The position you hold will receive an additional level of automatic respect, but with that added respect comes added responsibility and trust, once you fail to be responsible and break that trust, then the disrespect will be worse than a normal person would receive specifically because of the fact that we entrusted you with the authority in the first place. The problem with Giuliani’s & O’Reilley’s argument is that they say that we’ve raised a generation of spoiled brats that have no respect for authority, but they don’t include the LEOs as part of that same generation. If their premise is true, then we have a new generation of LEOs that have no respect for the authority they hold and therein lies the real problem, because authority is only as worthy of as much respect as the people who are wielding it.

  • Jeremy Riley

    Citizens disrespecting authority? Please, if they want us to respect them, then they need to starts doing their jobs right and stop acting like blood-thirsty pigs who sometimes shoot people for stupid reasons that their department would justify under a stupid excuse. That’s why no one respects these trigger-happy, taser happy swine.