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Letter to the Editor: For a paycheck?


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By Carl Kem
Columbia

Editor:

There have been more than a few incidents in the past few years where the integrity of law enforcement has been questioned. Sadly there is too much that has gone wrong, that this can no longer be seen as an individual bad cop issue. Instead, this is in the realm of bad departments. Incidents have taken place in Green Bay, Wis., Chicago, Ill., Los Angeles, Calif. and Albuquerque, N.M.

Then there is the recent acquisition of armored personnel carriers by civilian law enforcement.

"We're gonna chase down them old ladies jay walking with a tricked out MilSurp Hummer with a Ma Duece sitting on top! Yee haw!"

A few weeks back I heard a young man in Price swear at a cop, calling him a nazi. I have no idea what the issue was, but the cop either ignored it or didn't hear it. Whatever. But truly, even now with the drastic increase of police abusing people, we cannot call cops "nazis" and expect it to be accurate.

The nazis did their thing against Romanians, Jews, the disabled, and the homosexuals, amongst others, for their Fuhrer. Their leader. Their master. And that is the difference.

The cops are not throwing people into gas chambers or ovens. Not even concentration camps. They are, however, beating up unarmed people that are time and time again proven to be innocent. In many instances, killing them. If a regular citizen does that, assault a person and kill them for no reason, it's murder. If a cop does it, it's in the line of...duty. Duty? Well, there is no national law saying they must do "this". No leader saying they should. They have the United States and state constitutions, and standards set by the state P.O.S.T. Council, which so far has shown too many times to be ineffective.

The nazis did it out of loyalty to their leader. Cops, they have no such excuse. They instead they do it for a paycheck.

Loyalty to their country and their leader vs. a paycheck....that does kinda make the nazis look like a rather respectable bunch, doesn't it?

How long until that happens here? How long until the law enforcement in OUR communities go "that direction"? What will local law enforcement do to prevent that from happening here?

This letter, in its entirety, is not just for the people in the community, but the candidates for the upcoming elections to consider.

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