Skip to comments.“Choose this day whom you will serve.”: An Open Letter to American Law Enforcement.
Posted on 02/17/2010 3:10:35 PM PST by ironwill
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The clock is ticking...
It should be noted that the VAST majority of “rank and file” police officers, in poll after poll, have expressed support for the armed citizenry.
Failure to get that out of the way only makes for an “us vs them” attitude on both sides.
Doh, should be don’t understand.
This is what we're counting on.
Great Post. I have said for years that I am the natural constituent of the Police. The law abiding tax payer. However my trust in the institution of Police, and Sheriff has been damaged by saturation patrols, dui checkpoints, petty barons running little city speed traps. Your correct, they need us. They need us to comply. They need us to pay taxes. Without me, the tax paying “good citizen” the streets are awash in blood. LEO, I know you are here on Free Republic. Time to stand up and be counted.
Yeah, but then you have stupid stuff like this:
I hate to say it, I really do, but I believe many in the police forces will do what they are told, until they wake and realize that they have cast their lots with the unjust. Then, and only then, (hopefully) you will see a majority of them behave otherwise. Some will be known quickly, by their refusal to unjustly engage American citizens. Unfortunately, this is the jumbled caliber of people in law enforcement today. As it stands now, as a whole, they deserve the distrust that they have garnered.
Same as any other day. The usual travel speed 5 miles an hour over...ie 40 mph. I also happened to notice 4 "people of color" hanging out in the McDonald's parking lot and dealing drugs in the drive through lane.
Did I mention that I lived and paid taxes in this neighborhood? Who is the bigger threat, speeders going 5 over or drug dealers?
Familiar with the "I'll get around to it" attitude of our local police department, I explained to the dispatch that taxpayers were more concerned with keeping our neighborhoods safe than ticketing folks (the majority were servicemembers). I also explained that if the police couldn't handle the priorities of the taxpaying public, said taxpaying public would "vigalante justice" handle the problems of drug dealers in our fair town.
Fastest response I'd ever seen. Of course they rode the entire way with lights and sirens to the McDonalds. That was when I realized they weren't after the drug dealers, but hoping to find pissed off members of the public. And naturally, the dealers fled. Apparently the unmarked cars were needed elsewhere..... FOR SPEED TRAPS. And nothing says sting like sirens and lights.
What bugs me is that last year there was this tremendous hue and cry that if we didn't pass this proposition or some such on the local ballot they'd have to cut the force. Note, this was obvious pressure: cut police and fire first, scare the citizenry. Never mind there are a ton of lesser needed things financed by the County. eg. All that drainage ditch work? Let it go natural. Widening roads in the oddest places, for just a mile or two at a stretch. What's the point?
So what do I see several times a month? County Sheriff's patrol cars running speed traps on the way to work. They are blatantly targeting the people that commute to a large, relatively remote military base. There is nothing and no-one for anyone to hit or get into trouble with out there. You could (and I have seen) people safely drive that road 20mph over the speed limit. There are maybe 2 accidents a year out that way - invariably at the one lone stop light. Not attributable to speeding, but rather inattention. So it is obvious the speed traps are merely a revenue maker.
So my beef is this. If we really need all these officers on the force and should have raised taxes to support them (the measure went down to defeat by a large margin), what is it that is so important? Do they need all these officers to address crime in the County? There is crime in the County, livestock, drugs, domestics, theft... Why aren't the officers addressing these crimes? If they've got time to sit on the side of the road and write tickets to people just going to/from work and maybe in a bit of a harmless hurry, then there can't be all that much need for them.
I place the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Sheriff. He's the one setting the strategy, determining where their focus and manpower goes. Next election, he goes.
Do you seriously think that federal police, all 150,000 of them, will actually help you in that event, beyond issuing orders that they will not be personally endangered with carrying out?"
The most coherent response you’ll get from many LEO is “Huh?”
My point is to all LEO officers and bureaucrats you need my support. You don’t have it anymore.
The real question is what will happen if a significant portion of the people and ruling class (which is a very important factor) resist something.
The very, very large majority of cops don’t even know what the words mean when they took their oath’s. All they know is that they had to recite it in order to get their jobs. One of the most important elements of law enforcement is adherence to the 4th amendment. One that is violated routinely in any and every way, just look at Katrina. They had cops that knew they were doing wrong and did it any way. Just following orders, they say. They have been and continue to build an “us vs. them” attitude with the public and that will only hurt them down the road.
Prove it. Questions for the so-called "pro-gun" police:
1) You stop a car for speeding. The otherwise law-abiding driver (who has absolutely zero criminal history), happens to be carrying a pistol without any sort of license, as required by your State's laws. Do you arrest him for the gun law violations?
2) You discover, by whatever means, that an otherwise law abiding citizen (who has absolutely zero criminal history), owns an automatic rifle, which he has not registered with BATF. Do your arrest him or report him to BATF for the federal gun law violation?
The “if” it will happen has already passed. It has been answered in the affirmative. We are now awaiting for the “when” and, in my opinion, it is not far down the road.
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