Monday, August 18, 2008

I have always been a big supporter of the police because they put their lives on the line to protect us. We are in a time when we sure need more protection. Even though I try and have great respect for the cops I’m afraid of them and suspect that many are bullies and enjoy their position of authority. The Russian comedian, Yakov Smirnoff, said one of the reasons he loves America more than Russian is that here our police at least fire a warning shot.

There have always been corrupt police and stories of abuse. Some of the people arrested need to be abused or even shot on the spot. However, the police in our area are becoming more abusive and seem to be warming up for the time when we become a totalitarian state under Obama. They will now arrest someone for the slightest infraction of the law. The cops in Nolanville are notorious for their speed traps. Just the other day, in a city south of Austin, a cop pulled over a speeding vehicle in route to a vet’s office to save the owners choking dog. The dog died and the cop remarked that it was only a dog and they could purchase another one.

The latest story of abuse is the action taken by a Belton cop directing traffic around an accident scene. The most prominent and law biding citizen of Belton was the victim. The victim has even served as city judge. Not a good one to be victimized. As the victim approached the accident the cop apparently gave a confusing signal and the victim thought he had been signaled to turn south. The cop shouted and called him “idiot.” The victim pulled over and stopped to inquire what the cop had intended him to do. The cop accused the victim of interfering with the duties of a police officer and immediately handcuffed him. This cop has to be incredibly immature, stupid or a plain bully. It’s probably a combination of all three. Maybe he is practicing to be like Smirnoff’s Russian police. Shoot or handcuff first, then ask questions.

From my previous experience with the Belton police, I suspect that the main problem is stupid. My neighbor who was an Alzheimer’s patient escaped one day and left in his car. He was found two days later in a West Texas town. I gave the Belton police a complete description of the individual and car at 4:30 PM. About a month later his wife received a summons for a ticket the poor man had received for going 40 mph in a 30 mph zone at 9:00 PM the day of his disappearance. The police had him in their hands and let him go. When notified of their stupid mistake the charge was quickly dropped.

These examples are another good reason to stay in my fortress of solitude on the porch. Police are now added to my list of meat-heads and other undesirables. The list has really been growing. It started with politicians and trial lawyers but is now several pages long.


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