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Love/Hate Cops

I have a love/hate relationship with cops.

On the one hand, I hate extremely dislike the ever-encroaching laws permitting law enforcement to run roughshod over our rights.  I’m not speaking of doing a Terry frisk (for weapons) and finding a baggie and making an arrest (although that does bug me), I’m speaking of those things many of us have written about:  NSA wiretapping, Internet monitoring, no-knock warrants, warrantless GPS, cameras everywhere, checkpoints etc.

On the other hand, I still contend that while most local police do their job – and some use it for abuse, others go above and beyond.

Paying it forward

Hayden Carlo of Wylie was pulled over recently for an expired registration

Asked why he hadn’t renewed, the married father of two told the officer that he had no excuse, other than times have been tough.

“It was either feed my kids or get this registration done,” he told Channel 11.

The officer wrote him a citation and tucked a little something extra into the envelope: a $100 bill. The gift brought Carlo to tears.

I’ll call this a late Birthday gift for me.

We, as humans, have amazing compassion. Helping our fellow man doesn’t require the force of the state to make us do what is required or what is right.

God bless this officer.

Speaking as someone who lived on the edge of poverty for years, and was ticketed many times for Not Current Registration, I can relate.  Part of my problem was (and is) I just hate giving the government money!  But I just know this officer is a good person.  Perhaps, it was the Christmas spirit?

h/t Tango, Robb Allen

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I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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14 thoughts on “Love/Hate Cops

  1. The problem is that they have almost limitless discretion to do either good or evil… and almost zero accountability when they do evil. They are not in any way held accountable to “the law” as are mere mundanes. There is a new example of this almost daily in the “news,” and we can only assume that not every incident is reported, by any means.

    Irving women sue state troopers in federal court, alleging roadside body cavity searches : http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2012/12/irving-women-sue-state-troopers-in-federal-court-alleging-roadside-body-cavity-searches.html/

    Do you think they’ll get more than a paid vacation and a slap on the wrist, if that? Even if the women win their lawsuit, it is the taxpayers of that area who will pay the damages, not the cretins who violated their bodies, and the perpetrators will continue with their “careers” unimpeded, even if they get “fired.” They will go on to terrorize other people in other areas, almost guaranteed. They sure won’t see any jail time.

    Are there any true “peace officers” left? I like to think the sheriff and deputies of our county are among those, but the “cops” in our little town show every sign of becoming small town thugs whenever they find it convenient. Some of us wonder just how long it will take for them to get their “tank” and SWAT gear. I’ll bet they’re drooling over it now.

    Posted by MamaLiberty | December 29, 2012, 8:33 am
    • I just KNEW you’d be the first commenter, ML. And it IS appreciated!
      Coming from a family history of L.E., I DO get torn here.
      How does one police the police w/o destroying what legitimate effectiveness is out there?

      Posted by guffaw1952 | December 29, 2012, 11:30 am
      • Outside of a society where the majority of people actively own their lives and are responsible for them, I don’t know, Guffaw… People who beg and plead and whine to be slaves (someone else owes them a living and must be responsible for everything) don’t have any control over themsevles, let alone their masters and the overseers.

        “Police” must be held to the same “laws” as everyone else, with no immunity for wrong doing. They cannot have any monopoly on defensive force, or the opportunity to get away with aggression in any form. In the current political climate, that’s not going to happen any time soon.

        Most of the current “laws” that prohibit otherwise peaceful and innocent behavior, objects/substances are responsible in great part for the escalation of aggression and abuse we are suffering now. There would be no “SWAT” and “no-knock” raids, check points, electronic snooping and the like without the “war on drugs” and now, increasingly, the war on guns, food, privacy and just about everything else.

        The police are the shock troops for the war on Americans, not their protectors or friends.

        Posted by MamaLiberty | December 29, 2012, 12:22 pm
      • Therefore, we must got to the source – The Congress, and undo the century+ of oppressive laws they are mandated to enforce.
        People need to stop running on the ‘I’ll pass X ticket’ and tun on the ‘I’ll undo X legislation ticket!
        SWAT and all are only doing what the laws mandate they do.

