Laws govern every nation, every corporation, and every individual. They protect us from abuse of power while ensuring that we have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The legislature develops these laws. The executive branch carries out all laws created by the legislature. The judiciary interprets the laws and punishes those found guilty of breaking the law through due process. At times, people in authoritative positions, find themselves on the wrong side of the law. This occurs for a number of reasons. They could let their emotions cloud their judgement. They could run into financial ramifications. They could seek out powerful positions to gain notoriety. Sometimes pure hatred clouds their actions. But does this mean that the United States should abolish any law enforcement agency, or all of them for that matter?
Without laws there is no government. Without government there are no rights. With no rights there is no freedom.
This is not what our forefathers wanted. It is not what the right wants. It is not what the left wants. It is only what the privateers want. Why you ask? Privatizing our law enforcement and prisons would only bring bigger problems to our current climate. The front office would become more powerful than any other person in the world to include the sitting president. This approach would allow the private law enforcement to reap the benefits from others ill misfortunes and poor judgements. Prisons would have a monopoly to determine which inmate gets what cell. The prisoner’s wealth would determine what they have access to in prison to include freedom. The prisoner should serve a sentence without all of the luxuries simply because they are fortunate enough to be wealthy. Could you imagine a rapist or murderer obtaining freedom before a person who committed fraud?
Another approach we should not take is federalizing all laws. Already, too many misdemeanors and felonies have become federal crimes due to the generalization of terrorism. What was once considered organized crime or gang violence now constitute as terrorist acts. Russia has a similar approach by federalizing laws and we see how safe Russia is and that it is no stranger to corruption. The FSS (formerly the KGB) and the Investigative Committee of Russia carry out criminal investigations on its domestic security. As for the Russian penal system, it is not like most places around the world. Instead of cells, they have prisoner barracks in prisoner colonies. Do you see all of the potential legal ramifications here?
Instead, we should punish any authoritative figure found guilty of taking the law into their own hands. We should also identify all root causes that lead to police brutality and corruption. Some potential root causes deal with the following:
I will not say corrupt cops are bad apples, because we are talking about people’s lives here. However, I will say that no one can judge the masses from a few fuckups regardless of the situation. During the terrorist attacks on September 11, everyone mentioned that we cannot judge all Muslims. I would love to know what changed to cause everyone to hate law enforcement so much. The majority leave their families prior to their shifts with their families not knowing if they will see their loved one again. They put their lives on the line to protect us from bodily harm and property damage.
My viewpoint on this is short and to the point. Don’t break the law and you will have nothing to worry about. Break the law and you take the chance of being next.