I've been thinking about the current undercurrent of lack of respect for law enforcement officers. I'll call them Leos, since it's easier to write.
Two incident were grossly blown out of proportion by media outlets and groups of malcontents, without any real purpose, other than stirring shit. The results were riots and murders of police officers.
I don't like what's happening; mostly because of the erosion of not only my safety, but of the safety of those I care about. Where Leos are usually professional, quick to stop crimes, and protect citizens from criminals, they now are unwilling to enforce laws, since their actions not only are being distorted by the media, their safety is even more compromised than before. The willingness to perform the job of protecting the peace is now gone by many, and they're being taunted by the criminals that prey on society. They only want to do what's necessary; and the demand officers not act alone will only lead to longer periods of times for the most violent criminals to continue unimpeded.
I see many feeling there's an erosion of society that can't be repaired, but I disagree with that assumption. There are solutions, and they lie not in criminal courts, but in courts of equity, where the instigators of criminal instigators find they can't escape from the civil repercussions.
Al Sharpton is one that contributed to many of the problems. He is not alone, since the mayor of New York failed to defuse a dangerous situation with foolish remarks. They're accountable; and they should be sued by those that suffered the most from their actions.
Criminal attorneys, and judges, are very limited by law. Criminal actions are well described and the punishments are regulated. Civil attorneys, and judges, have a different forum for sparring with the intangible harms of society. Where no law is broken, a harm to an individual is still a matter of contention, since even a person that passed has family members harmed by the actions of those that contributed to their demise. They have the forum of a civil court to plea their case; and even a criminal that escaped from conviction of a crime can find they didn't escape the punitive damages demanded by their losing a trial in a civil court. Remember O.J Simpson?
I hope the survivors of the two murdered police officers, as well as the merchants that suffered in Ferguson, use the power of the civil courts to demand compensation for the actions of those that contributed to the mass civil disobedience, and criminal actions, that caused them so much harm. It's not only their right, it's their duty to punish the media, the likes of Al Sharpton, and the organizations that were so willing to cause so much damage for personal gain. Criminal law may allow latitude in such things, but civil law is crap shoot, where skillful debaters can find "pocket book justice", partially right wrongs, and those that tread in disturbing the peace of individuals find they're not only bankrupt, they become examples of poor decisions.
Let the games begin. I'll sit and let my feet hang down.
In Case You've Wondered
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I don't use them to offend; I use them to embellish.