Posts Tagged ‘Police’

Crossing the Thin Blue Line

Sunday, February 6th, 2022

Time to cross the line

Readers of this site will know that I’ve always supported our police as they struggle to keep the peace and pursue the bad guys who prey upon our property, our families, and our lives. There’s no doubt that the police are vital to our civilization, because they stand as the thin blue line between chaos and normalcy.  We support our police because they provide a service that is often ghastly in terms of its impact on the human psyche.  Day after day, night after night, they go out to face the worst situations that arise.  Too often, they come up against the worst, most vile offerings of the dark side of humanity, and most days, in most situations, acquit themselves with courage, honor, and justice. Some of them lose their lives, or are terribly maimed for their efforts on our behalf. There’s an important bargain we make with our law-enforcers, and our part in that bargain is our support when times get tough, but there’s an implicit part of the bargain that’s easy to overlook. It’s the part of the bargain hardest for our police officers, because it comes down to dollars and cents, and it means doing the right thing even when there are costs. We expect them to follow orders, but we also should expect them to know when to decline and refuse orders that are not valid, just and moral.  The most difficult and courageous act of any officer is knowing when to say “no,” and to stand by that decision. It’s time for officers of the law to step across the line.

We are coming to difficult days in the history of our republic. We are beginning to see the first real indications that for some time, our political leaders aren’t elected, so much as selected. More and more, we see that they do not govern on our behalf, as the model of our republic declares, but instead rule over us, and in spite of our wishes, rather than in accordance with them. Worse, around the world, citizens of nations once considered part of “the free world” are awakening to the same problem.  What’s worse is that almost without exception, the citizens of those nations long ago yielded their right to keep and bear arms to varying degrees.  They no longer have the means of effective resistance should the worst come to fruition.  In those nations, we are seeing that their police are following the orders of their corrupt and increasingly tyrannical rulers.  It’s shocking to see what’s being done in nations like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Austria, Germany, and France, along with most of the rest of Europe. Everywhere you look, in the face of peaceful demonstrations, governments are using provocateurs to stage attacks in order to justify crackdowns on their populations.  This can’t happen unless the police forces cooperate and conspire with the rulers against their own citizens.

To show you what’s afoot, and why it matters, I want to take you back a few days to Coutts, Alberta, in Canada and a situation that arose as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police confronted a group of the truckers blockading the border.  The RCMP had been given orders to tell the protestors to clear the road, or enforcement actions would begin. The important portion of this video clip begins when the speaker on behalf of the truckers, off camera, addresses the member of the RCMP speaking. In short, the trucker explains that the police have a duty to tell their masters to go to Hell, and to ignore their orders, and that they do have that ability. The RCMP officer says “that’s not going to happen.” Every person interested in freedom is right to ask “Why not?”

This is the issue of our time, and it’s an issue the police across the United States had ought to confront, as individuals, and as units of law enforcement. The people who they are being ordered to suppress are the people who have always, almost without fail, supported the police in the furtherance of their duties, their careers, and their salaries. These are the people who have supported the police with fundraisers and collection plates and every manner of good will when officers have fallen in the line of duty. These truckers, in this instance, are representative of the broadest class of working men and women who have always supported the law and law enforcement, right up to the point that the law became an untenable weapon being wielded against them.

Our cops need to understand this. I realize it is difficult for a man to look at his own personal burdens and place his own job in jeopardy. We all know this. Still, law enforcement must come to grasp the following: While they’ve been “essential personnel” throughout the course of this pandemic, their jobs were never under threat except by the “defund the police” movement. They have generally enjoyed broad support by the public, even as they participated in a system that closed businesses, issued citations, and every sort of great and small transgression against the rights of the people that they had sworn an oath to protect. While cops collected record overtime pay, the citizens against whom they’ve been used have been forced in to poverty and bankruptcy by the very people from whom these officers take orders.

Officers must grasp this. They are being divided from the people who actually fund their existence and turned as weapons against them.  Most law-abiding, working stiffs can see what is going on.  They know, as the truckers in this video knew, that they don’t have any beef with the cops.  They don’t have any desire whatever to resort to violence.  They don’t ever want to be forced into the position in which they must choose between taking up arms against the people upon whom they rely to enforce the laws that keep the peace, protect the properties and lives they enjoy, and who pursue the criminals that plague us all.

So here we arrive at an uneasy stand-off of the unwilling, for the moment, where neither side, the cops nor the protesters, have any desire to make combat against one another.  Still, the police are being issued orders from on high. Certainly, all but the psychotic few on either side must see that this is a monstrous situation.  It is the moral and ethical duty of the police to refuse such orders, to pretend not to hear them, and if they can’t, then to lay down their badges and guns and walk away.  Better, the police could in some cases take public officials into custody for breaches of the peace, for incitement, for official oppression, or whatever other such charges available to them.

