What Do We Lose When the Neighborhood Cop Doesn't Act Like a Neighbor?
I haven't really had much to say about Virginia police going into bars in search of drunk people to arrest besides, "Are you kidding me?"
When I was a fish-unloading dockworker, a fellow laborer, Old Richard (with whom readers of Tackling Moby-Dick will be familiar) reminisced about the days when local police would pull over drunk drivers and bring them home. Outside of extremely rural areas, I don't think a return to such a practice would be wise. However, when it gets to the point of police raiding bars that they don't even believe to be fronts! the adversarial relationship between citizens and police escalates in such a way that the public cannot help but be mistrustful.
This may have something to do with mainstream culture's not-usually-flattering portrayal of police. I'm sure it also has something to do with the dangerous second-guessing and hand-tying of the men and women in blue.
Posted by Justin Katz @ 10:42 AM EST