We have delved into what it takes to make Prison a better place that is focused on rehabilitation, reforming the laws and re-humanizing inmates. But that’s only half the issue in this case. Look if we make the conditions of prisons better and don’t treat actual citizens with some respect or kindness in the eyes of law, then we are starting the cycle all over again! So the question is can we reform the officers of Law?
So before we dive into this we have to ask if cops even can be reformed? Can be big beefy dudes who seem to be looking for all the wrong reasons to get into Wild Wild West style shootout to gain a badge of honor and coolness points … be reformed to protect and serve? Well the example to look at here Captain Ray Lewis.
But you can counter this argument very easily with something that Jeff Sessions recently said about pulling away from investigating police departments in regards to perjury. Sessions claims that we shouldn’t condemn law enforcement because of the actions of a few rotten apples. Great, can law enforcement make that distinction with citizens that they should be protecting.
At current citizens and law enforcement are fed that the narrative that there is only bad apples. And I’m sure there are some more Captain Ray Lewis’ in the force but usually they are pushed out. Captain Lewis himself got threats by the Philly Commissioner’s office that they’ll take any actions necessary to stop him. Sounds like someone is getting desperate their dirty little secrets will take away position of power.
Look, people would be a lot quieter if it was the actions of a few bad apples. But the rot is spreading. And apparently it has spread so deep that it’s decomposing the Department of Justice. Besides we should be looking at how bad the rot is. It’s the quality of the rot and not the quantity. Eating one bad apple can make people distrust all apple trees forever. Unless of course the apple tree can help decrease the rotting.
But this is the psychology of cops that isn’t addressed by the system they serve. The way the cops look at the world is that it’s a war for law and order. According to NYU Law Professor, Irving Younger, the cops are fighting a war on 2 fronts. Crime on the streets and the Liberal Rule of Law. So to them reforming & rehabilitating prisoners is putting crime back in streets, because that’s how the system they are protecting has educated them.
So if the cops are looking at the citizens as their enemy in a war and they’re hardened by job of seeing the worst society has to offer, why not help cops see some light in society. A system that is willing to drown it’s own protectors in PTSD to drive chaos on the streets under the guise of law and order has failed everyone. Not just we the people and the cops, it’s failed itself too. Man the system is the epitome of self hate. Someone should get the system some counseling.
But this idea that cops would need mandatory mental health counseling based on the job description itself is looked down on. According to the President of the Fraternal Order of Police, they suggest a shot and beer. What else would expect an organization that considers itself a frat house of cops. “Feeling bad about the shooting an innocent black guy? Pussy! Get a keg stand in to drown those feelings!”
So now we’re going to have a bunch of drunk cops looking at their enemies, aka us, with beer goggles! As they’re arresting us for crimes that don’t deserve a prison sentence they’re going ask us out on a date too. Awesome. This is going to make the #MeToo movement’s head explode.
Captain Ray Lewis also addresses the fact that the test they have to take at the academy is to blame. In a 500 question test, if they score too high on empathy and compassion they get rejected. So there’s no goofy, fun, sound effect loving cops like in the film Police Academy. Just a bunch of dudes who eating testosterone for breakfast instead the donuts that they stereotypically should be.
The theory is that they won’t be able to handle the intensity of the jobs because feelings will prevent you from arresting people and corporations won’t get to whatever they want! It’s strange that Nurses see more gore and blood and semen than cops do and we want them to be compassionate and empathetic.
Why not the cops? Unless it is a racially motivated agenda…I mean when was the last time you heard of a nurse kill someone in the waiting room because they were black? No seriously, I’m asking. If there is a story I’d like to know.
And before everyone freaks out claims I’m calling all cops racists, I’m not. I’m calling the system they’re hired to protect racist. I think we all know that in the recent years there’s been an increase of police brutality videos of cops shooting innocent people. A lot of them are black. But it’s not to say, white people, Natives, Mexicans all don’t get shot by the cops.
