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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.

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Hooray for the cops

NYPD Officers Moreno and Mata Acquitted of Rape

Officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata were acquitted today by a Manhattan jury of raping an intoxicated woman they were supposed to be helping. Hooray for Mata and Moreno. Tough luck for all the other cops in the NYPD and police departments throughout our country. Another nail in the already stained and tarnished coffin of police officers. I will no longer refer to these two as police officers or cops – in fact, they aren’t anymore. Commissioner Kelly’s justice was swift, and they were fired just hours after being acquitted. But I didn’t have to wait for Kelly to drop the hammer on them to stop referring to them by the title that they certainly do not deserve. I lost all respect for them a long time ago.

Just use that wonderful device you’re reading my blog with and peruse the newspapers of major cities from coast to coast. You won’t have a problem locating stories of police corruption and misconduct. That in itself is troubling, but read the comments that are left by the readers. The anti police sentiment is even more troubling. It seemed that after September 11th police in New York and across the country were held in high esteem. It took a tragic event such as that for people to realize the courage and commitment of those who take an oath to serve and protect them. Disgraced individuals such as Moreno and Mata and others who violate their oaths and the public trust are slowly eroding whatever esteem the public still has for cops. There will always be those who dislike cops no matter what. Whether this dislike is justified or not and the reasons for it – that’s a topic for another blog piece. But what these unworthy few have done is ruin the reputation of the police among not just the usual haters, but the general public.

Whether you agree or disagree on whether Moreno and Mata raped that young woman is a moot point. The jury has decided and the verdict is in. I believe, like most people who have been following this story, that there was sex in that apartment that night between Moreno and the victim. I base that on the content of his testimony, the victim’s testimony, and the audio recording of Moreno stating that he wore a condom. Moreno and Mata took advantage of the situation they were in, took advantage of someone who they were supposed to protect that night. And in the process, they have disgraced the uniform and badge of every single police officer who dedicates his or her life to public service. They have disgraced the police officers whose names are etched in marble at that memorial in our nation’s capital dedicated to those police officers throughout our country who have made the supreme sacrifice while serving others. Moreno and Mata have chipped away another little piece of the already fragile veneer of respect and trust that must exist between the police and those that they serve. And as they did so, they made the jobs of the good cops that much harder.