Privatizing cops: Because of budget cuts, "even police protection is more accessible to those with cash."

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Economic experts, and the president of the United States, have been emphasizing stimulus spending, not austerity, to get us out of the Big Recession mess BushCo created. But Republicans have insisted on cut after cut after cut.

All those Big Bad Government Jobs that the GOP keeps wailing about? Those include police officers, the very men and women who, you know, protect us from the "bad guys with guns." So cities and towns all over America are slashing their police forces because of deep budget cuts, the ones that have proved disastrous time after time.

The result isn't pretty, but it's what Republicans strive for: Privatization. It's creeping up on us and that's just what those on the right want: They salivate over crushing unions (a major source of funding for Democrats) and before we realize what's been happening, they're transforming the valuable public services we treasure and so badly need and depend on into profit-making machines that cater only to those who can afford them.

Welcome to GOP CorporateWorld.

Via the L.A. Times:

As police focus more on responding to crime rather than preventing it, private detectives and security firms are often taking on the roles that police once did, investigating robberies, checking out alibis, looking into threats.

Swell. Because of those pesky budget cuts, people are now turning to detectives, security firms and the *gasp!* Internet for protection, investigative talent, and more.

Of course, not everyone can afford private police help.

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It's another facet of how income inequality is playing out in America — as cities are forced to cut their budgets, even police protection is more accessible to those with cash.

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Samuel Walker, emeritus professor of criminal justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the author of 13 books on policing:

Inequality has always been present: Millionaires hire bodyguards, rich neighborhoods pay for private security patrols. But this budget crisis makes the difference even more pronounced...

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Remember the uproar over Blackwater aka Xe aka Academi, the private military company and security consulting firm? Wiki:

[It is] currently the largest of the U.S. State Department's three private security contractors. Academi provided diplomatic security services in Iraq to the United States federal government on a contractual basis.[1]

That uproar was for a reason. This is not to say that private security firms will become havens for Blackwater-type thugs, that isn't my point. Privatization is my point.

Remember the uproar by Republicans over any kind of federal oversight ever in the history of ever?

Me too.

Can you afford $150 an hour? I can't. If trends like this continue, we the people, we the little guys, are screwed.

This cannot end well.

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  • hegesias

    All cops are mercenaries.  

  • hegesias

    That's why the rich don't want to pay taxes.  They can afford their own security.  Increasing inequality and impoverishing the working poor is part of the plan.  I say we garrotte them one-by-one before we get there.  

  • Andy Marquis

    If police protection is privatized and only the rich can get protection, poor and middle class people will be forced to buy guns to protect themselves which results in more money for gun manufacturers, the NRA and, ultimately, for Republicans candidates.

  • Gindy51

    Damn they really do want to take us back to the era of robber barons, the late 1800's. Pinkerton anyone?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Jon.L.K Jonathan Kocol

    Privately funded cops are mercenaries.  Paid guns.  Just like Xe (Blackwater) are also mercenaries. There is no part of the constitution that supports this.  So when rent-a-cops come after me I have going to get my paid Xe soldiers to take them out.  I can see it now.  The South can rise again and see if they can afford better soldiers than the North can. What can go wrong?