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KUBICEK: “Democracy means that if the doorbell rings in the early hours, it is likely to be the milkman.”

February 24, 2014

by Fred Kubicek

The thought for the day is brought to us by Winston Churchill:  “Democracy means that if the doorbell rings in the early hours, it is likely to be the milkman.”

According to latest statistics, 33 local law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty by gunfire during  2013. While this is indeed tragic, it is the lowest number who have died in that way since 1887. There is no doubt that both tactics and equipment have played a large part in this relatively low number.

On the other hand this story about a 17 year old boy who was shot and killed by police when he answered the door carrying a Wii video game controller caught my eye. How many innocent civilians have been shot & killed by local law enforcement officials recently? In May there was the 72 yr old grandfather in Ft Worth, TX, in October of 2013 the police killed an 80 yr old man in a drug raid, but there were no drugs at the house, on December 11, 2013 an innocent 35 yr old mother of 3 was killed during a botched police raid in Ohio, and then there is the Jan 2014 shooting of a North Carolina 5’3″ 100 lb teen who had been tazed and was being held down by 2 police officers when he was shot by a 3rd officer – and there are more. In fact going back a few years you will find dozens of accounts of innocent people being killed during botched police raids. (see here,  here and here)  And these do not include the innocent civilians who were only wounded by stray police fire – 9 in NY alone in 2012.

In a civilized society local law enforcement is important, but these accounts go way beyond what most Americans would view as ‘local law enforcement.’ Part of the problem is simple. When you arm the police like the military and train them in a similar fashion you are going to get battlefield results. And that is exactly what is transpiring. Paramilitary style raids by local law enforcement have risen throughout the US. By some accounts they take place 40,000 times each year!  (If you wish to pursue this topic in more detail, check out the 103pg pdf file ‘Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America‘ by the Cato Institute)

“If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern,” wrote Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. Mr. Justice it would appear that there is now a reason for grave concern. It seems like Mr Churchill’s definition of democracy no longer applies to present day America!

 

4 Responses to KUBICEK: “Democracy means that if the doorbell rings in the early hours, it is likely to be the milkman.”

  1. ken on February 26, 2014 at 2:25 am

    How do we post stories like this and on the other hand mindlessly defend ex-cop geezers who shoot popcorn-wielding thugs in movie theaters? Either cops killing innocent civilians is epidemic….or it’s aberrant.

    I say it’s cops being cops, and we can use FEWER of ’em.

  2. duh duh on February 26, 2014 at 9:16 am

    That must be ACORN collecting the voter ballots for democraps.

  3. DLMG40SL on February 26, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I wonder too, how many of man’s best friend, loyal canines, have been shot and or killed because a police officer would not back away from the dog owner so the owner could calm the dog. I know there are aggressive dogs that might not be able to be controlled, but it seems that the past 5 or so years, the first reaction is to shoot to kill the animal even though the animal is just protecting the owner, as is his nature, and then no apology or remorse. Many dog / animal lovers treat the animal as a child or constant companion, closer than even a child, as do I.

  4. Sam Whittemore on February 27, 2014 at 11:37 am

    I too am opposed to this militarization of our police agencies.

    Furthermore, I believe it brings the wrong kind of people to policing.

    If you want to be a soldier, join the Army.

    We need more peace officers, not law enforcement officers.

    Sam