Police Reform

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 11 Jan 2009 09:43:10 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

L. Neil Smith at The Libertarian Enterprise - Neil updates a 12-year-old screed for today's tyrants in blue. How the police must be reformed to preserve American liberty. [tle]

All police officers at state, county, and local levels of government will be required to wear uniforms on duty and be forbidden to act in a professional capacity when off duty, or wearing civilian clothing. All uniforms must bear individual name patches and badge numbers which are easily legible from a distance of fifty yards; it will be unlawful to cover or obscure them in any way. It will also be unlawful for police officers to conceal their facial features with any sort of helmet or mask, or to wear camouflaged or military-style clothing.

All vehicles employed by local police must be clearly marked and readily identifiable, with highly-visible registration numbers. With the exception of emergency medical services, agencies at every level of government will be absolutely forbidden the use of helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, or unmanned drones which, in recent years, have increasingly become instruments of state terrorism and statist oppression.

To reestablish the proper relationship between the police and the people they're supposed to swerve, officers may not possess, carry, or employ any weapon that is prohibited to the civilians within their jurisdiction, nor may they carry any weapon of any kind off duty, concealed or otherwise, until the laws at every level of government forbidding civilians to do so in exactly the same manner have been repealed.

In general, so they will be dependent on the good will of armed civilians, police officers must be limited to the traditional six-shot revolver, and four-shot pump shotgun. They must be forbidden to use or carry rifles, Tasers, stunguns, or full or semiautomatic weapons of any kind.

Likewise, bullet resistant clothing and equipment--which seem only to have engendered an increasingly contemptuous disregard for the lives, property, and rights of civilians--will be strictly forbidden.


I say again, it's time to end the War on Drugs. Think back: every dime ever spent on it has only made the problem worse, not better. Many decent individuals have come to believe that, from the outset, it was never meant as anything but a war against the people of the United States of America and their freedom. It's time to end it, to abolish the DEA, FBI, ATF, and every other federal agency not specifically mentioned in the Constitution, and which is for that reason alone, illegal.

Likewise, it's time to end the War on Terror and abolish those agencies--each and every one of them illegal--charged with waging it.

All hiring for these illegal agencies must cease immediately, and those individual officers who survive legal scrutiny of their past activities should be transferred to the US Marshals Service, given a new assignment--Bill of Rights enforcement--and be turned loose on politicians, bureaucrats, and judges, rather than on the American people.

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