The Myth of Police Protection: Serve and Protect, Not My Job!
Are Police Officers here to “SERVE & PROTECT” or “SEARCH & DESTROY?
The issue here is Human Rights and we lost that when the Supreme Court decision in 2013 stated that police at all levels of the government have no duty to protect the citizens. This is an issue between the police and the citizens. When did the police decide that it was better to shoot to kill instead of talking to them or using other nonviolent or at least non-lethal methods? Also when did the police and SWAT team merged and become military? If the police are shooting and killing us, who is going to protect us? Why are we citizens allowing the police to be turned into a branch similar to domestic terrorism?
I believe this is anti –American because the Constitution says ‘’We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. This issue promotes an environment where police are at odds or in a position of occupy in America instead of protecting it. This decision by the Supreme Court has to be addressed or all of these situations where citizens’ well-being is not being protected or is being violated will continue or increase, especially if prosecutions mimic the non-responsibility of police touted by the Supreme Court decision.
A way that WE THE PEOPLE can actively address this is by creating a petition or movement put forth to have this ruling overturn or a new amendment made that states clearly that the police are to serve and protect us, insure domestic tranquility, promote general welfare, and establish justice. So Police are needed to serve and protect us and not just enforce laws. If this conceptual change occurred or was supported, the police would be an asset to the community and not just an enforcer over the community. If this does not change the systemic issues that fall under it will continue to happen thus the continuing disregard of well-being or lack of consideration of well-being of the public will not stop and this creates an environment that allows Racism and other bigotry to flourish, diminishes the desire to not use force and it forgives or approves the excessive use of force.
AMERICANS KILLED BY COPS: 996 this year so far, 1108 in (2014), & 2880 in (2013).
EVERY 8 HOURS COPS KILL AN AMERICAN CITIZEN!
Cops are indicted in less than 1% of killings, but the indictment rate for Citizens is 90%.
In the police, own words:
43% – “Always following the rules is not compatible with getting the job done.”
52% – “It is not unusual for a police officer to turn a blind eye to improper conduct of other officers.”
61% – “Do not always report serious abuse by fellow officers.”
84% – “Witnessed fellow officers using more force than necessary.”
Only a small fraction of the 17,000 law enforcement agencies track misconduct reports. The Department of Justice generated a report on police misconduct in the United States in 2001, and the report was based on statistics that were voluntarily given by 5% of the police departments in the United States. Ref. 1
Cops will continue to be criticized as long as they shun the good ones and stand behind the bad ones. If we by what some police try to say that most police are good and only a few are bad apples, then it’s past time for the ‘few bad apples’ to be corrected by their police compatriots. We need the police to serve and protect or they are little better than oppressors. I don’t know but it often seems there is a majority of corrupt police on one level or another, and the ones that truly aren’t, and uphold their oaths seem like a minority.
Is is really just a ‘few bad apples’ or a few isolated incidents of police misconduct or harm?
But when a few are good apples do speak up, and then they often get persecuted by their “so called “good apples”fellow officers and many face getting fired. Then they begin the long uphill battle to get their job back. Some win. Some lose. Such as Good Cop Fired for Stopping Fellow Cop from Beating a Mentally Ill Man,
Cop Stops Fellow Cop From Choking a Handcuffed Man, She Was Then Beaten and Fired
Police officer’s should be Peace Officers, so what else could be going on?
The ones who wish authority as masters never feel it must be justified, where us who wish to not be slaves are demanded by them to explain why.
Race Gap yet another issue in the American Legal System.
White Americans make up 95% of elected prosecutors across the US, white men exclusively represent 79% of elected prosecutors. Which is amazing enough but this is even more amazing when you realize that white men only make up 39% of the population but account for 73% of all police officers. Furthermore, a study cites the non-indictments of white police officers in the high-profile deaths of unarmed black men as the “shocking” reality of a disproportionate and non-diverse criminal justice system that relies on prosecutorial power. In 2013, racial or ethnic minorities comprised 27 percent of local police officers, a little up from 25 percent in 2007, that’s definitely up from 15 percent in 1987, the first year the periodic study was conducted. That all may sound bad but its even worse only 12% of police officers were black in 2013, up from 9% in 1987. Ref. 1, 2
By Damien Marie AtHope
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