Friday, August 03, 2007
"he simply wanted to go out and do something he enjoyed"
This guy was apparently ex-Milwaukee police officer John Bartlett's hero and there are rumors that other officers shared his enthusiasm. While I suppose that this type of fascination with a comic book hero could be harmless, in Bartlett's case it was just another reflection of what a sick puppy he is.
Bartlett is history and the more important question is the collective response to this creep and his merry band. Governments are notoriously unable to do two things at the same time. In a community that is plagued by criminal violence, tough, no-nonsense and thorough policing is imperative.
But its not possible to have that type of policing when it is placed into the hands of emotional retards who are still stuck somewhere in the vicinity of eight years old (and a nasty little 8, at that). Do that and aggressive law enforcement threatens to devolve into war against the community.
A fairly typical response to this type of thing is to adopt a set of policies that severely restricts police activities and to select leaders based upon considerations of sensitivity at the expense of seeking effectiveness in fighting crime.
That would be a mistake. The Punishers, if they exist or ever did, are a huge problem. Street thugs are a bigger one.
But you can't go after the latter without getting rid of the former. This is one of those times where we're going to have to walk and chew gum at the same time.