To Protect And To Serve?
“There’s no police,” he said. “We trusted the police to keep it peaceful; they didn’t do their job.”
Former St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch tweeted: “You did not see “police restraint” overnight. You saw police reluctant to act. We cannot keep stoning the keepers at the gate.”
The events in Ferguson centered around the young black man Michael Brown shot to death by Ferguson policeman Darren Wilson reveal, as other events involving police do, the inherent deficiencies and dangers of a police force. There is little good and much evil that comes from having police. They are a reflection of ourselves.
Police are human beings. Consider their job and their motto, “to protect and to serve”. The action of these verbs is always misconstrued as directed toward the public. More accurately, it’s to protect and serve themselves, and that’s why they call it the thin blue line. Protecting themselves is why they wouldn’t release the name of Darren Wilson until days after the incident. They are as lawyers. They aren’t about getting at the truth. It’s about the evil of their politics and self preservation. It’s a war, whether it’s in Afghanistan or Ferguson. Their militarization won’t be explained in any other reasonable fashion.
The public has absorbed images of heavily armed police, snipers trained on protesters and tear gas plumes. Against that backdrop, Attorney General Eric Holder said that when police and citizens need to restore calm, “I am deeply concerned that the deployment of military equipment and vehicles sends a conflicting message.“
It’s not conflicting at all. It’s very clear. Again, it’s their protection. Not yours. And it serves them very well.