Bad guys win

Antelope Valley Press - - OPINION -

“What can we do!” That was the re­sponse of the LA County Sher­iff when asked about the il­le­gal fire­works.

It’s a sad sit­u­a­tion when the chief law en­force­ment of­fi­cer doesn’t or can’t en­force the laws. Ac­tu­ally, few laws these days are be­ing en­forced.

We all know about dis­tracted driv­ers with cell phones. Af­ter prop 47 de­crim­i­nal­ized for­mer felonies the cops must now be to­tally frus­trated. Steal $900 in mer­chan­dise and its not a crime. Spit in a cops face and it not a crime. Loot and van­dal­ize and it not a crime.

Yet a re­cent writer to this news­pa­per wrote: “cops are the tool of the cap­i­tal­ist class to pro­tect their power and priv­i­lege.” “Car­ry­ing out in­sti­tu­tional racism is their duty.” In light of re­cent out­ra­geous crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity, we need the cops more than ever.

Eighty year old Roberto Lopez was bru­tally beaten by two black youths in the rest room of an east side gro­cery store. He is now in the hos­pi­tal fight­ing for his life. The as­sailants are known but where is the com­mu­nity out­rage? Where are the demon­stra­tions. Who is up in arms about this bru­tal beat­ing that was ev­ery bit as bad and un­called for as the Ge­orge Floyd mur­der. Is there a go fund me page? This is the sec­ond bru­tal beat­ing on the east side re­cently. The other vic­tim died. This isn’t the kind of so­ci­ety we want.

From el­e­men­tary school kids ex­pe­ri­ence few if any con­se­quences for their ac­tions. For adults it’s the same. Crim­i­nals are out with­out bail and then they rape and pil­lage. A so­ci­ety with­out po­lice that will en­force the laws will soon be with­out ci­vil­ity. And as usual the bad guys win. I sup­port tough love in polic­ing as the best way to bring our so­ci­ety back into con­trol.

Jim Gardner


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