Liberty Commentary

Secession and Today’s Police: Friends or Foes of Liberty?

by Russell D. Longcore, DumpDC

I have written much about the need for state militias. I have written hopefully about how military personnel may disobey direct orders to enforce martial law in the event of martial law being declared by Washington after some disaster or economic meltdown. But today, I’m writing about the police.

Have you noticed the many ways your local police forces have changed over the last 25 years?

Let’s start with the physical appearance of most Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs). Most of the uniformed police officers I see today are young men with military haircuts. That means that they either have shaved their heads or have a Marine Corps “high and tight” haircut. This choice of hairstyle seems to be a deliberate emulation of the active duty military personnel. It would seem that today’s LEO would rather be thought of as a soldier than a civilian.

But it’s more than just which side you want to look like. I see LEOs who dress like soldiers every day, driving cruisers and making routine traffic stops. This is a deliberate attempt by LEOs to separate themselves from the civilian world and appear threatening to the populace. The effort at civilian intimidation is not lost on this writer. I see this more in the big cities, and not so much in the rural areas. In the rural areas, the officers are still very much a part of the community they live in. But in the larger cities they are anonymous, and that’s dangerous.

Next point is LEO training. The IQ of the police recruit is not so much in question here, but the children of the government schools of the last 30 years have not been given a classical education which teaches them to think. They have been spoon-fed political correctness and a love for the government. Consequently, many of today’s LEOs know nothing of the US Constitution, do not consider the spirit of a law, but simply the letter of the law. That leaves no room for using common sense in the gray areas of human interaction as related to law enforcement.

Next point is the methods of training and tactics that modern police use. You can simply watch the evening news, and soon you’ll see a Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team of police make an attack on a building or residence. The footage you see will be identical to the methods and tactics used by military forces in combat.

Next point is the equipment and armaments that modern police are buying and using. We have local police agencies that have armored personnel carriers, helicopters and fully automatic battle rifles. Many police department SWAT teams have designated sniper teams, trained in identical sniper methods as active duty military personnel.

And have you made note of how police show up to a demonstration, or to do crowd control? They look just like military personnel, arrayed in helmets, combat boots, dark uniforms, face shields, and carrying combat assault rifles.

There is also the matter of the ethical behavior of LEOs. There are many LEOs on police forces around the country that have committed crimes. In my own area, the Atlanta PD is considered one of the most corrupt in Georgia. Add to that corruption the Federal EEOC requirements in which certain numbers of minorities must be hired and promoted. So a toxic stew of criminals with entitlement attitudes and a badge can make for very bad police organizations from top to bottom.

Lastly is the phenomenon of the funerals for LEOs who die on the job. I consider their reactions to be out of proportion and indicative of the “us versus them” attitude of most law enforcement personnel. I recently saw the video footage of the funeral in Lakewood, Washington for four police officers killed by a gunman. Reports stated that over 20,000 LEOs attended the funeral from all over North America that featured over 2,000 police and fire vehicles.

So, when we consider the implications of secession as they relate to LEOs, we must ask:

(a) Who will the police obey, the citizens or LEOs from some other Federal alphabet agency… like FBI, ATF, DEA, DHS, CIA, DIA or US Marshalls?

(b) Obedience is different than loyalty. In the military, unit cohesion is everything. You don’t fight for your country, you fight for the other five guys in your squad. So, will the loyalty of the LEOs move toward other Law Enforcement Officers from Federal agencies, or toward their oath of service?

(c) Would LEOs be true to their Oath of Office, if that oath included swearing to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic?

(d) Would LEOs arrest a Federal LEO who was attempting to enforce US Federal law in a secession state, or against secessionist leaders?

One of the other crucial matters in 2010 America is criminal prosecution. That process usually starts with civilian interaction with a LEO. The criminal justice system is so broken now that it is difficult for a normal citizen to go through a normal day without breaking some laws. And just having a conversation with a police officer can result in your arrest and incarceration…even if you are innocent.

Please go get a cold or hot beverage, promise not to answer the phone for the next hour, and watch the following two video presentations. I promise that they will be some of the most important time you spend in this very early 2010. Then, have the rest of your family members watch the videos, especially if you have teenagers. Finally, send a copy of this article to everyone you know, so they can protect themselves from negative experiences with Law Enforcement Officers.

Professor James Duane, law professor at Regent University School of Law, with a presentation “Don’t Talk To Cops, Part One.”

Officer George Bruch of the Virginia Beach Police Department, “Don’t Talk To Cops, Part Two.”


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I have been yelling at everyone from the top of my lungs about this very issue for the last 3 years. Police are not the military, but they sure as hell act like they are. I have made so many posts around the internet as to this, I cannot do another without my eyes starting to bleed.

But I will say to this: “I see this more in the big cities, and not so much in the rural areas”. I live in the rural midwest, and frequent a not very large city that thrives on it’s college football. I can tell you that the more rural the city, the worse it can be, as in the small towns with speed traps that are their only means of income.
My hometown, a town with a real population of about 1800 people(and since the annex a few years back, about 10,000), TWO stoplights, and a single grocery store, has an entirely corrupt police force.

There are about 20 officers(which is about 15 too many, for this sleepy town of mostly senior citizens), and every year they hound the city council for more money for M16’s and an armored car. Like the could find a use for this stuff. They all have the buzz cuts, they all act like Rambo(when the other person is sure not to defend themselves), and they utterly puss out when real crime comes around(two hour response time to a armed robbery call at an adress a quarter mile from the police department).

I see it in the news every day. A shooter, locked up in a building somewhere killing people, and a hundred cops in tactical gear(most of them overweight) outside holding machine guns, pointing them at the building. Waiting for the shooter to finish and kill himself, so they can throw one of their expensive flashbangs into the building and act like Navy Seals for ten minutes, and stand around trying to look cool for 4 hours after everyone’s dead to “double check the premises for more shooters”.

I actually wrote an essay on this a few years back with all the research, but most of it pertained to the ATF and their militarization(and subsequent nazi-ization). But it all disgusts me. If AmRev2 ever comes along, it’ll be these crew-cut thugs who we’ll be fighting, not the military, in my opinion. Mostly, anyway.
There may be one good cop in every hundred, but I’ve never met one. And at this point, I don’t care to. I trust criminals more than cops, because I at least know what their gonna (try to) do to me!

Militant Libertarian

I live in a small town in Wyoming. Not that this is saying much, since Wyo doesn’t really have any big towns…

At any rate, our cops here are decent police men and not militarized a-holes like we had in Utah. They don’t have M-16s, a tank, or any of that sort of thing here.

Our little town (pop 1200) has three or four assault/battery incidents every year, usually at the bar. That’s about it. Even the big city of Cheyenne had a record-breaking (1) murder last year.

I sincerely think that the prevailing attitude of generally conservative (somewhat libertarian) thought here keeps the cops more or less in line. People just don’t seem interested in putting up with that crap. Our town council worries about overspending $20 and raising utility rates by 0.04 cents.

Of course, when the SHTF, I don’t expect all of this to last.

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