a reply to: TorqueyThePig
In my state, the police vehicles no longer say "proudly serve and protect". That changed in the 90's to: "serving our community".
I have seen times in days gone by when law enforcement would help change an elderly woman's tire, who is stranded on a busy freeway. Now, they
pre-ticket her and call a tow truck and drive away.
The law enforcement in many areas somehow became morphed into law "warriors" or "law soldiers", creating an atmosphere of superiority above those who
pay their salaries. Even in the smallest of towns there are stories of LEOs who rarely "protect" their communities, but do indeed protect their blue
bloods and their own arses.
Remember Katrina and the infamous, and tragic, bridge murders? People in their communities were literally atop their roofs, dying of thirst, or their
dead body cast down on the street with no care or removal of what was once, a day before, a living being with rights to be protected...
In many ways, Katrina was one of the most divisive events between the "haves and the have nothings". Refugees were made overnight. Destitute and
homeless, thousands of Americans , mostly from African American parishes, became refugees in their own country, herded like cattle by any means of
authority without regard or respect.
Katrina opened my eyes to truth.
From there, I watched my country turn into a militarized police state, a practicing, honed machine with laws behind their shields; laws that shredded
the rights of free Americans. From one POTUS to the next, white and black, the alphabet agencies became cohorts with the local police, sheriff,
highway patrol...all forms of enforcers of law combined.
Their single purpose became all to clear. It didn't take long at all, really.
I have family members and friends who are enforcers of law. I have seen them change as months turn into years. Some love power and some just cannot
wait to retire. They are good people who went into law enforcement to protect. They now have to protect themselves.
I am not against keepers of peace or officers who do serve AND protect...because they chose to care and not because they are paid to.
The answer is both simple and complex. We have to elevate those who feel repressed, helpless and targeted, to feeling protected and safe. And we
have to lower the threat level to our officers while demilitarizing their uniforms and work equipment. They too need to feel safe, respected, and
appreciated. How do we achieve this is way above my pay grade.
I just hope we can all shake hands and hug each other someday quite soon.
edit on 12-7-2016 by NewzNose because: added content