Recently several CopBlockers and myself took a trip in Indianapolis to attend the first ever ceremony at the First Church of Cannabis. The police had promised to make arrests of anyone who choose to put what they wanted into their own bodies, even though Indiana State law (particularly the new enacted RFRA statute) says that one may practice their religion without interference from government. Some of the officers that day stated that the law also says, “unless the government has a compelling interest.” So it’s obvious to everyone else that the government has conflicting laws here and instead of figuring that out, by just eliminating both laws, the police choose instead to focus on the law that allowed them to flex the most muscle.
There were at least 200 officers in the area, though no one would tell us exactly how many. From police on foot and bicycles, to unmarked cars and police installed cameras, the day had it all. Luckily for everyone involved there was no disturbance of any kind, well, other than the excessive amount of cops roaming around with a knack for escalating situations. Therefore, I decided to take the quiet time before the storm to do a little outreach to cops. Now this wasn’t my sole, or even primary, purpose. My goal was to get a better understanding of the surroundings, film as many police faces as I could and record as many names/badges numbers as I could collect. Yet, while doing that I figured- why not try to plant some seeds into the most infertile minds on the planet? – see video below.
IMO, the most valuable interaction was with the motorcycle cops. If you go back and watch the video you can see the one cop (furthest from the camera, closest to the road) was nodding his head and asked the only question (who would pay us?). I don’t believe I changed any of their minds, but they were by far the most receptive officers I encountered that day. The bicycle cops weren’t all that bad either, until the one cop decided he didn’t want to talk anymore, but I (admittedly) trolled them more than the motorcycle cops. I’m increasingly surprised by how many cops are aware (or so they say) of CopBlock (this site or a respective offshoot).
That being said, how can we better relate to cops the message I was sharing in this video? The cops question was, “Who would pay us?” The answer is simple- the same people that pay you now, only they’d pay you directly and they could stop paying you if you failed to provide your service, messed up or found a higher quality (or alternative) service. The benefits of allowing the division of labor to be more versatile in the service of protection are astronomical, as well. Not every cop wants to write speeding tickets, not every cop is good at finding stolen property; but each cop could work for, or start, a business that allowed them to excel in their respective fields.
IMO, that’s the difference between a police state and a free market in which voluntary interactions amongst us all sets the bar. In today’s age we’re all stuck with the government provided protection and the bills that come with it, no matter how we feel about what’s actually being provided. The CopSuckers aren’t paying enough for the protection they want, because they want MORE COPS AND MORE LAWS, and the rest are paying too much. All the while everyone is paying to be scared, nervous or whatever reaction you have when you see that shiny badge or red/blue lights in your rear view. This is what we need to change. In order to do so we have to offer these cops a more honest, reasonable and personally (to them) beneficial solution to the choices they have today.
Can we do that? Would you be willing to take protection and crime prevention into your own hands and out of the governments? If so, let it be known! Tell your local police officer to start their own business and you’ll support them.
If you have any thoughts on how to end the police state, consider sending your idea to us, via the CopBlock.org submission tab.