NKD wrote on Jan 17, 2015, 02:00:
Don't bother debating the police issue in this country with cops. Those guys are a tight knit bunch who tolerate no dissent or disagreement with what they do. Literally everything they do that comes under scrutiny their little union has some kind of flimsy excuse for, up to and including murder of unarmed suspects and highway robbery, oh, sorry, "civil asset forfeiture."
I disagree. There are police out there that have control freak personalities, but they are a small minority. The majority are thoughtful people who heed the call to service and have a strong sense of justice. I have a couple friends who are police officers: one a town LEO and one a State officer. They're cool-headed, intelligent, and fair, just the kind of people you want in law enforcement.
The main problems with law enforcement today aren't the people, but stem from federal laws. The civil asset forfeiture law should never have been written, but it's on the books and it's hard to blame departments that use it to fund themselves. Unfortunately, the way it's written leads to abuse. Luckily AG Holder has suspended the law indefinitely starting immediately. The other problem is Program 1033 which diverts military surplus to police departments. There are two problems with this. First, when you militarize the police you make civilians into the "enemy," and that manifests itself in poor treatment of the very people you're trying to protect. Second, you're providing extremely powerful military hardware without the training or guidelines to use it. This can lead to misuse, as we've seen in case after case.
People like Bats are the very people we want on the force: intelligent, tough but fair, not really ideological or dogmatic. I'm really interested in what he's got to say because he's got that LEO viewpoint, whereas I'm just looking at the stats and going "Holy shit." He can provide the context for that, and that's something I'm really interested in hearing about.
I'm a smoldering volcano of virility. At least, that's what I tell myself.