It’s hard to believe that so many people who claim to “like” the government, also claim to “hate” those in law enforcement. In fact, law enforcement IS government. Enacting and ENFORCING LAWS is the primary role of government. It’s NOT “helping the poor,” doling out free stuff, low-interest rate student loans, section-8 housing vouchers, food stamps, paving roads, inspecting foods, etc.
The primary functions of government are the enacting and enforcing of LAW and levying and collecting the myriad taxes necessary for government to continue to function. As a result, law enforcement (the government’s army of local, state and federal police, its court officers, corrections officers, government’s prosecutors, defense attorneys (“legal aid”) and judges are one of the largest groups of public (government) employees.
Here’s the thing, NO ONE much likes cops, or the government, for that matter, when they’ve broken the law, have to pay taxes, or get denied for various benefits. Cops, especially represent authority...government’s authority.
If you don’t like the police, or feel the laws are “unfair,” your real problem is with the government. In fact, your REAL problem is most likely YOURSELF, because if you’re constantly finding yourself breaking the law, you’re probably a dysfunctional person.
Therein lies the problem with the “Black Lives Matter” movement, it’s issues aren’t with allegedly “rogue cops,” but with law enforcement itself and to a larger extent it’s a bigoted anti-white movement, started by two devotees of cop-killer, Joanne Chesimard. Moreover, it has been used to defend the most extreme criminal elements (thugs who attack arresting police officers).
According to the Washington Post’s database on this issue, in 2015 officers killed 662 whites and Hispanics, and 258 blacks. (The overwhelming majority of all those police-shooting victims were attacking the officer, often with a gun.) Using the 2014 homicide numbers as an approximation of 2015’s, those 662 white and Hispanic victims of police shootings would make up 12% of all white and Hispanic homicide deaths. That is three times the proportion of black deaths that result from police shootings.
Beyond that, police officers, of all backgrounds, are disproportionately endangered by black assailants. Over the past decade, according to FBI data, 40% of cop killers have been black. Officers are killed by blacks at a rate 2.5 times higher than the rate at which blacks are killed by police.
Another major factor in such police encounters is that violent crimes are disproportionately committed by blacks. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, blacks were charged with 62% of all robberies, 57% of murders and 45% of assaults in the 75 largest U.S. counties in 2009, though they made up roughly 15% of the population there. NONE of that is due to “misreporting of crimes.” Crime victims generally don’t lie about their attackers, because they want their attackers caught. It’s also NOT due to any “over-policing” of minority areas, as those areas are not any more highly policed than poor white and Hispanic areas. Those stats accurately portray America’s crime rates by group.
Two things seem to be needed to address the issue of negative interactions with police, (1) much harsher sentences for resisting arrest (merely backing away from an arresting officer, now often charged as a misdemeanor, SHOULD be elevated to a felony) and assaulting a police officer should require a mandatory sentence that is NOT allowed to be plea-bargained, AND (2) better, more effective non-lethal weaponry should be given to police, so that uncooperative suspects can be immediately incapacitated, packaged and transported to their ultimate destination, either a jail cell or a psych center for evaluation.
Another tool that appears promising is the external computer controls now installed on all Tesla automobiles. That program allows a car to be stopped and the doors and windows locked from the outside on all vehicles it’s installed in. That technology should be mandated on all motor vehicles so all police chases (suspects attempting to elude police by vehicle) will be eliminated.
Most people dislike police when they get caught doing something wrong. Ironically enough, it’s often the people most dependent upon government who resent it the most. This issue has yet to be accurately addressed in our media. Negative interactions with police CANNOT be effectively discussed absent a detailed discussion about the differing violent crime rates in America.