Why Cops Suck

Remember that time when you got pulled over for speeding? The cop started to write you a ticket, but stopped when you told him that your dad was a cop.

Or maybe he wrote you the ticket, and then you went home and called your brother-in-law or your buddy from high school (who is also a cop) and he “took care of it” for you. Incidents like these probably make you feel pretty good about cops in general, don’t they? Yeah, well, they shouldn’t. Incidents like these just serve to illuminate one of the many reasons why cops suck.

Reason #1: Cops believe they are above the law

They may not all believe this from day one (although many do), but eventually they all become affected by it. They come to view themselves as members of a class above the average citizen — and maybe in some respects they are, because we as a society put them there. But the fact remains that all men are created equal and are therefore equal under the law. We are happy when a relative or friend who is a cop is successful at bending or breaking the law for our benefit, but then we turn around and demand punishment of cops that bend or break the law to the detriment of others. Why the double standard? Why is it okay for Uncle Joe to “fix” your speeding ticket, but not okay for some anonymous cop on the news to drop a dime bag in the back seat of a car he is searching? I think we rationalize it by telling ourselves that the driver of the car was probably a gang member or a drug dealer, and that we trust the officer’s judgement.

I think the danger in this mode of thinking is obvious. Not only do we establish a dangerous precedent of allowing cops to also be judge and jury, but we subjugate ourselves to them and their decisions. Combine this with the fact that the average cop spends his days answering calls from those that he already perceives as weaker than himself, and we run the risk of establishing or simply reinforcing some kind of “Superman” complex in a cop’s mind. I’m not at all surprised that this mindset develops in cops over time, and I’m not even placing all of the blame on them. Human nature being what it is, I would expect it to happen to virtually anyone in the same position. But the point is that it is immoral and does not serve the best interests of society for us to breed a segment of the population that does not feel it is subject to the same rules as the rest of us.

Reason #2: Cops are ignorant of the law

It is unacceptable to me, and should be to everyone else, that cops are ignorant of the very laws they are charged with upholding. We used to refer to them as “peace officers.” They had a duty to be informed of what the laws said in order to act as impartial third parties in resolving disputes. Keeping the peace was their primary function. At some point in the not-so-distant past, they ceased being peace officers and became instead “law enforcement” officers. Their duties changed along with their name. A peace officer could never be asked or expected to conduct a no-knock raid on a private residence — that is hardly a peaceful endeavor (not to mention all of the individual rights it violates). But today’s modern law enforcement officer is all too happy to participate.

How many times have local law enforcement officers been enlisted in raiding someone’s home under the auspices of the DEA, FBI, IRS, or ATF and some bogus search warrant? I assure you the numbers are staggering. And how many times, in all of those raids, have the local law enforcement officers asked to see the specific statute(s) authorizing the raid? Or even asked to read the search warrant? I have no idea, but my guess is that it doesn’t happen very often. If it did, you would find a lot fewer “law enforcement” officers participating in exercises that only serve to break the laws.

Police academies across this country graduate hundreds of thousands of law enforcement officers every year. They perform swearing-in ceremonies with a great deal of pomp and circumstance, during which each newly minted officer swears an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. I wonder. How many of those officers have ever actually read the Constitution in its entirety? I mean, I’m almost willing to overlook a lowly traffic cop in a small St. Louis suburb who isn’t aware that she is breaking her own state’s law when she demands that I surrender my license to her during a routine traffic stop (when, in fact, according to Missouri Revised Statute 544.045, “the person arrested may decline to deposit his license to operate a motor vehicle as security and instead deposit a bond…”). Almost.

If ignorance of an obscure state law is not sufficient for you as an example, consider this. Every person on this planet has a basic human right to self-defense, which is acknowledged in the Second Amendment to the Constitution. The Second Amendment is so often debated that no one can claim ignorance of it based on obscurity. But yet, many cops have arrested, or worse, killed, a fellow citizen simply because he or she was exercising that right. Were they upholding or defending the Constitution with their actions? Can we as a society afford to overlook a cop (indeed, hundreds of cops) that violate their oath to uphold and defend the Constitution? Is it unreasonable to expect that those charged with enforcing the laws be aware of the laws themselves? I think not. As the Supreme Court said in Harlow v. Fitzgerald, 457 US 800, “…a reasonably competent public official should know the law governing his conduct.”

