02 February, 2009

Above the law

Why is it that the police are above the law?

I understand that, even in concept, the idea of imposing laws upon those who enforce the law is a difficult thing. But it seems it would be a necessary element in a civilization. Yet, how to do it? Do we have "Super Police" that drive the roads to police the police? 

Don't get me wrong. I appreciate that there are people out there who can remove criminals from the streets. I would not want to be left to my own devices to fight crime. And in many cases, I think the police act appropriately. But what I don't understand is the limits and regulations (or lack thereof) regarding the behavior of officers when they are not engaged on a call. When they're just driving around the neighborhood. So often, it seems, the police are speeding, running red lights, taking bizarre illegal U-turns, stopping in the middle of highway on-ramps, basically doing whatever they want. The police treat our roads like one big giant staging parking lot for them to scope out whatever they want to scope. 

I can only begin to imagine what would happen to any individual who tried to comment on an officer's behavior, either directly, or via some type of complaint filing. It probably results in one of those little marks that goes digitally onto your account, such that if you are ever looked up or pulled over for anything, maximum non-benefit of doubt will be applied.

The police are above the law. They can kill an innocent person, and suffer no more than the "penalty" of "administrative leave". Translation: paid time off. They look out for each other, and they probably know exactly how to handle situations so as to remove any culpability from themselves, regardless of whether or not they used proper judgment or appropriate force. To this day, it still baffles me why police shoot suspects multiple times, aiming to kill. Nobody seems to question this. Well, not nobody. People do question it. But there seems to be little deterrent to them continuing the behavior.

Anyway, that's my rant for the night about the police. Because I just saw 2 of them on Yesler, with their lights off, engaging in strange maneuvers and U-turning in the middle of the intersection, in such a fashion that one of them almost hit me. I guess they're just in the middle of some police business. And I should move along, and not ask questions. Because it doesn't concern me. But like I said, I cannot get too angry, because if something bad does happen, I am going to be glad when they show up, and chances are, they'll do the best they can do.

1 comment:

  1. I think you need a 'sock' tag, since they keep appearing in your blogs (if not in laundry baskets, dryers, in mugs or on your feet).