I try very hard to keep in mind…

…that most cops are good, conscientious, hard-working men and women who are just trying to do their duty and their job.

But stories like these make it very hard to keep things in perspective:


Couple arrested for getting lost in Baltimore.

News I-Team reporter David Collins said Joshua Kelly and Llara Brook, of Chantilly, Va., got lost leaving an Orioles game on Saturday. Collins reported a city officer arrested them for trespassing on a public street while they were asking for directions.

Video of Missouri SWAT raid

This is the blunt-end result of all the war imagery and militaristic rhetoric politicians have been spewing for the last 30 years—cops dressed like soldiers, barreling through the front door middle of the night, slaughtering the family pets, filling the house with bullets in the presence of children, then having the audacity to charge the parents with endangering their own kid.

Important safety tip to Police:   My pets are part of my family, I will defend them with all the force and vigor with which I would defend my wife or children.  If you have a warrant to serve on my home, you would be well served to knock on the frakking door and give me enough time to answer it.  If you kick the door down and start shooting at my dogs, I WILL shoot back.  I obviously won’t be able to stand up for long against a cadre of body armored and armed polizei in full assault mode, but I can guarantee that I’ll take at least one or two of the murderers in uniform with me on the way out.

If, on the other hand, you knock on the door, give me the opportunity to answer it, and show me the warrant, I’ll be more than happy to secure the dogs and let you into the house without a problem.  You get to execute your warrant, and everyone gets to keep breathing for one more day.  Win-win.

If the police don’t want their fellow citizens treating them like the enemy, they’d better call off the war and start treating us with the same common courtesy that they’d like to receive.

8 thoughts on “I try very hard to keep in mind…

  1. All you need to know to understand the War on Drugs, you can get by reading the text of the 21st Amendment.

  2. " I obviously won't be able to stand up for long against a cadre of body armored and armed polizei in full assault mode, but I can guarantee that I'll take at least one or two of the murderers in uniform with me on the way out."

    If your home defense weapon is a rifle, you do a much better job of stopped people invading your home that are wearing body armor.

    I'm just saying.

  3. If your home defense weapon is a rifle, you do a much better job of stopped people invading your home that are wearing body armor.

    My primary home defense weapon is a pistol. It's a bit hard to keep a rifle on me at all times, but I do have a couple of utility rifles with loaded mags at the front of my locker for quick access.

    To paraphrase Col. Cooper, your pistol is to use to fight your way to a weapon.

    Even so, I don't have many misconceptions about my prowess as a warrior and my ability to take on a well trained SWAT team.

    Mousergirl: If you didn't click through, you've got to read the whole story. The "trespassing on a public street" wasn't even the part that got me mad. It was the part about the one officer physically preventing them from getting directions from a different officer.

    Freaking ridiculous. That's one cop that has completely forgotten that they are the employees and the citizenry is their employer. I would hope that a reminder will be swift and vigorously expressed…but based on my experience with cop's "us against them" attitude and covering for each other, I have my doubts.

  4. I think this underscores the idea that "[a]n armed society is a polite society." If everyone is armed, uthorities cannot solely rely on their guns, badges, and position for intimidation. Instead, they will need to rely on people skills, communication skills, and true analytical skills to solve problems. You know, just like civilized people.

  5. You know that's a good way to put it. Call off the war. We are not at war with law enforcement. They on the other hand seem to be at war with us. I am not a fan of the no knock and knock then kick in the door style of serving warrents, and would love to see the use of them cut back about 99%.

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