…by Gordon Duff, Senior Editor
Over the past 40 years, a bit of that time has been spent in law enforcement and corrections, Africa, Latin and Central America and here at home. On the whole, police and corrections personnel are dedicated to being as human as possible in jobs that are a nightmare.
This occasion, this video and we are hit with one a day, just isn’t OK. This is a bad department, and that’s how it works, entire departments are rotten. Some are perfect, or nearly so, others are, as we are noting in Boulder, not only incompetent and poorly schooled in law, my guess is they are utterly corrupt as well.
We see this kind of incompetence in departments with widespread corruption where officers, in order to keep their jobs and be “trusted” by their “fellows,” are forced to take bribes, work with criminals and, in truth, be part of a criminal conspiracy that, too often, is “the police.”
We could talk about jails and prisons across the US. Some people see them, the lucky ones never do. They are nightmares. For county jails, there is one meal, moldy bread and cheap fake chicken baloney sandwiches twice a day. For those who have relatives that can put money in accounts, snacks can make up the majority of calories.
Cells are filth and stench and the biggest issue in corrections is safety. Being in jail or prison is worse than combat, far more dangerous than Vietnam or the other fake wars of our time.
If you had the chance to evaluate who is in prison, something I have done over and over, looked at thousands of trial transcripts, sentencing and pre-sentencing reports and corrections programs, one thing becomes clear.
Most of the people incarcerated in America should be released. Most crimes shouldn’t be crimes, maybe most, certainly many. There are so few violent and vicious felons and in jail, they live wonderfully, they are kings and the guards love them, they are the enforcer and the drug marketing partners of the police and corrections officials who cash in on the control we give them with “0” oversight.
As for this video, shootings have to end or the slaughter of police that we saw in the 1970s, and I saw it up front and personal, we begin again.
Not all departments, but many, need to be erased and “done over.” Boulder is one, there are many, so many.
There are tens of thousands of “good cops” out there and being a “good cop” is something special. Many, if not most, are veterans.
It is time we backed up. It is time police were disarmed. You think I am kidding?
99% of police shootings are generated by police who are armed and in the wrong place, when no armed cop was needed and a shooting to protect an armed cop who claims he or she was frightened.
In truth, they are hopped up on “the juice.” They shoot people because they get a high from it.
They shoot people because they can get away with it.
Figuring it out and fixing it is relatively simple but it requires everyone to get involved.
Supporting police is a part of it, being involved and communicating. Demilitarizing police is critical also, eliminating SWAT in 99% of cases and reining in the fake TV police dramas.
The real job puts police into peoples lives at the worst times, a painful and stressful job.
Police is 99% social work and armed thugs aren’t needed. Those doing the job the right way deserve our loyalty and praise.
The fools, a mix of idiots and cowards, we see above, need to find some other way of earning a living. And so it goes.