What we seek to do in part two of cop killing is to explain the
importance of not only the existence of a strong social bond between the
police and the community, but a law abiding trust, and dependence, on the
police department by the citizen when they choose not to bear arms. And
this trust and dependence is seen by the criminal element as a vulnerability.
And can use this weak position of the citizen to effect criminal acts
against any person they seek to do harm. But when the citizen hates
the institution of policing this can present difficulties, that can only
hinder the officer's investigation. Even though the citizen may have been
physically or financially wronged. And they too, as a result of their hate,
may not care at all if cops are murdered by thugs.
In part two of the consequences of killing a cop we are going to take
a look at an imaginary model, though hypothetically and perhaps for
illustrative purposes only, nevertheless what we shall learn from this will
help us to grasp the value of policing.
Lets create a model town. A small model town. One quite different from
our TV series back in the sixties, Andy Of Mayberry RFD, where the
town only had two peace officers, a sheriff and a deputy. But what we
don't quite know is how many people live in Mayberry. We do know that
for the most part everybody knew each other in the town of Mayberry.
And that the crime rate was very low. In fact, the most exciting moment
in Mayberry was the deputy, Barney Fife, giving someone a ticket, or
hauling in Otis the town drunk for intoxication, and not to mention, Ernest
T. Bass for rock throwing.
Mayberry could not be used to represent the type of problems we face
in 2009. It's model of the perfect society is so illusory that it would
never serve as a standard for today. There is nothing to draw from for
anyone. Even economic problems seemed to be almost foreign to the town. It
is true that Mayberry considered itself detached from the rest of the world
but still all micro-communities are just microcosms of larger communities
with the same problems or similar ones.
No... what we need to do is to look elsewhere for a model town that will
reflect today's social conflicts as they are, and have been for the past 30
years. So since I could not literally find a small model to use to help us
apprehend the need for local police I decided to create my own. This
model is not in the least perfect nor is it real. It is however able to help
us achieve our objectives.
Lets call this town, Good Town. Now Good Town consist of ten families
plus three police families for a total of thirteen. And for the sake of
clarity we will exclude everything that a town normally is made up of but
just the people and the law. Good Town has three law enforcement officers.
John Doe, married, Jack Smith, single, and Jill Jones, engaged. A ratio of
four and one third average size families for every one cop. And these three
local officers are responsible for the whole town. The families by the way
have not had any crime for over three consecutive years. But this will soon
change. Moreover, the cops have to cover an area of a mile and a half radius
to complete a patrol. Good Town's most exciting time has been high school
fights with children over prom nights. Or bicycle stealing... Or an
occasional domestic violence for the kidís Christmas presents. Other than
that Good Town is a good town.
But one day Drug Gang-A moves into the neighborhood. On the East side
of Good Town. It discovers after taking a survey at the local high school
that they are unchallenged in drug distribution in the community. Thereafter
they begin corrupting the youth with drugs. Months go by until things begin
to worsen. Family One has been having trouble with their daughter not going
to school and staying out late at night.
Several other families report the same or similar problems with their
kids. But this is not necessarily breaking the law.
Next, a Pedophile moves into Good Town looking for fresh meat. As time
goes by he sets his sights on Family Seven. They have five children. One is
a little boy only five years old and likes to play on the outside of the yard
on the sidewalk without any supervision. Let me remind you that Good Town
has not had any crime for the past three years and parents subsequently had
very little fear of allowing their children to go unsupervised during
Now lets stop for a moment and assess the threat to Good Town's safety at
this point. We can posit there are two major threats to the safety of the
town. 1) Drug Gang-A, and 2) A dangerous Pedophile.
The local police, officer Doe, Jones and Smith are not Mayberry types. That
is to say, Ticket- writers, or Drunk-haulers, or Rock-catchers. They are very
serious and professionally trained police persons capable of dealing with the
times and their changes. Though, up to this point we have heard or seen little
response from them, that is because there has been little crime committed,
and very little need to arrest anyone for anything. But that is soon to
change for certain.
Drug Gang-A has a monopoly on the price of a high. And because of this
their prices keep rising. One night two 13 year old males from Family Four
meet up with Drug Gang-A members to do a drug deal on the school
courtyard behind the building. A neighbor spots them and calls police.
Officer Doe takes the call and responds. But these drug boys are not boys.
They are over 21 and armed to the teeth, and there are three of them.
