Maybe… We Poked a Bear…

And this bear is huge, resourceful, and has a wealth of power. This bear is the needed change in our country. Forget “Defund the Police”. It’s The Bear.

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“Several officers I know said nowhere in the book of training did it say to put their knee on that man’s neck,” Mathews said. “Maybe there needs to be a time limit [for police working] on and off the streets. Maybe there should be mandated counseling.”

“There’s tons of good officers,” he continued. “Something needs to happen with these bad officers.”

The above conversation is about good officers wanting to get rid of bad officers. This is good. Large demonstrations without violence is good. Officers kneeling with demonstrators is really good.

The fact that the bad segment in law enforcement is aware there is about to be a change will not please them. The Bear envisions a loss of power, and with it a loss of income.

Having been raised around good police officers, all friends of the family, has always affected my thinking about cops throughout life. I was taught to drive by a cop, not my parents. I got tickets for professional hockey games on the weekends from a cop, not my parents. I got rides to school from cops, not my parents. This was the 60’s.

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And then life happened. Things changed. Police and policing changed. Retired cops I know now just shake their heads. It’s not the training entirely. It’s not the lack of training, entirely.

So what IS it? It’s the lack an ability to think and reason. It’s a lack of education. It’s an attitude that requires major adjusting. It’s the caliber of the recruit that someone wants to give a badge and a gun to.

GED? HS Diploma? Awesome. Here’s a gun and a badge. You did what? No worries, the police have a great union. You saw an officer do what? We’ll take care of it, just keep quiet. And there it is… the police union. The Bear in the room.

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Therein lies the crux of the problem. There are good cops. Yet, if they open their mouths, other cops from their leadership on down chastize and segregate them. Good cops were and are, afraid to talk. Bad cops were and are, free to do what they want… to be bad cops.

Cries for change, for “defunding the police”, for numerous changes being proposed and requested are just a part of the answer.

The police union in AZ. is as corrupt and powerful as any political entity in the state. They have a massive treasury. They do whatever they want. They support cops breaking laws. That’s a problem.

Cops are legally not allowed to engage legislators in the capitol here. Yet when they want something, officers and union officials walk the halls, literally, threatening legislators with cutting their “campaign donations” if votes don’t go the way they want.

Politicians know how it works. Politicians know what the problem is and how to fix the problem. But, to fix this problem there is another problem that needs fixing. They go hand in hand. The problem of “campaign contributions”, known as bribes by all not on the receiving end of the millions in cash we speak of here.

The Police Union threats of withholding campaign contributions… that won’t end until all our elected officials decide that bribery of elected officials is illegal. That’s a long way down the road. Why? Ask your local elected officials to talk about it. See where that goes.

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Right now, the Bear in the room is winning. Which means bad cops keep winning. And of course your elected officials keep pocketing their “campaign contributions”. Everyone wins. Almost. We the public, lose. Good cops, and the good guys, lose.

The questions now are:

  • When are the good cops going to say “no more”?
  • When are the police chiefs going to stand up for themselves and their profession?
  • When are we going to elect honest politicians who will do what they are elected to do, represent the public who put them there?

When there are favorable answers to those questions is when the Bear in the room is tamed. Until then, you’re riding a roller coaster to nowhere, just going ‘round and ‘round and up and down. Nothing changes.

We’re on the road to nowhere…

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