Last night was another object lesson in the uselessness of cops for other than random tax collecting and general harassment.
Traveling home on the Blue Ridge Parkway – where it seems there is always a cop available to ticket you for “speeding” – I came upon the scene of a motorcycle accident. I am still not sure exactly what happened – probably because for me the immediate concern was what to do about the injured biker.
There were three riders, one of them (a woman) having lost control or misjudged her line or maybe she swerved to avoid a deer or the bike had a mechanical failure.
I still don’t know.
What was immediately obvious was the one rider was down and badly injured. Her companions couldn’t do anything more for her than call 911 – which they’d done about 10 minutes prior, apparently.
But no one appeared to be coming and time was of the essence, as it always in emergencies.
Like when thugs are home-invading your home.
911’s not much help then, either.
A Sig or Glock is.
Bear in mind that as a matter of law, cops have no duty to protect you. They are employed to enforce the law. This ugly truth is of course not often articulated.
But it is true nonetheless.
The woman’s friend and I decided further waiting was not in her best interests. So we helped her into my car – and we took off to the hospital. I broke several laws along the way. I figured the laws would never know the difference – but the injured girl in my car might be better off.
On the way, I called a number the girl gave me – her family – and let them know who I was, what had happened and that she would be at the hospital in minutes.
I drove the Mustang press car like Rick in Walking Dead would.
Got there in less than 10 minutes.
I hope she’s ok.
I did not get her full name. I left after the emergency room people came out and got her inside.
They responded quickly.
I drove home the way I had come and came once again to the scene of the accident.
A cop was there now.
When seconds count… .
Probably trying to figure out whom to ticket. At the very least, I saved the girl from that. A “reckless driving” cite, probably. Ticketing people who’ve just had a bad wreck is fairly common – even when no one else got hurt. It’s petty and mean, but then, so is the law.
No doubt the absence of a paying customer aggravated the cop. I wonder whether it is a “crime” to whisk an accident victim to the hospital – and thereby, away from the clutches of law enforcement?
So I did not stop again. I left the cop by the wreck site, no doubt making arrangements to have the totaled bike – still there – impounded. These impound lots are a particularly loathsome branch of the various mafias that seem to run the country. They will sock you with exorbitant daily storage fees, which you must pay if you ever hope to get your hands on your vehicle again. If I’d been driving my truck, I would have loaded the wrecked bike and spirited it away, too.
Anything to deny these badged bullies another opportunity to make a buck off someone else’s bad luck.
If collecting revenue and general harassment were not the primary activities of law enforcement (their favored term) perhaps they’d be more available to help people actually hurt as opposed to stomping their hooves over laws affronted.
But then, there’s no money (or power) in the former… while the latter is (like the hokey pokey) what it’s all about.
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Hero’s never seem to be around when stuff like this is happening too. Clovers at work road raging.
I’d like to know what triggered this. And the guy on the bike must be a terrible rider to be unable to shake a piece of shit Ford sedan on a sport bike.
(just found “How it started”. Dumb reason, but there are nut cases out there. The MC rider did not help himself when he moved up to interact with the nut case. Fortunately no one was hurt.)
If the rider does not have experience and/or skill, eventually most cars are able to catch up.
I was surprised to see the car hang around, since most MCs, even relative slow ones have quick acceleration times compared to cars.
Comment from the rider:
Ok, looks like the biker did a legal lane split and this pissed off the guy in the car, who then attempted – my opinion – a felony hit and run maneuver. He deliberately tried to run the bike off the road; could have killed the guy.
The biker – understandably – reacted as many of us would have.
I am not condoning his subsequent reckless (and poor) riding. But the car driver triggered everything by attempting to kill the dude.
eric, it’s probably a good thing lanesplitting is not legal in Texas. When Bubba gets off shift at the Chevron refinery on the channel, he’s in even more of a daze than when he got there. Life’s tough down on the “carcinogous(fuck you spell check)coast” and he ain’t had a good breath in several years. He sleeps with a respirator going from smog induced sleep apnea(fuck you again spell check) but he is armed. I’m not saying he’s not hitting on all cylinders but the last time he had anything near an epiphany was when his buds took him on a week-long deer hunt in west Tx. and he woke up one morning with this crystal clear feeling all about. But then they all went back to Houston and him to his night time ventilator.