Officer Doe parks his car on the opposite side of the school and decides to
out flank the drug dealers and spring the element of surprise on them. But as
he approaches in the dark to their right, one of the drug boys has decided to
check out the area to make sure that they are not being put in any danger. He
spots the police car on the far side of the school building and hurries back
to alert the others. In doing so officer Doe moves in to make the arrest, but
in executing the element of surprise a gun battle breaks out. The two young
boys scatter and the drug boys shoot it out with officer Doe, who is shot
fatally in the exchange. One of the drug boys is hit, but all three get
Now we are down to two local police officers to cover the thirteen
families including their own. And the ratio is now six and a half average
size families for each cop. Redistributing the safety burden of the town by
Since a replacement for officer Doe will take some time to complete,
officer Jones and Smith must take care of the town themselves. Remember this
is not what would happen in real life. And that is not the point we are
attempting to make with our model. Because, in real life several back-ups
would have been on the scene before the gun battle on the school courtyard
ever got started.
A short while later, another gang moves into Good Town looking for
prospects to hook, Drug Gang-B. They target the West-side of town. Now
Drug Gang-A has competition. Also, an affair occurred in Family Six and
Family Eight and the husband in family eight killed the husband in family
six, and officer Jones makes the arrest. But underlying all this two of the
children from Family Eight has run away from home.
Clearly we can begin to see the effects or the consequences of the loss
of officer Doe. The burden now on officer Smith and Jones has increased
substantially. That is to say, they must now divide the 33 1/3 percent of
police provided protection that officer Doe provided among themselves,
until his replacement arrives. Meantime, crime and the threat of crime
continues to grow with little abatement.
Drug Gang-A finds out through their customers that Drug Gang-B has
been selling them drugs at a lower price, and therefore would rather trade
with Drug Gang-B. Drug Gang-A declares war on Drug Gang-B as a
One rainy night Drug Gang-A, calls a meeting with Drug Gang-B, to square
differences, and instead, to collude, by joining forces to keep the price of
drugs in the town high for the sake of profits. But Drug Gang-B's economist
and accountant tells them why do that when they can have it all, and the
meeting breaks up.
What happened next is a call came in from a child's parents alerting local
police that a Pedophile had stolen their child while playing on the sidewalk.
Officer Jones responds and attempts to track down the whereabouts of the
child. On the outskirts of the town officer Jill Jones finds the child in the
woods unclothed and strangled and just by chance spots a man darting past
her vehicle and sets out in pursuit. But this Pedophile is armed. And stops
to exchange gunfire with the officer. Because the officer had little cover in
pursuit of the Pedophile she is severely wounded, and subsequently had to
be hospitalized for six months.
Now Good Town is down to one local officer with a steady rise in crime,
and the Pedophile is still on the loose.
What does this mean. Well, 66 2/3 percent of police protection is down.
Officer Jack Smith has to do the job of two people besides himself now.
And the replacement for officer Doe is still on hold.
So what does the situation look like now? Well... lets see, we have two
drug gangs entrenched in a drug war. Our Pedophile is still on the prowl for
little children. Family Six and Eight are at war over the sexual affair
between the parents. The two run-a-ways are still on the run. It is clear
that officer Jack Smith is unable to spread himself around enough to satisfy
the entire town when it comes to comprehensive police protection. Something
has to be done and right away. He now has to protect and serve thirteen
families instead of four and a third starting out.
Moreover, the unemployment rate rises, and five new immigrant families
moves into Good Town...
This brief example of a town in crisis in terms of rising crime and
decreasing police protection, due to service rendered, points out with some
affirmation what the police means to the citizenry. Oh sure, the town's
people in the real world, because we have a second amendment granting US
citizens the right to bear arms, probably have weapons of their own. And
maybe are expert marksmen. You never know. But there are people in the real
world who prefer not to have weapons in their homes due to children. They
would prefer to rely on police protection to remedy any potential crime that
may threaten the sanctity of their home. And to avoid direct interaction
including their children with the criminal element or the crime itself.
What our model proves on paper at least is that the percentages of police
protection was cut drastically as each police officer's career was cut
short by physical interaction with criminals.
Couldn't you see how economics were playing a role in the rise of the crime
rate in Good Town? How morality seemed at first to be driving Good Town
into future prosperity? But suddenly when drugs entered the picture things
began to change. The structure of the family began to break down. The
threat to the town's safety as well as to the safety of its local police began
to wean. Suddenly the cost of safety could be seen for what it's worth. And
this, though not a direct correlation, saw the values of the community plummet.
