Why is the rate of officer shootings in THIS country different from city to city and not always a reflection of population? By that I mean sometimes the largest cities have a lower rate of officer shootings than relatively smaller cities such as Detroit or Cleveland.
I think it is clear militarization of police forces has increased the number. Whether or not militarization ALONE has caused a greater number of unjutified police killings I cannot say but it seems clear that militarization and the war on drugs are linked and the two together HAS increased police killings especially unjutified killings.
I do not believe that the average officer is trigger happy in fact the average officer is ambitious and interested in advancing his career and most of them know full well that pulling the trigger can easily end their career if even one thing goes wrong.
Having said that when a department becomes militarized precisely how do they become militarized? Obviously in most typical cases they form a tactical unit, swat team or whatever name they wish to give it and those officers are chosen selectively. Perhaps those who are picked to be on such teams are a bit more aggressive and therefore more trigger happy in the sense they wish to prove themselves.
I have long opposed the increased militarization of the police for many reasons. One needs to remember that it is not strictly the weapons and uniforms and equipment such as vehicles which is become more and more militarized. The organizations are becoming militarized. This is much more important than people realize. WHen the cops start to follow a chain of command and work together LIKE the military they are essentially becoming another military. Right now I truly believe that few if any police officers really protect and serve the public. Their loyalty is to their superiors all the way up the chain of command ending with the governor or president or mayor or whoever hired them.
In addition it is the information technology which is ominous. I can deal with a few cops carrying military grade weapons etc. WHat bothers me is the vast sums of money being spent to basically spy on the citizens in evry way imaginable from drones to data bases.
Just one example has been challenged recently by the ACLU. It seems several large departments have begun using license plate readers which are installed on streets all over the city. All they do is capture a scan of EVERY license plate which comes into view and places that into a data base. What this amounts to is keeping a record of every movement of every car. The departments claim it is a valuable tool in tracking criminals, except they cannot produce one example of any such information being used to apprehend or track a criminal. So what is it for? I hate to be conspiritorial but what happens when some government stooge becomes curious about the random and illogical trips I take by car?
Combine the law which in many ways is far too intrusive and even shreds the bill of rights with this intelligence gathering technology and with the organization and funding with the weapons and you have a bad recipe.
IN the end they just do not need all this crap. The Nation needs a government but the people of this nation do not need to be governed.
Last edited by Soupnazi630; 08-21-14 at 11:19 AM.
Envidia te mata !!!
The blind leading the blind !!!
I have the same opinion of Cops as I do of teachers. If you find a good one, they cannot be paid enough. Good ones are not as common as horse turds in either case. A good teacher does well with minimal tools and a good cop does the same. It's not about weapons, firepower, money, organization or management, but personal committment to a community and not a paycheck.
The theory always seems to be that such law enforcement assets are to be used only for the most dangerous situations where officers might have to face violent opposition.
The problem is such situations are few and far between. So the rest of the time these assets whether a SWAT team or vehicle or whatever sits around and trains goes on display in a parade or whatever. Then everyone from the politicians on down wonder why they spend so much time and money doing very little. THEN they start to find reasons and excuse to put these assets to work.
Inevitable you end up sending these assets out for situations which would otherwise be routine. Then we start seeing the result such as innocent people being killed because a heavily militarized police force raided the wrong house due to a typo and the innocent homeowner had no idea who was attacking him and tried to defend himself. Or just had a heart attack after being forced from a deep sleep into a life threatening situation with people pointing guns at him or her.
100 years ago and beyond ( and even for a long time after ) we had violent gangs and criminals as heavily armed as they are today yet the police were somehow able to effectively deal with them without all of the militarization they have today.
Civilization needs law enforcement and ours is no different. The question is how much and we must always remember more government equals less freedom and liberty.