Then you have your shite-kicking factor of an old boy in a cowboy hat in his crewcab Dodge dually with “Pipeliners Do It Longer” sticker in the back window who thinks what’s good for one is good for everybody so he “splits” lanes. Shit, he’s got a big steel bed on the back, he ain’t scared…..and he’s got a .44 for anybody who complains.
Yeah, true… I just don’t get it, though. As in that video. What harm did the biker cause the car driver? The light goes green, the bike – with its much quicker acceleration – is gone. The driver’s not been blocked or impeded. He’s just a Clover pissed that he got passed.
If the dude in the car had done that shit to me, I prolly would have just followed him home and taught him some manners with my fists.
eric, I’ll give you the split-tail explanation. Well…..if you don’t know what you did wrong you don’t deserve an explanation. Or one of my favs, If I have to tell you what’s the matter then that’s what’s the matter. You can’t dispute “logic” like that…..and it’s everywhere you go.
Kudos, Eric. Ya did good. Claire Wolfe was right about that awkward phase, but were all just about through it.
Do unto others as yo would have them do unto you. It’s a religious statement but you don’t have to be to live by it.
I am a volunteer medical first responder. The black hats routinely get in he way of stabilizing the victim to try to gather evidence for prosecution of the victim. There are very few good cops and they don’t last. Sherrifs are least bad. Highway nazis are the most arrogant and officious pricks and first in line for justice.
Der tag kommt…
I was all jacked up on adrenaline for hours after this happened.
If Houston were to take all the sales tax funds and create an elite supermodel blowjob squad who worked tirelessly thru rain and smog and dark of night. Maintaining a safe space of unparalled order and publically serviced citizens happy and peaceful, they still shouldnt be commended.
Commending anyone who pushes you around and makes you their service dog is the antithesis of libertarian anarchy.
Like ein gut German neighbor, Statist Farm is there funding Feuer Hund Stasi
Who’s a good statist dog. Who’s a good boo boo bolshevik statist bitch.
Fish heads for four legged and two legged statist dogs of all breeds.
Phoenix Faux fire dog heroes
Louisiana Fire Dogs back to PTB Obedience School this week
A modern day Police State parable. Starring Eric as the Good Samaritan protagonist. Eric proves his humanity and shows the world what it means to be a neighbor.
Not sure if most of you Jewish Scribes & Legal Scholars can even grok the magnitude of a simple kindness. One that has become so rare in this bio-automaton riddled dystopic blasted heath.
Read and understand if you still have a freely beating heart…
And, behold, a Roman Provincial Jewish Scribe rose to test him, and said, “Educator, what shall one do to attain life everlasting*?”
So then Eashoa said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?”
The Official replied and said, “That you should love* your Maryah Allaha with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your cognition, and your neighbor as yourself.”
Eashoa told him, “You said it truthfully. Do this and live.”
But as the bureaucrat wished to appear righteous, he said to him, “And who is my neighbor?”
Eashoa said to him, “A man went from Jerusalem to Jericho, and robbers fell upon him and stripped him and beat him up and left him with little hope of revival and they went away.
“And it so happened that a high priest came down that way and saw him and passed by.
“And likewise also a Levite came, reaching that same location and saw him and passed by.
Then a Samaritan passing through came to the place where the victim was and saw him and took pity on him.
“And he approached him and treated his wounds and poured wine and oil over them, and placed him on his donkey and brought him to the dispensary and laid him out.
“And on the morning of the next day, he took out two dinars and paid the pharmacist and told him, ‘For his fee and if he needs more care, upon returning I will give it to you.’
“Which of the three do you see as the neighbor of the one who had fallen in the hands of the robbers?”
