I saved this yesterday from The Wall Street Journal and forgot to share. I thought it was good:
From Dallas Police Chief David Brown at a July 11 press conference:
We’re asking cops to do too much in this country. We are. We just ask of us to do too much. Every societal failure, we put it off on the cops to solve. Not enough mental-health funding. Let the cop handle it. Not enough drug-addiction funding. Let’s give it to the cops. Here in Dallas, we got a loose-dog problem. Let’s have the cops chase loose dogs. Schools fail, give it to the cops. Seventy percent of the African American community is being raised by single women. Let’s give it to the cops to solve that as well. That’s too much to ask. Policing was never meant to solve all those problems, and I just ask for other parts of our democracy, along with the free press, to help us. . . .
Serve your communities. Don’t be a part of the problem. We’re hiring. We’re hiring. Get off that protest line and put an application in. And we’ll put you in your neighborhood, and we will help you resolve some of the problems you’re protesting about.
Start by eliminating traffic stops for non-issues like broken taillights (which is really just used as an excuse to check “suspicious” people out). Then stop worrying about arresting people for using pot. Then stop criminalizing victimless crimes. No jail time for hookers or johns. If pimps are abusing women, use the laws to go after them only. Then stop using police as revenue collectors who can write tickets to feed the government coffers — police should be funded by property taxes, any revenue brought in from fines, forfeitures, etc. should go directly into the state’s general fund. That would remove the incentives to have ticket quotas.
And, finally – encourage, educate, offer birth control, and offer financial incentives to young, unmarried women to delay having children until they are at least 21 and preferably 25. Start early – beginning in middle school to educate them on the poverty cycle that will result from having a child they can’t support.. then offer financial incentives starting in high school until age 21 to stay in school and not have children. It’s a much cheaper option.
You mean, stop enforcing laws against what libertarians CALL “victimless crimes,” even though they are not.
Sorry, I just can’t ever let that particular canard go by without opposition…
Who are the victims? The men who seek the women or the women who are paid for their service? If the man, then we should enforce adultery laws if they are married. If the woman, we should prosecute any woman that sleeps with a guy and gets a gift the next day.
I like to think I’d make a good pimp.
I would not. I’m just not a businessman…
That statement stands on its own. Quite a flash of clarity.
“Serve your communities. Don’t be a part of the problem. We’re hiring. We’re hiring. Get off that protest line and put an application in.”
I liked this. It makes sense. If you’re frustrated with the police, step up and make it better. Reminds me of the old quote from Teddy R:
Lets also be honest
A lot of these folks protesting in the middle of the workday- day after day- do not have jobs and it’s likely many don’t have high school degrees.
Not exactly police force academy material.
Maybe. But it’s the right sentiment. You don’t like how things are going? Fine. Stop complaining and start being part of the solution.