Celebrate and Reform Law Enforcement
Three things we must do...
My grandfather was a policeman. He was a great man, and he helped many people throughout his life. He also got into some very bad situations more than once. One time he picked us up from the airport and we didn't even recognize him because of how swollen and bruised he was from a beating he took, but he never once complained. He was a very tough man.
Policemen have very important jobs. When someone violates our space, the first people we call are police officers. In that moment there is no one more important. They keep us safe and they should be appreciated.
Most police officers, like most people, are good. And like all people, we should assume the best of the people we meet.
Right now, police are under attack.
The more we vilify police officers, the more we will chase out the good people who truly want to help people. Already, police officers are retiring or quitting in droves.
This is dangerous, because when we chase out the good law enforcement we will have to lower our standards, which will make the problems even worse.
That being said, law enforcement officers have a lot of power and power can be abused. We need a high performance standard for police officers, and if a police officer is proven to be corrupt, the penalty should be severe.
I believe that we have lost our way as a society, because we, as a society, have forgotten about the Constitution. The Constitution and the freedoms it protects provide us with a clear path for law enforcement reforms.
Here are three things that would make a huge difference…
FIRST, police officers and politicians need to re-familiarize themselves with the Constitution and the limits it places on government. Police officers should legally be allowed (and encouraged) to say no to orders that are not Constitutionally sound. Citizens need to demand that law enforcement officers are well versed in the Constitution, and politicians need to stop asking law enforcement to do things outside of keeping the peace. Please watch this quick video.
SECOND, one of the most significant reforms we could do would be to stop using police officers as a source of revenue for cities. Cities make millions of dollars by police officers giving out fines and stealing people's property through civil asset forfeiture. And police are pressured and even given quotas to bring this money in. Studies have shown that when cities don't demand this of police officers, law enforcement is then able to focus on real crimes and their relationship with the public is better. Here’s a video that explains this issue…
THREE, one of the big problems, IMHO, is the police unions which make it very difficult to get rid of bad cops. Watch this video…
As a final note, over the weekend I personally thanked our Sheriff and two police officers. Every time I see a police officer I go out of my way to thank them for the truly valuable job they do.
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