Call the Cops at Your Own Risk

By Jeff Berwick at

Would you dial up a known criminal, like a murderer or rapist, to come help you after you’ve been the victim of a crime? No? Then why in the world would you call the police after you’ve been assaulted, robbed or otherwise violated?

The police do not consider their job to protect you. They used to at least pay lip service to “keeping the peace”, but nowadays in the USSA it is clear their job is to enforce the law. In fasco-communist America, the law stopped being about your protection decades ago. The law is about the expansion of state power and control. That’s why there are so many of them, with more coming all the time.

There are literally thousands upon thousands of reasons in the Federal Code for the police to arrest you. That’s the very essence of a police state. Everything is literally a crime. As Lao Tsu said in the 6th century, BC: “The more artificial taboos and restrictions there are in the world, the more the people are impoverished…The more that laws and regulations are given prominence, the more thieves and robbers there will be…”

In an environment like this, police cannot merely be keepers of the peace. They must be enforcers of the law. And enforcers use force, of course – intimidation and sudden and shocking violence in order to make you obey. And compliance is exactly what the police expect. They long ago stopped being “public servants” and became more akin to plantation overseers. Rapper and philosopher KRS One pointed out the similarities in his track, “Sound of da Police”:

“The overseer rode around the plantation
The officer is off patrolling all the nation
The overseer could stop you what you’re doing
The officer will pull you over just when he’s pursuing
The overseer had the right to get ill
And if you fought back, the overseer had the right to kill
The officer has the right to arrest
And if you fight back they put a hole in your chest!”

The most egregious example of this switch from protection to abuse is the so-called War on Drugs. The heightened prosecution of drug use (which was entirely legal a century ago in the US and in fact widely used in many products) has been right at the heart of the state’s increased monitoring and intrusion into personal life.

Do you want protection from theft and physical aggression? Or do you want “law enforcement”? Law enforcement is what allows the police to bust down your door and arrest you on suspicion that you may be using a plant that the state doesn’t like. Protection from theft and physical aggression is something that could be much better provided by free market transactions. You could simply buy yourself an alarm system or weapon. Or you could pay for bodyguards and remote ’round-the-clock monitoring and dispatch from a firm who will send people to actually help you and not gun you down. These people would also never bust down your door, kill your pets and hold automatic weapons to the heads of your children on suspicion that you might own plants that some politicians and voters don’t like. In every way, the private market protection option seems much better than the public option.

An 83-year-old grandmother recently learned the hard way of the dangers of calling the police. Debra Towler of Altavista, Virginia, called 9-1-1 and hung up without making a report. This triggered an automatic officer dispatch to her home. The police claim to have heard gunshots from inside Mrs. Towler’s home. But even if that’s true – and police regularly lie to cover up their mistakes – odds are that Mrs. Towler fired those shots for the same reason she called the police: she thought her home was being invaded. That would explain why she ran out the back door to her sister’s house when officers tried to get in the front door. It would also explain why this church-going octogenarian wouldn’t drop her gun when the police started barking orders at her from afar. They responded by gunning her down.


This woman would have been alive if she’d simply defended herself instead of calling the publicly funded police. If there really had been intruders, she probably frightened them off by being armed. In any case the police would not have arrived in time to save her from being robbed or assaulted. All the police can do is show up to ask a few questions and interrogate the victim or some witnesses in case the victim is dead. Sometimes, apparently, the police themselves cause the victims death.

If just one private protection company did this one time, the typical statist would be calling for that company to be shut down with the murderers jailed. Yet when the publicly funded police botch things up this badly, the typical person finds a reason to blame the victim. A free market protection company – perhaps provided by the same company that insured Mrs. Towler’s home – would have treated Mrs. Towler like a customer whose harm they are paid to prevent. The publicly funded police force is under no such pressure to provide customer service. Their priorities are to enforce whatever nonsense laws are on the books and to use whatever lethal violence they deem necessary to keep themselves out of harm’s way.

Why do people put up with a monopolistic police force? Think about it. You are forced to pay (with taxes) for police who aggress against you for personal behavior that’s not anybody else’s business.


Again, the police cannot stop a criminal from harming you or from stealing your property. They can only show up to “investigate” the crime after it’s been committed. The only way police can be truly proactive is when it comes to enforcing intrusive laws about personal behavior that doesn’t harm anyone else, like driving faster than the ridiculously low posted speed limits, or not wearing a seat belt or bicycle helmet, or using plants that politicians and your neighbors don’t like.

