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in the past hour Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Clark County Will Pay $250,000 for Trashing Homeless People's Belongings in Sweeps.
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Carry some thing worth stealing? Carry it? You mean LEAVE it. Leave something worth stealing. On the sidewalk, tied to a parking meter with a piece of string.

Help police police I've been mugged! I've been mugged! They stole my valuable nude pictures of Ernest Borgnine! I left them right here on the sidewalk tied to this parking meter with a piece of string! What's the world coming to? Won't the police do something? Go bulldoze somebody's campsite. I have rights!

You did this to yourselves. Now you want help. I'll I'm saying is you have to get in line behind all the other people who have problems too, some of them self-inflicted, some not. Get in line. You'll get help but remember who did this to you. You did.
10:25 PM yesterday Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Council Member Lorena González Is "Disappointed" and "Beyond Frustrated" with Police Over Social Media Monitoring.
Your third grade reading teacher is going to be so disappointed when they find out what you've turned into.
10:18 PM yesterday Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Clark County Will Pay $250,000 for Trashing Homeless People's Belongings in Sweeps.
Let me get this straight. You mother fuckers pitch a fit every single time the city wants to spend money to help people in crisis because you have a laundry list of reasons why people with housing, drug, mental health, or other problems brought it on themselves. You grasp at any excuse you can for why they don't deserve help. You find one anecdote about somebody who you deem isn't worthy enough of help and you repeat it across the internet for a year.

Because personal responsibility and shit. Personal. Fucking. Responsibility. Yeah. We value that. We do.

But ding dongs who can't manage to google "how to lock a bike" and follow *simple instructions* still deserve my fucking sympathy? You want my valuable tax dollars to pay cops to spend their time hunting down stolen bikes and bike theft rings, instead of spending the money on people with *real* problems, no matter how stupid said bike owners are?

"You should be able to leave your bike unlocked"? How about: "You should be able to quit your job and the state will feed you and house you"? "You should be able to smoke a pack a day for 20 years and expect somebody to pay for two million dollars of medical care to keep you alive for six more months"?

"You should be able to camp in a vacant lot and expect the city won't trash all your belongings"? No? Why the fuck not, princess?

Do you guys even listen to yourselves?

You know the whole stolen bike market would collapse if lazy, entitled assholes followed basic rules for locking. The time, skill, and effort to steal one well-locked bike after another would limit the bike thief workforce to the point that they couldn't produce enough stolen bikes to keep the industry afloat. Too much overhead, not enough skilled workers.

Remember when there was a huge black market in stolen car stereos? That market only came into existence when the conditions were favorable; once those conditions changed, it dried up. Did car stereo theft become a huge thing because cops weren't doing their jobs? No. Did stereo theft fade away because cops were all like Jason Bourne supercops? No. All the cops in the world chasing all the bike thieves in the world won't eliminate bike theft, when you can make a good living stealing bikes with zero skills and zero intelligence. Entitled little pricks are the reason it takes zero skills to be a productive bike thief.

Want bike theft to be a thing of the past? That's in YOUR hands, whiney bitches. Stop asking me to feel sorry for you. Stop blaming homeless people for a problem you created.
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3:11 PM yesterday Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Council Member Lorena González Is "Disappointed" and "Beyond Frustrated" with Police Over Social Media Monitoring.
You just don't read, do you?

You're like some kind of bot script programmed to spew generic comments found on similar discussions archived 10 years or 20 years ago. Take some old usenet thread about police and copy some of the "you're wrong because you're a pansy" comments. You can simulate whole conversations with a few lines of code.

Where's that video where children read out loud commenters calling each other pansies. Can't find it. Here's one like it. Close enough.

Cop culture is the product of the structure of our police forces. It doesn't change because there are individuals within in it who disapprove. Wipe the slate clean and re-create whole police forces from nothing, and they will revert to cop culture. Cops didn't create it. It created them.
2:22 PM yesterday Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Council Member Lorena González Is "Disappointed" and "Beyond Frustrated" with Police Over Social Media Monitoring.
Yeah, fuck nuts here thinks the key ingredient in building the perfect cop is big balls. That's what we need: cops even less afraid to take risks. Cops even more willing to escalate violence. Talk about missing the point.