The Judean Scribe said, “The one who took mercy upon him.” Eashoa told him, “Go you also and do likewise.”
– If you have a mind, you will understand that here is the NAP made manifest.
It is not something in an Ayn Rand novel. It was once only an idea in her novels, of the type of men she wishes she saw in reality, instead of only in the Pre-Code movies she used to watch, and the romantic novels she used to read.
Nor is it to be found in the scholastic archives of Murray Rothbard, or the Mises Institute or anywhere stale and institutional like that.
The NAP must be something real somewhere, experienced by actually humans if it is to be anything meaningful. Is it not obvious 58 hours of this 720 hour month are already expired. Logically it follows that the pie chart must be at least 8% donated by now. That is also a reality. Existence exists. A is A. Money must be put where your mouth is if these eloquent words are to have any weight. Or are you all still just a bunch of Pharisees after all of these years.
Fireman….come when they are called.
Ambulances….come when they are called.
Cops….drive around and screw with people so they are busy when you call.
I wish cops would just wait until you call.
Sic, I think there’s some good advice out there even though it’s nearly 50 years old. I used to ROTFLMAO way back when this commercial was on tv. It still makes me laugh. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skfZQ9fRpf4
Firefighters can be just as corrupt as cops. Here are two instances…
A firefighter from a certain southeastern Michigan community claimed to have a “arson dog”–one that could detect accelerants. This “firefighter” and his dog were instrumental in ruining many peoples’ lives by his testimony alone. Insurance companies LOVED this guy as he was able to get them out of paying (valid) claims. People were denied valid insurance claims and prosecuted for arson on the testimony of this “arson dog’s” handler.
Those who were “burned” by this supposed arson dog “handler had no recourse, because of “qualified immunity”. The firefighter (and fire department) could not be sued.
Finally one citizen who had been accused of arson fought back by suing to prove the “arson dog’s” ability. The dog was found to have NO special ability. The “arson dog” and his human master’s career was finally over. How many innocent people were convicted of arson and lost everything they had??
Another case was that of a plating plant that caught fire. The owners had a fire department “approved” fire plan in place which involved shutting off utilities and shutting down processes in an orderly fashion. The firefighters that responded to the fire pushed the owner out of the way, and told him that they were going to do things “their way”. The building burned to the ground.
A firefighter’s job (for at least 98% of the time is not inherently dangerous. This does not take away from the seriousness of their job, which is to be commended. but, firefighter arrogance can be just as dangerous as police arrogance. THIS is why firefighters should be included in any abolition of immunity for public officials.
I loved that line in “The Departed”
Cullie: Fiahfytahs are a buncha homos.
His partner laughs and Cullie says “Well, they ahhh”.
I love that movie, too!
PS: Also the term, “hose heroes.”
I broke down on the highway in cold weather for a few hours waiting to be towed. No cops ever stopped to see what’s wrong. Fortunate for that. But odd no patrols were around nor cared.
After that, bought a new mazda6. 🙂
Well, even if their intent were to do good instead of evil…cops can’t be everywhere. And we wouldn’t want them to be, would we?
In this case, we just can’t know if the cop could have been there sooner. How big was the area he had to cover? It’s even remotely possible (though not likely,) that he was actually in the process of protecting and serving another citizen.
What you have described is not proof of the evil of all cops, all the time.
But it certainly confirms that all too common variant of Murphy’s Law…. “there’s never a cop around when you need ’em!”
MP, let me respond to that. I’ve been in a couple bad wrecks, been beaten so bad I went blind, been stranded in a bad storm in a dead truck, come across some really bad accidents, witnessed some, been assaulted with all the usual weapons including the ones that go boom…..but at no time did I ever need a cop and in fact, hoped with all my might one wouldn’t arrive.
Your life probably hasn’t been that “full” so you still think there’s some use for them. I’d disagree till the day I die. I owe my life to a fellow worker who rushed me to a hospital and simply outran cops in his Duramax getting me there. I sure didn’t need one then and neither did he.
I can’t imagine a situation that can’t be handled without them and much better……much better at that.
