Police and Complacency

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Police and Complacency

Mobile Alabama Police 'Homeless Quilt'

Alabama Cops Apologize for Posing with 'Quilt' Made of Signs Written by Homeless People

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Mobile Alabama Police 'Homeless Quilt' Alabama Cops Apologize for Posing with 'Quilt' Made of Signs Written by Homeless People Credit: Facebook

Mobile Alabama Police 'Homeless Quilt' Alabama Cops Apologize for Posing with 'Quilt' Made of Signs Written by Homeless People Credit: Facebook

Mobile Alabama Police 'Homeless Quilt' Alabama Cops Apologize for Posing with 'Quilt' Made of Signs Written by Homeless People Credit: Facebook

Spencer Norman, Staff Writer

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Since our adolescence we’ve been taught that the police are here to protect us from the things we fear, but what we should fear is the police themselves. No matter if you believe a police officer is inherently ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ the truth is that they are all bad. This is because of their complacency with both fellow officers that are bad, as well as the flaws within the system of American law-enforcement.

Police develop a superiority complex, coinciding with the justified feeling of being ‘above the law,’ which has been proven to be true. As reported by the Arlington, Texas Police Department and Southwestern Law Enforcement Institute in their study of Domestic assaults among police: A survey of internal affairs policies conducted (1995), a reported “only 19% of the departments indicated that officers would be terminated after a second sustained allegation of domestic violence.” Considering these are allegations, an even lesser percentage of officers guilty of domestic assault receive harsher punishments, such as conviction, for their crimes.

A lack of legal repercussions makes police officers feel that they are free to gaslight their own families, whether by verbal or physical abuse. It’s been found that at least 40% of police officer families experience domestic violence, according to  Interspousal aggression in law enforcement families: A preliminary investigation. Police Studies, Vol. 15 (1), p. 30-38 from Neidig, P.H., Russell, H.E. & Seng, A.F., as well as On the front lines: Police stress and family well-being. Hearing before the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families House of Representatives: 102 Congress First Session May 20 (p. 32-48) by Johnson, L.B..The reality is there’s an even greater amount of cases that remain unreported out of fear of the potential further abuse from the police officer.

Police violence isn’t limited to home, as police are fearless to discharge their weapon before considering a pacifistic approach. On December 5, 2019 a shootout occured between 21 law enforcement officers, 19 of which opened fire, and two jewelry store robbers. The robbers hijacked a UPS delivery truck, taking the driver hostage. Fatalities from the event totalled in the two suspects, the UPS driver, and a bystander. Video footage of the incident shows police officers using civilians’ cars as protection from the robbers, with little disregard to the civilians put in the line of fire. As said by a press statement made by UPS, the shootout was a “senseless act of violence.”

Police can be found targeting those in poverty, especially the homeless. Two officers of the Mobile, Alabama police force were photographed holding a ‘homeless quilt,’ constructed out of cardboard signs collected from panhandlers. Their actions, at the very least, mock those less fortunate; potentially harming the panhandlers as police actively attempt to prevent an achievement of survival from charity. Police universally aim to damage the lives of anybody unprotected by the law.

The people that we pay to protect us from violence are the ones most commonly inflicting it upon others. They work out of self interest, disregarding or harming the poor or their own family. As philosopher Noam Chomsky said “Unless the powerful are capable of learning to respect the dignity of their victims, impassable barriers will remain, and the world will be doomed to violence, cruelty, and bitter suffering.”