Who Is More Frightening, The Criminals Or The Police?

Who Is More Frightening, The Criminals Or The Police?

Matt HealeyWednesday,15 April 2015

There are the cases that we all hear about: Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Tamir Rice. They grab headlines and cause protests. The problem is that for every incident that gets headlines, there are many others that simply do not get reported. The difference is that these attacks are caught on video and the video was not destroyed by the police at the scene. The obvious question is how many more incidents are there that are not caught on video. Clearly there must be many more since many police unions are actively resisting the use of body cameras. After all, when it comes to additional surveillance, or searches, a cop would never say “If you have nothing to hide, then you should be fine with me searching you/your car/your house.” So officer, if you are not doing anything illegal, then you should not mind having the camera rolling.

The evidence that the police are doing something wrong comes from the numerous incidents involving the police attacking and detaining citizens who have attempted to exercise their Supreme Court affirmed rights to record the police doing their jobs. The problem is that on the ground, if you film the police, you could get attacked or arrested. So the police know that they are nothing more than a bunch of thugs that are above the law, and when their rights to harass and abuse the citizens they are supposed to protect are threatened, the way that cell phone videos currently are doing, they react badly and the public suffers.

Solving this problem is going to be almost impossible. The police have grown accustomed to being above the law and while only a few officers killers actually participate in the illegal activity, the “blue wall of silence” is pervasive and the rest of the force covers it up. Dealing with this is will require dealing not only with the perpetrators, but also the people who harbor them. Basically the same approach that conservatives applauded in regards to terrorism, “We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.” The public should make no distinction between the bad cops who committed these acts and those who harbor them.

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