FIRST, let me state I come from a family with a proud law enforcement background. I wanted to become a peace officer, but my physical disabilities kept me from so doing. I still went ahead and got the requisite college education in the field. I’ve great respect for the law enforcement community.
I just read Kent’s ‘Hooligan Libertarian’ Blog. I like the guy. Sometimes he tweaks my libertarian soul; other times, he concerns me. Like today’s post.
Today, he writes about what he calls ‘the bogus concept of officer safety’. He then proceeds to enumerate a number of circumstances wherein law enforcement had intimidated, harassed and abused their authority against the hapless citizenry.
If you’ve read my blog, you know I, too, don’t condone abuse by any officer ‘under color of authority’. But while there are many reported circumstances of such abuse, this doesn’t mean all law enforcement are criminal miscreants who take advantage of their positions of power. I am certain the vast majority of cops are hard working, dedicated, and just as horrified at these abuses as the citizenry.
The Thin Blue Line represents governmental authority at it’s best. Or at it’s worst. Because they are right there, on the street, where the action takes place. Not in some ivory tower administrative office making rules-of-engagement indecipherable by the rank-and-file. And, just like our military, they deserve the best protection possible.
Not all street cops are jack-booted-thugs! But, some are.
And they represent the idea of The Republic’s government, up close and personal. Let’s support them as best we can, and weed out the abusive criminals.