Monday, February 18, 2013

"The enforcer class is primarily concerned with itself (see Dorner)"

Please read this great piece by Ian Welsh, the Logic of Surveillance, which contains the statement in the title of this post. What was most disturbing about the Dorner incident was how the police acted out of all proportion to "get him", compared to a threat he might have made against any other professional class. They really didn't make much of an effort to hide the fact that this was a personal vendetta, because Dorner had declared war on police. Certainly when an armed and trained individual declares his intentions to kill human beings, you have to find him and stop him. That said, if Dorner had made threats against lawyers, or dentists, or scientists, certainly there would have been a response, but not the war footing we saw.

What's more, I highly doubt that the public would be as blithely accepting of the collateral damage we experienced in the form of a mother and a mailman being shot because they were driving vaguely similar vehicles.

The full quote that I used from the title is: "The enforcer class is also insular, primarily concerned with itself (see Dorner) and is paid in large part by practical immunity to many laws and a license to abuse ordinary people.) Not being driven primarily by justice and a desire to serve the public and with a code of honor which appears to largely center around self-protection and fraternity within the enforcer class, the enforcers reliability of the enforcers is in question: they are blunt tools and their fear for themselves makes them remarkably inefficient." It bears pointing out that the Blue Wall of Silence is particularly strong in SoCal cities. LAPD is notorious for this from incidents in the 90s, and San Diego's current mayor may be in office largely owing to support from the police union in a close election, since his competitor promised more thorough oversight.

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