…aka “defunding the police”
Let’s talk turkey about eliminating professional police and replacing them with citizen safety committees.
Let’s imagine these amateurs dealing effectively with the mafias of Italy, Sicily, Russia, and Vietnam, also international terrorists, drug cartels…
and a constantly varying mixture and frequency of burglary, arson, rape, murder, kidnapping, counterfeiting, robbery, prostitution, missing persons, bar fights, drunken driving, vandalism, disorderly conduct, malicious mischief, cruelty to animals, identity theft, traffic jams, hate crimes, rowdy demonstrations, maybe a riot… any or all of this,
plus directing traffic, escorting funeral processions, dealing with trespass complaints, investigating collisions, shooing away loiterers…
all the while enforcing weapons laws, and maybe serving a search or arrest warrant on the sort of psychopathic felon who’d rather kill a cop than get laid.
Can you imagine untrained, uncoordinated, inexperienced amateurs dealing effectively with any part of such a mixture?
When I assign that task to my imagination, it just laughs.
Let’s eliminate police misconduct, not the police.