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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

'She sure shouldn't be going to the press.'

Can you believe the arrogance of these assholes?

Laura Rosen Cohen: The Militarization of American Police
... From the officer:

I feel bad for her,” Wiggins conceded, finally.

“But at the same time, I had to reasonably believe the bad guy was in her house based on what they were doing.”

"(Louise) Goldsberry wasn't arrested or shot despite pointing a gun at a cop, so Wiggins said, “She sure shouldn't be going to the press.”

This is where:
   a) militarizing the police;
   b) and letting the police get away with arresting citizens for filming them as they arrest (and/or abuse) other people;
leads, and must lead. But, this isn't the end-point.

At the same time, while these days far too many police officers have Rambo complexes, far too many police departments see themselves as revenue generators (*). And the individual cop who alerts the public to the quota system in place in *their* town for tickets and/or arrests *always* pays a price.

Here is Bob Parks' take on a recent instance of governmental abuse of the policing power: Police State -- "Now we know why the 911 response times have grown longer over the years. Not just because there may be a spike in crime [Ilíon: if we can trust the statistics put out by various levels of government, the crime rate has been going down for many years] but because more cops are cruising the roads, mining license plates and looking for any reason to hand out tickets."

This particular abuse of government power (I like that, "mining license plates") is the natural working-out of the conjunction of bureaucracy and unionism and "liberalism".

(*) Though, I expect that most of the revenue so generated is plowed back into the police department. Probably to pay for even more unneeded military hardware


Drew said...

Militarization or not makes little difference. The police ARE a military force, no matter how lightly you arm them. The police should not exist.

Ilíon said...

Like government in general, the police are a necessary evil. Since we have to have both, we must limit their ability to do us evil.