Bad Cops

It’s getting really obvious these days, a few bad cops can ruin a day. And proper screening is a chore. Not that it could solve everything. There’s some basic psychological problem, whether it’s soldiers or cops, you have to know someone to know if you can trust them, and how well can you know a cadet you’ve just met? Any con man, any intelligent sociopath on a power trip, can pretend to be a good citizen.

The problem is constant scrutiny. That can make people paranoid. And cops or soldiers would tend to feel like they’re under constant scrutiny. Because they should be. How many people are cut out for that kind of job? A teacher at some police academy would be cut out to be a judge. Talk about responsibility. It’s like citizenship to the third power. If there’s a proper place for a citadel of justice, it’s Internal Affairs.

Power without judiciousness is ridiculous at best. So I should treat it seriously. It’s like the Miranda rights, something to be redundantly pompous about just to make sure I get it across. You have the right to remain silent blah blah blah. And if it helps in court, swear on the Bible. But it says in the Bible that Jesus said not to do that. There’s a symbolic conundrum. Trust is a privilege that may never be entirely earned, and may God have mercy. Power is a serious thing we can’t seem to do without. Whether it comes from gasoline or the threat of deadly force. It says something that there’s one bureau of alcohol, tobacco and firearms. Those are three things to take seriously. Strong medicine.

5 thoughts on “Bad Cops”

  1. I think a step in the right direction is body cams that are required to be on at all times when interfacing with the public…on a call. That way all police would have evidence that they didn’t abuse people without proper cause. Some of those recently have been reported to have had body cams but had turned them off. Now what is the deal with that?

    There is also a systemic problem with training and community/police connection. I am perhaps now considered “old fashioned” but i still think there is nothing that is better than people from within the community, with a vested interest in the well being of said community, serving as police. Too many times, these abuse cases have been where the police person was from two towns over and didn’t have any association, beyond the job, with the community. I think that is dangerous.

    1. They need to make the body cams where you can not turn them off or the volume off. I worked under cameras my whole life…..you get use to it and you forget its there when you know you have nothing to hide.

  2. I think its pure CRAZINESS when people talk about defunding the police. WE NEED THE POLICE. Our society is not a calm peaceful one. We still have rapes…robberies…assaults….murders…. mass shootings.
    I think we just need to make becoming a cop a more lengthy process with more test to pass….maybe require a degree or two. We double possibly triple their income because we are going to expect perfect human beings for these jobs. Training in counseling….a perfect marksman who can swiftly shoot to unarm not kill if necessary. MUST be in the best physical shape possible…..Someone who can win their neighborhoods over with their charm and compassion. Someone who could remember as many names as possible. Someone who knows the law inside and out. And on and on and on…
    Sounds crazy….but I believe its possible.

    1. I don’t honestly think anybody REALLY thinks we can defund the police. Now there may be those on the street chanting that really do, but I don’t think that is the general understanding. Personally, I have been part of protests and the slogans were seen, by me anyway, as ways of getting things focused on an issue.

      As I told a friend that brought that same issue up…If I were on the street chanting I would much prefer the phrase “defund the police” to “we need to get more health care workers and others involved in preventing police from having to deal with the mental ill and people who need some sort of intervention”. The second is too unwieldy to use in a chant but is precisely what I think is being advocated for when it comes right down to it.

      I know I have chanted things that I knew were not going to happen for a while, saying “when you want it?” and responding “NOW!!!!”

      I don’t see your idea as being at all farfetched but I also know that a police chief somewhere said “we expect cops to do too many things” implying that we need the other things I mentioned above as well.

      I also think a HUGE part of the training needs to be building rapport between the locality and the police offices. In Ferguson, it came out that the guy who killed Michael Brown lived two towns away. I saw that as a big red flag, especially since it was also reported that there was very little trust between the police department and the community. That screams lack of good community building, and bridge building from both sides.

      Somebody dropped the ball, or we need to get back to community policing, one or the other.

      1. As usual, there’s an ancient moldy problem afoot, and even when it’s not so old, it gets old fast. Local baggage. Burbank, for instance, doesn’t have the baggage of Los Angeles. L.A. cops are different. ‘Cause you have to be a little crazy to want to be an L.A. cop, the way it is. Or otherwise unusual. And lots of places are worse. Defunding the police is a dramatic thing to threaten, like occupying some place nobody owns, to point out purported class warfare that’s one-sided if the bottom takes it like a dog. Ugh.

        We can know what we need, but do we have it? Can we get it? Maybe not and maybe.

        I may as well pull back and get gothic. We have every right to act like we have every right to declare that we have inalienable rights. Not like sea turtles. They lay like a hundred eggs, ’cause of their lowly place, hard life, chances of survival.

        Nobody may be officially property, but we still pay tribute. Anyone with enough money can buy, and proceed to rent. There’s something basic violated by business as usual. And Communism was a corrupt crock, a veneer of liberation over the same old Dark Age atrocity. Workers unite, and bump off your purported liberators, to save your miserable lives.

        A rant is provoked. Just look at this mess. And when Nat “King” Cole bought a house in Hancock Park in the 40s, his narrow-minded neighbors burned a cross on his yard and poisoned his dog, trying to get him to leave. Well, we still have a long way to go.

        Eyes on the prize. Like it’s a right. Because it is.

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