Demoralization

In the comments to a post at Say Uncle on massive failures from police crime labs in Massachusetts and Texas, Lyle said:

Part of the overthrow of the U.S. is demoralizing the population. Part of demoralizing the population is having incompetent buffoons in critical positions, such that we lose trust in the system. Eventually, so the idea goes, we’ll be so fed up and disgusted that we’ll cry out for a “strong man” who will “do something” by getting past all the politics and red tape, i.e. a dictator.

In the comments to a post at BoingBoing that Uncle linked wherein a Brit berated a man for “taking the law into his own hands” and taking a gun to check on the welfare of his daughter instead of calling the cops to do it, another commenter responded:

Call the police and they might just kill you
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-50…

Police escalate car chase to deadly conclusion
http://www.thedailybeast.com/a…

Even the mayor isn’t safe
http://www.seattlepi.com/natio…

Police helping the mentally-challenged
“With his dying words, he… never understood why the defendant had beat him. He said ‘All I wanted was a Snickers bar.'”
http://digitaljournal.com/arti…

Newly-Released Surveillance Video Shows Police Officers Brutally Beating, Suffocating, and Tasing Kelly Thomas to Death
http://www.wjla.com/articles/2…

Sure, a lot of cops, maybe most, are there to help. I’ve met some of them. But in this country, it really is a crapshoot. You don’t want to call the cops unless you absolutely have to.

There are a lot more of those, too.

Where have I heard the term “demoralization” before?

UPDATE:  The Kelly Thomas link goes to a different homicide-by-cop.  The video of Kelly Thomas getting beaten (not tased) to death is here:  Full, unedited video

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