I am a trained United States Air Force Veteran in Air Police Work. No, I don't know everything about it. I have about one year's worth of training in every aspect of police work on a small Air Base in New York State. I have a lot of sympathy for good police people in the every day dealings of their work. We are all mortal. But these people are especially at risk in the pursuit of their profession and devotion to doing good police work. And in the pursuit of that duty, at any time they may die for no reason whatsoever except being in the wrong place at the right time. I have seen this happen.
In my opinion, there is a lot wrong with the legal profession and its dealings with the police at this time and with the professionalism I expect from these people. It comes from our court system.
When I was growing up in England as a little boy, I was taught by my parents to respect the English Bobby(and English policeman) in his rounds in the community. They carried a stick. They did not carry guns. At all times they were professional. At all times they were there to help innocent people. Most could tell you a lot about the neighborhood that they patrolled.
Andy Griffith portrayed a small town Sheriff. He was professional in the Sheriff he portrayed. It is not reality in modern America.
What do I find wrong here? Here is a list:
- The police here are not your friend. In reality they are just as likely to arrest the victim as the criminal in a crime. They look for what the victim might have done wrong. That is just plain wrong. Somewhere they lost priorities of what they are there for.
- Under our system of justice, keep your mouth shut until you have a lawyer representing you. This means no cooperation with local police if you want to stay out of trouble. It is the only way to protect yourself. If you must answer keep the answers to “yes” or “no” and do not volunteer anything even though you are innocent of any crime. It is proper to Identify yourself. Under our laws, the policeman is out to get someone in trouble. That includes the victim!
- We have a real problem with constitutional rights. I read too much. The police are likely to break into your home in the middle of the night without a warrant under current law. All they need is someone that doesn't like you to spread some lie about what is going on in your house. They may even do it in surprise without IDing themselves. If you resist they may kill you and claim justifiable self-defence. I suspect some will even plant drugs on your property as the “investigate” but that is hard to prove. We are dependent on these people being honest. It is not always so. Who polices the policeman?
- When did we become Nazi Germany prior to World War II with our police? They have killed innocent people because they were Black, Spanish American, or just plain poor. If they do not have money to defend themselves, these people are at risk in Modern America.
- Illegal fishing. When you are stopped for a traffic violation they are IDing you to the local database. They want proof of insurance. They want your driver's license. I often see police stopping everyone and id searching people. This is illegal. Yet our courts are allowing it. Usually I see this in our local rich neighborhoods.
- I expect a house to house search one of these days. They are no longer concerned with your constitutional rights. When that happens, a lot of police people will die as people defend their homes. All they have to do is break in without IDing themselves. And the guns will come out and they will die breaking in. That is why it is unprofessional not to ID yourself before entering a home.
- There is something very wrong with the drug war. When a policeman is in the position of planting evidence, that is a very big no-no. After planting that evidence a policeman can confiscate everything you own. Only the massive size of the population keeps policemen at bay. Who polices the policeman? No one knows. It certainly isn't the police.
- Police are afraid of upsetting the public. I refer to black riots in certain neighborhoods after police have abused their power. It can be Latin Americans just as easily, or any group that is considered poor minorities. That is how violent minority organizations started. It was to defend themselves against thugs posing as police.
- Which brings me to mob justice. When the police become thugs, the public will eventually wake up and move against them. The police know this. So they are less likely to provide justice under these circumstances. It all dates back to abuses above.
- Traffic cops. In Modern America, cops have quotas each month. They have to write so many tickets a month. That does not help them to enforce laws preventing other crimes. They simply don't have time to do both.
- The travesty here is tickets written by predatory cops. The cities and states provide many tricky ticketable laws by writing rotten laws. Such as 25 mile an hour zones in roads with huge traffic loads. Such as no passing on the right where there should be a left hand turn facility and traffic backed up for 3 miles. This puts the police in the position of stealing money from the public with bad laws. The police are in the bad position of enforcing these laws and making all kinds of friends in doing so. These “friends” remember them the next time the police need help.
- Too few professional policemen and too much going on. The problem in many communities is between the time a crime is committed and the time a policeman arrives 3 hours might have passed. If they show up at all. I worked for years in a downtown community in a local newspaper. Some drifter broke into my truck. He was chased off by a rent-a-cop. The police didn't even come out and take a report. A woman I know had her house broke into in the same city. I was asked to secure the property for her before she entered her own house. Otherwise she may have been raped. 3 hours later a woman police person came by and took a report. That leaves that police department defenceless to be of any aid to the community. They have far too police personnel to go around. It shows. Several department stores were over run with shop lifting downtown. They eventually closed the stores because it wasn't profitable to stay there.
Mario Puzio wrote a book about this 30 some years ago called the Godfather. He exposed the entire justice system for what it really is. We haven't learned anything.
The police are not entirely at fault here. We have a system of predators set up disguised as police. They are not on the side of people or the community in a lot of cases.
We are successful in jailing people that cannot defend themselves in a court of law. We have more people in jail than any other country in the world including China and the USSR.
Each one of these people in jail might be there because they belong there or not. DNA testing has exposed a justice system that often goes wrong in the case of highly emotional cases like rape.
I think the solution is we have to dispose of the current mentality in our laws. The laws have twisted from being there to protect our people to being predatory against the innocent people they were meant to protect in a lot of cases.
I suggest we start with overhauling the law makers in our Congress. I suggest we make them accountable for the laws they put in place. That means taking them out of office when they abuse the power we have given them. That means overhauling the news estate. When you look at these people, how many of that 301 people who voted for a law disabling our Constitution were representing you?
It has been a long time since I have seen the news reporters actually do their job right. That means we have to bust up the small group of rich people that own it all. It means exposing to the light of day the Nazi thinking in our Congress. I want the constitutional Bill of Rights back in place now.
Police need respect to do their job. To do a professional job, they need to know the rules. The rules are in our Bill of Rights. When a police people crosses that line, they are no longer a respectable police force. They have become thugs just like the people they are supposed to be defending us against. When Congress changes the rules, it causes all of us a real problem. The problem is we need professionalism in both groups in order for the Police to actually do their job right. Their PR sucks. Their image is tarnished because no one can consider the police a friend under current laws. That is why those laws have to change. The money system in our courts has to change with it. Otherwise every time the laws are enforced you have one set for poor people and one for the rich. That simply does not work. The law should be the same for everyone.
Police personnel are human. Just like you and me. You have a bell curve. Exceptionally good people are there. So are a minority of bad people. We have to weed the bad out if the police are to have the respect they deserve.
We have to have laws that make sense. Until that happens all of our respectable professionals are in jeopardy.