Since this is your opinion, you would not have shared Eric’s displeasure that no cops responded to the call. Based on what you say here, you would have been glad.
That’s cool. 🙂
MP, if I came on someone not breathing I’d not hesitate to do my best CPR. Ever seen what cops do? They shine a flashlight on them and maybe, maybe say something like, I don’t think that one’s breathing.
I called in a bad wreck, motorcycle hit from behind by a car. DPS are there first. One grabs this woman’s hair who is face down and you can hear her gurgle and teeth scrape the pavement as she’s unconscious and struggling to breath for herself and her quite obvious soon to be child. He shines a flashlight in open, fixed eyes and her mangled face, then simply lets go of her hair. I heard her teeth and face impact the pavement. It was all I could do to not pull my 9mm and dispatch both those occifers. The other was trying to hassle the motorcycle driver who had been stunned so bad that once we(before they got there)got him settled down and sitting down since we had no idea what internal injuries he might be aggravating just running around not comprehending anything. The DPS he recognized as an enemy got in his face with a flashlight and here he’s struggling to get up again. Thanks a lot asshole, just what he needed.
Everybody lived and the baby birthed normally a month or so later. We knew the people which made it a bit worse. Please excuse me if I leave off letters. I need to order a new keyboard.
I agree, 8. Cops can KMA, all cops, everywhere.
I have to deal with this scum all the time. They see an old man get out of a truck after they check to see he’s belted in(don’t ever throw off your seat belt and just get out, you’ll get a seatbelt ticket)and has no weapon. Then they begin to treat you like you’re a captive audience and are actually respecting what they’re doing. They’re some stupid MF’s when they do that. I also bump tires with that 3/4″ 2 foot long piece of rebar. As one told me, I have those red and blues to protect me…..and that was right after i’d nearly run over his stupid ass. He just didn’t have the sense to know it. Sorry, but I can’t stop 40 tons as fast as you can lay down on the brakes on that Tahoe right after you pull over in front of me. Dumbass.
I find it difficult to present even a veneer of “respect” for them… because I don’t respect them. Part of this, of course, is a function of my now being older than most of them. It’s particularly annoying to be harassed by some shithead 26-year-old who is nothing more than a kind of biological automaton, conditioned to be a servant of the state.I remember when I was young the older cops often still had some humanity.
But these steroid-jacked twenty-somethings with their buzzcuts and tough guy dark tint sunglasses arouse in me deep feelings of contempt that are hard to quell.
After all, who the hell are they? Typical example is someone with a tepid-temperature IQ, a high school (just barely) graduate who can barely speak in complete sentences, barking orders at me like a rabid chihuahua.
Morning eric. Maybe the older cops were a bit wiser but they still upheld any stupid-ass law one more politician somewhere liked more than the one less group.
If a law is presented to some “august” body of reptiles for consideration, you can bet it’s because it makes money for them or someone who can get them re-elected…..or not.
Where’s that basket of fishheads?
The culture has definitely changed.
No question, cops were dicks back in the day, too. But not to the extent now. The aggressiveness of cops today is startling. It’s like dealing with a Marine drill sergeant… except without the drill sergeant’s good qualities.
eric, you’re right and it’s evident the methods to choose cops have improved as far as getting the hard-ass type who have no remorse and don’t know the meaning of morals….thinking it might have something to do with sex I’d guess. Well, I won’t go down the road to trying to get in a cop’s head. It’s a moot point to me anyway.
I was just reading Fred on Everything and it’s an especially good article today that has a great deal to do with understanding different personalities.
He rightly tries to not draw a conclusion for the reader and instead calls on a Xanax and a double shot of Scotch for himself.
In the second paragraph, “here” is a live link that’s very interesting. Research basically shows what I’ve long suspected in the link of various attitudes.
