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Audie vs. Andy

Rand Paul:”If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager, there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off. But, I wouldn’t have expected to be shot.”

The outrage in Ferguson is understandable—though there is never an excuse for rioting or looting. There is a legitimate role for the police to keep the peace, but there should be a difference between a police response and a military response.

The images and scenes we continue to see in Ferguson resemble war more than traditional police action.

Glenn Reynolds, in Popular Mechanics, recognized the increasing militarization of the police five years ago. In 2009 he wrote:

Soldiers and police are supposed to be different. … Police look inward. They’re supposed to protect their fellow citizens from criminals, and to maintain order with a minimum of force.

It’s the difference between Audie Murphy and Andy Griffith. But nowadays, police are looking, and acting, more like soldiers than cops, with bad consequences. And those who suffer the consequences are usually innocent civilians.

You should go and read the whole article.

Now I’m in no way suggesting disarming the police.  However, as with so many things, this is about mindset.  When I took Police Science courses (1973-75), it was about apprehending lawbreakers and protecting the rights and persons of all involved – suspects, subjects, witnesses and police.  For some reason, we seem to have lost that.  And the term Peace Officer is no longer in use.  The doctrine of posse comitatus is no longer in effect.  We are no longer worried about the military being used as civilian police.  The police have become the military.

h/t Brock Townsend

 

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 “Audie vs. Andy

  1. Yeah, as I’ve seen photos of current police actions I keep wondering, “Why do the police need to wear camo?”

    Posted by Tomi | August 18, 2014, 7:17 am
  2. PS: Rand Paul’s “Smarting Off” would get him arrested and possibly shot in today’s world. I know this because it’s happened to close friends of mine.

    Posted by Tomi | August 18, 2014, 7:18 am
  3. There is also the other side of the coin, NO respect for LEOs anymore… When I was growing up, even as a teen, I knew better than to get mouthy with an LEO, much less physically challenge one…

    Posted by Old NFO | August 18, 2014, 1:28 pm
  4. Do stupid ^#&*, win stupid prizes.

    Posted by WellSeasonedFool | August 19, 2014, 8:53 am

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