Funny or Die had a little fun with the militarized police force and violence in Ferguson, Missouri in a new video. In COPS: Ferguson. This video would be hilarious, if it wasn’t so damn realistic. Many lines in the video, like “A lot of cities use violence as a last resort, but we found it’s pretty fun to use it as a first resort” would be hilarious if not for the numerous terrifying examples of police violence in the city — as would “Sometimes to keep a town safe, you have to take it over and arrest everybody in it. That’s America.”
This mock scene from a 2010 episode of COPS follows ‘Officer David Johnson’ s he rescues a cat from a tree (with heavy weaponry). Officers place an old woman in a chokehold and attack a white guy whose “shirt is threatening [Johnson]” because there happens to be an African-American man’s face on the article of clothing.
Another call takes them to a “large group of people gathered in a backyard” with “plumes of smoke spotted.” The officers attack what appears to be a children’ birthday party with everything they have — including “air support,” which consists of a traffic chopper dropping a phonebook in the driveway as the Ferguson “officers” tear gas the festivities.
The grill is carefully dismantled, as a black man standing near it is arrested. He’s told he has the right to an attorney “as long as it’s not a liberal or a nerd.”
As funny as this video is, it is impossible to shake the thought that someone in Ferguson has directly quoted it in a serious manner.