Over the past couple of decades, in my opinion, police departments have become so militarized to the extent that I never see a flatfoot anywhere who isn’t wearing combat boots. It is the local police departments in every state, quite like the military in Iraq and Afghanistan (which are actual wars against enemies), who are busting down doors and accidentally shooting Americans, too many times, to be acceptable to a majority of us. The Drug War Beget This Militarism
How Drug Cops Go Bad
We shouldn’t be surprised when the police officers we ask to break the laws they enforce, turn corrupt.
Radley Balko | March 21, 2011
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If you browse the website of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), you will notice a conspicuous theme: The war on drugs is corrupting America’s cops.
LEAP, a group of current and former cops, prosecutors, and judges who oppose the drug war, lists “police corruption and misconduct” as one of the four main topics covered by its speakers. The profile of former Portland, Oregon, Det. Donald Dupay, for example, says he “witnessed the unintended consequences of the war on drugs that caused some of the officers in his department to become corrupt.” The profile of former Oakland, California, prosecutor James Anthony says his opposition to drug prohibition stems in part from observing “the negative impact of the ‘War on Drugs’ on the integrity of the police force.” The profile of Fred Martens, a former undercover narcotics cop with the New Jersey State Police, says he saw the drug war “corrupt innumerable law enforcement officials.”
It is bad enough that there is a war on drugs in our communities that ensnares innocent Americans, however, it is the war by unionized police officers in the States that is creating fear amongst the populace. Â There is the fear that unless the people support the police unions, the police will not protect the people. Threatening Citizens? This Is All The Proof Americans Need To Stop The Public Unions
Jim Haney, the outgoing head of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, a pro-business lobby, said… “It’s kind of like the old protection racket… If you have the right sticker, we won’t break your knees.’ This is beyond the pale to force a small-business person to choose when they want to stay neutral. But that isn’t good enough.”
In the letter, [Jim Parrett, a field representative of Council 24 for Southeast Wisconsin] writes: “It is unfortunate that you have chosen ‘not’ to support public workers rights in Wisconsin. In recent past weeks you have been offered a sign by a public employee who works in one of the state facilities in the Union Grove area. These signs simply said, ‘This Business Supports Workers Rights,’ a simple, subtle and we feel noncontroversial statement given the facts at this time.”
I believe that if we had a ‘real’ President of the United States, then that person would not only loudly condemn this activity, they would have the Justice Department investigate the civil rights of those who are being abused by the police. Every American should be concerned and DEMAND that local, state and federal employees no longer be allowed to unionize.Â Unions should not have the right to bargain with a politician against We The People. This, my friends, is the battleground for the heart and soul of America – we must win it. This whole mob mentality is un-American, and until it is snuffed out, this Country will remain on the brink of tyranny.