You might have overstated when you said: “Meanwhile the police consume 2/3 of municipal budgets while legitimate functions of government are cut and suffer.” Perhaps that may be true in small towns, but in SF or NYC, where I live, I doubt if it’s that large. Still, if you include police pensions, it may very well be 2/3 of municipal budgets.
Speaking of pensions, NYPD officers could retire after twenty (20) years of service with a pension determined by one half of their last year’s salary. So if an officer made $60,000, he/she will get a pension of $30,000. Luckily for NYPD officers, they’re allowed to “spike” their pension. To “spike” their pensions, they just get all the overtime pay they can muster in their last year, and then this new salary will determine their pensions. So if an NYPD officer has a base pay of $60,000 and manages to get $60,000 in overtime pay, his pension will now be based on his total salary of $120,000, for a pension of $60,000 per year, for the rest of his life. Paid for by the suckers the officer formerly “protected and served.”
This story that Nina Ortega referred to and the police atrocities you mentioned, are just examples of the hundreds, if not thousands of examples of police brutality, misconduct and corruption that occurs everyday. And as you said, when they’re caught or someone complains, very little could be done about it. Worse, is the “Blue Wall of Silence” when cops would “circle the wagon” and protect themselves. God help the honest cop who comes forward and informs on his corrupt brothers.
While I’m sickened by these stories of “bad cops,” what really sickens me most is when the public is tricked into lionizing them when a cop is “killed in the line of duty.” Even if a cop is not killed, do they really deserve such adulation and respect from We the People? Indeed, I wouldn’t doubt if many police think of themselves as an occupying force who must make sure the natives obey them.
Oh sure, there are good cops who are brave and honest, do their jobs responsibly. But we must remember that when it comes down to it, the rot in most police departments go from top to bottom.
And here’s something you may like this: If you think of a City government as a Mafioso gang, you can consider the Mayor as the “Don,” the City Council as the “family,” the police as the “muscle” or “enforcer” (“law enforcement officer,” isn’t that the term used to describe the police?), and the Tax Dept as the “bag man.”
Thanks for reading.
Four years ago, a woman came to us at PACH for help, whose teen-age daughter had been beaten by Santa Rosa Police…her face had been smashed into the pavement, breaking all her teeth. She had been “uncooperative”.
Since then, we are still training the police to know they will get away with their violence, whenever we complain. We talk about what they are doing but we don’t stop them. Of course, the police escalate their domination and violence.
This problem would actually be solved more quickly if people were prevented from talking about it and “getting it out”. Then there would be much more pent-up resolve from the abuse, and the police would also not know they could continue their misconduct.
But instead, they do know they can even attack a church, kill everyone, and get away will it, while there is much outcry…nothing will be done to punish or remove them.
After getting away with Waco, the police went on to robbing banks, planting evidence, and other organized crime, in LA during the Riders era. For that, there were some wrists slapped and LA paid $125 million in civil damages to make the problem go-away, with the usual promotion of the bureaucrats.
Meanwhile the police consume 2/3 of municipal budgets while legitimate functions of government are cut and suffer.
Now they are turning to taking away the guns from everyone, aligning with the traditional soviet-style socialists in this country, even drawing the unwary so-called conservatives into various schemes to prevent ownership, unless approved by the government and into schemes to make hundreds of “gun crimes” to arrest and imprison more people.
Since AB 1527 was signed last year, it is a crime for Californians to bear arms in public. The police provided the money and support to propel it through the legislature and across the governor’s desk.
This is important to remember when worrying about camel-jockeys in the desert somewhere. They aren’t taking your tax money and they won’t arrest you for exercising your Constitutional rights. The police are.