I’m telling you folks, as I’ve pointed out in other entries, policing in this country is getting worse. Although many will tell you that all the recent disturbing reports are “isolated” incidents, I’m telling you they are not isolated.
And as much as ‘bad cops’ may be in the minority, the fact of the matter is one bad cop can ruin your entire life. Or the entire life of one of your loved ones. But as we know, it’s not just one bad cop, is it? I’ve taken some criticism for my recent entries on this in the past. I don’t mind being criticized for my opinion – heck, I know I’ve changed my opinions on many things over my lifetime as I gain new knowledge I didn’t have before.
I believe this has as much to do with our expectations of cops as it does with anything else. I believe this has as much to do with citizens sitting by idly while our freedoms and liberties are slowly eroded, and not doing anything about it. As a citizen, you’re expected to call the police before you attempt to defend yourself. You’re supposed to act like a lamb. You’re not allowed to carry weapons of self-defence, yet the police are.
The Police are no longer considered simply part of the public any longer, according to this principle that Sir Robert Peel put forth:
“”Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.”
Citizens have been encouraged to NOT act as police – even though in reality, it is in all citizen’s interests to have the power to protect their property to the utmost degree. So now we have a special class of citizens – the police, who will continue to be open to even more corruption than what we are seeing now. Mark my words. It will happen as long as the police continue to see themselves as set apart from citizens, and the more our liberties are eroded in the name of security.
Even the police lingo promotes this view among the police, and is used to separate themselves from non-police citizens.
If you truly care about liberty and freedom, you should be concerned about this. You should be concerned with law enforcement training, the philosophy of law enforcement as taught today to would be police officers, and you should be very concerned with the methods that are used to evaluate the work of police officers.