Just a couple weeks ago I told a friend in private that some other friends who are staunch religionists seem to be easily swayed by the war-hawks and see everything from that view. It’s been obvious to me for many years that everyone seeks news and stories to solidify what they already believe and almost never can be persuaded otherwise. The active link gives credence to this though. Without further ado, I give you Fred. http://lewrockwell.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6ad24f4cd1574f1f7b8a0a03a&id=fb333700fb&e=62e95e6f13
The active link gives credence to this “THOUGHT”….dammit. I gotta get that new keyboard soon. e’s, t’s and now and again, juxtaposing one letter for another is the fight I’m having plus not having special keys work at times. Well, I think it dates from 2000.
Thanks for the link, Eight.
Lew isn’t blocked by my “too big to fail” NWO paycheck printers. YET.
But they do block Fred’s new home. Not the old one, just the new…
I’m in an interesting spot in some ways, due to my “oddities” I end up nose to asshole with a lot of Liberal Shites, frequently. For some reason, they think the Libs value them as more than just votes. They think they can just pass the right laws THIS time…
And they don’t understand how close they are to the Other Left Hand of Darkness, the Republicunts. BOTH want the same things, they’re just arguing over which way to enslave us first.
You’d think people who need hormones and surgery that the government denies them would be a bit more on the ball…
Nope, it’s all “MFFY!” (Me First, F-ck You!)
My parents used to say that was the problem with “my” generation. It’s not. It’s a human condition enabled by permitting the weak and poor to remain weak and poor and telling them it’s someone else’s fault. Whiggers, Spiggers, Chiggers, Jiggers, and of course the MOST melanin-enhanced group of all…
Funny how I have a standing invitation to South Africa from a black man, but cannot stand the ghetto trash… But then, I is “racis…”
Jean, tens of millions of people can identify me as a racist at a distance just by the color of my skin. Amazing that. I wonder what they think when I get out of my black friends pickups?
If they were peace keepers, they’d have my support. But they are law enforcers – a term they themselves picked. Why should anyone respect a law enforcer? The Gestapo and the SD and the SS (and the Stasi and the KGB) were also law enforcers.
One of the many sicknesses of our time is that so many people equate The Law with moral right… and so equate law enforcement with moral right.
They give sanction to their own oppression.
So long as it’s The Law…
I saw cops at the scene of accidents trying to shove their way in between paramedics and victims just because THEY want a chance to talk to the person. No concern for the person’s health, or even the professional courtesy of wanting until the medical team is done checking the person. I even saw a paramedics once casually push the cop aside so they could get to their patient and ignore them yelling and fuming while they checked the person out. It was a great moment to watch.
It’s like Eric said, the moment that the cop has established that no tickets are to be written, they are gone, even if you’re bleeding on the sidewalk. Firemen and ambulances actually are there to HELP the person, the cop is just there for traffic control and to issue tickets. In other words, to make things WORSE for everyone.
So yeah, having them not show up on time isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If they’re not going to be of any actual help, best that they not bother to pretend, since it never makes it better.
There have been one or two stories that came into my awareness over the last many years where cops have arrested fire or ambulance personal because they weren’t letting a cop have his way.
These people sure wished the cops had never shown up.
Traffic tickets are revenue to pay their salaries and perks. Providing services is a cost. Maximize revenues, minimize costs. Even rackets understand this basic concept.
Get this, some local governments are now charging people for responding to calls such as traffic collisions. So they get the tax money and they play predatory monopoly. I guess they decided that more than crony tow companies should get something out of it.
BrentP, a good friend 20 years or so older than me went to sleep and wrecked his truck carrying a load of some benign substance like bags of gypsum for nurseries. His wife was killed which was enough of a blow and his truck was totaled but the state of Tx. didn’t give a shit and charged him so much to clean the barditch(all you’d need to do is take a grader or backhoe and spread it out)that he lost everything but the house he lived in. He died broke and alone and since the state took the insurance for his truck, wasn’t able to make a living. Yeah, yeah for the state and those wonderful bureaucrats…mission accomplished.
That’s the end game they want.
On FB, I posted that the objective for USSA is to ensure we either rise and rebel, or that the Moslems ensure the conflict themselves- either way, the UN will be pulled in, and there goes national sovereignty.
