What are some unforeseen outcomes of conditioning our children to live in a police state?
Are we really protecting them? My own observations in concert with one law enforcement officer’s view in the wake of Oslo.
POLICE STATE: a political unit characterized by repressive governmental control of political, economic, and social life usually by an arbitrary exercise of power by police, and especially secret police, in place of regular operation of administrative and judicial organs of the government according to publicly known legal procedures.
I recently attended a high-school age swimming meet here in Texas. When we entered the front doors, at 7:30 am, there sat two volunteer parents at a table selling programs and tickets. Standing less than three feet behind them were two law enforcement officers with hands on hips and eyeing everyone that entered. It would be 100 degrees outside that day, but they were wearing combat boots, black BDUs, tactical armor in external carriers, pistols, and radios. The uniform patches and logos on their two brand new black Challengers, illegally parked just outside, identified them as XXXXXX Independent School District Police.
The kids all filed right by these police officers without even a second glance. Why would they think twice? After all, these kids are all hard working (swimming twice a day, six days per week, for 2+ hours) and drug free (high school athletes in Texas must agree to random drug tests to participate). They have nothing to fear from the police, which are there to serve and protect them.
When I asked my child about my observation, he explained how the police at his school are, “always around.” He has become accustomed to their presence.