Most Americans tend to think that their local police force is full of law abiding, honest law enforcement officers who just want to do the right thing. Certainly, the police officers that I personally know are those type of people.
Unfortunately, though, it is becoming abundantly clear that some police departments are not full of the type of people that we want to be police officers. Whether those police officers are power hungry or law breakers who figured they could get away with it if they have a badge, those police officers have to go.
But what do you do when an entire police force seems to be corrupt?
That is the question that some are asking about the Baltimore, Maryland, Police Department. Their reputation already marred by their handling of the riots in 2015, accusations of corruption in the department are still rampant, and a recent corruption trial has brought that corruption back to light again. John Vibes gives us details:
After a recent corruption trial exposed just how bad things were at the Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland state delegate Bilal Ali suggested that the whole department should be “disbanded and reorganized from the ground up.”
In a proposal that he made this week to Mayor Catherine Pugh and Commissioner-Designate Darryl De Sousa, Ali pointed to the example of Camden, who disbanded their police department just a few years ago.
“In 2013 Camden [New Jersey] disbanded its police department in response to record-breaking levels of violence and an extremely inefficient police budget. Four years later, Camden hit its lowest homicide rate in 30-years,”Ali said.
Meanwhile, this past year the city of Baltimore saw its worst ever homicide rate, with a total of 342 killings.
Why should you be concerned about the corruption in Baltimore if you don’t live there? It’s because the Baltimore police department seems to be the epitome of what everyone hates about police departments, and this kind of corruption is exactly what corrupt governments are looking for when they look for “enforcers.” Corruption in law enforcement is exactly what corrupt governments need to gain and keep control of a populace. You need to know how police corruption works to steal your freedom and how politicians use that corruption for their own purposes. And how they use that corruption to use you.
Fortunately, there are still some politicians that have a conscience about their access to power and control. Still, for our safety and the safety of our children, we need to be vigilant about pointing out and removing this corruption from our society. Because, if we don’t, that corruption will be the legacy that we leave our children to deal with.