In my 41 years I have never once called the government (9-1-1) for any type of emergency. I’ve always instinctively known it was immoral and, in most cases, useless. Here in Mexico no one would ever consider calling the cops for anything – they know what the Americans are now learning. Here, the police are far more like tipsy Barney Fifes than they are like robocops.

A month ago my wife called. She was with our $10-a-day bodyguard, but he didn’t have his pistol on him that day and she said three very large men were following her in Walmart. I told her to go to the very back of the store and tell some staff what was happening and wait for me.

I arrived in less than 5 minutes on my scooter with my gun and sprinted to the back of the store. I saw my wife and bodyguard safely standing there and was relieved. We then went to the kitchen area of the store and got both my wife and my bodyguard some sharp butcher knives. We then went through the checkout and cautiously exited the store, with everyone well-armed (not to mention my bodyguard is a professional boxer and my wife takes kickboxing and Kung Fu lessons each week and is a powerlifter – and I’m a former amateur boxer).

By that point the three men had left. Whether it was a real threat or not is anyone’s guess. But this form of self-protection beats government protection any day. Not only was my response time certainly faster, and my “skin in the game” meant I’d fight anyone to the death to protect my wife, whereas government police will almost always choose their own safety over yours. But a really interesting thing happens when you stand up for yourself and don’t depend on others for your protection. It feels great.

Plus, there is the fact that the government police who we could have called likely would have tried to beat, rob or kill us. This happens all the time, worldwide – not just in the USSA. In Tunisia, for example, women are charged with indecency for being raped by cops. In the US, beatings and shootings by cops are the issue, not rapes (usually). Look at this recent thug scrum in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York. After watching police pile on and abuse this young man, even the guy who called the police wishes he hadn’t called to report the young man sleeping in the community center.

“I regret making the call,” says the caller, “I should have let him sleep.”


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  • Comic Sense

    Well we’re not mexico.

  • t.

    What total crap.

  • Tim

    Jeff, very well written. I also decided to never call 911 again. I called once, the thugs with badges gave me hell.

  • John Q Public

    Well, how can he compare the US to Mexico? Or Tunisia for that matter? Just more drivel with no meaning or direction.

  • Jim

    Yep, t, john Q and all the rest of the badge fellators, ignore all those many episodes chronicled here and elsewhere with rising frequency of police intimidation and violent escalation of situations where people called them them thinking they were going to help, and instead got beaten, tazed, arrested or killed for doing so. Drivel indeed. Dial 9-1-1 and die. I will never, ever call the cops for anything.

  • unclezip

    I call the cops just to get the dead ‘bangers out of my yard.

  • jacksmith

    “Give me Liberty, or Give me Death!” – Patrick Henry

    What a brilliant ruling by the United States Supreme Court on the affordable health care act (Obamacare). Stunningly brilliant in my humble opinion. I could not have ask for a better ruling on a potentially catastrophic healthcare act than We The People Of The United States received from our Supreme Court.

    If the court had upheld the constitutionality of the individual mandate under the commerce clause it would have meant the catastrophic loss of the most precious thing we own. Our individual liberty. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Supreme Court.

    There is no mandate to buy private for-profit health insurance. There is only a nominal tax on income eligible individuals who don’t have health insurance. This is a HUGE! difference. And I suspect that tax may be subject to constitutional challenge as it ripens.

    This is a critically important distinction. Because under the commerce clause individuals would have been compelled to support the most costly, dangerous, unethical, morally repugnant, and defective type of health insurance you can have. For-profit health insurance, and the for-profit proxies called private non-profits and co-ops.

    Equally impressive in the courts ruling was the majorities willingness to throw out the whole law if the court could not find a way to sever the individual mandate under the commerce clause from the rest of the act. Bravo! Supreme Court.

    Thanks to the Supreme Court we now have an opportunity to fix our healthcare crisis the right way. Without the obscene delusion that Washington can get away with forcing Americans to buy a costly, dangerous and highly defective private product (for-profit health insurance).

    During the passage of ACA/Obamacare some politicians said that the ACA was better than nothing. But the truth was that until the Supreme Court fixed it the ACA/Obamacare was worse than nothing at all. It would have meant the catastrophic loss of your precious liberty for the false promise and illusion of healthcare security under the deadly and costly for-profit healthcare system that dominates American healthcare.

