This was only a matter of time. The core concept and ideology behind what it means to be a constable (or Peace Officer) for the people, is gone. It has been gone for quite some time, and although I cannot quite pin-point exactly when our constables ethics, morality, and humanity became twisted, I have both seen and witnessed biased, preconceived, bigoted, hostile, intolerant, and partisan behavior on the side of our beloved Peace Officers. Now, this is not to say that there are not good officers out there. There “are,” and I have met them as well. However, when regarding each department, there is like this inner-fraternity of young 20 something’s to 40-year-old officers who choose to conduct themselves in a discordant manner. They are like the ass-holes of the bunch, and although the majority of these officers conduct themselves as if that badge symbolizes oppression and authoritarian behavior (without merit or cause) while also shielding them from any potential prosecution, they don’t always work together either. In a large enough department, they separate themselves into groups, units, or gangs. We have all seen rings busted that encompass (at least) 4 to 6 core members, and I cannot fathom that people believe that these incidents’ are isolated.
My father was an officer of the law, a Sergeant even, and he retired after 22 years of active duty. He never could leave his work at work, and always seemed to bring it home with him. In either case, I cannot even remember the amount of ride-alongs that I have been on, because I have been on so many. However, these days (as well as back then) there is hardly any crime. Moreover, when and/or if there is crime, it is generally isolated, rather than many of the recent homicides consummated on behalf of a peace officer; whether that act was justified or not. In either case, there are good officers; however, they do not generally encompass the whole, and the only thing that can ultimately defeat any unit, group, or entity, are sheer numbers.
Finally, granting police officers this sort of jurisdiction is absolutely maddening, however, I believe that this type of authority will become worse prior to it becoming better.