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In the last several years, shocking stories of police and law enforcement overstep have occurred and come to our attention either through conventional or secondary media sources. On this blog I told of the false imprisonment of Brandon Raub, a Virginia soldier who was snared by law enforcement because he simply offered a negative opinion of the Obama regime on his Facebook page, when the page was to be available only to a few of his friends. Eileen Hart was charged with "making terroristical threats" in New Jersey following a calm discussion at an open meeting with her county's tax assessment team, where she simply read the Constitution. A few months ago, some young women who were students at Mr. Jefferson's University of Virginia went out to get sparkling water and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream after dark. Those entrusted with seeing that those under twenty-one don't drink accosted them with guns drawn, without identifying themselves, and actually jumped on the hood of the young woman's car. To her credit, the young woman sped away slightly grazing one of the officers. She then called police, who indicated that she should return to the location where this occurred, where she was initially arrested for assault on an agent, and a number of other felonies, in association with her possession of a non-alcoholic substance which they mistakenly thought was liquor. Now, a man in Deming, New Mexico was held for twelve hours and experienced a rectal cavity search following a routine traffic stop, without just cause. He has filed suit.
Policemen in the United States used to be dressed as policemen. They were there "to protect and to serve" the citizenry, and most of them did exactly that. Over the last several years there has been a militarization of police officers. The federal government has paid SWAT teams to kick down the doors of people behind on student loans. The clothing and gear is more militaristic, and sadly for some, so is the attitude. For some, we are no longer the citizenry who pays their salary, but enemy combatants.
I have always been very pro law enforcement. I know many honorable excellent law enforcement officers on many levels and those who are Federal agents of one kind or another. They are bothered by the trend I have mentioned also.
My thought is this. Most people are principally law abiding, and we will report activities we see to law enforcement when we have concerns. However, the fact that the cases I mentioned above happened at all is also an indication that many other bizarre cases, which are never reported to us, are likely to have happened also. Law enforcement must always be beyond reproach. Without our belief that the police are "the good guys" and are acting in our best interests, then the public will not only stop reporting things they see to the police, but they will stop cooperating in many ways. The erosion of trust in the police and law enforcement agencies, federal, state, or local, will make genuine crime much more difficult to fight. We have all seen drivers flashing their lights on a roadway to warn other drivers that a police officer is parked and ready to pounce. On the surface this seems innocent enough, but what if the car you have warned is a violent bankrobber who has not yet been caught. Warning him might allow him to pull his weapon and be more ready than the officer who pulls him over, and is then shot by him. Failing to provide information to the police is also one of the reasons many crimes are not solved. In so many places, people won't speak to the police or they won't trust them with sensitive information.
Law enforcement officers of all levels must do everything "by the book". If you make us your enemies, then, this is what people will become. The world is dangerous enough. We need each group to play it straight.
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