So, what is?

Oh, look, a Houston police consultant telling us all what is not the beginning of a police state…

Stop-question-and-frisk must yield in the face of the Fourth and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution. Despite its detractors, the approach is more of a velvet glove than an iron fist. This policy has its faults but, in my opinion, it is not the beginning of a “police state” that the civil libertarian critics would profess it to be.

…but conveniently fails to provide the answer to the question: “If this isn’t the beginning of a police state, then what is?” One of the commenters to that piece pretty much beat me to the punch:

How do you think police states start? Do you think they start one morning when a bunch of jack-booted thugs in uniform descend on the populace with no advance warning?

Of course not. Police states start when the ruling elite of the state realize they can get the people to give up their rights by promising them safety and security. As the people become more and more dependent on the state to protect them from who knows what, more and more rights are given up, until the population is completely cowed by the authority of the state.

In our country today, the civilian police forces have become militarized to the point that they are now a standing army in our midst, a situation warned against by the founders of this nation. The war on drugs continues to provide justification for militarizing the police, and spews out money for their armaments. Once the police have military style armaments, you can bet they’ll find any excuse to use them. SWAT teams these days are called out for trivial incidents, and the police seem to be taking an “us versus them” attitude toward the citizens they are sworn to protect. 

Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly have been able to convince people like you that it’s better to give up constitutional rights in exchange for the illusion of safety and security. They have disarmed the people of New York in violation of their Second Amendment rights, and are denying them their Fourth Amendment rights by subjecting them to unreasonable searches. Police have unlawfully entered peoples’ houses and stationed themselves there during manhunts in violation of the Third Amendment. Which amendment will fall next? Maybe the Sixth Amendment right to trial by jury, as the police decide to execute “street justice”? How about the First Amendment right to peaceably assemble?

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3 Responses to “So, what is?”

  1. Les Says:

    “In our country today, the civilian police forces have become militarized to the point that they are now a standing army in our midst, a situation warned against by the founders of this nation. The war on drugs continues to provide justification for militarizing the police, and spews out money for their armaments. Once the police have military style armaments, you can bet they’ll find any excuse to use them. SWAT teams these days are called out for trivial incidents, and the police seem to be taking an “us versus them” attitude toward the citizens they are sworn to protect.”

    You know, I can’t speak about big cities, or the left coasts, but where I am I just don’t see this.

    We had SWAT teams 20-25 years ago, brought about by a lawsuit forcing area cities to reluctantly form them. Everything paid for by the individual officers. Some were used well, some weren’t, like everything.

    My last patrol carbine was bought at Walmart. Paid for by me. I hope never to have to use it except at the range. But I’m from Texas, I have always had military style armaments from different eras and the current, just like most of my neighbors, none paid for by the Feds. We have been able to carry military style carbines as Peace Officers for years, once the chiefs determined they weren’t as penetrative as older military calibers,i.e.308, 3006 etc. We buy our own vests, or some cities do, the Feds don’t.
    I don’t see any Federal money coming in, except for a really creepy federal program of cameras in a nearby city with chemical plants to log all vehicles leaving and entering that city. They will be forbidding the sales of hoodies (as in London) next. No protest from the media. Doesn’t seem to bother anyone except me.

    I do see a unfunded federal mandate for the local cities and county to change out their communications equipment once again to meet new standards at very heavy local expense. If the requirements aren’t met in time, heavy fines have to be paid. Our taxpayer money in either case.

    Militarization, standing army, us vs them? Nope, sorry, same as thirty years ago, for better or worse. “Stop and Frisk” sounds like what might be an abuse of the Terry stops and searches around since Terry vs Ohio (1968). Better be able to articulate in court your reasonable suspicion or it’ll bite you.

    Don’t kid yourself, the marxists have wanted forever to get rid of local law enforcement in favor of a Federal Police. In the 70’s it was touted to be a way to stop police causing problems they are commonly accused of. You can trust the Feds right? If you have a complaint call Washington, they will get right back to you.

    The feds ARE giving classes in incident command and such. Don’t see any overriding mandate.

    Local police are accountable to the people here they work for, and live with, as they should be.

  2. kadja1 Says:

    Funny how they are “federalizing” the police forces and “Nationalizing” the curriculum in the public schools…They want to erode each state’s culture and put it under one umbrella. The only way to fix this is for people to first run and take back the school boards and the educational depts. of each state. AFTER that, then move to the federal and gut the NEA–which is supposed to be a teacher’s union but is now writing the “national curriculum…Yes, there is a connection. Think on this.

  3. mick Says:

    Spot on.

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