BUFFALO, December 5, 2014 – Protests erupted in New York City yesterday following a second grand jury decision not to indict a white cop who killed an unarmed black suspect. Unfortunately, all of the attention is focused on the racial aspect of the two tragedies and not on a question that really needs to be asked.
Do we really need armed government agents patrolling the streets, looking for people to cite or arrest for mostly victimless crimes?
Few people propose to abolish police forces entirely, although some small communities have done so. Most believe that police forces are necessary to protect life and property. Whether that’s true or not, many honest police officers will tell you they spend very little of their time actually doing so.
Tom Mullen is the author of A Return to Common Sense: Reawakening Liberty in the Inhabitants of America.