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First, I want to state for the record, that I do not have a problem with enforcement of the law. We have the Supreme law of the land which is the Constitution. While I think our founding document has a few flaws, it’s a fine ideal to adhere to. If we could, at the very least, get back to forcing the government to obey the Constitution, my opposition to the state paid mercenary force would end. My opposition would end if they would actually be required to uphold that Constitution and be punished accordingly if they did not. Secondly, we have the natural principals of liberty which preclude even the government from denying what is due to us by the very fact that we are human. We have liberty, not because of government, but in spite of their best efforts to take it from us.
Being anti-cop is a natural extension of being a liberty loving advocate of a small government that does not interfere with activities of peaceful people who are doing no harm to each other. When the government grossly exceeds it’s operational boundaries, it becomes a menace to all that it governs. The police are a natural extension of the state, sent out, not to enforce the law as it is written, but to carry out the dictates and agenda of the state. The further a government moves away from liberty, the more oppressive and unaccountable the police become.
I’ve had a few minor run-ins with the police; mostly centered around traffic stops. I’ve never been beaten, detained longer than I should be or anything of that nature. I was arrested once on a warrant that was wrongly issued. I had a cop snatch a (perfectly legal) knife out of my back pocket while being questioned during a traffic stop. They didn’t actually give me any hassle, and I got it back but they never should have touched as I was being cooperative and not the least bit aggressive. So my story of how I became anti-cop isn’t a dramatic change that resulted from a major incident.
I use to believe the police were the good guys. I used to believe that “To protect and serve” referred to the public, and not the puppet masters. I used to believe it was right and proper to call the police when someone was taking drugs, disturbing the peace or causing any number of other “harmless crimes.” I especially used to call the police when someone was driving drunk. Now? I just can’t bring myself to do it.
After seeing so many stories of innocent encounters with police in which the cops escalated the situation in to a dangerous or deadly situation for both the accused and the accuser, I’m just not willing to live with the idea that I was partially responsible for someone being severely abused or killed over a minor crime. It should go with out saying then that I’m not willing to risk my own hide either. Frequently, the person that called the police ends up arrested, beaten or killed because a cop with a bad attitude (redundant I know) decided that someone had to go to jail and they didn’t care who. So, short of murder or rape in progress, I can’t see any good reason to call the police.
So the change came about slowly. I wanted to continue to think that cops were the heroes, the good guys and could be counted on when something bad happen, the reality of it was right in front of me so I had to adjust my thinking.
Now I know that some of you think that it’s just a “few bad apples” spoiling it for the rest but that’s simply not the case. Any “good cop” that speaks up about abuse, or having to otherwise enforce unconstitutional laws is driven off the force, beat in to compliance or meets with a “training accident.” Good cops have no way to remain cops. So, at any given moment, there are very few actual good cops on the street because they simply don’t last long. They are outnumbered and the status quo won’t tolerate their presence. So, in any encounter with police it’s always safe to assume you’re dealing with a bad cop no matter how congenial or helpful he appears to be. He’ll turn on you in a second if he wants and you’ll pay the price.
If cops actually obeyed the law and refused to enforce unconstitutional laws, I would have no problem with them at all. But the overwhelming evidence shows that they have no inclination to do any such thing and any encounter with them entails a significant risk to your life, liberty and property.
In summary, I’m anti-cop because cops have proven to be anti-liberty; they are an enemy of freedom. When the police show that they can respect the Constitution and people’s rights, I will no longer be anti-cop. I hope that day comes but I’m not holding my breath.