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I LOVE the L.A.P.D. !

714Or more correctly, all police.

I was raised in a police-loving,respecting family.  My Dad’s Dad had been a railroad cop, as was my Dad for a short time.  He went to the Rhode Island State Police Academy, but washed-out due to health reasons.

And I went to community college majoring in Administration of Justice.  That’s what they changed to from Police Science.  And I ate it up.  Graduated with high distinction.

BUT, I was disabled, and in the mid-70s environment of inflation and job problems, there were many more physically-capable folks in the line at police personnel.  No cop job for Guffaw.

I was taught the purpose of the police was not only to enforce the law, but to make certain the individual’s rights were protected.  THIS is what separated us from banana republics.  And made their job much more difficult.

But, according to the media, it appears there is police incompetence and corruption everywhere.  Websites and news stories abound with tales of bribery, malfeasance and crime by sworn officers.

And then we have the L.A.P.D.  Lauded in song and story.  Well, story, anyway.   (In)famous Chief Parker decided after the war that there was simply too much graft, corruption and mob influence in his department.  He established ‘The Hat Squad’ to get the mobsters out of town, and worked with film and TV producers to make the image of the department better.  TV shows like Dragnet and Adam-12 were the result.

I grew up on this stuff.  They further reinforced my already sainted image of police, and did so in other major cities as well.  Naked City, The Detectives, and M-Squad were among the other shows.  Federal law enforcement was not left out.  The Untouchables and The FBI come to mind.

But the twenty-four hour news cycle has evolved into the instant Internet news cycle.  And now we hear about this recently-fired L.A.P.D. officer killing other officers and firing on them.

And the panicked police were firing willy-nilly on anyone who might be a suspect.  And other folks.

LAPD misfiresThese folks were injured, and were promised a new truck for their trouble.  I sense a lawsuit in their future.  Rightfully so.

The latest news stories indicate this maroon has died in a fire, saving the taxpayers the cost of a trial.  And a professor on CNN praised the cop-killer!

I truly believe most police departments consist of good folks trying to do an ever-more-difficult job.  But, that doesn’t excuse this kind of behavior.  We have a sheriff here locally who has done some remarkably positive things, like having inmates staff county animal shelters, saving many tax dollars.  Of course, the many costly lawsuits against the county for prisoner abuse and ‘accidental’ or ‘negligent’ death of inmates cost many tax dollars, also.  I’d like to see comparison spreadsheets, just for fun.

We need to support the police.  They are the blue line between the criminal and the citizen.  But we need to make certain they are properly trained and policed themselves, to keep aberrant behavior to an absolute minimum.  They are, after all, the in-your-face, on-the-street representatives of government and it’s power.  Let’s hope it’s not gone to their head.

And that government needs to recognize we have the right to also defend ourselves.  That sometimes, the best they can do is to draw the chalk line and write the report.

h/t Weasel Zippers

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About guffaw1952

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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8 thoughts on “I LOVE the L.A.P.D. !

  1. Besides the innocent people getting hurt, held hostage, or killed here. What just “kills” me here with the LAPD and Dorner is the totally one sided news coverage on TV. Even FOX is ignoring the “burn the *)&%*&^ house down” scanner comments and is not reporting the the cops shooting on the innocent people whose only crime was having the same model and color truck as Dorner’s. You would think that the LAPD did not wrong in their response, when in fact, it is apparent from the comments and actions of the police up to this point that they had every intent to kill him and NOT bring him to trial if possible.

    For his part, he knew he was going to die and had every intention of dying. He was a criminal, and you expect that; but not the police.

    Dorner’s a P.O.S. but if they will toss out his rights to a fair trial with a jury of his peers and become judge, jury, and executioner…. they will do it to anyone. He was a big liberal, and was one of “THEM” until he somehow pissed off the wrong person.

    There was a big lesson on display here if everyone will pay attention. And it’s not the first time this has happened. Piss off the cops or the feds and they will kill you.

    Posted by Matt | February 15, 2013, 8:41 am
  2. Police or Peace Officer? In my extended family, including those drug in by marriage, are enough past and current LEOs to staff a small department. Most, happily, are Peace Officers. The lone Policeman is former LAPD.

    A late brother in law was well known for handling arrest warrants (failure to appear and the like). He simply contacted the people and had them drive themselves to jail. He would ask questions like, “Do you have someone to watch you livestock”? Worked with the people. Of course, they knew, in a day or two, he would cuff em, stuff em, and drive their butts to jail. He saw his job as keeping the peace. He treated everyone with respect until they gave him a reason not to.

    I think most LEOs are like my late brother in law.

    Posted by WellSeasonedFool | February 15, 2013, 8:42 am
    • Obviously he was a peace officer. Hopefully, not a dying breed.

      Posted by guffaw1952 | February 15, 2013, 10:17 am
    • Agreed – you didn’t specify the total numbers of your relatives, in-laws and out-laws (pun intended) but only one is ‘badge heavy’.
      Coppers are much like lawyers in terms of visibility – with the lawyers 99% give the remaining 1% a bad name. With Peace Officers it’s the other way around – but that (probably far less than 1% of bad apples) get almost ALL of the visibility. Way too many folks focus on them bad apples instead of all of the good ones.
      Your last sentence sums it up very well.

      Posted by GomeznSA | February 15, 2013, 4:18 pm
  3. I think you nailed it with the description of the “real street crime.” Anchorage still has some really good guys (and gals) on the force, but there are an awful of Outsiders (officers from Outside of Alaska) who seem to think we need jack-booted thugs with a badge. I’ve had contact with both kinds, here. It’s unfortunate that the politically-appointed Chiefs think they must bully the citizens to make points with City Hall.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | February 15, 2013, 11:19 am

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