For the record, the solution isn't easy. There are some out there who say that ridding ourselves of police will eliminate the police state, and with
no one to rebel against, society as a whole would be calmer. This presents a problem in that if that were the case, utopias would exist in the real
world for people to flow to in order to avoid the oppression. As far as I'm aware, even Buddhist nations like Sri Lanka are not without their
violence from authority figures.
Buddhism and Violence
Then there are those who suggest that by taking the police out of the equation and hiring the very protestors causing the uproar will solve the
problem by putting "the right kind of person behind a badge". This has been tried time and time again, with failing results every time. As a
military man, I got to see well-intentioned men sign up to be a part of the Iraqi Defense Force (IDF). They were trained, and when released out into
public started being bribed, and being coerced until they were just as bad as those who were replaced. This phenomena has been studied, with a
slightly different angle in the "Stanford Experiment.
The results showed that those put in power, regardless of their prior intentions and motivations, all "fell in line" with the role they were
playing. This is not to say that it predetermines an authority figure to step beyond the lines of decency, but it does suggest that the solution
isn't as simple as putting all of the protestors behind a badge and suddenly everything would be all better.
There are some, as this thread suggests, whom feel that the solution is to have a "Blue Flu" week or period of time in which the police catch up on
training, clean all of their stations, wax all of their cars, and catch up on all of their paperwork, while essentially ignoring what's going on in
the streets. This would provide opportunity to those who were already premeditating violence or breaking the law. Turning a blind eye to the problem
is not the same as properly addressing the problem.
I don't think it was John Lennon who said it, but it was someone from that generation, whom said, "The people who should be police officers are
those who never once turn in an application for the position." I think the police department ought to be staffed with people in a similar manner as
being chosen for jury duty. Do I think this would solve all of the police violence? No. That will never happen so long that criminals exist whom are
determined to cause violence to others. I do think it would be wise to reduce the amount of alpha-male police officers, by including a lot of
people from different walks of life.
I would also like to put forth this proposition for you all to consider. How would you feel if a State were selected as a pilot program (it can be
any state, but ideally one currently having issues with law enforcement) where the State hires college graduates for a period of four years (to begin
upon completion of a police academy) during which the graduate would serve as a police officer and the state would pitch in to reduce the graduates
student loans? This would benefit the people by providing college graduates from all walks of life to the police force, eliminate existing hiring
practices, and provide the people with law enforcement less likely to be combative (Stanford experiment not withstanding). Young, educated people
being police for four years? Would that improve things beyond a possible blue flu? What say you?
As for this whole race card issue, I'm not going to play into that diversionary tactic. People need to focus on what unites us, not on what divides