A very good sign if the LAPD and other big city police forces think of themselves as not only guardians against criminals and terrorists but as guardians against government as well.
A very good sign, I think. Kate Mather reports in the LA Times:
For years, Los Angeles police officers have worked under the shadow of the department’s dark past.
The LAPD of the 1970s and ’80s acted as a hard-charging, occupying force that raided poor neighborhoods and rounded up anyone in sight. Police stormed suspected crack houses, tearing down walls with a tank-like battering ram. Officers of that era were trained to think of themselves as soldiers in a never-ending war on crime.
But now the department is using that notorious history as a crucial lesson for its officers.
“We were warriors,” Deputy Chief Bill Scott recently told a room filled with LAPD rank-and-file officers, a group of fresh-faced rookies watching from the front.
Now, he said, officers need to think of themselves as guardians watching over communities — not warriors cracking down on them.
“That means if we’ve…
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