Police should be patrolling our streets
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We read and hear a great deal about “reimagining” law enforcement in the last few months. Corey Friedman suggests that we repurpose some of our street patrolman, or perhaps their paychecks, to detective work (“Stopping cars isn’t solving crimes,” April 30). Let us close those cold cases and police department murder books instead of wasting resources on smaller, less important crimes, is the suggestion.
Well, I suggest that we can solve crimes and prevent them too. Perhaps we can repurpose some of our tax dollars; like cutting back on downtown streetscapes, greenways, and empty busses, while hiring more cops and detectives. Or perhaps we could consider cutting out some of the graft, waste and corruption in various local, state and federal governments, thus providing funds for first responders, as well as cosmetics for our Main Streets. Drunk driving, prostitution, drug possession are not victimless, and in many cases they do end in violence.
In my 1.5 million miles of driving, I have been pulled over quite a few times — 66 years of driving assures one of that. I have deserved most, not all, of those. Probably half of those detentions were decided with a warning. Never was I wrestled to the pavement, cuffed, kneed, or otherwise mistreated.
This is not because I am white. This is because I did not resist arrest, nor did I disobey the officer. Daunte Wright was not stopped for being Black; nor was George Floyd. Had they behaved as I do when I interact with law enforcement, they would both be alive. Floyd, perhaps not, since he had ingested three times the lethal dose of drugs, and suffered from heart failure.
Stop scapegoating our police and deputy sheriffs, and insulting them and their motives. I say we should reimagine the society, back to a day when folks respected law enforcement and violence was contained. After all, there was less crime in 1880 Dodge City, when every man had a gun, than there is in present day Chicago. I wonder why? Blue lives matter, too.
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