A Week Without Cops

After writing yesterday’s post I decided that I would take this holiday weekend off from writing. This writing thing isn’t as easy as I thought it would be. It’s hard taking on the mantle of writing thought-provoking pieces. It’s even harder when you’re trying to do this while hearing “Daddy I want, I want” 10 times in 10 seconds.

But I made the big mistake of getting on my laptop and making the morning rounds of my usual media outlets. I should have stopped there and gone out to play with the griller smoker that I purchased yesterday. But instead I ended up reading a blog post about a raid that the police in Columbia MO conducted on a house suspected of trafficking in drugs, marijuana in particular. The writer basically takes the position that it was police overkill. Here’s a snippet from his piece: “Cops dressed like soldiers breaking into private homes, tossing concussion grenades, training their guns on nonviolent citizens, and slaughtering dogs as a matter of procedure.” Are marijuana dealers any less dangerous than heroin dealers? Take a quick look at the Mexican drug cartels and you can answer that question. The crux of his piece and several others is how the ‘war on drugs’ is pointless and serves to only give the police the right to violate nonviolent drug dealing citizens of their rights.

Hey, he’s entitled to his opinion and so are his readers. After all, this is America. But what is troubling is the content of some of his readers’ comments such as:

“…this kind of thing will continue unless and until someone takes action against the perpetrators AT THEIR HOMES. This may not sound nice or pleasant, but I’ve got to call it like I see it. It’s just the way it is. Either nobody takes any retaliatory action and this stuff continues, or some folks do take some retaliatory action and some degree of deterrence is achieved. As of now, there is NO deterrence whatsoever.”

The perpetrators that this individual is suggesting retaliatory action be taken against are, of course, the cops and their families.

So I thought about this for a moment and what pops into my head is a movie that I saw several years ago titled, “A Day Without a Mexican” whose premise is that one day, all of the Latinos have inexplicably disappeared from the state of California, leaving everybody else to do the jobs they used to do.

My proposal is not to just have a day without cops but a week. Not just cops but everyone who is a member of a Law Enforcement Agency. And while were at it, let’s include the criminal justice profession, prosecutors, judges, court officers, correction officers, parole and probation officers. What the heck, let’s throw in the firemen, they often get a raw deal too. Anyone who’s part of this horribly oppressive, unnecessary system that’s apparently standing in the way of everybody’s freedom and liberty.

Just like in the movie, this will be unannounced. Americans will wake up one morning to find that all of the people who protect and serve them have decided to take a week off in protest of how underappreciated they are and for how too long they have been taken for granted, that they are sick and tired of being labeled as thugs and criminals as a result of the actions of few who disgrace the uniform or the office.

Frantic callers to 911 centers all over the country will be greeted by the following recorded message: “You have reached 911. If this is a true emergency, you are shit out of luck. Due to the public’s lack of respect, underappreciation, and at times outright hatred for its police, we have decided to not give a shit about what happens to you or your families for the next week, thank you and good luck.”

A Week Without Cops – I better get started on the script.

And one last word: for those of you who truly hate government and police, who would love to live in a nation with a pure free market, no gun control laws, no taxes, no police or law enforcement, well you should consider moving to Somalia – they have no government at all, and it ought to be a dream come true for you.

11 responses to “A Week Without Cops

  1. You might enjoy this guy.

    http://beatandrelease.blogspot.com/

    He’s an ex-cop (very newly so.) We don’t agree on everything, but I hold him in very high regard. His analysis of the Jose Guerena case in AZ is excellent.

    He gets a bit ferocious over justice, responsibility and ethics.
    …and he calls ‘em like he sees ‘em.

  2. Thanks, I’ll check him out.

  3. Jello of Life

    You make a very good point here, one I’m semi-ashamed for having to hear/read in order to analyze the repercussions of the complaints I make about cops in passing and the subsequent implications if said complaints led to actions respective actions.

    Can cops just get rid of the mustaches as a compromise?

  4. Jello of Life,

    Agreed, I’ll write a piece about why cops should get rid of their moustaches.
    And thanks for taking the time to read and to comment.

  5. Sorry, your logic does not hold here. This world has 193 internationally recognized sovereign states, about 36 of which qualify as highly developed democracies. The United States does not need to have more people in jail than China to avoid having its standard of living fall to the level of Somalia. All the evidence suggests that you can drop your vigilance against pot and stop using SWAT teams to serve warrants without having warlords, pirates and narco-terrorists oozing out of the woodwork to take over your country.

    • John,
      I would be very interested in seeing the evidence you are referring to that we can drop the vigilance against pot. I would also be interested in knowing what your professional opinion is regarding the appropriate use of SWAT teams and under what circumstances they are necessary for safety reasons and when they are not.

      I’m not a gung-ho advocate of the drug war. But I also think that this attitude of “just legalize drugs and all the violence will go away!” is incredibly naive and doesn’t reflect reality in any way, shape or form.

      At any rate, the comment about Somalia was tongue in cheek. My point was that people who argue that this country would be so much better off without any government, without any police or laws at all, don’t really think about the logical conclusion of what they are saying.

  6. Eddie:

    Good post. I read a lot of defense attorney blogs and it makes my blood boil some of the stuff I read. It’s as is those of us in law enforcement have nothing better to do than convict innocent people, plant evidence etc. A lot of people have a lot of critical stuff to say, but ask them for some solutions? Ain’t got none. None that work, anyway.

    Keep up the good work.

    DAC

  7. Hi Eddie,
    Off-topic but I’d love to see your response to this.

    http://www.theagitator.com/2011/05/31/regret/

    Mike

    • Mike,

       I wonder, what exactly are these regrets that are making him become so emotional? Doing his job? I wonder if what prohibits him from sharing these is that statute of limitations on these ‘regrets’ hasn’t expired. Got to protect that pension.

  8. Anyone who believes that the United States is a police state probably hasn’t ventured far from home.

  9. W. Butler,

    I think that we would be in agreement on that point.

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