The Thugs in  Blue 

Friends 

Like many of you I am watching the events that have unfolded in Baltimore and across the country. I heard the commentators on CNN refer to some of the young protesters as “Thugs”. 

Young people who are protesting, the murder of yet another young Black man by cops are not Thugs. They are Americans exercising their Constititional Right to Free Speech. They are  exercising their Constitutional right to Petition our oft-deaf and useless Government for Redress of Grievances. The protesters are not Thugs. 

That is not to say there are no Thugs involved. There are plenty of Thugs around. Mainstream media prefers not to properly identify the Thugs. Rather than identifying the true Thugs, Anderson Cooper,  et al, prefers to gush at the “well-disciplined” police response to the protesters. 

Let’s give the cops a big round of applause!!! … I think I will pass. 

Why? 

Because The Thugs are the guys in blue who keep killing our  fellow unarmed Americans. The Thugs are the cops, who under color of law, day after day, across this country murder and maim our fellow Americans without repercussion. So forgive me for not applauding the cop’s “well disciplined”  response to the citizen’s protest of the same cop’s murderous conduct.

In Baltimore the Thugs are not the protesters. No, in Baltimore the Thugs are the Cops who broke a man’s spinal cord because he looked at one of them funny. The Thugs are the cops who smashed that same man’s voice box. The Thugs are the cops who dragged that same  man’s limp body to a paddy wagon. The Thugs are the cops who denied that same man medical aid.  The Thugs are the cops who murdered that man in broad daylight. The Thugs are the cops who took a human life because…. Well, because they are Thugs.

You want to know who the thugs are? Just look for the guys in blue. Among the blue, you will find the Thugs. 

The Epedemic of police brutality and the murder of our fellow Americans must stop. We must stop giving these “Thugs in Blue” a walk. They need to be prosecuted like any other murderous Thugs. And like other murderous Thugs, they need to go to prison. 

Robb Fickman, Houston

Comments Welcome 

About Robert Fickman

Robert Fickman is a criminal defense attorney with 33 years experience in defending the citizen accused in both state and federal court. He is a past president of HCCLA and remains active in its mission.

    7 comments on “The Thugs in  Blue 

    1. Christina Appelt

      April 30, 2015 at 2:25 am

      Very well said. Cops are free to harass, beat and murder anyone for any reason. They should not be praised for keeping their cool while the cameras are rolling. They should be condemned for how they behave when no one is watching. Two days of taking plastic water bottles to the head does not negate decades of abuse.

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    2. B. Robertson

      April 30, 2015 at 6:33 am

      Growing up we were told the cops were our friends and here to protect us but it seems today’s cops have forgotten the simple principle that we are innocent until proven guilty. They treat the public like we are all guilty; without respect or care for sanctity of life. Due to their “Blue Code of Silence”, most cops will hide behind each other so we will never know the truth. With today’s law in Texas, survivors of loved ones killed by cops will never easily know the truth about their investigation or Grand Jury. That certainly is not a way to earn anyone’s trust or respect. Our laws make it easy for them to act like thugs.

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      • Robert Fickman

        April 30, 2015 at 7:16 am

        There is little accountability for cops who kill. In Harris County the DAs Office says they make a ” neutral presentation” to the grand jury when cops kill someone. Question: under what other circumstance does the DA make a neutral presentation.
        Answer: under no other circumstance does the DA make a neutral presentation. In other words, when a cop kills someone the DAs office makes a soft presentation

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        • Robert Fickman

          April 30, 2015 at 7:22 am

          The DAs Office accords the cop who kills a deference that is shown no other suspect. That’s called a double standard and its wrong. It’s just one of the reasons that cops have literally gotten away with murder in this county for years. The favoritism shown the cops is not unique to our county. As we see, cops brutalize our fellow citizens daily across this country. It’s understandable that across this country

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          • Robert Fickman

            April 30, 2015 at 7:23 am

            The public is more than fed up. Change must come.
            Robb

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    3. Martha Murray

      April 30, 2015 at 9:12 am

      Once again, and as always, Robb Fickman is absolutely right. Too bad he is not in the Texas legislature

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      • Robert Fickman

        April 30, 2015 at 9:19 am

        Martha- thanks but If I had my way you would be Governor! Abusive cops must be held accountable. Robb

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