UPDATE, 10-03-16: Since this article was last posted, the Ferguson Effect has spread across America. Whenever police officers of any race are forced to shoot a black criminal–they usually have long rap sheets–or anyone else foolish enough to point a gun at them, or to simulate pointing a gun at them, riots, arson, even murder inevitably follow. And the Federal DOJ sends out its racist thugs, not to calm troubled waters, but to keep them stirred up. I thought this piece appropriate, perhaps even a little prophetic about what is currently happening, and what will worsen if Hillary Clinton is elected, or manages to steal the election.
The Time: 2018. The Place: Anytown, Anystate. Steve Jones always wanted to be a cop, and he carefully considered how to do it. He wanted a college education, but he needed to support himself. He wasn’t the kind of guy to let his parents support him forever, so he joined the Army and served his country while earning his way as he was trained and gained four years of experience as a military policeman. Honorable discharge in hand, he sent out applications to a variety of cities he thought might be interesting, and was eventually accepted in Anytown, Anystate.
With his military policing background, Steve breezed through Anytown’s required training and settled in to his role as an experienced and professional police officer. At the age of 24, he was a happy man in his medium-sized town and his medium-sized police department. He enjoyed working with the public, and had enough experience to successfully navigate the political landmines of working as a police officer. He’d never get rich, but he believed in what he did, thought it very important, and made enough to live comfortably—if he was careful with his money.
Steve was a thoroughly modern cop. He believed in community policing–the real thing; not the social justice perversion–and didn’t for a moment, think everyone was out to kill him, though he knew that some people could be. He was careful, but friendly and understood he was a public servant. He constantly reminded himself of the dangers of becoming badge heavy, and got along well with his peers.
To be sure, Steve knew that not every police officer shared his beliefs. A few just weren’t very smart. A few were born badge heavy and thought they ruled the public, but Steve and the other professional officers kept an eye on them and did what they could to keep them in line without looking like they were trying to keep them in line. Steve knew that state of affairs reflected human nature. Such people exist in every profession.
But one day, all of that changed. Steve watched, with growing concern, the changes in policing going on around the nation. The riots, the “Black Lives Matter Movement,” and similar radical political movements. He was very disturbed by the politics infringing on policing. In response to a few shootings of criminals—from what he could tell, they were justified—communities were being torn apart. Officers were being indicted and prosecuted for what appeared to be entirely political reasons. He knew he didn’t have all the information, but there just didn’t seem to be any probable cause to arrest or prosecute those officers.
In response, however, officers in entire cities were being very careful to avoid situations where they could find themselves in jail, charged with felonies for merely doing their jobs. Nobody was getting stopped and frisked—that was the one lawful, professional act that would get any cop in immediate trouble–and crime was running rampant. Steve was most concerned that the most vulnerable citizens–minorities and the poor–were being turned into easy prey for criminals who knew the politicians had their backs and the police would do little or nothing. Criminals were being, as one big city mayor said, given space to destroy. Cops aren’t stupid, Steve knew. They understood all too well their political limitations.
Like Steve, every cop knew that the only way the police can survive is if most of the public is willing to voluntarily obey most of the laws most of the time. Sure, citizens will break—usually accidently—the occasional traffic law, but most are good about not breaking other laws, and about being, if not actively supportive, at least not opposing the very idea of the police. Every cop also knew that in order to function, at all, their administrators and the politicians that hired them had to be willing to uphold the rule of law and let the police, within the law, go after the bad guys, and particularly, the worst of them, regardless of race or the political undercurrents of the day.
Steve was horrified to see all of that falling away. The worst part was the federal government. The Department of Justice, unleashed by a radical, racist, messianic president, descended on any city where an unsuspecting cop ended up shooting a minority criminal. It had a special unit that helped radicals organize protests and riots, and launched investigations whose findings were written in stone before the first question was asked. Every city’s cops would be found to be racist; the feds would force a consent decree on them, and take over the day-to-day operation of the agency. The DOJ’s favored criminal victim groups of the moment would be immune from arrest, and any cop that failed to parrot proper DOJ social justice speak, or who—God help them—actually dared stop or arrest a member of a federally protected criminal class, would be fortunate indeed merely to be fired.
Steve consoled himself with the knowledge that hadn’t yet happened to his town, to his police department. The minority population wasn’t that big. They all knew the cops weren’t racist, and while one of them would occasionally try to play the race card to get out of being arrested, cops would just laughingly call them on it, everyone would have a chuckle about it, and the criminal justice system worked. Surely, the insanity infecting big cities in faraway states, as bad as it was becoming, wouldn’t find its way to his out of the way city? Then Steve’s luck ran out.
In an earlier time, it would have been a routine case. A drug-fueled armed robber tried to rob a liquor store. The clerk hit a silent alarm, and by the time the idiot stumbled out the door, dropping the paltry cash he managed to steal in his haste, two officers were waiting for him behind cover. When he pointed his gun at one of them, they both fired, each hitting him once. Despite the fact he actually fired, narrowly missing one officer, the officers made a serious mistake: the robber was a member of a DOJ favored victim group. Within hours, the national racial grievance machine was activated and descended on Anytown like a swarm of locust.
The unfortunate officers weren’t arrested, but demands for their arrest resounded everywhere; protests were organized and quickly turned into riots. The news media, all too willing to parrot the social justice narrative, publicized the addresses and names of the officers, and they were forced to take their families, abandon their homes, and go into hiding in different states.
There followed a months-long period of violent civic unrest. Untold millions were lost in burned out businesses, and commerce was badly curtailed. Property values plummeted.
For a time, Steve’s bosses held the line and did their best to uphold the rule of law, but it soon become obvious that social justice, rather than the rule of law, was taking over, and while the police Chief gave lip service to professional law enforcement, it was clear that any officer that did his job as he did before the robbery was going to not only lose his career, but might be prosecuted. For any police officer, prison is a death sentence.
