OPINION: All Cops

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Are all cops bad cops?

The vast majority of cops are not shooting WalMart shoppers or killing people in custody. Most cops are not pepper spraying protestors or shooting dogs.

Nor are the preponderance of cops nepotists abusing their power for friends and family, nor steroid users who make arrests for drug use.

But what attributes do apply to all cops?

When ordered to, all cops enforce laws against consensual and victimless crimes like drug use, filming police, licensing requirements, gambling, selling raw milk, and prostitution.

Helping the situation

“Helping” the situation.

Yes, the police don’t write these laws.

Cops are not soldiers, conscripts, draftees, or prisoners who are forced to stay in uniform. They can quit. They choose not to.

However, US citizens cannot unsubscribe to police services. Police are paid through taxes which are automatically imposed on you… and the tax laws are enforced by the police. They don’t provide customer service and are not required to.

Warren v. District of Columbia holds that the police do not owe a specific duty to provide police services based on the public duty doctrine. Town of Castle Rock v. Gonzales and DeShaney v. Winnebago County have ruled similarly that the government is not liable to protect individuals.

All cops are granted special legal protections when it comes to abuse of power or misconduct. For example: In Maryland there is a 10-day cooling off period before any questioning may be conducted regarding a lethal force incident. In California, the cool off period is three days. Regular citizens are normally taken into custody and separated.

In grand jury proceedings that are attempting to indict an officer for misconduct, the prosecutor is the only official who may put forth evidence. The prosecutor usually has a personal relationship with the officer under indictment, who is also often from the same jursidiction. This results in a clear disincentive to condemn a coworker in the law enforcement system.

Police may also appropriate loose cash and call it “civil asset forfeiture.” In Ohio, police may simply guess your speed (no radar) and give you a ticket. Cops may attempt to arrest you for filming them (public servants) and charge you with “illegal recording” or “wiretapping.” Also in Ohio, police may take your personal information (driver’s license number, Social Security Number, et cetera) and give it to an agent to use while undercover. Police are permitted to lie to you; you are not permitted to lie to police.

I don’t believe that all cops are bad. However, all cops are working for a system that is bad — a system that grants badges extra rights, and is perhaps unnecessary.

When the NYPD went on strike earlier this year, arrests dropped 56 percent and tickets by 92 percent. No parking or criminal court summons were issued. The city carried on without the boys in blue.

Marinaleda, Spain has no police at all.

There are other alternatives if you’re uncomfortable with simply removing police entirely.

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A private security firm.

The Sharpstown, Texas police fired its entire police force in 2013 and replaced them with a private security firm called S.E.A.L., cutting crime by 61 percent and saving Sharpstown $200,000 a year.

Private, armed security in neighborhoods is on the rise in the US. Robert Stokes, an associate professor has stated that 20 neighborhoods in Atlanta and at least four in Detroit have hired private guards for protection. Volunteer patrols and neighborhood watch organizations have sprung up all over Detroit after the city’s financial meltdown.

What can you do?

Avoid talking to the police. It can’t help you. Everything you say can and will be used against you or others.

Remember that police are fallible humans, much like yourself.

Look into alternative, voluntary solutions to government. Consider doing a search for the following terms: Non-Aggression Principle, VoluntaryismAnatomy of the State

This opinion piece written by an anonymous independent contributor for TruthVoice