New York State and Albany Police Refuse Orders to Arrest Occupy Protesters

I don’t have enough fingers or hands to count the number of times a police officer has told me “We’re just doing our jobs.” And if you don’t like the LAW you need to lobby (or run for office) to change it. My response to that has always been, “the words lawmakers write on paper mean nothing to me. My problem isn’t with the one who claims to have authority over me but with those who attempt to enforce such arbitrary authority over me.” I hope one day police officers will realize that isn’t a bunch of Cop Haters. In fact, we’re the opposite, we want police to realize it’s not them we dislike, it’s their job (their bosses – the lawmakers), and the institution (government) that we despise. The truth is police officers also suffer from the government’s oppression and most of them don’t even realize how they’re being used by old Uncle Sam. The police are the fall guy(s) for a bunch of power hungry, rich folks who wouldn’t dare (nor would most of the population) go out and do the things they (again, lawmakers and lobbyist) ask those in uniform (or a costume) to do.  This story is for them because it backs what I’ve said all along and provides a real word look at what I (and several others) advocate here at

Over the weekend New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urged Albany’s Mayor to press police to enforce the park curfew – a current law on the books – and arrest a group of folks Occupying Albany. Located across from City Hall, the park is divided into two areas – the state half and city half. State police activated a response team but before the curfew was reached a spokesperson for the police talked the protestors into moving onto “City” property instead of “State” property. Instead of arresting the peaceful protestors the city police decided to do nothing. Stating, “At this time I have no intention of assigning officers to monitor, watch, videotape or influence any behavior that is conducted by our citizens peacefully demonstrating in Academy Park. … In the event we are required to respond to a crime in progress or a reported crime, we will do so in the same manner that we do on a daily basis.” The State police backed the city police stating, “concern it could incite a riot or draw thousands of protesters in a backlash that could endanger police and the public.”

Though I don’t expect other law enforcement agencies to follow suit, it does seem the higher ups within the NY State police and Albany police realized their actions would not be viewed favorably by the community – you know, the actual people that pay their salaries. They recognized that using force against peaceful people was wrong and that there were better things for them to be doing. They defied enforcing the trespassing law dispite the Governor’s order and the Mayor’s push to do so. The decision to stand down actually protected the people and their rights.

All we need now is for the Albany Police to refuse to arrest anyone charged with a victimless crime or any other offense that claims the “state” as the victim. To have officers realize they’re being used by people in power, whether political or otherwise, to control the actions of several millions. That their service (or job) can be conducted without having to force people to pay for it via taxation. If an active LEO realized this then they would also realize how the private market would better serve them and their clients. All in good time I guess, for now, good job Albany Police for acting human, if only for a moment. (Read more about this story here)

For more on privatizing the police see the interview below with Bruce Benson.


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  • Gugur

    The cynic in me thinks there’s probably some alterior reason that would explain the actions of the Mayor+Police vs what the Governor wanted.

    But I’ll bury my cynicism because I want to believe that the Mayor+Police actually get it and seem to have a proper moral compass they follow, not just what they’re told to.

    If indeed this is the case, that’s the kind of place you’d want to live in.

    Kudos to the Mayor and the PD for being upstanding human beings.

  • is there a website,number,email where we can contact these police to thank them for actually honoring the Constitution, they swore to protect? We need to have these guys stand out, so the others see them as an example,and follow their example.

  • George Sand

    There’s no need to thank them for NOT being assholes. I don’t write letters to the Target checker for refraining from being an asshole. I don’t write letters to gang members for kindly deciding not to rob my house. Nor should any thanks be given to police who decide not to screw over peaceful people. Not screwing over the people who pay their salaries should be the default.

  • tz

    You cannot privatize the police. We cannot always agree on rules on property, conduct, commerce, transactions, bailment, etc.

    When this happens, your private police are merely hired thugs, if you think I am wrong you would send them sto seize my property, taser, beat, abuse, imprison, or kill me – and without establishing my guilt to a common, independent authority. Of course I would be forced to have my own mercenaries to protect me from your thugs.

    I do not accept that the state has a monopoly on the legitimate use of coercion, but there must be a monopoly on the definition of the law, the rule of law. If I prove you break the law, I should be equally empowered as official police. But I must prove my case, and must give you the chance to defend, not in some arbitrary place, but in front of a jury of our peers, conducted under rules to avoid things like hearsay and perjury.

    Sometimes the positive law is invalid – read MLK’s letter from a birmingham jail citing Aquinas. That is noble. And such laws need to be exposed and overturned. But it means there is fundamental natural law. Where judges’s gavels are not that of the auctioneer, where the market is for outcomes to the highest bidder instead of truth and justice.

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  • Joe Bolton

    There have been cases where private security has been used and it’s not gone over well. As a matter of fact, the communities bitched that they were getting their balls broken more by them than the real police. Muslim mosques were using off duty correction officers to walk around the ghetto chasing drug addicts and dealers off the corners. I’m all for that and actually dealt with it when I was a rookie. You know what they had us do? Watch the private security because the dirtbags were complaining at the precinct so much about them.

    I am all for vigilantism and would not have made that decision if I had the choice.

    Then there are groups like the JDL, who have been around for years.

  • Alex

    Hmmm anti statist ancap stuff. Well at least the author realises the problem with the police, but he has no idea how to fix it.

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