Can we rationally conclude that drugs were the reason for the blight of Good
Town? No we cannot. There were affairs and family feuds occurring without
the aid of drugs. What we learn to understand is that you don't need any
external forces acting to spur conflict among family members or between
families, because this social conflict paradigm is inherent in society itself.
What this means is that crime at some level will always exist among people.
And as such just like in Mayberry and Good Town in the real world we shall
always need the aid of police protection or some form of policing to minimize
the threat of crime and contain it if possible.
So are they valuable? Yes. Should we worry when a cop is killed by
criminals? Yes. Even though we have the right to bear arms. We should still
worry. And as cities all over the country and throughout the world grow, so
grows the potential for crime. With the rise in the crime rate in Good Town
and the decline in police protection, officer Jack Smith had no chance in hell
of curbing all the crime going on in Good Town. He would have ultimately
been eliminated by the thugs. And then you would have Anarchy, but a bold
chance to use your weapons to fight the bad guys on your own turf, unless the
state government declares Marshall Law, and moves in the national guard to
stabilize things. Otherwise it's all out war in Good Town.
Can you see where this is leading? That's right, to the end of Good Town.
Remember, the state has a compelling interest in its own survival, and police
are the tools to see that it achieves its objective. Good Town is not the
state, but a town within the state, but is as important as the state, however
the state is a larger institution that depends on Good Town for tax revenue,
so Good Town has a compelling interest too. But the police are employees of
Though Good Town is impractical it is still in terms of a model, exemplary
of a clear perspective on rising crime and evinces how cops must sometimes
spread themselves around. The fact that one cop arrives on the scene first
before others is not unrealistic. This does happen. It just depends on the
call and who's in the vicinity at the time. Although it wasn't mentioned above
it will be mentioned now that cops have an afterlife. That is, they don't work
24 hours a day at the job. They go home and recuperate, the married and the
In Good Town officer Jack Smith cannot leave the job in this theoretical
model. He must remain on duty because the rise in crime is pervasive, and
mainly because there is no one to replace him. That is not likely to be an
occurrence in today's real world. But just the thought of such an anomaly
chills the blood of the law abiding citizen. And what about lunch and his
two fifteen minute breaks to just relax? The best thing that officer Smith
could do would be to deputize some of the town's people as last resort.
But such an act has to have authorization from the Mayor, or city council
depending on how the local government is politically structured. [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/Fenty-gives-
police-power-to-deputize-citizens-41405167.html] It is believed that
situations still exist today that mirror such a dilemma as the one Good
Town faced by and large. And as we can plainly see the chief of police
is missing in Good Town too.
Rural towns in America, where the population is below 1000 inhabitants,
and the numbers of police officers are moderate, are vulnerable to attack
from the drug dealers. Especially when the employment rate is high in
those areas, and the population is multicultural. The prior statement does
not imply that some ethnic groups are attractors of drug trafficking and
others are not. What is meant is that the more diverse the rural community
the easier it is for drug traffickers to recruit the less fortunate, while
at the same time setting up a buy and sell and distribution strategy to
generate demand. That is to say, a black drug gang would not blend in with
an all white rural community.
Good Town as we learned in the end was growing. Immigrants were
moving in but on the flip side of things we saw a rise in unemployment too.
With the one deceased cop, John Doe, married, and officer Jill Jones,
engaged, hospitalized and in recovery for six months this pattern could
only spell trouble for the future.
Here in Cincinnati we asked the Chief Colonel Thomas H. Streicher, Jr.
of the Cincinnati police department four very important questions about
the life of a police officer when off-duty. Unfortunately Sergeant Phillip
N. Buccino, at District One was supposed to contact me about the
information, but apparently was unable to do so. And I imagine Chief
Streicher was unable too. Their input would have made all the difference,
but with a look at our model it is believed the reader has a fair
understanding of what cop killing means. It is simply bad public
For a good reference to the social conflicts of what misunderstandings
between law enforcement and the people can create, read the accounts
of 'the black militant group: Move' in Philadelphia in the 1970s, or Randy
and Vicky Weaver at Ruby Ridge Idaho, or Waco, and David Koresh, The
Branch Dividians in Texas in 1993, and The Oklahoma City Bombing by
Timothy McVeigh in 1995. You can go to the library and borrow the videos
on these cases and learn how such events caused dissension and
misinterpretation between law enforcement at all levels and Americans
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