This is What Happens When the Police Don’t Take Back the Streets

http://www.kmov.com/news/local-video-ndn/RAW-Watch-as-looters-raid-Ferguson-Market–Liquor-271505481.html
http://www.kmov.com/video/featured-videos/Raw-Video–Inside-a-looted-Ferguson-liquor-store-271507191.html

Looters ran out of shops with boxes stacked in their arms up to their chins. Behind them lay overturned shelves, spilled goods and wrecked displays. All the while, police stayed back by their armored vehicles and observed but did not stop them.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/385553/new-police-tactic-ferguson-betray-local-business-owners-rich-lowry
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/08/15/Looters-Strike-Again-in-Ferguson-Assault-Threaten-Citizens-Defending-Businesses
http://www.kmov.com/special-coverage-001/video/Video-Looters-caught-on-video-leaving-beauty-store-with-merchandise–271492781.html
http://www.politico.com/story/2014/08/ferguson-reporters-media-110080.html
http://www.ksdk.com/story/news/local/2014/08/16/looters-force-beauty-supply-store-to-close/14156089/
Ferguson Beauty Supply Store owners find store in disarray after looting
Despicable. The police exist to protect the people and their property. What good is a state that does not carry out its functions? It is no better than anarchy! Was the donation of surplus military equipment to the Ferguson police all for naught? The police’s role is not to be subject to the disingenuous whining of the leftist media establishment, but to protect the citizenry under its jurisdiction! Unleash the cops! Take back the streets! Restore order to the residents of Ferguson, Missouri! Ignore the petulant complaints about “police militarization” from the prophets of Ba’al of our day.
A great libertarian intellectual, Murray Rothbard, once (correctly) wrote, at the height of the 1990s crime wave:

There is only one way to fulfill the vital police function, the only way that works: the public announcement–backed by willingness to enforce it–made by the late Mayor Richard Daley in the Chicago riots of the 1960s–ordering the police to shoot to kill any looters, rioters, arsonists, or muggers they might find. That very announcement was enough to induce the rioters to pocket their “rage” and go back to their peaceful pursuits.
Who knows the hearts of men? Who knows all the causes, the motivations, of action? But one thing is clear: regardless of the murky “causes,” would-be looters and muggers would get such a message loud and clear.

http://mises.org/econsense/ch17.asp

4. Take Back the Streets: Crush Criminals. And by this I mean, of course, not “white collar criminals” or “inside traders” but violent street criminals – robbers, muggers, rapists, murderers. Cops must be unleashed, and allowed to administer instant punishment, subject of course to liability when they are in error.

http://archive.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/ir/Ch5.html

And so, Pat proclaimed, “we must take back our cities, and take back our culture, and take back our country.” Yes, yes, yes!

http://www.lewrockwell.com/1970/01/murray-n-rothbard/the-irrepressible-rothbard-essays-of-murray-n-rothbardedited-by-llewellyn-h-rockwell-jr-8/

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

3 thoughts on “This is What Happens When the Police Don’t Take Back the Streets”

  1. I get emotional when I see pictures of looting ETC . There should be No violence in a well ordered society. Unless against the violent on behalf the citizens. Take back the streets! The authorities must be worrying about still greater ‘reactions”

    1. Fortunately, some protesters have protected stores from the looting:
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/08/18/police-in-ferguson-arrest-and-threaten-more-journalists/
      The Ferguson police haven’t been doing a good job lately. They’ve been arresting reporters, but were allowing looting of stores to go on a few days ago.
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/08/18/police-in-ferguson-arrest-and-threaten-more-journalists/
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/16/ferguson-looting_n_5684465.html
      Looting continues in Ferguson due to lack of police presence:
      http://www.kmov.com/news/local-video-ndn/Is-this-justice-Owner-of-looted-Dellwood-Market–271629101.html
      http://www.ksdk.com/story/news/crime/2014/08/18/dellwood-market-looted/14221617/
      The worst of both worlds: police don’t allow business employees to monitor the damage or protect the stores, but don’t protect the stores themselves. Horrible. Worse than anarchy.

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