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Tuesday, November 25. 2014
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What a crock of sh!t. "Law Enforcement" kill roughly 1000 people each year. How many of THEIR names do you know? Justice MAY have been served in Ferguson. But if so, it was the exception, not the rule.
" "Law Enforcement" kill roughly 1000 people each year."
Used to be we admired cops because of their front-line danger of taking one for us. They protected "us" by placing themselves in danger.
No more. Now, through changed policing philosophies and militarization, they're gunning down innocent people left and right whenever they perceive some danger to themselves.
Now we have SWAT teams throwing flash-bangs into toddlers' cribs simply because, had they raided the right house, someone MIGHT have had a gun.
The police have, especially with the advent of civil forfeiture, become nothing more than another armed and hostile gang. I will call the police for any reason as quickly as I will call the Bloods. Never.
Just like the Trayvon case, this is the wrong case to use in support of change.
One day a bold progressive mayor will challenge the police unions by proposing the mass disarming of their members. A simple solution for a complex problem.
"76 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty"
Ah, fun with statistics....
According to the FBI - "For 2013, 27 officers were killed (all shot except for one struck by a car) as a result of criminal acts."
even more fun:
"In Utah, You're More Likely to be Shot Dead by a Cop Than a Criminal"
Sorry Walt--this would not be a "systemic resolution" to a complex problem.
As for white people (non Jewish, non gay)finally getting the courage to get organized it is about time! If you really want to clean up this mess -- support your own!
I happen to support the police, which is an odd stance for a Libertarian.
That is to say, I'd prefer a better solution, but recognize the options available are a political and practical nightmare to implement without a wholesale restructuring of the economic and bureaucratic systems.
In the meantime, recognizing that MOST cops are well-intentioned and focused on community policing is a good place to start.
On the other hand, if I recognize this, then I want the politicians and the cops themselves to recognize there are some bad apples who need to be removed from the bunch, and they should stop protecting the bad cops in an attempt to protect the overall image of the police themselves. People know the truth. The truth is most cops are good, but bad cops create bad situations which spiral out of control.
Ferguson is a weird case for Libertarians to support, and I'm one that is keeping his distance. Libertarians, not all, but many, seem to think the rioters are justified. I don't. I think they are animals.
On the other hand, even if we assume (and this is a very, very difficult assumption to make) that Wilson should have been indicted when the weight of evidence supported his story (hey, even Holder's watchdogs were paying attention to this and there hasn't been a peep from those racist cronies of his), you have to question what the value of an indictment would be.
Wilson likely would have been acquitted on the weight of evidence. You'd have gotten the same result, but done a larger smear job the name of someone who was just doing his job.
Cops probably have the toughest job imaginable when they have to police bad communities. It's a no win situation. When they are doing a good job, they are considered the enemy and they are not wanted. The minute the thugs enter and become belligerent and cause problems, the community laments how "nobody cares about us".
In order to communities to generate good relationships with the police, they need to generate a positive atmosphere for everyone. Ferguson was not a good neighborhood, which is why police presence there was unwelcome. The community never took proactive steps to improve that situation. Communities like that are simply tinderboxes waiting to be set afire by one misstep.
That is how people like Martin and Brown become household names. Never mind that the day before, or the day after, murders took place in each community. The focus will never be on the difficult job the police have in communities that care little for themselves, it will only be on the missteps of those who are assigned to try and make a difference.
So, Bulldog, how many deputies in the Habersham County Sheriff's Office are "good cops"? How many deputies in the Pima County Sheriff's Office are "good cops"? How many deputies in the Fullerton Police Department are "good cops"? Mind you, only FIVE Fullerton officers stood there and watched Manny Ramos beat Kelly Thomas to death and didn't lift a finger or even say a word to stop him. How many deputies in the Lake County Sheriff's Office are "good cops"? And there, what happened to Deputy Richard Sylvester, who murdered Andrew Lee Scott in his own home at 1:30 in the morning? And compare that to what happened to Sylvester's partner, who was honest enough to admit that they had NOT identified themselves as police officers while pounding on his apartment door at that time in the morning. And how many officers in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department are "good cops"? The truth is that most cops are NOT good. They are merely a Praetorian Guard in the very worst sense of the term. Spitting on their very oaths of office to the Constitution and doing whatever they are told. The stench is overwhelming. And it smells like pig.
You might try this instead:
And these as well:
Your "Law Enforcement" buddies seem to do a damn good job tracking every officer who gets his pinky hurt. Mere Citizens they kill, however, they can't bother to track. The stench is overwhelming.
I want to be on the policeman's side. I want them to be honest protectors of citizens and relentless in their efforts to keep our cities safe. I think there should be an easier system to allow cities/police departments to fire policemen. In any instance where deadly force was used and later review concluded that the force was inappropriate or even that the citizen harmed was innocent of any crime then that policeman should be "let go" and free to find a career field he was a better fit for. The police should not become a mafia with a badge. They should always put citizens first.
I'll agree with that. But unfortunately, that vision is another quest for Diogenes.