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Well-Meaning Cop Preaches De-escalation, But Says Cops are ‘Guardians’ Protecting ‘Sheep’

Leesburg, VA – Leesburg Police Chief Joseph Price is a model of virtue among cops. After becoming fed up seeing police brutality happening all over the country, he decided to retrain his entire force with “de-escalation” tactics.

The cold-blooded murder of Walter Scott was the tipping point for Price.

“The North Charleston (S.C.) shooting, clearly, was the last straw. There was no weapon anywhere near Mr. Scott.”

Price is using that video, along with others from Seattle and Albuquerque, in five-hour training sessions for his nearly-100 officer force. Many were upset over the actions of their colleagues, with one officer saying their egregious behavior “puts everyone in uniform in potential danger.”

Unsurprisingly, other officers did not like the idea of trying to avoid the use of excessive force against citizens. Price reminded these naysayers of their duty to “protect,” which he summed up in a curious metaphor.

“We live with the sheep, but we never turn against the sheep. When the wolf comes, we protect the sheep to the death. …The warrior mentality has a place, but it should not dominate. In today’s world, you need the skill set of a warrior and the mindset of a guardian.”

While his efforts are laudable, they miss the overarching problem that the very existence of modern police is to serve the leviathan. The militarized surveillance state needs the “sheep” so it can perpetuate the ruling class by extracting wealth and usurping power.

Through the presence of badges and guns, or the appearance of top-down order, government can continue its extortion of the citizenry through countless means—from income taxes to parking tickets to the billions brought in by the War on Drugs.

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By enacting endless, frivolous laws to dictate how citizens should behave, how they should make a living, how they should spend their money—and using police to enforce these delusions of control—the State distracts from the real criminals that inhabit the halls of government and direct the tentacles of the corporatocracy.

If cops were serious about protecting the “sheep” from the “wolf,” they would turn against the leviathan.

The murder of Mr. Scott is a symptom of law enforcement that has lost respect for the dignity of human life, to fully and faithfully serve the interests of the State.

The Leesburg Police Department is at least making an effort not to become part of the most cold-blooded enforcers. In fact, they haven’t discharged a firearm during an encounter with a suspect in six years.

Leesburg Sgt. Bob Thompson is aware of the “warrior” mentality that has taken over police training, fueled by the post-9/11 surge of military-grade equipment and tactics into local police forces.

Then you saw a lot of technology and equipment used in the military start to transform police policy. It was making us look more like the military … There was this focus on the warrior mindset, but it was leading us down the path of a siege mentality.

One wonders why more cops cannot recognize this truism.

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  • We aren’t sheep, WE ARE WOLVES. Wolves lookout for themselves.

  • Fuck that. Lions dont need the help of false protectors.

  • If we try do dissect where this comes from, my thoughts are this. Most of the folks complaining about the violence and over-reach of the police state are well meaning Left Leaning folks, with a nod to your Constitutional Conservative like myself. These folks (the former) go to elections and vote the hard Union Line, as most Unions support Democratic Candidates. This of course includes Police Unions. They win the election, establish wonderful pay, benefit and discipline protection packages, then proceed to go out and beat these Liberals to a pulp. In other words they are getting exactly what they asked for, and then complain about it…Of course that’s just my opinion and I could be wrong…

    • TPA you are just insane. Please go get professional mental health care help.

  • Makes sense. Corral the sheep and take out the lions.

  • Well meaning cop would tear up the ticket. This was breaking the first amendment.

  • I like this cheifs approach. There are lots of people in society, unable to defend themselves. Those are the members of the flock needing the most protection.

  • Another cop draws a “thin blue line” and stands on the wrong side of it. We don’t need cops to protect the public at large (this is America, we got guns and sh*t). We need police to protect the rights of those suspected or accused of criminal wrongdoing and to ensure that due process is rightly followed.

  • Watched a little to much American sniper

  • Servants protecting sheep?

    We need to educate our children to create a brighter future.
    As we help children develop into free thinkers, we will reap the benefits of their clarity of thought and expression I believe children are natural philosophers and are instinctively asking questions such as, “How is this?” and “Why is that?” Questioning the world around them not only increases their general knowledge, it prevents them from becoming “Sheeple People,” who willfully walk around accepting everything that is happening to them, including anything that could be bad.

  • arrogance will be there downfall, I know alot of wolves in sheeps clothing

  • I ain’t no sheep piggy……..