What Do You Want from Cops?

Via Secondcitycop.

It’s time for the American public to decide what we want from law enforcement. Warriors? Counselors? Guardians? Priests? Social workers? Magicians? Do we want the cheapest cops possible? Or, do we want well-trained and well-screened cops who are equipped with every tool needed for every possible eventuality? As long as cops get recruited from the human race, they’re going to be exactly human, with everything that means. Or do we want the beat cop from grandaddy’s hometown, with nothing but a smile, a wheelgun and one set of cuffs?

Really, we want it all. Admit it, we do – and we want it all without paying for any of it.

Every officer needs to be an empathetic, well-spoken, SEAL-trained ninja, with double majors in psychology and social work, who considers the job a calling, and has no bills to pay, no nerves to fray, and enforces the law completely objectively while also using discretion at all times, unless it’s going to result in arresting – or not arresting – the wrong person at the wrong time, for the wrong thing, in the opinion of every member of the public.

If that person existed, he wouldn’t work for you. So we’ve got to deal with what exists, and what exists are humans.

Go read it all A letter to the American public: Why you must decide what you want from cops.

This is so very true, I’m enough of a leader that I can, to an extent, put myself in another’s boots. But I cannot know everything that goes through a cop’s (or a soldier’s) mind. I understand enough to understand that I don’t understand, and this is the real-world basis of Matthew 7, 1 and 2:

Judge not, that ye be not judged.

For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

I can judge electricians and linemen, I know their jobs well enough and have years of experience, but cops, especially street cops in big cities, I can empathize (and I do) but I don’t know what they go through.

The linked article is pretty good, I think, but it is not 5 years in the environment. And this is the problem we see so often where we see someone who had a half-second to decide, judged over hours and days my (mostly) lawyers and managers who at best haven’t done the job in years, sitting in airconditioned offices. They will never know, they simply can’t. Probably not as much as I can.

That doesn’t mean that cops never screw up, they do. You get exactly a human being. Like me, they make mistakes every day, and the higher the stress, the more they make. And if you’re shorthanded and work them until they’re stupid, it’ll get still worse.

Answers are few and far between, the main one being that we the public must decide what we want from cops, just as the article says.

Denying Mom’s US Entry

Twitter screenshot of Caroline Farrow, a British mother, and journalist.

One of the nice things about blogging is that over time you meet some very special people, some of whom are heroes and heroines. Today we will speak of one, that has become a heroine and a friend to me, Caroline Farrow.

I first ran across her when Jessica’s blog was forced off the public square to protect an author’s job, almost immediately thereafter Jess was diagnosed with brain cancer. After a month and two surgeries, it was decided that palliative care was the only thing left – except for prayer. Well, prayer works, Jessica received the last Rites on a Friday and was out of her coma, cancer-free the following Sunday. The lesson is to never give up or in. BTW, the NHS still doesn’t understand.

I first heard Caroline’s voice in a comment of sympathy and support as we took the blog private, where it would remain for a year.

The next time I ran across her was the story of Charlie Gard, here is one of many articles we published on that.

Then came Alfie, and Caroline was intimately involved in this one, and I wrote on it here, here, and here, and probably others.

That is where I mostly learned to trust and honor her, as a guardian of the helpless, who are far too often stifled (or worse) in today’s Britain.

Then yesterday, I read at PJ Media, that Caroline has been denied entry to the United States. Why? Because she believes women are women and men are men. From the article:

The Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) had approved Farrow’s trip to the U.S. Yet when she arrived at the airport, an airline representative told her “Your ESTA has been denied,” the mother told LifeSiteNews. Various pieces of evidence suggest the transgender activists who have long harassed her coordinated to prevent her trip.

Earlier this month, when Farrow checked her ESTA status, one of her stalkers tweeted that she might be denied entry. He later tweeted about two active criminal complaints against her.

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These claims may sound like a conspiracy theory, but Farrow has indeed faced terrifying harassment — for expressing the view that biological men cannot become women and that transgender “treatments” can harm children. In April, she told PJ Media about the harassment and the local police response.

