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Doug Centers
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Posted: 04 July 2020 at 1:32pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Truly seems to be a thankless job for those good ones out there.
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Shawn Kane
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Posted: 05 July 2020 at 6:44am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I'm friends with a few state troopers in my area. One of the ones I've known through them was shot in the face answering a domestic call where a man was holding his wife hostage. His backup shot the guy in the leg and arrested him, the wife was unharmed. The trooper who was shot in the face has spent the last almost two decades trying to regain his cognitive abilities. His life changed in a moment. We need to do away with a culture that allows an abuse of power but we also can't neuter the people who are actually doing their jobs properly. 
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Ron M Bailey
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Posted: 05 July 2020 at 4:52pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

All horrible marketing of slogans aside, defunding the police isn't meant as a fiscally punitive act the police. It is actually meant to redirect funds that usually go to the militarizing of the police to social services instead.
It means the police would be alleviated of the tasks they are asked to do that normally would not be in their purview, for which they have no training or sensitivity: more social services oriented activities and some traffic activity (easily automated in most cases). 
I'm actually a little surprised and disappointed that the usually well informed contributors to this forum hadn't bothered to read beyond the sloganeering on this one.
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Neil Lindholm
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Posted: 05 July 2020 at 6:25pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Donít bother Ron. People read what they want to read. It has been mentioned many times yet people still think it means closing all the police stations and let mob rule prevail. 

Oh, welcome to the Forum!

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Eric Sofer
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Posted: 06 July 2020 at 7:21am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Hi Ron, and welcome to the Forum! We're glad to have you here. Thursdays are your day to walk Lockjaw. Bring LOTS of bags.

I agree with your thoughts on the "defunding" of the police. "Defund" is a bad word, and it implies actions that really shouldn't (and hopefully won't) be taken.

As for response... sometimes our friends read a key word or two and jump right in. Some read that topics from the beginning, although that can be tricky with our presidential topic; now 310+ pages and growing by the minute.
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Daniel Gillotte
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Posted: 06 July 2020 at 7:26am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

"Thursdays are your day to walk Lockjaw. Bring LOTS of bags." WHY CAN'T HE JUST TELEPORT THE POOP AWAY, DANG IT?!?!

But seriously, we've mis-used the police force over the year utilizing them for all sorts of activities that just don't work effectively with them at the lead. I'm excited that MAYBE we can get some serious discussion about just how much we spend on policing as it is now (and which most people agree is broken (in many directions, not just on the left)) and what we COULD do with that money if channeled more effectively.
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