Torture, literally, by the police in Florida ... My Fox Tampa Bay (14 Dec 2011): Photo shows pepper-sprayed prisoner Reason (23 Dec 2011): Lee County Deputies Tied Suspect to a Chair, Gagged Him, and Pepper-Sprayed Him to Death ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ One good way to deal with the "thin blue line" and the refusal of authorities to prosecute criminal abuse would be to allow private citizens to bring criminal actions in the federal court system. The current scheme isn't quite working when these (expletive deleted) face only civil liablity, which in most cases means that the insurer foots the bill while the (expletive deleted) get together for cocktails afterwards. My very first blog (perhaps before the term "blog" had even been invented) dealt with the Ruby Ridge fiasco, and I worked up a proposal for exactly that. It's still online, will find the link. When government fails, citizens should be able to step up to the plate.