In 1829 Sir Robert Peel organized the London Metropolitan Police, the first organized police service in England’s capital. The Bobbies, affectionately named after their founder, are known throughout the world as an exemplary model of the modern police function. I had the good fortune to spend time with many of them, including some rather distinguished detectives from New Scotland Yard, in 1984. During the two weeks I spent in London as a part of a graduate seminar through the University of Colorado, I was very much impressed with the way they do their work.
The Thin Blue Line is a phrase which signifies the very narrow barrier our present-day law enforcement officers provide us between civilized order and barbaric chaos. They do risk their very lives every day in the performance of that solemn duty. As citizens, we have a duty to cooperate with our police officers, even if we think we don’t deserve that damned speeding ticket, and allow the cops to do their work. The place to fight against the police, if a fight be justified, is not on the street, but in a Court of Law, with the assistance of legal counsel. This system of laws we have and the police/court function are what keep us civilized.
One item on a long list of tasks which must be accomplished in order to plunge a society into chaos and barbaric anarchy is to delegitimize the lawful authority of the nation’s local police services – to render them ineffective and impotent – to make them easy targets for defiance and physical disobedience. Today, we are witnessing the deliberate destruction of our nation’s police officers’ reputations and lawful authority. Tragically, some of the destruction is coming directly from the Oval Office and from the United States Department of Justice. The American Press Corps is in on it, too.
FERGUSON • The memorial to Michael Brown on Canfield Drive has been removed and will replaced by a plaque, Mayor James Knowles III and Michael Brown Sr. announced Wednesday.
Knowles said the Urban League will store the stuffed animals and other items that have formed the temporary memorial down the center of Canfield Drive since Aug. 9, when Michael Brown was shot and killed there by a Ferguson police officer…
…“We understand this situation is not easy for all parties involved,” Knowles said in a news release. “This event will forever be a part of Ferguson’s history — but it is important that the community moves forward.”…
Michael Brown, who committed a video-recorded strong-arm robbery shortly before he assaulted a Ferguson Police Officer who had been dispatched to the robbery call, and was shot to death during the violent confrontation – is now a hero. The officer who killed him, Darren Wilson, is no longer a cop. He is consigned to oblivion as a villain, his exoneration of any wrongdoing by a grand jury notwithstanding. And the rest of the Ferguson Police Department? Well, how would you like to be telling your wife and kids goodbye and going to work tonight in that environment?
From the AP comes this one, to reinforce the big lie that the nation and the nation’s cops are racially bigoted:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The prevailing images of protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, over police killings of black men were of police in riot gear, handcuffed protesters, tear gas and mass arrests. The main images of a fatal gun battle between armed bikers and police in Waco, Texas, also showed mass arrests – carried out by nonchalant-looking officers sitting around calm bikers on cellphones.
The firefight in Waco is raising questions about perceptions and portrayals of crime in America, considering the vehement reaction that the earlier protests got from police, politicians and some members of the public.
Unlike in Ferguson and Baltimore, where protests went on for days, there was no live news coverage of the Waco shootout. And yet the incident at a Texas restaurant hasn’t been used as a bridge to discuss other issues about families, poverty and crime, media critics, columnists and civil rights activists say…
…There were no deaths during the Baltimore and Ferguson protests, yet people immediately stereotyped all of the protesters as criminals, said Nicole Lee, a human rights lawyer who worked with protesters in both cities.
How many cops had their faces broken by bricks and bottles thrown at them by the rioting non-criminals, Ms Lee? How many businesses and lives were ruined by the rioting non-criminals, Ms. Lee?
“Nine people were killed in Waco, and yet you have not heard the level of disgust and dismay as you did over fires burning in Ferguson and in Baltimore,” Lee said. “One of the things the protesters always said was that while many of them disagreed with the property destruction, that you can rebuild property. But you can’t bring back people, and yet you’re not hearing an equal amount of disgust from the media and from people over what happened in Waco.”
Civil rights attorney Charles F. Coleman Jr. said only minority communities get blamed for violence, while no one blames white families or white communities for fatal violence by white men, characterizing such events instead as “isolated incidents.”
Coleman noted that protests, some violent, that flared up around the police killings of black men, most of which involved an overwhelmingly black crowd, were called “riots” while college and professional sports championship celebrations and losses that turned violent, most of which involved an overwhelmingly white crowd, are not…
All of which will go to reinforce the growing notion that men and women of color – Americans all – should not have to cooperate with or obey their police officers. This is right out of Karl Marx. Race against race. Class against class. Child against parents. Break it all apart until there is no more order and the cops are overwhelmed.
There will be a terrible price to pay for all of us when the Thin Blue Line has been entirely erased.