“I’ve just got a team of people, they seem to attach so much importance and so much weight to what I say and they’re just determined to shut down my point of view,” Farrow told PJ Media. “They feel that they can be as abusive as they like: they can target my family, target my children, and I deserve it because I’m full of ‘hate’ because I believe that men can’t become women.”

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Note in that article that the harassment includes not only Caroline.

She recalled online harassment involving pictures of “enormous disgusting sex toys,” and repeated insults, referring to the journalist and mother as a c**t, hundreds of times over. Others have made thinly veiled threats of violence against her. A man who identifies as a woman who “has been convicted of hitting people in the head with a golf club,” told her “he’s coming around here for a game of golf — clear intimidation.”

One website “discusses whether or not to disfigure my face with acid and disfigure my children’s faces with acid,” she recalled.

The harassment did not stop with her. “They’ve gone after my husband, they’ve gone after my children, they’ve tried to identify my children’s schools, they’ve published our address, my husband’s private mobile number,” Farrow said. “They’re probably targeting the kids’ schools as well. They tried to target my husband’s bishop.”

“My ex-partner — we broke up 13 years ago — they found out his identity, they were publishing his name, his photograph, his employer’s details,” she added. Her ex-husband asked her, “Why are these people after me because they don’t like my ex-wife?”

Of course, the British police ignore her concerns while acting instantly on those of the alphabet people. SOP in Britain these days. Normals get no protection from thugs and are prosecuted if they defend themselves.

Really special people aren’t they? Even if I believed in their cause (I emphatically don’t, no intelligent person can), the so-called people need to be incarcerated where they can’t inflict harm on others. Or simply put down.

Of course, we understand that much here has to do with the hatred of not only the British establishment but the American establishment for Christianity. Not to mention the proclivities of bureaucrats to turn their brains (if any) off and simply tick boxes.

Isn’t that freakin’ special? Personally, I think whatever weasel(s) in the embassy, DHS, or wherever in the USG needs to find himself (themselves) on the unemployment line, without a security clearance and a very bad reference, making him totally unemployable. Not that that will happen, we’ve had an extreme overdose this week of seeing just how incredibly stupid and subject to corruption the cretins we employ are.

First things first, restore that ESTA clearance pronto, and then kick that cretin into the Thames in his concrete Chuck Taylor’s.

Then get back to draining the swamp.

A Cold Civil War?

Ugh!

I very much fear that J. J. Sefton’s Morning Report at Ace’s yesterday is spot on.

Good morning, kids. A commenter, whose name I apologize for not remembering, remarked yesterday evening (paraphrasing) “we wake up, have bacon and eggs, send the kids to school, walk the dog, go to work, come home and everything seems just fine, and then we turn on the internet to find out we’re on the verge of civil war.” Well, that is exactly right. Unfortunately both parts of that observation are indeed happening and they are not in the least contradictory. At the risk of repeating myself from yesterday, in 2016 we the people elected Trump to stop the madness of the 100-year project to fundamentally destroy the nation as founded, and for that mortal sin, we are witnessing the reaction to that rejection by the Democrat-Left-Media-Globalist-Deep State Complex. The question is, is it their death rattle (to the extent that the underlying evil that infects their core beliefs can ever be killed off) or the hours before an imminent banzai charge?

Whatever it is, there is no doubt that the ramping up of violent rhetoric and the concomitant violence it has engendered since Trump was elected and arguably going further back into the Obama eight-year reign of error can be 100% laid at the feet of the Left. And by that I mean its political and media leadership. From typical smear tactics and mere lying to the never-before treasonous abuse of the instrumentalities of government to overthrow this president and undo a legal election, everything they have used to thwart this President’s legal ascension to the office has failed, and spectacularly so. The horrific shootings in Texas and Ohio have now sent them over the edge, both in terms of a new tack in attempting to take him down by pimping him as the leader of some mythical “white supremacist” movement and conveniently as yet another pretext to destroy the Second Amendment. And the GOP-e, true to form, is reverting to its usual position of curling up into a ball and letting the left stomp all over it. More on that in a bit.

