Police brutality. It’s something that people on all sides of the political spectrum have expressed concerns about over the years, though, the extent of the problem and how to handle it are often hotly debated.
Those on the left accuse law enforcement of being corrupt through and through and of being systemically racist, in spite of the fact of a large number of ethnic minority members in the ranks of law enforcement. The left’s “solution?” Defund the police, and make police officers personally liable for overstepping their authority as police officers.
Those on the political right tend to think of police corruption to be very limited in scope with only a few instances of improper use of force occurring and instances of police corruption being primarily centered in large urban (and, therefore, politically liberal) areas. Their proposed solution? Increased accountability within the departments to weed out those who aren’t there to actually serve and protect people.
Libertarians tend to be somewhere in between the left and right’s concerns, though the main solution that libertarians seem to promote is to simply wipe most of the laws off of the books. Their thinking is that those laws are, too often, too broad and easily misinterpreted, and those laws are too often attempts to protect people from experiencing the negative impact of their own bad decisions (stop a person from acting on a bad decision, and you have often stopped them from the negative effect of that bad decision).
Whatever your viewpoint, the fact of the matter is that, in many states, the liberals are winning this debate in the political arena right now, and we’re starting to see the fallout of that. Many Americans in those blue states are going to be terribly unhappy with the long-term effects. Cara Ding writes,
It’s a difficult job to police rural areas, but instead of offering more support and resources, Illinois lawmakers continue to approve laws that make that job even more difficult, Harvel said.
After the most recent criminal justice bill (the SAFE-T Act) was approved by the state Legislature, Harvel believes he can no longer effectively do his job and protect the safety of county residents. After 34 years in law enforcement, he will retire in August, 15 months before his elected term ends.
At least three other rural sheriffs in central and southern Illinois have retired early as a direct result of the legislation, according to local media reports. Statewide, 11 sheriffs have decided to quit before the end of their elected terms following the legislation, according to Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Jim Kaitschuk.
The new criminal justice law made sweeping changes to the police profession—some of which won’t take effect until 2023—including allowing anonymous complaints against police officers, opening the door to civil penalties against officers for practice violations, and prohibiting officers from arresting offenders for class B and C misdemeanors.
“If someone trespasses [on] your property and refuses to leave, police cannot arrest the offender to protect you. I don’t want to be that sheriff who has to leave a resident in that kind of situation and say, ‘I am sorry. There is nothing I can do for you,’” Harvel said.
Harvel also said, ““When we have no ability to enforce the law, when we start going down that road, what will happen next?” Again, from Ding:
“I used to have people knocking on the door to come to work at the sheriff’s office. It was a great, great place to work. Now I have nobody,” Harvel said. “Think about a world without police officers. How would we function? That’s a scary thought.”
It is a scary thought, especially when you consider that the states and municipalities passing legislation and directives like this are the same areas that are trying to disarm their own citizens.
Democratic areas have seen rioting and looting on a massive scale over the past eighteen months. With these laws, they are setting up a situation where innocent people are always at the mercy of criminals and political agitators who have no regard for anyone else’s life, liberty, or property.
The left said they wanted anarchy. It looks like they’re going to get the chaos that they asked for.