1. Police like to call themselves ‘sheep dogs’.
That analogy has always bothered me, now more than ever.  If the police are the sheepdogs, who are the sheep?  Who is the shepherd?  Who are the wolves? 
Let’s think first about the wolves.  The wolves are the true criminals.  They are rapists, murders, thieves, burglars, drunk drivers, drug cartels, bank robbers, car-jackers, illegal drug manufacturers (think ‘Breaking Bad’), and some non-violent criminals.  Criminals like prostitutes, white collar thieves, tax evaders, and a few others I’m sure we can all agree on.  It is in the best interest of the shepherd to keep the wolves at bay because if he did not, he would eventually lose the sheep.  If the wolves were allowed to run amok, the sheep would soon be destroyed.
And you are the sheep.
The shepherd is the government.  The shepherd can do essentially what he wants with the sheep.  The shepherd sacrifices his sheep to feed off of.  The shepherd trades his sheep for goods and services from other shepherds.  The shepherd tries to keep his sheep in control.  The shepherd wants his sheep to have a flock mentality so they can stay together and be more easily controlled.  The sheep that are problem sheep, those that become too unruly, are usually sacrificed and eaten by the shepherd.  The shepherd has a tool at his disposal he uses to promote flock mentality.  That tool is the sheepdog.
And you are the sheep.
That brings us to the sheepdog.  The sheepdog works for the shepherd.  The sheepdog does the shepherd’s bidding.  The sheepdog fights the wolves for the shepherd, and indirectly so for the sheep.  The sheepdog is rewarded by the shepherd for performing well.  The sheepdog not only fights the wolves, the sheepdog also herds the sheep.  The sheepdog has the responsibility to keep the sheep in line and together.  The sheepdog nips at the heels of the sheep to mete out discipline and keep the sheep in a firm flock mentality.  The better the job the sheepdog does, the more it is rewarded.  Usually at the expense of the sheep.

And you are the sheep.  


Sheepdogs like to believe they are the wolf fighters.  Sheepdogs work hard to promote that idea among the sheep.  Sheepdogs want to be loved by the sheep.  Sheepdogs want sheep to believe in the bravery and courage of the sheepdog.  Sheepdogs think the sheep should feel protected by the sheepdog.  The truth is that cops, like sheepdogs, spend a small percentage of their time and resources fighting wolves.   While fighting wolves is an important part of their job, they spend most of their time focused on the sheep. 
And you are the sheep.
The sheep feel the presence of the sheepdog much more so than the wolves.  It’s not the drug cartel kingpin that the average sheepdog focuses on and uses civil asset forfeiture on.  The average, and much more common, sheepdog uses civil asset forfeiture on the sheep.  The sheepdog wants the glory from the work of a small percentage of their brethren.  The sheepdog wants the sheep to believe that every sheepdog’s job is dangerous and they sacrifice every day for the welfare of the sheep.  The truth is, cops aren’t even in the top ten list of most dangerous jobs in America.  My father, the cotton farmer, had a job that was more dangerous.  He risked his life every day more than sheepdogs do to put this trendy t-shirt on my back.  The Snow and King crab I’m going to have for dinner was brought to me at more risk to the fisherman than was experienced by the sheepdog running radar that I will pass on the way to the restaurant.  Sheepdogs exist to fight wolves, but they spend the majority of their time doing the bidding of the shepherd and preying on the sheep.
And you are the sheep.
Perversely, the sheepdogs have started to prey on the sheep.  So far, most sheep have turned a blind eye and the shepherd has tolerated it, perhaps even encouraged it.  There are thousands of incidents all across America demonstrating this new problem of sheepdogs preying on the sheep.   And even worse, sheepdogs have begun to turn on the sheep with the idea that nothing is more important than sheepdog safety.  This has resulted in sheep being killed for perceived threats to the sheepdog.  Sheepdogs have even established for themselves the precedent that they have no duty to actually protect sheep.  There is even a case of a sheepdog suing the sheep because he was injured when he responded to a call for help.  After all, don’t sheepdogs protect sheep?   
And you are the sheep.
As sheep, we have the power of numbers.  The first step is to expose the problem to everyone. I, for one, am focused on just that idea.  Part of the exposé should include a focus on sheepdog accountability.  The inequality between sheep and sheepdogs runs rampant in our criminal justice system.  We need to use the technology available to us to record every interaction we have with sheepdogs.  Sheepdogs have been fighting this idea that they can and should be recorded doing their jobs with false arrests and arrests for contempt of cop. (disorderly conduct) Photography Is Not A Crime has been highlighting this issue for years.  Let’s make this point absolutely clear.  It is 100% legal in every state to openly record police in public spaces while they are performing their duties.  But the sheepdogs will tell you it is not because they are fighting being accountable to the sheep.  Therefore, we must record every interaction.  And not just one of us; we all must do it.  When a sheepdog interacts with a sheep, every sheep within sight needs to begin recording the interaction.  Unfortunately, even when a recording exists that captures the entirety of an incident, that does not guarantee that justice will be served.  After all, some pigs are more equal than others.

And we are the sheep.

