Not sure.

By: Waldorf

That's a good question.  The police unions are very strong, as they should be, but that's also part of the problem.  It is government, after all.  

One of the problems is that police officers have be very tough, both physically and mentally.  It's an almost impossible job, especially when the cards are stacked against you by city government that is often very liberal in certain cities and states.  That creates some good opportunities for a lot of businesses and citizens, but it too often leads to being too soft on crime.  In Minnesota, it's pretty fucking hard for police officers in Minneapolis to do their job -- and that leads to all kinds of shortcuts that fall between the cracks, and a lot of people get hurt -- many of whom don't deserve it even though some do.  St. Paul is better, but not by a whole lot.  

I think more of an emphasis on community policing is needed, but it's expensive and would require an unprecedented cooperation between community leaders and police.  Right now that gap seems far too wide.

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