“Police officers, who primarily put people in cages, are the enforcers of mass incarceration.”
The New York Times recently released a mind-bending editorial that somehow managed to pin the blame on our nation’s police officers for ‘mass incarcerations’ and overflowing prison populations.
Instead of looking at the criminal actions that landed suspects behind bars, they straight up blame the cops for enforcing the law.
Now… one former officer is standing up to set the record straight.
The title of the op-ed piece was, “Police Can’t Solve the Problem. They Are the Problem.”
It was written by attorneys Derecka Purnell and Marbre Stahly-Butts and published in the New York Times at the end of September. The article largely focused on the 1994 crime bill signed by Bill Clinton, which provided funding for additional police officers as well as crime reduction programs.
The authors wasted no time at all using cops as a scapegoat for crime rates and civil unrest throughout the country.
“The reality is this: The police fill prisons,” the authors wrote. “We can’t repair the harm that the 1994 crime bill has done by promoting mass incarceration without reducing the size and scope of the police.”
So not only are police to blame for putting people in jail for…. you know, breaking the law… but in order to fix it, we should put less cops on the street.
They continued by saying that the criminal justice system was a ‘system of oppression’ and needed to be reduced and abolished. They say police are the problem.
“Systems of oppression, like slavery, Jim Crow, and mass incarceration, must be reduced and abolished — not reimagined,” the article reads. “Police officers, who primarily put people in cages, are the enforcers of mass incarceration. We must reckon with the reality that the police are part of the problem and stop investing money, power and legitimacy in them.”
Former Arizona police officer Brandon Tatum appeared on Fox & Friends to offer his feelings on the attitude toward police in the U.S.
He said that calling the police “the problem” is “absolutely ridiculous” and “damaging to the reputation of law enforcement.”
“I feel like, in this country, it has gone too far,” Tatum said.
The authors “proved” their point that cops were to blame by saying that an additional 100,000 officers being added to the force from a federal crime bill only helped reduce crime by 1.3 percent.
But when overall crime dropped by 26 percent between 1993 and 2000, police didn’t get the credit. The authors instead cited pre-school and job programs for the reduction.
So what should we do to change the system? They say less police and more free stuff for people.
“Free public transportation, living wages and quality housing would be better responses to these issues than increased policing,” the article argued.
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The cops can’t win. If something bad happens, we blame the officers. But if their presence leads to positive change, we chalk the win up to other factors.
Give us a freaking break.
“When you’re having a problem, you call the police, when you are the problem, you blame the police and that’s exactly what they’re doing,” Tatum said. “Police officers have become the scapegoat of everybody’s problems.”
Instead of blaming the criminals for committing crimes, we’re blaming those who enforce the laws that were created by elected leaders.
What a ridiculous statement that is when you think about it… but it couldn’t be further from the truth. We task our police with upholding the law and keeping our streets safe. They don’t get to decide what’s illegal and what isn’t.
We elect the leaders. They create the laws. And we tell the cops to enforce them.
But sure… let’s blame the police for everything.
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