Look at how crime peaked in the late 80s and early 90s. A couple years went by and the writing was on the wall. Crime was plunging down and it wasn't going to stop. Something had to be done!

What had to be done? Somebody had to jump in front of the stampede and pretend they were leading it. Somebody had to take credit before people noticed what was happening.

So places like NYC said they were implementing the horseshit broken windows theory. They came along with other horseshit like stop and frisk. Bill Clinton tried to get credit for the crime drop already underway by belatedly pushing through his 100,000 police officers on the street. And of course mass imprisonment. Three strikes laws. All after crime was on the way down.

Crime kept going down until about 2005 or 2010 at different places around the country, then pretty much leveled off. And now you hear all these belated cop activities as what gets credit for it. The cops were not doing shit for years after the decline started. In half the cities in the country, they didn't do community policing or stop and frisk or any broken windows bullshit or hiring a bazillion more cops. Yet THEIR crime went down too. Why?

Because crime was up for reasons that have nothing to do with all the diddling and jacking off we pay cops to do, and crime went back down for reasons that have nothing to do with cops. Crime is a social phenomenon and cops are not agents of social change. What cops do is mostly theater, with real live victims.

What's the point in trying to reform an institution that's useless, at best, and at worst a threat to life and liberty for whole segments of society?

We can fix this without much drama. Just quietly fund things that really do address crime and people in crisis, like building housing or offering drug treatment or family services. Just fund that stuff and quietly stop shoveling money at our useless police force. Let it wither.
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2:07 PM yesterday Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Clark County Will Pay $250,000 for Trashing Homeless People's Belongings in Sweeps.
Just google "bike lock fails" and you'll understand why every time I try to get all up in arms in defense of bike theft victims, I just can't. Walk past any bike rack and you'll see what I mean. I want to feel sorry for them. Why should I really want to spend any precious resources recovering stolen bikes when I walk out my front door and down the street and this is the first thing I see.
10:23 AM yesterday Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Council Member Lorena González Is "Disappointed" and "Beyond Frustrated" with Police Over Social Media Monitoring.
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Change cop culture from within? I owe them that why? Just listen to the kind of entitlement built into this thinking; cops can fail and fail and fail year after year and what do we owe them? Another chance?

The deeper flaw is that we just need more "good cops" and everything will be fine. We already have lots of good cops. The vast majority. Yet what good does that do? All the good cops in the world can't do as much justice as one video.

Cop culture does not hold cops accountable. Being a good cop means a lot of things but it doesn't include breaking the blue wall. The job itself precludes it.

Cop culture is the product of the structure of the police force. That structure must be removed and its functions taken over by totally different structures.
10:09 AM yesterday Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Clark County Will Pay $250,000 for Trashing Homeless People's Belongings in Sweeps.
Somebody is bitter. I guess watching the world change around you as you slide into irrelevance and, soon, your final resting place, makes you bitter. Not like when white men could be dicks to everyone all day and always get away with it.
Sep 29 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Council Member Lorena González Is "Disappointed" and "Beyond Frustrated" with Police Over Social Media Monitoring.
Gosh it's almost as if cops are inherently incapable of self-reform or self-regulation. Cop culture will never be anything other than cop culture.

Take all the tasks that we normally think of as SPD's responsibility and spin them off. Traffic and parking goes to SDOT. Drugs are a health and social services issue. The coroner can investigate deaths just like the fire department instigates fires. The idea that you can't find who did a crime and refer the case to a prosecutor unless you're also a sworn officer who always carries two guns (plus a drop gun *wink* *wink* ) is silly.

IRS agents catch criminals. Firefighters catch criminals.

We can still have a barracks with some paramilitary guys we can call once in a blue moon. But you don't put guys with that mentality making big decisions about your whole law enforcement program.

They always fuck it up. Case in point.