Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Martial Law in New York

Saw this linked to over at the Agitator

Basically, a mayor in New York feels that the police department in his city is out of control, and is trying to decide on a strategy for improving things. This may include disbanding the police department and bringing in the state police and National Guard.

I'm not sure how I feel about that, and others who are better orators and writers than me have and will continue to comment on it.

What struck me was this quote from a local politician:

Schenectady's Corporation Counsel John Van Norden said, "If you abolish the police department you still have a need - not an obligation - but a need to police the community. You would need something in transition. Declaring martial law would be one way to bridge the gap."

The emphasis is mine.

At least he's being honest about it. The state has a need to provide services that keep the civil peace and order. But they have no real obligation to do so. You would have a real problem suing the county because the sheriff didn't send out a patrol car in time to catch and stop someone about to commit a crime.

Remember, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away. And they have no obligation to come and do anything in the first place. Take care of your own, noone else has to.

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