Police as a "Paramilitary" Body

by Will

Liberty Minute September 24 2014


We know how police officials describe the role of law enforcement for public consumption ? but what do they say when they think the public isn?t listening?


During a September 17 Indianapolis City Council budget meeting, Police Chief Rick Hite offered a fascinating ? and disturbing ? glimpse of the institutional mindset of his department:


 ?We have historically been a paramilitary organization, and we serve whoever sits in that chair, regardless of race, gender, creed, or political party. I don?t know what we would do if we had to go to battle, and ? had to make a determination, based on past practices, [of] whether or not we wanted to go into battle. ? I am a soldier in an army. We serve you in that way.?


Chief Hite?s comments were offered in response to a statement by Councilor Leroy Robinson, who had voted against a $29 million city tax increase intended to pay for 300 new police officers. Robinson pointed out that he couldn?t in good conscience support a tax increase when hundreds of millions of dollars were being spent on pet projects to benefit politically connected interests.


Apparently, Chief Hite sees nothing wrong with fleecing the public on behalf of the political class ? as long as the Praetorians get their share.


Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

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