By Austin Anderholt | United States
It’s time for a new solution to the police brutality issue.
In America, there are two sides to the issue of police:
The economic left, (mainly populated by Democrats) believes that there is a major police brutality problem in America. In general, their protests center around police shootings of minorities. They use slogans like #BlackLivesMatter.
On the other side, largely populated by Republicans, the group believes that the issue is unreal and unimportant. Many believe that such incidents are isolated, and those police officers are simply bad apples. They tend to use slogans like #PoliceLivesMatter.
Both of these movements are deeply flawed. A third voice is necessary in the police brutality debate: the libertarian side.
To believe that there isn’t a police brutality problem in America is to be blind. Repeatedly, we see police teams raid a house and kill dogs only to show up at the wrong house. So many times have we seen them follow unjust laws. This leads me to outright throw out the latter existing side of this debate. To say that these police are just “following orders” is the same logic that one could use to justify the participation of everyday South Africans in Apartheid.
The opposing view, however, often is equally abhorrent. While it does point out the terrible police brutality against African Americans, it fails to mention anything about all the other heinous crimes commit by police, such as no knock raids, arrests for victimless crimes, and many more.
Not only this, but both movements have an underlying form of hypocrisy. In many instances, those who acknowledge the injustices of police also are advocating for strict gun control, yet only want police to have powerful guns. On the other hand, the Republicans that cherish our right to bear arms in case government becomes tyrannical often are proud to submit to the tyrannical rule of American police.
In conclusion, there needs to be a third movement in reaction to police brutality. This movement must acknowledge ALL crimes police commit, not just crimes against race. Also, this movement cannot be hypocritical. It must realize that the right to bear arms is necessary to the security of a free state. It cannot be compatible with the Orwellian worship of the police state that is seen in right wing American politics. This movement is the movement of liberty.