POST FERGUSON: Are Some Police Crying Uncle?

by Mike Martin
Clash Daily Contributor

A couple of articles piqued my interest today. Another Policeman Attacked Today While Responding To A Call. More Police Killed In The Last Year Than Any Other Year of Record. NYPD Arrests Are Ticketing Down By Over 90 % “They don’t like being shot at.”

Are police in more danger now than ever before ? If so, Why? Are big city police in more danger than urban or suburban police ? If so, Why ?

Is there less respect for the law now than there was in the past ? There is certainly more news stories presented by people with a political ax or agenda finding there way into the news.

When people see police letting rioters and looters run rampant ( see Ferguson ) without stopping them it causes law abiding citizens to have less respect for the law and for law enforcers ! In the old days the police shot looters and were much more respected.

When law abiding citizens see unarmed people/children shot by police with no indictment, it lessons their respect for law enforcement officers. Whenever people are shot during a no-knock raid respect for the police department is lowered. After all, they plan these “raids” and thus should be found to be in control of all resultant damages.

When the Supreme Court refuses to hear a case where a judge sentenced men for a crime for which they were found innocent ( Jones v US ), not only is respect for the law lost, but also respect for the court system. Why would a man want to surrender for an impartial trial when he can be sentenced even if he is found innocent ?

When the law steals from citizens thru asset forfeiture even though there is no crime that they are convicted of it causes respect for the law to be lost as well as respect for the law enforcers. If law enforcement officers want respect, they must give more respect.

As an aside, I live in Uvalde, Tx. To the best of my knowledge and belief I haven’t seen the sheriff’s department here allow looting. I have not seen any published stories of citizens being killed during a no-knock raid by the local police. I haven’t read any stories where they have seized assets without there being a conviction. I have read about two policemen who were fired over a misappropriated cell phone. One for misappropriating the phone, the other for not reporting it.

For all I write about abuse of police powers, the abuses appear to happen elsewhere, so thanks to Uvalde Police for being a cut above others.

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mike martinMike Martin thanks you for the opportunity to express “different points of views”, and if you were to ask his family they would probably tell you that he’s as different as they come….

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