Injustice Everywhere

I've recently discovered a new site that I've found to be required reading: Injustice Everywhere. It's a frequent roundup of police misconduct cases. I could also say that it's a frequent roundup of dismissals of police brutality cases. It makes my blood boil, to be sure, but it's important to know about this stuff. There are about twenty isolated incidents a day, and these are just the ones that we know about.

A point radical libertarians often make is that this is institutional; it's not just a bunch of bad apples individually taken. If you needed convincing, I'm sure you'll find enough data points here to form a pattern.

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It would be worthwhile to

It would be worthwhile to have a serious estimate of the actual frequency of these kinds of incident. I presume that the 20-a-day is a small subset of the total. It would be worthwhile to have a serious attempt at estimating that total.

The good editor is back. The wysiwyg editor was a bit of pain, and I don't think it's just because I wasn't used to it. As I recall there was a wysiwyg editor also a many months ago and that was also a pain.

By what standard should we judge police misconduct?

I just heard an interview with Michael McCullough, professor at the University of Miami's Department of Psychology, about his book Beyond Revenge: The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct. He states that in Western Europe 600-800 years ago, the homicide rate was 20 to 50 times what it is today. It’s suggested that prior to the rise of police forces, people would defend themselves primarily through clans exacting revenge for grievances.

By this standard, almost any amount of police misconduct may be seen as an improvement over living in a world without an effective police force.

Here's a novel idea...

How about we judge them according to the same standard we are judged?

I've spent years in places where the only effective protection against criminals was the neighborhood watches organized by property owners. Funny thing, the more the police get involved, the more dangerous things get. Catching criminals is hard work. It's a lot easier to shake down people at a fixed address, and after all, who are they going to complain to?