Police Protection or Police State? (9/11/08)
It seems whenever another local shooting or murder is reported, a number of disgruntled people loudly complain about Louisville's lousy police protection.
But I'm curious - what do people really expect?
How are the police supposed to prevent one gang member from shooting another in a back yard at 3 AM? To keep a drunken husband from assaulting his wife right in her own bedroom? To magically know which bank branch is going to be robbed at what precise time?
The answer is - they can't.
The police simply can't be everywhere at once. And if we actually increased the size of the department enough to have "a cop on every corner," people would surely wail about the outrageous taxes necessary to pay for them.
Our police can, and do, prevent crimes every day. And they also solve a remarkably high percentage of those that are committed. But reporting those things never seems quite as urgent as being the first to trumpet the news of "another killing in Louisville."
You want to live in a society where the police guarantee no one will ever step out of line? Where no one can ever get away with anything because the authorities always have an eye on them?
That's not police protection. That's a police state. Personally, I want nothing to do with it. And I'm fairly sure most you really don't either.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.