…that sometimes go horribly wrong.
Police work is really dangerous, especially if you buy, sell, or use drugs while on duty. Police work is even more dangerous when you are buying, selling,or using drugs outside of the collusion zone and the protection of the other criminals who hide behind badges: the other cops you rely on for protection in your home precinct to cover up your criminal behavior.
“PONCE, Puerto Rico — , a Miami-Dade police officer, former soldier, narcotics detective and father of newborn twin girls, died Thursday on the side of a road in a remote part of southern Puerto Rico”
What’s a “good cop” to do if, when buying drugs, selling drugs, or using drugs, someone who is on the other side of the deal blasts some caps in your ass? You can’t call in the police cover-up squad if you aren’t in your own precinct.Miami-Dade cops are notorious for their good behavior.
And when you are far from your precinct, likely doing illegal shit, it’s not a good idea to call the FBI either, because it’s likely they know you are there anyways, doing foot-soldier work for one of their stool pigeons, or other opportunistic, ‘predictive’ crime operations( FBI provacateur set-ups).
So, cops likely do what many human beings do in the real world when they get caps blasted in their asses: they die, but usually, you don’t take your little sister with you.
But like many, many, many human beings in civilian life, cops leave their children behind, as Avile Otero’s wife had rently given birth to twins. Hopefully some good man can take over raising them, just like real life. Cops love our “step-dad” society. It’s one built for heroes.
Somehow, I can’t feel any empathy for dead cops, particularly because of how many childrens lives are destroyed by police lies, misconduct, frame jobs, set-ups, or murders directed at the fathers of police victims. Somehow, it doesn’t equal out.
Aviles Otero had drug packages scattered all around him, and in his pockets too. In policespeak, the drugs “had already been consumed,” which means that the packages in Otero’s pocket’s had been used. In human terms ( words we use when talking about human beings who are not police of some species) it appears Otero was either taking drugs, enabling others to take drugs, or was complicit in the merchandising, sale, or possesion of drugs.
In police terms, a cover-up is needed IMMEDIATELY, before evidence gets out that the public might be dealing with another situation where a cop was using his authority to manipulate evidence, or outcomes of situations where he had no business being.
We already know the cop was apparently up to some adrenalin pumped heroics, because allegedly, after drinking in a dive bar with his sister, he was apparently saving his now dead sister from a bad relationship, which, in copspeak, means a relationship with a guy who is not a cop.
So, this good cop has a sister who picks “bad men” to relate with. What does that make her?
“Relatives told El Nuevo Dia newspaper that Aviles’ slain sister recently broke off with a boyfriend who she lived with in Ponce, who had threatened her by telephone. Family members wonder whether Aviles was mistaken for a new boyfriend, since he was not well known in the neighborhood.”
But I bet his sister was…and I can only guess that his sister was likely pretty, because cops really drag their asses when the “victim” of domestic violence is not pretty, or is not the sister of a cop, and especially distort, scoff at, and drag the process out if the victim of domestic violence is male.
But when did truth ever matter to men and women who make their living by a willingness not only to be a sloppy social-second, pandering to violent women and incorporating them into a society premised on violence -protecting violent women at the expense of male victims of violence, so they can incorporate them into their own violent cop-down society. This is a formula for cop job security–pretty soon, only cops will be free, no matter how dirty they are, or what they do to women.
The disinformation campaign begins quicker than you can say immediately when it comes to police misconduct. First they go to the newspapers, and plant evidence in the minds of future, potential jurors; and the disinformation here has started already.
“Police on Thursday were trying to determine whether Aviles was ambushed…”
The police-controlled newspaper skims right over details of how police had murdered Puerto Rican Independence activists near that location several years before, and then falsely makes a conection to the current case.
Ambushed? I can write better jokes than that.
Then, the reporters go out, interview all the usual suspects–the ‘good neighbors,’ the people who remember only what a “great guy” the cop was, how when he was six he used to help frogs cross the roads or something–and then runs the official story, which is always some derivative of “Good Cop killed by the Bad Guys,” despite evidence to the contrary.
Never mind evidence that the cop was drinking in a bar, with his trouble making, confrontational, violent sister. And never mind that “Ponce homicide unit said three envelopes with a white powdery substance were found in Aviles Oteros’ pocket. Another envelope, empty, was on the floor of the car.”
What really matters here is that the news focuses the people on their fears, and how police allegedly help the public so the public has nothing to fear–except cops. Independence activists are so scary, and it is a really bad thing in American society to question womens violence, and police uphold a code of silence when it comes to allowing it.
“Yazmín [ the cops sister] allegedly got into a heated argument with an unidentified woman at the bar before she left with her brother,” so it appears that violence runs in the family. She was also being sought by local authorities for an incident related to violence. According to El Nuevo Dia, Yazmín was recently visited by court officials relating to “a case of aggression against a sister.”
Either way, after the disinformation comes the cover-up, and you can almost always guess that when the newspaper reports something the police ARE doing, it means they have already created the evidence, or manipulated it in their favor; bought someone off. In this story, police create the appearance of doing the right thing, and the newspaper scrupulously documents that ” police have sent it [the dope bags, and empty bags of dope] to a lab for analysis.”
We know how fucked up and paid off police labs are, and how political the evidence collection becomes when cops are trying to hide something . ( and here, and here ) and the FBI certainly manipulates, lies about, conceals, mismanages, and concocts evidence all the time , but these days, it is highly likely we may never see them investigated for it, like they did in the good old days ( were there ever good old days when it comes to policing the police?).
But I am not holding my breath for the toxicology reports.
Every time I hear that something goes to a police lab, the question in my mind is “what DIDN’T go to the lab?” What didn’t go to the lab is all the other stuff that shows police manipulated the evidence, planted the evidence, or withheld the correct evidence. What makes it there is often meddled with by cops, but that is hard to prove, because the police do not police themselves.
Cops even try to cover-up their cover-ups.
So let’s wait and watch as we see if Puerto Rican police are every bit as likely to cover-up for their on-shore homeboy–after all Puerto Rico is an American colony, and Aviles Otero was from that colony-Can’t wait to hear the blood alcohol tests and toxicology reports. I’ll bet the bags “weren’t his”.
I will be the last person to say that this guy deserved to die, but I will also be the last guy to say that he didn’t–because only and until we have a society where citizens are treated with equal respect to police, and only when we have true civilian oversight of police functions can I ever feel empathy for their plight. Until then, it seems to me, that police–as we conceive them in modern times–are as much a part of the problem, and far less of a solution.
Breaking the law in the pursuit of “bad guys”–and then covering up bad police behavior? It seems to me that we are beyond the slippery slope, and in fact have sunk to criminal lows when it comes to what we tolerate from police. Drinking and drugging is now part of their jobs, apparently, which kind of reminds me of this other drunk guy. But don’t say I didn’t tell you–your democracy is over. Drun
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