Good Cop, Bad Cop…..Bad Cop

“As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; 11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. 12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” 13 “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”; 14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways; 17 And the way of peace they have not known.” 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

I have so many friends that are ardent supporters of the police.  It really kind of baffles me.  I mean, I have liberal friends but generally most of my friends are right wing conservative people.  They are the kind of people that are inherently against big government and government oppression.  They hate government theft in the form of taxation and they hate government encroaching upon their individual liberties.  That’s why I just don’t understand the unwavering support of cops.  Cops are the ultimate expression of government.  They are the muscle that uses force and coercion to carry out the will of government bureaucrats.  They have guns on their hips and badges on their chest signifying that there is a fraternity of individuals that will use lethal force if necessary if you do not obey the will of the government.  I find the patriotic-like support of police baffling.

The verses that I opened up this little spiel with are from Romans chapter 3.  The reason why I opened up with this is because most of my conservative friends say that cops are good and that it’s only a few bad apples that give the rest a bad name.  This is a belief that comes straight out of Candy Land.  This is total fantasy.  Why?  Because a good person isn’t the norm.  Good people are in a very small minority.  That’s why Jesus said that the way to heaven was straight and narrow and the path to destruction was wide and many people would go into it.

Another good quote in regard to power and authority is by a British parliament a couple hundred years ago.  His name was Lord Acton and he once famously said that  “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  This basically means that as far as flesh and blood humans are concerned there is something about power and authority that changes us.  It’s easy enough to be a cop or person in government and say that power hasn’t corrupted you, but frankly and as cheesy as it might sound, sometimes a person doesn’t see how they’ve changed.  Now I’m not making a total encompassing generalization here because there are some good cops and some good government officials.  It’s just that there are far more people interested in personally having the power and authority rather than doing their duty for the good of mankind.  That’s just the way it is and you can’t get around it.

Another thing is the kind of people that are attracted to jobs in law enforcement.  I have known a great deal of people, both friends and acquaintances that have gone into law enforcement.  Most of them have the same type of characteristics.  They like to control things.  I’ve got 2 people that I know in mind.  Before they got into law enforcement they were the people in a group that were taking charge in a group trying to control the actions of others in the group.  Not making suggestions, but rather actively attempting to control the actions of others to mold to their idea of what should be done.  It had nothing to do with the benefit of mankind.  It had everything to do with a narcissistic miniature god complex.

I’ve had too many experiences with so many different police officers to change my mind.  It’s personal experience with them that ultimately keeps me from even having a doubt about whether or not I’m wrong.  My experiences tell me that good cops are hard to come by and bad abusive cops are the norm.  Also, just an opinion here, but I think that the people that think cops are good have had very little to do with them.  My experiences with them haven’t always been due to some misbehaving on my part.  Some incidents have been through being a third party eye witness to their behavior.  They wanted to take my dad to jail because he was angry and tired of having the cops showing up at his house and coming in with search warrants looking for a family member that gave that address as their home address.  You want to know the kicker?  The same police department that was showing up was the same police department that had arrested this family member and escorted them from the county jail to prison where that family member had been sitting for a year and a half at the time they were constantly harassing my father.  But I guess the cops can do whatever they want and if you get angry or challenge their ego in anyway when they are wrong or abusing you, then you are about to go to jail.  This isn’t opinion, I watched it happen from 3 feet away.

The law enforcement profession attracts many narcissists and egomaniacs.  It’s the nature of how human beings react to power over others.  Most cops are bad.  They wield the sword for the thieves you call politicians.  That’s just the way it is.  How can you hate big government and simultaneously love the gun wielding strongmen that carry out their will.  It’s a head scratch-er to me.

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