Local Police are arms of state governments, like the (FBI) is an arm of the Federal Government, so too is the Secret Service responsible to protect whomever the President is at the time. At the State level, the State Police has responsibility for protecting the Governor.
State Police also has the responsibility to protect Legislators whenever they are convened in state Capitols doing the people’s business.
Police do not get to make the determination that they are stepping back from protecting members of legislatures when they are in session, based on their political beliefs.
Neither do Police get to make the determination that they are going to withdraw and allow heavily armed militia-members to invade a Legislature without taking any steps to stop it.
Which brings us to the events that occurred in Michigan recently. Heavily armed Militia members with nooses and confederate flags literally invaded the Legislature and demanded to be let onto the floor.
One Legislator, African-American Sarah Anthony, said of the event; she wanted to highlight what she saw as the failure of the Michigan capitol police to provide legislators with adequate security during the protest, which saw demonstrators with rifles standing in the legislative chamber above lawmakers.
“When traditional systems, whether it’s law enforcement or whatever, fail us, we also have the ability to take care of ourselves.”
“If I don’t vote the way that these people want me to vote, are they going to rush in and start shooting us?” she said. “You could feel the floor rumbling. You could hear them yelling and screaming.”Anthony said.
Across the country, people pointed to the shocking display of arrogance by the heavily armed thugs. But they lambasted the police for failing to act appropriately.
In the African-American community, the display of cowardice & was only another example of the two Americas that has always be manifested by gross police misconduct. Police deciding to stand down against heavily armed militias was nothing new.
“Anthony said, she felt law enforcement had simply left them to their own devices during last week’s protest.“
They sure did, they abdicated their oaths in support of their political beliefs and that’s all there is to it.
As a former law enforcement officer, I cannot envisage a scenario in which I would abdicate my sworn duty based on political leanings, nevertheless, this is exactly what happened here.
The Michigan state police reportedly hosted a call with legislators on 4 May to brief them on available security services, including security escorts, after learning that some representatives were fearful for their safety.[According to the Guardian]
Well isn’t that just great? “Oh wait, we are just learning that you are fearful for your safety, so here let me tell you about some options you have”.
What total bullshit?
“Oh by the way we are s concerned after the fact, never mind that the horse is long out the gate”.
Anthony said it had been meaningful to receive a personal offer from constituents to help ensure her safety. A few of whom turned up to escort her to work.
The shame of American failure, continues to be openly manifested in its police every single day. Ironically it is these very same legislators who continue to vote to allow them to treat citizens with utter contempt.
The chickens are coming home to roost, the police are running the show and it may be too late to take back the power and give it back to the people.
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