Don’t Be A Cop H8er


Rich Lowry:

The “national conversation” about race and policing we’ve been having ever since Michael Brown was shot by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., last summer has been based on lies. The lie that Officer Wilson shot Brown while he had his hands up and was pleading “Don’t shoot.” The lie that New York City policemen targeted Eric Garner for a violent arrest because he was black. The lie, peddled especially by the progressive prince of New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio, that the police are racist.

These are the lies that fuel hatred for the police, because if the police routinely execute black men in cold blood and serve a thoroughly racist system, they deserve to be hated. They should be the subject of nightly protests. They should be showered with obloquy. They should be harried by Attorney General Eric Holder. They should be considered a stain on the national conscience to be extricated at all costs.


The logic of the de Blasio view tends toward the conclusion that the police are unbelievably insidious: They recruit people of all races to go into dangerous neighborhoods on the pretense of protecting innocent people there, when in reality the mission is to harass black kids and, should the opportunity arise, kill them. If this were true, it would make the police as a class not just racists, but sociopaths.

It fails the basic standard of common sense, and defies the numbers. As Heather Mac Donald of City Journal writes: “Criminologists have spent decades trying to prove that the overrepresentation of blacks and Hispanics in prison demonstrates that the criminal justice system is racist. And each time they fail. Even the most left-wing academics have been forced to admit that crime, not race, determines criminal justice outcomes.”

Police go where the crime is, and at considerable risk to themselves. Surely, if their own comfort and safety were all that mattered to them, they would spend all their time patrolling the poshest neighborhoods in America.

Police critics have taken Ferguson and Garner and have woven them into a narrative of reckless disregard for the lives of blacks. After the grand jury declined to indict in the Garner case, de Blasio referred to a “profound” crisis. The numbers suggest the opposite: As crime has declined — thanks, in part, to rigorous policing — police interactions with the public have declined and have involved fewer instances of the use of force.

I have never been reluctant to criticize the cops when they deserve it. I made a category here called “Bad Cop, No Donut” just for those posts. But the fact is the overwhelming majority of cops are good cops. We only hear about it when they screw up, or wants somebody wants us to think they screwed up.

Once upon a time there were no legal requirements to be a cop and no screening. It usually just required family and/or political connections. Beginning with Sir Robert Peel in England (for whom “Bobbies” were named) police work became modernized.

Today’s police officers are carefully screened, with written, physical and psychological tests and background checks. The few bad ones that slip thru are usually caught in the field training and probation process.

But cops are human. Sometimes good cops go bad due to stress and burnout. We all have bad days and bad times in our lives. We expect cops to always use cold, impartial judgment when they are caught in the heat of the moment.

Cops never know from one day to the next what they are going to get. A cop can literally be bored and sleepy one minute and then fighting for his life the next. A life-and-death situation can happen five minutes into a shift or five minutes before it is supposed to end. It can happen anywhere, anytime, any day of the year.

Cops are human, and humans fuck up. Sometimes it is bad judgment, sometimes negligence, but malice is rare. Racism can be a factor too, as cops are not immune either. Most of the time their fuck ups are civil, not criminal.

Cops need to be held accountable. Bad cops should be fired and where appropriate, prosecuted. The agencies they work for are civilly liable for injuries and damages. But those agencies need to provide proper training, supervision and discipline. Accountability starts at the top. But we mustn’t forget that cops have rights and are entitled to due process too.

As we have seen in recent high-profile cases, we must reserve judgment until the facts are in. As Joe Friday used to say, “Just the facts, ma’am.” Not rumors, tweets and news reports, because they are unreliable.


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26 Responses to Don’t Be A Cop H8er

  1. Myiq2xu says:

    It doesn’t help that most of what people “know” about police work comes from movies and television. Cops tend to socialize with other cops, so unless you are related to one you probably don’t know any cops very well.

    • votermom says:

      Cops in my old country are pretty bad. Getting a traffic stop means forking over money so you don’t get a ticket. And that’s when they’re being friendly.
      Cops in the USA are so amazingly professional. Cop-hating lefties are so ignorant.

