Friday, August 24, 2012

Bozo cops only; others need not apply

This is not an unusual theory in police jurisdictions

Robert Jordan wanted to be a New London, Connecticut police officer so he took the exam and passed with flying colors. And was rejected because his IQ was too high.

Since then, according to an ABC News article, a lower court and The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York have agreed with the city's decision.

He was rejected "on the theory that those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training."

Based on the ever growing police state as evidenced by ever growing nationwide reports of virtually unchecked and unpunished police brutality and misconduct against citizens libertarians have a different theory.

Robert Jordan wasn't dumb enough. A smart cop might begin to question the requirement of today's uniformed cops to blindly, mindlessly, stupidly follow their master's orders.

They might question why their jobs amount to being little more than tax collectors for their communities by writing tickets for every minuscule infraction with a fine attached to it.

They might question why so much of their job entails acting like a loan shark's knee-capping enforcer whenever a citizen fails to kowtow in their presence.

They might question why they're enforcing blatantly immoral victimless crime laws instead of protecting individuals' rights.

And perhaps worst of all, they might be smart enough to follow up on their questions and become involved with organizations like the anti-drug war Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) or Oath Keepers who vow not to obey illegal orders.

"The average score nationally for police officers," the article reports, is "just a little above average."

Libertarians may suspect that it's significantly below average.

But perhaps the worst part of the circuit court's ruling against Jordan was "the city did not discriminate against Robert Jordan because the same standards were applied to everyone who took the test."

Southern segregationists must be wondering where this cracker judge was when they needed him back in the pre-Civil Rights Movement days.

He could have ruled: "Jim Crow Laws do not discriminate against Old Black Joe because the same standards were applied to every Negro who lives in the South."

One certain hallmark of a police state is populating the lowest police ranks with mindless thugs whose primary job is not to protect rights but to manipulate, control and intimidate the general population.

Robert Jordan should consider himself fortunate to be rejected.

Original report here

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