It’ll still be CALLED the USA, but if you call a pile of shit a rose, it don’t change the smell.
We’re almost too late to start acting – state sanctioned murder is already the order of the day.
I cannot NOT want them dead any more.
I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ll never forget the police reaction to the break in a few years ago. It was basically my fault, I left a window open. The robbers were looking for items that were convertible to easy cash, like a tablet and laptop, but they did get some ammo and at the time I thought they made off with a revolver (turns out they just up-ended the nondescript box I kept it in at the time), so I figured I should call the cops. At first they were very excited thinking the thieves were still in the area, and called in a bunch of their buddies for backup. But most of them just hung around the property until the detective showed up to take a bunch of pictures and try to get a fingerprint. Of course they were very helpful in supplying me information that I’d need to give my insurance company “when” I filed a claim – for a few bucks worth of obsolete electronics?
One of them mentioned that there’s been a few other break-ins in the neighborhood. At the time I didn’t think much of that statement, but looking back, what the hell are we paying for? If they knew there were criminals working in the area, why were they not patrolling more often? A few even live in the neighborhood, you’d think they’d be very interested in patrolling, even if it just means they can eat lunch at home.
Lesson learned. Security system installed. Cameras and recorders installed. Lots of signs telling would-be invaders they’re under surveillance by a for profit company.
We gotta look at the PC of everything these days. San Antonio AISD voted this week to do away with the name on a school, Robert E. Lee. The PC liberal crowd(aka, minorities((no minority in being a Mexican in S.A.)) is set on re=writing history. It’s damned sickening what has happened to statues and names at U Tx. at Austin. The country isn’t going down, it’s there already.
Now MADD is screaming mad to get the congress to force the other 25 states to get ignition interlocks……..RIGHT NOW GODDAMMIT!
Eric_G, while everybody was screaming about profiling in crime prevention, a new police chief in a town in Tx.(forget which)decided to concentrate patrolling in areas with the highest crime rates. It resulted in diminishing crime and catching those who were doing the large part of it. Everybody in town cheered except the “minority PC” crew.
Even in west Tx. some towns have a bad Mexican Mafia problem. Of course legalizing drugs would do away with much of the problems but not all. For some reason some Mexicans seem to think assaulting their wives in any way is acceptable.
Given how I feel about mine…? (Would-be wife, ersatz ruler)
Sometimes the bitch has it comin’…
My stepfather once drove mom 60 miles to the hospital in 28 mins flat, because “there is nothing we can do for her” in the ambulance. No cops seen, no tickets issued…
Ever notice that police unions are “fraternal”? This should tell you something. The “thin-blue-line” is a gang, little different than street gangs–at least when it comes to “covering-up” questionable behavior by police.
In today’s day and age, “officer safety” trumps de-escalation of force. This, in part, is due to the militarization of the police along with training in Israeli police tactics. This becomes a problem, with the “us vs. them” attitude that is fosters, along with the fact that Israel is a very different place, being on a constant “war footing”, and by necessity, its police tactics are very different.
There are too many instances of police being “given a pass”, even when incontrovertible video and audio evidence is presented. Grand juries, guided by police-friendly prosecutors, quite often refuse to charge those police officers who abuse their authority.
Police officers, who want to do the right thing, are quite often marginalized and put into harms way, by their own brethren…When a police officer is beating on someone that is already restrained while yelling, “stop resisting” THAT is but one reason police have a “bad name” in many instances…
Here are changes that can help reduce the police-induced violence:
1. Eliminate both “absolute” and “qualified” immunity for all public officials. The threat of being sued personally would encourage them to behave themselves.
2. Any public funds disbursed to citizens as a result of police misconduct should come out of their pension funds–NOT from the taxpayers.
3. Regular drug-testing of police officers as well as incident-based drug testing should take place whenever an officer is involved in a violent situation with a citizen–no exceptions.