The simple point is that the cops, virtually all of them, know the orders they’re being given are monstrous, and with each passing subsequent execution of those orders, the rulers will become more tyrannical and more willing to issue even more outrageous dicta. Even if it is another simple matter of practical calculus, officers should realize that they can support this regime of oppression no longer.  Here in the United States, deaths among the police reached an astounding 458 in-the-line fatalities in 2021.  Is it the working stiff imposing this on police, or is it their alleged “leaders,” who use them as cannon-fodder in a one-side war with felons of every description, wherein police are legally shackled but violent felons are released repeatedly to prey upon the citizens and the police?  Police should ask: “Who is the enemy, anyway?”

The law-abiding working-stiff may grouse about a speeding ticket or similar, but in the main, they mostly accept it as the cost of minor misbehavior and move on. They know, even as they sign the bottom of the citation, that the cop writing the ticket isn’t the problem, and isn’t the enemy.  The thin blue line has two sides, however, and if the cops forget this, to simply become the enforcement arm of a growing tyranny, they will find themselves abandoned from both sides. They will still and always face the villains who torment our society, but now they will lose the support of the people they’ve sworn to protect.  If this happens, the police will find themselves in a situation much worse than they have known. Even if they cannot quite grasp the moral chasm growing before them as they carry out the orders of our rulers, as a practical matter, they must be able to see the tragedy that awaits should the whole of the populace turn against them.

At our current rate of collapse, the day will too soon arrive in which officers of the law will be forced to choose. In time, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines will also face this choice. It’s time to make that choice now, before the actual moment arrives, because when it does, the dangerous inertia of “just following orders” will lead to a catastrophe none wish to imagine.

 

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Buyback BackFire: Police Gun Buyback Turns Into Gunshow

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

 reception dressIn Seattle, Police were conducting a buyback program in their attempt to “get guns off the streets.”  Unfortunately, they didn’t plan on gun buyers showing up with signs and cash to offer in exchange for the guns.  The police program exchanged gift cards worth $200 and $100, depending on the gun, but when gun buyers began paying in cash, many of the people there to sell their guns quickly shifted from the buyback line to wheeling and dealing with the cash buyers.  According to the website DCXposed, the scene became like an impromptu gun show, particularly after police ran out of the gift cards, and began issuing IOUs. From the article:

John Diaz, Seattles Police Chief,  wasn’t pleased with the turn of events stating “I’d prefer they wouldn’t sell them,” but admitted it’s perfectly legal for private individuals to buy and sell guns, FOR NOW. Mayor Mike McGinn said at a news conference the private transactions are a loophole that needs to be closed. “There’s no background checks, and some (guns) could be exchanged on the streets that shouldn’t be in circulation.”

But Schuyler Taylor, a previous gun retailer attending the event in hopes of buying weapons, asked “Why not offer them cash versus a gift card? I’m still taking the guns off the streets; they’re just going in my safe.”

It seems that this really rained on the parade of gun-grabbers, although they still managed to collect up a large number of guns.  Still, the ingenuity of Americans and the entrepreneurial spirit are alive and well in Seattle.

Detroit Shock City: Self-Defense Killings Soar

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Self-Defense v. "Vigilantism"

The Daily is covering the story of Detroit’s soaring rate of self-defense killings, but as usual, the liberal slant on the story quickly abandons the notion of self-defense and instead re-labels it “vigilantism.” I have a serious problem with the shading of this story as one about vigilantism, because if a thug breaks into my home and I kill him, I’m not a vigilante, but a home-owner and citizen exercising my right to self-defense.  Only in a place where violence against innocent citizens is considered tolerable at some level could it be possible to see this as anything other than what it is:  A direct response by the citizens of Detroit who refuse to be victimized because big government has failed them and is now collapsing under its own weight.  Instead, they blame it on the citizens, comparing Detroit directly to the Wild West.

From the article:

“It’s a lot more acceptable now to get your own retribution,” the official said. “And the justice system in the city is a lot more understanding if people do that. It‘s becoming a part of the culture.”

The problem isn’t that it is now acceptable, but that it hasn’t been all along.  Had it been acceptable for the last fifty years, Detroit might not have spent most of that period at or near the top of the country’s Murder Capital list.  It’s well past time that the citizens of Detroit begin to act in their own defense, in recognition of their predicament, because despite the propaganda, cops cannot protect us.  The Daily spends a good deal of time talking about the response times for Police in the Detroit area, but the truth is that most things happen faster than cops can be called, never mind respond, as one officer points out:

“It’s not about police response time because often the act has already taken place by the time the police are called,” said Sgt. Eren Stephens. She said citizens have a right to defend themselves.

