A Restoration of Trust
During my travels throughout America and elsewhere, I have had the opportunity to meet officers of many different police forces. I have enjoyed my conversations, and moments of levity, with these dedicated individuals. Call me a square, but I actually support the police. However, I and others have noticed a disturbing trend today among this institution─the overreliance on technology and the enforcement of activities ungrounded in the spirit of the law. A casual perusal of newspapers and television station reports reveals vortexes of abuse. Shutting down a child’s lemonade stand in the name of the law, or flying a drone over someone’s ice cream truck, does not, to me, stand the test of Constitutional rigor. A few years ago, the Boston Police Department, according to press reports, starting “walking the beat,” as police officers did in past decades. This simple approach resulted in a 60% or so reduction in crime.