    As everyone knows now. The fix for our healthcare crisis is a single payer system (Medicare for all) like the rest of the developed world has. Or a robust Public Option choice available to everyone on day one that can quickly lead to a single payer system.

    Talk of privatizing/profiteering from Medicare or social security is highly corrupt and Crazy! talk. And you should cut the political throats of any politicians giving lip service to such an asinine idea. Medicare should be expanded, not privatized or eliminated.

    We still have a healthcare crisis in America. With hundreds of thousands dieing needlessly every year in America. And a for-profit medical industrial complex that threatens the security and health of the entire world. The ACA/Obamacare will not fix that.

    The for-profit medical industrial complex has already attacked the world with H1N1 killing thousands, and injuring millions. And more attacks are planned for profit, and to feed their greed.

    To all of you who have fought so hard to do the kind and right thing for your fellow human beings at a time of our greatest needs I applaud you. Be proud of your-self.

    God Bless You my fellow human beings. I’m proud to be one of you. You did good.

    See you on the battle field.


    jacksmith – WorkingClass :-)

  • KAZ

    I do believe that handling a problem yourself will tend to get you way better results than calling the police most of the time I have an idea and possible soultion to those people who cannot defend themselves from violent attacks.

    Let’s say that police departments showcased their officers on a website regarding their work and amount of good or bad they have done for the commuinty. (True Transparency) Next set up monthly meet and greets so community memebers can meet and talk with those same officers. Then if you ever need a police officers assistance you can request a specific officer by name.

    For example the website would show officer “John Doe” who has 6 years experience has assisted with putting away 20 violent offenders and had 1 complaint for disrespectful behavior. You could then decide upon calling 911 to have officer John Doe come to assist you.

    What do you think about this idea? Would it work?

  • John Q Public

    Jim, good idea. Don’t waste the cops’ time.

    Jacksmith, I think you need to go to healthcare block. what you wrote has nothing to do with this.

    KAZ, why not do that for every agency and business? ?The reality is, that really wouldn’t work. Cops can’t work 24 hours a day so its not feasable.

  • Carlos

    I am even hard-pressed to think of a good reason to keep police on the streets. Cops are basically historians who come to a crime scene after the fact. Their entire charter has changed from being peace officers to becoming law enforcers (no matter how silly).


    All to often, when we feel there has been some injustice done or crime committed against us, the first thing we do is run to the police and say, “HE DID IT!” I used to be that way. Neighbors too noisy? Don’t bother confronting them, just call the cops. Fender bender? Immediately call the cops. You get the idea.
    Most things can be handled without getting the cops involved. I’ve taken keys from drunk drivers, I’ve chased away thieves, I’ve asked noisy neighbors to keep it down and in general, I don’t involve the police unless there is a very, very good reason. I’d much rather let someone get away with a petty crime than run the risk the police will escalate a non-violent situation in to deadly force. Petty criminals don’t deserve to die. Mentally ill people don’t deserve to die. The fact is, every time the police get involved in a situation, there is a significantly increased risk that it will escalate to the point where the cops use force. The way to mitigate that possibility is not to get the cops involved in the first place.




  • underoath

    Don’t want to call the cops? Good! If that’s the way you feel then don’t call! That will just free up my time to help the people who decided to call. I don’t care if you’re the victim of a crime and decide not to report it, that’s up to you.

  • John Q Public

    Carlos, sure. Get all the cops off the streets. That would work perfectly. You’re just as bad as the other criminals the cops have to deal with every day. And like all other copblockers, you seem to be ok when other people break the law. Seems like in your anti-cop mind, you’ve broken the law yourself. I saw an island for sale the other day. Maybe you should buy it and that way the cops won’t mess with you.

  • unclezip


    LEO = tax collector
    Peace Officer = hero

    Which are you?


    LOL this is a good one….ooooh where to start??… How about on September 17, 1787.. A quick trip down memory lane reveals a few folks who got together and wrote this thing called the constitution. Cops are a part of the executive branch. What are the responsibilities of the executive branch??? The ENFORCE the laws. Not protect people, not serve, to enforce.

