Continuity, the real poison to our police is coming from within to some extent, but, its a cancer that exists in all tiers or our Justice System.
DA's refuse to prosecute the police, but prosecute individual citizens almost automatically, if there is no real good reason to do so, just look at the Duke Lacrosse case. We had a case here in PA, where a State Trooper murdered the lover of his female, and upon conviction, it was stated the death penalty was being waved, in part, because of his service to the State.
Forgive me, but, If you are LE, and you commit a crime, you should be held to a higher standard, not a lower one.
In PA, if you spit on a cop, its automatically simple assault, if you spit on a civilian, its NOTHING, not disorderly conduct, NOTHING!
I know, because it happened to me in a road rage incident.
I say this, research Sir Robert Peels rules for the police, if you don't know who he is, he helped found the Metropolitian London Police in the Mid 1800's, they are considered the first "Real" Municipal police department, and he set down guidelines on how to make the police acceptable to the people they are supposed to protect.
Prior to this, most LE was handled by local Constables, or Sheriffs.
And, the Constable was, just one of the people, police were meant to be the people, and not to become someone above the level of everyone else, IE, put on Tier, given weapons that the public didn't have, and protected beyond the scope of anyone else in society.
Now, LE can buy and carry a machine gun, if the department permits, and for the most part, and individual citizen cannot. The 2nd A allows us lowly citizens the right to protect ourselves from an oppressive government, but go ahead and shoot a cop, coming through your door, in a no knock raid on the wrong apartment, and I guarantee, with no exceptions, you are going to jail, even though we are constitutionally protected from an illegal search, which, is exactly what it is.
Just a week or two ago in Arizona, a "SUSPECTED" drug dealer was shot DEAD when the police broke down the door and saw him, SAW HIM, with an AR15 rifle, they claimed he shot, but, it was shown he never did fire at them.
Nothing was found in the search, but we have a dead citizen, and again, I guarantee, no cop will suffer legal sanctions for this.
This is MURDER, plain and simple. Justified by the "war on drugs". Is it fair that a cop goes to jail for shooting an innocent citizen? I know this, if a few did, a hell of alot more would make damn sure the guy was actually a danger before pulling the trigger, and MORE importantly, a whole HELL of alot more would think about why exactly they need to knock down a door, for a useless, losing "war on drugs" if the entire Justice System didn't have their ass covered for any crime they committed, under the guise of being "Police".
I even go as far as stating, the Police as we know it, are no longer even a part of the civilian government as it was originally intended, they have replaced the Militia as it was envisioned by the founders, as a quasi arm of the Federal Government, the Feds say go after drugs, they do, the Feds say don't go after immigrants, or we will sue you, or you will not do so.
They are acting directly in the interests of the Feds, basically, at their general command, and are quickly becoming an arm of an "Oppressive Government".
If, these thousands of good guys you say exist, when does it become morally reprehesnsible for them to participate?
When they are ordered to disarm Katrina Survivors?
When they murder innocents, because they may be doing something only the Federal government sees as wrong? Such as the war on drugs? Too many states have made Cannabis legal, which it should be, directly against the orders of the Feds? Should State police refuse to arrest drug users if the state makes them legal?
Our local police were never intended to enforce federal law, but they do it every day, from seat belts, formerly to speed limits, and for decades now, against drugs.
Look at the title of this thread.
Since when can the police break down your door, and shoot you, because you MAY be a suspect?
Since when can the police break down your door, and shoot you, when you are completely innocent, and its just a mistaken address on the warrant?
Since when are we no longer able to protect ourselves in our homes, if a prosecutor thinks you shouldn't have that right?
Or when a judge sentences you for it?
IT can happen today, and if its YOU shot, or killed, you have no legal recourse to stop it, or see the people who did it in jail.
Is this REALLY the type of society we want to live in?