Rush Limbaugh has been saying for the past three years that regarding Trump, this is what fighting back in the rhetorical sense looks like. It’s not pretty, (although his Tweets and retorts are glorious after decades of Republicans just taking their lumps) but it sure as hell is effective. With the media now denuded of the ability to take him down and what there was of its credibility in tatters, and the Democrat Party completely off the rails in terms of anything remotely resembling sane policy proposals or reasoned criticism of their opponents, they can collectively do one of two things: Admit defeat and enter into a period of introspection and reform, or hit the accelerator into “Ludicrous Speed.” Guess which one they’ll choose.

Keep reading.

This has gone beyond the point of disagreement, and since we know how unlawful the Democrats have become, any so-called ‘Red Flag Laws’ or pretty much anything else, are now beyond the pale. In an environment of lawful enforcement, they might be a fair idea, with careful drafting, but as it is today, if they are not misused on day one they will be on day two. So the answer is no. And for me, at least, this is a must. If the President supports such a thing, he loses my support.

Somebody yesterday said we are in the opening stages of a cold civil war. I fear they are correct, but this will not be like the first with maneuvering armies and battles lost and won, this will be a partisan war on both sides.

It’s the worst prospect in the world for the end of the United States, but avoiding reality does no good at all.

Occupied England

Sometimes I suspect I confuse my American readers with references to England in the present day which have little relevance to them. I won’t say I’m sorry, because I’m not.

Britain, actually England if you’re one of the people that knows the difference, is the foundation stone of America. We built our country on English common law, traditions, and much else. Now it has the same problems we do, but more so, and without a leader like Trump to attempt to drain their swamp.

That’s unfortunate, but if we proved anything in the 20th century, it’s that America can’t make you free. You have to do that yourself. We can, maybe, prevent outside interference, but if you sell your sovereignty (for a mess of pottage) we can’t even do that, at least legally. And that is where the (not so) United Kingdom finds itself.

You know that I speak, everyday, with like-minded Britons. I do so at The Conservative Woman, which is the best conservative British blog that I’ve found. It’s actually one of the 5 best blogs I’ve seen.

We all remember how it felt here during the reign of error. That’s how it is now in Britain, only more so. Brexit gave them great hope, in many ways they saw it as their independence day, which is true. It is. But their swamp is dragging them back through false negotiations, and reluctance to take responsibility.

So, how are they coping? They’re angry frustrated, depressed, just as we were, only more so, not least because their government is infringing the rights that they (and we) won across the centuries. The important ones, like free speech, are under attack, not by a foreign occupier, but by the British government itself.

Nor do they any longer have the ultimate answer. Long ago they gave up their right to armed resistance. It’s understandable, Great Britain was a real-life peaceable kingdom, where for decades before that happened, no one carried a weapon, because there was no reason at all to. Sadly, now there is, but the right is gone. There is a lesson for America there. A right you give up is gone, forever.

In any case, here’s an article from ConWom as we refer to it. It shows very well the state of freedom in the original home of freedom. I won’t say enjoy, because you won’t. But do take warning, this is the path we will go if we don’t get control of Leviathan.

The only way I can make sense of England today is by understanding it as an occupied country. This, increasingly, is what it feels like – the public ruled over by a vast civil administration which, virtuous in its own rectitude, holds us in contempt. Governments come and go, but they all operate on a similar premise: the public are there to brass up and shut up, and that is that.

Metaphorically speaking, throw a stone in any direction and you will hit an institution run by the occupiers, be it public services, education, police, the legal profession, even the armed forces.

Newspapers publish official figures about crime, sentencing and prosecution rates, sexual abuse, drug abuse, official incompetence in the fields of health and social policy and so on which are shocking and embarrassing in a so-called advanced and prosperous country, but these are soon forgotten. Questions that should be asked are avoided and the army of occupation resumes its work of sedulously acting against the wishes and interests of the people who pay it.

