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  •  Goes back to Vietnam (3+ / 0-)
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    Sophie Blue, Coherent Viewpoint, kurt

    I'm sure this book likely goes into more detail.

    But back in '92, one of my big issues and why I voted for Clinton over Bush was the behavior and attitude of Law Enforcement.

    Other authors have linked the attitude to Vietnam.

    That is, fly the helicopter over, drop in some men, shoot up the place, and then leave and let the whole place go to hell on your way out.

    This attitude is displayed certainly with SWAT, but it is even displayed with the general way law enforcement works.  That is, you don't see the cops until they've shown up to arrest someone.  They throw them in the back of the car, and then they leave.  Everybody is left standing around wondering what to do next.

    The COPS program initiated by Clinton was not just about getting more cops on the street.  It was a radical change in the way law enforcement worked with communities.  It was about getting cops back into the communities talking to people.  Not just picking up the criminals, but taking back control of the streets.  Things like community liason officers, cops walking the beat or bicycling rather than driving in their cars.  These are the things that make a difference.

    But Bush killed the COPS program.

    And now Crime is on the rise, and many neighborhoods have gone back to hell in a handbasket.

    Anyway, that's my take.  It irritated me to no end how the Republicans whined Waco and Ruby Ridge blaming Clinton for them.

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