Cop Essay

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Help! Police!

The police offer firm leadership in their contempt for the law.

Of course in most people’s minds, including in the minds of many policemen, the police are the law: another all too familiar example of confusion by synecdoche. (See Models. See Synecdoche.)

Watch movies or TV and it won’t be very long before you hear complaints about the court letting criminals go free. Most often if turns out that they’re referring to criminal trials which have come up short of a verdict because procedures where not legally followed. Sometimes it’s the court’s own booboo but more often it’s the police who have ruined the prosecution’s case in advance by doing one or more things illegally.

(Note please that the media or the screenwriter in such cases are mistaking the defendant for a criminal. In this context shouldn’t we reserve the term for convicted defendants?)

If we’re angry about crime why don’t we consider it a crime to botch the case against the suspect? Again and again it’s the police not knowing or respecting the law that makes the trial misfire. Why don’t we put them in jail instead?

Or, since we’re so sure the defendant is actually a criminal, why don’t we just dispense with the trial and shoot everyone we want to accuse? Dispense with the law if we’re so good at knowing who’s guilty without it.

Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges.
I don’t have to show you any stinking badges

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Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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