4. Testing for steroid use should be a part of the drug testing program. You know damn well, many police officers “bulk up” with the “help” of steroids. Steroids also affect users mentally as well, making them more aggressive. The potential for abuse of citizens increases greatly with steroid use.
5. Internal affairs should only be used for disagreements between individual officers–NOT for investigations involving citizen abuse. State-level investigations should be mandatory for all suspected abuses involving citizens.
6. Prosecutors should be charged with malfeasance IF any evidence implicating police officer misconduct is not presented to the grand jury.
7. A national or state-by-state database of abusive individuals who should NEVER be allowed to perform police work should be established–a “blacklist” of abusive (former) police officers.
8. Get rid of police unions. Police unions (fraternities) protect the guilty, and are responsible for the massive whitewashing of questionable police behavior that is presently being committed.
9. Most people are unaware that police have special “rules” that prohibit them from being questioned for 48 hours. This allows them to “get their stories straight” and makes it easier to “cover up” bad police behavior. Police must be subject to the same laws as civilians.
10. All police should be required to wear bodycams and utilize dashcams that cannot be turned off. Any police officers who causes a dash or body cam to be turned off should be summarily fired–no excuses. Today’s body and dash cams are reliable enough to withstand harsh treatment. Body and dashcam footage should be uploaded to a public channel “on the cloud” for public perusal.
11. All interrogations must be video and audio recorded. Police should be prohibited from lying or fabricating stories in order to get suspects to confess. False confessions ARE a problem in many departments. Unknown to most people, police can lie with impunity while civilians can be charged with lying to police…fair? I think not…
12. Any legislation passed that restricts the rights of ordinary citizens, such as firearms magazine capacity limits, types of weapons allowed, or restrictive concealed-carry laws should apply equally to police. No special exemptions to be given to police. Laws must be equally applied.
Police work is not inherently dangerous…there are many other professions that are much more dangerous.
A little “Andy Taylor” could go a long way in allaying fears that citizens have of police.
That being said, I have no problem with police officers who do their job in a fair, conscientious manner…however, it is time to call to task those police officers who only “protect and serve” themselves
This may seem like an obscene suggestion, but I think police should have to hold malpractice insurance like doctors. It would be much cheaper for cops than for doctors, but it would have several impacts:
1. Shift burden from municipality to cop for misconduct judgements
2. Provide a means of ensuring training and equipping is up to snuff, police could get premium discounts for using tamper-resistant body cams for example.
3. If the officer has a bad history, insurance is more expensive. If it’s too expensive, the officer can’t obtain insurance and thus cannot be hired.
Too bad it would never happen, it would be a great idea. Malpractice “insurance” is just for us mundane private sector professionals. Most non professional people have no idea that most professions have some sort of malpractice insurance. For example when I sold real estate I had to carry errors and omissions insurance, however, it DIDN’T actually cover acts of negligent behavior, only generally “honest” mistakes whatever that is. So they could be wishy washy like most insurance is with claims. I never had a claim against me, thankfully.
And no, the company I was with, didn’t pay for that insurance, (I believe they are prohibited by state law from paying for it). So I had to pass on that cost to my clients, ever wonder what all those endless fees are for?
But I know a number of cops in my area alone that could probably not be insured if they had to do it on their own.
Even one bad cop can be enormously expensive for taxpayers. It doesn’t help that most departments double down on the stupid when they try to protect that one cop instead of giving them their walking papers.
anarchyst(not much of one), you say ” I have no problem with police officers who do their job in a fair, conscientious manner”. Like these?https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/03/30/what-life-is-like-after-police-ransack-your-house-and-take-every-belonging-then-the-charges-are-dropped/
…not much of one??? I detest cops, and NEVER call on them for “help” as in any situation I am involved in, I am the “first responder” and deal with the situation myself.
I was just trying to give the minuscule number of “decent” cops the benefit of the doubt…
How can you be ‘decent’ and enforce immoral and un-Consitutional laws? Esp. when you take an oath to uphold the same Constitution you shit on every day? Ain’t no cop that’s good if they do that and they all do lest they’d be sent home permanently.