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Crackpot Phonebooth: Officer Gotham talks about the Future of Policing
This writer suspects that the standing down of police departments nationwide and the favoring of the criminal class over cops, is simply the next evolution in policing, as the police were never intended to deal with crime but rather oppress workers for tax farming master elites. That the myth of The Policeman is Your friend ever gained currency in this nation is testament to our gullible unworthiness to aspire to true nationhood. The streets are being handed over to the Yutish paramilitaries, the cops directed at palefaces gun owners and motorists and the future of “crime fighting” police work will be carried by federal agencies commenting with drug gangs for their slice of the market and rounding up thought criminals. Cops from one municipality might be used to oppress inmates of another, but under federal direction.
Okay, I got into this 20 years ago to fight crime, make the streets safer and to earn respect. Respect is a big part of policing. For instance, those guys with the buckets of water dumping them on cops, that shocked those guys. Those cops never imagined in a million years that would happen. And you know what, they got arrested and charged and sentenced, because, the egos of the higher ups could not handle being the leaders of a force who had no respect on the street. Respect is literally the lynchpin of policing. Without respect you can’t police—in the absence of respect policing becomes military work. And let me tell you, respect is a two-way street.
I just came from this meeting with my commanding officer where I was given this “rah, rah” talk about treat and release.
Felons, even violent felons, are going to be released the same day they are arrested, within five hours. Now retirement is only a few short months away for me and this man is trying to convince me to up—not maintain—but UP my arrest numbers. He expects me—being wet behind a young climber—to believe, after decades of working these streets, that for those three hours I have that violent felon locked up that the streets will be that much safer. No! I’m just facilitating this criminal’s lunchbreak. Doing bad shit is his job and he doesn’t work around the clock. He is by definition lazy. I’m just pulling him out of circulation, bringing him to the sidelines in between sportsball plays so to speak.
I know an officer, a good man, who took his own life and the mayor is spewing his bullshit, like it matters, like he cares.
Let me tell you, the cops that fought that mob of teenagers, they are facing disciplinary action for defending against fists with fists while outnumbered. The fix is in! It’s a scandal that a cop fought back against a punk who attacked him! Now, there are better ways of handling it than they did. You can’t go there with your closed fist now as a cop. It looks bad.
That’s on one hand. Now on the other hand there are the young cops who are afraid to take action. Now, I might have got into this to do good, to get respect. But I’m only hanging in there for the pension. I couldn’t imagine any rason other than the pension to become a cop today. So these guys are understandably reticent to use lethal force. A friend of mine, a good cop, on the force as long as me, was arresting this person who was pissing on the floor in a barber shop. The proprietor did not want him using his business for a urinal, so the arrest began. The veteran officer is making the arrest when a customer, out of the blue, picks up a metal chair and hits him in the head, not once, but repeatedly.
That is a lethal force situation. This man is suffering from a brain injury and may never be the same—could possibly lose his life. His backup, a young guy, is afraid to use his weapon so uses his tazer and it does not work, tazers very often do not have the desired effect. I can understand the fear of reprisals from higher ups for using lethal force, but that is a man’s life there, a fellow officer, a member of your organization.
This is where we are.
I will be careful. I’m on short time and was lucky enough to pull this [redacted, less hazardous duty] today.
the officer on the phone trailed off as he answered a civilian question and wished the author a good day.
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Bryce SharperJanuary 24, 2020 3:30 PM UTC

"I know an officer, a good man, who took his own life and the mayor is spewing his bullshit, like it matters, like he cares.

Let me tell you, the cops that fought that mob of teenagers, they are facing disciplinary action for defending against fists with fists while outnumbered. The fix is in! It’s a scandal that a cop fought back against a punk who attacked him! Now, there are better ways of handling it than they did. You can’t go there with your closed fist now as a cop. It looks bad.

That’s on one hand. Now on the other hand there are the young cops who are afraid to take action. Now, I might have got into this to do good, to get respect. But I’m only hanging in there for the pension. I couldn’t imagine any rason other than the pension to become a cop today. So these guys are understandably reticent to use lethal force. A friend of mine, a good cop, on the force as long as me, was arresting this person who was pissing on the floor in a barber shop. The proprietor did not want him using his business for a urinal, so the arrest began. The veteran officer is making the arrest when a customer, out of the blue, picks up a metal chair and hits him in the head, not once, but repeatedly."

A young sheriff's deputy out here was just fired for slamming the head of a noncompliant carjacking suspect against a car door when he refused to exit a vehicle. The suspect was a meth user and died.

Every cop friend I have, except for the ones in real bad areas, are afraid to use their weapons or force of any kind. The friend in the bad area has already filled his tag by shooting an Ebon multiple felon who had engaged in child trafficking. Even though the guy had it coming, the State is going to intervene for felons from now one.

The era of the Metropolitan Police Act of 1829 is over. What advice do you have for private citizens, Officer Gotham?
responds:January 25, 2020 1:47 PM UTC

I'll ask him when I see him in June.

He doesn't read the site.