Keep reading England today feels like it’s under an occupying force. It’s powerful, horrifying stuff. Sadly, it is also true.

Law and Disorder in Portland

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler

There was a story in The Washington Times last Sunday on the Antifa riots in Portland. It was rather interesting.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler came under fire over a viral video showing Antifa protesters blocking traffic and harassing drivers, but he says he supports the decision by police to watch from a distance without getting involved.

“I was appalled by what I saw in the video, but I support the Portland Police Bureau’s decision not to intervene,” he said at a Friday press conference. “This whole incident will be investigated.”

The video posted by journalist Andy C. Ngo showed protesters, including members of Antifa and Black Lives Matter, blocking an intersection and attempting to direct traffic at while officers on motorcycle watched from a block away.

I expect that we have all seen it multiple times by now. What we have now is the Mayor’s (He’s also the Police Commissioner) announcing Portland’s surrender to Antifa/BLM. Nothing more, nothing less.

“I’m willing to take criticism all day long from Fox News,” he said. “But I’m not willing to accept criticism from Fox News of the men and women of the Portland Police Bureau.”

Well, I saw the report on Fox news several times. I did not see any criticism of the individual police officers, which would indeed be inappropriate. They are required to follow orders. I did hear, and myself have, severe criticisms of the Portland Police Bureau, the Police Commissioner, and the Mayor. They have failed both the police force and the citizens of Portland.

The mayor argued that law enforcement is in a no-win situation.

“This is the story of Goldilocks and the two bears. The porridge is either too hot or it’s too cold,” Mr. Wheeler told reporters. “At any given moment in this city, the police are criticized for being heavy-handed and intervening too quickly, or they’re being criticized for being standoffish and not intervening quickly enough.”

Poor little snowflake leadership, I wonder if police morale in Portland is below periscope depth like it is in Chicago. I bet it is, with leadership like this.

Tell me again why we have police forces?

Sir Robert Peel, the founder (during the time the Duke of Wellington was Prime Minister) of the London Metropolitan Police, the first modern police force, after which all police forces in the English speaking world were patterned, had nine principles of policing. They are:

  1. To prevent crime and disorder, as an alternative to their repression by military force and severity of legal punishment.
  2. To recognize always that the power of the police to fulfill their functions and duties is dependent on public approval of their existence, actions and behavior, and on their ability to secure and maintain public respect.
  3. To recognize always that to secure and maintain the respect and approval of the public means also the securing of the willing cooperation of the public in the task of securing observance of laws.
  4. To recognize always that the extent to which the cooperation of the public can be secured diminishes proportionately the necessity of the use of physical force and compulsion for achieving police objectives.
  5. To seek and preserve public favor, not by pandering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to law, in complete independence of policy, and without regard to the justice or injustice of the substance of individual laws, by ready offering of individual service and friendship to all members of the public without regard to their wealth or social standing, by ready exercise of courtesy and friendly good humor, and by ready offering of individual sacrifice in protecting and preserving life.
  6. To use physical force only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient to obtain public cooperation to an extent necessary to secure observance of law or to restore order, and to use only the minimum degree of physical force which is necessary on any particular occasion for achieving a police objective.
  7. To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
  8. To recognize always the need for strict adherence to police-executive functions, and to refrain from even seeming to usurp the powers of the judiciary of avenging individuals or the State, and of authoritatively judging guilt and punishing the guilty.
  9. To recognize always that the test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, and not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with them.

I think Mayor/ Police Commissioner Wheeler would do well to review Principles 1, 5, and 9 for starters. At the rate he is going, the people are going to apply number 7 and take back the police power for themselves. Some call that vigilantism, but it is necessary when the police refuse to be the police.

And likely at that point, you will see the military take over because it has reached the point that only Napoleon’s cure will work. His command was to “Give them a whiff of grapeshot.” That’s the progression that the stupid Progressives Regressives have us on.

Anti Leadership

Then there comes this to our attention from Mr Ed at  Samizdata.