Eventually, the local prosecutor announced that the officers would not be prosecuted, and the governor declined to appoint a special prosecutor, which set off another round of rioting, and racialist rhetoric from the President of the United States and the Federal Attorney General as the federal investigation of the case continued. The President didn’t observe that if he had a son, the dead robber would look like him, but he didn’t stop much short of that.
It took more than a year, but the DOJ eventually announced that they just couldn’t find sufficient evidence to charge the officers, slighting the fact that there was no evidence to find: the officers exactly followed the law and behaved perfectly professionally. By then, the public had moved on to newer manufactured outrages. The DOJ’s community organizers had moved on, as had the professional racist agitators. There were no riots, though some of the locals made a few perfunctory protests, blocking highways and making a nuisance of themselves. Officers made a few, grudging arrests, which were quickly and quietly dismissed. There was no additional physical destruction, but the real damage was already done.
The two unfortunate officers killed an armed robber that tried to kill them. They did precisely what they were hired to do, but were forced to resign. Neither was able to work in law enforcement again.
Several months later the DOJ announced that its investigation into the Anytown Police Department revealed systemic racism, and announced an “agreement” that ceded day-to-day operational control of the APD to the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ. Anytown became one of many federally controlled police agencies.
For Steve, everything changed. Around the nation, the “Black Lives Matter” agitators were running rampant. Politicians supported their anarchy, racial hate, and violent hatred of the police, either explicitly, or through their silence. Few dared criticize lest they be branded as racists. The results weren’t pretty.
Everywhere, police officers did what they had to do to keep their jobs, and crime rates, declining for decades, suddenly began to dramatically increase. Even in Anytown, the atmosphere was changed. The police were no longer able, in meaningful ways, to enforce the rule of law, and criminals knew it. Most citizens were still willing to obey most laws most of the time, but it didn’t take anything near a majority of the public to shift the balance. For the first time in American history, the police were losing the battle not only for the rule of law, but for survival.
Police officers everywhere were being ambushed and seriously injured or assassinated. Within a single year, the number of police officers killed in the nation had nearly doubled. Threats against officer’s families likewise increased.
Police departments began reporting that the number of applications for new officer positions had drastically declined, and many of those that did apply were not the kind of people any rational police executive would want to hire. That would have been bad enough, but more and more experienced officers, and young officers, seeing the writing on the wall, resigned and sought other employment, leaving police forces perpetually understaffed, with only those at the ends of their careers, or the very young, in many cases, unfit for the job.
New York City, following the disastrous tenure of a progressive mayor had long been an urban war zone. Generations of peace and safety were lost within a handful of years. Chicago, the murder capital of America, experienced previously unimagined numbers of killings. Communities, even sleepy small towns, that had largely escaped the ravages of rampant crime were no longer safe.
It didn’t take progressive congressmen and senators long. Rather than do what was necessary to suppress the anarchy they established and supported, they began to agitate for a federal police force to restore order. “We must federalize to professionalize!” they argued, just as they did when they established the Transportation Safety Administration. “The local police can’t make Americans safe,” they solemnly intoned, “only a federal police force can do that.”
It wasn’t even close. By then, few Republicans resembled conservatives of the past. Seeing an opportunity for grabbing power unprecedented in history, the establishment of the Federal Homeland Police, the FHP, gained nearly 2/3 of all congressional votes. The federal government had no difficulty filling those ranks. Pay and benefits far exceeded those of local police agencies, but mostly, new laws skirting the Tenth Amendment and so diluting the authority of local and state law enforcement authorities were very attractive to exactly the wrong kind of person. They knew they’d have the power to do whatever they wanted, as long as they did what their federal bosses demanded. As the IRS, EPA and VA before them, they were untouchables, accountable to no one. That attracted a great many very bad people.
Steve, and many of his fellow officers, understood the inevitable. Some wanted to join the FHP, but found they were far too ethical for federal service. Other found their a lack of ethics a ticket to federal employment. His true calling having turned its back on him, Steve resigned and enrolled in college. America lost another honest professional, a man dedicated to true public service. The citizens of Anytown would eventually have a vague sense of what they’d lost, but it wouldn’t last long. Mere survival would eventually occupy most Americans…
Does this sound outrageous? Laden with paranoia? Nearly everything outlined in the story has already happened, or is currently happening.
One of Progressive’s most cherished and practiced ploys is the creation of chaos in the expectation that people will then beg for whatever “solution” progressives offer to restore some sort of order. This is commonly known as the Cloward-Piven strategy. True, it causes mass destruction, and even the loss of innumerable lives, but if it works, the public tends to think the progressive solution was their idea and they demand what progressives are only too glad to give them. Even if there is a Republican majority, the progressive wave will be irresistible and may very well establish an unstoppable progressive majority for generations, perhaps even permanently, if progressives are able to take the—to them—inevitable next steps.
Is this what is happening with the “Black Lives Matter” movement? Are progressives really capable of plotting for the long term? We know they are. They worked for a century to establish some form of universal health care. That it has nothing to do with health is beside the point. They continue to work to disarm all law-abiding Americans and will not stop until they succeed and government has a monopoly on armed force.
We’ll have a strong indicator about the scenario Steve lived when—and if—our federal legislators begin speaking about establishing a federal police force to replace local law enforcement. Just one more thing about which patriots—as Thomas Jefferson said—must be eternally vigilant.
NOTE: Go here for one of many recent and disturbing incidents in the anti-police campaign.
UPDATE, 09-04-15, 2145 CST: A recent poll revealed that 58% of Americans believe we are experiencing a war on police officers. The numbers are virtually the same for black and white Americans. Take the link for the article.