Ride of the Valkyries | The Police

Ride of the Valkyries | The Police

What is a Valkyrie

In Norse mythology, a valkyrie is one of a host of female figures who choose those who may die in battle and those who may live.

An investigation by the Associated Press revealed that “a disproportionate share” of $4.2 billion in Pentagon property handed out by the Defense Department military surplus program since 1990 was “obtained by police and sheriff’s departments in rural areas with few officers and little crime.” This all happened under the Obama Administration.

In 2016 some cities in Indiana were reported to have some of the lowest crime rates in America. Yet, they have MRAP’s. My question is why?

The police, at this point in time, appear to be in a war with America.

“It’s armored. It’s heavy. It’s intimidating. And it’s free,” Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple — the head of one of five New York county sheriff’s departments to receive last year’s shipments — told the Daily News at the time.

Then in January 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Pentagon has roughly 13,000 mine-resistant, ambush-protected trucks to part with “because they have outlived their original purpose.”

“We’ve notified our friends and allies that we have MRAPs available and if they want them they can have them,” Alan Estevez, deputy undersecretary of defense for acquisitions, technology and logistics, told the Journal.

He now works for Deloitte Consulting LLP’s federal practice as a national security strategy and logistics executive.

Folks don’t hate police. We, and simply a bunch of others want police to break that “thin blue line”. That’s it. Admit that at least one person you work with, “just sucks at his job.” You are not a military occupying force. Police are citizens. Just like everyone else. Not military. Citizens, just like you and me. They’ve taken an oath to be good citizens, that we trust to do a job. No more. No less. Like me, Darrin Marion. And you. Darrin’s friends.

Sir Robert Peel, the father of modern policing said “The police are citizens and the citizens are police”.

“The problem is that the atmosphere does not yet exist in which an honest police officer can act without fear of ridicule or reprisal from fellow officers. We create an atmosphere in which the honest officer fears the dishonest officer, and not the other way around.” – Frank Serpico

 

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