12 August 2012

Who Watches the Watchers?

Charisma Carpenter is frighteningly qualified to host a new series about people who fought back against attackers: She escaped a serial rapist 20 years ago and gave police a key piece of evidence against him.

Carpenter was a 22-year-old former San Diego Chargers cheerleader when she and two male friends were attacked by an armed police officer, Henry Hubbard Jr., while swimming at San Diego's Torrey Pines State Beach in 1991. They resisted Hubbard, and Carpenter's two friends were shot and seriously wounded.
A: One of them carries a badge.

The police are, by and large, just as thuggish and morally bankrupt as the criminals (and “criminals”) that they target.  The police, like many criminals, are violent and have strongly violent tendencies.  The police often have little respect for the law.*  The police, like most criminals, have little respect for property rights.  The police, simply put, have a fairly long history of using force, excessively at times, and ignoring whatever laws are inconvenient to them (think traffic laws, occasionally drug laws, and the like), and have a tendency to destroy the property of people who cross them.    In fact, given the rise of SWAT busts at wrong addresses over the past couple of years, it is safe to say the police do not seem at all concerned about property rights and due process.  Thus, the incident with Charisma Carpenter is simply another anecdote in a long trend line of police misbehavior.

This suggests, then, that police should not be viewed as benevolent protectors but rather as a government-authorized gang that is at war with criminals.  And it should not surprise anyone if civilians get caught in the crossfire, or are even occasionally targets.  After all, what gang cares about other people’s rights?

* In fairness, though, there are plenty of laws that do not deserve respect.


  1. The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) profiles for police and criminals are almost identical.

  2. @Anonymous- I can't say that I'm very surprised to hear that.

  3. At least i dont have to pay criminals for the privledge of them robbing me. School had me do a ride along once. Was mostly shaking down motorists at stops the cop admitted were hard to see, harrassing the homeless, and the topper pulling over a gal to get her phone number...glad he was on his best behavior with a student in riding along...

  4. @Anonymous- I'd hate to think what it would be like if he decided to act like a pig...