The video below was submitted to CopBlock.org via the ‘submit post’ tab. The video was made by Officer Joe Snuffy (yes, that’s his name, I didn’t make it up), the YouTube description states he was inspired to make it after reading some government provided statistics. “Officer Snuffy”seems to be sniffing too much nose candy, but before I rip into this guys weak ass arguments, check this crap out yourself:
On the surface, all these statistics seem to be fine and dandy. While most might buy into these loosely based facts, I feel anyone who’s paid attention over the last 20 years would agree with what I’m about to say.
First of all, “Officer Snuffy” (please, take a moment to laugh at that again) refers to the police as “Peace Officers.” This is clearly an attempt to persuade the viewers with a favorable impression of police. Though, anyone who’s opened an internet browser – say, ever – would realize that the police are far from “peace officers.” Peace officers do not arrest people for wearing a mask, raid a 90 year olds home or fist bump one another after firing 80 rounds into a person. These actions are the opposite of peace.
Those stories aside, it’s clear that the police have become more militarized over the past 20 years. The items carried on an officers tool belt, the SWAT team raids (with battering rams, machine guns and explosives) and the upgraded vehicles (cruisers, bearcats and helicopters) these guys have at their disposal, are all crystal clear indicators, no sale or tricky word persuasion needed, that the police today are by any means, “peace officer.”
“Snuffy” continues on throughout the rest of the video spewing (or reciting, as he didn’t even write this trash) a number of half assed truths, that also contradict themselves. For example, Snuffs repeats the information that some 670,000 police employees interact with 53 million people each year, a statistic I perceive was intended to shock the viewer – like, “oh wow, those poor cops, having to deal with so many people.” Yet, this stat is followed up by listing the common reasons for those 53 million interactions. And guess what? Out of the dozen examples listed seven of them are INITIATED by the police officer and every interaction with an officers is essentially a death threat. (No? You don’t think a traffic stop is a death threat? Send me a video of you pulling away from one and I’ll gladly correct this blog post.)
Then, in typical government fear factor fashion, the video closes with a list of violent actions that actually have a victim. Of course, both the original author of this and Snuffs fail to mention that police have no duty to actually protect you from those actions. That the police normally aren’t anywhere to be found when you actually need them and that if one of those horrible things did happen to you, it probably happened because of a variety of government related unintended consequences. The war on drugs, a government manipulated economy, restrictions against defending yourself (with firearms) or the simple fallacy that police protect people all play a part in these conclusion statistics, yet, are not mentioned at all.
“Officer Snuffy” wants you to believe that police “only” interact with 16% of the population and let’s assume he’s right, but how many does that 670,000 – backed by another few hundred thousand politicos – affect? Whether it be financially, personally or mentally (with fear) it seems the answer would be well above 70%. Add the facts that police investigate themselves, have an unprecedented double standard and are some of the most corruptible people in society and you have “organized gangsters” (also known as jack boot thugs) forget peace officer; that’s just a thing of the past.