Recent testimony from a former Acting Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Sir Craig Mackey indicates that he was present as one of his officers was stabbed to death during the Westminster Bridge attack, and sat in his car and locked the doors, and took advice from his subordinates as to what, if anything, to do. Holding, in an acting capacity, the most important policing role in the UK, he did not get out of the car, in which he was a passenger, to intervene, nor, AFAIK, did he suggest that the car be used as a weapon. Of course, it is much easier for any one of us to sit as armchair strategists as to what we might have done, but would we continue in office and look forward to collecting pensions had we been in Sir Craig’s unscuffed shoes?

Sir Craig told jurors it was his ‘instinct’ to get out of the car, but was in a short-sleeved shirt with no equipment following (a) ministerial meeting. ‘I was conscious my two colleagues were not police officers. If anyone had got out, the way this Masood was looking, anyone who got in his way would have been a target,’ he said. ‘I think anyone who came up against that individual would have faced serious, serious injury, if not death.’

He is right, PC Keith Palmer, an unarmed police officer, was murdered in front of the eyes of his then ultimate commander. An armed officer who was co-incidentally nearby was then able to shoot and kill the terrorist Khalid Masood. Presumably Sir Craig did not see it, on balance, as his responsibility to intervene.

The inquest… …heard that Sir Craig, then acting Scotland Yard chief, and his colleagues locked the car doors because they had ‘no protective equipment and no radio’.

Some have criticised Sir Craig, alleging cowardice. The Daily Mail highlights the contrast with a junior Transport Police officer who fought the London Bridge attackers.

So it’s not impossible these days to find brave people in public service, but what rises to the top? Is the process like flatulence in a bath?

In the last summer of George VI’s reign, a relatively junior RAF officer, Flt-Lt John Quinton DFC gave away the only parachute he had to save a young Air Cadet he was training at the cost of his life: The ultimate zenith of courage and leadership. I am reminded of a quote I read about being a Lieutenant in the (IIRC Imperial) German Army.

To live your life as a Lieutenant is to life your life as an example to your men. Dying as an example is thus part of it‘.

I’m more of the Patton school of leadership than the German, although it is valid enough. I believe in making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country. But neither Imperial Germany nor the United States has much tolerance for cowardice. Apparently, HMG now does. Well, one acts as one sees one’s leaders act. Maybe that is the trouble.

None of us were there, so in a way, it is perhaps unfair to criticize Sir Craig, who bears an honorific once reserved for brave soldiers and sailors, but we have a right to expect better. In my short ROTC career, one of the lessons pounded into me was this about priorities.

  • The Mission. The mission overrides all other conditions. Sir Craig’s mission was the safety of English citizens. He failed grotesquely.
  • Your People. Sometime your people will die in carrying out the mission, they know that, in America, we call it part of the job. It’s suboptimal, but it happens. To have the highest police commander in the country sit immobile in his locked car, not commanding, just spectating, as one of his people is murdered, is so far beyond the pale of acceptable conduct, that I am left almost speechless.
  • Yourself. Well, Sir Craig surely understands about looking out for number one. Personally, I think the proper precedent for honoring Sir Craig is Admiral Byng. And don’t forget the blindfold, otherwise, you’ll be chasing him about the quarterdeck.

Well, such is the leadership of the largest police force in the UK, and people wonder why New York has less violent crime.

Soon we may well once again speak of the gallantry of English s[eaking soldiers on the anniversary of three great battles. But for now, I’m reminded of the USS Hoel (DD-533) which in company with a few other destroyers and destroyer escorts attacked with torpedoes and 5 and 3 inch gunfire Kurita’s main battleship force off Samar, including Yamato with her 18.1 in guns, and saved Taffy Three’s carriers at the cost of all but 85 of the Hoel’s complement.

There are plenty of similar of similar example on both sides of the pond. Such conduct as that of Sir Craig is simply intolerable, and reduces the Metropolitan Police to a joke, but not a funny one.

But there is this, I suppose, he’d be the perfect copresenter for a presentation on cowardice with the Sheriff of Broward County, Florida.

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