‘Blue Kool-Aid’ Makes Cops Arrest, Ask Questions Later, Says Retired Baltimore Police Officer (VIDEO)

If you’ve been asking where all these “alleged good cops” are, you’ll be thrilled to know you’re about to meet one. There’s just one catch, though– he’s actually a former police officer out of Baltimore, but works as an outspoken anti-police brutality activist now. His name is Michael A. Wood, Jr., and the night before six officers go to trial for the curious death of Freddie Gray, he has something to say.

Readers will certainly remember 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died due to mysterious, yet critical injuries suffered in the back of a police van upon his arrest last April. Following Gray’s death, Baltimore was a fast rolling boil in a nation lukewarm at best when it comes to reckoning with issues involving racism. As a result, the six officers involved in his arrest, and responsible for his care and safety upon arrest, are now facing the music for charges ranging from second degree murder to manslaughter.

Take a listen to Wood:

Wood worked for 11 years with the Baltimore PD before retiring due to an injury, and from the sounds of it, he not only made it through drinking “the blue Kool-Aid,” as he put it, but he apparently made it through with his eyes wide open and his humanity intact. That, in itself, is pretty amazing. Let’s face it, love or hate cops, you have to admit their job also forces them to see the worst in people on a daily basis. That has to affect your outlook at some point.

Talking with the Real News Network in the video above, Wood states that the very foundation of the justice system is essentially tainted soil, built off a poor, racist, misguided foundation, and anything that grows out of that is tainted, corrupt, biased and wrong, too. The entire system needs to be rebuilt from the ground up, and we need to begin with a much healthier soil.

Wood stated:

“We planted a tree of criminal justice in this evil soil, so everything we get out of it is going to be bad as well. It’s the proverbial fruit of a poisonous tree, because we’re starting from a bad foundation.”

For example, Wood points out that police are often rewarded by the number of arrests they make, but are not necessarily rewarded for taking the time to de-escalate a situation. Therefore, it’s both easiest, most personally beneficial to their career, and often safest, to just arrest people, warranted or not.

Why, you may wonder?

Fear, mostly, Wood says. Apparently, on the inside, cops are much more Don Knotts than Charles Bronson, which ironically turns most of them into Charles Bronson, and by the looks of it, with a healthy Napoleon complex, too.

Wood states:

“So, you have the metric in policing, which is arrest. So every officer is judged upon their arrests. So you don’t get credit for deescalating a situation. Say it takes an hour to deescalate a situation but you could have moved on in 5 minutes by making an arrest, well then the easy route is that you’re going to get credit for the arrest… so you may as well do it.”

Whereas, honest policing in a just system would make the police virtual ghosts, only showing up when called in cases of emergency, only interfering with the public when absolutely necessary.

Wood also confirmed, while there are no “official” arrest quotas, there are certainly unofficial quotas, or “expectations,” if you will. He said that officers who don’t make those “expectations” are viewed as slacking on the job and need to up their game. Consequently, Wood said, 90 percent of his work as a cop was chasing down drug-related offenses, and you can bet a hell of a lot of those were offenses as minor as marijuana possession.

Wood also led a team of officers in his day with law enforcement, and said his expectation was that officers make roughly 10 arrests a month, or one every other day, considering they only work about 20 days or so out of the month, give or take depending on necessity. Wood said:

“Certainly that’s part of the problem, I was pushing them for arrests.”

And we’d be fools to believe it is not the same in every other police department out there across the nation.

Wood says he was “brainwashed” by the “blue Kool-Aid” but eventually came to see those he was hunting down as the human beings they are, much of the day going about very normal activities and just trying to scrape up a dollar here and there to live. He said, it was then that the “us versus them” malarkey he’d always been fed crumbled in front of him and he was lucky enough to see clearly for the first time.

He’s been active against police brutality ever since.

Right on.

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