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    Police like to call themselves ‘sheep dogs’.

    That analogy has always bothered me, now more than ever.  If the police are the sheepdogs, who are the sheep?  Who is the shepherd?  Who are the wolves? 

    Let’s think first about the wolves.  The wolves are the true criminals.  They are rapists, murders, thieves, burglars, drunk drivers, drug cartels, bank robbers, car-jackers, illegal drug manufacturers (think ‘Breaking Bad’), and some non-violent criminals.  Criminals like prostitutes, white collar thieves, tax evaders, and a few others I’m sure we can all agree on.  It is in the best interest of the shepherd to keep the wolves at bay because if he did not, he would eventually lose the sheep.  If the wolves were allowed to run amok, the sheep would soon be destroyed.

    And you are the sheep.

    The shepherd is the government.  The shepherd can do essentially what he wants with the sheep.  The shepherd sacrifices his sheep to feed off of.  The shepherd trades his sheep for goods and services from other shepherds.  The shepherd tries to keep his sheep in control.  The shepherd wants his sheep to have a flock mentality so they can stay together and be more easily controlled.  The sheep that are problem sheep, those that become too unruly, are usually sacrificed and eaten by the shepherd.  The shepherd has a tool at his disposal he uses to promote flock mentality.  That tool is the sheepdog.

    And you are the sheep.

    That brings us to the sheepdog.  The sheepdog works for the shepherd.  The sheepdog does the shepherd’s bidding.  The sheepdog fights the wolves for the shepherd, and indirectly so for the sheep.  The sheepdog is rewarded by the shepherd for performing well.  The sheepdog not only fights the wolves, the sheepdog also herds the sheep.  The sheepdog has the responsibility to keep the sheep in line and together.  The sheepdog nips at the heels of the sheep to mete out discipline and keep the sheep in a firm flock mentality.  The better the job the sheepdog does, the more it is rewarded.  Usually at the expense of the sheep.

    And you are the sheep.  

    Sheepdogs like to believe they are the wolf fighters.  Sheepdogs work hard to promote that idea among the sheep.  Sheepdogs want to be loved by the sheep.  Sheepdogs want sheep to believe in the bravery and courage of the sheepdog.  Sheepdogs think the sheep should feel protected by the sheepdog.  The truth is that cops, like sheepdogs, spend a small percentage of their time and resources fighting wolves.   While fighting wolves is an important part of their job, they spend most of their time focused on the sheep. 

    And you are the sheep.

    The sheep feel the presence of the sheepdog much more so than the wolves.  It’s not the drug cartel kingpin that the average sheepdog focuses on and uses civil asset forfeiture on.  The average, and much more common, sheepdog uses civil asset forfeiture on the sheep.  The sheepdog wants the glory from the work of a small percentage of their brethren.  The sheepdog wants the sheep to believe that every sheepdog’s job is dangerous and they sacrifice every day for the welfare of the sheep.  The truth is, cops aren’t even in the top ten list of most dangerous jobs in America.  My father, the cotton farmer, had a job that was more dangerous.  He risked his life every day more than sheepdogs do to put this trendy t-shirt on my back.  The Snow and King crab I’m going to have for dinner was brought to me at more risk to the fisherman than was experienced by the sheepdog running radar that I will pass on the way to the restaurant.  Sheepdogs exist to fight wolves, but they spend the majority of their time doing the bidding of the shepherd and preying on the sheep.

    And you are the sheep.

    Perversely, the sheepdogs have started to prey on the sheep.  So far, most sheep have turned a blind eye and the shepherd has tolerated it, perhaps even encouraged it.  There are thousands of incidents all across America demonstrating this new problem of sheepdogs preying on the sheep.   And even worse, sheepdogs have begun to turn on the sheep with the idea that nothing is more important than sheepdog safety.  This has resulted in sheep being killed for perceived threats to the sheepdogSheepdogs have even established for themselves the precedent that they have no duty to actually protect sheep.  There is even a case of a sheepdog suing the sheep because he was injured when he responded to a call for help.  After all, don’t sheepdogs protect sheep?   

    And you are the sheep.

    As sheep, we have the power of numbers.  The first step is to expose the problem to everyone. I, for one, am focused on just that idea.  Part of the exposé should include a focus on sheepdog accountability.  The inequality between sheep and sheepdogs runs rampant in our criminal justice system.  We need to use the technology available to us to record every interaction we have with sheepdogs.  Sheepdogs have been fighting this idea that they can and should be recorded doing their jobs with false arrests and arrests for contempt of cop. (disorderly conduct) Photography Is Not A Crime has been highlighting this issue for years.  Let’s make this point absolutely clear.  It is 100% legal in every state to openly record police in public spaces while they are performing their duties.  But the sheepdogs will tell you it is not because they are fighting being accountable to the sheep.  Therefore, we must record every interaction.  And not just one of us; we all must do it.  When a sheepdog interacts with a sheep, every sheep within sight needs to begin recording the interaction.  Unfortunately, even when a recording exists that captures the entirety of an incident, that does not guarantee that justice will be served.  After all, some pigs are more equal than others.

    And we are the sheep.

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