Reason #3: Cops hide behind their badge

Every mentally competent person is responsible for their own actions. One is not excused from accountability simply because one dons a uniform and some sort of badge representing a make-believe authority. Indeed, even within the United States Armed Forces, where warriors are taught to act without thinking, a soldier is still only required to follow *lawful* orders. This principle was illustrated at the Nazi war crimes trial in Nuremburg. The defendants’ argument that they were “just following orders” did not absolve them from their responsibility for their own actions. It didn’t work for them, it doesn’t work for the US Military, and it definitely doesn’t work for a cop. Despite their job, and their alleged authority, they still have an obligation to discern between right and wrong and act accordingly.

Reason #4: Cops have no legal obligation to protect us

This is perhaps the most compelling reason yet. If you repeat a lie often enough it becomes the truth. The lie in this case is that “cops will protect you” and those repeating it most often are gun control lobbyists — their argument being that you don’t need to own guns, cops are there to protect you. Well, the truth, in reality and in a legal sense, is that this position cannot be defended. If you need further proof of this fact, read Dial 911 and Die.

I guess the most shocking revelation in this book, however, is the fact that numerous court cases have established that law enforcement agencies, whether they be local, state, or federal, are under no legal obligation to protect you from crime. I know that is hard to believe, but it is true. As early as 1856 (South vs. Maryland 59 U.S. 396, 15 L. Ed., 433-) and as recently as 1989 (DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services, 489 U.S. 189) the US Supreme Court ruled on this matter. The US Court of Appeals has ruled the same way (Bowers vs. DeVito, 686 F.2d 616 7th Cir. 1982). You would be hard pressed to find a case that found a law enforcement officer liable for not having prevented a crime against an individual.

Given this, I find it reprehensible that cops not only allow but encourage people (activists and politicians alike) to serve as their apologists and make the case for them that a cop’s job is “so tough” that we as a society must provide them the tools they need to make their job easier and less dangerous. Since they are under no obligation to perform the job in the first place, and cannot be held personally liable if they fail, how dare they demand such things from us! If a cop is truly concerned with his safety on the job, perhaps he should consider a different line of work, instead of demanding more resources be culled from the very populace that he is engaged in harassing or terrorizing.

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  1. I pretty much agree with all you have stated here, but your article is missing a vital section. The “what we must do to fix it” section.Better and more frequent metal health screening? More “normal folks” oversight? I am not too sure myself.

  2. Can you please research an incident in san antonio, tx where I believe 3 balcones heights police officers took female minors into their custody and then took turns raping and taking pictures of them.As well as the serial killer cop, gerard schaeffer.There are so many more stories but what we as the public should understand is that NO ONE is perfect and EVERYONE has a dark side…it takes a very “special”, even sadistic personality to be a police officer…no test will ever be able to weed out the bad police officers…there will always be corrupt cops and we need to have stricter laws to protect the public against police actions.

  3. At this time in america (USA) POLICE ARE ABOVE THE LAW!And when Hillary the hoe gets elected’ wich she will because society is so brainwashed.A new facist state will be empowerd the comucrat regime will emerge. Young police cadets are being traind with in thier minds.

  4. FUCK PIGS!! I HATE THAT SO MUCH!! Never again will I EVER, EVER ask those abusive scumheads for help ever again.. It is the last time they’re destroying our country, not being helpful justabusing their power, abusing citizens..GROW THE FUCK UP PIGS! You’re a bad example for our country.. “Protect and Server”.. When the fuck was that? Heros?(PIGS MORE LIKE IT)..Why don’t you shitheads join the Army, and go kill inacint people in Iraq since you do it so good here in America.. JERKS, PIGS, COWARDS, FREAKS.. not much else describes policeman..I’m turning my back on you Pigs, never again will I have anything good to say to you other then “GET THE FUCK AWAY FROM ME!”- “We had the right to remain silence” BUT WE DIDNT HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO DO SO!FUCK YOU COP WHORES! FUCK YOU COP WHORES!I support all cop killers out there! You’re doing the right thing!

  5. I was downtown toronto, and i was walking in the clubbing distrik and me nad my friend came up to these 2 cars that were parked really close. i was just talking to him about how close they were parked and i had no idea sitting in front of us was a few cop bikes. few cops approched us and thought that were were touching their bikes btu we were only talkign about the cars parked. one officer pushed my friend away and said keep walking and the other one used both of his hands and put them on my neck as if he were choking me and pushed me back by the neck. i called the police to tell them of this incicident and they advised me to go into police station to report this.my question is do i have any chance against the law? after what happend i hate Toronto and the law is so karup. i did absolutly nothing to deserve that had i talked back or said anythign offfense i would understand but i was clearly just standing there..any suggestions anyone?

  6. Wow – now that’s perspective! I think we often react in agreement or disagreement because of our emotions, but hearing another side, passionately presented, really makes us think!

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