Pretty Darn Funny

Long time readers of The Liberty Papers undoubtedly know who Radley Balko, The Agitator, is. Apparently The Dick List has no idea. Check out this opinion piece for a good chuckle.

Article after article praises “alternative” lifestyles and insult masculine traits. Such is the case with the article by Mr. Balko which accuses American police departments of increasingly using “…paramilitary tactics…” against poor innocent criminals.

While Mr. Balko sits safely in his tony Upper West Side of Manhattan digs puffing on some thai and bemoaning the plight of those persecuted by the gestapo Police SWAT teams to the members of his Mulatto studies literature club, the very men he defames are ensuring the continuance of his existence through their thankless work- protecting the good people of this country from the barbarians within our gates.

Heh, well, that’s pretty funny. The one piece of real meat in the whole thing is this:

In the article Mr. Balko uses a grand total of six examples of SWAT raids that resulted in deaths instead of arrests between the years of 2001 and 2006. He also cites the incredible rise of the use of SWAT teams, 1300% since 1980, stating that on average SWAT teams are used 110 times a day. Given the rise in SWAT action, the real story should be the lack of examples Mr. Balko is able to present in this article to prove his claims that “We the people” are under siege by the menace of “paramilitary” police units.

Well, given that Balko only had 600 words, I think fitting in 6 examples is pretty darn good. But, if you want a LOT more examples, check out this.

What anti-cop liberals want from Police Departments is perfection. What the real world offers is a lot messier. Most people will never be members of a law enforcement agency and therefore they will never experience the stress that goes along with it. This disconnect is clearly exemplified by the strum und drang following the recent shooting death of Sean Bell in Queens last week.

Well, I’m not a liberal in the sense this guy means it. And I’m certainly not “anti-cop”. Neither, though, am I pro-cop. I am definitely opposed to the police culture in our country today. I am in favor of police that act as agents of a government that protects my life, liberty and property. I have yet to find out how the War on Drugs does that, though.

  • Chris Byrne

    I just think it’s funny calling Balko a leftist cop hater.

    Anarchic maybe; but not a lefty.

  • Lance

    Keith over at our place noticed the latest, and it wasn’t over drugs, but Playstations!


  • Adam Selene

    Yeah, we posted on it too, as did Radley Balko.

  • Lance

    It is getting to be a bloody world.