Dispatches from the Police State

The obvious consequence of granting an institutional monopoly on law enforcement is that police departments will feel no need to “please the consumer” because their consumers pay whether they like the service or not. Every week police officers abuse their power, injure law-abiding citizens, and usually get away with it. This week’s headlines are no different. Here are just a few recent dispatches from the police state:

  • A British Columbia cop kicked a suspect in the face (pictured above), fortunately it was caught on video.
  • A Cleveland police officer sexually assaulted a male inmate.
  • A former FBI agent was given to a pathetic two year sentence for a plan to kill his wife and boss.
  • Hampton, Iowa police tell reporters that it suspended a police officer, but refuse to inform anyone of his crime.
  • A Youngstown cop forced two children to the ground at gunpoint after their game of tag looked “suspicious,” particularly because one boy had a backpack on.
  • “NYPD officer works as drug dealer’s bodyguard, tries to steal money from him, fails, and gets a paid vacation anyway!
  • Another NYPD cop flashed his badge as he attempted to solicit sex from a 17-year-old.
  • While a Greenely Colorado cop sexually assaulted a woman during a traffic stop, New Orleans PD had to fire two cops after their officers falsely arrested two women on prostitution charges.
  • A Philly cop will get his full pension despite being convicted of repeatedly raping a 12 year old girl over a period of six years.
  • Philly PD also apparently miscalibrated their breathalyzers resulting in a review of over a thousand drunk driving convictions.
  • Woman files a federal complaint after Pentagon completely bungles her rape case. The rapist eventually was acquitted because the military “had ‘lost’ the underwear” she was wearing when raped. Later she gets a call from an Army investigator telling her she could come and pick up her underwear.

If the Fraternal Order of Police was just another large, national corporation, the outrage over this pattern of abusive, irresponsible behavior would be headline news. Congress would conduct investigations, reforms would be proposed, and the idea that they deserve a monopoly on the use of force would be revisited. Unfortunately, they are not just another large organization. They are the police, and as such, are deemed irreproachable.