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By Edwin J. Delattre

Delattre implicitly selling the "bad apple" conception of police corruption and brutality, discusses easy methods to advertise stable values in person law enforcement officials via education and discusses how these values should still lead officials to behave in a number of events. This new version provides a bankruptcy on terrorism and policing, complaining that police lack the instruments to successfully prosecute the "War on Terrorism" and examining Read more...

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17 Those who want to unite the powers of government believe that its purpose is to perpetuate itself or extend its power. This is the reason the Soviet secret police—the Cheka—was empowered to do anything to preserve the dictatorship (ostensibly, in the interest of the public) and the reason the 24 CHARACTER AND COPS Communist party, led by Lenin, claimed that its mistreatment of the people was necessary for the revolution. The viciousness of that dogma continued to be seen in the Soviet Union as dissidents were imprisoned, freedoms of religion and press denied, and due process mocked in show trials.

The lawyers prevail because liberal jurists, cheered on by columnists and editorial writers intent on expanding their notions of civil rights, have erected a vast legal jungle gym of evidentiary procedures, subjected police conduct to extensive second-guessing, and eliminated nearly all discretion from the cop on the beat—for example, by outlawing vagrancy laws. . The system of criminal justice . . 11 Although police can still exercise discretion on the beat, the problems of the criminal justice system are real.

They live, in Chesterton’s words, “in an armed camp . . a chaotic world” in which “criminals, the children of chaos,” visit tyrannical terror upon them every day. The Wall Street Journal noted the rise of vigilantism in America in the burning down of crack houses in Detroit, Miami, and the South Bronx, and in the lethal beatings of muggers: Vigilantes return . . whenever citizens come to believe that the law enforcement agencies don’t work. Right now, the vigilantes are back, especially in this country’s most beleaguered, drug-infested central city neighborhoods.

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