The concept of America is that police state can solve problems and eliminate threats. My longtime hero is the Lone Ranger who understand the need of the innocent and can remedy the situation to bring about justice. That is precisely what people expect from law enforcement throughout out American society.
It is clear to me that expecting a police person to remedy a problem is all built on hope. Police in its best glory are not the basis in solving crime. Containment is the best that can be expected. Police are never in the right place to prevent crime, particularly crime that is planned. There might be the off chance that a spontaneous issue could erupt and an officer be in the right place to save the day from innocent people being hurt. What is really good about this sort scenario is that a good Samaritan and quick thinking neighbor, and/or a righteous humanitarian can and do carry out the same outcomes of prevention.
Thus, how and where are police essential and vital in American society. Particularly when they have a hard time of thwarting internal personnel corruption, even to the height of committing murders. The progression of government services has long gone overboard relative ti its role in American society.
The leveling of hope from the people for the people by the people has to regain its role in building a civil society. Public and Private partnerships are not except form this overhaul of service. Take for example how incarceration has a complete reflection of rich and poor. Jain Bail is fully designed for the rich and demeans the poor in order to keep the jails filled.
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic the jailers halted what is termed as ‘essential arrests’ in order to quail the numbers of the imprisoned. In the world of true policing when would you ever arrest a person when was not essential. The concept of essential arrest boggles all efficiency factors in government spending. Why would you spend taxpayer money when it is to essential. Because any person that is imprison is a huge expense with housing, clothing, feeding, sanitation and health care. Long term includes formal education, something that most inmates wanted before being incarcerated, but the elite education institutions make it way too difficult for fair admissions.
Personally, I have never called the police since the few dangerous times have included the police already being present. In 1968 at Will Rogers Park (Now named Ted Watkins Park, Watts CA) I was unexpectedly being forcibly escorted from the annual Watts Revolt Festival. The danger came when I dropped my just purchased ‘Black Is Beautiful’ bumper sticker and attempted to pick it up when a tall white police put a log rifle to my mead and said drop it!
I wanted to call the police and say that I was denied my right to keep my paper items. Another time I wanted to call the police was when I was abruptly blocked by the L.A. County Sheriff in the parking lot in my car while leaving the building at Mona Park, Compton CA, where I was employed as L.A. County Pool Lifeguard. Even after showing my credentials and having my supervisor come over and vouch for my employment, my car was illegally searched and I was made to stand down or be another statistic. These two white sheriffs found nothing and roughly after a 10 minutes harassment allowed me to leave.
I have instinctively never responded to harassment whether from police or bullies in the hood and consequently have been able to stay alive and well. Situations like these have placed me in a mindset to that calling the police is not in my DNA.