My thing is: these “I DARE YOU” operations don’t help forge a necessary trust of the police.
Effective law enforcement needs community assistance.
“See it, Say it”.
They got a huge list of unsolved murders and they’re instead adding to mistrust of police. If a community doesn’t trust the police, who are they going to go to if there’s trouble?
Not the cops – they’re just playing tricks.
So, they turn to nobody. Or, they turn to someone with ACTUAL power in the community, which might be a powerful local gang, to do the police’s job for them.
Gang warfare anyone?
This “broken window theory” style of policing (be hard on jaywalkers so they don’t become murders), doesn’t work.
Imagine the local extremist militia took over policing in your town.
They come from out of your county, all follow a religion that makes no sense to you, speak a strange language to you and each other that makes you uncomfortable.
Since their sect is in control of your community from the outside, you have no power over them and they can do anything to you without reprecussions.
What would they have to do to gain your trust to accept them as the rightful police in your community?
I will point out: MOST people in that community did NOT steal any sneakers. They were like, “what the hecc is that big unmarked truck doing in our suburban street?”
It’s that the sting was done in a neighborhood having nothing to do with the crimes they were working on.
Those three got released, uncharged after the sting was exposed.
The police also apologized for their mistake.
I want an America for everybody, not just for me.
Due process should be afforded all citizens. Life > Property.
Insurance takes care of property damage. Arrested thieves should get their day in court. None are animals.
That’s fine. But if you’re dead before a jury can try you and your crime was property crime, that’s not due process.
I shifted focus to police brutality and didn’t say I shifted focus. Sorry. That’s why I said life > property. I don’t like American citizens killed to protect stuff.
Most cops aren’t brutal. I never mentioned race. I wish this sting happened in a poor white neighborhood so i wouldn’t have to hear “how bad blacks are” and could share my story about a bad sting operation.’
11 ppl were JUST killed a few days before (this past weekend), and the community sees this crap going on instead of, “We’re investigating each of the homicides and putting our focus on that”.
It was bad timing for this kind of thing.
It’s as if they said, “lol sorry about your dead but we gotta lure some kids in a truck instead”.
There were 11 homicides this past weekend and instead of saying, “We’re putting our resources in catching the murderes”, they’re luring kids into a truck.
There’s no reward for loyalty, that’s true.
Thing is, nobody is going to “see it, say it” when police are luring kids in a van. Gotta give trust if you want to get trusted.
I’m sure that sting had nothing to do with any investigations of the murders. Different departments.
But what anybody sees is the same blue uniforms.