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Kids and Cops; The Truth
26 February, 2014
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Notice: If the unvarnished truth offends, if some minor colorful language is a problem, and/or if the reader is genuinely pleased with the course that the United States is now upon, then please stop at this point in reading... You certainly will not like what follows.
50-odd years ago, when I was very young, cops were
the good guys – the police “policed” their own –
kid's were taught to trust law enforcement officers
and to view those officers as “friendly and safe”.
My own father was the Police Commissioner for the
City of Cocoa Beach, Florida in the early 60s.
No one I ever knew at that young age was literally
afraid of the police as so many are now. It was
nearly unthinkable in the at large social
conscience, at that rather innocent time in Rural
America's history, that a law enforcement officer
could easily be a rapist,
or a thief.
This does not mean that there were none in the
middle decades of the last century that both wore a
badge and also had felonious streak; most admittedly
some did some pretty awful things, but also most
certainly, not in the large numbers that exist
today. It is no longer a shock to learn of a
"cop-gone-bad", we simply and quite sadly
now accept it as the norm.
To our collective
misfortune at this point in time, the guys and gals
wearing the badge are just as likely to be the
criminals; from what I am told, in large cities,
perhaps much more than likely. Additionally,
there are now a few disturbed persons out there impersonating
peace officers, though not nearly as many as
the number of bad cops routinely and daily acting under
the color of law, most every time in direct
contravention of their respective State's
constitution as well as that of the United States.
What is worse, they
do so with complete and total impunity for their
crimes a majority of the time, up to and including
the very public extra
judicial killing of citizens.
Okay – so what's my point.... Simply this. Please teach your children and your grand-children the truth; don't feed them a diet of fairy tales about how kind and nice the world is and that cops or other authority figures or other agents of the "State" are their friends. Here are some things that I taught my children and now my grand-children that may be of help to the reader:
Teach your children that they do not need to actually do anything “wrong” to become a target of the authorities.
Make sure that your children know that you, as their parent, grand-parent or guardian, have their back as long as they are in the moral right of any given situation.
Teach children to demand a warrant if law enforcement attempts to enter your property. With the very recent SCOTUS ruling, anyone inside a residence may give permission for entry which constitutes consent to search... You can bet this will be construed by law enforcement to mean a barn, shop, green house or any other outbuilding.
If someone identifies themselves as a police officer, demand photo ID, not just a badge, anyone can dress up like or say they are a cop.
Make sure that children ask the three most important questions if they are detained in any manner whatsoever by any government authority:
Am I free to go? (if yes, leave immediately)
Am I under arrest? (if yes, say nothing other than their name, and also their parents name and phone number)
If I am not free to go than I am in fact under arrest, I want to call my parents – will you let me do so now? (if yes, do so – if no, well that is up to you what to tell your kids to do in that particular happenstance... Hint, I told my kids to run through the woods in a straight line as turning while running gave the pursuers a cutting of corners advantage, just say'in...)
Make sure you tell your children, particularly older kids, not to lie to law enforcement and not to make up stories to simply pacify their interrogators – but also tell them that they have the option to simply refuse to answer without their parents and/or attorney present. Additionally, make absolutely sure that they understand that Law Enforcement CAN and WILL lie, WILL threaten, WILL use language and threats meant to intimidate, WILL cause various forms of physical pain perhaps under the guise of restraining the child and/or of the child supposedly “resisting”, etc., and, that unfortunately, it is in practice even if not specifically permitted, tacitly lawful for them to do all of the above.
Instill in your children that the current form of the American Justice System is not about right and wrong, and certainly not about the truth. You may wish to further explain the for-profit prison system and also the well known facts about the receipt of judicial "kick-backs" associated with such for-profit juvenile facilities...
I guess what I am saying here is
folks - give your kids the ammunition they need to not
become another statistic - give them the
educational foundation and knowledge base they need
to live life as a human being, vice a soon to be
figuratively slaughtered "sheep"!
I'll leave you with four simple
but profound Jeffersonian quotes which I believe says
everything and anything that needs to be said further
on the subject at hand:
"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."
"Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain cool and unruffled under all circumstances."
"Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrants will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual."“When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.”