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Friday, February 12, 2016

There are bad cops, and school teachers too

Nationalreview.com has a thoughtful article that calls out conservatives for automatically thinking that all cops are heroes, available here:
The author's point summed up: The Right is deluding itself about law enforcement. 

Is it really so difficult to believe that there is widespread wrongdoing, and widespread lying about it, among U.S. law-enforcement agencies, particularly those in big, Democrat-run cities infamous for the corruption of their other municipal institutions? Why do conservatives find it so plausible — obvious, even — that the IRS and the EPA and the Atlanta public schools are corrupt and self-serving, but somehow believe that the Baltimore police department isn’t?

Our police departments have the same problems as our other government agencies, exacerbated by the fact that police are, inevitably, in the business of violence. 

Some police officers are indeed heroes. Some are villains. Most are ordinary, time-serving municipal employees like any other, and telling ourselves otherwise is sentimental rubbish.

And not all teachers are angels, as this from the S.A. Express News illustrates:

A former teacher at an El Paso elementary school is on the run from federal authorities after being charged in connection with an alleged drug trafficking ring run by her family members.
In October, a federal grand jury in El Paso indicted Monica Velasco, a 42-year-old teacher at Thomas Manor Elementary School, on charges of conspiracy connected to racketeering, drug trafficking, money laundering and kidnapping in a foreign country.

1 comment:

  1. The path forward to improving the quality of our police is fairly obvious and simple. Most municipal police departments in Texas only require a GED, and the pay is insufficient to support a family. Unfortunately, some are attracted to the "force" by the black military uniform, badge and sidearm. A nobody becomes an instant powerful person, striking terror into those that who occupy a higher socioeconomic strata. This is by design, of course.