posted on Jul, 30 2009 @ 03:14 PM
When something is broke, you need to fix it. No matter how severely broken it is, you can't just toss it out unless you have a viable alternative to
replace it with.
There is perhaps nothing more broken in the United States than our Law Enforcement System. Some may say that it is beyond broken, and they wouldn't
be too far from the truth.
There has become a growing divide between the people and Law Enforcement in recent decades, beginning with the 1960s and growing ever more pronounced
in Current Events. Before, only Political Radicals and Minorities had to fear the Police, but now everyone does, including law-abiding W.A.S.P.s.
Perhaps it had to reach the boiling point where the White Middle Class were affected before change could happen. Regardless, you'd be hard-pressed to
find someone who didn't agree that Law Enforcement is out of control and needs to be reformed.
So, what would you fix about Law Enforcement? What should we be asking our Representatives to change?
My short list of high priority items include the following:
1. Require all Law Enforcement Officers to have a College Degree. Every European Country requires this of their Law Enforcement and they are thus
more highly respected by the citizens they serve. The practice of giving uneducated High School Dropouts a badge and a gun needs to stop.
2. Require all Law Enforcement Officers to pass a Criminal Background Check. If a candidate has a long history of Domestic Violence or Assault
Charges, they should not be allowed to carry a gun, let alone be given a badge and the authority it demands.
3. Put an end to the unethical practice of Profiling in Law Enforcement. The color of your skin, or your religious beliefs, or the clothing you wear,
or the car that you drive, does not make you predisposed towards being a criminal. The only reason why 50% of criminals in Los Angeles are African
American is not that 50% of the crimes are committed by African Americans but because those are the Profiles that Law Enforcement goes after. Just
because you wear black doesn't make you a criminal. Just because you drive a Lexus, doesn't automatically make you a criminal. Profiling is just an
excuse to legitimize predatory misconduct by Law Enforcement.
4. Require Law Enforcement Officers to abide the same rules for using non-lethal weapons such as Pepper-Spray and Tasers as they must abide for
discharging their Firearm. The daily abuses of using non-lethal weapons for asinine reasons needs to stop now!
5. Require Law Enforcement Officers to get approval for an arrest from the District Attorney's Office. Most Law Enforcement Officers do not have
legal degrees (most don't have any kind of degree). We expect them to enforce the law without knowing the law. Fine. Then instead of letting them
arrest every Tom, Dick and Harry for whatever reason they want or make up, require them have a legitimate legal reason. Dispatch is supposed to look
up Criminal and Civil Code for the Officer, but Dispatch Officers have just as little familiarity with the law as Law Enforcement Officers have. As
the majority of arrests in the United States never even make it to Court as the District Attorney's Office refuses to prosecute these cases, stop
wasting everybody's time! Have Dispatch directly contact the District Attorney's Office to relay the facts of the case and get their approval before
making an arrest. It's not Rocket Science!
6. Require Law Enforcement to be overseen by a Civilian Oversight Committee, such as is required by electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water,
railroad, rail transit, passenger transportation, and other public services. Allow this Commission the ability to investigate complaints and penalize
a department if the number of complaints exceeds acceptable thresholds. This would provide for a more immediate response to abuse issues, as well as
enforce that Law Enforcement is serving in the Public Interest for the community it serves.
7. Allow Law Enforcement Officers to be legally accountable for their actions. If an Officer abuses his power, don't just allow for an Internal
Affairs investigation, but allow that Officer and his Department to be sued by the victims of that abuse. Perhaps it might not be a bad idea to make
abuse of police power a Criminal Offense rather than just something that gets you reassigned to a desk job in your department.
8. Require Law Enforcement to Prioritize Crimes. We have a serious problem with overcrowding in Jails and Prisons because we arrest everyone for the
smallest of infractions. Just as some Law Enforcement has Quotas they must reach on a daily basis, have reverse Quotas, i.e., a department is only
allowed to arrest 100 individuals this week. Then, Jimmy who got caught spray-painting graffiti on a street sign gets to be escorted home instead of
arrested, with a citation to appear in Court to explain himself to a Judge instead of going straight to Jail. Then, Tommy who got caught with some
resin in his pipe can be cut a break instead of facing a Felony charge. Meanwhile, Law Enforcement can save their aggression for the real menaces to
society, like the Drug Dealers, Robbers, Gangs, Murderers, Rapists, etc.
9. Require Law Enforcement to hire locally from the community that they serve...at least require Law Enforcement to live in the local community that
they serve. Too often you have Law Enforcement from a large Metropolitan center hired by small communities, and on top of that they choose to reside
three or four cities away from where they work. If someone is not from and living in the community that they are charged with serving and protecting,
they have no vested interest. They are an outsider that is interloping. They are incapable of serving the public trust of that community. Ever notice
that people with dogs don't let their dogs crap in their own yard but take them for a walk to crap in someone else's yard? Well, Law Enforcement is
the same situation. An Officer is less likely to proverbially crap in their own proverbial yard, but they'll gladly do it in someone else's.
10. Require Law Enforcement Officers to actually pass a regular Psychiatric Evaluation. If a Psychiatrist determines a Law Enforcement Officer has
Aggression Issues then they need to be taken off the streets until they have been found to be psychologically stable. End of story!
Obviously, the cost in terms of loss of public trust in regards to Law Enforcement cannot be measured. The systematic failures by Law Enforcement to
prevent the wholesale violation of the public's trust, criminal acts by Officers, widespread abuse of their authority, violating citizens' civil
rights, use of excessive force, disrespectful and arrogant attitudes, "doctored" evidence, and so forth has lost them credibility with the
communities they serve. This is beyond a matter of public perception that could be remedied by use of better Public Relations and P.R. Campaigns.
There is no other alternative than dramatic reforms must be enacted if the police community is to gain the cooperation of the citizenry in the United
So, I ask again, what would you fix about Law Enforcement? What should we be asking our Representatives to change?