COPS: GOOD AND BAD Part 2
IN MY OPINION: By W.T. “RoadBlock” Harrell
PART TWO: The Bad
We all know the bad cops — There are blogs and Facebook sites dedicated to thousands of illegal daily disasters committed by bad cops. Many of us have had confrontations with these spineless individuals that we will never forget.
> Reaching epidemic levels, trigger-happy chicken-shits shoot harmless family pets multiple times in their own yard. Then they give the owners a ticket and the finger, but not their name or badge number.
> An all new Low: Zealous SWAT team burn babies in their cribs.
> An untrained fool with a badge Tasers someone with 50,000 volts for 49 seconds instead of the standard 5 seconds (the coroner ruled it a homicide, small consolation for the family who called the police for help, not homicide-by-idiot.)
The list of inept punks goes on and on. It boggles the mind how these wannabe cops manage to pass exams and are now policing the public without conscience or morals.
The side effects of their illegal actions?
They Make ALL Cops Look Bad. They ruin the public trust and respect for every decent, professional officer.
> Public hatred for dog shooters, with their “I felt threatened by the vicious golden retriever puppy” excuses, have caused many agencies to not name the responsible party if at all possible. Can you imagine working with someone who’s made your entire squad a target? Every 98 minutes, a dog is shot and killed by law enforcement. That’s a lot of upset people. (By my stats, Milwaukee police hold the record. Between 2000 and 2008, Milwaukee police shot and killed 434 dogs.)
Scout, shot seven times by a cop who claimed:
“At this time, I whistled at the dog and said “Come here pup” and the dog jumped off the deck and ran at me. I began backing away as fast as I could in a backward direction. I immediately noticed the dog was showing its teeth and I could hear the dog growling very loudly.”
> Do you think those Ohio students who got sprayed by a vicious tactical team will ever look at any policeman the same way? (What did you learn in college today, son? “Cops are not here to keep us safe. Cops hose us down in the streets simply for celebrating a great football victory. I will despise cops forever.”)
> What about a knock at the door at midnight? Is it a thief? Is it a neighbor needing help? Or maybe it’s the SWAT team about to splatter you into oblivion with 71 bullets like USMC veteran Jose Guerena. You have three seconds to decide if you dare take a firearm with you to your own front door. Oh wait, it can’t be the SWAT team, they don’t have to knock. Three…two…one…
Another major side effect of grossly incompetent law enforcement officers: When a supervisor can’t or won’t cover for them, their illegal actions cost the taxpayers a mint in court.
> Former Chicago police officer Jon Burge, convicted of lying about the torture of suspects, cost “the city” more than $7 million in two torture lawsuits.
> New York City police officer Justin Volpe, convicted of torturing and sodomizing handcuffed Abner Louima until Mr. Louima required two months of hospitalization from the injuries, cost NYC and its main police union $8.75 million in a lawsuit.
But worst of all — Bad Cops Kill Innocent Citizens. And with the exception of a few gutsy families who file lawsuits, Bad Cops get away with murder. In Guerena’s case, his widow won a $3.4 million lawsuit, but his killers got away. (There are too many photos of people shot by the police for me to post here.)
I believe the problem starts at the top with law enforcement leaders. Their political ambitions are often more important than the oaths and duties of office they swore to uphold. These leaders routinely cover up criminal conduct, especially murders committed by personnel they are responsible for, to avoid liability and lawsuits. Somehow, the dead citizens always “deserved it.”
According to the U.S. Constitution, every citizen is innocent until they are proven guilty by a jury of their peers, not by some Paramilitary force masquerading as Law Enforcement.
Compounding the problem, almost every U.S. law enforcement agency of any size now has Homeland Security Paramilitary SWAT units in their ranks. Politicians assured us these special units were trained by the military to protect us from terrorist attacks and hostage situations. We know better now.
Training and maintaining SWAT with all the big toys takes a LOT of money, and justification for the costs. Rather than have the Humvee tires dry-rot from lack of hostage situations, the powers-that-be started using SWAT for routine law enforcement duties. “Overkill” is an ironic word for their decision.
Thanks to these politicians and law enforcement leaders, graphic news reports of paramilitary units attacking American citizens with weapons of war are far too common.
Because of the military mindset, the teams treat everyone they come in contact with as enemies “of the people.” Wait a minute. Aren’t WE the people?
The decision to use SWAT teams in routine situations has resulted in hundreds of unnecessary and preventable killings of many innocent American citizens. It has divided our nation into an Us and Them mentality. It has also given an undeserved black eye to the thousands of competent police officers who daily keep order without violence or harm to innocent U.S. citizens.
This will surprise many of you, but I do believe there is a need for special units. Our times are increasingly violent. Almost any public place is potentially unsafe, including our schools. In a crisis where the public is at great risk, a response team’s specialized training can save lives. However, their use should be limited to what they are trained for. They should not be used to serve warrants, and should only be deployed in cases where the person or persons refuse to surrender peacefully to uniform Police.
They have proven over and over that they are not capable of successfully handling routine law enforcement chores or nonviolent situations. Hell, they can’t even get a damned address correct half the time.
I believe using them for routine police duties is criminal.
In Conclusion: The ongoing over-the-top blitzkrieg on American families destroys respect for law enforcement and replaces it with hatred and fear. Nobody wins when a nation’s citizens view their law enforcement as the enemy.
This situation will only escalate unless we raise hell about better training and screening, continue to prosecute through the Civil Courts, and insist that those sworn to protect us comprehend that concept, starting with our politicians and so-called leaders.
These bad cops want us to obey the law but arrogantly refuse to do so themselves. It’s time they are held responsible for their violations of both Criminal and Constitutional law.
The law is a two edged sword, it cuts both ways, no one is exempt. Stand up, America, and defend your rights. How many wrongful deaths will these killers commit that are paid for out of your taxes while they suffer no consequences.