But the reason why it’s a big deal is because there are less black people and Mexicans than White People in America. And there’s definitely less Native Americans in America than white people…that’s an insane sentence, but history makes this factual. So it’s a statistics game. And if we encouraged cops to actually get good grades on the Police testing we’d have less of an issue with math and brutality.
With all these police shootings, the minority communities are becoming endangered species in America. And if this continues, then color of skin be damned, we’re all going to be endangered species. Then the only ones that’ll be left are the elites who are half human and half dollar bill. They can only eat the concept of exploitation to keep themselves nourished.
And because of all this, trust is cops is falling by the public day in and day out. There’s a lot of accounts of cops lying on the stand. NYC Officer Pedro Serrano told the New York Times that in the force it’s called ‘testilying’. Which is also what college boys call it when someone lies about how big their balls are. You don’t know want to how they find out. That shit grosses out Nurses!
But this perjury is a result of the encouraged PTSD that cops have go through when they look at citizens as the enemy and are at constant war the people. The cops that are practicing perjury are never outgrew the ‘crying wolf’ phase of their life. Eventually we’re going to stop believing you…in fact a lot of us have. Including the wolf community who is really pissed that cops have been culturally appropriating them. REAL cultural appropriation is just the Manifest Destiny of Ideas.
And this is a real bummer for Lawyers! I mean they were used to being called liars and they had that on lockdown! I mean what are they going to with a hundred thousand T-Shirts that say ‘Lyin For Laws!’ with a photo of Lady Justice snoozing on a futon! They can’t give it to third world countries! These aren’t Super Bowl T-Shirts!
So aside from the idea of mandated counseling which would take the stigma away from receiving help there are other more radical ideas of reforming the police. The NEAR Act would change the way we look at policing and violence on all levels. The Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results Act will put the demands of policing within the communities themselves instead of the Cops that currently need to rebuild some trust.
A major change that makes the NEAR as a positive way to look at community policing as an option is the fact violence is a public health issue. They use the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement to help folks that might be at risk. The Community Crime Prevention Team finds links to behavioral and mental health concerns to address the issue appropriately.
In the hands of the community folks can be protected and served. Now most of us would say that cops are supposed part of the community. And even if that was true, they’re not anymore. The cops that stationed in a neighborhood aren’t from there, so they don’t know the politics or nuances of those streets. To them it’s all strangers that at risk of of falling prey to the Liberal laws, which is a gateway to larger crimes!
The NEAR Act looks at the source of police violence as the police themselves and instead of relying on the system to fix their mistakes they taking it upon themselves to look after each other. This asks the question whether we need the Police at all?
I would say in the form it’s in now, no. I mean at this point it’s like asking if you want McDonald’s to keep putting Ammonia in your hamburger! Real thing. But the NEAR Act changes what policing is, like how McDonald’s has officially changed what a burger and the meaning of food is. The NEAR Act is a true reform to the idea of policing that works from the outside to maybe change the internals of this broken system. While McDonalds is going to continue to break you down from the inside out. And realistically who know their communities better than those are living in it.
The NEAR Act would also address the idea that we can probably stop crime. Not predict it but look at the causes of it and try to fix those problems. Stresses from poverty, pressures from hyper-gendered situations, the importance of basic needs & income can all be addressed as a group. Now there will also be Armed Community Self Defense groups to protect the people from the 3-4,000 bigoted right wing militias that the politicians have supported, because we haven’t stopped all the crime yet.
If we look at the police as a force that is in place by the elites, suffering from PTSD, we can let them take a break to recover. Communities can make better decisions for themselves instead of out of touch rich people that are not vested in our communities and our people. These reforms are more work on our part but it’s worth it and we can do it, as long as we help each other instead being convinced that we have to be at war amongst each other.
Krish Mohan is a socially conscious, Indian standup comedian and writer who regularly tours the country. He performs at small theaters, bars, comedy clubs, colleges, DIY and house venues. With his quirky attitude, charming personality, and intelligent humor, Krish captivates and engages audiences of all backgrounds, tackling hot button topics like race, religion, war, immigration, while adding an optimistic, philosophical & sociological twist!