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Political correctness is corrupting police departments

Walter Williams


Police departments must use race and sex preferences in hiring as a result of federal court consent decrees and political pressures. To meet these demands, many police departments have lowered, and in some cases eliminated, established standards for personal character and intellectual and physical capacity.

Jan Golab writes about this in "How Racial P.C. Corrupted the LAPD" in the May 2005 issue of The American Enterprise. While most of Golab's article chronicles how Los Angeles damaged its police force in its quest for "diversity," where it's had to fire 100 police officers, identical damage has occurred in other cities. Washington, D.C., had to indict or fire 250 cops; New Orleans indicted more than 100. In these cities, policemen have been charged with crimes ranging from murder and rape to robbing drug dealers and selling confiscated drugs.

Most policemen are honest, dedicated and hard-working people who put their lives on the line to protect us against criminals. A few, Golab reports, are no less than criminals themselves. In 1997, L.A. policeman David Mack was arrested for the armed robbery of a Bank of America branch in which he heisted $772,000. In the late 1990s, as many as 25 L.A. policemen were believed to have direct gang ties. A significant number of L.A. policemen had off-duty jobs providing security for hoodlums in the rap music industry deeply involved in drugs and gang violence. At least one policeman was arrested as a guard at a cocaine house.

In the wake of L.A.'s Rampart Division scandal, where 30 officers were suspended or fired, former LAPD deputy chief Steve Downing said, "Rampart wasn't about cops who became gangsters. It was about gangsters who became cops." Downing adds that elected officials refuse to acknowledge the obvious: Institutionalized racial preferences "allowed persons of poor character to be hired."

Police departments not only must pass racial diversity muster but sex diversity muster as well. Erica Walter discusses this in a companion article, "Cops and Gender P.C.," in the same issue of American Enterprise. Few male officers measuring 5 to 5-and-a-half feet, weighing 100 to 130 pounds, are hired. Walter reports that most female officers come close to that description, and as such, risk being overpowered by big thugs.

There are other male/female differences relevant to police work. The typical man has been exposed to fist fights; he's bloodied and been bloodied. Most male policemen have played contact sports, been exposed to firearms, and are more likely to be experienced and competent at aggressive high-speed driving. Few women policemen have these attributes. Plus, most women couldn't carry a wounded officer to safety.

The difference between male and female officers was recently painfully demonstrated by the slaughter at an Atlanta, Ga., courthouse where a judge and three others were murdered. It turns out that Brian Nichols, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound former football linebacker, awaiting trial for rape, was being guarded and escorted by a 50-something, 5-foot grandmother. Nichols simply overpowered her, taking her pistol, allowing him to go on a deadly rampage.

Walter interviewed one LAPD detective who explained, "Most bad guys fall into two categories. Either they show no respect to female cops because they know they can take them, or they fear female cops because they know the women know they can be taken and will shoot quickly." Walter concludes her article stating that women are often excellent and sometimes better than men in some aspects of policing that don't involve violence and physical confrontation. She warns that police forces should respect the reality that male and female officers are not interchangeable, adding that the real-world effects of pretending otherwise are ugly. Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Distributed by Creators Syndicate.
 

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ProudAmerican";p="66169 said:
So from that article we can derive that women should not be allowed to become police officers?
Dude, I'm seriously sick of reading your posts that go along the lines of "woe is me, I'm not getting hired to be a cop and I should be because blahblahblah".

Let the policymakers make the decisions. Until you get a seat on city goverment or become the chief of police, your opinion on who they should or shouldn't hire means squat.
 

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ProudAmerican";p="66169 said:
So from that article we can derive that women should not be allowed to become police officers?
Dude, I'm seriously sick of reading your posts that go along the lines of "woe is me, I'm not getting hired to be a cop and I should be because blahblahblah".

Let the policymakers make the decisions. Until you get a seat on city goverment or become the chief of police, your opinion on who they should or shouldn't hire means squat.
Listen asshole, if you were just a bit smarter you'd realize just how stupid you sound. Get off my dick while you're at it! Woe me atitude? Where do you get that from my post under this topic sparky? In case you missed the sarcasm in my question I'll spell it out for you.... I...D.I.S.A.G.R.E.E with the article.
 

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I would much rather have a female party who know what she is doing than dealing with some bonehead who wants to play hero.
 

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Jeezum!!!!
What a bunch of Junior-High B.S.
STFU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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I don't the article says women should not be Police Officers, nor does it say that women are worst or better. It points out obvious differences in the two genders. Both having aspects that make one better in somes areas and worst in others.
 

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the article simply points out that standards have been lowered to pander to the whiney liberals. The biggest racists are those that feel that minorities are too stupid to pass and compete in an open competitive exam process, so must be hired despite the results of a test. Responsible people feel that everyone is equal and can do well on a test if they make an effort to study and learn. It's called merit. Liberal Democrats think that minorities, excluding orientals, need to be handed things because they can't or won't earn them. Who are the racists here...? When you lower expectations and standards you are inviting problems - THAT is what the article is pointing out. And by the way, isn't it only teenagers that call people "Dude"....
 

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... :? I say "dude..." I also say "word", "man" and "f*ckin'-A"... I thought that made me cool? :lol:

I disagree with a lot of aspects of that article. The word "policemen" alone disturbs me. I love the part about "most" female officers not being as physical or aggressive as males. That's really touching. I bet the author crushes beer cans off his forehead. :roll:
 

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Hey Jasper,
Well said but just for the record, while we're being PC......"Orientals" are things, not people (ie: rugs, vases, etc..) Asians are people. :wink:
 

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Jasper,
Very well said! Lowering standards will always cause problems, its nice to see an article actually come out and say it.
 

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There are other male/female differences relevant to police work. The typical man has been exposed to fist fights; he's bloodied and been bloodied. Most male policemen have played contact sports, been exposed to firearms, and are more likely to be experienced and competent at aggressive high-speed driving. Few women policemen have these attributes. Plus, most women couldn't carry a wounded officer to safety.
So does playing hockey and rugby make me more like a man then a woman? I don't think so. Stupid.

This article makes some valid points and some completly stupid ones. But I will say this, in regards to what Dunny said...the word POLICEMAN, I think is completly appropriate. You get women all over the world going "I want to be equal wah wah wah..." Ok, so shut up and except what you are. Maybe POLICEMIN would be beter, it's not gender specific...But all of this is why I will be TROOPER :) God willing.
 

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I say "police officers." I refuse to say "patrolman" too, I say "patrol officer." I think in these times those are fairer terms to use. :) Some people may say I'm being particular... I am pretty far from being PC, but when it comes to gender titles I am a stickler. I just don't think it sounds right to say, "Jane is a fireman and her sister is a mailman," when they're not men.

The article (essay?) does have some valid points, as in standards unrightly being lowered, but that crap about females not getting their hands dirty or being able to handle the job as efficiently as men is exactly that - crap (although he so nicely credited women for being "sometimes better than men in some aspects of policing that don't involve violence and physical confrontation." How charming!).
 
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