Archive for the ‘The Police’ Category

Disputing the Anarcho-Capitalist View of Crime-Fighting

February 23rd, 2013

Over the past few decades, constitutional rights have eroded in the United States due to the rise of welfare statism and media-supported presidential dictatorship. The slow collapse of U.S. liberty into tyranny of the majority has produced an intellectual opposition called anarcho-capitalism. The “an-cap” movement believes with Thoreau: “That government is best which governs least. … That government is best which governs not at all.” But how can a state-free society deal with crime? An-cap thinkers offer two solutions. This essay disputes both.

Death by Defiance

September 22nd, 2012

Is there a “racial” link to bad shoots? It is a tragedy whenever a LEO (law-enforcement offficer) in low-light, ambiguous conditions shoots someone who was actually unarmed and surrendering. It a political nightmare when the bad-shot person was Black. Statistics on officer-involved shootings (OIS) show that unarmed surrendering African Americans are much more likely to be shot by police than are non-Blacks. And yet shoot/don’t-shoot scenarios testing hundreds of experienced LEOs reveal no link between a “bad shoot” and the person’s “race”. A recent study explains the discrepancy. Surrendering unarmed non-Blacks are culturally more likely to comply with LEO commands. Surrendering unarmed African Americans are culturally more likely to posture, threaten, and act defiantly.

How to Stop a Mass Shooting

September 1st, 2012

On average, 14.3 victims are killed in each mass shooting that is stopped by the police. On average, only 2.3 victims are killed in each mass shooting that is stopped by civilian bystanders. We show how these facts were computed. Then we offer two possible explanations: First, police arrive too late. Second, armed bystanders are better trained.

Should You Draw Your Gun to Help a LEO?

August 11th, 2012

Most states’ application forms for concealed handgun licenses say that your sidearm is solely for your own protection and that of your spouse and children. Your permit is not a license to interfere in other people’s fights, and state laws discourage you from doing so. But what if a LEO (law-enforcement officer) is being beaten or killed? Should you intervene then?

To Notify or Not to Notify, That is the Question

August 4th, 2012

You are legally armed. You are stopped by a LEO (law enforcement officer) either in your car or on the street. Should you tell them that you are carrying a gun before they even ask? This essay analyzes the risks and advantages both ways. It recommends that you always cooperate, always answer truthfully, but never volunteer any information.

Videotaping Police — The Issue of Qualified Immunity

July 28th, 2012

“So the police can arrest me, handcuff me, drag me to jail, lock me up, and give me a permanent criminal arrest record for doing something so completely legal that no prosecutor would ever file charges, and I would still have no legal recourse?” Yes, that is correct. This essay explains how justice became so strange.

Florida CCW Laws

July 21st, 2012

This essay is for anyone who intends legally to carry a firearm in Florida. Whether you have a Florida Concealed Weapons or Firearms License, or are merely visiting from a state enjoying reciprocity with Florida, the same laws apply. Two Chapters of Florida’s criminal code are important: 776 (Justifiable Use of Force) and 790 (Weapons and Firearms).

Civic Duty versus Self-Interest

July 14th, 2012

Virtually everyone will defend their own spouse and children if the need arises. But how much risk would you take to protect your neighborhood? Would you risk criticism by your neighbors? Being shunned? Monetary expense? Physical injury? Imprisonment? Death?

Never Touch a Cop

June 5th, 2012

There is a situation where mere touching (battery) is a felony, punishable by hard time in the state penitentiary. It is battery upon the person of law enforcement officer (LEO).

Disobeying Lawful Police Orders

June 5th, 2012

Disobeying a police officer: Don’t do it. You will likely be charged with a crime. The situation often arises when a LEO (law enforcement officer) tells you to turn around and put your hands behind you back so he/she can cuff you. LEOs have the right to do this. The decision to cuff you is theirs alone. It is for their protection and you must comply.