Abuse of Power

23 Dec

Ok, we all know the police are taking a beating in the public discourse arena.  We live in a world where almost all of us have a camera in their possession.  Further, so many of are aching to capture that image or that video which will explode virally across the world.  Hence, anything we do can instantly be recorded and then sent out onto the world stage of the Internet.  This makes being a police officer more difficult than ever.  Imagine, your every move, right or wrong, available for instant review.  Our Police Officers are tried within the court of public opinion.  The jury by your peers has begun to lose its weight.

I am 50 years old and I can remember when the police were people we all looked up to. Everyone wanted to be like them and we all waved to them and said hello.  Things were so  much different back then.  When did it change? Had it been us, the public, who changed?  Or did the men and women who are attracted to the police forces change.

In 1965 the Democrats put together the Welfare system.  I sincerely believe this had been done to create a perpetually poor underclass of voters.  The system has never been designed to lift people out of poverty and I don’t believe anyone can say otherwise.  This permanent class created the slums which created a sub set of American cultures that found itself plagued with violence and crime.  This brought the violent enforcement of the Police into these poor neighborhoods contributing to end game problem we have today.

Next came the war on drugs.  Everyone knows that this supposed war could not be waged with any level of success.  It sucked endless streams of money and it contributed to racist laws that affect blacks and the poor disproportionately.  The Police were again asked to penetrate deep into the minority communities which only further alienated them in the eyes of the segment of American society.

Then we had the attacks of 9/11 and the wide sweeping powers that were granted to our enforcement bodies.  Unfortunately, as has always been the case, such laws will always be twisted and pushed to the limits.  The do goodders had great intentions but the failure is innate to mankind.  we are frail and we are so easily corrupted.

The last blow came when the military started giving military grade weapons that they were going to throw away to the city, state, and local police departments.  Suddenly, out protectors were no longer simple police officers they had become Rambo.

Over time the bad officers became many and they floated to the top.  Also, there exists a culture of brotherhood amongst police that forces them to stand by each other through thick and thin.

All of these things combined have at last erupted in a unprecedented epidemic of civilian shootings and this darkness has spread far beyond the ghetto.  It has migrated throughout America and if we are not careful these police gone amok will take our rights away from us and leave us high and dry.  The time has come for us to put a stop to this chaos before we find it too late to correct.

This is my opinion and if anyone has a contra opinion I would like to hear it.  I do realize that there are a great many good Officers who work to provide and live up to the proud mottos that made the Police great.  However, there are a great number of out of control officers that need to be removed from duty.  Something must be done.

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