“Anytime a life is lost, we’re concerned,” she said. “But we can‘t be on every corner in front of every home. And we know that there are citizens who will do what they have to do to protect themselves.”

Of course, this is obvious to we residents of RealVille, USA, where we understand that bad guys aren’t really impressed by cops, and don’t tend to wait around for them to respond.  They hit, take what they want, and flee.  There’s not going to be time for a response when thugs strike, and relying on police to take care of your self-defense is a very risky proposition, since they can’t be everywhere at once.  The article concludes with this story:

Early, the director of the criminal justice studies program at the University of Michigan’s Dearborn campus, reasoned with the men for more than 20 minutes before he sensed they were about to shoot him in the head — then he ran. As his attackers fled in the opposite direction, neighbors emerged from the street’s stately homes with shotguns.

“All I could think of was my daughter coming home,” Early said. “I didn’t want her to see me shot dead.”

Weeks later, Early packed up his home and left Detroit. He hired Threat Management to supervise the move.

“Where else do the police come to your house after you’ve been robbed and ask you, ‘Why did you call us?’ ”

I don’t blame the gentleman for moving, but the ugly truth of our current cultural and economic collapse is that the thugs will eventually follow.  It’s not as though these are folks who are inclined to take a job at a gas station or fast-food outlet. I’m actually happy to see that the people of Detroit have finally had enough, and are now adopting the habits of a vigorous self-defense.   I wonder how many people have lost their lives over the years waiting for a Police response that would never arrive on time.  That’s not a complaint about the police, either, but merely a recognition of what sort of shape we’re in as a country.

There is no easy way around what is likely coming, as our economic problems aren’t likely to substantially improve, and may indeed become dramatically worse. The sooner we realize that just as good fences make for better neighbors, that a well-armed citizenry makes for a more polite society, the better off we’ll be.  It’s not vigilantism but instead a simple recognition that the cops simply can’t cover it all, and as the resources of government are shifted from their most important roles of defense and public safety to a focus on welfare statism.  If you wonder why people no longer wait for police, it’s not because they want to pack arms like the old days of the Wild West, but because increasingly, it’s the only rational alternative to ending up on a slab in the morgue.

Leftists can piously suggest that this had been about vigilantism, but it’s nothing of the sort.  The people of Detroit are merely exercising the vigorous defense of their rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and in all of this there is a lesson for all of us, both in what we must be willing to do, but also in the fallacy of liberal-induced social complacency.

The Predictable Result of Moral Cowardice (UPDATED)

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Denver Reacts Properly

It’s now being reported by CBS-2 in New York that some violence has broken out between the Occu-Pests and the NYPD.  This is what you can expect when the Mayor won’t do his job in controlling a mob.  This is what you get when you compromise with thugs.  This is the result of the moral cowardice of those who have refused to stand for their own rights.

There is no right to assemble on property belonging to others, but when the Mayor (Michael Bloomberg,) and the property owners of Zuccotti Park ( Brookfield Office Properties) decline to exercise their rightful authority in deference to a mob, what is accomplished is to embolden the thugs.

Nobody should be surprised at this, and it is only in this environment of moral surrender to thugs that such a thing is possible.  This is why one cannot compromise with evil.  Evil will merely take advantage of your surrender, using the opportunity to advance, but worse, become encouraged at your surrender.  It’s like pointing out the chinks in your own armor.  This is disgusting, and the Mayor is a fool.  If people become injured or wounded, or worse, the people who yielded to these thugs in the first instance will have been responsible in the second.

Meanwhile, the city of Denver, Colorado is showing the way.  Whatever else may be wrong in Denver, it appears that they’ve tired of playing the political-correctness game. They’re cleaning out the Occu-pests.  Good for Denver. Let’s hope the Mayor of Denver stands by this. Maybe Bloomberg can learn something:

“This is about health, safety of the Occupy Denver protestors, and the public,” Mayor Hancock said during a joint news conference at the State Capitol. “I know there’s economic pain, but even though I empathize, my job is to uphold the law and keep Denver safe.”

Meanwhile, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper seems committed for the moment too:

“No one appreciates the 1st Amendment as much as I do,” said Hickenlooper, “but they can’t continue to stay there overnight.”

It’s time to recognize that one cannot win an argument or a war by moral surrender, and that applies as much to politics as it does to policing our streets. It’s sad that so many people are willing to surrender to these thugs.

You can watch video of Denver’s clean-up here.

Now it is being reported that Brookfield Office Properties received threatening calls from Politicians to stop the clean-up.