Episode 6 – Law Enforcement and The Justice System

The Unites States of America is supposed to be a country of law and order. As a society, we have adopted laws to abide by in order to have a civil society. The reason for laws is that we, as a people, have a standard from which to live by. When a person breaks a law, there is supposed to be enforcement enacted upon the offending individual. Even after enforcement has been applied though, that individual is supposed to be treated as innocent until proven guilty. That is unless the enforcement agency has deemed the person a danger to the public. At that point, the person is detained for a given period of time. This level of enforcement is usually in the form of an arrest. The time served is written in a procedure that a law enforcement agent must abide by; the law enforcement agency cannot detain a person for longer than what the procedure allows.

Even then, in the court of law, the person arrested is innocent until proven guilty. Each offender has the opportunity to have a lawyer represent him or her. The state even provides a lawyer if the person does not have one and cannot afford one. The idea is that a person is treated fairly to determine whether the enforcement agency was correct in its action. The charged can either state his or her guilt or innocence. Either way, each party must plead their case.

Justice, Statue, Lady Justice, Greek Mythology

If the person is found innocent, then a variety of reparations can be sought, depending on the degree of infliction. Typically the reparation is to let the accused go free.

If the person is found guilty, then the degree of punishment is awarded to the offender.

Living in civility means that we must have some level of reasonability on both sides of any given situation. Reasonability must come from law enforcement, but also from the civilians that they are charged to protect. Law enforcement is a much needed service; but their service requires much more than a pay check. It requires the respect of and by the people they are trying to protect. If an officer is enforcing the law, each law abiding individual needs to appreciate that this particular person has risked his or her life so that the rest of us can be and feel safe.

The Job of Law Enforcement

Many of us do not understand what it takes to be in law enforcement. Instead, each of us will have our own perceived assumptions about officers of the law. Here is an article about ten assumptions people need to stop making about law enforcement immediately.10 Assumptions People Need to STOP Making About Law Enforcement (proudpolicewife.com) Let me break it down for you:

  1. As a whole, typically law enforcement does not have a political affiliation.
  2. Law enforcement is not racist.
  3. Officers of the law are not angry; they are simply trying to cut through the crap to get to the real story.
  4. Officer do not write the law; they only enforce what is already written.
  5. The vast majority of cops are good. Just like in everything else, there are bad ones too, but small in number. There are good cops that stand up to bad cops.
  6. Just because a person decides to be a cop does not mean you can automatically hate them. These people are protecting you, your family, and your friends. If you want police officers to do a better job, praise them. Don’t ostracize them.
  7. Police aren’t perfect. They are people too. They will make mistakes. We, as a society, need to understand that mistakes are ok. It becomes a problem with the same mistake happens over and over.

With respect to #1 in the list, I am confident that most (not all, but a vast majority) local police and sheriffs could care less your political affiliation. They simply want to keep their community safe.

Despite your personal sensitivities, police don’t care what race, religion, creed, or gender is, they simply want you to obey the law and not infringe on other people’s rights.

The bulk of the public has no idea what law enforcement does on any given day. Obviously, police respond to emergencies. But what else does a police officer do all day? They also respond to non-emergencies as well. For example, if a store clerk detects counterfeit currency, then a police officer will be called for further investigation. Additionally, if a pedestrian calls in because he or she saw a drug deal, then the police will investigate. Police must be incredibly diligent and hyper focused fighting the never ending drunk driving that happens. About 28 people die in the United States every day from drunk driving crashes. This means that a person dies every 52 minutes because an irresponsible person got behind the wheel of a vehicle while drunk and crashed into an innocent person Drunk Driving | NHTSA. These examples are just some of the law enforcement duties.

The fact is, police are more than law enforcers. They must be medics, on call psychologist (ever watched an episode of COPS where police had to deal with a domestic disturbance), investigator, public relations, crowd managers, security guards, traffic management, vehicle stunt driver, and much more. Ultimately, they have to be the ultimate and all-in-one care resource. All of that capability bundled up into one human being. Each of these individuals who have decided to put their lives on the line so that we, as a society, can maintain some level of civility, deserve our highest respect.

Police Reform

There has been a lot of discussion around “defunding the police.” Proponents will argue that “defunding the police” is simply redirecting funds from the police to other areas of need such as reinvesting in black communities (per Black Lives Matter Incorporated co-founder Patrisse Cullors), social services, stabilize housing, and provide funds for community organizing. We also hear some say “abolishing the police” (because some people who do not know history want to think that the origins of policing came from slavery).

All of the above may sound ok, but what does it really look like? In fact, let’s look at Minnesota. Upon the anniversary of George Floyd’s death, at the very same location, a news crew was reporting on the anniversary, a string of shots were fired in the square by assailants in a vehicle. This was a drive by shooting.

Since the idea of defunding police was introduced in Minnesota in 2020, crime has been on the rise. Not by a little; but by a lot. In July 2020, Minnesota’s City Council took measures to dismantled it’s police department and replace it with a “community based system of public safety.” According to a Minnesota charter, their police department should have about 750 officers. As of April 19, 2021, the entire police department consists of about 100 officers. This may prompt you to say “The City Council did what they set out to do,” but in doing this reduction of force, have left the city in chaos. Homicides have “jumped 70% in 2020 over the year before” citation here. Some additional information here (Click Me).

More defunding occurred in New York City. The result was a spike in crime in just about every major category CLICK THIS. Crime complaints are up 15.1%, Grand Larceny is up 39%, Robberies up 26.9%, transit crimes surged to 105.6%, and so on and so forth. Meanwhile, arrests for major crimes are down 20%. This is the test bed for defunding the police. The bottom line is that this mindset does not work. There are gobs of information regarding just how bad of a decision it is to defund law enforcement.

Want to know more about Portland, Oregon? Click Here.

The same for Austin, Texas. Click Here.

Let’s determine really why you hear this idea of defunding the police. I can think of two reasons. 1) It is the criminals that are pushing for this. Criminals want police defunded because they will stop getting caught. 2) Democrat ran cities are ran terribly bad, their budgets are blown, and the only thing they can think to save their city from “paycheck to paycheck” is to reduce their police force. The police take a huge chunk of the cities’ funds from the coffers. Reducing the spending on police will free up money for other things. The problem is that most of the cities that are having budgetary problems are Democrat ran (Citation HERE).

The honest answer to the real problem is to not only keep funding the police, but also provide quality training to law enforcement officers. We need to examine where the deficiencies are in regards to how certain cases are handled. How much training does an officer have? What is taught at the training academies? What further training is needed? Do police need additional courses in their academies and training? Is a high school diploma good enough for a law enforcement job? Again, law enforcement is a serious responsibility which means a person in law enforcement needs to know, not assume – but KNOW, the law, psychology, sociology, (engineering level) math, high level writing, and high level reading.

Police officers, sheriffs, constables, deputies, state enforcement agencies, and federals agents are not the military. They are our civil protectors. They need to be given the respect and dignity they deserve; and, they need to be given the knowledge of how to think on their feet.

Here are some further resources:

https://nationalpolicesupportfund.com/3-reasons-why-defunding-the-police-is-a-bad-idea/

https://www.police1.com/police-training/articles/a-letter-to-the-american-public-we-need-to-increase-the-quantity-and-quality-of-police-training-PEIoRJqWTIG55dqy/

If you want to become a police officer, start here: https://www.apexofficer.com/police-training

Thank you for reading.

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