Rozeff, Thomas, Grigg: On The Current Behavior Of Police

     A few months ago, retired police Lt. Harry Thomas wrote an article that was published at the web site Police State USA.  This article, titled “How To Serve A Warrant, 1972 Versus Today,” and subtitled “The transformation of law enforcement in my lifetime,” compares the methods of 40 years ago with today.  (Much more intentional drama and intentional violent entry today.  Big surprise, right?)

     One of his key comments is this:

     “Since the early 80’s, the use of SWAT teams in civilian law enforcement has increased about 1500%. No, those two zeros are not a typo. At least FORTY completely innocent American citizens have been shot to death by rogue police, either because incompetent law enforcement officials hit the wrong address, or because startled homeowners attempted to defend themselves against the masked strangers violently entering their homes and were gunned down. One of them, Kathryn Johnston of Atlanta, was 92 years old.

I well remember the first time my agency pulled one of these stunts and scared an innocent old lady damned near to death. Our chief did the one thing in his career that I actually admired. He sent down word that if any of our personnel ever again kicked down an innocent citizen’s door, that they should send back the search warrant return with their badge pinned to it since they wouldn’t be needing it anymore. It never happened again.

How did this happen? How did we go, in a few short years, from a beat cop knocking on a door to a full scale military assault reminiscent of Iwo Jima, over somebody selling somebody else a bag of weed?

It’s because of the biggest failed social experiment in this country’s history, the Drug War.”

     The whole article can be found here:
 
 
     This gave rise to a follow up article by Michael Rozeff (whom I have mentioned before at this site).  He notes the linkage between the Drug War and asset-seizure-and-forfeiture laws, and concludes with this paragraph:
 
In my opinion, America has stopped working, or at least is severely injured, in exceedingly important respects, one of them being the Department of Justice. The media also do not stay on these cases. Neither do Congressmen. Lawyers can’t seem to break down the government bureaucracies. It would appear that the incentive systems to bring out truth and adhere to some semblance of age-old law procedures have been thwarted or weakened or even dismantled. I am unsure exactly how this has been brought about. However, the governing institutions are not working even as well as they did 50 years ago.
 
     Michael Rozeff’s complete (short) post is linked here:
 
 
 
     Finally, as a further follow up, there is this, from William Grigg.
 
 
     Since Republicans, conservatives, and Christians have been overrepresented on numerous platforms where people are fighting, advocating, and supporting “Law and Order,” the Drug War, and wars of aggression, I think that it is time for them to take stock of just what has been accomplished.  In my view, it isn’t good.
 
 

I am considering posting about this elsewhere — and comments pro and con are greatly appreciated.

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One comment on “Rozeff, Thomas, Grigg: On The Current Behavior Of Police

  1. The Evangelical Law & Order Party would do well to learn from one of their Catholic brothers:

    Pity? It was pity that stayed Bilbo’s hand. Many that live deserve death. Some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them, Frodo? Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. Even the very wise cannot see all ends. My heart tells me that Gollum has some part to play yet, for good or ill before this is over. The pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many.

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