I’m not against law enforcement. I think everybody on Wall Street should be round up and thrown in jail. Hedge fund managers, petro industry CEOs and other assholes that lay waste to entire ecosystems, should not be free let alone wealthy. Violent people should be thrown in jail. Many presidents and vice presidents, not just Bush and Cheney, should be arrested, tried convicted at the Hague.
There are cops out there who are doing good every day, and have to put up with a lot of shit. There are cops who think drugs should be legalized, who see the militarization of the police for the psychotic bullshit that it clearly is, who are just as sick when they see one of their brothers use excessive force against nonviolent people or women, who truly want to protect and serve the public.
Here are some examples. As critical as I am of abuse of authority, it’s not at all hard to find good deeds done by officers who took the job for the right reasons.
Five cops in Waldo, Florida spoke out against their chief for giving them illegal traffic ticket quotas
Before a packed room, Officer Brandon Roberts told commissioners they were required by Chief Mike Szabo to write 12 speeding citations per 12-hour shift or face punishment.
“We’re doing this with a heavy heart,” Roberts said. “We would never want to go against our fellow officers but we have no faith in our chain of command.”
Waldo has long been notorious as a speed trap. In 2012, the Alachua County town of roughly 1,000 residents was rated the third worst speed trap in the country, according to a poll conducted by the National Motorists Association.
Documents provided by Waldo state that roughly half of the city’s $1 million budget comes from an item listed as “police revenue.”
Bath Township, Ohio Police investigate a Fox News jagoff who claimed he was shot by a teenager. The story turned out to be false, so they charged his jagoff ass with falsification and obstruction
McNeely said detectives could not find witnesses to support Heben’s story. Video cameras also fail to show Heben at the plaza. In addition, he said, cellphone records show Heben was not at the plaza at the time of the shooting.
Norm Stamper, former police chief of Seattle, talking about police militarization during the historical uprising against the WTO in 1999 on Colbert
Colbert: Things went crazy… what’d you do?
Stamper: Well we gassed nonviolent and nonthreatening protestors.
Colbert: Good for you, good for you.
Stamper: This militarization movement is really exacerbating a strained relationship between police and communities across this country.
Colbert: How do we fix that?
Stamper: We end the Drug War. We end it yesterday.
which brings me to…
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (L.E.A.P.) – cops who want to end the stupid drug war
LEAP envisions a world in which drug policies work for the benefit of society and keep our communities safer. A system of legalization and regulation will end the violence, better protect human rights, safeguard our children, reduce crime and disease, treat drug abusers as patients, reduce addiction, use tax dollars more efficiently, and restore the public’s respect and trust in law enforcement.