“In the world of law enforcement, we must also be prepared for the highly unlikely, BUT possible tragic event,” Vallejo wrote in an open letter, “and there is NO price tag you can put on the life of a police officer who is out there protecting you.” —Lou Vallejo, Sheriff of Garfield County, CO
BZZZZZZZZZ!!!! Wrong Lou.
First off, the cops don’t protect anyone, the Supreme Court said so. Second, we put prices on lives all the time, there’s a whole industry called “Insurance” that does nothing but put prices on lives. Police are civilians, not “elite operators”, no matter what it said in your copy of SWAT Magazine. The militarization of the police has gone WAY too far and it needs to be dialed back about six decades.
Police shouldn’t be allowed to have any weapon or vehicle that civilians aren’t allowed to own because police ARE civilians. The very idea that cops are somehow more special than anyone else on the street is absurd.