        Posted by guffaw1952 | December 29, 2012, 4:54 pm
      • “Therefore, we must got to the source – The Congress,…”

        Don’t look to politicians or bureaucrats of any kind for peace and prosperity. The congress doesn’t operate in a vacuum either… they are the result of the wants and needs of the people who put them in power – a vast and vicious cycle of theft, lies and murder. Most people are quite content with it that way… as long as they think SOMEONE ELSE will be the object of the theft, lies and murder, of course – and that they will be the recipients of the loot. How do you propose to control that?

        There are only two kinds of people in the end. Those who wish to control the lives and property of others – with those who are willing slaves because they expect to obtain some of that power and stolen property…

        And those who do not aggress against others in any way, wanting only to be left alone to live in peace. We are a decided minority.

        Which group do you think is elected to congress? The relative non-aggressors like Ron Paul are extremely rare, and tend to be pushed out as quickly as possible. No, the controllers, the willing slaves and the useful idiots are in “the majority” and always have been. They are not about to allow anyone to live in liberty and peace, not subject to their control and theft – and they’ll gladly kill any who resist.

        THAT’S exactly why they (the politicians and controllers) want to disarm us, of course. They want to take our guns because they wish to do things to us that we would not allow if we have our guns…

        Posted by MamaLiberty | December 30, 2012, 5:52 am
      • You do have a point. The book Congress of Whores comes to mind…
        So, what would you suggest as a viable solution for the Nation? Or is there one?

        Posted by guffaw1952 | December 30, 2012, 7:48 am
      • “So, what would you suggest as a viable solution for the Nation? Or is there one?”

        The “nation” is a fiction, really, and trying to find any solution for everyone together is part of the collectivist smokescreen that keeps the controllers in power. As long as they can keep us looking for a collectivist “answer” that will include and appeal to everyone, they win.

        The only “solution” is to be found as individuals. The self owners and non-aggressors must fist decide they will no longer be the cash cows and easy victims of the controllers. Atlas must shrug. We must stop trying to take on responsibiltiy for all those who rob, lie to and murder us, even by misinformed proxy!

        Self ownership, self responsibility, self defense – in voluntary association/cooperation with like minded people. That’s the only path to freedom I can see, and it has to be as sovereign individuals. It will also have to include throwing off the chains of the controllers, both as individuals and in voluntary groups, in true self defense.

        It won’t be pretty… but it won’t happen otherwise.

        Posted by MamaLiberty | December 30, 2012, 8:38 am
  2. Well whatever it was that caused this cop to act this way, it was good to hear this story. It’s easy enough to start believing that they are all corrupt to the core when all you hear and see is the negative stories.

    Posted by Matt | December 29, 2012, 9:01 am
  3. There are still ‘class acts’ out there… Fewer and fewer every day though… dammit

    Posted by Old NFO | December 29, 2012, 9:24 am
  4. It isn’t a matter of a few “good” or “bad” ones here and there. It’s a culture of elitism and control. And it is deadly.

    Breaking Rank

    http://blog.simplejustice.us/2012/12/28/breaking-rank.aspx

    Yet, Watts’ fear serves a larger purpose: it reminds every cop who thinks that she’s had enough, that the envelope has been pushed too far, that another cop’s lack of respect for the public is more than she can tolerate, that there will be a very steep price to pay. Maybe that price will be her life. Clearly, the price will include her job. For years to come, Watts is likely to have a violent, visceral reaction to flashing lights in her rearview mirror when she’s driving on a dark road at night.

    The message to cops is clear. And really, what sort of cop does this to one of her brethren? What cop doesn’t appreciate the courtesy shown others who are part of that elite corp of men and women who believe themselves absolved of the responsibility to control themselves that keeps us lesser mortals in line?

    And the opportunity of governments large and small to shut down the culture that enforces the unwritten rules was there, by firing every cop who unlawfully accessed Watts’ personal records, because they know what it really means, what the real purpose was. But they didn’t. And the culture survives. And the next cop who decides she’s had enough of cops owning their world will ask herself, do I want to live like Watts? Do I want to become the next law enforcement pariah and fear that every time I open my mailbox, I take my life in my hands?

    Posted by MamaLiberty | December 29, 2012, 10:01 am
  5. The Anchorage PD has long since gone all black tacticool/SWAT/loaded for bear. There are still good individuals on the force, but they appear to be outnumbered by the thugs-with-a-badge. I can’t argue with any of the statements (pro or con) made above, either.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | December 29, 2012, 10:31 am

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