If you ever find yourself at a post office in Mission, Kansas tread softly my friends.
Catrina Engle quickly discovered how irrational and criminal police officers can be when they are summoned to defend another tentacle of the State apparatus, the post office. The following report and video were submitted this past week by Catrina to Copblock.org, detailing the disturbing and downright criminal actions of three police officers from Mission Kansas.
On the evening of 3-16-2013 around 5 pm I was leaving the Mission Post Office. I had just put my two young daughters (Ages 4 & 2) in the minivan. While I was putting packages in the car, I was unexpectedly approached from behind by a female cop– Officer Michelle Pierce.
She stated, “I’m going to need your identification.” I asked her, “Why?” Again, she said, “Give me your ID.” I again asked her, “Why?” The third time she was more demanding & said, “GIVE ME your identification.” I then agreed that I would give her my ID but I wanted to know WHY first. I said “Okay, but why?” She still would not tell me. At that point, you can see what happens in the video. Without warning, she started walking towards me, twists my arm, starts cuffing me, flings me around & slams me on the ground while finishing cuffing me. At that point, Officer Tim Gift arrived & assisted her. They hurt me when they dropped me on the ground & also got my thumb stuck in the cuffs. You can hear my toddler age girls crying & screaming in the car as they took me down & throughout the hour or so they had me there.
For the police to respond in this manner it would be logical to assume that this woman was behaving belligerently, perhaps waving a gun around, threatening someone’s life, or endangering her children.
Too often, when reviewing the actions of the boys and girls in blue, it is not advisable to surmise that police officers’ actions align with logic.
The officers claim that a postal employee dialed 911 to report that a woman was yelling at her in the in the lobby of the post office and throwing rocks through the mail slot. The officers then responded to the scene, tackled the allegedly boisterous patron to the ground, left her young daughters in a minivan crying for almost an hour, refused to call the children’s father, and sexually assaulted the suspect in public by performing a cavity search in the post office parking lot.
Mrs. Engle provides a much more plausible scenario to explain the events that occurred in the post office that contradict the story told by the postal worker, from Copblock.org.
“I was arguing with my husband on the cell phone in an EMPTY Postal lobby while using the automated machine. My bored toddlers dropped pebbles in the mail slot.”
Please watch the video below. Even if Mrs. Engle is lying and she was in fact yelling at a postal employee and throwing pebble into a mail slot, are the actions of the police justified? Should children be left in a car alone and watch as their mother is attacked by armed thugs?
This story is similar to an edition of Felony Friday from earlier this month. In that instance, three female college students were approached by armed undercover agents of the State in a grocery store parking lot. The girls quickly got into their car and escaped, not realizing the armed men were actually plainclothes agents of Alcoholic Beverage Control and were patrolling the parking lot of a grocery store. The whole fiasco ended with the driver of the vehicle spending a night in jail.
These incidents involving Mrs. Engle and the college coeds would not likely occur in a society that allows a free market in law enforcement. As our editor-in-chief pointed out in the article, Intro to Ancap: Private Defense Pt. 1 – Police Protection:
A small town in the middle of nowhere may have little crime and may not employ much more than one Sheriff. Whereas, say, the Mayor of New York City likely has around the clock police protection. Various levels of government have different, yet finite , resources at their disposal by which to purchase equipment and distribute police forces. And yet, without price signals delivered by a free market, they have no rational way in which to make these decisions. How much money should be spent on patrol cars? How much should be spent on surveillance equipment? What areas should see an increase in police patrols? What areas should see a decrease? Of course these decisions are all made, but without market signals to guide them they can be seen at best as educated guesses made by various levels of bureaucracy.
Without price signals guiding the market we end up with bureaucrats misallocating police patrols to grocery stores and post offices. The system is broken. Not all police officers are terrible people who have an insatiable hunger to put their boot on the throat of the individuals they “serve.” The problem lies with the publicly funded system we have for police protection. It does not allow for market signals to guide decision-making. If we did allow the market to dictate private police protection, then consumers would receive the very best and most efficient protection for their money.
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