House to House Searching, Not Just Boston Anymore

Police in Nashville have noticed the tactics of the Boston PD and emulated them. Apparently much more quickly than anyone would have anticipated. I thought it was amusing people accusing SayUncle of being anti-cop, given that I don’t think he hates his dad.

I don’t think being wary of civil liberties violating tactics makes one anti-cop. I’m willing to give the police pretty wide berth to apprehend (or kill) violent subjects, but I don’t think it’s too much to ask to at least pretend to respect the civil liberties of the people you’re sworn to protect, and to actually be able to hit what you’re aiming at.

We are supposed to be a nation of laws, and it seems more and more apparent we’re a nation of bureaucrats and enforcers, who believe the law to be optional, or at least pliable. Perhaps what’s even more disturbing is a population who seems to have no issue with this state of affairs, as long as it’s not their goose being cooked, and there’s some vague and comforting idea of being made safe.

UPDATE: On the opposite side of the coin, a lot of College Professors don’t live in the real world (not any real surprise, I suppose). If the cops in and around Boston had turned the bombers into swiss cheese in the shootout, I would want to give them a high five. It’s what was done to everyone else who wasn’t the bombers I have a hard time with.

11 Responses to “House to House Searching, Not Just Boston Anymore”

  1. MattW says:

    It’s like the “it can’t happen to me” attitude has carried over from peoples’ youth.

  2. BC says:

    The whole, “You’re anti-cop if you disapprove of the tactics police are using,” nonsense comes from the same place as, “If you oppose the Iraq War you hate America.” It’s garbage.

    I am not anti-cop. I am anti-police tactics that are offensive to the Constitution.

  3. Matthew Carberry says:

    Funny you mention Iraq, they aren’t police tactics. They are “kinder and gentler” Counter-insurgency 101, “Cordon and Knock.”

  4. Russ says:

    Sorry the day they come to my house I live in texas that’s their last day no warrant no. After that day it dosent matter does it. Keep your powder dry and your heart pure.Not long left 4 us huh good luck and god bless each and everyone.

  5. alcade says:

    Whatever happened to those people a few months back who were dragged out of their cars at a traffic light and handcuffed because a suspected bank robber was in the area? Last I heard everyone interviewed said they were fine with it. I agree that the acceptance from the public is the most troubling thing going on here. Not much impetus for change if the majority of the population gives the green light.

  6. Jackpot says:

    Its time for a little jackpot justice if they do this to me. Go ahead, kick in my door with no warrant for no reason.. I will sue and sue and sue until my “emotional distress” has been relived. No need for violence, just hit them on their own turf, go after their money, go after their homes via confiscation, go after their departments via lawsuits, and destroy any police department financially if they pull this in your area.

  7. wizardpc says:

    Jackpot: Google “Qualified Immunity” and get back to us.

  8. ern says:

    I see a lot of people saying, “What’s the big deal?” and not understanding what just happened in front of their faces. I’m not anti-cop either, but our police forces are too often directed by those with no respect for Constitutional rights. Rank and file cops often aren’t that bad, but I see things like this and … well, it’s maddening.

  9. Zermoid says:

    Of course, all of what you are saying “assumes” that the 2 men they say are guilty actually are. That has NOT been proven.

    Check this out:

    Video evidence that the first suspect was captured ALIVE (and naked as the cops make him strip), 3 hours later he is dead.
    Backpacks matching that found at blast site were carried by what look like navy seals or blackwater Operatives.
    Why when the second guy was ‘arrested’ does he first seem to be fine and healthy, and not at all bloody, then he’s all bloody, and has to have a breathing tube inserted?

    No, I do not “trust” cops, not anymore, too many questionable and downright criminal acts are committed by them.
    Sure there are honest cops, but they seem to be the minority, especially at the State level and higher. Feds? No way I’d trust them.