Stop vb. , to arrest the progress of; to hinder; to impede; to cease

State n. , a gang of thieves writ large; a territorial monopolist of compulsion and
ultimate decision-making (jurisdiction) which may engage in continual, institutionalized property rights violations and exploitation in the form of expropriation, taxation, and regulation of private property owners; the group within society that claims for itself the exclusive right to rule everyone under a special set of laws that permit it to do to others what everyone else is rightly prohibited from doing, namely aggressing against person and property.

Friday, January 13, 2012

There Are No Good Cops

 There are no good cops anymore.  They’re all bad.  Even this former New Orleans cop says 70% of his department should be fired or indicted.
Don’t email me about your best friend from high school who you swear is a good cop.  He’s not a good cop.  Neither is the cop who lives down the street who has the fun July 4th party every year.  Your cop uncle isn’t a good cop either.  They’re all bad cops.  They might all be good people, great people, when you hang out with them on their days off, but being a good person outside the job does not translate into being a good cop.
If your cop friend has ever ticketed or arrested someone for a victimless crime he’s a bad cop and the poor souls he arrested or ticketed were so for committing acts that harmed nobody.
Imagine if a normal citizen started going around acting like a typical cop.  Imagine a normal-looking guy in regular clothes handcuffing people, throwing them in the back of his vehicle, and then locking them up in his dungeon because he doesn’t approve of them consuming marijuana, carrying a handgun on their person for self-defense without government permission, or even fishing without a license.  Imagine if this guy was demanding that people who don’t wear their seatbelts give him money.  Imagine if this person was claiming the right to use violent force against anyone who didn’t comply and the right to kill anyone who physically fought back. 
Regardless of whether or not he believed he was doing a good deed, such an individual would rightly be seen as crazed and criminal.  But this is exactly what typical police do on a daily basis.
The only good cop is an ex-cop who left the force disgusted by the number of victimless crime laws he was asked to enforce. 
“Well, we’ll see who how much you hate cops after my cop friend saves your life!”
See one of my previous articles challenging the claim that police provide any protection at all.  Cops are too busy ruining young pot smokers’ lives and giving single mothers $200 tickets to worry about protecting me from bad guys.  On top of that violent crime rates are at a four-decade low (in spite of the bad economy and in spite of a great deal of that violence being a result of the government’s drug war) and there’s evidence that an American is more likely to be killed by an American cop than a terrorist.  I also own and carry firearms, have a security system, a loud dog, and no compassion for aggressors – so bring it on bad guys.
History will not look kindly on the modern American police.  We have the highest incarceration rate in the world and there are daily police-brutality incidents, each one slightly more horrific than the last, being documented on YouTube so historians fifty years from now will be able to look back and study the Great Amerikan Police-State. 
School children in other countries will watch footage of American police dressed up like Darth Vader kicking down families’ doors, pointing guns at the children, and killing the family dogs over minor marijuana possession the same way American school children learn about (or used to learn about) the frightening brutality of police in Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union.
When that time comes you won’t want to admit that you were related to or friends with American cops anymore than someone would want to admit that they were friends with or related to Nazis.  If you’re related to one of the really bad cops you might even have to change your name and move far away.
Take steps now to prevent yourself from being put in that position and to reverse the trend towards tyranny.  Shame your cop friends into getting real jobs and if you’re unsuccessful gradually cut them out of your life completely.  We need potential police to know that becoming a cop could cost them friendships and their invitation to the family Christmas dinner.  Police need to know that a rapidly growing percentage of the American population looks at them with disgust.  Only then will wannabe thugs stop joining police forces.  Only then will the idea of becoming a cop be so degraded that law makers will be forced to end the war on vices because there won't be any people willing to put on the badge and enforce the vice laws anymore.


  1. Just because you wear a badge, that does not give you the right to steal and tase innocent peopke.

  2. Solid write-up. You make many solid points that'll many will likely find thought-provoking.

    Cool if I cross-post it to in the near future?

    1. You have full permission to cross-post any of my of articles.

  3. “Well, we’ll see who how much you hate cops after my cop friend saves your life!”
    To which I usually answer: If Adolph Hitler saved my life that would not make him an good or even an OK person.

    You are a man after my own heart' Check out:
    Good Cops and other urban legends.

    1. but he's the guy who killed hilter

  4. I am sensing a trend and I'm not entirely sure I agree with it. You label cops as bad and soldiers as insecure, but I think both are a product of our society. If someone took it upon themselves to wander around enforcing all those little laws, yes, we'd find them to be an infringing bully. But it isn't like most police search the law books to find things they can bring you in on, or say, "Cool, I never knew everyone had to buckle up. Now I'm going to get you on it!" Cops are a product of the system, the system that sets speeding quotas to make money, the system that tells them what to do. Yes, they are responsible for their individual actions, but I see them as a symptom, not the disease. You are a libertarian and for freedom and small government. This, in my opinion, is a government problem, a problem with the law makers. They totally expect their laws to be enforced, which is why all cops enforce them. You don't obey the state, you aren't a cop anymore.

    Maybe you are right and there is a problem with cops, but I don't think the beef should be with the people who are supposed to be our protection against our rights being violated. It should be with the system that doesn't care about our right to freedom in the first place.

    Similarly, with the soldiers. I don't know if your psychological profile was correct. However, do note it is the government who chooses to continue the wars instead of keep them at home, again for our protection.

    These are both professions strongly controlled by our government (I'm sure I don't have to remind you) and your posts seem to be attacking them on their own sake. Not necessarily saying you are wrong, just seems your target should be different.

    1. my problem with police is when they believe they are soldiers and civilians are the enemy.

  5. "The only good cop is an ex-cop who left the force disgusted by the number of victimless crime laws he was asked to enforce."

    One of my dearest friends and greatest inspirations, Bradley Jardis, fits this description perfectly.

  6. Further evidence to your point, if there were good cops, then we'd have regular breaking scandals and whistleblowers where the "bad seeds" were outed. How often (if ever) does that happen? Good cops would strive for a clean house.

  7. Badly written and, frankly, childish article. It shouldn't take witnessing the death of a loved one, a child or someone else to convince you to wear a seatbelt, to drive at the legal limit or not just follow the freaking law.
    Don't get me wrong; I hate American cops. I just this this article is pathetic.

  8. Most officers don't go around actively looking for the more petty laws to enforce. Police officers make genuine mistakes just like anyone else. Calling them bad cops for this is very much uncalled for. Also, most cops don't use lethal force unless they need to, which negates any bullshit "evidence" that you claim is out there as most people killed by the police needed to be killed. The few that are accidents or that could have been avoided are much less likely than getting killed by a terrorist.

    Please tell me where you saw any incident of a cop shooting a family's dog for marijuana possession. I suppose you're simply the type that likes to pull stories out of his ass for the sake of an article.

    "On top of that violent crime rates are at a four-decade low" Hm, I wonder why.

    Sure there are police officers that are no better than common thugs and should be fired, but I would say they're the exception and not the rule. Most police officers are more or less decent at what they do.

    You're completely biased and ignorant and from what I've read, you need a major wake up call and some serious perspective.

    1. The name "Silverback" is very well-fitting for your primate logic.