USA: The Growing War Within.
Driving in the patrol car listening to call-ins on the radio was like listening to a lottery of disaster and strife. As to which calls were taken first, comes down to priority, of the most critical and urgent situations that need to be addressed. If a caller mentions a gun, or some one dying, the police are coming as soon as they can, which can still take hours if they’re already on the scene of another incident. Consequently, the public has adapted to this astonishing situation, by way of overstating things in the hope the police response time is more acceptable. Answering bogus calls slows the process down considerably when it comes to fewer police on the beat and their coordinating activities to better serve those really in need. I was surprised to hear that calls about prowlers or domestic violence or arguments are way down the list, if ever they get attended to at all within real time. And as for dogs barking and parties raging and people calling the police to complain, forget about it. They’re not coming.
Heading into downtown Vallejo, ten calls were listed on the police scanner, on a night slowed to a near standstill because of the cold. The calls included a car accident, drunkards on the roof of a building throwing bottles at people on the street, a prowler at the back of house, and a woman lying dead on a kitchen floor. As to which took priority... previous calls did, for all three cars were preoccupied.
The tour continued on through the vast expanse of low income african american communities, where social problems of domestic abuse and drug addiction are rampant, and the constitutional right to bear arms devotedly practiced. The people aren’t friendly here. They’re anxious, destitute, with little hope. And they're as angry as the denizens of Hell when the police are slow to respond to any violent outbreaks, which are regular.
And then off we drove... looking at the lottery draw of violent incidents on the computer screen.... wondering where to go to next....
God bless America? Hardly. God left America along time ago. And they've been blowing up the planet looking for HIM ever since.
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