Blog Credo

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Saturday, December 27, 2014

NYPD Bruise

I understand that the NYPD feel they are owed some sort of special status by virtue of their job.  Police are an important part of a functioning modern society.

However, regular citizens - even the dark skinned ones - believe that they are entitled not to be killed by the police, not to leave in fear of the police, not to kowtow before police authority.

That Mayor De Blasio could say these things, namely that his black-skinned son should be careful when dealing with the police, and this would cause enough outrage that they would turn their back on him during a memorial service, suggests once more that the police don't understand what the phrase "public servant" means.

And that's what's so scary about all this.  The police no longer see themselves as public servants but as master of the public.

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