    As far as decades ago, police not “protecting” people… This is nothing more than a play on words. Police have never been around to protect people. Don’t remember the year but a lawsuit was filed against the LAPD because they didn’t “protect” a specific individual. COURTS ruled that it isn’t the responsibility for the police to “protect” people. And lets be honest, how could police “protect” everyone?? 300plus million people in the country, 700k cops! Why is this such a talking point?? Cause common sense doesn’t apply to writters????

    And why is it every anti-cop “article” has to find the exceptions to the rule to make a point?? Yesturday a 19 year old college was killed on the interstate 10 miles from my house…. So OBVIOUSLY, we should all stop driving!!! 911 hang-ups are common, responding and hearing shots from inside a house are not. If the author actually did some digging he could find that she did fire her weapon inside, shot at the police and then refused to drop her gun. unfortunate? Yes. An example of how things happen all the time? no. But then again we have to come back to the real world and use some common sense.. which doesn’t apply to this site.

    “Plus, there is the fact that the government police who we could have called likely would have tried to beat, rob or kill us” Please oh wise one, show more examples of how “likely” this is.. over 2 Billion calls for police service a year in the US.. so “likely: means how many of them???????????

  • Carlos

    Was this you at Yahoo.Com, the newest GOP outlet after FAUX News shut down its comments section a few months ago?


    John Q. Public • 23 hrs ago

    Why I’ll be voting Republican for the first time:
    Libyan embassy murder coverup. Fast and Furious coverup. Billions of dollars wasted on Green Energy fiasco. Arab Spring disaster. Sending Billions to countries that want us dead. Apologizing to terrorists. Screwing over our allies. Free rides to millions of Illegals. Record numbers of people below the Poverty Line. Violence on the rise across the country. Failure to attend security meetings. Giving out info on Seal Team 6. Huge gasoline prices. Passing the buck on everything. Too much time golfing and vacationing. And the list goes ON.

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    If it’s you, that explains your I.Q. lack that you’ve widely shown here at CopBlock.


  • John Q Public

    I didn’t write that, Carlos. But, that John Q. Public had a lot of good facts. Facts are something that’s not widely disseminated on copblock. And Carlos, you ain’t too bright yourself. I do enjoy the fiction and conspiracy theories you write though.

  • John Q Public

    Oh yeah, that John Q Public got over 1,000 likes to just 200 dislikes. Guess the majority agrees with him.

  • Carlos
  • 2minutes

    “police not “protecting” people… “This is nothing more than a play on words. Police have never been around to protect people” –

    So, the ‘protect and Serve’ motto, emblazoned on the very vehicles that these officers are driving, at least in some areas, is simply a play on words? The police are playing games? What else written on those cars is a lie, then? Should we consider that the individuals driving them are, in fact, not law enforcement, since they like to play with words so much? Does this mean that the police are now proven liars? Is it all just a game to the cops?

    The courts. The courts ruled that the police don’t have to protect anyone, don’t have to know the law, and are immune from the mistakes they make when doing their job poorly. The first is your example, the latter are examples of qualified immunity. The officers just have to ‘think’ that that were doing the right thing, not actually
    do it, or know what it even is legally. What other job can you get away with not knowing your job? Of making up the rules as you go? Of
    holding other people responsible when you don’t even know what they are responsible for; other than your vague idea of what it should be – not necessarily what it is? Of assaulting innocents, invading homes, killing pets; hell, killing people when they haven’t done anything wrong? Of reading an address wrong, then invading a family’s home, terrorizing the family, ransacking the home, and
    then going “oops, wrong address”? Of, well… you get the idea.

    So, the police like to play games. With words, with property, with your life. Without knowing, or even being required to know, what the law really is. Without doing anything, well, constructive, it seems.

    Tell me why we need the police? It seems that they get paid quite well, with some pretty nice perks thrown in, just to play. And these
    players want to hold everyone else accountable? What hypocrisy.

  • spirit of 46

    Gee I don’t know. I called 911 when some white-trash idiot woman who is friends with my wife came beating on our front door at 2am and refused to leave. Still don’t know for sure what the heck her problem was-other than she’s an idiot. the deputies that showed up were far more professional than the other deputies I’ve encountered in this county. These gentleman even stood on my porch and gestured for permission to enter through the screen door and waited for me to tell them to come on in before coming in. I think those men were an example of how law enforcement ought to operate. As a sort-of bonus they blew that heiffer off who was out in the yard screaming that her uncle is a lawyer before they had her leave.

  • dougo

    find the d.a.,s ‘ brady index’ for your area.

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