  2. HELENK3 says:

    in my job I had many occasions to deal with local police from all over the country. 99.9% of those dealing were very positive. Had to call them to meet a train for an unruly passenger. Called EMS to meet trains for ill passengers.
    one time there was a man who had confessed to a murder on the train and I had to get the conductor to empty the car so the police could arrest the man. It was done professionally and the other passengers did not really know there was a problem.
    The interaction between railroad police and local police is usually very good. There is also interaction between railroad and federal law enforcement and that usually works out very well.
    People do not know what goes on behind the curtain every day in police work. It would surprise them.
    How many lives have been saved over the years by good police work every day? The public as a whole will never know. How many teenagers have been put on the right path through police organizations?

  3. DeniseVB says:

    True story…my oldest son wanted to be a cop since he was 8, mostly about driving that cool cop car at high speeds in that cool uniform. Circa 1980, those where his Super Heroes. Flash forward to college and graduating with a Criminal Justice degree (Circa early 90’s), he plodded and failed the system to become a Va StateTrooper, then a local city police officer. He got bumped over and over again by former military police officers. So he finally accepted the “consulation” prize position as a State Probation Officer. In the inner city of Norfolk. He started their first Bike Patrol, because his “clients” were more comfortable when he arrived on a bike and not “state” car. FLASH even more forward….

    9-11-01 + a month….he applied and became an air marshal. He was feeling patriotic and didn’t quite want to join the military, so he filled in an online application and sent it, he was in training a month later. Whoa! State or local police didn’t want him, but the Feds? Lucky boy 😉

    Sidebar: Dec 2014: He’s now a Federal Deputy Director of Security at a major U.S. airport, TSA are his bitches. No, the Director of TSA at this airport is his bitch. No wait, I think he’s higher than that now 😉 I know he loves his mom, but shares little because he knows I SHARE everything /snort. In my mom heart, I know he would have been just as happy being the cop on the corner in
    Va Beach ❤

  4. HELENK3 says:

    a good history lesson

  5. Myiq2xu says:

  6. Myiq2xu says:

    Ben and Thomas got one of these yesterday. No fatalities or broken bones yet.

  7. Myiq2xu says:

    I got one of my favorite gifts yesterday – cash. So I bought some beer and some bourbon with it at Punjabi Liquors yesterday. This afternoon I went to Wallyworld to spend the rest of it. I couldn’t find season 5 of Justified, but I did find the last two seasons of Breaking Bad. They were about $25 each, which wiped out my Santabucks.

    I was surprised because traffic was kinda light. When I got to Wallyworld I saw a space open up way at the front – 2nd space, one row over from the main entrance. That might be the closest I ever parked since that store opened. The spaces right in front of the door at all handicapped parking, so I was actually about as close as I could get.

    When I got in the store it was crowded but there were lots of employees and the lines weren’t long. I went straight to electronics and got my DVDs. I stood in line for maybe 30 seconds before being waited on. Then I left.

    When I got home I went to open the DVD’s and I discovered that one of them had already been opened. Then I popped open the cases and discovered all the disks were missing. I was pissed. I had already changed out of my street clothes so I I put them back on and drove back to Wallyworld.

    Traffic was bad, parking was worse and the lines were long. After about an hour I was leaving with an unopened DVD. The salespeople were polite and friendly and helpful, just swamped with customers.

    How was your day?

    • Kathy says:

      I hate taking stuff back–hate lines in general. We went to lunch with youngest daughter at some ‘ love the earth’ place. But it was actually good. She has gone from being a vegan to a vegetarian to eating only meat that is humanely raised (in a sustainable environment). It’s ok–she’s a good kid!

      • 1539days says:

        Vegetarians are okay if they’re not preachy. Vegans are kind of annoying because they can’t eat nearly anything most people would consider food.

        The worst are the vegan assholes that fear monger and tell people they will get cancer if they eat meat.

    • abc says:

      We have seasons of Justified at our public library. Next time, save the extra beer money and have the govt foot the bill for the DVDs.

      • Constance says:

        I check out seasons of TV shows all the time. It saves a lot of money and they have an amazing selection.

  8. westcoaster says:

    OT: Newsmax reviewed Sarah Palin’s position on several key issues:

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